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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Government Sued For Stealing Laptop

US Government Sued For Stealing Laptop

US Government Sued For Stealing Laptop

Added: Monday, May 16th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
According to Washington Post, one of the co-founders of an outfit advocating for Bradley Manning launched a lawsuit against the American government for taking his PC and copying its contents without authorization in order to help a criminal investigation of Wikileaks.


David House, the MIT computer scientist, was at the airport when his laptop was seized by Department of Homeland Security agents. Initially, he thought that his computer was searched just as part of a security check. However, it appeared that the laptop was seized because House was supporting Bradley Manning, the accused leaker.

Now David House is backed by the US Civil Liberties Union, which claims that the country’s government employs too aggressive border search policies in order to gather data about political activities of the citizens and aid criminal investigations. American Civil Liberties Union argues that House's laptop seizure was unconstitutional, as the device contained a lot of personal content like private membership lists. The Union even claimed that reviewing the latter is a thought crime.

Instead, before seizing laptops, the government should have provided a suspicion of a crime, as well as a "border related" justification to perform such searches. If you are leaving the United States, a search warrant based on cause of a crime is necessary for examining someone’s laptop. But if a person is entering the country, government believes that it needs neither a warrant nor even any reason for suspicion.

As for the Supreme Court, it believes that if a search is routine or reasonable, then it doesn’t matter what the intent of it is. But at the same time the government didn’t say if searching a PC with plenty of personal information is reasonable at all without any suspicion of a crime.

The authorities held the laptop in question for 49 days. House was neither charged, nor allowed to see a lawyer all this time. After 49 days, the US government released the device without any explanation.

The device, among many other, contained a few years' worth of personal e-mails with relatives, friends and colleagues, as well as passwords to House’s bank account and workplace PC, and the most suspicious part – confidential messages of the Bradley Manning Support Network over further strategy and fund-raising.

May 16th,2011

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Date:  Monday, May 16th, 2011

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-17 07:30:51)
C0ldFire avatarThere is no such things as privacy and constitutional rights, if the people involved use Terrorism or National Security as a reason to violate our civil rights.....SMH...
People of this country need to wake up, our rights and freedoms are all been taken away by pointing out or creating a problem and coming up with a solution, then abusing that solution for their political agenda.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-05-17 09:34:22)
fusseltier avatarwhat ever happened with getting a warrant and knocking on the door and saying we have a warrant, let us in... instead they just burst in and tie everyone up, shoot your pets and take everything.
there is such thing as illegal search and seizure, but that all went out the window thanks to bush,

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-05-17 13:40:09)
tonymengela avatarHow can you blame one man, We need to blame all that is in the political spectrum, and most of all, ourselves for letting it happen.

posted by (2011-05-17 15:13:17)
DEMONLORD avatarno surprise there in what they did. just goes to show the stupidy the us has

posted by Blocked (2011-05-17 18:22:26)
4uckAuthority avatarregardless, people are too uneducated when it comes to matters of the law. even if a person knows their rights, the law can still do what it wants. innocent until proven guilty??? that's why when you are accused of a crime, they lock you up first right? i got arrested cause friends of mine got into a fight and i was there. i got picked up on a friday morning and they made me sit in jail until court resumed monday...they let me out monday afternoon and never charged me with anything. 4 days in jail for beinng innocent and let go cause they couldn't prove i was guilty.

posted by (2011-05-17 21:05:14)
whiskerz87 avataramerica has been in a downfall since the 1950's look at who we have in office...a fckin turd wld run this country better, and the government thinks that if they label it as" homeland security, or my fav "I.C.E....Ice has nothing to do with piracy our rights have been taken by force, lady liberty bent over and raped by the "civil rights movement"...like i said 1950 and up has been a horrid time...

posted by Turtle (2011-05-18 01:45:05)
bigcow2k avatarlol #5 i think u got it the other way around: guilty until proven innocent lol

posted by (2011-05-18 02:36:07)
Skankhush317 avatarPolice in america don't need warrents anymore. The 4th amendment right has basicly been rendered completly useless by the recent 8-1 supreme cout ruling over the kentucky case. This is not the land of the free anymore. (Do a google news search for 'illegal search' and read the first few articles) We are screwed.

posted by (2011-05-18 16:26:09)
Snoop_ThuG avatarLOL .. Civil right !! don't make me laugh !

posted by (2011-05-18 17:30:27)
siddheshgoa avatarUS Idiots.... :-p

posted by (2011-05-19 03:56:44)
whiskerz87 avatarif we wld be more careful what kind of ppl we let into this country we wldn't be in this mess....ppl like obama have no need to be here...ship 'em all back

posted by Blocked (2011-05-19 06:43:12)
yahudah avatar@10....The U.S. citizens are not as stupid as you think...dont know who you are nor care for your idiotic comments about americans you dumb prick....Its all about the New world order and most of it was in plan before you were even born....
its not about a people,but of world Governments and powerful leaders that we will never know who make these laws come to pass...
all over the world we are seeing a trend in the way we should live and how and when we can do almost anything..But if we the people stand up and shout and stop the murmuring then maybe we can all stop these dumb ideas from being imposed on us...
but you number 10 dont ever say we americans are idiots.. sincerely yours staff sergeant U.S. Marine Corps...

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