Dan
Turned Away at Border

The love story of Trevor Hughes and his fiancee began in an elementary school in the Himalayan foothills.

They were "global nomads." He was a diplomat's son. She the daughter of missionaries. They lived in Asia, attended school together, fell in love and want to get married in June.

But when Hughes' fiancee, a German national, tried to visit him on a six-month tourist visa Monday, she was detained in Atlanta, handcuffed, jailed--even stripped of her diamond engagement ring.

Then, after 20 hours without food, she was put on a plane and shipped back to Stuttgart.

Horrible story. I was also harassed at the border this time, much worse than I've ever been. I have a zillion stamps in my passport and it's obvious that I travel frequently to the US, but the questions were quite relentless. The Homeland Security officer was really tough on everyone and when it was turn for the Japanese woman in front of me to go up, she was so frightened, she was shaking and couldn't even speak. He kept asking her name and she opened her mouth and nothing came out. I haven't seen anyone so scared.

Anyway, for anyone traveling to the US... It's TOTALLY different now. I may have just hit a particularly tough guy, but the mood is totally different now. The questions are totally different now. Be prepared to explain everything about your trip, your history, your nationality and your job in great detail. My guy this trip didn't know what a venture capitalist was so I had to explain that too...

I think I'm going to start cutting back my travel to the US. I definitely don't want to end up in some jail with no food for 20 hours... The US might as well put up a sign saying, "your trip may be randomly terminated for security purposes..."

via Boing Boing

43 Comments

Reminds me of a question on US immigration that was asked on #joiito and discussed on my weblog. The comments "Jennifer" left show that some people even seem to be very pleased with the situation (though they might be considered cases of dull "patriotism" that completely miss the big picture).

In San Francisco, I had to register on that special "Alien Lane" after waiting for two hours.

It's getting insane, it does seem like a possible slippery slope heading towards http://johntitor.strategicbrains.com/CopyrightProof.cfm

that sounds so aweful. the combination of "unknowledged" and "trying to be tough guy" terrible combination too. he didn't know what VC is? I see that they work at airports whole day everyday so they don't know what's the outside world really is these days.

and the other annoying thing is officers attitudes are different at every airport. I had entry at Mineapolis a couple weeks ago but the officer was quite laid back so I had no prob. even TSA didn't open my luggage. Detroit is a bit serious but they are just like carrying out their job. surprisingly JFK was like that. But I've read bad stories about Chicago and LAX. maybe Boston is tough because you know who took the plain on 9/11 morning.

About 8 to 10 years back, a similar thing happened to my dad. Except this was at Osaka International Airport (if memory serves). He, too, is a frequent traveler. He's the kind with the worn passport, with the stapled extenstions onto which they stamp when you run out of blank pages. He averages about 3-4 countries a month. Usually to the same places in Asia.

Osaka being a routine stop for him, he was surprised to be held up by a particularly harsh immigration officer. It didn't help either that my dad's of Philippine descent (southeast Asians are sometimes looked down on over there). Given the worn condition of his U.S. passport, they suspected he was entering with false papers. They had him go to that 'special room' for further interrogation.

After providing his meishi (with Japanese on one side and English on the other), the hotel he was staying in, and various other information, a few of the immigration officers present began to realize they were mistaken. But their manager looked like he was on some kind of "power trip" (Dad's words). Adding insult to injury, there was no one available at the U.S. embassy or local consulate (I forget which) to verify my dad's identity it being late in the evening and that some important U.S. diplomat was in town. So, he spent a night at a holding cell (!) and was deported back here to the States.

The only good thing to come out of this was that he was around to spend Thanksgiving with us. But he was pretty pissed to have gone through the indignation and embarrassment.

Joi, was your experience at Boston Airport?

I've almost been harassed less since 9/11. The explosives sniffing machines are new and so are the laws on what you can carry in your luggage, but I've had more problems coming back to British train stations from Europe, than I have US airports.

Odd really, when the only real post 9/11 airline scare came from the British 'Shoe Bomber' - Richard Reid

When I flew into Boston in January with my brother, the immigration guy just smiled and said 'Two young guys, here for a week ... let me guess planning on drinking a lot?' we grinned and nodded back and he let us through with his advice on what beer to try.

I have blogged exactly this story yesterday. I think America needs to give some serious thought to the question if it really wants to annoy their few remaining friends by this kind of harrassment.

