FBI Puts Antiwar Protesters on Criminal Database; Canada Uses It To Ban Protesters From Entry

Pauvre Canada, il ressemble de plus en plus aux États-Unis.

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Two well-respected US peace activists, CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, were denied entry into Canada On October third. The two women were headed to Toronto to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition. At the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained, questioned and denied entry.

« The FBI’s placing of peace activists on an international criminal database is blatant political intimidation of US citizens opposed to Bush administration policies, » says Colonel Wright, who was also Deputy US Ambassador in four countries.

In the past, Canada has always welcomed peace activists with open arms. This new policy, obviously a creature of the Bush administration, is shocking and we in the US and Canada must insist that it be overturned.

La suite (31 octobre 2007)

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Banned From Canada for a Year for War Protest

The invitation said six members of the Canadian Parliament were to
speak October 25 on Canada’s Parliament Hill as members of a panel
called « Peacebuilders Without Borders: Challenging the Post-9/11
Canada-US Security Agenda. » I arrived at the Ottawa airport on the
morning of October 25 expecting to be met by three members of
Parliament and to hold a press conference at the airport.

I presented immigration officials our letter of invitation from the
Parliamentarians that explained Medea and I had been denied entry to
Canada at the Niagara Falls border crossing on October 3, 2007,
because we had been convicted in the United States of peaceful,
non-violent protests against the war on Iraq, including sitting on
the sidewalk in front of the White House with 400 others, speaking
out against torture during Congressional hearings, and other
misdemeanors.

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