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We are a country run by barbarians and the world rightly sees us as such. Science Fiction author Peter Watts was beaten and imprisoned while trying to return to Canada from the US:

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/11/dr-peter-watts-canad.html

Worse yet they took everything and left him without his coat or indeed much of anything when they released him.

Okay. So let's supposed that Dr. Watts was a bit sarcastic with the border guards.

That should not matter a bit. Period. And being "lippy" as some people have categorized it is not a crime in the US or Canada and should be off the table as far as the border goons are concerned. (I refuse to categorize them as people in reference to this incident.) But EVEN if you go with them hassling him because of that they crossed the line by THROWING HIM OUT IN THE COLD IN THE WINTER WEATHER WITHOUT HIS COAT!

If the rest of the US is wondering why the world is looking at us sadly and shaking their heads as if we're some mentally damaged individual banging their head against the wall and drooling THIS sort of shit is why.

I'm so embarrassed to be a US citizen right now. It probably won't do anything but I've just posted a simple message with the link to the BoingBoing story on whitehouse.gov contact page. I urge everybody else to do the same or similar things.




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siliconshaman
Dec. 12th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I dunno if it's just me, but it does seem like there is a concerted effort by Someone In Power, to do their best to discourage US citizens from travelling abroad, and everyone else to avoid visiting the US.

Something like this, happening to someone who is reasonably prominent but not to famous, could be construed as a warning example. If one was so minded.

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