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VP Fights for Detainee
by Douglas Chick
An Intel Programmer taken by
the government and held in a maximum-security prison as a material witness
without being charged in a crime. The
Department of Justice has required a federal court to seal this programmers
case. He has only limited access to his family and lawyer. Authorities have
detained at least 44 other material witnesses in probes following the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks, according to an investigation
by The Washington Post. According to The Washington Post's
November investigation, at least 44 people have been arrested and detained
as material witnesses in post-Sept. 11 terrorist probes. The paper was
unable to determine hard numbers because of secrecy surrounding the cases.
understand that this may or may not be an unfortunate case where an
Arab-American has been wrongly persecuted by the government.
These days with little reason to trust our own government, we are
confronted with a choice between freedom or personal safety. The question
remains; how much of your American freedom are you willing to relinquish to
keep from family from being a victim of a suicide bombing? Certainly the
government doesn't have Maher "Mike" Hawash (Intel Programmer) in
custody because he is Arabic? There must have some grounds for his
abduction, right? I hope so because George Bush quoted as being on a mission
for God, I'm becoming a little nervous. With that in mind all I can do is
trust that the government is doing what they can to keep me and my family
safe. Otherwise...at the moment I don't want to think of another scenario.
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