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DHS responds on laptop searches; direct action campaigns
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 09:00:46 -0700


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From: Peter Swire [peter () peterswire net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 11:57 AM
To: David Farber
Subject: DHS responds on laptop searches; direct action campaigns

Dave:

Public concern about laptop searches seems to be getting the attention of senior officials at DHS.

Yesterday, they posted “Answering Questions about Laptop Searches” by Jayson Ahern, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection: http://www.dhs.gov/journal/leadership/

It links to his June 30 post on “CBP Laptop Searches”: 
http://www.dhs.gov/journal/leadership/2008/06/cbp-laptop-searches.html.  Readers may wish to add their comments to the 
blog post.

Their basic point remains the same – customs has checked people’s items at the border for 200 years, so they can check 
your laptop.

Meanwhile, this issue has hit the front page of DailyKos, http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/4/141837/1015, and 
Dave Farber’s list gets mentioned in the Salon article, 
http://machinist.salon.com/blog/2008/08/04/encryption/index.html.

Two direct action campaigns are underway:

(1) “Hands Off My Laptop,” from Center for American Progress Action Fund: 
http://www2.americanprogress.org/t/288/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=6239

(2) Electronic Frontier Foundation action site: https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=373&pg=makeACall.

Peter


Prof. Peter P. Swire
C. William O'Neil Professor of Law
   Moritz College of Law
   The Ohio State University
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
(240) 994-4142, www.peterswire.net



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