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 @ 10:12am

    Re: This is really about child porn

    This all started because a guy had child porn on his laptop.


    Again, as before, not to be too crass about it, but So what?

    Now for those who want to let all the child mongers come and go as they please and not get caught,

    Puffery. Straw man. Hot air. BS. Fool's Gambit.

    Not to mention an outright lie. Defending rights and liberties does not make me a pornographer, a terrorist, an agent of espionage, or a supporter of such in any fashion. It makes me a good citizen, defending the principles upon which this nation was founded and has flourished. It means I recognize the trade of liberty for security as the fast track to losing both.

    I see no reason to trade away this nation's hard won freedoms so casually as has been done during this administration. Shame on you.

    If your upset about this then what are you hiding?

    This is your lesson for the day, people. Read this message and understand it for what it is.

    This is the banner and the mantra under which opressive and totaletarian regimes come in. Nobody wakes up and decides to give away their freedom, their freedoms are bought from them one piece at a time. Give up this freedom and we'll protect you from another enemy at the gates.

    Tell us what we want to know.

    Show us what we want to see.

    Give us what we wnat to have.

    No, no, don't argue. Aren't you a loyal citizen?

    Or are you one of Them?


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