Challenging the government’s power to detain and question citizens

In June 2012, Christine Von Der Haar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, accompanied a friend to the Indianapolis International Airport Office of Customs and Border Protection to pick up computer equipment that had been shipped to Indianapolis a few days earlier. The customs agent, after asking the pair if they were planning to marry, questioned them separately about email communications and the nature of their relationship, and confined Dr. Von Der Haar in a guarded room for more than 20 minutes.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

In February 2014, the ACLU of Indiana filed suit on behalf of Von Der Haar in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana saying federal officials violated her constitutional rights by detaining her without cause.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. This case, which is pending, raises troubling issues about the power of the government to detain and question citizens.

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