Welcome to Amerika, please give us all your most private information.

More justification as to why foreign travel agents are advertising as a feature trips that don’t touch U.S. soil:

U.S. Courts have ruled, as recently as this spring in a case stemming from a search at LAX, that there’s no need for warrants or suspicions when a person is seeking to enter the country because any “routine search” is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. In effect, it’s like luggage: anything and everything in your laptop, cellphone, BlackBerry or digital camera can be examined and copied by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

So far, the agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has been vague about when and why it conducts those digital searches, how long it keeps the information and what is done with it.

Hope you don’t keep passwords and information about your children on your laptop or have taken any “interesting” vacation photos on your digital camera. Once you hand your devices over to security to be copied and viewd by who knows who, it’s out of your control.

But it’s OK, the government can be trusted with your data!

So, feel safe and secure! Big brother government is without error. Turn over all your private information to their trusting and loving hands.

See previous: On the issue of privacy and protecting civil liberties. and Trusting those with power; police state.