Academic exchange with America is chilled because of this new paranoid attitude, notes a recent SPIEGEL article. More students and professors now want to come to Germany instead.

And I guess that this kind of "un-smart" approach of the US immigration officers are pissing off important business people and creating disgrunted CEO etc and possibly affecting some of their business decisions in near future. because INS officers and TSA workers treat First , Business and Economy class passengers with no difference and they don't know who these people are and have no clue of what business functions are. the result of combination of these three are obvious.

I'm pretty sure many of officers don't know who is Idei-san. if they detain him, it's pretty G00D for the US-Japan relationship.

I've experienced this "heightened awareness" in both the States (where I'm a citizen) and Ireland, where I live. I've first-hand experience being "refused leave to land in Ireland" even though I own a house, have a full-time pensionable job as a govt employee, pay my taxes, and own a dog. So I spent a night on the floor in the city prison

http://irish.typepad.com/irisheyes/2003/09/refused_leave_t.html

but came back through unmolested when arriving a few weeks later on the same plane as the rock group Oasis.

I'm unconvinced that the increased scrutiny is value for money. It certainly does not give me more comfort.

For me, it's the Toronto airport that gives me the most trouble. Everytime I go there, they grill me like they are burger flippers.

As to East Asians looking down on Southeast Asians, I think it is true in general. My explanation, at least for Koreans, is that Koreans used to associate skin color to social status. If you are well learned or wealthy, you are not likely to be exposed to the Sun. Lower classes like farmers and peasants were in general deeply tanned. Of course, signals get confusing these days because of golf, but people make up for it by wearing apparently expensive shirts.

Is Japan's immigration better?

I was detained for FOUR days at Narita.


Don't avoid the US Joi. That would just compound Americans' avoidance of the rest of us ;)


John

Someone said LAX is tough to get through. One reason could be what I experienced on July 4, 2002. I was there, with only a flimsy wall between me and the shooter, when a man of Egyptian nationality used a handgun to kill two El Al employees at that airline's check-in counter in LAX's Tom Bradley terminal. Seems to me that Los Angeles has a track record of politically motivated violence. Don't know how that affects inbound airline passengers, though. :-)

Joi

The door swings both ways I was detained 24 hours in Osaka a number of years ago when I answered the question why are you visiting japan with I am visiting my Fiancé. Wrong thing to say to this asshole. I was then accused of planning on staying in the country due to the large amount of cash I was carrying but he did not care that the cash was for a engagement ring. I was lucky as my Father-in-law had some connections and was able to grease the skids the next day. While the immigration officials kissed my butt all the way to the next connection after 24 hours in a holding cell.

This has happened so many times to me I got immune to the whole process. One time I asked the Immigration officer inside "the special room" at LAX if there was anything I could to to avoid this hassle everytime I entered the states. He basically said "nope, its a luck of the draw and besides you speak way to good english for a Japanese, so no matter what we will be suspicous", To which I asked "So basically I am being harrased for my ability to learn a language very well?" his answer " Yep, that how it works."....too bad I guess. I even had instances where I acted as the translator for an old woman who was detained because she had expired documentation. After helping the immigration officer and the lady out, it was my turn which took another hour explaining my life to the officers...

Having just recently travelled to the US, I can empathise with the stringent security requirements of late, even down to having to take shoes off and put them in that plastic tray. I was even wearing flip-flops (no bombs here folks!) and they still made me take them off!

Wow! This reminds me of when I used to live in Germany and travel to Zurich, Switzerland. Almost every time, I would get stopped by the Swiss border police and my passport checked and searched. Interestingly enough, if I spoke German to the officer, I was treated worse than when I spoke English. And if I was with a white person, I was never held up; it only happened when I was alone. And the cool thing was that when crossed the same border from Switzerland back into Germany, I never got hassled by the German border police.

This is an interesting academic paper on the sorts of security being used and some problems with it.

http://www.swiss.ai.mit.edu/6805/student-papers/spring02-papers/caps.htm

I came across it researching biometrics and ID fraud - the UK is implementing biometric passports because of US pressure, and considering biometric national ID cards.

