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ACLU Sues DHS over Laptop Searches

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posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 02:38 PM
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The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to uncover documents related to laptop searches at the border.

"The ACLU believes that suspicionless searches of laptops violate the First and Fourth Amendments," the group wrote in the suit, filed in a New York District Court.

In July 2008, the Customs and Border Protection agency within DHS published formal guidelines for laptop border searches that gave CBP officials permission to search laptops and electronic devices at the border. Court cases on the topic have generally found that citizens should have diminished expectations of privacy when re-entering the country because the U.S. has a right to protect itself and control what crosses its borders.

www.pcmag.com...



This is good news, although I doubt anything will come out of it, it's still better than nothing.

And this is something that also affects tourists from any country for that matter.

Even information as they often search reporters so they find who the whistleblowers are.




posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 03:08 PM
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I'm very happy with this. Let's just see if anything is accomplished by it. This is the kind of advocacy they should focus on, defending the civil rights of all citizens.



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