First the patent silliness of the FISA fight and retroactive immunity for campaign contributions Democratic complicity in lawbreaking patriotic corporate behavior, now this:
Travelers’ Laptops May Be Detained At Border
From the article:
The policies state that officers may “detain” laptops “for a reasonable period of time” to “review and analyze information.” This may take place “absent individualized suspicion.”
The policies cover “any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,” including hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover “all papers and other written documentation,” including books, pamphlets and “written materials commonly referred to as ‘pocket trash’ or ‘pocket litter.’ ”
Reasonable measures must be taken to protect business information and attorney-client privileged material, the policies say, but there is no specific mention of the handling of personal data such as medical and financial records.
The policy covers everyone, including US citizens, “absent individualized suspicion.” In other words, everyone is suspect.
I’d add a comment, but I’m speechless…
I’m heartened to see that so many other people are as outraged as I am, if I may use that over-used term. Please go to Hands Off My Laptop! to sign the online petition and hopefully get some accountability going. Thanks.