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September 13, 2010 4:47 AM

Commentary: Suspicion-less laptop searches at U.S. border are over the borderline

Like most Americans, when Pascal Abidor crossed the border to return home to the United States this spring he didn't anticipate that border agents would use the opportunity to search through the contents of his laptop. And he certainly didn't anticipate that the agents would confiscate the computer and continue to search through his most private files — including vacation photos, financial records and chats with his girlfriend — long after he was allowed to cross into the U.S.

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