Still writing. I’m at 5535 words.
However, this story is too important not to point out, and thanks to Shasticon for linking it to me:
My flight arrived in New York at 2:00 p.m. on September 26th, 2002. I had a few hours to wait until my connecting flight to Montreal.
This is when my nightmare began. I was pulled aside at immigration and taken to another area. Two hours later some officials came and told me this was regular procedure. They took my fingerprints and photographs.
Then some police came and searched my bags and copied my Canadian passport. I was getting worried, and I asked what was going on, and they would not answer. I asked to make a phone call, and they would not let me.
Then a team of people came and told me they wanted to ask me some questions. One man was from the FBI, and another was from the New York Police Department. I was scared and did not know what was going on. I told them I wanted a lawyer. They told me I had no right to a lawyer, because I was not an American citizen.
Thus began the ordeal of this citizen of Canada who was deported to Syria by U.S. officials. In Syria he was tortured. He has no connections to anything terrorist-related.
I’ve no idea how the administration and its idiotic fans plan to spin this one. I’m sure Arar is lying, exaggerating, or a terrorist. I’m sure that his treatment will be justified, assuming it isn’t just ignored — after all, this story has been going on for some time now and has barely registered in the supposedly liberal and anti-Bush national news. Who knows, maybe they’ll embrace Arar and is story as proof of why we now need to invade Syria immediately. Or maybe they’ll simply say that his ordeal is worth it if that system also kept other terrorists from killing people in America. I’ve no idea. I can’t begin to think how the deluded Republican mind works.
And lest you think this could only happen to foreign-born citizens of Canada on U.S. soil, here’s the PATRIOT Act being used for a strip club investigation.
I could go on. I have a lot stored up right now, but I’m pressed for time, so let me just point you in the right direction.
There are a couple of attacks against Democracy going on right now, and the biggest one is by Diebold, makers of electronic voting machines. Tom Tomorrow summarizes what’s going on here. Basically, evidence is coming out that the machines are faulty, they can be tampered with, and Diebold has political ties close to the Republican party. Diebold’s response has been to try to sue anyone who talks about this.
Democracy requires an informed electorate. In the past, we depended on the press to give us an objective report on the country. But that’s no longer the case, especially at FOX, where apparently The Memo determines the content and spin of what you see or don’t see.
And finally, Bush got his $87 billion for Iraq. The senate took a vote and it passed. But it was done through a “voice vote” because both supporters and detractors of the bill were too cowardly to stand up for or against it. What a grand bunch of statesmen. What a model of personal responsibility. I’m so glad George “The Buck not only doesn’t stop here, but I haven’t seen the buck lately and in fact I don’t know what buck you’re talking about but I’m sure it was someone else’s buck” Bush has brought ethics and responsibility back to the White House.