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Canadian Businesswoman Says Three Male CBP Officers Sexually Assaulted Her

They searched her body cavities for drugs, which they did not find.

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A Canadian businesswoman says she was sexually assaulted by three U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers during a motorcycle trip on May 14. The three male officers were ostensibly searching her orifices for contraband, which they did not find. Even by the depraved standards of the war on drugs, the ordeal she describes is outrageous, since the agents do not seem to have had the "reasonable suspicion" legally required to justify a body cavity search at the border and CBP policy says such examinations should be conducted by agents of the same sex as the traveler.

The 51-year-old woman, whose name was removed from the Kelowna Now article about the incident after the story provoked "an overwhelming barrage of criticism" that "impacted her business and family," planned to ride with a female friend from Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, to Elmo, Montana. At the Roosville, Montana, border crossing, she was questioned by a CBP officer who wondered why she was visiting Elmo, which he described as "Indian country." The woman says she was then separated from her friend and ushered into an inspection building, where three officers searched her motorcycle and her wallet, in which they found a perfectly legal interim motorcycle license that they deemed suspicious. To resolve their suspicions, they said, she would have to remove her clothing and submit to probing of her anus and vagina.

"I said, 'I've done nothing wrong; I don't know why you would need to do that,'" the woman told Kelowna Now. "I got scared. I got really scared. I said, 'Can you please call the police?' And they said, 'No, we're not going to call the police.' They said that they have more power than the police, and the police have no jurisdiction now, and whatever they say goes."

That is not quite true, but according to the Supreme Court constitutional restrictions on searches and seizures are relaxed at the border, where brief detention and questioning do not require any special justification and searches can be conducted based on "reasonable suspicion," as opposed to the usual standard of "probable cause." Reasonable suspicion is supposed to be be based on "specific and articulable facts," "taken together with rational inferences from those facts." It amounts to more than an "inchoate and unparticularized suspicion or 'hunch.'"

In this case, the only basis for suspicion seems to have been the fact that the woman was riding to Elmo, Montana, with a temporary motorcycle license. If that is enough to justify a strip search and body cavity probe, novice Canadian bikers would be well-advised to avoid the United States.

"They took my clothes off," the woman said, "and did an internal cavity search of my body. And it was awful. It was really bad, and I just can't understand. I just kept saying to them, 'How could you do this to a woman? This is not right.'" The search, which took about 45 minutes, turned up nothing illegal. "The part that makes me feel worthless and dirty and crappy is the fact that these people have such incredible power to make a female disrobe and that they can enter their body," she said. 

The woman was so shaken by the experience that she and her friend cut their trip short, staying overnight in a hotel before returning the next day to Canada. After crossing the border, she was pulled over for speeding by an RCMP officer, who after hearing her story "comforted her and set her up with victim services in Canada." She said she repeatedly tried to lodge an online complaint with the CBP, but her report kept disappearing when she tried to submit it.

CBP spokesman Jason Givens declined to comment on the incident, citing privacy concerns, but confirmed that a female traveler should have been searched by a female officer. "Customs and Border Protection takes complaints very seriously," Givens told Kelowna Now. "If a traveler feels they have been mistreated or that the inspection was not conducted in a professional manner, they should ask to speak with a CBP supervisor immediately." 

[Thanks to Mark Sletten for the tip.]

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  1. Within 100 miles of the border it is a “no constitution” zone, so the government can do whatever the fuck it wants to you. Because FYTW.

    1. I always kind of wish a story turns up where her boyfriend/husband tortures and murders their families in front of them and then feeds them into a woodchipper. The jury then decides the actions are reasonable and nullifies the law.

      And they all lived happily ever after.

      The end

      1. Speaking of which right after posting this I went to google news and saw this.

        Holy hell what passes for justice in this country is too twisted for words.

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/a…..apist.html

        1. The man was 43-year-old Earl Nash. He and his own wife and brother-in-law had been arrested back in 2003 for raping, slashing, and battering a 17-year-old Bronx high school student while holding her prisoner for two days inside his Westchester apartment.

          WHY THE FUCK WAS THIS PIECE OF SHIT STILL WALKING AROUND FREE!?

          Sorry about the all caps, but holy shit…

      2. what did the families do to deserve that? You can’t pick who you’re related to.

        1. Nothing hence that being fiction.

      3. Who leaked the plot of The Punisher Season 1 to you?

        1. Nobody but now you have ruined it for me. Guessing the villain is an oil company exec though not a noble public servant.

          1. Shock twist, it’s venezuela, so they’re both!

            1. And a ghost! An evil Venezuelan jack booted oil ghost is the kind of twist we need to bring cinema back to its glory days. Sharknado wasn’t enough but I think this would make America great again.

          2. The villain used to be a noble CBP, but became an oil exec so that he could rape Gaia too?

    2. This was at a border crossing, so the power to search without a warrant is pretty well established (just saying). But this just looks like torture out of spite because they didn’t like the look of her, or something.

