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U.S. federal agents have been given new powers to seize travelers' laptops and other electronic devices at the border and hold then for unspecified periods the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Under recently disclosed Department of Homeland Security policies, such seizures may be carried out without suspicion of wrongdoing, the newspaper said, quoting policies issued on July 16 by two DHS agencies.
DHS officials said the policies applied to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens, and were needed to prevent terrorism.
The policies cover hard drives, flash drives, cell phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes -- as well as books, pamphlets and other written materials, the report said
disable it on a mass scale and nobody will be able to do anything wrong!
I am not so sure about that. I am pretty sure Congress has their brains disabled on a mass scale, but they can still come up with plenty of stupid things to do!
Seriously though, this may cause a serious problem to people that are U.S. citizens and work overseas and regularly bring back client information and data on laptops, i.e. consultants. Does the company whose valuable info you have on your laptop have any recourse if their proprietary data is basically taken by thugs at our own border?
I wonder how difficult it must be for our politicians to not hurt themselves carrying around such large brains that think this stuff up!