Friday, January 25, 2008

A Story About Terrorism

If there is a 21st century Kafka somewhere in America, he will get his inspiration not from working in an insurance company but with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

Consider this Kafkaesque gem from the McClatchy newspapers today:

"Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia.

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held Warziniack for weeks in an Arizona detention facility with the aim of deporting him to a country he's never seen. His jailers shrugged off Warziniack's claims that he was an American citizen, even though they could have retrieved his Minnesota birth certificate in minutes and even though a Colorado court had concluded that he was a US citizen a year before it shipped him to Arizona.

"On Thursday, Warziniack finally became a free man. Immigration officials released him after his family, who learned about his predicament from McClatchy, produced a birth certificate and after a US senator demanded his release.

"'The immigration agents told me they never make mistakes,' Warziniack said..."

According to its web site, "US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) strengthens national security and upholds public safety by closing down homeland security vulnerabilities. Created in March 20003 (sic), ICE was tasked with closing down our nation’s vulnerabilities by targeting the people, money and materials that support terrorism and other criminal approach not taken prior to 9/11."

Warziniack is not alone. In the new-found fervor over illegal aliens, there is evidence that many other American citizens with no foreign ties are being swept up for deportation.

By the 201st century, our Homeland Security heroes may have figured out how to tell the difference.


Anonymous said...

Ahh! Now there's the problem: the agency was founded in 20003; they come from 18 millenia in the future. They're clearly is some reason clear to those in the future that Mr. Warziniack needed to be in Russia.

Well it makes more sense than failing to check the man's birth certificate or even a Social Security database before deporting him.

Anonymous said...

Er, not "They're", but "There". Feeling dumb for not double checking.

Anonymous said...

Einstein once posited that space-time might exist in wave form and eventually curve back on itself.