Device Searches at the Border

Friday, February 28, 2014


The border is a legal gray area where the same constitutional protections one expects inside the country don't necessarily apply. When graduate student Pascal Abidor had his electronic devices searched and seized at the border back in 2010, he filed lawsuit against the federal government. But in December, a federal judge upheld the government's right to search travelers' devices at the border without a warrant. Brooke speaks with Pascal about his experience at the border and the lawsuit.


Pascal Abidor

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [3]

Alan Thomas from Missouri

What is the media angle? I miss when this show reported on the media. I'm looking for "meta" and I just get straight investigative news reporting. Disappointing.

Mar. 04 2014 02:32 AM

Point taken, but hold on, Kristin. The one incident (of many highlighted in this piece) that you mention was a search prompted without cause. In fact, while we can't know the appearance of those detained on this radio broadcast, many were Muslim, and this seems to have been the reason for their detention and harassment.

Beyond ethnic profiling, these individuals were all U.S. citizens, and their rights were clearly violated under the U.S. Constitution. Last time I checked, that is still the supreme law of the land. At least on paper. And that's the rub.

I'm quickly losing my hesitancy to state that we are now living in an Orwellian state. "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” I guess we better stop listening to OTM.

Mar. 02 2014 11:12 AM

So by his own account, he shows the CBP officer his laptop with images of Hezbollah on it. Given this fact, would any reasonable person honestly expect a different response from the CBP?

Mar. 01 2014 07:41 PM

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