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RBHam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 11:22 PM
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Why is NOBODY talking about this?
Edited on Thu Mar-09-06 11:23 PM by RBHam
What are we scared of?

Federal hearing angers civil liberties advocates
Secrecy shrouds proceedings on man accused of Hamas money laundering

CHICAGO - A hearing is taking place at the federal courthouse that has all the intrigue of a spy novel Israeli agents, disguises and allegations of torture. But that intrigue is being kept far from the public eye: Two security guards block the public and press from entering the closed courtroom, a move that has raised many eyebrows and incensed some civil liberties advocates.

The pretrial hearing involves Muhammad Salah, a Bridgeview, Ill., man charged with laundering money for the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Salah was arrested in Israel in 1993 and confessed but says he was tortured into giving that confession.

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I dont believe serving the interest of a foreign intelligence agency is high priority for the American people, said Ahmed Rehab, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago. A higher priority is a fair and open trial guaranteed in the Constitution.

Over defense objections, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled in January that she would close the courtroom for the Israeli agents, offer heavy security and permit them the use of pseudonyms and light disguises.

Salah can remain in the courtroom during the testimony and his attorneys can cross-examine the witnesses, although he wont know the agents true identities. Salahs attorneys objected, arguing that their client has a constitutional right found in the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment to confront his accusers.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11750153 /

Does this man have the same rights you do to face his accusers and have a fair trial? Or were his rights declared null and void on 9-11?

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cantstandbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 11:36 PM
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1. We all know why no one is talking about this. Most don't know about it
and if they do they wouldn't dare mention it on DU for fear of being labeled an anti-semite because of exposing our hypocrisy when it comes to Israel. Remember, Israeli interests trump our Constitution.
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 11:41 PM
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2. I agree with you. It's a taboo subject that no one really deals with
Edited on Thu Mar-09-06 11:43 PM by IsItJustMe
on the Right or the Left in America
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