Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Why is NOBODY talking about this?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU
RBHam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:22 AM
Original message
Why is NOBODY talking about this?
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 12:23 AM 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.


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.

more... /

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?

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
cantstandbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:36 AM
Response to Original message
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.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:41 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. I agree with you. It's a taboo subject that no one really deals with
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 12:43 AM by IsItJustMe
on the Right or the Left in America
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Oct 19th 2017, 08:42 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC