Petty tyranny, history proves, sparks and grows easily into dangerous times.
We must know by now that the War on Terror has stimulated excess rule making and is carried out by poorly trained employees following shortsighted policies that are commonly ineffectual while damaging innocent lives.
This story at Sign of the Times is a horrid example of ‘brown suit’ behavior: A young blonde Icelandic woman’s recent experience visiting the US, The Story of Eva Ósk Arnardóttir:
During these last twenty-four hours I have been handcuffed and chained, denied the chance to sleep, been without food and drink and been confined to a place without anyone knowing my whereabouts, imprisoned.
Now I am beginning to try to understand all this, rest and review the events which began as innocently as possible.
Last Sunday I and a few other girls began our trip to New York. We were going to shop and enjoy the Christmas spirit. We made ourselves comfortable on first class, drank white wine and looked forward to go shopping, eat good food and enjoy life. When we landed at JFK airport the traditional clearance process began.
I was exhausted, tired and hungry. I didn’t understand the officials’ conduct, for they were treating me like a very dangerous criminal. Soon thereafter I was removed from the cubicle and two armed guards placed me up against a wall. A chain was fastened around my waist and I was handcuffed to the chain. Then my legs were placed in chains.
I could hardly believe that this was happening. Was I really about to be jailed? I was led inside in the chains and there yet another interrogation session ensued. I was fingerprinted once again and photographed. I was made to undergo a medical examination, I was searched and then I was placed in a jail cell. I was asked absurd questions such as: When did you have your last period? What do you believe in? Have you ever tried to commit suicide?
I was completely exhausted, tired and cold. Fourteen hours after I had landed I had something to eat and drink for the first time. I was given porridge and bread.
Now the Foreign Ministry [of Iceland] is looking into the matter and I hope to receive some explanation why I was treated this way.
Sadly, I wasn’t alarmed by this comment following the post: “How far down into the bowels of insanity the U.S. has fallen!”
A mother from Britain, Yvonne Bray, took her daughters, 15 and 13, to New York shortly after Christmas for a shopping trip but was hospitalized with pneumonia during their visit and told the daughters couldn’t stay.
Social workers took the daughters to a municipal orphanage in downtown Manhattan, where they were separated, strip-searched and questioned before being kept under lock and key for the next 30 hours.
The two sisters were made to shower in front of security staff and told to fill out a two-page form with questions including: “Have you ever been the victim of rape?” and “Do you have homicidal tendencies?”
One question asked “are you in a street gang?” to which a daughter replied: “I’m a member of Appledore library.”
Still dressed in hospital pajamas, the mother tracked down the girls.