brni (brni) wrote,
brni
brni

Dr Peter Watts, SF writer, beaten and arrested

trying to return home to Canada.

"Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). Nor was I finally dumped across the border in shirtsleeves: computer seized, flash drive confiscated, even my fucking paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots. I was not left without my jacket in the face of Ontario's first winter storm, after all buses and intercity shuttles had shut down for the night.

"In some other universe I am warm and content and not looking at spending two years in jail for the crime of having been punched in the face."


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


At the time of this posting, googling Peter Watts Border brings up over 75,000 hits. Let's push that number up. The previous 8 years of paranoia have given unprecedented and unchecked power to the DHS. Time to turn this around.

Spread the news. Petition our government to make this right, and to fix the systemic problems that lead to this kind of abuse.
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