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Friday, November 27, 2009

Bad day in Buffalo

In which a blogger and activist is detained and harrassed by fatherland security thugs at the Canada-U.S. border. IANAL, but I don't think a passport-packin' U.S. citizen can be denied entry to the United States. If they are suspected of a crime within the United States or are wanted for crimes elsewhere, they can obviously be held in custody pending trial or extradition, but I don't think the authorities can keep citizen out of their own country just because they don't like them. Nothing is more dangerous or more odious than a bully with a badge.

UPDATE: It appears we have antidemocratic bullies working both sides of the border. Unless they had some reason to suspect Amy Goodman was going to advocate machine-gunning the medal winners or something, her opinions on the Olympics are really none of the Canadian Border Services Agency's damn business.


M@ said...

But they can be harrassed almost indefinitely, I guess. It seems that harrassment was the end in itself, not a means to some other, intelligent or useful end.

Edstock said...

"Nothing is more dangerous or more odious than a bully with a badge."

Yes indeed; the bully mentality was the backbone of the Cheka, OGPU, NKVD, KGB, Gestapo and SD and so on.