Bulgarian-German Novelist and Privacy Activist Denied Entry into the USA

It just keeps getting creepier and creepier. So far, I can’t find many english language articles on this disturbing event, but The Guardian has posted some key information on their website. It informs us that:

A Bulgarian-German novelist and privacy activist was on Monday refused entry to the US, writes the Guardian’s Berlin correspondent Philip Oltermann.

Ilija Trojanow, who had been on his way to a literary conference in Denver, was told at Salvador da Bahia airport, Brazil, that US authorities wouldn’t allow him into the country. He was told his case was “special”, but was given no further explanation for his rejection.

Trojanow was one of the initiators of an open protest letter against NSA surveillance which was signed by 67,407 members of the public and handed over to the German chancellor last month.

We need to change the poetic words on the base of the Statue of Liberty from:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


Give me your thieving, your most wretched,
Your parasitic oligarch cronies, longing to steal unmolested
The lowest of the banksters the world can offer
Send them, the sociopaths, looking for ripe pastures of dumbed down slaves
I lift my printing press to thee crony souls!

In Liberty,

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  1. It’s clear from this and many other actions the NSA is telling all Americans they are the enemy. This is very bad.

  2. I appreciate your adaption…..and am deeply sorry that it is true.

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