Cpilot: You seem to be making false assumptions and selectively choosing what to acknowledge.
The attack on September 11th, 2001 was and is a tragedy, and yet it has nothing to do with the current discussion, other than perhaps being indirectly, partly responsible for some of these laws being passed.
I don't have a problem with a government controlling who crosses it's borders. I very much encourage it. In fact, I wish the government did a better job controlling who got through. There are numerous problems with the current border control in the USA, with most of the focus being on the southern border. But the northern border is probably just as much or more of a problem.
However, I very strongly oppose
the idea that an innocent person can have their privacy and freedom violated without due cause
The constitution guarantees certain freedoms and liberties to U.S. citizens that are now being violated freely all while raising the banner of national security. It seems to me just a modern Witch Hunt. The last remarkable one I know of being McCarthyism. Now be sure to read this next part carefully!
I am aware that there really is a terrorist threat! I am not
suggesting that terrorism isn't real or that there is no need for security measures. I am a U.S. Citizen. It was my
country that was attacked in 2001!
Having nothing to hide from the government (or others) doesn't mean you want to volunteer the information to whoever wants to see it.
There is no innate human right to take anything you please anywhere in the world.
This is true. There are import and export laws that prohibit certain things from entering or leaving a country. Also, different countries deem different items as illegal. So while certain drugs in the USA may be illegal, another country might have no problem with those items being in someone's possession. As such, I wouldn't dream of taking an item into a country in which it is illegal.
But until Laptops, MP3 players, and other personal/consumer electronics are outlawed, I have every right (according to the sovereign nation's laws) to bring them with me wherever it's not illegal.