Border Crossing Complaints Aired

Posted on Sunday, March 18 at 14:22 by jensonj
The event featured Dabdoub and two others with near identical accounts of being stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border. It was organized as part of an initiative called Liberty and Justice for All, coordinated by the Rights Working Group, a coalition of organizations across the nation with goals of preserving civil and human rights. One family in the audience ó around 40 people attendedódetailed their own account of being detained, separated and questioned for five hours at the Detroit-Windsor border. Zakariya Reed, an Air Force veteran of the first Gulf War and a convert to Islam, said that agents drew guns as they surrounded his car after scanning his passport. He and his wife said they were separated from each other and from their small children, one of whom remained without a needed diaper-change for hours. Reed said that in the past he's written countless letters critical of U.S. foreign policy to President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and has had similar letters to the editor published in the Toledo Blade. "I can't help but think it has something to do with that," he said about why he thinks his name might appear on government watch lists. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on March 19, 2007]

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