Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The diplomacy of error

By Libby

Cernig picked up on a disturbing story this morning. This what happens when you have a terrorist watch list with 750,000 names on it. You detain the British International Development Minister twice within a year's time because he happens to be a Muslim. Worse yet, he was on his way home after attending a series of meetings on tackling terrorism at the invitation of the DHS in the first place.

Which is exactly what happened to him last year in New York. Following that episode, "Mr Malik received numerous apologies and assurances from the US authorities."

Just astounding.

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Anonymous swampcracker said...

I recall when Tom Ridge headed the Department of Homeland Security, and was testifying before Congress, Senator Ted Kennedy pointed out that he (Kennedy) was always stopped by airport security because his name somehow got on a list.

And a friend of mine, who once attended a political rally protesting GWB's attempt to sell off National Forest land, is stopped everytime she passes through an airport.

These lists are instruments of political harassment.

11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Absolutely and not just at the airports. I've read dozens of stories about people being stopped at the Canadian border eseentially for their political views. And not all of them were Muslims.

9:04:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And if they're stopping us at the airports, can't we be fairly suspect they're reading our e-mail and listening in to our phone calls and searching our credit card records and library reading lists. . .

10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

they have invented machines so they can see you without your clothes on. why don't they just ask people to get naked? perfect symbolism of how we 've sacrafised our dignity to pursue this retarded foerign policy of pre emption and interventionism

10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'd say we can be certain they're doing all of that and more Fogg.

10:49:00 AM  

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