American Sues US Government For Allegedly Pressuring Him To Unlock His Phone at Airport

CBP and DHS officers allegedly detained a Los Angeles man of Muslim faith for four hours before he boarded a plane, asking him questions and pressuring him to show them the contents of his phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Texas Seeks Death Penalty for Border Agent Who Allegedly Killed Four Women

Juan David Ortiz was indicted on a capital murder charge after allegedly killing four women he targeted for doing sex work.
Leila Ettachfini
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Police Just Found $40K of Weed Hidden Inside Some Golf Bags

Putt, putt, pass.
River Donaghey

Border Guards Looked Through Nearly 60 Percent More Electronic Devices in 2017 than in 2016

Customs and Border Protection released a new directive Friday with more detailed guidelines for searching phones and computers.
Kaleigh Rogers
sexual assault

Customs Agents Accused of Ritualized Sexual Assault on 'Rape Table' at Airport

Three Newark Airport employees say that assailants play the "Jackass" theme song during assaults, and that the abuse has been happening for years.
Diana Tourjée
Special Case

How Twitter Sued the Trump Administration and Won Almost Instantly

Twitter sued Customs and Border Protection on Thursday. By Friday morning, the government withdrew its subpoena for the user information of @ALT_uscis.
Sarah Jeong

We Talked to the American NASA Scientist Who Had His Phone Seized at the Border

Sidd Bikkannavar is a natural born US citizen who just wanted to get home after racing solar-powered cars across South America.
Kaleigh Rogers

The Time the Federal Government Used a Predator Drone to Arrest Armed Ranchers

In 2011, anti-government ranchers chased law enforcement off their property using high powered rifles. The feds returned with a Predator drone.
Jason Koebler

Don't Try to Smuggle Raw Chicken in Your Luggage

He tried to smuggle in five raw chickens and three packages of pork meat on a flight that arrived at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport last week.
Alex Swerdloff

Leaked Document Reveals Upcoming Biometric Experiments at US Customs

It’s not just facial recognition. The Customs and Border Protection has two more new pilot programs ready to launch.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

US Customs Quietly Launches Facial Recognition Experiment at DC Airport

The facial recognition program is designed to catch “passport imposters” but has privacy advocates worried.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Bad Cop Blotter

Anonymous Border Patrol Agents Keep Killing People

US Customs and Border Protection agents have killed 46 people since 2005. None have gone to jail, and we don't even know most of their names.
Lucy Steigerwald