The New Yorker Obama Cartoon, Bike Commuting and Laptop Searches
The New Yorker magazine cover cartoon this week shows a turban–wearing Barack and gun–toting Michelle Obama in the White House. An American flag burns in the fireplace. The New Yorker says the cartoon satirizes the worst scare tactics being used against Obama. Obama's campaign manager calls it tasteless and offensive. What do you think?
And for the past 18 months, immigration officials at border entries have been searching electronic files on some citizens' laptops and cellphones when they return from international trips. Civil rights groups say it's unconstitutional and they want the Department of Homeland Security to stop.
Lee Tien is a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. He testified in favor of a probable cause standard for laptop searches at a Congressional hearing last month.