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Federal Judge Limits DHS Laptop Border Searches 359

Declan McCullogh is reporting at CNET that a federal district court judge has rebuked the Department of Homeland Security, "which had claimed it can seize a traveler's laptop and search it six months later without warrant." As described in the article, DHS policies have been stacked against travelers entering the US, including citizens returning from abroad: "There's no requirement that they be returned to their owners after even six months or a year has passed, though supervisory approval is required if they're held for more than 15 days. The complete contents of a hard drive or memory card can be perused at length for evidence of lawbreaking of any kind, even if it's underpaying taxes or not paying parking tickets." This ruling does not address immediate searches at the border, but says that DHS cannot hold computers for indefinite searching, as in the case to hand, concerning a US citizen returning from a trip to Korea, whose laptop was seized and held for months before a search was even conducted on it.
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  • Revenge (Score:5, Funny)

    by Captain Splendid ( 673276 ) * <capsplendid&gmail,com> on Thursday June 10, 2010 @03:14PM (#32526680) Homepage Journal
    DHS to Judge: Enjoy your time on the no-fly list, sucker!
  • Rights?! (Score:1, Funny)

    by TechNit ( 448230 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @03:16PM (#32526708) Homepage
    Rights?! Rights?! This is Soviet America you don't need Rights so move on already!
  • by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @04:14PM (#32527462)

    The liberals happily supported Obama, even though they had many other Democrat candidates to pick from. IMO, the Democrats managed to pick the very worst candidate out of all those running in the Primaries. (I believe the Republicans managed to do the same.) Any of the other Democrats running would have been better than Obama.

    So it's not Bush's awfulness that's to blame, it's the dumb liberals who thought that Obama was their savior who are to blame. Bush is only to blame for what he did while in office. It was the voters' job to pick a better President in 2008, and they failed miserably, and twice (well, three times really)! First, as I said before, each party held Primaries to pick their candidate, and in both cases, managed to pick the very worst candidate available (Obama and McCain). Then they ran the two off against each other. The only thing I'm unsure about is if McCain would have been better than Obama or worse. They were both so bad, he probably would have been horrible in a slightly different way. Of course, he also could have choked on a pork rib and died, leaving Caribou Barbie as President, and I'm fairly sure she could actually pull off the difficult accomplishment of being even worse than Obama.

    I've completely lost all hope that the American public is able to pick any type of decent leader.

  • Thank God! (Score:3, Funny)

    by tlambert ( 566799 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @04:30PM (#32527720)

    Thank God!

    As opposed to a central corporate string-pulling government economy...

    ...we are SO lucky the newly elected government fixed the corporate string-pulling of government before some terrible disaster or environmental catastrophe took place!

    -- Terry

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, 2010 @04:55PM (#32528114)

    Julian__Assange@wikilieaks.org, you have already won an all-expense-paid vacation to anywhere within US legal jurisdiction.
    Please call us at your earliest convenience to receive your prize!

    Peace and love,
    US Dept. of State

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 10, 2010 @07:32PM (#32530024)
    The Playboy mansion has lots of openings. It's just that you and I will never get close to them.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, 2010 @02:42AM (#32532400)
    Nah it turns out he's neither American nor Kenyan. He's actually Scandinavian.

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