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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Has Passport Confiscated

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the no-more-colbert-for-you dept.

Australia 197

Taco Cowboy writes "The Australian founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police when he arrived in Melbourne last week. While Assange has made himself particularly unpopular with the US military by publishing video of attacks on civilians in Iraq, he's been something of a thorn in the side for the Australian government too. Last year, Wikileaks published a list of websites which were to be banned under the government's proposed Internet filter. While the aim of the filter is to block extreme pornography and the like, the blacklist included a number of more prosaic sites such as those of a travel company and a dentist.

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This is Julian (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32235966)

I've got just a few seconds to put this message here. I'm imprisoned and they won't let me keep my hair looking super cool!

For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32235968)

While it was returned 15 minutes later

Man, they are brutal down in Melbourne. And from the original article [theage.com.au] linked at TG Daily:

The Age has been told that Assange's passport is classified "normal" on the immigration database, meaning the Wikileaks director can travel freely on it.

They really know how to shake people up and intimidate you. Sounds almost as bad as my trip through United States customs coming back from vacation. They abducted me for three hours as I was forced to stand in line awaiting inspection and approval. They called it standard processing but I tell you what--it was more of a death march.

Australia would have to be insane to do something like that to Assange. He would trot that out in front of the media for weeks if that was what happened. What a claim to legitimacy. And for that reason I'm guessing this is likely a natural passport process turned into a PR stunt.

Assange mentioned it in an SBS Dateline interview [sbs.com.au] .

So basically Australia said, "We need to renew your overly used passport and the authorities are looking into how you got a hold of a blacklist from our government." <sarcasm>The poor man! When will the persecution stop?! The only way you can only mitigate his suffering by making a tiny donation to Wikileaks.org.</sarcasm>

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (5, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236026)

Well, Ghandi said it best: first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they point out that your passport has expired, then they ignore you again.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236128)

First they ignore you
Then laugh at you
Then hate you
Then they fight you
Then you win - you are here

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236212)

First they ignore you
Then laugh at you
Then hate you
Then they fight you
Then you win - you are here

Then you do a FATALITY!
Then the next challenger laughs at you.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236432)

First they ignore you
Then laugh at you
Then hate you
Then they fight you
Then you win - you are here
Then you do a FATALITY!

Better yet, a FRIENDSHIP. As Kitana. Except that the cake is a lie.

Then GlaDOS laughs at you.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1, Funny)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236512)

Keep trying to be funny. Please do it. I am laughing my ass off... Continue!

Seriously now... Do you think I am trying to trick you with reversed phycology? I don't. Have I ever lied to you? I mean... in this thread?

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (2, Funny)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236284)

It's "Gandhi".

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (5, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236854)

It's "Gandhi".

OK, First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they correct your spelling.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32237038)

First they laugh at your research, then they laugh at your proof, then they credit the wrong person with the discovery.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1)

Jay L (74152) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237728)

It's "Gandhi".

No, he said the other thing about you winning.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236402)

First they march you through hundreds of miles of jungle without food or water,
then they shoot you,
then they disembowel you,
then you lose.

-- Gandhi, had the Japs won WW2

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (5, Insightful)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236268)

Mod parent up. This is a ~complete non-story~. Same thing happened to me a few years ago with my old and tatty passport. They routinely do this for damaged passports (for various reasons, the primary one being they don't go through the auto passport readers so well). They'll also do this for passports with 6 months validity on them when you enter (most countries do this). The only 'unusual' thing here is that it happened to someone in the public spotlight.

The TFA also includes a massive non-sequitur, mentioning an unrelated case (that was dropped by the AFP) that has nothing whatsoever to do with the passport issue. I doubt the immigration officer concerned even knew who he was.

Can't believe this actually made the Slashdot front page.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (2, Funny)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236444)

I accidentally put my last passport through the wash (in Canada you need to get a new passport every five years, they don't renew them). When I was crossing the boarder at the Peace Arch (on Canada's Highway 99, US I-5) south of Vancouver the U.S. border guard raised his eyebrow and asked me what happened to it. I told him. He scanned it and the electronic encoding stored in the passport still worked (older style embedded magnetic strip). He passed it back and told me to dryclean it next time.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (3, Funny)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236622)

You found a US immigration agent with a sense of humor?

You truly have great talent.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (2, Funny)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236668)

Well, the last one I met at the border insisted to talk to us in (near-perfect) french...

