7.15.2008

shame on canada

Robin Long has been deported from Canada. We presume he is on his way to Fort Knox, Kentucky.

This is a dark day for Canada. Let's make it a catalyst for change.

10 comments:

Cornelia said...

O shit!!! I am so sorry. That's real bad news...OMG!!! I really hoped it would not come to this pass...but alas...shit!!! (I hope it's okay that I used this word on your blog. If not, I won't do it again but it's exactly how I feel and I thought maybe you would find that adequate and okay, too.)Once again, I am so sorry. This is really a bad day for Canada...

Joe Mama said...

This ruling runs contrary to time honored Canadian traditions. Pierre Trudeau must be turning in his grave.

skdadl said...

I came here as soon as I read the news.

I am so sorry. We have to stop this somehow.

L-girl said...

Thank you, Skdadl. Yes, we do.

Joe Mama, not for nothing Trudeau's quote has been a centrepiece of our campaign. I can't get the clip right now, but I assume it's "Canada should be a refuge from militarism".

It should be. We have to make it that again.

Cornelia, no language police here. We're all cursing a lot today. (Crying, too.)

john said...

It's long past time our arrogant, shameless minority government fell.

L-girl said...

Long past time, I so agree.

I'm angry at the Liberals for letting this stand for so long.

Anonymous said...

I'm angry at the Liberals for letting this stand for so long.

And not just letting it stand. By propping up this Tory government, the head of Her Majesty's (dis)Loyal (non)Opposition is guilty of actively aiding and abetting atrocities like this one.

Cornelia said...

Thanks, Laura. I agree it's high time that this horrid Harper Government be voted out of office. They must and will fall, but the sooner the better!!! They should not be allowed to cause such horrid damage to people for long any more...!!!

Cornelia said...

Has amnesty international already been notified of the deportation? I guess Lee told me the campaign is in touch. Because all the eyes of the world must be on the poor guy and his case in order to keep the Bush bunch and their accomplices and hirelings from thinking of even more shit!!!
Hopefully Robin Long won't have to stay in jail for so long. Well, I don't know if Barack's victory might help somehow with that...(no issue we need to agree on), but public political pressure definitely could! At least it can keep the people from the military judiciary and detention and the other inmates from abusive stuff...or both, hopefully. Somebody wrote that it's easier for offenders to commit their crimes if they think they can get away with everything and one will never find out or something like this, right now I don't remember who stated that first. Is Robin in touch with organizations like Courage to Resist, which might be able to do something for him, also when he is out of the brig again? I hate to think that Robin gets locked up but I mean, what can be done to keep the damage done from becoming even worse??? Lee told me by email if the worst thing (deportation) happens, they have some measures in store regarding that. Unfortunately, the worst case scenario has come to pass for Robin, so along with politically standing up for the other war resisters being allowed to stay and against the Harper government, this is also an important point, I guess.

Cornelia said...

I talked to Courage to Resist San Francisco workers Jeff Patterson and a colleague of him called Adam yesterday. They are actually aware of the case and will keep in touch and do their best to help but they can't visit Robin Long in prison yet right now, but later. However, Robin has a lawyer who can see him way before, of course.
Jeff didn't know yet when Robin would be taken to Fort Carson and that they didn't know how much time the poor guy would have to spend actually in the brig (the judge must decide that later, of course!)but he also told me that their organization and other organizations and the media attention will keep watching the case. He informed me about the demonstration over there, too. I suggested later informing Amnesty international, too, and got told yep, that's a good idea also. He told me that I could call again for updates and they would also publish news on their website regarding the case of Robin Long. Adam meant that probably in a week from now, they would publish updates on Robin's case on their homepage.