Oden, a long-time organic farmer and peace activist in northern Maine, was ordered away from the plane. Military personnel with automatic weapons surrounded Oden and instructed all airlines to deny her passage on any flight. ">

Have Our Rights Already Eroded?

By Wayne Spencer - November 7, 2001

I received an e-mail from a friend of mine in South Carolina who forwarded an article about a member of the coordinating committee for the Green Party USA. This letter is now posted on this web site.

The story is that armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA coordinating committee member, Thursday at Bangor International Airport in Bangor Maine, as she attempted to board an American Airlines flight to Chicago.

"An official told me that my name had been flagged in the computer," a shaken Oden said. "I was targeted because the Green Party USA opposes the bombing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan."

Oden, a long-time organic farmer and peace activist in northern Maine, was ordered away from the plane. Military personnel with automatic weapons surrounded Oden and instructed all airlines to deny her passage on any flight.

"I was told that the airport was closed to me until further notice and that my ticket would not be refunded," Oden said. Oden is scheduled to speak in Chicago Friday night on a panel concerning pesticides as weapons of war. She had helped to coordinate the Green Party USA's antiwar efforts these past few months, and was to report on these to The Greens national committee.

This is precisely the kind of misguided use of police power that we have been concerned about since September 11th., that people would be targeted as possible terrorists simply because of their political beliefs while exercising their Constitutional Rights.

Political activists are not terrorists.. only terrorists are terrorists!

We must continually be vocal about protecting our rights to free speech and assembly. Remember, the present administration really does not believe in the U. S. Constitution. They will trample upon it whenever possible. Now, in the name of security they think they can finally nullify it while our guard is down.

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