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.

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


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2008 @ 6:35am

    Re: Re: Why are the borders special?

    At least Repubs maintain their views whereas Dems just change their positions to whatever is popular at the time. As I remember, most of the Dems in Congress voted to go to war. Now that it is unpopular, they change their mind, and now they want to blame the other party. If they are so antiwar, then they shouldn't have voted against it in the first place on principle even if they were "tricked". With the success in the "surge" you don't hear much squawking anymore. Now it is the financial sector in "crisis". Hmmm, the financial sector pretty much owns the Dem party. Don't be so disillusioned to believe our government parties would have things running any different than they currently are now. You should notice that it doesn't matter who is in control of whichever branch, the people continue to get screwed.

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