JoeGee writes: On December 8th, Canadian sci fi author Peter Watts, author of the Rifters trilogy and recently, Blindsight, was crossing the US/Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan when he was involved in an altercation with US Border Patrol agents. According to Watts he was beaten, left half-naked in a cold cell, and finally dumped on the Canadian side of the border with no coat. Blogger, journalist, and author Cory Doctorow was accompanying Watts on the crossing, and gives his account here. A legal consultant from the Electronic Frontier Foundation was successful in helping a civil rights lawyer in Michigan free Watts. Watts faces US charges of assaulting a federal officer. Based on the accounts one can assume Watts did so by hitting the officer's hand with his face. If convicted Watts faces two years in a US Federal prison.