Apr 302011
 
 April 30, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Kevin Koeninger reports:

A Muslim American can pursue Privacy Act claims against the government after she was detained at the Canadian border because she was mistakenly classified in a federal computer system as “armed and dangerous,” the 6th Circuit ruled.

Julia Shearson lives in Ohio and works as a regional office director for national nonprofit dedicated to Muslim civil rights. As Shearson was driving into New York with her 4-year-old daughter from a weekend trip to Canada in 2006, Border Patrol agents handcuffed and detained her for several hours.

When they had scanned the mother and daughter’s passports, a Customs computer flashed “ARMED AND DANGEROUS.”

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