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posted by martyb on Friday July 29 2016, @08:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the and-many-other-things dept. has an article regarding a woman's interaction with US Customs and Border Protection:

According to the published case files, she was frisked, and then ordered to squat so that a drug-sniffing dog could check out her nether regions.

Apparently the dog liked what he smelled, because Ms. Doe was then taken to yet another room, ordered to pull down her pants, and crouch.

At that point an agent from Customs and Border Protection "inspected her anus with a flashlight."

She was then ordered to lean backwards in a crouched position, after which another agent inserted a speculum into her vagina to search for drugs.

Another agent then "parted Ms. Doe's vulva with her hand, pressed her fingers into Ms. Doe's vagina, and visually examined her genitalia with a flashlight."

They then took her to a hospital for a further 6 hours of involuntary testing, which included forcing her to have a bowel movement as they all watched, plus X-rays, CT scans, and more.

[...] Ms. Doe was "brutally probed against her will" for hours and hours without judicial oversight, due process, or even reasonable suspicion. And they found nothing.

[...] They told her that if she signed a consent form, retroactively giving her permission to be abused and violated, that the government would pay for all the tests and various medical expenses.

But if she didn't sign the consent form, she'd have to pay for them all herself.

Ms. Doe refused to sign, and the United States government sent her a bill for more than $5,000, essentially demanding that she pay for her own sexual assault.

Emotionally shattered she went home feeling like a rape victim. She sued.

[...] Finally, as of a few days ago, the case has been settled. And the US government agreed to pay Ms. Doe $475,000.

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  • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:18PM

    by jdavidb (5690) on Saturday July 30 2016, @01:18PM (#381946) Homepage Journal
    The war on drugs and the prison and military industrial complex are all part of the same beast.
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  • (Score: 1) by Francis on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:05PM

    by Francis (5544) on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:05PM (#381954)

    That's my point. It doesn't logically follow that we need to legalized drugs to remedy the situation. We could either decriminalize the drugs or turn to a model where it's just the manufacture and distribution that's criminal, not the possession and use. Fixing campaign financing and removing the profit motive from the prison system would also likely go a long way towards solving it.

    But, sadly, there's not a whole lot of interest in talking about those possibilities.