The following peace of mind is brought to you by the Department of Homeland Security, border search division: Traveler, beware! (Terror alert: Red.)
PC World reports that U.S. border agents can "seize and detain indefinitely" all laptops, cell phones, portable music players or storage devices such as portable hard drives.
Unsuspecting Good-guy retorts, "I've got nothing to fear. I've never done anything illegal!"
The new DHS policies allow customs agents to analyze the contents of laptops without any suspicion of wrongdoing, says U.S. Senator Russ Feingold's statement.
"The policies that have been disclosed are truly alarming," Feingold wrote. It could blur the distinction between "search" and "seizure," which could also allow DHS officials to steal personal documents from laptops it has retained.
[The temperature of the vat of water on the stove in which the frog swims just went up two degrees.]
If you'd like to know how best to cope with intrusive tactics in airports (or at home) take a tip from the experts--the Muslim community in the U.S. Their video "Got Rights?" shows how to deal with the inquisition.
[Who knows? If you're reading this blog (Remember, I was busted), you may be on the fed's list]: