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U.S. journalist John Osburn detained by DHS at Canadian Border
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U.S. journalist John Weston Osburn was detained by homeland security on his way back in to the States after being twice denied by Canadian Border Officials on his way into Canada to cover protests at the 2010 Olympics. While in the area between border posts, Osburn was told that he was in a "no mans land," and was denied the right to speak with a lawyer.
"I repeatedly told the officers that my rights were being violated and that I wished to be released. I felt humiliated, powerless and have rarely felt so unprotected," said Osburn.
"The supervising officer made reference to making sure i had no weapons of mass destruction and that I wasn't a terrorist, when it was obvious i have nothing to do with those things. This was all after i was thoroughly questioned and searched on the canadian side which was two hundred yards away at most," he said.
Osburn travelled 2000 miles to Vancouver from Salt Lake City, Utah, with the aim of documenting protests to the 2010 Olympics. He has worked with Indymedia and the Glass Bead Collective in the US.