U.S. Government Making Copies Of Your Data
Sherman Oaks, California
Alex Kingsbury posts an article for U.S. News and World Report about a classified program under which Customs and Border Protection officers are seizing laptops and may be making copies of electronic media taken from travellers entering the United States at airports.
All law enforcement will tend toward fascism, and this program is of a piece. It's theoretically possible that CBP officers have made nuanced decisions about proportional responses to threat-signalling conduct, decisions aided by each officer's rigorous recruitment into an Israeli-style training command.
More likely, a bunch of unemployable but unionized cafeteria workers napped though two weeks of community college video lectures on "threat assessment" before being released into Concourse B as SPOT Officers.
Despite a Freedom of Information Act request and an attendant law suit, the government refuses to reveal the purpose of the laptop seizure and data copying program, why people are being selected and what is done with the information copied.
The Goverment says that's none of our business. Anybody against this program is clearly on the side of child pornographers, terrorists and Men Who Look Normal But, When No One's Looking, Will Become Giant Termites That Will Sodomize Little Madison With a Wii While Filming It For YouTube.
Somewhere in the early days of 9/11, TSA and CBP realized that they could get away with any conduct shilled to make us safer. The majority of Americans do not fly even once a year, according to Arbitron. Since only 1/3 of Americans have passports, it's safe to say that two-thirds of Americans fly abroad a multiple of never. The voting public was not going to complain; too few of them will ever have a confrontation with our nation's Gestapo gatekeepers. Many will agree with the instrusive actions of these Little Goerings, since "better safe than sorry."
In my travels, I have met Americans who repeatedly postponed trips back home, because they don't want a waterboarding at the airport about where they've been and who they've met while out of town. They think that it's none of the government's business.