4th Amendment Violation

I was browsing through Digg.com last night when I ran across this article. After reading this I was so furious i didn’t know what to do. Do I write letters or emails? Make a blog post? Run through the streets yelling “THE BRITISH ARE COMING THE BRITISH ARE COMING!”

I decided to write a little post and do my part in help spreading the word.

This little article states that when traveling over borders of the US you are subject to having any sort of media taken from you and checked out. That includes but not limited to…laptops, MP3 players, books, notes, paper, flash drivers, etc. The list goes on. They also state that they can do this and keep your things for an undisclosed amount of time. They also state that they can have a 3rd party look at and decrypt information.

Now I’m not a crusader or anything but I think this is just wrong. It is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment. For those of you not familiar with the 4th Amendment…

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I for one like to think that if this were to happen to me at an airport I would have the guts to stand up and say NO. This is a clear violation of my rights as a US citizen. I would be happy to go to jail over this.

The article can be found here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/content/article/2008/08/01/laptops.html

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