Thursday, October 25, 2007

Code Pink activists detained

The hell? The same two Code Pink activists were detained in Ottawa today:
"OTTAWA - Two American peace activists denied entry into Canada earlier this month are being detained at Ottawa airport.

Medea Benjamin and retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright landed in Ottawa this morning on their way to speak on Parliament Hill.

While other passengers passed through Customs, the two women were held back.

Benjamin and Wright were refused entry at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont., earlier this month because their names are on an FBI crime database."

Something's wrong here. If their only past arrests were for protesting the Iraq war, I don't see how this warrants them being on the FBI database as dangerous enough to be refused entry or detained. Peaceful protest isn't just our right; when we disagree with the state, it's our obligation. Or did that change?