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Government Admits Activist Was on DHS “Lookout” List, Will Turn Over Investigation Documents and Destroy Copied Data

May 29, 2013

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BOSTON – In a settlement reached with human rights activist David House, the government has agreed to destroy all data it obtained from his laptop and other electronics when he entered the U.S. after a vacation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts announced today. House, who was then working with the Bradley Manning Support Network, an organization created to raise funds for the legal defense of the soldier who has admitted to leaking material to WikiLeaks, charged in a lawsuit that the seizure violated his Fourth Amendment rights by subjecting him to unreasonable search and seizure, and violated his First Amendment right to freedom of association.

In November 2010, Department of Homeland Security agents stopped House at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and questioned him about his political activities and beliefs. They then confiscated his laptop, camera, and USB drive, which contained information identifying members and supporters of the Bradley Manning Support Network. The government copied House’s cell phone at the airport and held his laptop and other devices for 49 days. The data taken from House’s materials was then turned over to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), which concluded that it would not use the information.

“The government’s sweeping claim that it can search through our electronics at the border for any reason or no reason at all is flatly contradicted by the Fourth Amendment, which protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures,” said Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. “The tremendous amount of personal and business information that we can now easily carry around with us means that respecting the Fourth Amendment in all places – including the border – is more important than ever.”

Under the terms of the settlement, the government agreed to destroy all remaining data copied from House’s devices. The government will also hand over numerous documents, including reports describing Army CID’s inspection of House’s data as well as the DHS “Lookout” telling agents to stop House as he entered the country. The government further agreed to release reports on DHS agents’ questioning of House, which included inquiries about whether he knew anything about Manning giving classified information to WikiLeaks.

“The seizure of David House’s computer is a chilling example of the government’s overbroad ability to conduct a search at the border that intrudes into a person’s political beliefs and associations,” said John Reinstein, an attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts. “Those rights were vindicated by the settlement we reached.”

In March 2012, the U.S. district court judge in the case rejected the government’s effort to dismiss the lawsuit, ruling that even if the government does not need suspicion to search a laptop at the border, that power is not unlimited and First Amendment rights remain intact. The settlement announced today is the result of months of negotiations following that decision.

“When my laptop was seized on American soil, I made a pledge to the everyday working people, clergy, and U.S. service members who make up the heart of Mr. Manning’s financial contributors: that their generosity would not be met with retaliation from corrupt elements within our government, and that their personally identifying information, placed at risk by the seizure, would be reclaimed from those who had ordered it seized,” House said.

“Today, with a settlement to reclaim this data realized through the pressure of the courts and the hard work of the ACLU, I have made good on my pledge. The government’s surrender of this data is a victory through vital action not only for the citizens put at risk, but also for anyone who believes that Americans should be free to support political causes without fearing retaliation from Washington.”

