Blogger Yoani Sanchez last week was denied permission to travel to the
Yoani posted a recording of her visit to the immigration office, where she let the lady at the counter know exactly what was on her mind:
Yoani’s episode brings to mind the tribulations of Rockwell Kent, an American citizen who was refused a passport, and thereby denied his ability to travel abroad, because the State Department deemed him to have a “consistent and prolonged adherence to the Communist Party line.” He took his case to the Supreme Court in 1958, and he won when the court found that no law gave the State Department the authority to act as it did. “We must remember that we are dealing here with citizens who have neither been accused of crimes nor found guilty,” Justice Douglas wrote in the majority opinion.
I argue in favor of an end to