My employer requires whole disk encryption for mobile devices. In my mind, it’s pretty much overkill for the reasons they want it, killing performance for paranoia. But this is some scary stuff. Support Bradley Manning, get your gear snatched by Homeland Security.
Last Wednesday, (David) House [note: BU CS grad, MIT researcher] arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and his flight was met in the concourse by customs agents, who examined the passports of all deplaning passengers until they saw House’s, at which point they stopped. He was then directed to Customs, where his and his girlfriend’s bags were extensively searched. After the search was complete, two men identifying themselves as Homeland Security officials told House and his girlfriend they were being detained for questioning and would miss their connecting flight. House was told that he was required to relinquish all of his electronic products, and thus gave them his laptop, cellphone, digital camera and UBS flash drive. The document he received itemizing his seized property is here. He was also told to give the agents all of his passwords and encryption keys, which he refused to do.
Read the whole thing. Disturbing.