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Court says customs agents may read letters

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on Oct 24, 2008

I have mixed feeling about this decision, I am glad they put way this particular criminal, but it seems to open the door for invasion of privacy in other circumstances.Web Link

"Customs agents who open packages at airports searching for contraband can look at any letters they come across for obvious signs of criminality - for example, an adult's sexually suggestive note to a young girl, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.....The court majority noted that an international airport is considered the equivalent of a national border and said airport officers need no evidence of wrongdoing before conducting searches,..."

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Posted by Henry
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Many people live under the illusion that we have privacy from government in this country.
In fact we have zero privacy on our phones and computers at home and at work.

There used to be much more privacy with the US mail but that never applied to FedEx etc.

Now even the US mail is subject to " sneak and peak" most times that is probably a good thing.
If you do not have anything to hide why worry?

However it will be abused under the coming socialist regime, no doubt about that.

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm

If you have any electronic storage devices (laptop computers, iPod, Blackberry, etc.), US customs agents may seize these at the border for no reason and hold them indefinetly while they search the contents. They do not have to give you any reason and they do not have to let you witness the search.

Many US businessmen have been burned by burned by this policy as they scramble to recover their business documents and contact lists from backups and colleagues. Not to mention the lost hardware. Or thefts by airport employees.

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