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Wikileaks Jacob Appelbaum confounds US customs w Bill of Rights thumbdrive

US-based Wikileaks colleague Jacob Appelbaum has a humorous account of his reentry yesterday to the US. Flying into Newark last July his laptop was searched and his cell phones confiscated. This time Appelbaum tweeted ahead that the ACLU would be his welcoming party, among other measures, recounted through Twitter: Tweets by ioerror I am not practically able to transport electronic devices. I will be radio silent before, during, and for some time after my flight. I think that it is unlikely that there will be any serious trouble. With secret courts and sealed orders… the only way to know is to go. I'm heading to the airport from Reykjavik and expect to be in the US around 16:40 PST Monday afternoon. Perhaps everything will go smoothly. I am out of the airport and back in Seattle. Nothing more for now, sleep time. It's very frustrating that I have to put so much consideration into talking about the kind of harassment that I am subjected to in airports. I was detained, searched, and CBP did attempt to question me about the nature of my vacation upon landing in Seattle. The CBP specifically wanted laptops and cell phones and were visibly unhappy when they discovered nothing of the sort. I did however have a few USB thumb drives with a copy of the Bill of Rights encoded into the block device. They were unable to copy it. The forensic specialist (who was friendly) explained that EnCase and FTK, with a write-blocker inline were unable to see the Bill of Rights. I requested access my lawyer and was again denied. They stated I was I wasn't under arrest and so I was not able to contact my lawyer. The CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) agent was waiting for me at the exit gate. Remember when it was our family and loved ones? When I handed over my customs declaration form, the female agent was initially friendly. After pulling my record, she had a sour face. She attempted to trick me by putting words into my mouth. She marked my card with a large box with the number 1 inside, sent me on my way. While waiting for my baggage, I noticed the CBP agent watching me and of course after my bag arrived, I was "randomly" selected for search. Only US customs has a random number generator worse than a mid-2007 Debian random number generator. Random? Hardly. During the search, I made it quite clear that I had no laptop and no cell phone. Only USB drives with the Bill of Rights. The CBP agent stated that I had posted on Twitter before my flight and that slip ended the debate about their random selection process. The CBP agents in Seattle were nicer than ones in Newark. None of them implied I would be raped in prison for the rest of my life this time. The CBP agent asked if the ACLU was really waiting. I confirmed the ACLU was waiting and they again denied me contact with legal help. All in all, the detainment was around thirty minutes long. They