Why do people complain about censorship in China and ignore what's happening open and officially sanctioned under the cover "homeland security". Is it just me or is this kind of acting against civil rights preventing others from travelling to the US?
I visited the Southwest numerous time for the last 25 years, but now it's enough.
Are you out of your mind? Can your anti-American/anti-Bush beliefs have completely neutralized whatever intellect you once possessed?
If you really want to know the answer, visit Washington DC and stand at the White House fence, and call George W. Bush or Dick Cheney any ugly name you can think of, loudly enough to be heard by the White House police standing by. [I'd not threaten them, however.] Say whatever you wish about US domestic or international policy. It's not likely you'll say anything ruder or uglier than what has been said by Congress the past eight years; but go ahead, be my guest.
Now, travel to Beijing and do the same thing. Tell us afterward, once the Chinese have released you from prison and you've regained your eyesight and short-term memory, in which country your civil rights were better respected.
You have no "right" to travel to the US. The US chooses to welcome foreign visitors, just as other countries choose to welcome or discourage the same, for its own reasons. You are expected to comply with reasonable security measures while you are here, just as US citizens are obligated to do the same when abroad.
"Reasonable" is a standard that shifts based on what's happening locally and elsewhere, and on who's making that determination. Intelligent people can differ on what constitutes "reasonable" security measures.
I hope you will continue to visit our country; and that our people will continue to make you feel welcome here. It is a vast, beautiful land.