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Laptop searches raise civil liberties questions

December 8, 2008 by  

an invasion of privacy?Federal law enforcement officials claim that the power to search travelers’ laptops without reasonable cause allows them to potentially nab terrorists, those who possess child pornography and other threats to the U.S.

However, for those whose laptops are investigated, the measure can feel like an invasion of privacy and a violation of their liberties, according to an Associated Press report.

Some travelers say that border agents have investigated photos on their cameras, audio files on MP3 players and their most recent Google keyword searches.

Critics of these powers suggest that the government may currently be violating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

They have also raised concerns about racial profiling and the ability for border agents to access confidential business data, trade secrets, medical records and more.

Representative Eliot Engel told the news provider that there is a difference between protecting the country and trespassing on personal liberties.

"It’s outrageous that on a whim, a border agent can just ask you for your laptop. We can’t just throw our constitutional rights out the window," he explained.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently the focus of a lawsuit that is requesting the agency make public its records regarding border searches.
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  • chris adkins

    People are people. People talk. Border agents are people. Who knows where some of our information could end up?

  • Michael Tingle

    Hey Bob: I used to live in a FREE COUNTRY – NOT A SOCIALISTIC POLICE STATE WITH A BUNCH OF DICTATORS(G.W.BUSH, DICK CHENEY, KARL ROVE, ROBERT GATES, CONDILEEZA RICE AND NOW THE CURRENT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE FOLLOWING SOME OF THE SAME OLD POLICIES!!! I WROTE A EMAIL USING MY UNALIENABLE RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH TO A WEBSITE THAT PROMOTES PEACE AND WANTS TO SEE JUSTICE CARRIED OUT IN THE IMPEACHMENT TRIALS OF THE AFOREMENTIONED TRAITORS AND INSURRECTIONISTS!! WELL, BOB – I HAD MY EMAIL INTERCEPTED AND STOPPED BY mail65.mail.sat.mlsrvr.com and they even sent me my ORIGINAL email back as being DENIED, but , it was NOT MY ORIGINAL email!!! THEY CHANGED THE HEADING MESSAGE THAT I HAD TYPED IN THE EMAIL!!! THE email ALSO HAD THE MESSAGE IN RED INK– HIGH PRIORITY!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ??? I ALSO SENT EMAILS TO MY GOVERNMENT SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE AND MY COMPUTER SCREEN STARTED TO GET ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT MENU PAGES ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN !!! JUST LIKE BEFORE YOUR COMPUTER CRASHES!!! I BELIEVE THAT IT ORIGINATED WITH A WHISTLEBLOWER OUT OF YAHOO.COM!! YOU AND I KNOW THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE PROTECTED IN THE UnPATRIOT ACT – BUT YOU AND I OR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO THE ONE WORLD ORDER LIE !!! I WILL CALL MY IMPORTANT EMAIL ADDRESSES FROM NOW ON, JUST TO BE SURE THAT THEY GET MY EMAILS!! P.S. BOB, I AM A BORN – AGAIN CHRISTIAN AND I AM AFRAID FOR MY COUNTRY!! I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS PUNISHING AMERICA WITH THEIR OWN “DAY OF THE LORD”. YOU AND I KNOW WHAT GOD DID TO ISRAEL WHEN THE JEWS REJECTED THEIR MESSIAH – JESUS CHRIST ! GOD ALLOWED ISRAEL TO BE DESTROYED, BOTH THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE!! THE