SF Author Dr. Peter Watts Gets Arrested at the US Border, Thrown In Detention, Now Facing Charges

by Irma Arkus

over at BoingBoing, hot news item is that Dr. Peter Watts, a scifi Hugo nominee, has been detained at the US border for reasons unknown.

After border patrol decided to conduct a search of his rented vehicle, Watts faced physical abuse by the officers, was stripped half-naked and spent almost a day in a cold detenion cell.

Seizure of his personal computer, flash drive, and even his paper notepad was explained as a way to halt terrorism: “even my fucking paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots,” explained Peter in his own words.

After being harassed and abused by the border officials, and posted bond for his release, Dr. Watts was sent out in his shirt, in a midst of a cold Ontario snow-storm.

Now, Dr. Watts faces charges of assault against a federal officer. How questioning a search amounts to an assault is still unknown, but one thing is for sure, Dr. Watts will need a lot of financial support to dispute the charges in Michigan.

To help with his situation, please send your support funds via PayPal to donate@rifters.com