In case you weren’t paying attention, the Department of Homeland Stupidity recently wiped its ass with the fourth amendment and threw it back in our collective faces.
Citizens’ personal electronic devices are now subject to search by Customs and Border Patrol personnel when you enter the country. This doesn’t mean you have to show the computer, it means that without suspecting you of a crime they can take it from you, turn it on, go through all of your files, and keep it for a “reasonable period of time” before returning it to you.
Homeland Security Can Now Search Without Warrants
I’d also like to point out that this amendment clearly states that probable cause is necessary – in other words, you have to be suspected of something. Notice that there also needs to be a clear description of the intent for the search and the things that the government is trying to seize – you can’t just go on a trolling expedition.
Does anyone really feel safer because of this? How long until we allow these clowns to search emails or monitor the websites we visit in the interest of national security? They already do that somewhere - it’s called China.
More here: Frightening Invasions of Privacy Allowed at the Border