I Am Livid With This: Raed in the Middle: back from the mideast

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Raed in the Middle: back from the mideast

It is the 21st century. A person with a t-shirt reading in English and Arabic “we will not be silent” is hassled before boarding a plane.

“Then I once again asked the three of them : “How come you are asking me to change my t-shirt? Isn’t this my constitutional right to wear it? I am ready to change it if you tell me why I should. Do you have an order against Arabic t-shirts? Is there such a law against Arabic script?” so inspector Harris answered “you can’t wear a t-shirt with Arabic script and come to an airport. It is like wearing a t-shirt that reads “I am a robber” and going to a bank”.

The fear and paranoia that is eroding the human security of the people in the United States…and elsewhere…is unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE!

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s email address is pm@pm.gc.ca

The email address of the person hired to pretend to be President of the United States is president@whitehouse.gov

Please read this posting and email them both explaining how you feel about the state of mental and emotional security in North America.


Society as we know it will crumble as the fear-mongers undermine our security.

If we do not stop it, it is our fault because we will let them.


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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Post-partisan eco-socialist. at Politics, Re-Spun
Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website, dgiVista.org.

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2 thoughts on “I Am Livid With This: Raed in the Middle: back from the mideast”

  1. Hey

    Dont ask me how I stumbled upon your strange yet interesting blog, but was reading about your ” solution to africas woes ” and wanted to say that youve hit the nail on the head. Iv been living in central and east africa my whole life and I cannot tell you how many times foreign aid’s good intentions have bounced right back at them. Personally I think places like the states and uk are all on a guilt trip and feel that the only way they can help is by throwing their money around to the “poor african people”. You have looked at it from an interesting point of view and its so refreshing to read something like that now days. thanks

  2. below is the FOAD, we’re being good corporate citizens, form letter i just received from JetBlue. quite lame.

    not being finished fact-finding this long into the situation is a good stalling tactic to bore most angry people so they’ll forget about pushing it.


    To: stephen buckley
    Re: email received Thursday,08/24/06 12:13 AM, Speak Up 1426221

    Dear Mr. Buckley,

    Thank you for giving us an opportunity to address the situation reported on DemocracyNow.org and
    other sites. We are working with the TSA to fully understand the situation, and we have not
    concluded our fact-finding yet.

    Our fundamental responsibility as an airline is to provide safe and secure travel for all of our
    customers. This requires us to be sensitive to the concerns of all of our customers, while also
    upholding the rights of the individual. We value diversity, among our customers as well as our
    crewmembers. We take our responsibility seriously, and should there be an opportunity to improve our
    effectiveness, we will take the appropriate action.

    We appreciate your interest in this matter as well as your understanding of all our customers’
    needs. We remain available should you have any further questions or concerns.


    Jason Ward
    Director Customer Commitment
    JetBlue Airways

    Original Message Follows:
    Comments submitted from Speak Up Forms
    E-mail Address:
    Customer: stephen buckley
    Phone Number:
    TrueBlue member: N
    Departure City:
    Destination City:
    Flight Date:
    Flight Number:
    Urgent: N
    LevelOne: Inflight Service
    LevelTwo: Other
    I noticed you don’t have a category for a complaint about racism, xenophobia or paranoia in a state
    of mental martial law.


    Your racist, fear-mongering stupidity is unacceptable in North America in the 21st century. Your
    behaviour is disgusting to me.

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