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236878)

US border crossing on the Alaska Highway, nice, welcoming and really curious as to how I got my four reptiles (including 5 foot Iguana) through Canada. And as he gave back the passports and papers he said "Welcome home!"

Pretty typical for Canada (4, Interesting)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237780)

You found a US immigration agent with a sense of humor?

Actually I've found the US immigration and border patrol people you meet in Canada are generally very good and, as long as you do you best to follow the rules, they have all been very helpful. I like to think that being based here means that a little of Canada is rubbing of on them. This is in stark contrast to the ones I used to meeting while living in the US with a green card who frankly seemed to be actively looking for any excuse not to let you enter.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (3, Informative)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236638)

Did everyone suddenly skip over the line where it says it will be cancelled?

While it was returned 15 minutes later, Assange said he was told it would be cancelled.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1)

hey (83763) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236952)

I wonder if he damaged it on purpose so it would not work in the readers. Just enough wear and tear... nothing obvious. I have been tempted to do that.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237154)

Can't believe this actually made the Slashdot front page.

I can easily believe this made the front page - Wikileaks is right up there with Wikipedia, Apple, and Google as the Slashdot editor's favorite stroke material. Make it look like Wikileaks is being threatened by Da Man and you have a 'perfect storm'.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (5, Insightful)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236282)

I remember a time when Americans would be bothered by being detained by any government official for more than 0 minutes. Looks like consent's been well manufactured in you.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236766)

That was 15 years ago. These days, you're only supposed to complain about "excessive" treatment, for increasingly excessive definitions of "excessive". Enjoy being moderated to oblivion for implying that it's still not quite as bad elsewhere as it is in the US, though.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (4, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236974)

Troll? Really? Hardly. He's just expressing his opinion. You don't have to like it, but that's no reason to censor him via subtracting points until his post disappears.

I agree with his sentiment. I was detained in Texas by an "internal security checkpoint" or whatever the hell it's called. I was within 50 miles of the international border, and had never crossed it, but they still wanted to search the trunk of my car. I refused to comply. They made me stand-around while they shined* lights through the window of my car, and then held their ear against the trunk, before finally letting me go an hour later.

Now anyone with common sense could have looked at my Maryland license plus how I was dressed (shorts/Tshirt), and realized I was a tourist not a smuggler. I don't know what they thought they'd find. There's not much room to hide anyone in a two-seater.

Anyway: Rights don't have meaning unless you use them. INSIST upon compliance; refuse to consent to warrantless searches and remain silent.

*
* Irregular verbs are illogical. They should be added to the list of obsolete words. IMHO.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (4, Insightful)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237344)

Now anyone with common sense could have looked at my Maryland license plus how I was dressed (shorts/Tshirt), and realized I was a tourist not a smuggler.

While I congratulate you on your refusal to comply for no reason, I have to point out this is one of the absolute butt-fuckingly stupidest things I've ever read. In your world, do burglars go around in striped shirts and small black masks over their eyes, carrying sacks with dollar signs on them? Do pirates all have wooden peg legs and eye patches?

"I didn't look like a smuggler so obviously I wasn't one." Christ.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (0, Troll)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236322)

Intimidation, even if only temporary, is still intimidation. It's the rise of Neo-feudalism, where sovereign citizens are being demoted to Serfs that must bow before their new Lords in government.

True the new masters are now elected, but an elected Lord is still a Lord and we serfs are still serfs. Our "rights" can be revoked at any time (see the Renewed Patriot Act and revocation of the right to remain silent). Rights come from our Creator (god or nature) and the Neo-feudalists need to be stopped from turning back the clock 400 years.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (3, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236394)

They abducted me for three hours as I was forced to stand in line awaiting inspection and approval.

Pshaw. Here in the US, things are so bad that if you commit a felony, and are convicted, you are not allowed to own and carry an automatic weapon. I don't see nothing in the Second Amendment that says I shouldn't be able to protect myself and my family with the firearm of my choice just because of a little armed robbery.

I mean, "First they came for the felons, then they came for the domestic terrorists trying to kill policemen at a funeral, then they came for me".

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (2, Informative)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236468)

I don't see nothing in the Second Amendment that says I shouldn't be able to protect myself and my family with the firearm of my choice just because of a little armed robbery.

It's not in the 2nd amendment. It's in the 5th amendment: No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236678)

Nice, but this is the US Constitution you're speaking of, and TFA regards Australia, which is still a part of the British Commonweal.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (4, Funny)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237032)

>>>British Commonweal.

