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.
"The policies . . . are truly alarming," said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), who is probing the government's border search practices.
I agree. The policies are linked from this CNET article. Consider this comment:
In the course of every border search, CBP will protect the rights of individuals against unreasonable search and seizure.
It is deeply insulting to see such an obviously frivolous and sarcastic reference made to constitutional rights in official policy. Literally every imaginable kind of search of electronic equipment is authorized by this policy without any individualized suspicion. Exactly what kind of unreasonable searches or seizures are CBP protecting individuals from in this context? The answer is that there are none, absolutely none, and the inclusion of this statement makes a mockery out of the idea!
Customs Deputy Commissioner Jayson P. Ahern said the efforts "do not infringe on Americans' privacy."
Its like these people don't even understand the meaning of the words they are saying.