Two and a half years ago, I had the utter pleasure of spending three hours in the bar at Readercon with science fiction writers, David Edelman and Peter Watts. Peter was articulate and amusing, incredibly knowledgeable on many subjects, and a delightful companion. We've kept in touch intermittently since then, and every time we e-mail, it's been a lovely conversation.
But now, Peter is in trouble, and it's entirely not his fault. Our insane, idiotic attempts to keep the United States "safe from terrorists" (notice the irony dripping from my words) have resulted in Peter being wrongly arrested at the Michigan border, pepper-sprayed, beaten, and jailed in a freezing cold cell. All Peter did was ask a question about why he was being stopped, and this is what he gets...
Now, Peter needs help. He's a critically acclaimed science fiction writer, but critically acclaimed doesn't translate into financial success. He needs a defense fund, and anything you can donate to help correct this utter atrocity will be well worth your money. You're not fighting just for Peter's rights--you're fighting for your own rights.
Please consider donating to help him. And if you're a United States citizen, particularly if you live in Michigan, please consider writing to your congressional representatives and lodging complaints on Peter's behalf. The more volume this gets, the better it will be for him.