ACLU Looking To Challenge Homeland Security On Border Laptop Searches

from the gotta-find-someone-first... dept

Slashdot points us to the news that the ACLU is looking to challenge Homeland Security's policies that it has pretty free reign in searching your laptop at the border. Now, to date, the courts have said that this is perfectly legal, so it's not clear what is "new" that the ACLU hopes to prove. However, last year, after revealing that the new administration still stood by these border computer searches, it also revealed some data on laptop searches, suggesting they are quite rare -- but do still happen. However, the ACLU is seeking people whose laptops were searched, but that looks like a pretty small number of people. While I agree that these searches seem quite questionable for a variety of reasons, I just don't see this lawsuit being effective.

Filed Under: border search, homeland security, laptops
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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2010 @ 11:37am

    The article specifically stated the ACLU was in search of lawyers whose laptops were searched, in potential violation of the attorney/client privilege. Yes they should sue. The article also said the lawsuit isn't seeking monetary damages, just a policy change.

    I'm no fan of the ACLU, but sometimes, they do the right thing. Let's just say we get another Richard Nixon in the White House, and certain journalists, legal experts, satirists and educators from inside and outside the US are analyzing, criticizing and investigating the American political situation. Someone needs to stand up to the government now, before they are granted blanket powers of search and seizure in the name of national and border security.

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