Friday, June 27, 2008

You won't believe this one!

According to the Chattanoogan
Sens. John Kerry, Bob Corker, and Sheldon Whitehouse announced on Friday the passage of their legislation to remove former South African President Nelson Mandela from the terror watch list. The bill grants the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the authority to waive U.S. travel restrictions on President Mandela and other members of the African National Congress.
89 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is one of the world’s strongest voices for human dignity and courage in the face of oppression. He and other members of African National Congress have remained on terror watch lists for activities they conducted against South Africa’s apartheid regime decades ago.

Kerry said when introducing the legislation:
"The idea that he’d be on our government’s terror watch list is deplorable. No bureaucratic snafu can excuse this international embarrassment, and we need to fix this policy now."

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