Feingold Points Out That DHS's Chertoff Is Misleading On Border Laptop Searches

from the reasonable-cause? dept

Following the release of Homeland Security's policies for searching laptops at the border, where the rules are, effectively, "anything goes," DHS boss Michael Chertoff claimed that laptop searches were only done when the border guard had a "suspicion" and placed that individual in "secondary inspection." However, Senator Russ Feingold has now hit back, pointing out that the official DHS policies say absolutely nothing about there needing to be a suspicion or that laptop searches only happen on secondary inspection. If Chertoff were being honest, why wouldn't those things be in the official policy? And, if Chertoff insists that DHS will only do searches when there is a real suspicion, what's wrong with following the "probable cause" standard that it insists it should be allowed to ignore? It's nice to see Senator Feingold asking these questions.

Filed Under: border searches, customs, homeland security, laptops, michael chertoff, russ feingold, senate


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous of Course, 8 Aug 2008 @ 2:54pm

    Any first hand tales of woe?

    Has anyone here had their laptop searched by
    US border guards or DHS/TSA employees?
    I'd like to hear about the circumstances.

    I had my laptop searched, but it was by
    Canadian border guards and seemed to
    be standard operating procedure for them
    in the mid-90's.

    Just curious...

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