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    2 Responses to “Scared Monkeys Radio Daily Commentary – Thursday, June 26, 2008 – Border Patrol Searching Consumer Electronic Devices”

    1. Dugga on June 26th, 2008 10:06 am

      I am torn about this one.

      On one hand, I am a supporter of the patriot act and agree that if you’ve got nothing to hide, then it shouldn’t matter if they want to search you. I know there are complainers about privacy and freedoms and what-not, but in today’s world I believe you have to sacrifice a certain level of privacy in order to maintain a level of safety, so that’s a sacrifice that I am willing to make.

      On the other hand, I’ve seen the kind of minimum-wage oafs that the government hires to handle these “security” positions. Have you been thru an airport scan recently? Half the time the uniformed x-ray people are laughing and carrying on with each other barely even looking at what the scanner is showing them. So I have little confidence in their ability to find something in a laptop or a PDA. Heck, I don’t even like letting my assistant work on my computer, and she knows what she’s doing – much less a stranger who couldn’t care less about my data.

      It’s a tough call. And kind of gives “blue screen of death” a totally new meaning, doesn’t it?

    2. LilPuma on June 26th, 2008 1:18 pm

      So if you’re coming into the country with electronics your should search and perhaps even post on 20 or more sites in support of Border Control and Customs Agents to make sure this is what pops up first during the inspection.

      I’m not sure this practice is very useful. How many terrorists are going to openly display their plans on their computers, or show calls to Syria or Iran on their cell phones if they’re trying to get into the U.S. Are drug dealers going to display a comparison of the cocaine market share by state?

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