FBI Puts Antiwar Protesters in Criminal Database /Â Canada Uses It To Ban Protesters From Entry Â Â Â by Rob KallÂ Â Â Â http://www.opednews.com Â Â Two well-respected US peace activists, methocarbamol CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, methocarbamol were denied entry into Canada On October third. Methocarbamol The two women were headed to Toronto to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition. Methocarbamol At the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained, methocarbamol questioned and denied entry. "In my case, methocarbamol the border guard pulled up a file showing that I had been arrested at the US Mission to the UN where, methocarbamol on International Women's Day, methocarbamol a group of us had tried to deliver a peace petition signed by 152, methocarbamol000 women around the world, methocarbamol" says Benjamin. Methocarbamol "For this, methocarbamol the Canadians labeled me a criminal and refused to allow me in the country."" The FBI's placing of peace activists on an international criminal database is blatant political intimidation of US citizens opposed to Bush administration policies, methocarbamol" says Colonel Wright, methocarbamol who was also Deputy US Ambassador in four countries. Methocarbamol "The Canadian government should certainly not accept this FBI database as the criteria for entering the country." Both Wright and Benjamin plan to request their files from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act and demand that arrests for peaceful, methocarbamol non-violent actions be expunged from international records. Methocarbamol "It's outrageous that Canada is turning away peacemakers protesting a war that does not have the support of either US or Canadian citizens, methocarbamol" says Benjamin."In the past, methocarbamol Canada has always welcomed peace activists with open arms. Methocarbamol This new policy, methocarbamol obviously a creature of the Bush administration, methocarbamol is shocking and we in the US and Canada must insist that it be overturned. Methocarbamol Four members of the Canadian Parliament--Peggy Nash, methocarbamol Libby Davies, methocarbamol 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, methocarbamol the first event ocurring on August 19th. Methocarbamol Wright explained, methocarbamol "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, methocarbamol 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, methocarbamol we would be officially deported from the country, methocarbamol which is "big trouble. Methocarbamol 'We've warned you not to come back until we are criminally rehabilitated.' Wright asserted, methocarbamol "We will never be criminally rehabilitated since we intend to continue to engage in non-violent peaceful protest of Bush administration policies, methocarbamol particular the war on Iraq and we intend to peacefully and nonviolently protest all of these until they end. Methocarbamol They can lead to arrests for civil disobedience, methocarbamol like refusing to move from the fence in front of the whitehouse or standing up and speaking at congressional hearings." Wright explained that the Canadians, methocarbamol by their own law, methocarbamol do not allow people in who have been convicted of various kinds of offenses. If, methocarbamol when you are asked by a Canadian immigration officer if you have been arrested, methocarbamol they check the FBI database and that's how they found we were listed. Wright added, methocarbamol "The fact that the FBI has put us on this list. Methocarbamol The National Crime Information Center Computerized Index is a form of political intimidation. Methocarbamol The list is supposed to be for felony and serious misdemeanor offenses. "We don't qualify-- it's for sex offenders, methocarbamol foreign fugitives, methocarbamol gang violence and terrorist organizations, methocarbamol people who are on parole, methocarbamol a list of eight categories all together. "It is very disturbing. Methocarbamol We've asked our congressional representatives to investigate this." According to Wright, methocarbamol there was almost no coverage of this in the US, methocarbamol except for an AP release. Methocarbamol In Canada, methocarbamol Toronto's Globe and Mail and several other newspapers and three Canadian TV stations covered it.