Peter Watts was found guilty for obstructing an officer. All he did was get out of his car during a search and ask what the problem was. For that he was beaten, maced, and to add insult to injury, sent back to Canada in December without his winter jacket. As if all that wasn’t punishment enough, a court has now also convicted him for obstructing an officer — a crime that can apply to such heinous acts as questioning an officer, or not complying with an order quickly enough (and here noncompliance can include asking “why?” when an officer orders you to the freezing pavement in December).
There was some half-joking talk here of boycotting some travel to the US because of how crazy the border had become. Now the next time we have a conference in the states, I think it will be a serious consideration.
American border guard: get your heads out of your asses.