It is really odd. All the times I have flown into the U.S. (generally passing customs in Calgary or Minneapolis) there has never been a problem but trying to drive in the U.S. seems to be a different situation. I am amazed at what a hassle it is and how aggressive some of the border guards have been. The last time the guard had to get a supervisor because I didn't have a passport (Canadians have never needed a passport to enter the U.S.) and was furious at me because my route wasn't the one he thought I should be taking. A couple of times the guards actually seemed like he had a hard time reading. It is just bizarre.

Even as an American I have experienced difficulty upon my returning to the US.

Customs was asking me similar questions entering the US that you are asked when you depart the Tel Aviv airport.

I despise returning home.

I was travelling 5 days after 9/11. We were relocating from Bangkok to Mexico City, and our flight had to go through Vancouver. We were moving with 9 luggages and a cat. My family being 2 persons Mexican and two persons Thai were seperated midway in Japan. New regulations of which we were not informed of when leaving BKK, required the Thai part of the family to be re-routed through USA, luckily we had valid US visas, and the Japanese airline paid for our overnight delay in Narita. I chose to go through Denver and avoid the LA or San Francisco airport because in my previous experience, the airport officers of these two airports don't even know what diplomats are.

Rick Klau writes about our Department of Homeland Isolation in response to this thread. Amen, brother.

I sometimes talk with Europeans about their generation-long fight to minimize the trauma of border controls. For them to create a Europa from the many EC states, people must feel free to move about. This doesn't mean sloppy security. They plainly realize that border controls are a customer service and visitors are "the customer" as much as the citizens.

Failing to take the pain out of the average visitor's experience changes the customs and immigration process from one of "Welcome to our country! Enjoy your stay" to one of suspicion, hostility, and ill will. This is a numbers game; say one in a thousand people are offending in a material way. Do we need to expose all thousand to a cavity search? Clearly not. So this is about throttling down intrusion and ratcheting up smiles and helpful conduct.

Free traders should be all over this, advocating for markedly less painful visitor experiences. Disney and the entire tourism industry should be up in arms. Universities should be launching student and faculty protests over heavy-handed security and surveillance that interferes with vital research, quality education, academic freedom, and creating America-friendly elites around the world.

I no longer tie my shoelaces when leaving for the airport. They're coming off at the screening, even for in-California flights. We don't perform searches in the US without cause, so it stands to reason that I must be under suspicion, at least a little bit. Maybe I should buy the Suspected Terrorist button inspired by John Gilmore? Or join FreeToTravel.org? What can I do?

Is this coming up at DigitalID World?

I suspect a lot of people are cutting back on travel. Beyond the privacy and inconvenience issues, the economic consquences I think are potentially huge. We need to find some sanity here, otherwise these silly 9and ineffective) efforts only aid the terrorists goals of damaging the U.S.

Lighten up a little. All you have to do is answer their questions honestly. On the occasions when my Japanese wife has travelled separately from me, I type up a sheet explaining everything, and including addresses, contact numbers, where she is employed, where she is travelling, why, etc., for her to show if her English ability disappears under stress.

Non-citizens have no entitlement to enter the U.S., so you need to show you are following the rules. One of those is that you intend to return and not stay in the U.S. indefinitely. This is the basis of most of the questioning that goes on--not the search for terrorists. Just be prepared to prove that you have no intention to stay. Putting a business card with your passport helps. Any other documents that show ties to Japan or a commitment to return help.

I'm frequently asked if I have applied for permanent residence for my wife. I have to explain that I haven't and don't intend to, because we live permanently in Japan.

People who complain about U.S. immigration crack me up, because all that has happened is that the rules are being enforced now. In Japan they have always been enforced. Miss your visa renewal date and you're on the plane to Seoul before you can say Jack Robinson.

I guess Japan can be a pain too. I should generalize a bit more and complain about all people in positions of power over others who abuse their positions or don't treat others with respect.

However, I don't think it's just about rules being enforces. It's about false positives. How many legitimate visitors do you turn away in order to catch your "terrorists" and visa abusers. How many false positives before the cost to your country exceeds the cost of protecting your country against those who you mean to keep out. It's a fairly pragmatic issue I think.

how do you get the hyperlink to get onto a message to support ones statements?

