Civil-rights attorneys are suing to end what they call "suspicion-less searches," which they believe take place at every U.S. border and airport. From October 2008 through June 2010, they found, agents went through the electronic gadgets of more than 6,500 people, including 3,000 US citizens.
One of them was Islamic studies doctoral student Pascal Abidor of Brooklyn, who was detained in July at Newark Liberty International Airport. Authorities asked whether he was Muslim, how he had paid for his travel, what he intended to do professionally and how he got along with his girlfriend. They also asked about a previous stop in May, on the U.S.-Canadian border, where agents handcuffed him, demanded his computer passwords and took his laptop, containing his coursework, e-mail, tax returns, photos and search-engine history, according to the lawsuit.
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