Thursday, August 14, 2008


The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The United States Department of Homeland Security, however, supplies us with this information: Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop 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. This policy (terrorism prevention) applies to anyone entering the country, including US Citizens. The policy covers any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form, including hard drives, flash drives, cell phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover all papers and other written documentation, including books, pamphlets and written materials.

Which sounds like a better idea to you?

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