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Leave Your Laptop at Home?

Posted August 06, 2008 8:05 AM

Finding out that U.S. federal agents can take away any computer — or electronic device that can store data — from an international traveler entering the U.S. for no reason and keep it for as long as they want probably surprised a lot of people. Apparently this could happen even if an individual is not suspicious. And, information may be shared with other agencies, including financial and medical info. Do you think this policy is really necessary, or not?

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08/06/2008 1:08 PM

I'm a one-worlder and have love for you folks overseas, but I'm curious to know if they make a distinction between US Citizens (myself being one) and everyone else. Comedian Harry Shearer on KCRW's Le Show radio program does a great job of satirizing the airport security situation. Looking forward to listening to his take on this one! :) april05

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08/07/2008 12:34 AM

"when da Furor says ve is da master race..."

Don't worry boys and girls, just a few more months...

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08/07/2008 1:18 AM

You have to take a clear, empty laptop (or you can buy/rent a cheep one in place) and after arrival you can download your necessary data from home via VPN.

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08/07/2008 9:27 AM

If it'll reduce our taxes by providing free laptops, MP3 players, iPods, cell phones, etc., for the Dept. of Homeland Insecurity, I say go for it! Other than that, it sounds like the terrorists have already shut the land of the free down, and depopulated the home of the brave.

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08/07/2008 10:12 AM

Der Fuhrer has again violated Nuremberg, yet the citizens only grumble. Tacit agreement, lazy or just scared?

I still think 9-11 was incompetence or corruption. Neither is excusable.

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08/07/2008 10:30 AM

Here's Chertoffs take on it:

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/08/chertoff.html

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08/07/2008 3:51 PM

Thanks for sharing the link, stevem. Will read. Hopefully the new rules won't put a damper on the law-abiding folks footing the tax bill for this, and trying to conduct legitimate business abroad.

International travel used to be lots more fun in the 80's and 90's, and I always felt it was part of my "American-ness" to travel where-ever I wanted to abroad with minimal inconvenience (unlike those folks I visited stuck behind the Berlin Wall). Obviously things have changed a lot.

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08/11/2008 9:43 AM

Well it seems either Chertoff doesn't know what he's talking about or he's lying:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/08/laptop_searches/

This all smells like security theater, putting on a show that is supposed to make you feel safer when in actuality it does nothing to deter real terrorists who would simply swallow an encrypted micro-sd chip to smuggle in data.

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08/17/2008 11:38 PM

This is legalized theft as all they have to do is take the confiscated devices and wipe them very clean and resell them, while you get nothing. It is also unwarranted invasion of privacy if they search the contents of the stolen computer and even worse if they disclose that information. Big Brother is watching ....CENSORED

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