US judge dismisses challenge to border laptop searches
Dec 31, 2013 07:39 pm | IDG News Service
The searches are rare and don’t require reasonable suspicion, a federal judge said
by Stephen Lawson
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection can search travelers’ laptops and other electronic devices without a show of reasonable suspicion, according to a federal judge’s dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit on Tuesday.
In its suit, the American Civil Liberties Union had argued that having border officials search the contents of a laptop violated the U.S Constitution unless the officials had a reasonable suspicion that the contents related to a crime. Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, disagreed and threw out the suit. The ACLU said an appeal is being considered.
“We’re disappointed in today’s decision, which allows the government to conduct intrusive searches of Americans’ laptops and other electronics at the border without any suspicion that those devices contain evidence of wrongdoing,” ACLU attorney Catherine Crump said in a press release from the organization. Crump argued the case in 2011.
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Sorry, but expecting the Gooferment judge to rule against Gooferment bureaucrats, is foolish.
It’s all about power and control!
How do you change this tyranny?
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