Monday, November 30, 2009

Canada Is NOT A Free Country: American Journalist Grilled At US/Canada Border Crossing!

For the longest time, I have been putting up articles claiming that Canada is not a free country, and is rapidly becoming a police state. I stand behind those convictions,and have shown definite proof in recent articles that I have posted.

Now comes another example of the deteriorating situation in Canada. It seems according to the following article from www.cbc.ca, that Canada is stopping Journalists from the United States from coming into our country for the reasoning that they MIGHT (?) speak out against the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler. What the heck ever happened to free speech in this country, and innocence until proven guilty? Here is the article, with my comments to follow:

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing

Officials demanded to know what she would say publicly about 2010 Olympics

U.S. broadcaster and author Amy Goodman said she is concerned a journalist would have to undergo an interrogation while trying to enter Canada. (CBC)

U.S. journalist Amy Goodman said she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing south of Vancouver on Wednesday and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned she was coming to Canada to speak against the Olympics.

Goodman says Canadian Border Services Agency officials ultimately allowed her to enter Canada but returned her passport with a document demanding she leave the country within 48 hours.

Goodman, 52, known for her views opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, told CBC News on Thursday that Canadian border agents asked her repeatedly what subjects she would cover at scheduled speaking engagements in Vancouver and Victoria.

'You're saying you're not talking about the Olympics?'—Canadian border agent

Goodman said she told them she planned to speak about the debate over U.S. health care reform and the wars in Asia.

After much questioning, Goodman said the officials finally asked if she would be speaking about the 2010 Olympics.

"He made it clear by saying, 'What about the Olympics?'" said Goodman. "And I said, 'You mean when President Obama went to Copenhagen to push for the Olympics in Chicago?'"

"He said, 'No. I am talking about the Olympics here in 2010.' I said, 'Oh I hadn't thought of that,'" said Goodman.

"He said, 'You're saying you're not talking about the Olympics?'"

"He was clearly incredulous that I wasn't going to be talking about the Olympics. He didn't believe me," Goodman said.

The CBSA declined comment on the incident Thursday.

Searched car, computer and notes

Goodman said her car was searched and the officials demanded to look at her notes and her computer.

Goodman is best known as the principal host of Democracy Now, a U.S. syndicated radio broadcast.

She was coming to Canada as part of a tour to promote a new book, Breaking The Sound Barrier.

"I am deeply concerned that as a journalist I would be flagged and that the concern – the major concern – was the content of my speech," said Goodman.

NTS Notes: I don't really see what the heck is wrong with letting this outspoken American Journalist come into this country and give her views on the Olympic Games. Canada used to pride itself in being a safe haven for freedom of speech and liberty. Now it seems that the police and government is practicing censorship under the guise of protecting the Olympic Games and its reputation? To be grilled about what she might say about the Olympic Games is absolutely absurd, and violates her rights definitely!

If this Journalist is outspoken about the unjust wars going on in Afghanistan and Iraq, then all the better that she have the right to be heard by all true freedom loving people!

Let the Journalist come and give her views on the Olympics as far as I am concerned. If the games do prove to be a financial waste of money and a political boondoggle, then the people have the right to hear these voices of dissent. If freedom of speech to be taken away from people, then what the heck ever happened to my free country, Canada?

More to come

NTS

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Anonymous said...

Canada and the United States are finished as free societies. Freedom is an illusion.