What’s on your laptop?
There have been a number of cases where United States Customs officials have detained and searched laptops of American citizens coming back to the U.S. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), of course, does it to, and supports it.
On a couple of occasions, child pornography was found, and these men were arrested.
Due to the fact that only child pornographers were harassed, no one is complaining or rushing to defend them.
But as you can see, this is a serious and huge issue with the potential to make coming back to the U.S. even harder than it already is, in addition to violating your privacy.
In one case, thankfully, a judge ruled that the seized evidence could not be used against the man:
“Electronic storage devices function as an extension of our own memory. They are capable of storing our thoughts, ranging from the most whimsical to the most profound.”
Unfortunately, his decision is being appealed, and there is a huge right-wing push to have laptops and other electronic devices searched and seized at U.S. borders.
For those of you who haven’t traveled out of the U.S. and back again since 9/11, you have no idea how hard it is to return to the U.S. now. My wife and I were interrogated and disrespected in October 2006 in Detroit.
This is a major issue that damages the U.S. tourist industry, violates the Constitution, and causes more delays at the airport.