Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Actors Win Award for Gitmo Movie But Upon Return Are Detained at British Airport

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

After winning a Silver Bear at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, the cast of a movie about Gitmo were detained and questioned at the airport as they tried to reenter England. Also, here in America, Homeland Security goons harrass users of the internet at a public library.

From the BBC:
The actors who star in movie The Road to Guantanamo were questioned by police at Luton airport under anti-terrorism legislation, it has emerged.
The men, who play British inmates at the detention camp, were returning from the Berlin Film Festival where the movie won a Silver Bear award.

One of the actors, Rizwan Ahmed, said a police officer asked him if he intended to make any more "political" films.

The men were released quickly and not arrested, said Bedfordshire police.
About a month ago, some peace activists returning from an international conference in Malaysia were detained and questioned about their books, magazines and personal activities by Homeland Security goons squads at LA Airport. Nearly every time if not every time, these people who seem to be all right wingers, demand to know one's political views and they let everyone know that deviating from the far right wingloon Weltanschauung is verboten. When caught, they demure or reassign people or outright lie.

Like all budding police states, they can't help but try to control people's political lives. For example, in England, the question about "will you make more political films" should be cause for arrest for overstepping one's authority. Indeed, the whole issue of freedom to associate or freedom of speech is the bedrock of democracy and freedom. Without those two elements, one isn't free at all.

From the Washington Post:
Two uniformed men strolled into the main room of the Little Falls library in Bethesda one day last week and demanded the attention of all patrons using the computers. Then they made their announcement: The viewing of Internet pornography was forbidden.

The men looked stern and wore baseball caps emblazoned with the words "Homeland Security." The bizarre scene unfolded Feb. 9, leaving some residents confused and forcing county officials to explain how employees assigned to protect county buildings against terrorists came to see it as their job to police the viewing of pornography.
Do read the rest of the article. It is amusing and horrifying. The two clowns who did this to library users were not fired but hidden from view again. Who are these stupid snoops, these budding Soviet-style enforcers? Next, they will be pulling aside curtains to see how we have sex?

This has happened, you know, to gays in places like Texas. The courts ruled that cops can't snoop around innocent people, rousting them except when they ingest illegal drugs then it is OK to be super snoopy and even kill people if they resist the snooping.

Celanese, a major corporation, locked out one of their unions and brought in scabs which has been legal ever since Ronnie Reagan conned the working classs into slitting their own throats for small tax cuts. From Truth Out:
Intimidation tactics extend beyond the plant premises and into the town of Meredosia itself. Workers repeatedly complain of invasion of privacy and harassment by Special Response personnel. These Celanese provocateurs regularly patrol the streets of Meredosia, videotaping union members and their families in public or even in their own back yards.

"For some reason the security that Celanese has hired feels the need to videotape our houses, videotape our children in the yard," says Steve Floyd, a locked-out worker. "We see them twice a day at the minimum. Most of the times it's every three to four hours they'll come through. You know its a slow street but they'll come through excessively slow so it's not like they're just passing through. They're coming down with a purpose."

Plant manager, John Lakenan confirms that. Special Response Corporation is monitoring people "who have harassed replacement workers or other Celanese employees," he says.

The union also accuses the Morgan County Sheriff's Department of providing on-duty deputies to Celanese for $70 an hour to police union members.
Several things here. One is, unions have absolutely no tools now for fighting huge wage and benefit cutbacks. None at all. They barely understand that they must vote for people who will protect them but I remember how they deserted the Democrats several times over, eager for the dangling lure of tax cuts. Now they are wishing they could pay taxes. The police unions are thugs working for the people destroying their neighbors. They are literally accepting bribes in the form of tremendous pay raises if only they help drive their neighbors into poverty. No one can flee this nightmare easily for few can sell their homes. And there are no factory jobs elsewhere if one declares bankruptcy and then goes away.

This week, eight workers won a huge lottery and each will get over $20 million each. Increasingly, workers are rushing to buy a ride on the magic carpet. Of course, only a very tiny handful will get to sit on it, the rest left behind to die.

All police states depend on tools who have no heart, no sense of community, no love, just self interest and a lust to control people they hate. They need detached "me and only myself" sorts who won't even hold out a hand to a crying child next door if this interfers with them making easy money.

These are the people who will happily herd others into concentration camps if the workers strike back and refuse to let corporations drive them into poverty. This is why workers will happily build the mega prison camps costing hundreds of millions of dollars which Bush just got passed in a budget and handed off to his best friends in Texas.

Lastly, from Amal's blog:an interesting song/video about our police state in Iraq.
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