Sunday, September 24, 2006



Venezuela foreign minister detained, U.S. apologizes

Venezuela's foreign minister was detained at a New York airport on Saturday, prompting an apology from the U.S. government and compounding already tense relations between the two countries. In New York, State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said the United States regretted the incident involving Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro at John F. Kennedy airport. [...] Venezuelan television said Maduro was stopped for an hour and a half and stripped of his travel documents.
Aside from the political implications.... I just have to ask, do the security measures the Busheviks are inflicting on us all ever result in, you know, stopping somebody from boarding a plane who might reasonably be suspected of terrorist intentions? Or do these measures only serve to harass peace activists, Democratic members of Congress, people with coincidental names, and the occasional foreign government official? I can't help but think that a security measure that causes so many false positives probably makes us less secure, not more.
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