Stromae in Manhattan // Pamela in Brussels?
By declaring airports and borders sensitive for security, those areas are turned into constitution-free zones where barely-trained employees are given the right to punish anyone who acts less than submissive.
We wouldn't accept this anywhere else - but it doesn't actually have anything to do with genuine security. It's just a performance, with all of us forced to play one role or another.
Here's one guy who did real security work,, but even he has to struggle to get treated with some basic fairness.
CBP (Customs & Border Protection) sometimes likes to take electronic devices from people who want to enter the US - including US citizens. Here is what they want to do with your items:
"... analysis on a variety of digital and portable media devices on a daily basis, such as computer hard drives, flash media devices, mobile devices, and GPS units. A specialized high-speed computer forensic lab data center with multiple types of input and output ports is needed in order for LSS personnel to analyze these digital samples.
The amount of data a computer forensic analyst is required to process can exceed multiple terabytes per case, requiring very fast and specialized lab computer hardware to process and analyze in a reasonable amount of time. "
Just sucking up all the data on the internet is insufficient. It's important to prevent you from returning to a trip to Toronto without having everything you carry vaccuumed into their maw.
Note that today's Supreme Court decision ordering police to get warrants before searching cell phones does not apply: CBP works in the "deconstitutionalized zone" of the border.
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