February 2005

February 17, 2005
No Defense

The conviction of Lynne F. Stewart for providing material aid to terrorism and for lying to the government is another perverse victory in the Justice Department’s assault on the Constitution. Ms. Stewart, the lawyer who was convicted last week of five felonies, will be disbarred and faces up to 30 years in jail. (more…)

To the editor:

I would like to make an important correction to the article on Dr. Dhafir’s trial. Laura Van Wert said I “do not deny the court’s decision”. I totally disagree with the verdict the jury reached. The defense provided more than ample evidence for “reasonable doubt” on all charges. But Dr. Dhafir was never afforded the right of being held “innocent until proven guilty”. (more…)

On the trial: Graduate student takes 17-week leave to follow Dhafir case
By Laura Van Wert
Published: 2/22/2005

The trial of Dr. Rafil Dhafir ended last week, when the jury convicted him of 59 of 60 charges, among them defrauding Medicare and illegally aiding Iraq through his charity, Help the Needy. (more…)

Letter to the Post-Standard

People of Faith Prayed for Dr. Rafil Dhafir and Witnessed his Trial

For fourteen weeks of trial and one week of summation, religious leaders, people of faith, and justice-seekers gathered by ones, twos, or more at the Federal Building plaza to pray for Dr. Rafil Dhafir and the trial proceedings, as well as for our nation and the world. (more…)

The Lynne Stewart Guilty Verdict: Stretching the Definition of “Terrorism” To Its Limits
Monday, Feb. 14, 2005

On February 10, after thirteen days of deliberations, a federal jury in New York City returned a guilty verdict in the case of 65-year-old attorney Lynne Stewart. The jury found Stewart guilty on five counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and providing support for terrorism. (more…)

I have observed some parallels between Vaclav Havel in Czechoslovakia and Dr. Rafil Dhafir here in the United States. I believe the similarities I perceive warrant examination and I invite others to consider them. (more…)

The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled the Bill of Rights
Elaine Cassel

Lawrence Hill Books 2004

A “must read” as soon as possible. (more…)

OPINION | February 11, 2005

Jettisoning the rule of law to permit such acts of evil as kidnapping and torture is not a defensible policy for a civilized nation.

From: The New York Times

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