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

Submitted by RG (United States), Jun 2, 2004 at 08:15

Further to our discussion re Mr. Mayfield, I thought this may be helpful. Again, I stipulate that Mr. Mayfield was wrongly arrested for the Madrid bombing. However, it appears as though Mayfield is not as "squeaky clean" as one may be led to believe. Perhaps the authorities took the aforementioned into consideration as well. In any event, I reiterate that from my perspective it is better to be more cautious rather than less.

In the interest of fairness, I would like to ask the following; I seem to recall an incident early on in the Clinton administration where the Attorney General, Janet Reno, ordered the ATF (Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and the FBI to "bring in for questioning" one David Koresh. You'll recall that Mr. Koresh was an affiliate of the Branch Davidian Church in Waco, Texas. I guess one could make the argument that the government and the attorney general "intimidated" Mr Koresh and the Branch Davidians; the ensuing assault on the compound by the ATF and the FBI killed 83 people including women and children. Where was the ACLU? Where were the other civil rights groups? Mr Koresh was not indicted on any charges and was not wanted for any crime. What about the other 82 people who burned to death? What were their crimes? Do you call this "intimidation" as well?
Were you as outraged by the events in Waco as you are with the current handling of Mr. Mayfield?
Best Regards, RG

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