Jan 162011
 January 16, 2011  Laws, Surveillance

Glenn Greenwald writes about the deplorable conduct of our govt just searching and seizing citizens’ electronics at the border even when there is no reasonable suspicion:

When you really think about it, it’s simply inconceivable that the U.S. Government gets away with doing this. Seizing someone’s laptop, digging through it, recording it all, storing the data somewhere, and then distributing it to various agencies is about the most invasive, privacy-destroying measure imaginable. A laptop and its equivalents reveal whom you talk to, what you say, what you read, what you write, what you view, what you think, and virtually everything else about your life. It can — and often does — contain not only the most private and intimate information about you, but also information which the government is legally barred from accessing (attorney/client or clergy/penitent communications, private medical and psychiatric information and the like). But these border seizures result in all of that being limitlessly invaded. This is infinitely more invasive than the TSA patdowns that caused so much controversy just two months ago. What kind of society allows government agents — without any cause — to seize all of that whenever they want, without limits on whom they can do this to, what they access, how they can use it: even without anyone knowing what they’re doing?

Glenn also interviewed Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat about H.R. 216 and gives his thoughts on it. You can read it all and hear the interview on Salon.

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