Sunday, May 31, 2009

Homeland Security Detains Nobel Peace Laureate!

The US Department of Homeland Security detained Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire earlier this month when she entered the US at a Houston airport. According to information provided by the Free Gaza Movement, Maguire was returning home to Northern Ireland from a three day conference that she hosted in Guatemala with three sister Nobel Peace Laureates: Rigoberta Menchu, Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi.

Officials held Maguire for two hours. They questioned her, fingerprinted her, photographed her and questioned again in a second session. Due to the insistence of the Nobel Women's Initiatives representatives, she was released; however, because of her detention, she missed her flight.

Maguire had just finished hosting the conference "Redefining Democracy, Human Rights and Peace" that one hundred fifty international women activists attended.

Maguire released the following statement about the incident:

"This kind of behaviour and treatment is unacceptable. They questioned me about my nonviolent protests in USA against the Afghanistan invasion and Iraqi war. They insisted I must tick the box in the Immigration form admitting to criminal activities. I am not a criminal, my nonviolent acts in USA opposing the war on Afghanistan, and Iraqi, are acts of conscience and together with millions of USA citizens, and world citizens, I refuse to be criminalized for opposing such illegal policies. Every citizen has a right, indeed a moral obligation, to nonviolent civil disobedience in the face of illegal and unjust laws, especially war. If anyone is to be criminalized for these illegal and immoral policies it is the USA Government, who must be held accountable before the International community for these acts of crime against humanity.

I am most disappointed at this harassment which I believe is because I do not remain silent on USA Foreign Policies which I believe to be causing a great deal of suffering around the world. I stand in solidarity with many Human rights defenders, whose only crime is to stand for the dignity and right of everyone to life, freedom and human and civil liberties. Many people in the USA, voted for President Obama (and millions around the world supported him) on the promise that changes would be made, civil and human rights be upheld, and today we await the fulfilment of these promises. We hope that President Obama will not disappoint the millions of people around the World, like me, who believed in him when he said we can change things, YES WE CAN.

The world looks to him to give moral and political leadership by upholding Human rights and International Law, and leading America to live fully by its Constitution and commitments to freedom and democracy for all. I have travelled to USA many times in the past 30 years to share the message of peace and reconciliation, but I have also undertaken my world citizenship responsibility to join with the American peace movement in protesting USA foreign policies which are causing much suffering in the World. I will continue to visit and plan to return to USA in August to join with the American Peace Movement at Los Alamos, New Mexico, in protesting USA Nuclear Weapons Programme.

I have always been inspired by the American Peace Movement and consider an honour to be able to support them in their work for a peaceful humanity, truly in the spirit of the American people and their inspiration Constitution of freedom and justice for all."
photo: I obtained the photo of "the questionable person" pictured at the top via Google Images.
Disclaimer: The report of this incident angered me to the extent that I have crossposted this article everywhere I possibly could. Feel free to go and do likewise!
Reblog this post [with Zemanta]


One Fly said...

Another example that little change has happened in this country when it comes to dissent. Dissent = terrorism but not religious crazys who gun down doctors.

D.K. Raed said...

so it's a crime to participate in non-violent protests? what next, to think non-violent thoughts of protest? how much less of a criminal act can a non-violent protest be?

homeland security gets a big "F" on this one ... truly living up to their nazi-like name!

ps, glad you're back, B.E.!

mmlindsey said...

Wow. Thanks for making us aware of this important and powerful post!

May the light of Truth continue to shine into the dark places. May our courage to shine that light match our convictions.

Mucho Amor!

Vicente Duque said...

From Wikipedia

Máiread Corrigan (born 27 January 1944), also known as Máiread Corrigan-Maguire, was the co-founder, with Betty Williams, of the Community of Peace People, an organization which attempts to encourage a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The two women were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.

[edit] Biography
Corrigan was born into a Roman Catholic family in Belfast, the second child of seven. She attended a Catholic school until the age of 14, then found a job as a secretary.

Corrigan became active with the peace movement after three children of her sister, Anne Maguire, were run over and killed by a car driven by Danny Lennon, a Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) man who was fatally shot by British troops while trying to make a getaway. Anne Maguire later committed suicide.

Betty Williams, had witnessed the event, and soon after the two co-founded Women for Peace, which later became the Community for Peace People.

By the end of the month Williams and Corrigan brought 35,000 people onto the streets of Belfast petitioning for peace between the republican and loyalist factions. She believed the most effective way to end the violence was not violence but re-education.

Vicente Duque

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

This is sickening. Just sickening.

Carol said...

Thank you - and Vicente Duque - for this information.

Once again, I'm not impressed with our "free" country.

Dada said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Dada said...

(Let me try this again!)

As the war whoring nation we are, peace laureates like Mairead Maguire are far too dangerous to even just pass through our country on their way to someplace else. She represents an insurrectionist threat among the few American citizens who love peace. Hence, her little Houston detention as reminder of that.

Same goes for anyone that is on Homeland Security's god-damned no-fly list on board a foreign airliner (Air France flight from Paris to So. America recently). Permission to fly through America's war whoring airspace was denied. After all, what if that plane were to go down while over our precious airspace and said no-fly passenger (whose journalism has been critical of US policies) were to miraculously survive the crash somewhere in Mississippi. Why, hell, he could start a grass roots insurrection of peace loving, war hating peacenik sumbitches! OMG!

We can never be too cautious!

~Dada in Texas (where the governor can sign a bill into law mandating every school kid pledge his/her damn allegiance to "one nation... indivisibile, with liberty, etc...." each morning before beginning their lessons while the governor can incite among the citizenry visions of Texas secession from that "indivisible nation"!)

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...


SagaciousHillbilly said...

TSA has become a rogue agency.
Why hasn't O Man done something about these offensive bozos. Go to an airport and watch them for 5 minutes. . . they're police academy rejects and often, overgrown man-babies.
We've gotta get some sense back into operating this country

Blueberry said...

There are lots of lists and records put together by the Bushies that may never be totally cleaned up - people blacklisted for thinking and speaking freely, or even for mistaken identity. A lot more of us are on those lists, I'll bet, just for "liberal blogging" or attending rallies - whether anti-war, pro-environment, or pro-animal rights. Shameful.

Vicente Duque said...

This mistreatment of a Noble Prize Winner may be the action of an ignorant and foolish local employee, and not the politics of Mr Obama and MS Clinton at the State Department.

I am sure that they ( at the top ) are shocked by this Foolishness or Imbecility.

A graver occurrence is when prominent people are dedicated to say very stupid thinks like in this note :


Video : An incredible Latino Republican and Perfect Idiot despising Black Americans

Videos of Rachel Maddow denouncing Republican Hypocrisy in attacking Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

The Hypocrisy of Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, saying that the Judge is "Racist".

The Hypocrisy of Manuel Miranda, Republican Promoter, saying a lot of Imbecilities. He is a very dubious person with very dubious indelicate acts and actions in the past and has been called a "disgrace" by some Top Republicans.

Manuel Miranda says about Latinos : "We are not like African Americans, We are like everybody else"

See the Video : {Rachel Maddow} With Enemies Like These... w/ Ana Marie Cox

Big Files on the History of Sonia Sotomayor with hundreds of Articles and Videos on Her Life :

Vicente Duque