Sep 072010
 September 7, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Ellen Nakashima reports:

Criminal defense lawyers, press photographers and a university student are challenging the Obama administration’s search policy permitting officers at U.S. borders to detain travelers’ laptop computers and examine their contents even without suspecting the traveler of wrongdoing.

In a federal lawsuit to be filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of New York, the plaintiffs allege that the Department of Homeland Security policy violates constitutional rights to privacy and free speech.


The plaintiffs are the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the National Press Photographers Association and Pascal Abidor. Abidor, a 26-year-old doctoral student and dual U.S.-French citizen, was on an Amtrak train from Montreal to New York to visit family last spring when his laptop was searched and confiscated by CBP officers.

Read the full story in the Washington Post. I’ll be following this case on this blog.

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