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Green Party Official
Prevented From Boarding an Airliner Because of her Opposition to the
Summary of eRumor:
Nancy Oden, USA Coordinator
for the Green Party, was grabbed by armed government agents as she
was about to board a plane in Bangor, Maine. She claims she
was told that she was targeted by authorities because of the Green Party's opposition to the bombing of innocent civilians in
Afghanistan. She describes herself as having been surrounded
by military personnel with automatic weapons who were instructed to
prevent her from boarding any other flights. She also says the
airport was shut down. She was on her way to Chicago for a
Green Party function.
The incident did happen at Bangor International airport on Thursday,
November 1, 2001.
Nancy Oden does claim that she was singled out because of the Green
Party's views of the war in Afghanistan. An official statement
from the airport says it was not Oden's political views or
activities that resulted in her being scrutinized, but rather the
manner in which her ticket was purchased. They didn't specify
what that meant about her ticket, but under new screening
guidelines, a person, for example, who has purchased a ticket on the
same day of the flight and used cash to buy it may be selected by
computer for additional screening. The airport statement says Oden
refused to cooperate with the screening, and that by Federal
Regulation, she could not be allowed to board the flight.
Susan Libby, one of the screeners on duty on the day of the
incident, also says Oden's views had nothing to do with her being
detained. In a statement from the Bangor, Maine airport
website, she says that none of them knew who she was or what her
views were. She says she was bothered by Nancy Oden's rudeness
to the National Guardsmen.
Oden says that since she wasn't arrested, that meant she didn't do
anything wrong, but she did miss out on other flights to
A real example of the story as it has
Green Party USA Coordinator Detained At Airport: Prevented By Armed
Military From Flying To Greens Meeting In Chicago
Louis Lingg (Indymedia)
2 Nov 01
Armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA
committee member, Thursday at Bangor International Airport in
as she attempted to board an American Airlines flight to Chicago.
"An official told me that my name had been flagged in the
shaken Oden said. "I was targeted because the Green Party USA
bombing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan." Oden, a
farmer and peace activist in northern Maine, was ordered away from
plane. Military personnel with automatic weapons surrounded Oden
instructed all airlines to deny her passage on ANY flight. "I
the airport was closed to me until further notice and that my
not be refunded," Oden said.
Oden is scheduled to speak in Chicago Friday night on a panel
pesticides as weapons of war. She had helped to coordinate the
USA's antiwar efforts these past few months, and was to report on
The Greens national committee. "Not only did they stop me at
but some mysterious party had called the hotel and cancelled my
reservation," Oden said.
The Greens National Committee -- the governing body of the Green
-- is meeting in Chicago Nov. 2-4 to hammer out the details of
genetic engineering, and the Party's involvement in the burgeoning
"I am shocked that US military prevented one of our prominent
members from attending the meeting in Chicago," said
Elizabeth Fattah, a
GPUSA representative from Pennsylvania who drove to Chicago.
"I am outraged at the way the Bill of Rights is being
Chicago Green activist Lionel Trepanier concluded, "The
attack on the
of association of an opposition political party is chilling. The
of peace activists is reprehensible."
For further information, please call 1-866-GREENS-2 (toll-free)
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