“We also conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device would be operationally harmful without concomitant civil rights/civil liberties benefits,” says the executive summary.
Absolute insanity. More info here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/02/electronics-border-seizures/
EDIT 2: If you're worried, here are some links to help protect your privacy. If you're on a recent Android device, use full-disk encryption, and have some sort of remote-wipe program available. Android has some built in, but I use Cerberus (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lsdroid.cerberus&hl=en).
SMS/Phone-call encryption for Android (free): http://www.whispersystems.org/
For email, use PGP:
For IM, use OTR (http://www.cypherpunks.ca/otr/). Or Jitsi for video/audio (it uses ZRTP/OTR).
EDIT: Ok, so here's the thing. I'm tired of hearing the back and forth of "It's this candidate's fault" or "It's that party's fault." No. It's my fault. It's your fault.
They're using laws that were passed with MASSIVE approval by the American people. When we invaded Afghanistan, it was supported by over 90% of the population. When we passed the Patriot Act and similar legislation after 9/11 (which led to DHS and other agencies being able to enact changes like the above), the support was well over 80%.
We, as Americans, are really good at feeling fear first, and then reasoning about it much, much later. We allowed our leaders to gain this power out of fear, very similar to the "Red Scare", and the eventual conclusion of such a precious gift is an abuse of that power.
If anybody would just pick up and read a damned history book every once and a while, we wouldn't be so awful at letting these things happen.
Your reading list for this evening. Let's try to stop this sort of madness before it gets any worse:
Propoganda (1928) by Edward Bernays
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933) by Wilhelm Reich
The Human Use of Human Beings (1950) by Norbert Wiener
Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus (1972) & A Thousand Plateaus (1980) by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
A People's History of the United States: 1492 – Present (1980_ by Howard Zinn
And watch the following documentaries:
The Century Of The Self
The Trap - 1 - F*k You Buddy