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  1. #FreeBrad twitterstorm. Begins 6am pst/9am est/1pm GMT
  3. #FreeBrad blow the whistle on war crimes. Twitter package
  6. To expose and project the war crimes that Bradley Manning bravely exposed and build a powerful outpouring in the U.S. and around the world in support of his bravery, creating a political situation where the powers that be must drop the charges on Bradley Manning and must end their war crimes now. World Can’t Wait published a full page ad to Close Guantanamo Now in The New York Times last Thursday with the pictures of the men still at Guantanamo who have been cleared for release. Without Bradley Manning, we would not probably not have some of the pictures of these men or know the names of those still at Guantanamo. Two main goals for this twitterstorm.
  8. 1) Call people out for international days of action on June 1st, the day before Bradley Manning’s trial. Especially at Fort Meade Maryland where Bradley Manning will be going to trial.
  10. 2)Further project the war crimes that Bradley Manning exposed by publishing the Close Guantanamo Now ad in international media and get out  Collateral Murder much more widely ( the video that Bradley leaked that shows the U.S. military killing a journalist and other civilians in Iraq from an apache helicopter)
  14. DATE & TIME:
  16. Thursday May 30th
  18. Begins : 6:00am pst/9am est/1pm GMT
  21. * Copy + Paste these tweets. Steal other tweets with the same hashtag. Do not retweet – the hashtag will not trend.
  23. * If you are writing your own tweets, make sure to include the hashtag!(feel free to write your own too!)
  25. * If you are reading this tweetstorm package early and would like to read up on your own (helps if designing own tweets), see the following.
  27. Statement to Close Guantanamo that was published as A Full Page Ad in NYTimes.
  29. High Stakes in the Cruel And Unjust Trial of Bradley Manning
  37. ********************************************* #freebrad – Tweet Set *******************************************
  38.  What is more criminal? Torturing hundreds to death/ indefinite detention or exposing these crimes? #freebrad
  40.  An appeal from @DanielEllsberg for you to support #bradleymanning. Be at #fortmeade #freebrad
  42.  June 1. Baltimore, NY, DC get on the bus to #freebrad! One day of your life that could be the most important of his.
  44. If it wasn’t for Bradley Manning, we might not know about details of children who were detained at  #gitmo #freebrad
  46. If it wasn’t for Bradley Manning, we might not know about the children detained at  #guantanamo #freebrad #closegitmo
  49. What is more criminal: Killing civilians in Iraq or exposing those crimes?  #freebrad All out June 1. Action near u:
  51. What is more crazy? Laughing as you run over the dead bodies of Iraqis or exposing these crimes. #freebrad
  53. Support International Day of Action to #freebrad. #closegitmo #endwarcrimes
  55. Watch and share the video that Bradley Manning leaked. Can you handle the truth? #freebrad
  57. Which is intolerable? Being silent in the face of unspeakable atrocities or standing up & doing what’s right.. #freebrad
  59. “history is on the side of those who seek to reveal the truth, not on the side of those who seek to conceal it”- Dan Ellsberg #freebrad
  61. Project the U.S. war crimes Bradley Manning wanted the world to see. Get a dvd of Collateral Murder here. #freebrad
  63. “They dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life.” Manning on Collateral Murder. #freebrad
  65. Because of Bradley Manning we know the names of prisoners at #gitmo who were unknown and some who died. #freebrad
  67. Obama won’t #closegitmo but will go after those who reveal the names of prisoners unjustly detained there. #freebrad
  69. The files Bradley is charged with leaking could reveal that there is no reason 2 indefinitely detain any prisoner still at #gitmo. #freebrad
  71. This a forging of a movement determined to #freebrad #closegitmo #endwarcrimes. Sign it, Join it, fund it.
  73. Obama won’t prosecute torturers of Bush era but throws book at those who expose war crimes #FreeBrad sign
  75. Prosecute U.S. war criminals, not Bradley Manning #FreeBrad
  77. Obama prosecutes whistle blowers so he can carry out crimes #FreeBrad
  79.  Bradley Manning exposes war crimes, Obama commits them #FreeBrad
  81. Obama wants our silence while he commits war crimes. Talk Louder #FreeBrad
  83. We say Close Guantanamo Now! Release cleared prisoners, end indefinite detention of the rest .  #freebrad
  85. Because of Bradley Manning, we found out that more than 150 innocent men were held at Guantanamo. #freebrad
  87. Because of Bradley Manning, we learned that Abdul Rahman al-Amri was found hung at #gitmo with his hands tied behind his back #freebrad
  89. Trial of Bradley Manning is a cover-up of war crimes. Manning is a hero to the people of the world. #freebrad
  91. Hungerstrike at #gitmo now @ 113 days. More important than ever we amplify what Brad revealed. sign/donate #freebrad
  94. Manning has withstood years of solitary confinement and almost a year of torture, a testament to his strength and courage. #freebrad
  96. Manning is charged with “aiding the enemy.” Translation? Caring about the people of the world makes u an enemy of  U.S. government #freebrad