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According to CBC news, U.S. authorities now have the power to seize and detain travellers’ electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones, and make copies of their contents at an off-site location, under newly disclosed customs policies.

The policy gives border agents at any point of entry into the United States the authority to also take documents, books, pamphlets and hard drives. The items can be seized from anyone crossing the border and may then be copied and shared with other government agencies, according to Department of Homeland Security documents dated July 16.

For a country many of us hold up as the paragon of freedom and respect, this is alarming.  Is this what fear and paranoia does to a nation?  What happened to the American dream?  Has it become the American nightmare?

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