Senators Not Thrilled About Laptop Searches At The Border

from the back-off,-customs dept

It would appear that the EFF's efforts to get Congress to look into laptop searches at the border has worked. This is over the question of whether or not it's legal, with no suspicion of wrongdoing, for customs officials to take your laptop and search through the contents. Even if the courts have said it's legal, it still seems quite troubling to many people who believe it's an unreasonable search. Some Senators have now asked Customs to reconsider its stance on this, with Senator Russ Feingold noting:
"If you asked [U.S. residents] whether the government has a right to open their laptops, read their documents and e-mails, look at their photographs, and examine the Web sites they have visited, all without any suspicion of wrongdoing, I think those same Americans would say that the government has absolutely no right to do that. And if you asked him whether that actually happens, they would say, 'not in the United States of America.'"
Somehow, I doubt that these hearings will lead to much, but at least someone in DC is concerned about this issue.

Filed Under: border searches, customs, eff, laptops, senate

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    Jason, 28 Jun 2008 @ 12:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: checking things at the border

    "Are you under the impression that the inscription on the base of a statue has some kind of legal standing?"

    Wow, I've never read so vapid an argument.

    No, you caught me. I wasn't making a legal argument. I was making fun of empty-headed isolationist dogma. If I was out to make a point, it would be that illegal immigrants add far more to the economy in production than they take out in illegally low wages and public assistance (if they can get it) combined.

    The ONLY logically valid argument in favor of our current draconian immigration laws is "We don't want their kind here."

    But don't lose hope. With the advent of international outsourcing comes far greater opportunities to take advantage of laborers while offering next to nothing in return. Every day there are new ways to oppress those for whom this nation once served as haven. Before long we'll be able to keep everyone out and keep right on rippin'em off. Huzzah for squeaky clean globalized slavery!! Asshat.

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