Green Party member prevented from flying to Europe
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From: "William Gazecki" <wgazecki@...>
Subject: Green Party Declared "Terrorists"
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 00:55:14 -0800
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This is the kind of stories that confirms for me how much our
"Homeland Security" is starting to look like Germany in the
find it very upsetting. One thing I found most interesting in this
story is that there is currently no known way to get OFF a government
list. You're never told how, or even that, you are on a list. And
once you know, there's no known way to get your name taken off. That
Green Party "Terrorists"
By Frederick Sweet, Intervention Magazine
January 6, 2003
Writing about his no-fly nightmare in the Fairfield County Weekly,
art dealer Doug Stuber, who had run Ralph Nader's Green Party
presidential campaign in North Carolina in 2000, was pulled out of a
boarding line and grounded. He was about to make an important trip to
Prague to gather artists for Henry James Art in Raleigh, N.C., when
he was told (with ticket in hand) that he was not allowed to fly out
Asking "why not?" he was told at Raleigh-Durham airport that because
of the sniper attacks, no Greens were allowed to fly overseas on that
day. The next morning he returned, and instead of paying $670 round
trip, was forced into a $2,600 "same day" air fare. But it's what
happened to Stuber during the next 24 hours that is even more
Stuber arrived at the airport at 6 a.m. and his first flight wasn't
due out until nearly six hours later. He had plenty of time. At
exactly 10:52 in the morning, just before boarding was to begin, he
was approached by police officer Stanley (the same policeman who
ushered him out of the airport the day before), who said that he
"wanted to talk" to him. Stuber went with the police officer, but
reminded him that no one had said he couldn't fly, and that his
flight was about to leave.
Officer Stanley took Stuber into a room and questioned him for an
hour. Around noon, Stanley had introduced him to two Secret Service
agents. The agents took full eye-open pictures of Stuber with a
digital camera. Then they asked him details about his family, where
he lived, who he ever knew, what the Greens are up to, and other
At one point during his interrogation, Stuber asked if they really
believed the Greens were equal to al Qaeda. Then they showed him a
Justice Department document that actually shows the Greens as likely
terrorists - just as likely as al Qaeda members. Stuber was released
just before 1 PM, so he still had time to catch the later flight.
The agents walked Stuber to the Delta counter and asked that he be
given tickets for the flight so that he could make his connections.
The airline official promptly printed tickets, which relieved Stuber,
who assumed that the Secret Service hadn't stopped him from flying.
Wrong! By the time Stuber was about to board, officer Stanley once
again ushered him out the door and told him: "Just go to Greensboro,
where they don't know you, and be totally quiet about politics, and
you can make it to Europe that way."
In Greensboro, after Stuber showed his passport he was told that he
could not fly overseas or domestically. Undeterred, he next traveled
an hour-and-a-half to Charlotte. In Charlotte, the same thing
happened. Then Stuber drove three hours to his home after 43 hours of
trying to catch a flight.
Stuber said he could only conclude that the Greens, whose values
include nonviolence, social justice, etc., are now labeled terrorists
by the Ashcroft-led Justice Department.
Questions about how one gets on a no-fly list creates questions about
how to get off it. This is a classic Catch-22 situation. The
Transportation Security Agency says it compiles the list from names
provided by other agencies, but it has no procedure for correcting a
problem. Aggrieved parties would have to go to the agency that first
reported their names. But for security reasons, the TSA won't
disclose which agency put someone on the no-fly list.
Frederick Sweet is Professor of Reproductive Biology in Obstetrics
and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St.
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