[quote]Originally posted by Samantha Joanne Ollendale:
I wholeheartedly agree with that. But what exactly is "for us" or "against us"? Try asking some of those 1200 people who have been locked up without charge, without access to a lawyer or their next of kin, against whom not a single incident of terrorism, or connection with the hijackers has been found
. How would you
feel about your Government if your
front door came smashing in early one morning without warning or a search warrant, if you
got dragged out of bed and slung in jail by a bunch of heavily armed agents? I can see a long string of very expensive and highly justified lawsuits for wrongful arrest and imprisonment in the future </strong><hr></blockquote>
You don't know half how right you are.
I have a tatoo on my forearm of a green flag with a golden harp, Ireland's flag before the green white gold one, and above it it says "Sinne Fianna Faill" which means "Soldiers are We" It's also the first line of the Irish national anthem. During the Canary Wharf bombing campaign in 1996 I was in London to spend the weekend with my girlfriend at the time, who was incidently English. Walking through customs an officer noticed my tatoo and wanted to know "What does that mean Paddy?", so I answered him. I was escorted to a backroom, my luggage was turned upside down, strip searched, interogated and held for 6 hours under the "Prevention of Terrorism act". I was not allowed to contact my girlfriend, nor did anyone else inform her or any of my family that I was being held.
See, I have this tatoo. I'm not with them. Therefore I must be against them and thus a terrorist.
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P.S My reason earlier for pointing out my former girlfriend is English is to emphasise that even though I do not agree with the English government I have nothing against English people. Some of my friends are English but no, I don't introduce them as "my English friend"