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Re: Debian conference in the US?

On Sat, May 24, 2003 at 07:46:53PM -0400, Geordie Birch wrote:
> On Sun, May 25, 2003 at 03:32:57AM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
> > 
> > For avoiding entering the US there are better reasons such as the following:
> > http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1689.htm
> May 20, 2003.  French reporters covering Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 
> arrested, forcibly repatriated:
> http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=9609
> http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=6909

Oh my god. The last time I heard this was the "shocking" news from 
Baghdad when CNN got thrown out by Saddam for not having the "new"
press visas.

There are even reports that Canadian citizens that have darker
skins are discriminated against. There was one _Canadian_ citizen
that got arrested in the US because he didn't have a visa

[NOTE: Canadians do not need visas to enter US and vice versa]

He was then deported to Sudan because apparently he immigrated
from there to Canada a two or three decades ago.

My parents got searched _twice_ (yes, including shoes!!) in the
states. They were going back home from Europe and they 
had to catch a connecting flight in Miniapolis, Minnesota.

Maybe it's just me, but it appears that people have less freedom
now if they travel to US, then when you travelled to 1970s
Soviet Union. "Land of the free", lol.

- Adam

PS. Personally, I would prefer to travel for a DebConf in
Cuba than in US. Really.

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