[saymaListserv] INS and outs

free polazzo freepolazzo at attbi.com
Thu Jun 5 10:08:27 JEST 2003


Hello Friends,

My son, Chad, sent this email to me about his neighbor's very sad 
experience with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).  The 
information shared is important, but probably will not be covered by the 
Media.    Please pass it on.

Free Polazzo,


>From: "Polazzo" <polazzo at mindspring.com>
>To: "free polazzo" <freepolazzo at attbi.com>
>Subject: Fw: INS and outs
>Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 19:53:19 -0400
>X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1106
>
>This is referring to one of our neighbors.
>
>Chad
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <mailto:swiftdesign at mindspring.com>Roger Swift
>Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 4:52 PM
>Subject: INS and outs
>
>"Politics is the Art of making people Indifferent to what should concern 
>them."
>-- Anonymous
>
>Please take the time:
>Some of you may know Peter Riedel,  my wonderful Canadian friend, artist and
>next door neighbor. Peter is an outstanding man who has been applying for 
>a green
>card for 4 years w/ little response or progress from the "authorities".
>Recently married to his American bride Kim, he is the  proud father of a 
>beautiful
>6 mo old American son.  Peter was called unexpectedly to fly to his dying 
>father's
>bed side back in Canada to see him for the final time....his father died 
>in his arms
>moments after his arrival.  After 2 weeks of getting his elderly mother's 
>affairs in order,
>Peter was expected back home in Atlanta to his young family this past Sun.
>He was unfortunately detained by the INS at the border and is
>being held against his will  at an unknown location  for an indefinite 
>period of time.
>Apparently, he had insufficient paperwork... fairness,discretion and 
>simple common sense
>be damned !  He has called his wife twice and knows not his fate. His lawyer
>suggests, given the current "climate", Peter will probably be held 
>indefinitely, released,
>and most likely be deported back to Canada. The "climate" does not include 
>due process
>or rights and even an appeal to Rep. John Lewis' office reconfirmed this 
>impotence
>of even our elected representatives to intervene!  His wife and son are 
>making plans for
>her to resign from her university teaching position, sell all cars and 
>possessions, vacate
>our neighborhood and move to Canada....all which could take many months!
>Peter is one of the most gentle and talented gentlemen I have ever had the 
>pleasure
>to know.  Our entire community is awestruck (see shock and awe) and alarmed
>at how close and unreasonable administration policies may strike home!
>
>It reminds me of how at one time AIDS was viewed as just a homosexual 
>problem and
>the nation at large was unconcerned. Well now it is more pervasive 
>and  most have been
>touched by  the loss of a victim and now agree it is a real problem for 
>our entire society.
>
>As the ignorant and unenlightened masses of this great nation willingly 
>give up their
>civil freedoms unique in world history under the guise of "protection", 
>they will ultimately be touched directly, as have our next door 
>neighbors.  Maybe then, and only then, will they realize the sacred value 
>of their Constitutional granted civil rights as their TRUE PROTECTION!
>
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>" The best propaganda  is that which works invisibly, penetrates the whole 
>of  life
>without the public having any knowledge at all of the propagandist 
>initiative,"
>-- Joseph Goebbels, Hitlers brilliant propaganda minister as told an audience
>of film workers in 1941.
>
>For him, propaganda was not just a slogan , but an environment.
>Entertainment films were just one part of that environment,a way of 
>reassuring
>people that old habits and benign comforts were still available
>under the fascist regime.
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