ROMANS CARRIED OUT GOD’S WRATH AND JUDGEMENT AGAINST THE JEWS!! THEY BURNT THE CITY AND TEMPLE AND KILLED AND IMPRISONED THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND TOOK THEM TO ROME TO BE SOLD AS SLAVES ALL THROUGHOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE!! NOBODY RETURNED TO JERUSALEM FOR OVER 200 YEARS ! JOSEPH, WHO LIVED CENTURIES BEFORE JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN AS A MAN ONLY LIVED TO BE 110 YEARS OLD!! THE GENEALOGICAL RECORDS OR BIRTH RECORDS OF THE JEWS WERE KEPT IN THE TEMPLE WHICH WAS BURNT AND DESTROYED IN 70 A.D. NONE OF THE GENTILES CONVERTED TO JUDAISM, WHO CLAIM TO BE JEWS COULD PRODUCE THEIR BIRTH RECORDS IF THEY WERE DEMANDED TO DO SO, AND THEY KNOW IT !!! WHY DO MODERN -DAY CHRISTIANS THINK THAT GOD WOULD DELIVER AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND FAKE JEWS ; BELIEVE THAT GOD WOULD ALLOW THE TRUE JEWS TO BE DESTROYED AND KILLED AND IMPRISONED AND THAT HE WILL DELIVER MODERN – DAY CHRISTIANS BY A MAKE – BELIEVE “RAPTURE” ?? THE NATIONS OF THE PAST HAVE ALL HAD THEIR “DAY OF THE LORD”. EGYPT, ASSYRIA, BABYLON, MEDO -PERSIA, GREECE AND ROME AS WELL AS ISRAEL. THE TERM THE ” DAY OF THE LORD” IS A JEWISH TERM. IT MEANS THAT GOD WILL PUNISH HIS ENEMIES AND DELIVER HIS PEOPLE BOTH – AT THE SAME TIME !! HE WOULD USE ARMIES OF OTHER NATIONS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PLAN, AND LATER GOD WOULD VISIT THOSE SAME NATIONS WITH THEIR OWN “DAY OF THE LORD”. AMERICA IS NO EXCEPTION – IF GOD WAS WILLING TO DESTROY THE JEWISH NATION AND ALLOW THE PALESTINIANS TO DWELL IN THE LAND, WHAT RIGHT DO WE HAVE TO TRY AND HELP SOME GENTILE AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS WHO ARE TRYING TO CLAIM THEY ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE TO FORCEFULLY TAKE THE LAND AWAY FROM THE PALESTINIANS??? IF GOD WAS WILLING TO GIVE THE LAND TO THE PALESTIANS WHO HAVE “SQUATTERS RIGHTS”, WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE TO TRY TO FORCE THEM OFF OF THEIR LAND?? THE MODERN – DAY “FAKE JEWS’ ” ONLY CLAIM TO BE JEWS IS THAT THEY WORSHIP THE “DEAD” RELIGION OF JUDAISM, THOSE THAT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AT ALL!! WHY DO WE THINK THAT GOD WILL DELIVER A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CLAIMING PROMISES AND PROPHECIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED!! THE REASON THAT MODERN – DAY CHRISTIANS TEACH ALL THIS SILLY PRE – MILLENIAL, PRE – TRIBULATIONAL, DISPENSATIONALIST NONSENSE AND WANT TO TALK ABOUT A FAKE MARK OF THE BEAST, TEMPLE BEING REBUILT, MODERN – DAY BEAST OR ANTICHRIST AND ANOTHER GREAT TRIBULATION IN MODERN – DAY TIMES IS BECAUSE CHRISTIANS DON’T THINK THAT JESUS CHRIST (GOD’S ONLY SON ) OR GOD THE FATHER KNOW HOW TO TELL TIME TO THE PEOPLE THEY SPEAK TO IN THE HOLY BIBLE!! JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES AND APOSTLES AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE THAT (ALL), NOT SOME, OF THE THINGS THAT HE PROPHESIED TO HAPPEN WOULD OCCUR IN THEIR GENERATION OR AGE( THE GENERATION OF THE PEOPLE THAT HE WAS TALKING TO AND NOT MODERN -DAY CHRISTIANS!!!! JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. I HAVE BEEN A BORN – AGAIN CHRISTIAN FOR 39 YEARS AND I STUDY MY HOLY BIBLE EVERYDAY AND HAVE DONE SO FOR THE LAST 39 YEARS!! I HAVE STUDIED THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGES AND KNOW THAT THERE IS NO “RAPTURE” MENTIONED IN THE HOLY BIBLE. IT IS A MAN – MADE TRADITION OR TEACHING! GOD BLESS YOU AND FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME YOUR COMMENTS.

