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Don’t bring your laptop across the American border

Mother Davis opens up Microsoft Outlook as she writes,

If you’re traveling outside of the United States, even just to Canada or Mexico, you had better leave your computer laptops and cell phones at home. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it has authorized the search and seizure of devices such as laptop computers and cell phones from anyone entering or leaving the USA.

There is no requirement that the owners of electronic equipment be suspected of any crime or any other form of wrongdoing. Homeland Security will take your computer at will, without explanation, just because it wants to, and you might never get it back.

It wasn’t too long ago that we could imagine computers as tools to transcend boundaries between nations. Now we can see that it’s the boundaries between nations that have the higher power.

Closing her Outlook,
Mother Davis

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