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2003-05-05

Patriot Raid: Citing Homeland Security & Patriot Act, Ins Raids NYC Restaurant, Questions Staff at Gunpoint and Detains Patrons

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"A month ago I experienced a very small taste of what hundreds of South Asian immigrants and U.S. citizens of South Asian descent have gone through since 9/11, and what thousands of others have come to fear. I was held, against my will and without warrant or cause, under the USA PATRIOT Act. While I understand the need for some measure of security and precaution in times such as these, the manner in which this detention and interrogation took place raises serious questions about police tactics and the safeguarding of civil liberties in times of war..."

That was the beginning of an article written by New Yorker Jason Halperin who joins us in the studio.

  • Jason Halperin, works with a local nonprofit in New York City. He was a victim of an INS raid of a local restaurant in March.

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