Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Chapter In Our Vanishing Freedoms

Appeals court reverses ruling: now border agents can search laptops without cause.

Federal agents at the border do not need any reason to search through travelers' laptops, cell phones or digital cameras for evidence of crimes, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, extending the government's power to look through belongings like suitcases at the border to electronics.
The unanimous three-judge decision reverses a lower court finding that digital devices were "an extension of our own memory" and thus too personal to allow the government to search them without cause. Instead, the earlier ruling said, Customs agents would need some reasonable and articulable suspicion a crime had occurred in order to search a traveler's laptop.

Pretty soon we will have to submit to thought scans I imagine so the authorities can see what we are thinking!


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