Check out the update on Trevor and Beate's web site:
http://www.landofthefree.blogspot.com

I have arrived at your site after reading about Trevor and Beate in my local paper, contacting the reporter who put me in touch with them. The paper reports 3 more stories including mine and Sophie's. Our story amazingly similar to theirs. Many of the small details are very similar. The problem is systemic. Keep complaining.


tom

Joi's completely right about "false positives." The standard for excluding people has gone from something along the lines of a requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt that you are a bad guy to something along the lines of a requirement of a preponderance of the evidence that you are a bad guy. So there will be false positives.

Where we differ is that I don't think that's a bad thing. The Gazette article and the couple's own blog make clear that she was warned in Germany that she would be closely scrutinized at the port of entry and could be sent back. Unfortunately, her personal history makes her seem a little suspicious--she _could_ be a terrorist: A German who's never lived in Germany for any length of time; a complexion unlike most Germans; travelled all around, living at places like the foot of the Himalayas (Kashmir, maybe? Guess who hangs out there?). She met an American and got engaged. Who do we know who married gullible spouses for visas? Many of the terrorists resident in Europe.

The new standard of proof and the strictness of the border check is a good thing, I think. And I think the use of Google, and the check of the Amazon wish list is really clever and I'm glad to know the border people are being trained in investigative techniques like that, and are no longer completely technologically clueless. I don't think everyone's Amazon account should be checked, but I think once someone trips the wire of reasonable suspicion, that it's a useful source of information.

So I think they should have kicked her ass out as they did. But I think they should have done so with a smile, offering food and a comfortable place to rest during the process. I was pulled aside at Heathrow once because the X-Ray showed a gun in my luggage (an unfortunate juxtiposition of a roll of quarters and a Palm Pilot), and it was made clear to me that I was not to make any sudden moves ... but it was done in such a polite and respectful way that I took no offense at all. While the Homeland Security people are being trained to use Amazon and Google in their investigations, perhaps they should be given some training in treating people better ... as they justifiably kick their asses out of the country.

Eric,
I was told in Stuttgart that I might be sent back but this was because they have seen so many Germans returned recently. It was said in a somewhat sarcastic tone of voice by one of the ladies there, saying that the US sees a visa as nothing more than a means to "knock on their door" (I suppose at this point I was supposed to drop all my plans and decide that maybe it was a bad idea to try and visit the US, right?) I was however, interestingly, not warned by anyone at the AMERICAN CONSULATE in Frankfurt, who are obviously happy to just rake in the cash for useless visas so foreigners can "knock on the door" of the US. Nevermind all the costs, hassle and mistreatment involved in that knocking-on-the-door process.
Secondly, I am not a German who has never lived in Germany for any length of time,I have just not in the last three years due to my studies in London. For the bigots among us it is undoubtedly a crime to expand your horizon in that way. The border agent was not INTERESTED in anything beyond that...he just decided that because my parents work overseas and I studied elsewhere I guess I must not be a "real resident". Woe is us who live international lives. We are clearly not welcome in the US. Furthermore, if a birthplace is reason to doubt a person given all the other FACTS presented...(yea, watch out for ALL this people hanging out in the Himalayas) then you should desperately fear for the future of the country you inhabit. And indeed, nobody will have to kick our asses out, because me and many many other's will know better than to try and come and visit the "Land of the Free" with VALID visas,issued by your very own consulate...
Oh and lastly,worst of all: the American fiance. The gullible American fiance, no less. Whom I have known since childhood (growing up in those dodgy Himalayas) and was made abundantly clear in the article. Maybe he should be barred from his own country for having spent time in the foothills of the Himalayas -while we're using your logic....

Eric,
Wow. Justifiably?
Also, I'd rather have Immigration people be tought how to use their BRAINS.
Amazon wishlist checking? Hello Thought Police! Gestapo... Stasi... KGB... CIA...

This is all going down a very slippery slope, and fast. The juxtapostion of unchecked, rampantly out of control "free market" capitalism and representative career politician democracy is proving to be just as awful as the worst communism, and dictatorship, has shown us.

Close the borders, throw out "unwanteds"... hmm.. How many times have we seen this? War waged on false pretenses? Hmmm... Power seized in dubious circumstances? Hmmm... Government, or rather, Corporate interests controlling media, cult of personality? Hmmm...

No need to fast forward, we know the ending. Can we rent something else please? Eject that DVD!

