FC: Illinois student detained for "nat'l security," secret evidence

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 07:48:53 PDT


From: "James Bond" <s007at_private>
To: declanat_private
Subject: UIUC Student detained by INS as "National Security Threat"
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 03:17:13 +0000

If you feel like forwarding this to the list, go ahead.  It just amazed me 
how close to home this has finally struck.  I'm a student at the University 
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I heard about this the day before the 
article came out because my roommate is the head of the pro-Israel 
organization on campus and he couldn't stop gloating.


Now, of course this kid did some stupid things like staying in the US on an 
expired visa.  However, his arrest is solely a product of the current 
political climate and had this happened a year ago I doubt anything would 
have happened.  I don't believe it was wrong of the INS to detain him, but 
had he not voiced his opinions as actively as he did he probably would not 
have been detained.

In the end, we should all be careful about what we say because the 
government is already waiting for the slightest slip-up to nab those who 
are against its agenda.

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