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[personal profile] piranha
peter watts, canadian science fiction writer, was beaten and jailed at a US border crossing, according to him without provocation or reason.

peter's blog entry does not shed any more light on what exactly happened.

dear US of fucking A:

occasionally friends of mine in the US wonder why i no longer travel there. and when i explain, i am sure -- even though nobody has said it out loud -- that they think i'm probably a little paranoid.

i'm not. your damn country is a loose cannon. crossing your borders is not safe for foreigners. yes, thousands cross without incident. but the incidents are many more now than they used to be, and the guards are more petty and vindictive, and more filled with righteous POWER because hey, there's terr'ists out there.

no way am i visiting the US again while this sort of shit goes on. i had great hopes for the obama administration, but obama clearly isn't willing to fix many of the problems introduced by the abominable shrub.

my canadian dollars won't go into your tourist industry. they'll go to a legal defense fund for peter watts.

on 2009-12-11 19:41 (UTC)
highlander_ii: Chris Pine kneeling on the floor holding a camera to his face (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] highlander_ii
I don't think it's that Obama isn't willing to fix things, but that it takes time to do so. The US government is complex when trying to get things done - it's also notoriously slow, given the bi-partisan make-up of nearly every piece of it that tries to do anything. The one party won't let the other party push their thing through b/c it might hurt partyA, so partyB does 15 re-writes that each get argued over and blah blah blah until the final version doesn't look anything like what was originally proposed.

And if the border guards acted w/o provocation - they are wrong, no matter who they were 'arresting'. Though this makes me wonder how many other folks crossing the border are detained on trumped up charges that we never hear about - which makes me sad... and angry.

Provocation is irrelevant

on 2009-12-11 21:36 (UTC)
Posted by (Anonymous)
If the description of the event is even remotely correct, it makes no difference whatsoever whether they were provoked or not. Those actions are completely and unconditionally unacceptable regardless of what provocation a sole, unarmed SF author could have possibly offered an entire squad of border patrol agents.

I will be contacting my US Congressional representatives and ensuring that they're aware of this absolutely unacceptable and criminal treatment of a Canadian citizen and asking them to follow this case and seriously consider whether a Congressional investigation of the behavior of Homeland Security is warranted.

on 2009-12-12 20:05 (UTC)
highlander_ii: Chris Pine kneeling on the floor holding a camera to his face (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] highlander_ii
Oh good - the Patriot Act will start to look like the Cuba ban - there for 'looks' and enforced on principle, but it doesn't really need to be there anymore. I mean, when was the last time Cuba was actually a viable threat on North America? Militarily. Cold War? And that was 20 years ago? I can see the Patriot Act being kind of like that - in place and enforced just b/c it's there. Boo.

I love my country most of the time, but damn if the government doesn't need to get it's head out of its collective ass already.

on 2009-12-12 23:33 (UTC)
highlander_ii: Chris Pine kneeling on the floor holding a camera to his face (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] highlander_ii
Yeah, I'm pretty sure we won't see any true movement toward lifting the embargo for quite some time. It's one of those things that some of the American public 'takes for granted' b/c it's 'always been that way' for a lot of them. Most people have no idea why it was put in place or what the politics behind it were. And Congress has weird positions on which it maintains the status quo and, for some reason, Cuba is one of them.

on 2009-12-14 17:40 (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] dragonwolf
Gotta love the American view of justice -- "let's isolate them from the rest of the world and put a stigma on them! (And later, wonder why they stay pissed off...)"

I love my country, but loving my country and loving (or even liking) my government are two different things.

on 2009-12-11 19:50 (UTC)
vrisanfra: Blue background with a blue-silver gloved hand holding a dark  metal egg, cracked with gold. Says "Rhi-Net" in gold. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] vrisanfra
And this...would be why most of us in here are not proud of this country. Or rather, one of many reasons. We don't live here because we enjoy it...>.>

Body would love to retire to Ireland. I think it wants to bring people with it. *hehe*


on 2009-12-11 20:00 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] boxofdelights
Holy shit.

Thanks for the info.

on 2009-12-11 20:17 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] jassanja
do you have to give your fingerprints too when crossing into the USA??
Or is just everyone in Europe a terrorist who needs to go into the database?!?

on 2009-12-11 20:31 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] wild_irises
As an American citizen and resident, I completely understand and support everyone who doesn't want to come into this country. Heck, if I wasn't here, I probably wouldn't come here. It's repulsive.

on 2009-12-11 22:31 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] gam0ra.blogspot.com
Nope, don't blame you a bit. I don't cross US borders unless I absolutely have to and am in a large group of people. And when I do, I don't take anything even vaguely questionable.


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