    • 150fowl

      Michael Go to church and preach. This is about the invaion of our privicy which has been done with great expansion with every president sence and including Father Bush and now the Facist Obama.

  • Michael Tingle

    Hey Bob: I used to live in a FREE COUNTRY – NOT A SOCIALISTIC POLICE STATE WITH A BUNCH OF DICTATORS(G.W.BUSH, DICK CHENEY, KARL ROVE, ROBERT GATES, CONDILEEZA RICE AND NOW THE CURRENT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE FOLLOWING SOME OF THE SAME OLD POLICIES!!! I WROTE A EMAIL USING MY UNALIENABLE RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH TO A WEBSITE THAT PROMOTES PEACE AND WANTS TO SEE JUSTICE CARRIED OUT IN THE IMPEACHMENT TRIALS OF THE AFOREMENTIONED TRAITORS AND INSURRECTIONISTS!! WELL, BOB – I HAD MY EMAIL INTERCEPTED AND STOPPED BY mail65.mail.sat.mlsrvr.com and they even sent me my ORIGINAL email back as being DENIED, but , it was NOT MY ORIGINAL email!!! THEY CHANGED THE HEADING MESSAGE THAT I HAD TYPED IN THE EMAIL!!! THE email ALSO HAD THE MESSAGE IN RED INK– HIGH PRIORITY!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ??? I ALSO SENT EMAILS TO MY GOVERNMENT SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE AND MY COMPUTER SCREEN STARTED TO GET ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT MENU PAGES ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN !!! JUST LIKE BEFORE YOUR COMPUTER CRASHES!!! I BELIEVE THAT IT ORIGINATED WITH A WHISTLEBLOWER OUT OF YAHOO.COM!! YOU AND I KNOW THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE PROTECTED IN THE UnPATRIOT ACT – BUT YOU AND I OR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO THE ONE WORLD ORDER LIE !!! I WILL CALL MY IMPORTANT EMAIL ADDRESSES FROM NOW ON, JUST TO BE SURE THAT THEY GET MY EMAILS!! P.S. BOB, I AM A BORN – AGAIN CHRISTIAN AND I AM AFRAID FOR MY COUNTRY!! I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS PUNISHING AMERICA WITH THEIR OWN “DAY OF THE LORD”. YOU AND I KNOW WHAT GOD DID TO ISRAEL WHEN THE JEWS REJECTED THEIR MESSIAH – JESUS CHRIST ! GOD ALLOWED ISRAEL TO BE DESTROYED, BOTH THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE!! THE ROMANS CARRIED OUT GOD’S WRATH AND JUDGEMENT AGAINST THE JEWS!! THEY BURNT THE CITY AND TEMPLE AND KILLED AND IMPRISONED THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND TOOK THEM TO ROME TO BE SOLD AS SLAVES ALL THROUGHOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE!! NOBODY RETURNED TO JERUSALEM FOR OVER 200 YEARS ! JOSEPH, WHO LIVED CENTURIES BEFORE JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN AS A MAN ONLY LIVED TO BE 110 YEARS OLD!! THE GENEALOGICAL RECORDS OR BIRTH RECORDS OF THE JEWS WERE KEPT IN THE TEMPLE WHICH WAS BURNT AND DESTROYED IN 70 A.D. NONE OF THE GENTILES CONVERTED TO JUDAISM, WHO CLAIM TO BE JEWS COULD PRODUCE THEIR BIRTH RECORDS IF THEY WERE DEMANDED TO DO SO, AND THEY KNOW IT !!! WHY DO MODERN -DAY CHRISTIANS THINK THAT GOD WOULD DELIVER AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AND FAKE JEWS ; BELIEVE THAT GOD WOULD ALLOW THE TRUE JEWS TO BE DESTROYED AND KILLED AND IMPRISONED AND THAT HE WILL DELIVER MODERN – DAY CHRISTIANS BY A MAKE – BELIEVE “RAPTURE” ?? THE NATIONS OF THE PAST HAVE ALL HAD THEIR “DAY OF THE LORD”. EGYPT, ASSYRIA, BABYLON, MEDO -PERSIA, GREECE AND ROME AS WELL AS ISRAEL. THE TERM THE ” DAY OF THE LORD” IS A JEWISH TERM. IT MEANS THAT GOD WILL PUNISH HIS ENEMIES AND DELIVER HIS PEOPLE BOTH – AT THE SAME TIME !! HE WOULD USE ARMIES OF OTHER NATIONS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PLAN, AND LATER GOD WOULD VISIT THOSE SAME NATIONS WITH THEIR OWN “DAY OF THE LORD”. AMERICA IS NO EXCEPTION – IF GOD WAS WILLING TO DESTROY THE JEWISH NATION AND ALLOW THE PALESTINIANS TO DWELL IN THE LAND, WHAT RIGHT DO WE HAVE TO TRY AND HELP SOME GENTILE AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS WHO ARE TRYING TO CLAIM THEY ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE TO FORCEFULLY TAKE THE LAND AWAY FROM THE PALESTINIANS??? IF GOD WAS WILLING TO GIVE THE LAND TO THE PALESTIANS WHO HAVE “SQUATTERS RIGHTS”, WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE TO TRY TO FORCE THEM OFF OF THEIR LAND?? THE MODERN – DAY “FAKE JEWS’ ” ONLY CLAIM TO BE JEWS IS THAT THEY WORSHIP THE “DEAD” RELIGION OF JUDAISM, THOSE THAT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AT ALL!! WHY DO WE THINK THAT GOD WILL DELIVER A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CLAIMING PROMISES AND PROPHECIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED!! THE REASON THAT MODERN – DAY CHRISTIANS TEACH ALL THIS SILLY PRE – MILLENIAL, PRE – TRIBULATIONAL, DISPENSATIONALIST NONSENSE AND WANT TO TALK ABOUT A FAKE MARK OF THE BEAST, TEMPLE BEING REBUILT, MODERN – DAY BEAST OR ANTICHRIST AND ANOTHER GREAT TRIBULATION IN MODERN – DAY TIMES IS BECAUSE CHRISTIANS DON’T THINK THAT JESUS CHRIST (GOD’S ONLY SON ) OR GOD THE FATHER KNOW HOW TO TELL TIME TO THE PEOPLE THEY SPEAK TO IN THE HOLY BIBLE!! JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES AND APOSTLES AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE THAT (ALL), NOT SOME, OF THE THINGS THAT HE PROPHESIED TO HAPPEN WOULD OCCUR IN THEIR GENERATION OR AGE( THE GENERATION OF THE PEOPLE THAT HE WAS TALKING TO AND NOT MODERN -DAY CHRISTIANS!!!! JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. I HAVE BEEN A BORN – AGAIN CHRISTIAN FOR 39 YEARS AND I STUDY MY HOLY BIBLE EVERYDAY AND HAVE DONE SO FOR THE LAST 39 YEARS!! I HAVE STUDIED THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGES AND KNOW THAT THERE IS NO “RAPTURE” MENTIONED IN THE HOLY BIBLE. IT IS A MAN – MADE TRADITION OR TEACHING! GOD BLESS YOU AND FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME YOUR COMMENTS.

  • Brian

    Michael –

    On the Internet, it’s considered extremely bad manners to post an entire comment in uppercase, to say nothing of the fact that it renders your comment nearly impossible to read. (Translation: You wasted a lot of time for nothing because people won’t try to read it.)

  • Mark

    I guess the agents need something to do – since they are obviously not protecting our border!

    Michael- I did not bother trying to read your capital post.

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