What’s it like to be labeled an “armed and dangerous terrorist”?

We’ve written before about the case of Julia Shearson, a US citizen who was detained in handcuffs at gunpoint, and separated from her four-year-old daughter, when she tried to re-enter the US by land after a weekend holiday in Canada.

The DHS has admitted that they had improperly flagged her as a “suspected terrorist” on the terrorist watch list and in the (illegal) travel records system that later came to be known as the Automated Targeting System, but to this day — despite her ongoing Privacy act and FOIA lawsuit — Ms. Shearson doesn’t know why.

We urge anyone who wants to know what it’s like to be caught up in the post-9/11 dragnet to listen to this talk given by Ms. Shearson at an event last month in San Francisco, and this video also shown at that event.

2 Responses to “What’s it like to be labeled an “armed and dangerous terrorist”?”

  1. Papers, Please! » Blog Archive » Second judge finds “no-fly” orders may violate due process and right to travel Says:

    [...] Trenga distinguished this case from the decision of the 6th Circuit last year in the case of Julia Shearson, which found that Ms. Shearson (whose case had survived an earlier appeal) would have to [...]

  2. Papers, Please! » Blog Archive » Lawsuit challenges “watchlisting” of Michigan Muslims Says:

    [...] on the watchlisting per se.  (One notable exception was the challenge  under the Privacy Act by Julia Shearson, Executive Director of CAIR’s Cleveland chapter, to her placement on terrorist [...]

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