Once again we see one administration taking away our rights and the next expanding upon it. This time it is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Bush started it in 2007 and classified it because of National Security reasons. While the trade agreement is not finalized what we know about the treaty is frightening.
It would allow border searches of laptops, phones, mp3 players; agents could even go through your luggage looking for illegal cds. Unfortunately they always could and did as we found out in August, 2008 when the Homeland Security revealed that Federal agents can search laptop computers or any other electronic device like cell phones or mp3 players. And they could take them somewhere else for however long they wanted. For no other reason but that it was their policy. The best part? The ‘policy’ was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. The Washington Post
They’re saying they can rifle through all the information in a traveler’s laptop without having a smidgen of evidence that the traveler is breaking the law,” said Greg Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. Notably, he said, the policies “don’t establish any criteria for whose computer can be searched.”