January 25, 2009

Little Brothers

Cory Doctorow points out an article about an Australian man and his family who came to the United States to visit the man's dying father, the kids' dying grandfather -- only to be detained, starved and deported by US Customs and Border Patrol.

Despite being Australian citizens and having valid visas to enter the US, the family members claim they were singled out because of their cultural background, having immigrated from Bangladesh four years ago.

"They treated us like terrorists," Mr Rabbi said. "We are Australian citizens. Why did they have to keep us in a detention centre? Why did they have to lock up my kids?"

If such action by the United States is upsetting to you, you might consider reading Doctorow's book, "Little Brother," which is a fictionalized account of how treating people that way can end up backfiring on the US.  I read "Little Brother in one sitting -- couldn't put it down.  If you like modern technology, you'll enjoy the read and have lots to think about.

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