‘Material Support’ for Terrorism

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The Glenn Greenwald post today on LRC is important if for nothing else it reminds us of the dual standard of “law” in the USA. How many times have we seen someone prosecuted by the U.S. Department of “Justice” for “material support of terrorism” when it was clear that the charges themselves were false or greatly exaggerated? Yet, we see in Greenwald’s column that the very person — Michael Mukasey, former U.S. Attorney General — who was instrumental in bringing these prosecutions goes overseas to engage in behavior that would land mere “mundanes” (as Will Grigg so aptly puts it) in prison for life.

It is instrumental to note that not only are these people trying to drag this country into even more war, but that they do it by working openly with a group listed by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist” organization. This is something that Mukasey’s people would have loved to prosecute, since there could be no real defense, and many innocent people have found themselves being charged and imprisoned for much, much, much less than what Mukasey openly is doing. (Read about the Sami Al-Arian imprisonment and you will get a better understanding of the DOJ double standard at work.)

7:10 am on January 6, 2011
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