by Chris Hedges
March 30, 2009
U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema is scheduled to issue a ruling in the Eastern District of Virginia at the end of April in a case that will send a signal to the Muslim world and beyond whether the American judicial system has regained its independence after eight years of flagrant manipulation and intimidation by the Bush administration. Brinkema will decide whether the Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian, held for over six years in prison and under house arrest in Virginia since Sept 2, is guilty or innocent of two counts of criminal contempt.
Brinkema’s ruling will have ramifications that will extend far beyond Virginia and the United States. The trial of Al-Arian is a cause célèbre in the Muslim world. A documentary film was made about the case in Europe. He has become the poster child for judicial abuse and persecution of Muslims in the United States by the Bush administration. The facts surrounding the trial and imprisonment of the former university professor have severely tarnished the integrity of the American judicial system and made the government’s vaunted campaign against terrorism look capricious, inept and overtly racist.
Chris Hedges, who is an Arabic speaker and spent seven years in the Middle East, was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times.
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The depraved, carnal, violent, materialistic global culture of eu-nato is being pushed everywhere with devasting consequences for people both in nigeria and detroit. And mch of the culture we witness is corporate funded and controlled being a false reality. This applies to Muslims as well.
Whatever happened to presumed innocent until proven guilty? What the US government is engaging in is criminal. It can only be hoped that the good professor can secure damages against the US in Civil Court (assuming any court in the US is still “civil”).