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11 December 2009 @ 03:25 pm
Canadian author assaulted by US border Patrol, left out in snowstorm in shirtsleeves  
yup, i can tie this in to knitting....

The Canadian author Dr. Peter Watts was arrested on charges of "assaulting a federal officer" after large groups of border patrol swarmed his car. refused to tell him why, refused his requests for legal council, and kicked and beat him. His story HERE, another story and means of contributing to his legal defense HERE.

The US border patrol, apparently thinking Canadians have anti freeze in their veins, graciously allowed him to be released in Canada the next night.... minus all his belongings, his phone, his car , his computer, his notepaper.. and his coat.
in a snowstorm
after public transit shut down
and without notifying Canadian police or anyone that maybe they should pick him up to keep him from freezing to death, hmmm?

he will have to travel BACK to the united states to deal with the federal assault charges, which could lead to him being fined, jailed, and banned from the US
i am sure that right now he finds the idea of never traveling across this border again to be such a loss.

Boost the Signal

i suggest those of us in knitting and fandom, even if we cannot donate money, can show our support by knitting him scarves or hats.
part of the story is that he was kept in unheated jail cells, and then thrown out into a Canadian snowstorm, without even his coat. and the poor man will have to come back to this country to deal with the charges..
i am kind of broke. but i can knit a show of support!
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fabricdragonfabricdragon on December 12th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
first of all, he sponsors several charities... i am sure he could donate them or auction them

secondly? as a gesture, the mans COAT was still being held by the american authorities...i for one feel that an American sending him a scarf might at least be a good gesture

besides, i am broke, but have yarn
i have no idea how to knit a political statement about not leaving a man to walk home without a coat in a snowstorm, other than to knit cold weather gear....
haakstadhaakstad on December 12th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm puzzled about why he was even in contact with American border guards if he was returning to Canada from a short trip. He should have been in the line that is sifted through by the Canadian guards.
fabricdragonfabricdragon on December 12th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
there is some suspicion it was because he was helping someone move.. and therefore passed back and forth thru the line repeatedly in one day with multiple people changing cars..... but i do not yet have any concrete answers for that
haakstadhaakstad on December 12th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
I lived in the US for a couple of years, and did have to see the American guards before I was allowed to do my final "leaving" of the country, and had to give them my sailing permit. Which is a rather funny name for paperwork when you're driving across.

So maybe his friend had to hand over a sailing permit.
garpugarpu on December 12th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Why is this here? Something sounds really fishy about it, honestly.