Friday, November 27, 2009

American Journalist Gets a Glimpse of Harper's Police State

I have been posting videos and corroborating stories from the documentary series, The Nation's Deathbed. Above is number ten of eleven.

The introduction or trailer outlined the SPP and the danger it imposed on Canadians.

Part one dealt with the 'harmonization' of safety standards between the US, Mexico and Canada; with a policy of 'Risk Management' rather than one of prevention.

Part two delved a little further into the fact that the SPP agreement now mentions our water as a 'good' and all 'goods' are part of the NAFTA deal.

Part three discussed the plans for a global government with the world being divided into trading blocks, and the increasing police presence in Canada.

Part four was a continuation of the concerns of a different style of policing and the fact that our Internet use may be monitored.

Part five revealed the stepping up of police intimidation, and the determination of protesters to have their voices heard.

In part six we witnessed the stormtroopers trying to box in a crowd of protesters, and using pepper spray and tear gas without provocation.

Part seven reveals how provocateurs were used to incite the crowd, which in turn would justify the use of physical force to break up a peaceful demonstration.

In part eight the discussion turns to the militarization of our police, as part of the new "Law and Order" Canada, where human rights are a thing of the past.

Part nine discussed the use of pepper spray and tear gas as becoming more common, and the attempts of Mrs. Peacock's Kindergarten class to normalize it. They no longer care what the protesters have to say, and some have even reverted to calling them 'anarchists', despite the fact that many protests are quite peaceful.

Part ten sums up the protest against the SPP and interviews with Bush and Harper. Now be honest. Listen to the two men talk. Do they not sound and even look drunk? They are barely coherent and sickeningly patronizing.

A recent story concerning an American journalist shows just how much of a police state Canada has become. This is an outrage.

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing
Officials demanded to know what she would say publicly about 2010 Olympics
November 26, 2009
CBC News

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.

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