Posted by: Kevin | August 4, 2008

Defending the Free World

One laptop at a time.

From the Washington Post:

Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

Also, officials may share copies of the laptop’s contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons

I’m pretty sure that illegal search and seizure is mentioned somewhere in the constitution, something about it being a no-no.  Yet that’s exactly what this policy is.  The Federal Government is reserving the right to seize your laptop for literally no reason what so ever.  Furthermore, they are reserving the right to search the contents of your laptop, which in my case would include detailed financial and personal information, also with no prior justification.  Lastly they reserve the right to send that data to a third party.  But don’t worry.

Customs Deputy Commissioner Jayson P. Ahern said the efforts “do not infringe on Americans’ privacy.”

See, aren’t you reassured now?  Never mind that fact that digital records, like the financial information stored on my laptop, could be sent to a third party and be infinitely replicated at no cost.  The government says I’m completely safe.  The amazing thing isn’t that there are so many conspiracy theory nuts but that there are so few.

Found on Pharyngula



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