[Marxism] [Fwd: [pr-x] Amy Goodman delayed at Canadian border]

michael a. lebowitz mlebowit at sfu.ca
Thu Nov 26 12:53:36 MST 2009

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Subject: 	[pr-x] Amy Goodman delayed at Canadian border
Date: 	Thu, 26 Nov 2009 09:34:35 -0800
From: 	Kimball Cariou <pvoice at telus.net>
Reply-To: 	RTL, project-x: it's ALL THE SAME <project-x at lists.resist.ca>
To: 	RTL, project-x: it's ALL THE SAME <project-x at lists.resist.ca>, COAL 
OF COAL <coalofcoal-l at vancouvercommunity.net>

The latest episode in the assault on free speech and civil liberties in 

Amy Goodman, the popular co-host of the well-known Democracy Now! radio 
show, was scheduled to speak last night (Wed., Nov. 25) at the Vancouver 
Public Library. She is currently on a North American (mainly U.S.) tour 
to launch her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier". The Vancouver 
event was organized as a fundraiser by local campus and community radio 
stations. It appeared about 250-300 people were in the crowd.

At the starting time of 7 pm, one of the event organizers went to the 
microphone to explain that Goodman would be late - she was being 
questioned by Canadian border guards about her beliefs and the content 
of her Vancouver speech. The organizers said they still hoped to begin 
the event at 8 pm.

An hour later, Goodman did arrive. After the introductions, she told the 
crowd about her experience at the border. She was driving up from 
Washington and Oregon with a couple of co-workers. At the border, she 
was taken for questioning, and the computers of her co-workers were 
investigated. She told us that the guard interrogating her wanted to 
know what she would be speaking about, and to see her speaking notes. 
Goodman explained that she tends to speak without notes. In this case, 
she intended to begin the evening talking about the final essay in her 
new book, a piece dealing with the issue of US health care (or lack of 
it) as related to the theme of Canadian medicare and Tommy Douglas. She 
pointed out this essay to the border guard,  who then wanted to know 
"what else" she would speak about. She went on to explain that she would 
speak about other topics in the book, such as the wars in Iraq and 
Afghanistan, the climate change negotiations, etc. What else, the guard 
kept asking. Finally, he came out with the real question - did she 
intend to speak about the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and what would she 

Goodman told the guard that she is not a sports fan or an expert on the 
Olympics. This, she told the crowd, simply seemed to make matters worse. 
But finally, she was able to get through, her co-workers got their 
computers back, and they made it to the library. Her presentation was 

But the whole thing does raise even more frightening questions about 
what the situation here will be in February, when the Canadian state's 
Olympic security paranoia is cranked up to full intensity.

Kimball Cariou

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Michael A. Lebowitz
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Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
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