In the 1970s, with rising concerns about drug dealing and airplane hijacking, the United States Government systematically took more power to search us when we travel by air. The trend continued at airports, but driving back from the Canadian border always felt quite different. But in the past sixteen years, under Presidents Bush, Obama, and now Trump, our Government has turned all foreign border stops, including by car from Canada, into a Wild West of non-existent civil liberties. How bad is it? Pretty bad.
NachtLaw, by Nicholas Roumel, represents Dr. Fazlul Sarkar, a prominent cancer researcher who was subject to a vicious smear campaign, by anonymous commenters on an anonymously hosted web site. With false and defamatory statements, including document forgery, these anonymous posters not only cost the researcher a promising new job offer, but caused him to lose his tenure with his present University position. On behalf of the researcher, NachtLaw sued "John and Jane Doe(s)" and subpoenaed the website to learn the identity of these posters.