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Circumstantial evidence

Reader comment on item: [Brandon Mayfield Case:] "If You Are Muslim, You Are Suspect"

Submitted by Lynda Christian (United States), Jun 12, 2004 at 11:45

...One of the reasons our country is a beacon of freedom is that we are allowed to hold unpopular ideas without being locked up for them. (In fact, over one-half of the country is opposed to the Patriot Act.) Also, he apparently prayed in the wrong Mosque. What would happen if churches and synagogues were to be investigated as to the social views of their clergy and those who worshipped there were to be presumed to hold the same views? Our interest in state security cannot be a reason to lock people up for their associations and their ideas. By the way, it later came to light that his fingerprints did not match the fingerprints in the Madrid bombing.
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