I. Am.

Coming home.

More tomorrow.

This entry was written by Peter Watts , posted on Monday April 26 2010at 12:04 pm , filed under Squidgate . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

83 Responses to “I. Am.”

  1. […] Watts free Posted on 15:42, April 26th, 2010 by Alex In his own (brief) words David Nickle’s […]

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  3. […] David Nickle's Blog, Judge Adair saw fit to spare Peter Watts any jail time. Mr. Watts himself wrote in his blog, "I. Am. Coming home." This lack of jail time is conditional on Mr. Watts paying $1700 […]

  4. Home – what a relief.

  5. Congratulations Peter! I’m glad this is behind you now, and it all worked out much better than it could have. Still, that’s quite a bill they reamed you with for the pleasure of a beat-down and a blinding. But, again, could have been so much worse.

    All the best! To celebrate, I have commissioned a new batch of official Watts fanart!

  6. I’m relieved for you, Peter.

  7. By the blasted hells, I’m glad to hear that. I was busy at a con all weekend and nearly broke a glass when I read the previous post a second ago. Just glad you made it out of there. Be well Petter.

  8. Good.

  9. Peter, I am delighted to hear that you won’t have to go to jail. Take it easy for a while. I guess this mess was quite an ordeal.

    One report said that you said nothing when asked if you had any comments. You did the right thing. That’s quite dignified and fully appropriate..
    Best George

  10. Yes.

  11. Peter, we are glad you didn’t have to do jail time on top of everything else that has happened to you. Best wishes,

  12. PRAISE DARWIN.

    Peter, I am so glad to hear this. I find it astonishing that this has elicited anything more than a note in some courtroom backlog and a shovelful of demerits towards a few certain border security types.

    I wish you’d visit in San Diego but I don’t see you as eager to visit our fair(ly stupid) country again soon. We won’t take it personally.

  13. Congratulations! Thats great to hear. I’m excited to hear all about it!

  14. Dr. Watts, it is great to hear that you’re still swimming free!

  15. I’m so glad you’re home free.

  16. Fucking. Sweet.

  17. Hell yeah. You could hear the tension bubble popping after this announcement.

    Although, you will miss out on the cervantesian writer cred of “wrote this in prison.” :-)

  18. Hooray!

  19. Good to hear Peter
    God save us all from petty little men with a bit of power, backed up by a system that has a near pathological need to exert its authority no matter what .
    I suppose the moral of the story is,that if some twit border guard treats you with total disrespect you had better dare not call him on it. Indeed if push comes to shove ,like the police, border guards will close ranks and lie to protect themselves… little men indeed !
    Again glad to hear your home,that said the whole experience must be very hard to swallow , on top of it all & to add insult to injury they rob you !

  20. Great News! Please make it known if you need any more money to get out of this without further problems.

  21. Excellent!

  22. This is a real relief, I’m so happy to hear that!
    All the best!

  23. That is indeed GOOD NEWS!

  24. Phew… Congrats! At last a shred of sanity in this torrent of madness.

  25. PHHT:

    WATTS WON’T SERVE TIME
    Writer avoids jail in border dispute by paying fines

    etc.

    May not be online yet.

  26. Very pleased to hear this new. One more travesty in this story would have been unbearable.

  27. Welcome home Peter. Great that it’s finally over, that’s what’s important right now.

    The fact that you had to go through it all still sucks though – like an old-fashioned heavy-duty Hoover.

  28. Excellent! Glad to hear it!

  29. YAY!

    So glad and relieved for you.

  30. Great news Peter. Congrats! At least some sanity prevailed.

  31. Glad to hear it.

  32. Yay!!

    (cheated and read link to D. Nickle’s blog posted in comments to prev. post)

  33. Anarchy burger!
    (hold the Government!)

  34. What I wanna know:

    So, um, anyone going to go find Jim Grinder online and go NEENER NEENER NEENER?

  35. Congratulations! I’m so glad someone finally saw the light of reason.

  36. I just saw the news in the G&M. This is excellent. I’m very happy for you. I’m angry that it happened, but happy that the result is not as odious as it might have been.

  37. Congratulations.

    As an American, I’m still embarrassed at my country’s laws, and have sent a contribution towards the fines.

  38. congratulations from an avid reader in Brazil !

  39. Peter, I’m glad you’re coming home. I’m not happy with how things turned out, nor my country’s Orwellian laws. Mostly I am a supporter of the rule of law. Not always does the rule of coincide with justice. This was not justice. I am glad you are free and home. If we can co-locate sometime I will gladly by you a beer or five.

