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Color Blind Justice

Reader comment on item: Maher Hawash: The Terrorist Next Door

Submitted by A. Callaghan (Canada), Aug 14, 2003 at 12:34

Within the past several months the United States did make its biggest terrorist arrest, by nabbing Mr. Eric Rudolph.

I was disgusted to see that only days after the arrest Mr. Rudolph had been officially charged, and given access to an attorney. Of course this is a man we know (or suspect we know) has killed people and evaded law enforcement (with the help of many sympathetic neighbours and townspeople) and yet we extend to him all the rights and privledges afforded an American citizen under the law.

Maher Hawash charged with "conspiring to help the taliban" was immediately secreted away, not charged, not allowed access to an attorney. What the "help" he was providing we are left unaware.

Presuming that both men are guilty (which we've already done) in a brief comparison of their experiences with law enforcement, it's good to see that justice is truly color blind.

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