G, you can make all the excuses you want, but she didn't leave her laptop anywhere. She was trying to clear customs and it was with her. They also knew who it belonged to because they told her they were going to "blow it up." These airport security people sound like brainless thugs. It's one thing to exercise caution with abandoned luggage and another thing to deliberately destroy the property of someone who is standing right in front of you and who obviously poses no threat; otherwise, why give her back her hard drive and the computer and let her go? No, this was sheer thuggery.
from the article: Police shoot U.S. student's laptop upon entry to Israel