In Democratic America, agents search YOU!
January 13, 2011 8:52 AM Subscribe
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"The [Customs and Border Patrol] specifically wanted laptops and cell phones and were visibly unhappy
when they discovered nothing of the sort."
A computer security expert, Jacob Applebaum
, recounts his temporary detention upon returning from Iceland. This comes after his run in last year
with the same agency in Newark. In both instances, Applebaum was detained, searched, and denied access to a lawyer since he was neither under arrest or charged with a crime. This time in Seattle he didn't carry any electronics, except for a few thumb drives containing the Bill of Rights.
The concept of temporary legal black holes seems to be at odds with the Fourth Amendment. Nevertheless, in United States v. Verma
last year, the court upheld the right of the government to "routinely" search any and all electronics at the border without any warrant as long as there is "a particularized and objective basis for suspecting the particular person." The continued erosion of the Fourth Amendment has led to some advances in protest undergarments
Applebaum is a noted developer for Tor, WikiLeaks supporter, and recursive homeboy
of Donald Knuth.
He is also a MeFite, as featured last month in another FPP