  40. I couldn’t have been happier or more relieved.
    It’s a beautiful Tuesday, catch some sunshine if you can.

  41. Great News!
    Great Day!
    Congratulations Peter !!!!

  42. Were the donations enough to cover the court fees?

  43. While I am glad Peter avoided being an involuntary guest of the State of Michigan, I am not best pleased.

    Madeline Ashby has submitted a request for a pardon to the Governor of Michigan. You might think of doing the same. Instructions at:

    http://www.escapingthetrunk.net/?tag=save-the-squid

    Remember, when dealing with government officials with a track record of indifference towards issues of justice, flies, honey, vinegar, etc. Keep in mind that Governor’s pardons are really a matter of whimsy on the part of the official, so hope to get her in a good mood.

  44. Awesome!

  45. I am so glad to hear this- it’s so good to finally hear some GOOD news related to this nightmare.

    I really wish there was some path to justice, or at least prosecution of the offending officers for assault and perjury, but it is good to know that at least you are home with your cats, and haven’t lost all your beer money.

  46. Glad to hear this. Hope they don’t beat you up again as you try to leave.

  47. Looking forward to your confirmation that the reports/implications in previous posts are correct and that you actually have back your life.You will know what to do with it.

  48. Check it, my peeps –
    http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20100427/NEWS01/4270308

    Port Huron Herald has changed its tune:

    Circuit Judge James Adair said Peter Watts was the kind of guy with whom he’d like to share a beer and conversation.

    “Sir, you’ve been a puzzle for me throughout (the case),” Adair said Monday before sentencing the Toronto author.

    Peter, you’re a puzzlement. I love it!

  49. Hljóðlegur, those quotes are amazing.

  50. Glad to read this Peter…..well, glad there’s no jail time; ridiculous you cannot travel to US any more.

  51. As I said in the previous post’s comments – Glad to hear that a measure of sanity has appeared, and that you’re still on the loose. Looking forward to hearing the details when you have the energy…

  52. @Alehkhs – I know, can you believe it?

    That The Herald chose to run them as the lead-in paragraphs is a complete turn-around from their previous characterization of him as a cop-choking frothing-at-the-mouth menace that even pepper-spray could not bring down. Whence the change, I wonder.

  53. Finally, someone in the U.S. justice system with a modicum of common sense.

  54. Mr. Watts, congrats on not going to jail and on writing such excellent fiction (Blindsight gave me a grin that nearly unhinged my jaw). Be well and thanks for the inspiration.

  55. Peter, I’m so relieved for you. Mazel tov!

  56. Hyas mamook kloshe, what a relief.

  57. As an ashamed American, I wish that Canadians would avoid travelling to the U.S. If fewer Canadians headed south to Florida, Texas, Arizona, and other warm weather spots on account of the mistreatment of Peter Watts. The language of boycott is something that the powers that be in the United States may understand, especially in a recession.

  58. Peter, sorry my government treated you like crap. Glad the judge did what he could do.

    I’m not an immigration lawyer, but I am a lawyer, and if you want a few hours of free time to see what exceptions there are to travel to the US in light of the felony (hardship, etc.), I’d be happy to put in a couple. I’m my own boss, so I don’t need anyone’s approval for this. Of course, if you’ve got that part organized, just accept my good wishes.

  59. Hopefully, this is the end of the ordeal.

    This was very upsetting for all involved and even those tangentially involved, I’m sure.

    Hopefully, the ACLU will get some traction addressing these very suspect legal loopholes around civil rights and common sense.

  60. Great news!

  61. Hey Peter,

    Just want to add my congratulations for the news. Liked your work for a while although I’ve only read a bit of it so far (will be getting more soon).

    Can’t believe how far this nonsense has gone and I’m glad it’s finally over for you now.

    Best wishes

    Ben

  62. Congratulations, Peter, from a portuguese fan. :)

    “Circuit Judge James Adair said Peter Watts was the kind of guy with whom he’d like to share a beer and conversation.”

    This quote says it all, really.

  63. Our governor is Canadian herself, you think she’d have some sort of vestigial native sympathy and grant some pardonings.

  64. @Cookie McCool: You can write a letter to the Governor requesting a pardon. See my previous post, and be nice!

  65. I am pleased to hear that you got at least this much – no jail time. Best of luck.

  66. I live in Port Huron, but stopped reading the Times Herald long ago. Anyway, I went on the site today to post an upcoming event I’m organizing on their calendar. I noticed the article about the sentence and looked in to the matter a bit. I never heard of you or the case before today. So you know, I’ll probably read your books now. There is a lot of information on the web and I have a lot to read to figure out why U.S. border guards were involved if you were returning to Canada. I cross the border several times a week and this makes no sense to me. I’ve recently been investigating a local cabal with members in power positions which I’ve been advised to avoid the cross hairs of. There is indeed a local octopus with a common purpose. Just thought I’d let you know, at least this ordeal has succeeded in selling a book or two to me.

  67. If you need to get into the US illegally, I know some people. Seriously :)

  68. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT

  69. Hljóðlegur quoted: “‘Sir, you’ve been a puzzle for me throughout (the case),” Adair said Monday before sentencing the Toronto author.’ and then said: “Peter, you’re a puzzlement. I love it!”

