A McGill University grad student is awaiting a ruling from a U.S. court that challenges the practice of U.S. border guards of seizing computers and other electronics and searching them for no reason.
Pascal Abidor filed suit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection after the Brooklyn, N.Y., resident was detained back in 2010 on one of his many trips home.
Abidor, who has dual French and American citizenship, was on an Amtrak train that stopped for routine inspection at Champlain, N.Y. When border protection officers learned he was working on his doctorate in Islamic studies at McGill, they took him aside.
The Canadian Press reports agents turned on his laptop computer and discovered photos of rallies by the militant group Hamas. Abidor explained he'd downloaded them via Google as part of his doctoral dissertation on the modern history of Shiites in Lebanon.
They also inspected his passport and found he had travelled between Jordan and Lebanon.
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