Eric

This incident has nothing to do with security, Agent Carter agrees, he sent her out of the country because he thought she was attempting to establish residency here in the United States. No security argument can be made, he is the one that says she is not a security threat, he just doesn’t want her to establish residency here, which she is and was not doing.. It would not benefit her at all, due to the fact that we are getting married in June.

As far as your gullible American comment… it is obvious that you did not allow the gravity of the positions I have held and the expertise I have to sink into your attempt at analysis before making this comment.

I am a disabled veteran, I have been in almost every conflict zone our country has been involved with in the last 10 years, I have sacrificed much for your freedoms, and now I am attempting to use the system I have defended to find justice for an unjust act.

I realize that psychologically you probably have to jump to the conclusions you stated, because you want to believe that the United States government would not make such a mistake. I understand that phenomenon, however, the system is broken and it needs to be fixed.

There is no justification for the treatment my fiancé experienced in Atlanta Georgia.

Well said Trevor. I can't agree more.

Hey Eric, thanks for reminding why I never subjected my better educated, better travelled wife to the wonderful experience that being the fiancée/wife of an American citizen could be. Keep up the good work!

First of all I have nothing by sympathy for the unfortunate couple.

However, I am not sure what they experienced is either symptomatic of a changed mood or policy in the U.S. since 9/11. My family, many of my friends, and I are globe-hoppers (my three sisters and I all live on different continents), and throughout the years we've experienced all kinds of grief at the hands of immigration officials. Not just U.S. officials either - my worst experience was with a Canadian immigration officer, who thought I was trying to settle in Canada because I happened to have my laptop with me. (this was back in the early '90s..he'd never seen a laptop before!) My sister once spent 8 hours being interrogated in a small office at JFK, before they even bothered to notify us that there was a problem (her visa had just expired - she was only 17 at the time). A friend of mine was insulted horribly by a Japanese official who somehow seemed to think that by marrying an American, she had lowered herself and betrayed Japan. Another friend was very rudely treated in France, because she is black (she's American) and is "unfortunate" enough to speak perfect French. I could go on and on...

It may be too simplistic, but in many such cases, I think it could simply be a matter of a petty bureaucrat, in a position to exercise power over others, and doing so in an exceedingly clumsy manner. Sort of like the treatment you might get at the DMV. It hasn't stopped me, or any of the people who had bad experiences, from travelling. Yet.

BTW, as an atheist, I find this quote from (someone claiming to be) the immigration officer, particularly worrying:

'is living together as man and wife outside of marriage within your religious beliefs? What address was (Beate) KILLGUSS going
to? Was it your home address? Have you two lived together before? Where
would she sleep?

Being that numerous mentions are made to religious beliefs and ties with
Miss KILLGUSS then she would be in a position of espousing certain Moral
Principles. Have you two also violated these principles? Are you asking
for money from others so that you might sooner engage in acitvity that
your religions classify as immoral? Your christian readers might not
want to subsidize fornication. Please let them know exactly what
activity is being funded here.

Even if the two of you might not be fornicating, I am sure that your
religions require you try to live your lives as an example to others.
What example is displayed when two unmarried adults, claiming to be in
love, reside together. Do you honestly believe that this does not cause
others to suspect immoral behaviour thus diminishing your ability to set
a good example? Is this activity in line with Trevor's noted respect for
Miss KILLGUSS' Missionary Parents?'

This is from the comments on this entry: http://landofthefree.blogspot.com/archives/2003_11_02_landofthefree_archive.html#106830868255242656 .

I find this quite scary; did the officer punish her in reaction to his own extreme religious views?

Last night I found myself on the phone with the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Immigration and Border Protection, DHS.

JOI, I think you will find this development interesting. Have you read what Barry Carter posted to the comments section of the blog?

Crazy Stuff!

By the way I was very interested in your post about Identity - Japanese Culture. Identity is the topic of the day, everyday in our house.

I was in Atlanta with Beate my history is diferent because
While it carried out my migratory procedure of checkup in the Airport of
Atlanta, I proceeded to complete the information that it was required in the respective form American, in which I referred my previous continuance in the United States, registering information if there is worked.

To proceed the official of migration to the interview and to ask me that
ratified and expanded the relative information al employment, it determined the cancellation of visa and the remission to the Jail of the County Kennesaw Police, permitting me to do a telephone call and protecting me in the airport in a small room with bath, chambers of video and with air conditioned very high, by space of two hours approximately before being carriedThe jail of the County of Kennesaw.