      1. Who are you replying to? Your reply doesn’t make any sense in context.

        1. I was responding to the comment about the 100 mile border zone because it isn’t relevant to this story since it happened at a border crossing. Borders have always been constitution free zones. They can search you without any specific suspicion on the border and that’s how it’s always been.
          I’m not saying I like it, but that’s how it is.

  2. Let me go put on my shocked face.

    Damn, it turns out my shocked face has fallen apart because of frequent use. So now I have to go around looking like McCauley Culkin from Home Alone.

    1. His creepy face keeps popping up in the Promoted Stories at the bottom of the articles

      1. Sorry, forgot about that. He’s the guy who shows up in the ads for 20 celebrities who have committed suicide. McCauley Culkin is actually alive and well, and an off Broadway Star.

        1. None of those pictures are in any way related to the captions. They are simply clickbait for morons.

          1. So, thanks, reason, for that assessment of your readers’ intellect.

            1. Aren’t ads that appear tied in with cookies or other tracking information out there about you?

          2. It’s a long and hoary tradition in comic books: the covers often depicted something fantastic and unlikely and totally exogenous to the content of the pages within.

            1. I just can’t believe that Welch, Gillespie, et al don’t feel a little shame and queasiness when they see the types of ads that are associated with their publication.

              1. They’re probably running adblock too.

                  1. Me, at work 🙁

                    Trolling online for hours at a time on the company dime is just fine, but installing plugins is absolutely verboten.

  3. “If a traveler feels they have been mistreated or that the inspection was not conducted in a professional manner, they should ask to speak with a CBP supervisor immediately.”

    It seems to me one would have had quite enough of the
    CBP already. His answer to her trauma is to encourage her to experience more?

  4. Very lonely part of Montana and I’m sure those poor CBP officers were tired of sheep.

  5. At the same time this seems very unlikely and probably true. Her story sounds fabulist in the extreme and there’s no reason not to believe it could have happened.

  6. Yeah, but how many dirty ISIS spic-muslim terrorists does Canada have? Huh? No answer from the anarchist open border fucks now.

    I’d personally fingerfuck the ass and pussy a 10,000 innocent 51-year-old women to keep you ungrateful assholes safe from imaginary dangers!

    1. I sense a potential plot for some SugarFree fiction….

      1. Please, please, please don’t encourage him. My soul nearly died last time I read one of his bits here.

        1. It’s like an awful, awful train wreck – I know I shouldn’t look, I know it will be horrifying and soul-crushing, but I just can’t help myself.

        2. Don’t listen to the philistines. You’re beautiful and your prose brings light and color to a sepia world.

    2. It’s true! I heard them ask “Where de white women at?”!

    1. I’m guessing Gawker is just going balls out before Hulk Hogan strips the place for copper wire.

  7. The search, which took about 45 minutes

    What in the everloving fuck???

    1. You can’t just jump in there fingers blazing.

      1. Did they light candles, dim the lights, and put on some Barry White? FFS!

    2. “Stop resisting!”

      1. “Oh baby, it’s so sexy when you resist.”

  8. Reasonable suspicion is supposed to be be based on “specific and articulable facts,” “taken together with rational inferences from those facts.”

    “If she weighs the same as a duck … she’s made of wood! … A witch! Burn her!”

  9. Well… as much as I don’t trust any sort of legal authority, Googling “Kelowna woman arrested by CBP” kinda makes me think this might be a bit overblown. I mean, yeah, if the picture I saw is accurate maybe Crusty would, but hurm…. My bunk inspire me more. We’re not talking about a 6 or 7 out of 10 here. Maybe a low 3 or a high 2. And then, I haven’t slept much and think I’m still drunk so I’m generous. Definitely not the kind of thing I’d enjoy sharing with 2 of my coworkers.

    But hey, if it did happen, disgusting, no doubt. And I hope the miscreants will be woodchipped rightly.

    1. I have my doubts, but it’s still possible. If something happened it was probably nothing sexual and entirely about exercising authority. She peeved them off somehow and they decided to fuck her for it, literally.

    2. You’re disgusting.

      1. Now I don’t know anything about this. Wasn’t there. Just saying that some people are quick to call wolf. Totally agree with Commodious, it was probably more about exercising authority. Yet, I prefer to be a bit skeptical. Now if it was one agent, okay, maybe, in fact probably, but 3 and no female ? I’m just giving the benefit of the doubt. And I’ve heard story of abuse of power by those CBP agents, lived it myself in fact (nothing compared to that but still a bit of a pain). And once again I reinstate that if they did abused of their power yup ; woodchipper. (It’s hyperbole btw).

        And I’m kind of proud of myself for having disgusted someone before 9. It’s gonna be a nice day.

    3. It happened for the same reason 80 year old ladies get raped: the exercise of power over a helpless individual. Maybe there’s more to the story but it’s certainly plausible.

    4. There are motivations besides sexual attraction. I haven’t seen any reason to disbelieve this story.

    5. As was pointed out above though, this was in a lonely place in Montana, and they were probably tired of fucking sheep. Anything that was female and walked on 2 legs would have done.