    It’s all of the Squidly ways…

  70. Also, nice to see that rag of a newspaper change it’s tune so quick.

  71. Ok, I don’t have that kind of attention span…why were the u.s. border guards encountering somebody returning to canada?

  72. Allister01 said: “…nice to see that rag of a newspaper change it’s tune so quick” Indeed. However some of the commentators are the usual suspects…still chasing the Squid…

  73. I quit bitching on the Times Herald at the trolls. You can’t fix stupid, no matter how hard you try.

  74. Attention to Americans posting here:
    http://fija.org/

  75. Not to be Mr. Cranky-Pants but I’m still pissed. I’m glad you didn’t go to jail Peter, but the suspended sentence is good news the way it’s good news when a bully stops punching you. You feel kind of euphoric and irrationally grateful, but really?

    And $60 for victim’s rights? *Man*, they have a cruel sense of humour in that state. I mean, I know they don’t hand the money to Andrew Beaudry, but even conceptually it’s surreal.

    Nonetheless, I’m very relieved that the insanity didn’t go further than it did. Welcome home, dude.

  76. Lessons learned about our rights and obligations in a democratic society:

    1) Citizens have the right to refer to the Police as “jack booted thugs” and “fascists”.
    2) Defense lawyers have an obligation to characterize the Police as “bald faced liars”.
    3) Police Officers have the legal right to issue certain orders when dealing with citizens. This privilege granted to Police Officers is called the “Rule of Law” and is backed up by centuries of Common and Statute Law.
    3) Citizens have many legal rights.
    4) Citizens also have legal obligations such as the requirement to obey a legal order and to cooperate with Police Officers.

    Did you forget about that last one Peter?

  77. So, I just wanted to weigh in with a nicely positive, neat little story-why? Cause I was one of the nes guilty of seriously negative vibes! Hey, you only have to read three or four character witness descriptions, to understand, this here Peter Watts is a pretty decent dude. And hey, my change of mind or brain comes from my family-I have a hardcore athiest brother, and a hardcore Fundamentalist Christian sister-the rest of my family is sprinkled with Liberal Christians (who also don’t believe in an invisible sky guy), some now dead relatives who read the Bible everyday, but refused to go to church, and so on.

    Basic fact is, I was on a hate thing, because I flat out anbd near totally disagree with his views-scientific or otherwise-shit, we need something better than ‘beliefs or ‘views’. Anyways, that’s simply intolerably stupid. High school retarded, if you ask me. And geez-I’ve never even read his books (something to soon be rectified-start with a free one, and then try buying-does he accept money orders?). For me, as an aspiring writer, the idea of an alien intelligence that’s potentially smarter than us, but does not posess things like free will and such, is, from a writer’s perspective, really effin’ cool.

    Anyways, He’s hung in there, and proven himself, so now I feels a bit embarassed. Do I still agree with his views? Not one wit. Not a bit, and never shall I. But that’s ALL. I never really liked the persona of Asimov-heard to many horror stories of how he handled women-but dang it, I grew up on the guy-more his science books and early stories-so what of his personal life and the way he sees things?

    Good luck on you, Mr. Watts, from a former hater-ah crap, I feel the fan thing coming on. And hey, maybe he’ll get a book out of this-that would seriously rock! Also, I’m crying not fair-an athiest (that’s what he is, right?) actually changing my views, without even being there? Horrible! I doth protest.

    But only meekly. Gonna go look his stuff up. Keep at, Mr. Watts, Peter, we need the dissenting voice.

  78. uh, whoops-whatnheck is ‘nes guilty’? Sheesh.

  79. pps-apologies for horrid typos-pride myself on that-also, I shall indeed be hoisting a bevvie of the beverage for ya. After all, Jesus turned the water into wine (I guess he did one good thing-if he actually existed)…man, his blood alcohol content must’ve been insane…anyways, nuff! Outta here!

  80. Barry, Peter’s rights were totally violated by the dirty cops and the Judge.
    What is wrong with you ? You read like a totalitarian.Cheney and little
    Bush stooge should be in prison for setting up a police state after 9-11.
    Most of you sheeple seem to think it’s great that Peter wasn’t gassed.
    If this is government, we don’t need it. I’m going to reread Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Murray Rothbard’s great anarcho-capitalist work
    For A New Liberty. Canada is terrible too, going to prison for doubting
    the standard WW2 atrocity stories……But US cops are right out of Berlin,
    circa 1930s. I’m joining the anti-government movement here in the states. Those border guards are criminal thugs, PERIOD.

  81. Maybe Peter’s ordeal will help shed light on the persecution of scientists and atheists…for daring to speak their mind…

  82. So relieved to hear that. Best wishes to you and yours.

  83. Congratulations and fuck yes!