Did You See It Coming?
Gemma warned you.
A old, printed preview of what Westerners were going to face was in the
newspaper article I found. It's bad smelling now, having survived
countless journeys packed away in suitcases. The odor which has me
wanting to clench my nostrils shut isn't from the folded up
Saturday 2 October 2004 edition of the Irish Independent. It's the
haunting scent of the US Political Exiles' fears -- only today
acknowledged --of secret prisons and 'extraordinary rendition',
kidnapping by any other name, which wafts from these now yellowed
Were Irish people caught up in those days? That question was
touched on by Gemma O'Doherty in her Destinations column (Review,
P. 11 bottom of page). Indeed, and we met a few, some Irish were openly protesting and 'becoming a wee obstruction' to the Pentagon using Irish airports for so called black flights, people of various nationalities undergoing 'extraordinary rendition', in other words state and 'contractor' kidnapping. But what did this happen to have to do with Derek Connolly, the Irish man briefly profiled in the article, 'Fortress America puts up its barriers'?
Derek, according to the written piece, was detained after landing
at Boston. Famously, Irish descendants run Boston, the Atlantic
cape city by car four hours drive northeast from New York City. But he was taken out of the border interview at Logan International. Derek was handcuffed and shackled. He was in Suffolk County jail for 48 hours wearing an orange bodysuit. Then he was deported, on 11 September, thoughts of a two week vacation with Boston area friends a sour nightmare.
Westerners in 2004 were getting a rude awakening. Harmful body scanners, USA air marshals (cops in the sky) on every flight to and from a USA airport, and as Derek Connolly experienced, shadow agency scrutiny, all were coming into the picture.
It was an ugly picture, still is. It stunk then as it does today.
Twelve years ago, Gemma O'Doherty, ourselves and a limited number of others in the West dared to write and speak out in public about the effects that people in the West, dissidents or not, were going to face. In time, we were called upon to assist, offer advice and do what we were able to do.
Today the children watch movies and television series with their parents, relaxed and 'amusing' about the loss of civil liberties. The whistle's been blown, long ago, but it's a silent one.
25 July 2016
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