By way of Vista Political Editorials, we learn of this depressing incident:
B.C. detention was bid to silence anti-war activists, American says
An American peace activist, who was detained by immigration officials in B.C. for two days, is accusing Ottawa of engineering her confinement to silence critics of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Alison Bodine, 22, of Broomfield, Colo., was carrying anti-war pamphlets in her car when she was arrested Thursday at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C., which is the main crossing between Vancouver and Seattle.
Bodine, who studied physics at the University of British Columbia, said she works with an anti-war group based in B.C. called Mobilization Against War and Occupation.
When she approached the Peace Arch crossing, Bodine said Canadian border officials told her there was a Canada-wide warrant for her arrest.
She spent Thursday night in a jail in Surrey and then was transferred to a holding cell at Vancouver International Airport before being released Friday night. She told CBC News she still hasn't been told what crime she is accused of committing.
"All I've been told is that I have an admissibility hearing coming up on Monday at two p.m. at the immigration offices," Bodine said on Saturday. "I do not get to hear my full case until that hearing."
And on that note, the Blogging Tory betting pool is currently open, in which you get to wager on the collective Blogging Tory reaction:
- A deathly silence, broken only by the occasional munching on Cheetos and the slurp of Dr. Pepper straight out of the can
- Thoughtful and nuanced commentary that will be, sadly, as hare-brained as most of that which addressed voting and veils
- Outrage over a clear infringement of civil liberties, regardless of the ideology involved
Yeah, I just threw that last one in to see if you were paying attention. Seriously, you can ignore it. No, really.