Bills Introduced To Protect Laptops At Border Searches

from the restoring-the-4th-amendment dept

As was widely expected following earlier statements from politicians such as Russ Feingold, legislation has now been introduced that would curb Homeland Security's ability to randomly search laptops at the border, instead, requiring them to have a "reasonable suspicion" of illegal activity before they can search or copy a hard drive. This would be a huge step forward in terms of reasonable levels of privacy at the border. While defenders of the random search program claim that it's necessary, they give little proof. You can tell because their arguments could equally be applied to searching a random person on the street as well, as they just give vague platitudes about protecting the country from harm. Yet our country has privacy rights and probable cause for a very good reason. It's nice to actually see some politicians standing up to make sure that Homeland Security live up to those ideals.

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    MadJo (profile), 1 Oct 2008 @ 6:16am

    Re: Why are the borders special?

    I am not a terrorist nor a criminal, but I do object to anyone just randomly searching my laptop in search of.. well of what exactly? Do you honestly think that terrorists would be stupid enough to leave any plans on their hard drives when entering the country?

    Actually you answered your own question.
    In the initial bill, anyone could be searched whether there was reasonable suspicion or not.
    That was the difference...
    Now the searches are on par as on the street. You get searched if there is reasonable suspicion.

    BTW, the politics of failure has failed? Yet, you'd vote for a person who'd keep following the same path as G.W. Bush? (stay the course, as they say)
    You probably also believe that Iraq had something to do with 9/11 (it didn't, Al-Qaeda is an Afghan group), and that there were WMDs stashed there (there weren't, not north, south, east nor west of Bagdad) and that this war in Iraq can be won (it can't, it's Vietnam 2.0)

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