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FBI Puts Antiwar Protesters in Criminal Database / Canada Uses It To Ban Protesters From Entry     by Rob Kall     http://www.opednews.com    Two well-respected US peace activists, discount zestoretic online CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, discount zestoretic online were denied entry into Canada On October third. Discount zestoretic online The two women were headed to Toronto to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition. Discount zestoretic online At the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained, discount zestoretic online questioned and denied entry. 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Both Wright and Benjamin plan to request their files from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act and demand that arrests for peaceful, discount zestoretic online non-violent actions be expunged from international records. Discount zestoretic online "It's outrageous that Canada is turning away peacemakers protesting a war that does not have the support of either US or Canadian citizens, discount zestoretic online" says Benjamin."In the past, discount zestoretic online Canada has always welcomed peace activists with open arms. Discount zestoretic online This new policy, discount zestoretic online obviously a creature of the Bush administration, discount zestoretic online is shocking and we in the US and Canada must insist that it be overturned. Discount zestoretic online Four members of the Canadian Parliament--Peggy Nash, discount zestoretic online Libby Davies, discount zestoretic online Paul Dewar and Peter Julian-- expressed outrage that the peace activists were barred from Canada and vow to change this policy. Ann Wright told OpEdNews that this was the second time the two Code Pink activists had been turned away from the border, discount zestoretic online the first event ocurring on August 19th. Discount zestoretic online Wright explained, discount zestoretic online "We decided to go to Canadian border to push the envelope to see if the Canadian Gov would not let us into Canada again until we had been "criminally rehabilitated." To be criminally rehabilitated, discount zestoretic online they would have to do a huge amount of paperwork and state that they were no longer going to commit the "crimes" they were convicted of. Wright told OpEdNews "We were told (by the canadian border agents) if we tried to enter Canada again, discount zestoretic online we would be officially deported from the country, discount zestoretic online which is "big trouble. Discount zestoretic online 'We've warned you not to come back until we are criminally rehabilitated.' Wright asserted, discount zestoretic online "We will never be criminally rehabilitated since we intend to continue to engage in non-violent peaceful protest of Bush administration policies, discount zestoretic online particular the war on Iraq and we intend to peacefully and nonviolently protest all of these until they end. Discount zestoretic online They can lead to arrests for civil disobedience, discount zestoretic online like refusing to move from the fence in front of the whitehouse or standing up and speaking at congressional hearings." 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