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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Man Charged in Alleged Plot to Kill Bush
I wasn't going to read this story when I saw it on the Drudge Report but I decided to look into it a bit more. The gist: "Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, a U.S. citizen, made an initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court but did not enter a plea." Three things stuck in my craw (I think that's the first time I've ever written that phrase):
  1. He was detained in Saudi Arabia and claims to have been tortured. ... And? ... 'Uh, your honor, I was tortured and, as such, under US Statute 7564.34B, I get a free shot at the President. Can I go now?'
  2. But then U.S. Magistrate Liam O'Grady comes back with this: "I can assure you you will not suffer any torture or humiliation while in the (U.S.) marshals' custody." What is that? I'm not sure what point O'Grady was trying to make here but in my court we don't make pseudo-apologies to accused assassins.
  3. And this sentence reminds me what we're up against, "More than 100 supporters of Abu Ali crowded the courtroom and laughed when the charge was read aloud alleging that he conspired to assassinate Bush."
These people - and I'm not sure how to define "these people" - are sure they are right, are unconcerned about anyone who doesn't agree with them, and are willing to do anything to further their cause. They must be fought and defeated.

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