Dissident Writers Targeted By US Police State Apparatus
Rumor Mill News
Friday, 6 February 2004, 3:57 p.m.
It appears that the government's "no-fly list" is being used by our wonderful new police state to punish writers and other people for their political views. An article linked at Disinfo.com describes the case of a couple who publish an anti-war newspaper who suddenly found out that they were on the "no-fly" list by being detained at an airport. Apparently there are over 5 million people on the government's secret list!
"U.S. security agents have a master list of five million people worldwide thought to be potential terrorists or criminals, officials say. "The U.S. lookout index contains some five million names of known terrorists and other persons representing a potential problem," Brian Davis, a senior Canadian immigration official in Paris, said in a confidential document obtained by the Sun."
Here's the blurb at Disinfo about the case:
"US No-Fly List Includes Peace Activists, Civil Rights Attorneys
'It's very scary that two people who pose no danger, who are publishing something, which last time I looked we were allowed to do, are being detained at the airport and having the police called and they won't tell us why,' Adams said.
"In Gordon and Adams' case, the American Civil Liberties Union believes the couple may have been targeted for their work on War Times, a free bilingual newspaper that has been critical of the war and the Bush Administration's policies on terrorism. (article)."
This list was supposed to be a protection against terrorists but it seems that it is being used to terrorize the people themselves based on their political beliefs or their opposition to the Bush government. And 5 million people??!!
Retricting people's freedom of movement is a typical tactic of a police state. Remember the old Soviet Union? It is a weapon of tyrants. Are we coming to a point where you will be free to fly only if you agree with the government?