Posted: 14 Oct 2013 03:45 PM PDT
Activism – Travis McCrea: Back in September, I posted a cute GIF laden post which outlined my harassment by the US Border Patrol, where they have gone as far as accused the Pirate Party of being a terrorist movement.
A few days after that, I had travelled to Canada for the day and when I came back… there was no inspection at all. Not even an invasive question, they asked where I was coming from and what I did there… and allowed me to answer with vague but descriptive answers (went to TO, visited friends).
Yesterday, I was traveling with friends but took a separate car as to not subject them to the torment that I typically have to go through at the border. To my surprise and relief, as I crossed at the border crossing that I have most trouble with (there are 3 border crossings near me to choose from) they did not search my car, they did not ask me invasive questions, they asked the minimal amount of questions and let me answer with vague answers and off I went.
This wasn’t just a coincidence — this was because of you. I had travelled over 12 times across the border before that post, and every time I was stopped. Every person who shared that post with their friends, every person who gave me encouragement, and every person who sent a tweet to @CBPBuffalo helped them realize that I am not a terrorist, and having political beliefs is not wrong but rather a critical part to a thriving democracy.
We called their bluff, they threatened to call the FBI counter terrorism department and have them lock me up in a dark room while they grilled me with questions… I stood firm in my beliefs, knowing that I had the best team in the world on my side… and I did. They didn’t call the FBI, they removed my flag from the system, and I am now free to travel in and out of this country.
This wasn’t due to their loving nature, this was you. So thank you, and know that while we face an uphill battle for protecting our freedoms. Every once in a while we get little victories in our fight, this is certainly one of them and even though it might not have felt like you did much — your small (or large) effort combined with everyone else did just make a change.