Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/17/09

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

When the Obama administration took office, the new Secretary of Homeland Security said she would review the regulations that allow a border agent to search anything you are carrying, including your laptop, cell phone, digital camera, etc. “absent individual suspicion,” i.e., for any reason or no reason at all. True to her word, she issued new policy directives in August of 2009. The sort version: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

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