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(((This is one of those legal decisions that make perfectly coherent sense in a legal brief, and have real-world implications that can spiral wildly out of control. For instance, suppose that border agents from Upper Slobovia henceforth decide to scan and archive the contents of all US defense contractors, or Iraqi border guards archive the laptops of all Exxon-Mobil employees… “Oh but they wouldn’t do that.” Means, motives and opportunities, folks.)))
Bruce Sterling is referring to the US government decision to allow custom guards to scan incoming laptops at will. What if every country adopts that policy?