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Originally Posted by zjpj83 View Post
Side note: I was recently traveling to Israel, and damn - that security process is intense.

Why, do you look like a Palestinian wanting to go home?
post #32 of 36
When entering the US from China (via canada) they searched my laptop and asked me if I had any porn, then any child porn. WTF? (Luckily, all porn was on my portable HD, which I'll check away next time) I was the only person in the airport at that hour so maybe they had a lot of time to kill? From reading up on it afterwards it sounded like if you encrypted your computer or didn't have the codes, they seized it from you and who knows if you would ever see it again.
post #33 of 36
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Originally Posted by Eason View Post
When entering the US from China (via canada) they searched my laptop and asked me if I had any porn, then any child porn. WTF? (Luckily, all porn was on my portable HD, which I'll check away next time) I was the only person in the airport at that hour so maybe they had a lot of time to kill? From reading up on it afterwards it sounded like if you encrypted your computer or didn't have the codes, they seized it from you and who knows if you would ever see it again.
Running some form of data encryption on a business computer is almost a default thing to do. What bothers me the most about this (other than the 4th amendment thing) is data theft. As it stands now the TSA can't seem to keep luggage theft from occurring so why on Earth would you expect them to keep computer/data theft from happening? Do you really expect a computer security officer for a corporation is going to unlock his system so some idiot can go through it? Do you really expect this person to consent to an off site search? This is another example of eroding the rights of citizens under the guise and ruse called the war on terror.
post #34 of 36
Waiting for smears against the ACLU and trial lawyers in 3 . . . 2 . . . wait, nevermind
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Originally Posted by Spats View Post
This. Has no one here crossed into the US before?

The US border patrol is a joke. The fact you have basically no rights at the border is a joke. The "War on Drugs" is a joke. The "War on Terror" is a joke.

-Bitter citizen who regularly crosses border
post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by HelloIDistance View Post
The US border patrol is a joke. The fact you have basically no rights at the border is a joke. The "War on Drugs" is a joke. The "War on Terror" is a joke.

-Bitter citizen who regularly crosses border
I hear ya; I don't like those cavity searches any more than you do, and it's no easier along the Rio Bravo. All I'm saying is, nothing new here. You carrying it, they can look at it, search it, search you, whatever. As some one said a few posts back, border patrol operates on their own rules; nothing to see here.
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