Is this the Middle English speeling? Well let me call in me wyf. She war an Anglish taughter.

Re:For a Whole Fifteen Minutes (0)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236542)

So Wikileaks yet again shows the all the style in integrity of the National Enquirer.

But hey I bet they get more donations from this.

Obligatory Seinfeld reference (3, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#32235974)

Maybe the dentist ran a swinger dental office like Tim Watley.

Re:Obligatory Seinfeld reference (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236090)

And maybe the travel company organizes illegal sexual trips to Bangkok, although I doubt it...

Re:Obligatory Seinfeld reference (0)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236204)

That wasn't in a Seinfeld episode as far as I can recall, maybe you should read the subject before posting....

The dentist site was censored with a reason (4, Informative)

mangu (126918) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236364)

Wouldn't you censor a dentist that has a sign like this? [blogspot.com]

Move along. Nothing to see here (4, Informative)

kentrel (526003) | more than 4 years ago | (#32235986)

He has a criminal record. His passport was old. They cancelled it. He got it back.

Re:Move along. Nothing to see here (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236492)

If he's moving about, presumably he's served for any marks on his criminal record, so that should have no effect on his right to leave and reenter his country. I see nothing in the story that says his passport was expired. If it wasn't expired the fact that it's "old" should be irrelevant. The expiration date is when a passport is deemed too old, not some security goon's opinion.

Re:Move along. Nothing to see here (2, Interesting)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236938)

The customs agent didn't ask about his criminal record.

The Federal Police Officer did, you know the one who was investigating the leaking of some documents. Bringing up the criminal record of someone you are investigating is pretty damn normal.

The man is clearly a fuckwit who wants to big note himself. Seriously someone looked over his passport because it was showing wear and tear and reminded him it was going to expire soon and that's taking away your passport? A police officer does he job on the same day and that's a huge conspiracy?

Absolute power (-1, Offtopic)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236004)

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Re:Absolute power (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236042)

Relative power corrupts relatively?

Re:Absolute power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236078)

Relativistic power corrupts relativistically.

Re:Absolute power (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236184)

Relativistic power corrupts long-windedly, but heavily.

Re:Absolute power (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236198)

Bear power corrupts barely

Re:Absolute power (1, Offtopic)

nacturation (646836) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236898)

Girl power corrupts girly.

Re:Absolute power (2, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236240)

Petty power - like that wielded by network executives, local police officers, the clerks at your local DMV, and wikipedia administrators - corrupts immensely out of all proportion to the actual power.

Re:Absolute power (0)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236278)

You forgot to include /. members with mod points in your list ;)

Re:Absolute power (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236530)

mod parent down!

Re:Absolute power (1)

ffreeloader (1105115) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236336)

Petty people - like network executives, local police officers, the clerks at your local DMV, wikipedia administrators, /.posters, and the petty people found in all occupations - corrupt themselves out of all proportion to their actual power.

Fixed that for you.

Re:Absolute power (1)

Thundersnatch (671481) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236390)

Petty power - like that wielded by network administrators... corrupts immensely out of all proportion to the actual power.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Re:Absolute power (2, Funny)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236328)

Mains power corrupts, mainly.

Re:Absolute power (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236544)

AC power corrupts, then it doesn't then it does then it doesn't...

Re:Absolute power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236964)

And the AC/DC can't decide whether to corrupt the young transiently or constantly..

Assassinated (1)

SolusSD (680489) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236046)

Did anyone else see "Wikileaks founder Assassinated" before taking a second look?

Re:Assassinated (1)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236116)

It was just a leak that the CIA, Mossad, and KGB managed to fix. Wait! There was nothing to see, now move along! He is alive and well!

Re:Assassinated (5, Funny)

Yamata no Orochi (1626135) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236142)

Did anyone else see "Wikileaks founder Assassinated" before taking a second look?

No, most of us can read.

Re:Assassinated (4, Funny)

Lunatrik (1136121) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236456)

No, most of us can read.

Citation Needed!

Re:Assassinated (3, Funny)

Diamon (13013) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237516)

You're Welcome [tinypic.com]

Re:Assassinated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236182)

If you change "Assange" to "Assassinated", then you probably have to change "Confiscated" to "Looted" too. :-)

Re:Assassinated (1)

LS (57954) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236418)

Stay off the ecstasy man

say goodnight (0, Troll)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236096)

the powers that be eventually will either pull the plug or filter the internet, making the ability to express ideas, opinions and communications among the common folk more difficult. it was nice while it lasted.

