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How to get handcuffed at the US Border
Norbert Chan
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The following happened to one of my geekbuddies, as he was driving in from Canada. At least he didn't get pistol whipped!
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1. Board Game: Go West! [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4147]
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Drive from Calgary to Vancouver, with wife and dog.
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2. Board Game: Washington Wine Trails [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Decide on a side trip to Washington.
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3. Board Game: Penguin Picnic [Average Rating:3.81 Unranked]
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Pack carrots, brocolli and fruits for a picnic.
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4. Board Game: Border Patrol [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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Notice that the main border crossing is crowded, so go to Cloverdale (near Langley, British Columbia).
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Norbert Chan
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Get passport swiped at border crossing.
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6. Board Game: Police State [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
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Another customs officer shows up. Get asked if you have a protection order against you.
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7. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:364]
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Alberta
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Reply, "Not that I know of".
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8. Board Game: Hands Up! [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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Get asked to put both hands on the steering wheel.
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9. Board Game: Hands Up [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4157]
Norbert Chan
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Wife, who is holding dog, (a skittish Sheltie) is asked to put hands on dashboard.
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10. Board Game: Relationship Tightrope [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2137]
Norbert Chan
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Calgary
Alberta
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Wife yells back at customs officer, "I'm trying!" since dog is moving about.
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11. Board Game: The Peculiar Game of My Wife and I [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Norbert Chan
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Calgary
Alberta
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Note wife's response to an officer of the law, for future reference.
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12. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:863]
Norbert Chan
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Follow instructions of officer: Step out of the car, put hands behind back and go to back of car.
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13. Board Game: Behind Every Good Man [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Norbert Chan
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Get handcuffed.
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14. Board Game: RoboRally: Armed and Dangerous [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Norbert Chan
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Walk backwards, where there are 8 armed officers with weapons drawn, crouching behind shield-like structures.
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15. Board Game: Monopoly: America Special Edition [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:9569]
Norbert Chan
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Alberta
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Get shown two jail cells, one has a toilet, one doesn't. Say you need to go to the bathroom; get put in cell with no washroom.
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16. Board Game: Thugs! [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
Norbert Chan
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Wife is asked if husband threatened her in any way, or if she put out a protection order against her husband.
 
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17. Board Game: Sleuth [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:758]
Norbert Chan
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Calgary
Alberta
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Get debrief. There is an American, with exact name and birthdate, who is considered armed and dangerous. Consider telling authorities that you are Canadian, but decide now is not the time.
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18. Board Game: Dora the Explorer: Picnic Fiesta [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
Norbert Chan
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Continue on to picnic, noting that contents in cooler did not spoil, and dog did not bark during the whole episode.
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19. Board Game: Interstate Highway [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
While this doesn't involve crossing the U.S> Border, it does involve a "Border Checkpoint" that is (iirc) 100 miles or so inside the US, on I-10, an interstate highway that doesn't cross any national borders.

Driving to Lackland AFB TX for one of my Security Forces (Military Police) courses, I discovered that there is a U.S. "Border" Checkpoint on interstate 10, many, many miles away from the Mexican Border.

At the checkpoint, I was stopped and showed the Border Patrolman my license and registration. He asked if I had been to Mexico, or if I had picked up any passengers. I politely told him that I had not. He then asked me "Where are you traveling from, what is your destination, and what is the purpose of your trip?" (this was not a conversational "Been on the road long?" or "Having a nice trip?" kind of question). I politely asked why he needed to know. He did the hip-shift, hand on firearm "I mean business" thing, and asked if I wanted to be sit on the pavement with my hands on my head while my vehicle was searched.
My response (smart ass that I am) was to point to the service uniform hanging in my backseat and to reply "I am a United States Air Force Security Forces member, traveling from my home station in California, where I serve to ensure that Americans are free - including the freedom to travel within their own nation - I am traveling on military orders to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas (and showed him my TDY orders), and I don't really understand why I am compelled to explain this to you, but hope you are satisfied. May I continue on my way now, or do I need to speak to your supervisor?"
After a few moments, and with a shocked expression on his face, he waved me along, telling me to "have a safe trip".

Returning from that same school, a few weeks after 9-11, I came into the same "Border" Checkpoint (from the other direction) and saw a Sikh family sitting on the pavement as the Border Patrol agents were taking everything out of their car. They were even making the father unwrap his turban (think of the film "Inside Man" here). When I was being checked by the Border Patrolman, I gave them my military ID, orders, DL, registration, and again had my uniform (with shield) hanging in the rear window, so wasn't being given any crap. I asked what that was all about. "Terror suspects - Arab rag-heads." he told me. "You know that they are Sikhs, from India, don't you? They aren't Arabic, and historically, the Sikhs and Muslims fight each other. Did they do anything suspicious, or just show up looking different?" His response was to ask "What do you care?", I told him "You guys are embarrassing me. This is America, we're supposed to treat people better than that. I understand that you guys are doing your job, the best you know how, but cop to cop, I'm just saying it's not very professional - it's pure ignorance and racism." at which point he told me to be on my way.

Both of these Border Patrolmen were in their early 20s. One was Caucasian, one was Hispanic. Both seemed like they probably grew up in the local area, with the limited mindset that comes with spending your life in one community and never having your prejudices challenged by real world experiences. In both cases, I took things as far as I felt that I could without ending up in handcuffs. I hope that I at least made these two guys think about how they were using their power, and how they were treating people.

My other interactions with U.S. customs and Border security have all been positive. This one little inbred and ignorant group of bullies just pissed me off both times I've dealt with them. However, I did follow the rules for interacting with armed law enforcement officials:
I addressed them politely, and as respectfully as possible.
I complied with what they asked me to do - even if I asked them why they wanted me to do it.
I did not scream at or threaten them.
I had a clear idea of where the "handcuff" line was, and didn't cross it.
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20. Board Game: Good Question! [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8497]
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Last year my 19 year old daughter flew to Alabama to stay for three months at a Christian camp. It was her first flight alone and the second time flying in her life. She is a quiet, not outspoken girl. She was taken into a back room and interrogated. She was not only questioned but threatened repeatedly to be deported and never allowed to come to the U.S. again. She almost missed her next flight. She had no idea what she said or did wrong.

Here is a picture of her. She looks just like the type to spend 3 months at a terrorist camp, doesn't she? (as I am sure there must be so many that you can just go to.) Maybe it was the frog. I think she had him along, too. Yeah, that must have been it!

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21. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:66]
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I've had guns pointed at me several times because of glass Go
stones in wooden bowls in my carry on luggage. Apparently
on an X-ray they look really suspicious.

"Sir, there are two dense spherical masses in your carry on luggage.
Could you explain what they are?" and similar.

I've never been handcuffed or taken anywhere, though. I've
opened my bag, shown them the bowls and stones, and explained
what they are. One agent once asked me if he could break a stone
open to check that it really was made of glass and I said no.
It was not taken any further.

If I see people heading towards me looking worried just
after X-ray I now _expect_ it to be this.
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