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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-28-09 12:13 PM
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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 12:14 PM 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."

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...



Think Progress are also covering this: Obama Administration To Preserve Bush-Era Policy Of Intrusive Laptop Searches
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