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Mooninite terrorists or political prisoners? Suspect faces deportation to Belarus if convicted.
by Amigo Del Reg
02 Feb 2007
Modified: 05:02:58 AM
As the city scapegoats Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens to cover up its own inept mishandling and hyping up of small LED cartoon character signs as acts of terrorism, Berdovsky's fate hangs in the balance: he is a Belarusian citizen seeking political asylum in the United States. For the city's arrogant pride and ignorant over-reaction, he may face deportation, imprisonment and possibly torture in Belarus, a country well known for its human rights abuses.
One of the two men arrested by Boston cops for putting up the Mooninite signs is a Belasrusian citizen seeking political asylum in the United States who will be deported if he is convicted or has to admit any wrong doing in this matter!
They shouldn't suffer because Boston's cops and politicians are dumbasses! Hell, fax the mayor's office pictures of the sign showing clearly that it was not a bomb...
IF YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LITE-BRITE AND A BOMB, THEN YOU SHOULDN'T BE ON THE BOMB SQUAD!
Please call the office of Boston's mayor Menino and demand that all charges be dropped against Peter and Sean!
Thomas Menino, mayor
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
Mayor (at) cityofboston.gov
Mooninite terrorists or political prisoners?
The absurd farce of Boston's "anti-terrorist" response to a guerrilla marketing campaign turns into authoritarian repression in effort to press felony terrorism charges against artists who hung lighted signs.
Not only is the scapegoating of these men a ridiculous act meant to cover up the actions of inept and hyper-reactive Boston police agencies, but for one it is deadly serious: Peter Bordovsky is a Belarusian citizen on visa in the United States seeking asylum.
A conviction or even an admission of wrong doing in a case linked to terrorism would lead to his deportation. For someone seeking asylum, that may also lead to his arrest, imprisonment and likely torture in Belarus, a country known for its blatant human rights abuses.
1-31-07 NEVER FORGET
DROP ALL CHARGES! FUCK THE POLICE STATE!
Here's the low down from el Reg:
Original URL: http://www.theregister.com/2007/02/02/mooninite_terrorists/
Mooninite terrorists brought to justice
By Chris Nelson
Published Friday 2nd February 2007 05:38 GMT
Comment Neon beer sign enthusiasts beware: you're next. Two men have been arrested and arraigned for hanging the signs that started Wednesday's bomb scare in Boston.
Peter Berdovsky, 27, and Sean Stevens, 28, have been charged with creating a hoax leading to public disorder and disorderly conduct by Boston's District Attorney. The hoax charge is a felony, the disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor. While charges formally came Thursday, the threatening signs had been hanging over the heads of Bostonians like little swords of Damocles for two or three weeks before anyone mistook them for al-Qaeda handiwork.
City and state officials seem to want to continue unwittingly hitting this piñata of comedy. Boston mayor Thomas Menino at one point cited "corporate greed" as the culprit, while Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick took the ironic route of saying that Wednesday's events were "not funny".
The only part of this debacle that lacks for humor is the manner in which blame is being assigned. While authorities are seeking remunerative compensation from Turner, so far no legal action has been taken against Turner or its advertising company for their enterprising guerrilla marketing campaign to promote the adult cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
In recent weeks, identical devices were placed in ten American cities. But only Boston went ballistic. Instead of owning up to the fact that this was a monumental mistake by Boston authorities, every public figure involved seems to want to take the most punitive measures possible, against the two easiest scapegoats. In no case is this more prescient than Berdovsky's: he is a Belarusian citizen on visa who is applying for asylum in the United States.
Under federal law, a non-citizen convicted of any crime of moral turpitude or aggravated felony in the United States is subject to deportation, and asylum is generally not granted in crimes with terrorist implications. Even if Berdovsky were given some kind of court-authorized plea bargain which would allow him not to be convicted, acknowledgment of complicity in a crime is tantamount to a conviction under federal immigration statutes, and would still lead to deportation. The only recourse Berdovsky would have is to either go to trial and be found not guilty or to have the state drop its case against him entirely.
Without even addressing the merits of Berdovsky's asylum case, this much is clear: asylum application is serious business. Often, those applying for asylum are only doing so because to return to their home countries would mean imprisonment, torture, or death. Here, because the state feels embarrassed, it is taking legal action against someone who, in all likelihood, had no intention of creating a hoax bomb scare. He was merely doing an advertising job that he was paid to do. This outcome probably never occurred to him. And in a knee-jerk reaction, state and local authorities are exacting what could be a heavy price over a misunderstanding.
There is a deeper implication with regard to how a post-9/11 America reckons with its own identity. Boston has decided, even knowing the circumstances of this advertising trick, that the people who did this should be punished despite their more obvious intentions to promote a television program. It rises to a level above censorship, because now state and local authorities have decided that a human being's health and welfare should potentially suffer because he has unintentionally expressed himself in a way that might possibly be construed as dangerous.
The trend that this shows in American thinking resembles McCarthyism, only stupider. The government has ceased with even the formality of asking questions, instead deciding to take the most punitive route possible before undertaking a half-hearted search for truth. What happened in Boston Wednesday is utterly amusing. Surely the road to Gitmo is paved with equally amusing anecdotes. ®
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IF YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LITE-BRITE AND A BOMB, THEN YOU SHOULDN'T BE ON THE BOMB SQUAD!--Word!!