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Thursday, April 24, 2003  

Support Mike Hawash

Fellow Oregon blogger Emma of Notes on the Atrocities is very concerned about Maher "Mike" Hawash, the American citizen of Arab descent being detained without much explanation here in Portland. Hawash is now being held in solitary confinement, usually reserved for prisoners who have broken the rules or become violent. There is no evidence Hawash has done either. The bare-knuckled treatment may be intended to get him to implicate himself with the Portland Six, who are accused of attempting to aid Al Qaida. Five of them traveled to China in an alleged effort to enter Afghanistan last year. The most damning evidence against them so far is from an informant with credibility problems.

Emma has asked that people in the area join a protest at the federal courthouse April 29th. However, you don't have to live in Puddletown to protest Hawash's inprisonment without charges. Other cities are also planning rallies on his behalf.

To learn more about the Hawash case, visit Emma's blog and this site set up by Mike's friends.

I haven't said much about the Hawash case because it has been covered so well by other bloggers. I will have more to say about it, and the Portland Six, in the future.

6:08 PM