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
    Overcast, 1 Oct 2008 @ 9:18am

    Any moron who supports Bush and McCain deserves to have their freedoms taken away. The rest of us would rather abide by the Constitution and keep what little privacy we have left.

    Many of us say that about most politicians. But I guess those who watch too much TV news think one party is actually better than the other. Anymore, if you kinda pull your head out of the sand and look at - not what they say - but what they do, it seems to be one big happy party, with two 'factions' that debate on how to execute a specific agenda - but anymore the overall agenda doesn't seem to be debated much; just how to go about it. The 'bail-out' bill's a prime example. Why don't they 'bail-out' all the people who have been foreclosed on, instead of the banks?

    Has everybody forgotten the independant party? We need to get worthy candidates to run independantly.

    That's EXACTLY what we need - one or two more parties. I will likely be voting for NO member of the Democratic or Republican party, except for a few people here and there, but that's dependent on the particular candidate.

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