June 10, 2010
JUDGE LIMITS BORDER SEARCHES OF LAPTOPS. “A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler’s laptop, keep in locked up for months, and examine it for contraband files without a warrant half a year later. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in the Northern District of California rejected the Obama administration’s argument that no warrant was necessary to look through the electronic files of an American citizen who was returning home from a trip to South Korea.” That seems right to me.
Plus this: “The Justice Department invoked a novel argument–which White dubbed ‘unpersuasive’–claiming that while Hanson was able to enter the country, his laptop remained in a kind of legal limbo where the Bill of Rights did not apply.” They told me if I voted — oh, hell, it’s gotten too easy. But remember all that fierce moral urgency of change stuff we used to hear from Democrats? Well. . . .