Already in the jail, I could not carry out more telephone calls by existing only the possibility of doing calls by charging. I remained in these installations by space of two days after which I undertook flight of return to El Salvador, again using my ticket of return with the air line Delta.

The day that they carried me to the airport for my return to El Salvador,
attending called of the agent of authority I descended quickly of the
stateroom in which found me resting, that has an approximate height of two
meters without railings of security to descend, falling al I am used,
causing me the blow of the fall a severe pain in the right arm, the side and the back, for which I demandedMedical, for which I was carried at the hospital, but only I received soothing for muscular
relaxation, not being submitted to a more adequate medical evaluation given
the seriousness of the pain presented.

Already of return in El Salvador, I sought medical aid, which has been
offered for the optional one Efraín Ernesto Rosales Carías, who al to
examine me details the following finds:

- Floating contusion of ribs left - subdislocate 6ª. And 7ª. Left rib -
contusion and desalineament of vertebral body from T6 to T12 - desalineament of T12 - subdislocate of right radio: with incomplete angles of pronation-
supination

For which it suggests radiological evaluation, which rules out fractures and cracks, confirming the presence of espondiloartrosis and osteofitos previous of the column, toraco- lumbar and escoliosis to the left, for which suggests
corresponding processing.

To my return al country and then if there is sought medical attention, since the pain remained affecting my health, I have visited also different offices requesting support to denounce the humiliation of the one that was object, first by agents of authority in the airport of Atlanta, who they treated me like delinquent, being canceled its visa, shackling me, then carrying me to a jail that served to harbor criminals and finally, denying me an adequate
oneMedical in spite of the gravity of the blows received by the fall of the
stateroom in the interior of the Jail of the County.
I claim justice.

I work for Legacy Immigration, now the Customs and Border Protection. I assure you that we never detain anyone for 20 hours without food. If anything the detainees eat better than we do and this is not an exaggeration. However the way that the story was written was. As far as taking her jewelry, we do this for the protection of the detainee, what use could we possibly have in taking someone's personal effects. Administrative cases are never detained in the same cell as criminal cases, so for her claim that she was detained with criminals, this is just another exaggeration of truth. All detainees are handcuffed when transported, this is for officer safety. How many times have the police heard it wasn't me? I would like to write more, but I have to go to work. If anyone is interested in my writing, post a response and I would be more than happy to reply.
Thank you

Wedding bells or deportation cells
Marriage condition absurd, some say

Pam Zubeck ran a new article on This situation and the similar story of Tom Menzer, in the Monday 12 Jan 04 edition of the Gazette.

Read it at www.landofthefree.blogspot.com

It would seem that border security has become "excessive". Possibly even paranoid. Wonder why? How would you handle the problem? What "is" the problem? Should you protect or defend? Whos rights are more important? Who should you worry about offending? Who should you appease? Who should be held responsible? Freedom....hmmmm.

it appears that canadians with no criminal history cant drive across the border to visit americans {thanksgiving dinner} without being banned for 5 years....true story i have all the pages from this ordeal {via fax} since she cant come to me anymore, for the next 5 years...without spending 2 to 20 years in prison lol....just a small visit cristmas shopping and to see a sick friend turned into this huge mess....keep in mind she has no criminal record witch they found out about in hour 1 of the 4 and ahalf hour interigation....greg i am trying to send this to you...i have case # and all pages if you would like to see.....twisting answers around and not writing full responces ....who knows...maybe you can help in this matter?....i have sent copys to barbera boxer...and dianne feinstien they both were very interested....also the dept. of trade and relations...they will get there fax of all docs. monday morning....keep in mind this just happened sat. before thankgiving...4 day holiday...i have more guestions for you after and if i hear from you...have a good day

As a legacy Customs (now CBP) try reading the INA (Immigration and Naturalization Act). No border officer wants to be hauled up before a Senate Committee for admitting someone who shouldn't have been. It has happened to the officers who admitted the 9/11 hijackers. Just because you have a visa to the US doesn't mean that you have a right to come in. The only people who have that right are US citizens.

You know what happened to me a few moths ago. I was banned after they Googled me. Here is more:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1894227,00.asp
http://hoder.com/weblog/archives/014729.shtml

just check this one out

www.hutwitina.com

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