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It's not rare, and it's not nice to be subject to any searches.. I've traveled quite a bit, I've been forced a military escort, I've been shoved off a bus in the middle of nowhere by men with guns and dogs, I've been interrogated on numerous accounts simply because I seem to look like I'm carrying drugs(don't ask me why), but I have always -left- those situations feeling somewhat justified, and handed my stuff in a polite manner. That's not always the case in the us, I was stuck in tacoma outside seattle for close to 4 hours for no apparent reason at all while they went through my stuff in a chaotic manner a total of 3 times without even making an effort to repack for me, making no excuses and almost sounding like they were pissed off from not finding anything to bust me for. No apologies, or explanations, just harsh looks and bad attitude, and when I had to do a flat out sprint to catch my connecting flight to hawaii across the entire airport, and seeing the empty departure hall with a woman about to close the gate, I felt nothing short of pure anger for the complete lack of respect with which I was met. This was before the topic in the first post, so I fully understand if people are reluctant to expose their highly personal affects.

(I did make the flight, and it is a good story though :))

Btw, making a live-conference-using-lua sounds like a good candidate FOR the workshop :)

Doug Rogers wrote:
Duck wrote:
Unfortunately, I won't be able to come to the workshop, my company is backing off since they read <,142429/article.html
But this isn't news. And it's no reason to avoid the USA, unless you also avoid entering almost any other country,

Thanks, Duck. I intended to write a quick blurb but let the time slip.
But since the subject is raised again...

There are many things to dislike about my government at the moment, but
the US is still a great place to visit and its government is usually on
the proper side when it comes to rights (getting worse, I'll grant). The
article cited explicitly states that laptop searches are "relatively
rare". Given reasonable cause, I actually *want* my government to search
laptops at the border. It's very rare that I want my government to do
anything! So the only thing I don't like about this policy is the "no
evidence needed" part. That's hogwash, regardless of the ruling of an
appellate court in a particular case.

I live near Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the Washington, DC
area and I would be willing to accept a package at my own address if
that would help. Contact me off the list if you'd like to take me up on
the offer.