    6. The story smells bad to me – mostly because it agrees with my worldview. I give it even odds she made it up. I am inclined to distrust anything CBP officers say, so something like this is “too good to be true”.

      By the way, yes the woman is ugly, but that really doesn’t have anything to do with whether she was raped. I think it’s plausible that they’re more likely to rape her because “…she’s ugly and nobody’d believe her…”

      1. Exactly my point. The story seems too good to be true. And it hasn’t been picked up by mainstream media that would have been heads over heels with this story (Not even the CBC, which is usually quite fond of US bashing). And I mean, if I was to commit a robbery or a fraud, I’ll do it for at least a million, not a few hundreds. Then again I’m no popo.

        My guess is she got detained and interrogated, probably for FYTW, got pissed with reason, and added a few things to her story. And if I’ve learned anything about women is that pissed off women tend to go postal and do make stuff up.

        I’m still not defending the actions of the CBP and still think it should definitely be investigated, but let’s get the 2 sides of the story. Rule of law, presumption of innocence, jury of your peers and all that stuff.

  10. When law enforcement faces no consequences for conducting illegal searches, then the searches aren’t illegal.

    1. When law enforcement faces no consequences for conducting illegal searches, then the searches aren’t illegal.law is meaningless.

      1. It’s called rule of man.

  11. Not that advertising dollars are necessarily effective, but if the GOP has any interest in surviving past 2016, they should pour every dollar of their presidential warchest into backing efforts to hold the House and Senate, and tell Trump to go fuck himself. The best case scenario in November is Trump losing to Clinton and Republicans keeping Congress, and stalemate this mother for the next four years.

    1. They won’t be able to hold out on SCOTUS nominees for four years, so that would just give Hillary the ability to shape the SCOTUS for the next generation. I don’t see how that is a best case scenario. We are well and truly fucked.

      1. The best case scenario in any case is Americans getting religious on federalism and the restoration of state’s rights.

        1. “The best case scenario in any case is Americans getting religious on federalism and the restoration of state’s rights”

          Space aliens landing is more likely.

          1. Not after Trump builds a dome to keep them out.

      2. that would just give Hillary the ability to shape the SCOTUS for the next generation.

        I see no reason to believe that Trump’s SCOTUS nominations would be any better.

  12. “They took my clothes off,” the woman said, “and did an internal cavity search of my body. And it was awful. It was really bad, and I just can’t understand. I just kept saying to them, ‘How could you do this to a woman? This is not right.'” The search, which took about 45 minutes, turned up nothing illegal. “The part that makes me feel worthless and dirty and crappy is the fact that these people have such incredible power to make a female disrobe and that they can enter their body,” she said.

    CBP is the most sensuous and erotic of enforcement agencies. They take their time, to make sure that you get yours before they do. So thoughtful and caring.

    1. Girls like authority and men in uniforms. I don’t see why she’s complaining.

    2. See this is one thing that makes me suspicious. When I search a woman’s cavities I’m usually done in maximum 30 minutes. Okay 15 minutes….. fine 5…. okay about 30 seconds. TIWTANLW.

  13. Did those Canadian Police mount her?

    1. the woman was canadian, the police were american

  14. “CBP policy says such examinations should be conducted by agents of the same sex as the traveler.”

    Yeah, but the agents self-identified as women, so the cavity search was okay.

    1. “CBP Enforces Pro-Gay Baseless Orifice Search Policy”

      If Reason weren’t so rabidly anti-GOP and blindly in favor of any/all social progress, they really could give articles like these some legs to run on.

  15. “the fact that these people have such incredible power to make a female disrobe ”

    She cares because she’s a woman, I guess?

  16. The 51-year-old woman, whose name was removed from the Kelowna Now article about the incident after the story provoked “an overwhelming barrage of criticism” that “impacted her business and family,”

    Huh?! She gets illegally cavity searched by the CBP, and now she’s the one receiving “an overwhelming barrage of criticism”?! What the fuck is wrong with people? There goes the last shred of my faith in humanity. It’s gone, finished. Nothing to do now but kick back and hope for a planet killer asteroid collision, time to hit the reset button. Maybe the next species to evolve on this rock will be better.

    1. Yeah, I just can’t fathom that part. Is the gist that she should have lain back and thought of England or something?

    2. I don’t know if Reason got it wrong or if the story was updated, but it currently states that she received ” an overwhelming amount of feedback, almost all positive, but some critical.”

  17. Makes for a helluva tourism campaign,
    “Sunny Montana! we really know how to show you a good time”

  18. Correction: the Reason article refers to an “overwhelming barrage of criticism”, but the linked Kelowna Now article actually says:

    ” an overwhelming amount of feedback, almost all positive, but some critical”

    I don’t know if it was updated, or if Reason got it wrong.

  19. She should’ve been cavity-searched by a transgender officer, of course.

    I’m sure they didn’t tell her she had the option to remain in Canada instead of submitting.

  20. CBP takes complaints as seriously as does TSA……which means NOT AT ALL!

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