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Monday, August 04, 2008

Rights groups fear feds' new terror profile

U.S. says some Arab, Muslim men who regularly travel abroad may face more scrutiny.

Border guards recently began detaining Wissam Charafeddine every time he crosses from Windsor into the United States. Without explanation, he has been handcuffed in front of his parents and held apart from his pregnant wife for hours in isolated detention.

Charafeddine says he has done nothing wrong, "not even a driving ticket." But authorities, who always release him, say there is no remedy. Charafeddine is among a large group of Arab-Americans and Muslims who are detained for undisclosed reasons whenever they cross the border.

So far, Charafeddine is affected only when he goes to Canada. But as early as this week, the U.S. Department of Justice says it will announce a "terrorist profile" by which Muslim men of Arab and Pakistani descent who frequently travel abroad and maintain extensive international contacts may be subject not only to stops at the border but also to full-fledged national security investigations, which may include electronic surveillance, detentions, searches and interrogations, regardless of whether they are suspected of wrongdoing. [Link]

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Blogger cat bao le [At 7:48 PM]:

Please contact the Asian Law Caucus about Questioning and Searches by Customs Agents

The Asian Law Caucus and Stanford Law School Immigrants Rights Clinic are documenting instances in which U.S. citizens or residents have been subject to intrusive questioning or searches by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents when returning to the country after traveling abroad.

Please contact us if you have experienced excessive or repeated searches or questioning or believe you were singled out by Customs agents because of your ethnicity, religion, or other similar reason. For example, we are interested in hearing from people who were questioned about their religion or politics or whose laptop computer was searched. We would also like to hear your story if your company or organization has been affected by Customs and Border Protection policies. Please call the Asian Law Caucus at (415) 848-7714 or email shirins@asianlawcaucus.org.
For further information about our work on this issue, please visit www.asianlawcaucus.org.

 
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