US Customs and Border Patrol want the contents of your laptop

I know the source is a progressive think tank, but that’s really beside the point. This is truly bad news. This is from a testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to the Constitution.

In recent months I have become increasingly aware of what I consider a deeply flawed policy. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol now takes the position that it can seize and copy the contents of a laptop or other computing device for a traveler entering the United States, based simply on its authority to do traditional border searches.

This is outright insane. Fundamental freedoms seems to be going away rather quickly in the West. In the previous post I wrote about members of the European Parliament that wants restrictions on blogging, and I’ve also written about the Canadian Court of Political Correctness, plus there is the matter of the British detention plans. If this development continues at this pace, all too soon we’ll find that our countries are not as free as we would like them to be.

Since it’s too much of a cliché to quote Benjamin Franklin on these matters I won’t. The question to ponder: where is the counter reaction?

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