Thursday, September 21, 2006

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has refused to apologize to Maher Arar despite Arar’s exoneration by a federal inquiry. Four years ago, Maher Arar was on his way back to Canada from a family vacation in Tunisia. The Syrian-born Canadian citizen had a stopover at JFK airport in New York. After being questioned at the airport, U.S. officials took him to a New York immigration facility. Two weeks later he was secretly flown to Jordan aboard a Gulfstream Jet. Maher Arar ended up in Syria where he was held in a cell, the size of a grave. He was physically and psychologically tortured. He was forced to confess to having trained in Afghanistan -- where he has never been. He was released after a year and never charged with a crime.
On Monday, the Canadian government admitted for the first time that Arar was a completely innocent man. Justice Dennis O’Connor, who led the inquiry, said the U.S. government’s decision to send Arar to Syria was likely based on inaccurate and misleading information provided by Canadian authorities.
On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged that a tremendous injustice had taken place but he declined to apologize to Arar.

So - ask yourself this question.
Why did this happen to this man?

Was it because he and his family were behaving in a suspicious manner?
Was it because he had traveled to countries with terrorist training facilities and had extended visits?
Was it because through wire-tapping his phones, authorities had overheard suspicious conversations with other terrorist-minded folks?

It was because he and his family, as in himself, his wife, and his young children, were on a terrorist watch list for no particular reason that has been disclosed. This man's experience not only illustrated how quickly your civil rights can be abolished. It also demonstrated how quickly you can be imprisoned indefinately without charges being filed or any legal process. We also learned without reput about the not so secret prison-type facilities where our detainees are being held and tourtured.

Is this front page news?

It's a foot note. It's an after-thought. This one story and so many others like it that demonstrate the degregation of our constitutional rights and freedoms is relegated to the back page or media outlets like NPR and Democracy Now.

However, I have one more question for you.
Do you fly?
How often?
What type of material do you read online?
Have you been seen at any demostrations or political rally's?

Might you be on a watch list??

Next time you are at the air port take a few minutes to consider that and remember the name Maher Arar.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tore into his U.S. counterpart and his U.N. hosts Wednesday, likening President Bush to the devil and telling the General Assembly that its system is "worthless."
"The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. "And it smells of sulfur still today."
Chavez accused Bush of having spoken "as if he owned the world" and said a psychiatrist could be called to analyze the statement. (
Watch Hugo Chavez cross himself as he tells world leaders he can smell the devil -- 1:06)
"As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.' "
Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky on imperialism and said it encapsulated his arguments: "The American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination, and we cannot allow him to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated."

Tell us what you really think...
Don't hold back now...

Wow-Chavez, really let go to the UN. On one hand his comments were shocking. Other the other they were refreshing. He was blunt, he was consise, and he was unapologetic. Chavez spoke to the American people when he called on us to understand that the devil is in our own house, under our noses, making havoc in the world in our names. Maybe more importantly making a wreck of our name.

I can only hope the people of the world understand that Bush is not us. He is a renigade, he is dangerous, and we know he is the devil. We will be victims of his reign of terror long after the rest of the world has forgotten him.

So - Chevez ---- Right on man! You must have some big b@*@lls!!!

You are the man of the week in our book!


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