Re:say goodnight (2, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236232)

the powers that be eventually will either pull the plug or filter the internet, making the ability to express ideas, opinions and communications among the common folk more difficult.

And then we'll go back to a feudal monarchy. And then a slave empire. And then we'll go back to the caves.

I think your CIV was one of the flawed copies that played in reverse. Didn't you find it strange that you were the only one starting in Alpha Centauri?

Re:say goodnight (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236354)

communication can always fall back on to HF radio for the better educated, and CB radio for joe sixpack and the ghettos,

Re:say goodnight (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237096)

When they outlaw radio, only outlaws will have radio.

A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (4, Interesting)

erroneus (253617) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236104)

The first paragraph of the article said it was returned within 15 minutes and informed that it would be canceled... I presume it would be his passport that would be canceled when he returns, but it doesn't say so. Then the article goes on to say the things cited in the summary.

What I am pointing out is that whoever created the summary didn't just "miss" that 15 minutes later detail, they omitted it intentionally.

So I ask you directly, submitter, what exactly are you trying to make happen by attempting to twist the news this way? Have you no conscience at all about spreading incomplete and therefore misleading information? By intentionally omitting that important detail, it misleads people to believe he is being detained in Australia for all intents and purposes.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236140)

Flood the news with trivial stories which cause people to stop taking him seriously?

In other news, BROWN LEAVES HOTEL.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236180)

Of course Brown left the hotel. They have more packages to deliver, you know!

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236206)

Dammit, Yvan, you follow me with bad jokes like a stubborn dingleberry.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236514)

I don't really notice who I'm replying to. I'm not following you or anyone, sorry if it feels that way.

Perhaps you have a writing style that makes you more likely to get a bad joke reply from me?

Hey, what do you mean by bad jokes? I'm sorry, I have a cold.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236254)

BROWN LEAVES HOTEL.

The bird is on the tree. I repeat. THE BIRD IS ON THE TREE.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236534)

The chair is against the door.....the chair is against the door.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236578)

The chair is against the door.....the chair is against the door.

ffs...

Someone has to tell the prime minister to stop doin... The Bird! I meant the Bird! HGhaaa a.,gd,,

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236614)

*KHHHKHT*
Roger that.
Alert the agents
*KHHHKHT*

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236694)

So has Elvis.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236194)

So I ask you directly, submitter, what exactly are you trying to make happen by attempting to twist the news this way? Have you no conscience at all about spreading incomplete and therefore misleading information?

Would you expect something less from the illegitimate offspring of Cowboy Neal and CmdrTaco?

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236210)

Misleading headlines and summaries are pretty much what Slashdot is known for.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

demachina (71715) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236376)

Submitter's name is Taco Cowboy. No doubt he is the love child of Cmdr Taco and Cowboy Neal so you should set your expectactions for any submissions from this source low... very, very low.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (2, Interesting)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236798)

I wish they'd let us mod submitters. Sheesh.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236524)

They gave it back to him, but they said it will be canceled. So, he has a passport that will soon be worthless. How is that different from not having the passport at all?

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (1)

raju1kabir (251972) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237190)

For one thing, until it actually is canceled, it's still good for travel. So he can go somewhere else and work on getting a new passport.

For another, all the article claims is that he was told his passport would be canceled. Every passport will be canceled, including yours and mine. There's nothing special about that in itself. If there wasn't some irregularity about this proposed cancellation then it's a non-issue.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32237370)

He can get home. Where he can get it renewed. Because it's old, expiring, and in shambles.

Tard. Think before you post.

Re:A bit too much sensationalism even for Slashdot (2, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236640)

Wikileaks is (probably) busy setting up to do some fund raising.

ah, WikiDONATEleaWENEED$600kks (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236110)

It rivals ED in its WE WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN IF YOU DON'T DONATE ability to remind you just how valuable their service is and WHY HAVEN'T YOU GIVEN ANY MONEY YET? just what an insanely high amount of money they claim they need to host a few third party files. Yet their site still manages to be down most of the PEOPLE ARE BEING TORTURED GIVE US MONEY time.

Must Have It Rough (4, Interesting)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236174)

Some people are just natural-born troublemakers, going to great lengths to make a big deal out of every possible scenario. I'd like to see how he acted as a child.

