Why I refuse to travel to the USA

Submitted by lupe on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 12:41

This is a collection of background articles and videos that illustrate my rationale for not wanting to travel to the USA or use a flight that is scheduled to land there to refuel. Or a flight that would have to land in the USA in case of an emergency. Or a plane that enters the USA area of forward defense (apparently Canada, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean).

Techdirt: How The TSA’s Security Theater Harms Us All
The Independent: Planning a trip to Canada or the Caribbean? US Immigration may have other ideas…
The Register: Busted in the US? ‘Drop your trousers, sir’
Another TSA Video To Make Your Blood Boil
U.S. government begins asking foreign travelers about social media I have no such account, so I’m suspicious.
Münchner Ehepaar darf nicht nach Kuba — und keiner weiß warum
Government May ‘Seize’ Citizens’ Fingerprints To Unlock Apple Devices, Federal Court Rules
Flugreisen in die USA: Mit Befragungen ist zu rechnen
US-Grenzschützer durchsuchen mehr elektronische Geräte als je zuvor
Extreme vetting: State Department to demand tourists’ social media history
US-Behörde TSA will massenhafte Gesichtserkennung einführen
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says photos of travelers were taken in a data breach
TSA’s Expensive Scanners Can’t Figure Out Afros Or Turbans, So Guess Who’s Getting Searched More Often
Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked
ICE arrests 90 more students at fake university in Michigan
Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling
Fefe’s take on that
US-Behörden verlangen Zugriff auf biometrische Daten in 40 LändernNatürlich auch von Deutschland. “Enhanced Border Security Partnership” my ass!
‘Have you recently had an abortion?’ Australian transiting through US questioned then deported I don’t think they would ask me that question, but I always though it is a problem that there is no transit through a US airport. You have to enter and leave the USA. The same of course applies to people on a plane that has an been rerouted from e.g. the Caribbean to Florida or has to take an emergency landing.
US-Grenzbehörde saugt täglich Daten von Handys Unbescholtener

Or maybe just because the USA are becoming a place nobody wants to be.
The Washington Post: Stop and seize
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture, Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required, Impact of New Federal Budget on Asset Forfeiture Program
Supreme Court: It’s OK for Cops to Guess Wrong About What the Law Is
The feds have resumed a controversial program that lets cops take stuff and keep it
Court: US seizure of Kim Dotcom’s millions and 4 jet skis will stand
NYPD Has No Idea How Much Cash It Seized, Claims Transparency Would Lead to “System Crashes”
USA: Riskante Begegnungen mit der Polizei
Amerika in Angst – Fürchtet euch
Police Accountability: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Notruf gewählt, von Polizei erschossen
Man dies after being shot by Wichita officer investigating possible homicide Background: Kansas Man Killed In ‘SWATting’ Attack
“Get Out of Jail Free” Cards
Police officer fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000 (Not because of the court ruling, because of the firing for refusing to fire.)
Immigration Courts: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Especially as a foreign resident.)
Utah Man Shot and Killed While Complying with Police Commands to Show His Hands
Mit Sicherheit ohne “Migrationshintergrund”
Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning’s Home with Guns Drawn — in a “Wellness Check” Welfare checks like this, usually prompted by calls placed to 911 by concerned friends or family, too often end with police harming — or even killing — the person they were dispatched to check on.
Sheriff: Deputy sexually assaulted child, threatened undocumented mom if she reported it
Rat invasion discovered at historic Los Angeles City Hall amid city typhus outbreak
Vierjährige klaut Puppe — Polizei droht mit Kopfschuss
Amnesty International: Travel Advisory: United States of America
Georgia Southern QB says false-positive field test showed bird droppings as cocaine
O Oberlin, My Oberlin
Three Fresno cops accused of stealing $225K are ‘immune’ from suit, appeals court says
Pennsylvania Family Arrested For Loitering Outside Of Their Own Home
Three family members charged in shooting death of security guard who told a customer to put on a face mask
Hetzjagd in Brunswick
Rassistisch motivierter Notruf
“Schwarz zu sein, darf keine Todesstrafe sein”
Wikipedia: Death of George Floyd
And when the protests get out of hand, who will be arrested? The black reporter (OK, followed by arrests of the three other people in the TV crew)
Videos Show Cops Slashing Car Tires at Protests in Minneapolis
And who what will write the warrant? Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm, I was wrongfully arrested because of facial recognition. Why are police allowed to use it?
Old and busted: chlorinated chicken. New hotness: diseased chicken. Diseased Chicken for Dinner? The USDA Is Considering It
Targeted »Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county.« »“We couldn’t get the kids,” Rodgers recalled. “So we arrested the dad.”«
A suspect was killed by the police just hours after he gave an interview declaring he acted in self-defense: Gewalt in den USA hört nicht auf: Warum schoss er?
Man ist auch als Weisser nicht sicher vor den Kugeln der Polizei: Autistisches Kind von US-Polizei niedergeschossen
US-Einwanderungsbehörde errichtet beispielloses Überwachungssystem »Aus Daten von privaten Versorgungsunternehmen und Behörden entstand eine anlasslose Massenüberwachung, die einen Großteil der US-Einwohner:innen betrifft.«

Or maybe because it has been for a long time.
The Police Are Still Out of Control
Inside the Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns
Sheriffs: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Das stille Sterben der amerikanischen Mittelschicht

Definitely a place nobody wants to use an airport.
The TSA’s FAST Personality Screening Program Violates the Fourth Amendment

Or have to take treatment in a hospital.
When the Hospital Fires the Bullet
I Needed Treatment, Not Judgment From My Catholic Hospital

More to come when I find good articles.

Just in case: Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud by the EFF.