Here is an interesting story about a blogger who has now found himself not
welcomed in the United States:
Bloggers have no privacy and should expect noneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âa lesson painfully
learned by a Canadian citizen who was recently turned away after U.S. border
guards Googled him and pored over his blog to discover where he lives.
Hossein Derakhshan, born in Tehran and now living in Toronto, posted
details of his border experience on his blog, which is titled Editor:
Myself. The blog is concerned with Iran, technology and pop culture.
Derakhshan is a freelance Web designer, journalist, and someone referred
to in the blogosphere as “one of the great pioneers of international
blogging and freedom of speech online.”
He is also, ironically, a member of the advisory board to the Committee
to Protect Bloggers.
His blog –
Editor:Myself – has a very detailed account of his experience at the border.
I suggest reading it as it gives a very detailed account of his ordeal at the
Perhaps we should start a movement to change the Statue of Liberty to read
“Middle Easterners need not apply”