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One Satellite One Vote


When a satellite exploded over the Ukraine, it seemed to affect only the life of one person

on Earth, Chris Yenko, of Chicago.


Everyone else went about their normal daily lives. When 21-year-old Chris Yenko was

stopped by the police for running a red light, the police computer check showed that the

car he was driving was stolen from a garage in Mexico, that he had five outstanding

warrants for bank robberies in Portugal, and that he was under investigation in the

country of Georgia for ordering a mob hit on a prominent journalist.


Chris Yenko had never stepped foot outside the state of Illinois.


Nonetheless, he spent two years in a immigrant detention facility, most of the time in

shackles and solitary confinement, until the government managed to send up another

satellite to replace the one that had exploded and that new satellite successfully cleared

Chris's name. It was another three years before the immigration authorities released him

from detention, but when they did they gave him a very sincere apology.



[Originally published in NHS 2010, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs10/index.html.]