Monday, August 04, 2008

Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border

I saw this on the washington post.

Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border.
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.

WTF?? Can you imagine if other countries (say in Europe) started doing this? I would expect US citizens be up in arms, but this is being tolerated here.

I don't understand the reasoning. Don't they understand that with the internet there is a free flow of information (its in the tubes!). PGP file, ftp to outside the US.. done.

Is there really an assumption that bad people are stupid enough to cross the border with a laptop of questionable material?

Land Of the Free


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