"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Stop It! Stop It Right Now!

This whole homeland security business in the name of 'protecting the people' has gone too far.

An American actor, Mark Ruffalo, has been placed on the US terror watchlist for screening an award-winning documentary, Gasland.
The film won the special jury prize at this year's Sundance Film festival and chronicles how communities have been affected by a boom in natural gas drilling.
Can anyone tell me how he poses a terrorist threat?  What of the judges at the SFF or the audiences who watched the film, the director, the producer?  Perhaps they should also be on the terror watchlist.  And let's not forget those who refuse TSA's scanners or object to intrusive pat-downs, or those who prefer to grow/rear their own food, or smokers, drinkers, Vitamin C-poppers ... ...

It's absolutely ludicrous.  Welcome to 21stC McCarthyism.

2 comments:

  1. Mark might not thinkl being placed on that list is quite so "funny" next time he tries to board a plane.
    How much Authority is required to put someone on it and how do you get yourself taken off it?

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  2. I don't know, Banned - I guess it's by committee of some sort. It seems ott to me.

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