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WRONG SIDE OF THE BORDER ("I didn't do anything wrong!")
"POHENEGAMOOK, Quebec — Michel Jalbert never imagined that his usual excursion to gas up at the cheapest place in town would land him in a Maine prison for five weeks and create an international incident. Even now, after U.S. officials finally released Jalbert on $5,000 bail and as he awaits his trial in U.S. District Court early next year, the spirit of cooperation that forms the social and economic fabric of this Canadian border town remains frayed.

People who once thought they had written permission to cross briefly into Maine to buy gasoline without visiting U.S. Customs now worry about the risk to save 20 cents a gallon. Pohenegamook is a mostly French-speaking community where houses and families straddle the border and logging trucks barrel out of the Maine woods to feed the town's thriving lumber industries. But now its residents are rethinking their habit of comfortable coexistence with their American neighbors. The fallout has even reached the four Mainers who live at the edge of Pohenegamook and count on the town for utility services, snow plowing and trash collection.

Jalbert's arrest and imprisonment made headlines across Canada for weeks and inspired an outpouring of moral and financial support from people in both countries. It raised speculation that he was singled out as an example to all border scofflaws in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Secretary of State Colin Powell visited Canada on the day of Jalbert's release, calling the ordeal an "an unfortunate incident" and promising future fairness for Canadians who cross the border regularly for gas and other errands. Still, Jalbert's treatment raised questions about the logic and fairness of customs and immigration operations at Maine's northernmost outpost.

The toll on Jalbert has been severe. A part-time woodsman, Jalbert ran up more than $5,000 in telephone bills, legal fees and lost wages while being held in Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft. He suffered depression and anxiety attacks and lost 10 pounds while separated from his common-law wife, Chantail Chouinard, 26, who is five months pregnant, and their 5-year-old daughter, Debbie. There were days, alone in his cell, when he sobbed in despair.

The 32-year-old Jalbert returned home Nov. 14 to his family's cozy rented bungalow set back from busy Route 289. With temperatures in the teens and more than a foot of snow on the ground, his work in the woods is finished until spring. Last Sunday he had his first good night's sleep in more than a month. … "
2002  border  quebec  maine  immigration  customs  borders  law  legal  homelandsecurity  us 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face on Vimeo
"The Facial Weaponization Suite develops forms of collective and artistic protest against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making masks in community-based workshops that are used for public intervention. One mask, the Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition. This mask is generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, resulting in a mutated, alien facial mask that cannot be read or parsed by biometric facial recognition technologies."
zachblas  faces  facialrecognition  surveillance  biometrics  queer  masks  2013  via:soulellis  activism  zapatistas  pussyriot  ows  occupywallstreet  blackblock  anonymous  facelessness  nypd  homelandsecurity  privacy  law  legal  nonexistence  identification  revolution 
march 2014 by robertogreco
αντιρατσισμός και πανεπιστημιακή πολιτική στις ΗΠΑ | Dialogos-DEP
""Stop whining and welcome UC's new Iron Lady.

To all my friends who think Napolitano is a poor choice for czarina of the UC system: get a life (preferably outside these borders). For years you've smugly believed that nuclear weapons (let's close our eyes) alone would pay our salaries. That's so old school. In case you haven't read the paper, the UC-managed Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility has already spent $2 billion dollars simulating H-bomb explosions and updating the US nuclear arsenal. It's future budget is uncertain. Did you really think that we could grow our future out of a hydrogen fusion monoculture? Of course not. If we want to keep our bear golden and our tenured salaries in six figures, we need to think about our nation's true needs.

Thank god, the visionaries at UCSD have made their Jacobs School of Engineering the single most important hub of surveillance and intelligence technology in the country. Down here in the Torrey Pines, UC engineers and scientists have spun-off dozens of new defense intelligence spinoffs, leveraged the growth of SAI and General Atomics, and justified the foresight of locating the Border Patrol's research division in San Diego. Diversity, this is the way to go: Dr. Strangelove in the north, Orwell and Big Brother in the South.

Now it's time for the rest of us to step to the bat. UCR, I realize, doesn't have an equal endowment of Nobel laureates and military contractors, but if we were truly committed to the new Master Plan for Higher Education and Homeland Security, I'm sure we could find our own niche. No campus, for example, is doing cutting-edge work on execution technology or pre-school incarceration: areas where the Inland Empire with all of its prisons and doomed kindergartners surely has a comparative advantage. In any event, stop bitching and start writing grant proposals to the NSA and CIA. At last we have the leadership we deserve."
ucsd  2013  janetnapolitano  mikedavis  surveillance  intelligencetechnology  homelandsecurity  universityofcalifornia  california  education  highered  highereducation  uc 
august 2013 by robertogreco
The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf | Comment is free |
"So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.

Sadly, Americans this week have come one step closer to being true brothers and sisters of the protesters in Tahrir Square. Like them, our own national leaders, who likely see their own personal wealth under threat from transparency and reform, are now making war upon us."

[Pushback: AND AND AND AND elsewhere]
politics  occupywallstreet  ows  activism  corruption  violence  civilwar  classwarfare  congress  barackobama  homelandsecurity  2011  money  us  insidertrading  lobbying  doublestandards  policestate  privilege  via:gpe 
november 2011 by robertogreco
What Airline Passengers Can Learn - TIME
"And yet our collective response to this legacy of ass-kicking is puzzling. Each time, we build a slapdash pedestal for the heroes. Then we go back to blaming the government for failing to keep us safe, and the government goes back to treating us like children. This now familiar ritual distracts us from the real lesson, which is that we are not helpless. And since regular people will always be first on the scene of terrorist attacks, we should perhaps prioritize the public's antiterrorism capability - above and beyond the fancy technology that will never be foolproof."
politics  travel  homelandsecurity  time  news  safety  security  terrorism  helplessness  policy  fear  us 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Sensor Deprivation - New York Times
"AT suggestion of Department of Homeland Security, NYC Council members have drafted legislation requiring anyone who has or uses a detector that measures chemical, biological or radioactive agents to get license from Police Department."
security  control  government  fear  sensors  environment  terrorism  homelandsecurity  freedom  democracy  politics  policy  activism 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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