Reporting Around DHS Opacity

Friday, October 25, 2013


When OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman tried getting answers from the Department of Homeland Security for her border detainment story, she experienced first hand how opaque the behemoth federal agency can be with reporters. But her experience wasn't unique. Brooke speaks with New York Times contributor Susan Stellin and Rio Grande Valley correspondent for the Associated Press Christopher Sherman--two journalists that regularly come in contact with DHS and its various agencies--about just how difficult it can be to get information.


Christopher Sherman and Susan Stellin

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Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

trish from Buffalo, NY

Last Fall my husband and I were going across the country for Christmas. In preparation for the trip, he went across the Peace Bridge to Ft. Erie, Ontario to buy some cold pills for me.(I have low immunity, and am constantly infected with a cold virus). We were both Nexus cardholders, and crossing the bridge was a snap.

This time it took him more than 2 hrs before the Border Patrol would release him. Unknown to us, he had bought an "illegal amount of decongestents and antihistimines". How much is illegal? No information was supplied to him. He wrote a lettter to an "ombudsman in Vermont" and was denied having Nexus privileges and his list of questions wasn't addressed.

This is crazy to me. The Rules were never defined re decongestents, and no way are we running labs creating crystal meth!! Since that fiasco, we both went over the border to the Nexus office, and did find out that 9 grams of pseudoephidrine is the maximum legal to bring back to the US.

Oct. 26 2013 05:00 PM

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