But in all seriousness, 15 minutes? And he's crying and blowing his whistle? I've been detained longer for having a penny stuck in my shoe.

I wonder if he sleeps with a katana. [xkcd.com]

Penny in shoe? (1)

rwade (131726) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236202)

You were detained for greater than 15 minutes for having a penny stuck in your shoe? What country was this? Was the penny protruding from the sole somehow or were these penny loafers?

Re:Penny in shoe? (1)

Revotron (1115029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236274)

In the good old US of A. I spent fifteen minutes sitting in a privacy screen waiting on a TSA agent to come pat me down (not their fault, it was very busy), and six minutes getting thoroughly wanded and having my "airport-friendly" laptop bag consensually searched.

Re:Penny in shoe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236770)

(not their fault, it was very busy)

... it is _always_ busy, and it _is_ their fault for adding more delays to an already overstressed system without increasing the number of queues.

Plus, the always loved: "You've got 6 x-ray machines, but only 3 active".

Although, it is kind of "funny" watching the TSA in their new role as toothpaste police: "Sorry, even though this container only appears to have 1oz left, it was originally a 4oz container, so we're going to have to confiscate it." (wonder how much Crest paid for that bit of regulation, because you know the behind-the-checkpoint food shops _LOVE_ the "no liquid" rules)

Re:Penny in shoe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236320)

Metal detector? I would imagine it take a while to notice the penny if it manage to set off a metal detector.

Re:Must Have It Rough (1)

The Solitaire (1119147) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236252)

This is Australia - being stopped by customs for more than the cursory "Hello, papers please. Anything to declare?" would be considered unusual, unless they have actual grounds for suspicion.

Re:Must Have It Rough (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236368)

I find being polite and pleasant do deal with lets me fly right through customs and immigration wherever I go.

Being a prick, however, will get you only problems even with Canadian customs and immigration. They may seem polite, but they can spot a lying asshole a mile away and then you're hosed.

--
BMO

Re:Must Have It Rough (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236932)

Bow and grovel before your TSA and border control masters, and everything will be fine. We know that by "polite and pleasant" you mean "obeisant and compliant" with their every ridiculous demand. Also, I didn't realize that standing up for my right to freedom from unreasonable search made me a "prick", but if so, fine. I'd rather be a "prick" than a pet monkey.

Re:Must Have It Rough (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32236378)

I'm not actually a /. member, but as a non-white Australian born citizen with a very high level government security clearance, i can say that after a 6 week trip to the states and UK, which went fine, customs in AU gave me a 30 minute Questionnaire/interrogation with a customs official as a welcome back. i also get the full works on all domestic travel.

fun stuff since 01. not sure how unusual it is for my white compatriots.

Re:Must Have It Rough (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236550)

with a very high level government security clearance

What part of that did you forget? The danger is rarely from without.

Re:Must Have It Rough (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236454)

indeed he does sound like a fucking cry baby. i'd hate to see what would happen if he got pulled over for a random breath test.

we'd probably be reading on /. how the police are harassing him and there would be breathless moments where he thought the cops were going to gun him down.

Re:Must Have It Rough (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236696)

it wouldn't have been a random stop.

Weekly World Slashdot (4, Funny)

autophile (640621) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236244)

Next on Slashdot... BatBoy sighted on ChatRoulette, and Cmdr Taco has love child by alien visitor.

Re:Weekly World Slashdot (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236548)

I heard it was a two-headed love child.

how is this your rights online? (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236246)

none of this happened online nor does it have anything to do with anything online - his passport had expired and he has a criminal record, they simply took it to verify this. all of 15 minutes. the stupid fuck should thank his lucky stars it didn't take 6 hours the speed most government employees move at.

I'm becoming... (4, Interesting)

fauxhemian (1281852) | more than 4 years ago | (#32236300)

...more and more dubious about Assange and his intentions. http://cryptome.org/0001/wikileaks-funds.htm [cryptome.org]

Re:I'm becoming... (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237114)

Why be dubious? Shutting down Wikileaks in its entirety until the site is 'fully funded' practically screams his intentions from the rooftops. (Though I see now that he has relented and published a handful of 'time sensitive' material.)

Wikileaks != Wikipedia (4, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#32237094)

Why is this tagged "Wikipedia"? Wikileaks is a completely separate site and organization. Do you think that "protons" are "protozoa" are the same thing just because they start with he same four letters?

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