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Returning from a brief vacation to Germany in February, Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. Agents searched Hogan's luggage and then popped an unexpected question: Was he carrying any digital media cards or drives in his pockets? "Then they told me that they were impounding my laptop," says Hogan, a freelance investigative reporter whose recent stories have ranged from the origins of the Iraq war to the impact of money in presidential politics.
Shaken by the encounter, Hogan says he left the airport and examined his bags, finding that the agents had also removed and inspected the memory card from his digital camera. "It was fortunate that I didn't use that machine for work or I would have had to call up all my sources and tell them that the government had just seized their information," he said. When customs offered to return the machine nearly two weeks later, Hogan told them to ship it to his lawyer.
Originally posted by metamagic
Because if you were not one of these bad people, you would have nothing to hide and would not have encrypted it.
Unfortunately encryption is not the answer. If you have encrypted data and refuse to provide the key, it is currently considered to be an offense in the same way that refusing to unlock your suitcase is. Follow the government logic: if have something encrypted, then you must be hiding something from us because the only people that encrypt things are bad people (pick one or from the list of (a) terrorists (b) socialists (c) Child molesters (d) kiddie porn perverts) How do we know? Because if you were not one of these bad people, you would have nothing to hide and would not have encrypted it.
Originally posted by Grafilthy
reply to post by metamagic
I lock my front door when I leave my house.....
...Does that make me all/any of those things???
People have PRIVATE information for a number of reasons, most are not those.
No probable cause = illegal search and seizure.
Originally posted by johnsky
lol, load a copy of Linux onto a USB Thumb drive... when you format your hard drive, make half of it NTFS, and the other half in the linux native format.
Windows can't see the linux native format. So basically, to an observer, the data simply isn't on your hard drive at all... until you plug your thumb drive in and boot into linux through that thumb drive.
Now, you're probably asking "but the thumb drive gives it away." not if you put a bunch of fake files on there for windows to see it wont. Make it look like a photo album.
It's one of the tricks I used on my older PC... nobody could access my data without an external copy of linux.