US Border Agency Says It Can Seize Laptops - Yahoo! News



By Eric ~ August 10th, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/149303

Not that this is news, but it IS scary stuff, nonetheless. I can appreciate the need for border patrols and customs to perform basic searches, with regard to how our general safety. That would hold true particularly for mass transit options. Airports, etc. But really, how is it reasonable that someone driving over the border from Canada to the US could have their laptop confiscated and the data analyzed? Really? How, exactly, does that pass the litmus test of “Improper search and seizure”? I’ve heard it argued that they could find architectural drawings and/or child pornography. My response to that is…

So?

I still want to know how it is that someone at a border patrol could really trip enough sensors to provide “probable cause”. And, probable cause for what? We thought he looked greasy, so we had to check him? “He even LOOKS like a pedophile?”

I’ve discussed this matter over the past bit with some people, and I find that we have an incredible disparity as far as our assessment of our rights, specifically our protections against improper search and seizure. I’ve seen it argued that “I always interpreted that as when you were minding your own business”, to “I’m doing nothing wrong and have nothing to hide”, to “We give them that right”.

Unreal. So, today, in  2008 America, we have people that are completely ignorant to the fact that your unwillingness to stand up for your rights can very easily result in their forfeiture. We have people that indicate that you should never challenge law enforcement, and doing so makes you an “asshole”. And we have people that have asserted that law enforcement can pick and choose when you have those rights.

I even had someone tell me that the Constitution was fallible, because of some of the things that they couldn’t have foreseen. Now, I have no issue with the fact that the Constitution wasn’t infallible. But, to indicate that the founding fathers would’ve been OK with the premise of relinquishing our rights for pseudo-security is not only scary, it’s insulting. For those who lived by the cry of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” or General John Stark’s “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils”, I’m sure that this new credo of convenience is troubling at best.

At it’s core, though, this truly makes me sad. I mourn that the masses of the ignorant are playing Russian roulette with our rights, in endorsing foolish legislation like the Patriot Act. I mourn that those same people that are willing to relinquish our rights in the first place are of the belief that “big brother knows best”, so they are quite interested in the government passing laws to require that which is just generally in our best interest. Why are people so willing to relinquish our autonomy? Have we really gotten to the point where we need the government to protect us from ourselves? What does that say about us? Learned helplessness has set in? We’re just toddlers at heart, and we want to have as few choices as possible?

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