People crossing into the United States do not just get their suitcases searched for potentially suspicious or dangerous contents.
Some people are also getting their laptops searched – and for no apparent reason, a civil rights group is alleging.
The American Civil Liberties Union said the documents released by the federal government on Monday suggest the Homeland Security Department seizes and searches electronic devices at the border without showing reasonable suspicion of a crime or getting a judge's approval.
The documents describe the case of David House, a young computer programmer in Boston who had befriended Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the soldier convicted of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks.