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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  1. identicon
    Sailor Ripley, 2 Jul 2008 @ 8:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: checking things at the border

    see, I was perfectly willing to read and evaluate your arguments, compare them with my point of view and if convinced by the correctness of your arguments, adapt my point of view...

    until I read ...leftist darling countries of Europe ...

    With those 5 little words you demonstrated without any reasonable doubt you talk out of your ass.
    Does this prove the rest of your post has the same origin?
    No, but you lose the benefit of the doubt because I've never known anyone to only talk out of his ass about 1 singular, very specific thing.

    So the rest of your post may or may not be true, accurate and based on fact, nobody who knows Europe is going to believe you after that departure from reality

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