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Bush's Search Policy For Travelers' [Laptops, Cameras, iPods, Cellphones] Is Kept
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Edited on Fri Aug-28-09 11:14 AM by Turborama
Source: Washington Post

Obama Officials Say Oversight Will Grow

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 28, 2009

The Obama administration will largely preserve Bush-era procedures allowing the government to search -- without suspicion of wrongdoing -- the contents of a traveler's laptop computer, cellphone or other electronic device, although officials said new policies would expand oversight of such inspections.

The policy, disclosed Thursday in a pair of Department of Homeland Security directives, describes more fully than did the Bush administration the procedures by which travelers' laptops, iPods, cameras and other digital devices can be searched and seized when they cross a U.S. border. And it sets time limits for completing searches.

But representatives of civil liberties and travelers groups say they see little substantive difference between the Bush-era policy, which prompted controversy, and this one.

"It's a disappointing ratification of the suspicionless search policy put in place by the Bush administration," said Catherine Crump, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. "It provides a lot of procedural safeguards, but it doesn't deal with the fundamental problem, which is that under the policy, government officials are free to search people's laptops and cellphones for any reason whatsoever."

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Think Progress are also covering this: Obama Administration To Preserve Bush-Era Policy Of Intrusive Laptop Searches
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  -Bush's Search Policy For Travelers' [Laptops, Cameras, iPods, Cellphones] Is Kept Turborama  Aug-28-09 11:13 AM   #0 
  - Bush's _____ policy is kept.  QC   Aug-28-09 11:16 AM   #1 
  - I think a distinction needs to be made  groundloop   Aug-28-09 11:26 AM   #3 
     - Yeah. Bush's policy is w hy my friend from Stockholm  crim son   Aug-28-09 11:31 AM   #4 
     - Sounds like he has...  WriteDown   Aug-28-09 11:32 AM   #5 
     - NO ----"IT'S CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN"  saigon68   Aug-28-09 03:43 PM   #22 
     - The Fatherland Security people at JFK are psychotically rude.  QC   Aug-28-09 11:36 AM   #7 
     - Homeland Security was Bush's stimulus program.  JDPriestly   Aug-28-09 11:53 AM   #12 
     - DHS was our idea. n/t  Cessna Invesco Palin   Aug-29-09 05:51 PM   #34 
     - No doubt.  crim son   Aug-28-09 02:54 PM   #20 
     - What happened upon his arrival?  zonkers   Aug-29-09 03:19 PM   #27 
        - He was physically searched, his bags were searched,  crim son   Aug-29-09 05:27 PM   #33 
           - Doesn't sound that bad. I am not defending shoddy treatment but folks got nuts after 9-11,  zonkers   Aug-30-09 01:22 PM   #42 
              - I think it sounds appalling.  crim son   Aug-30-09 03:02 PM   #43 
     - Here's your correction as requested.  Gormy Cuss   Aug-28-09 11:44 AM   #9 
     - When we returned to the U.S. during the 1980s, we mailed packages  JDPriestly   Aug-28-09 11:44 AM   #10 
     - Did you insure them when sending? nt  WriteDown   Aug-28-09 03:14 PM   #21 
        - No. We could barely afford the postage and our tickets back.  JDPriestly   Aug-29-09 02:00 AM   #23 
     - Sure, but they weren't allowed to photocopy all your documents in your possesion  pschoeb   Aug-28-09 11:54 AM   #13 
     - yes, exactly  subcomhd   Aug-29-09 05:08 PM   #32 
  - K&R  Solly Mack   Aug-28-09 11:24 AM   #2 
  - more continuation of "bush era" policies...  ixion   Aug-28-09 11:32 AM   #6 
  - No no no O-Man!  frog92969   Aug-28-09 11:40 AM   #8 
  - Just what part of the Constitution does this violate?  subcomhd   Aug-29-09 04:59 PM   #29 
     - Reasonable search and seizure?  frog92969   Aug-30-09 12:43 AM   #40 
        - Trading freedom for security  subcomhd   Aug-30-09 01:04 PM   #41 
  - Yet more evidence of the Corrupt Continuity of Government Goon Squad  Grinchie   Aug-28-09 11:45 AM   #11 
  - Change we can belie----oh wait....  truebrit71   Aug-28-09 12:02 PM   #14 
  - You have to admit, though, that it really was a catchy little slogan. n/t  QC   Aug-28-09 12:45 PM   #17 
  - what's their point?  Buenaventura   Aug-28-09 12:02 PM   #15 
  - The TSA has RUINED what little pleasure there was left in travel  lib2DaBone   Aug-28-09 12:37 PM   #16 
  - Every time I hear that TSA *must* have security procedure X, I think about the time  gkhouston   Aug-28-09 01:32 PM   #18 
  - Pfft!!! 4th amendment rights are sooooo old school.  Javaman   Aug-28-09 02:16 PM   #19 
  - I'll give up my 4th Amendment rights.....  Humbertink   Aug-29-09 05:48 AM   #25 
  - yeah, because the 4th amendment really applies when  subcomhd   Aug-29-09 05:01 PM   #30 
  - I used to fly Northwest 4 times a year between Canada and Asia.  Prometheus Bound   Aug-29-09 05:15 AM   #24 
  - "Change"  Zhade   Aug-29-09 02:10 PM   #26 
  - That doesn't make sense  subcomhd   Aug-29-09 08:06 PM   #38 
  - All the more reason to avoid flying in the USA. nt  bemildred   Aug-29-09 03:59 PM   #28 
  - I heard he's going to let them look through luggage too!!!  subcomhd   Aug-29-09 05:03 PM   #31 
  - "4th Amendment privilege" ???!?!!? It's called a right.  LeftyMom   Aug-29-09 07:03 PM   #35 
     - Not the "Bill of Privileges", is it? nt  bemildred   Aug-29-09 07:42 PM   #36 
     - privilege  subcomhd   Aug-29-09 07:59 PM   #37 
  - How hopeychangey n/t  Psephos   Aug-29-09 09:43 PM   #39 

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