IU faculty member sues US Customs over detention

(CBS Photo)
(CBS Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana University faculty member is suing two U.S. customs agents for detaining her after the government eavesdropped on emails she exchanged with a Greek friend.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging the customs agents violated Christine Von Der Haar’s constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The lawsuit alleges the Bloomington woman was confined in a guarded room at Indianapolis International Airport for more than 20 minutes on June 8, 2012, while she was questioned over whether she and her friend planned to marry and whether they were having sexual relations. The lawsuit alleges the questioning was based on surreptitious monitoring of communications between Von Der Haar and her friend.

Messages seeking comment were left with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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