The Nation: Border Incident

The predicament of one American war resister became the center of an international incident last week. The scene was the tall, marble Peace Arch just north of Elaine, Wash., which marks the border between the U.S. and Canada. One afternoon a car drove past the arch and its surrounding gardens and rolled to a halt beneath the portico of the U.S. customs building. The customs official on duty routinely noted the car's license number, then punched it into his computer—which is part of the Treasury Emergency Communication System and is tied into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's national crime computers....

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