Friday, August 01, 2008

Welcome to ridiculous

So if you go across the US border, here is what can happen to your electronic devices: unreasonable search and seizure with or without suspicion, and certainly without a warrant.

What's even more funny is that the same policy states that people will be protected against unreasonable search and seizure (!!!).

Seriously: what is the use of going over anybody's laptop files looking for incriminating evidence in the age of the Internet? Certainly anybody with two fingers' worth of a forehead could travel laptopless, get a laptop for $500 after crossing the border and download stuff while seeping a coffee at Starbucks. What is this notion of security? You have to be kidding. But despite this people have to give up their right to their own property without any reason whatsoever?

And yet, border agents cannot go through sealed mail. Gee, thanks. What a sick joke.

Here's the worst of it all, I think. Agencies with which the seized information or copied materials are shared do not necessarily have to destroy the copies when / if it is determined that they are worthless. For example, national security may be invoked and therefore there is no need to use a shredder. Since the definition of national security is also national security, this in turn allows government to keep any data it wants, with or without reason.

And remember, government may move you to Guantanamo for no reason at all, and keep you there for no reason at all as well. Feel good now?

This is just the beginning of thought crime, as in 1984.

Update: so my friend... what is the difference between the laptop searches and this (if the link does not work, then here is an alternate, and here is another one)? The flag.

2 comments:

Carl Gundel said...

What inspired you to write this? Personal experience? An article? Do you have a URL?

Andres said...

Carl,

The post has a link to the policy in question. The motivation is basically disgust.

Andres.