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Editorial: Hands off our laptops

As President Obama ponders a task force’s recommendations for reining in electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, a federal judge in New York has allowed another government agency to invade the privacy of Americans. Judge Edward R. Korman ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents may confiscate and examine the contents of laptop computers of Americans returning to the country even if they lack reasonable suspicion that the devices contain evidence of criminal activity. …

In that case, the 9th Circuit nevertheless upheld a sophisticated forensic analysis of the laptop of a man returning from Mexico that turned up images of child pornography. But the court said there was “reasonable suspicion” to justify the search because the man had been listed as a sex offender on a government watch list. Full Article

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Ifind this very terrifying. Iheard abotu them passing a law after 9/11 allowoing laptops to be taken at the border and searched, maybe not returning untiltome period later. But that was supposed otbe for terrorism reasons, not other reasons, such as to search laptops of everyone listed as a registrant, as I am gathering is what is going on from what regitrants are saying (on this Website, registrants are prettymuch saying the all of them everytime they travel are pulled aside for hours at the border and everything gone over with the fine tooth comb, just lookijgnfor any sex picutes… Read more »

This all started with 9/11 and the unpatriotic act. I’ve heard it said that all the war on terror has accomplished is to destroy the constitution and allow the pounder of sovern states, we have already pretty much been plundered.

There was a lot said about not letting the terrorists win after 9/11. Well, the terrorists enabled our leaders to weaken the constitution, the basis of our free society. Who actually won? And when it cones to registrants, you’ve got the perfect storm wracking the Constitution. Although you may have some liberals (oh, I forgot now called progressives) concerned about 100 or so suspected terrorists detained without habeus corpus, nary a liberal (or for that matter libertarian) concerned about 750,000 citizens detained on virtual parole after they haved served a sentence.

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