Peter Watts is a Canadian science fiction writer (wikipedia
) who drove down to the states to help a friend move. It is reported on Boing-Boing
, that when returning to Canada, he was stopped at the US border and assaulted upon questioning the border guards about why he was being searched.
Peter's words about the event are here
. Emma Bull comments on the event on her LiveJournal
, and a number of Canadians there mention contacting their MP's. One American recommend calling the White House and leaving a message for President Obama, about this outrage.
I first heard about this as a tweet from Elizabeth Bear (matociquala
), and have to thank her and everyone else for spreading the news. I'm going to ask that you consider doing something to help Peter. After being assaulted, he was arrested, charged with assaulting a federal officer, and tossed in jail. When he was bailed out by friends, his car and belongings were impounded and he was released on the Canadian side of the Port Huron / Sarnia border in Wednesday nights snowstorm in his shirtsleeves. Apparently, they needed his coat too...
So if you can, please contribute to to Peter's legal defense fund. Until, something more official is set up you can donate through Paypal on Peter's website through a donation link
there. If Peter is found guilty, it means 2 years in an American jail. If you can't afford to donate, please post, blog or tweet about this story. If you are able, please contact your government representative; your MP, Senator, Congress person, Prime Minister, President. Let them know that we do not think this outrage is acceptable.
I always try to be polite with border guards (even the one screaming at my wife), because they have all the power. It doesn't matter which nations' border guards, everyone has a few that are bad, or are having a bad day. The problem is that even if you are right, you lose. As Peter Watts lost.