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Old 11-28-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing

Well, I am sure she will have something to say about the 2010 Olympics now.

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U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing
Officials demanded to know what she would say publicly about 2010 Olympic

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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Old 11-28-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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It's become a fairly serious issue here. There has been some contentious legislation passed at local levels in Vancouver and environs to try to suppress Olympic dissent.
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You learned well from the China experience.

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It's become a fairly serious issue here. There has been some contentious legislation passed at local levels in Vancouver and environs to try to suppress Olympic dissent.

Suppression never works in a Western democracy.

Just give the ink and the space to protest. Sure, some unpleasantness will happen but not as much as if this catches on with the world wide press.

If they don't, Canada will then receive the scorn of the world, with even non-democracies taking a shot.

Can you imagine China and North Korea taking Canada for task for suppression of rights?
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