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Monday, April 07, 2003
      ( 10:41 AM )
Attention Shoppers: You Have Now Officially Exchanged Your Rights For Your (imaginary) Security. Please Proceed to the Customer Service Stand to Return Your Civil Rights

Here in Oregon, a software engineer, Mike Hawash, is being held secretly - no charges against him, his bail has been denied. He is a US CITIZEN, he was arrested at his office at Intel, taken away and held incommunicado from his family and without counsel. Supposedly, he is being held as "material witness." In response to our Senator Ron Widen's inquiry into the matter, all that could be offered was that Hawash was not being held by the Defense Department as an "unlawful enemy combatant." Hawash has an established life and family here in Portland, a good reputation and is lauded by all of his co-workers at Intel. This is not only a SHAM, it's a SHAME. It's also no comfort that he's not being held by the Defense Dept, after what I saw on 60 Minutes last night about the treatment the Justice Department gave to Arab detainees after 9/11. This is just disgusting.

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