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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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English: Photo of Lynne Stewart by Robert B. L...English: Photo of Lynne Stewart by Robert B. Livingston Friday February 23 Women's Bldg., 3543 18th St. San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Scott Wilson, judgeScott Wilson, judge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: CAIRO. With President of Egypt Hosni ...English: CAIRO. With President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak. Русский: КАИР. С Президентом Египта Хосни Мубараком. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)he U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today confirmed the 2010 decision of Federal District Court Judge John Koeltl to change his 28-month jail sentence for radical attorney and human rights activist, Lynne Stewart, to ten yearsHer crime? Representing the “blind Sheik,” the Egyptian cleric, Omar Abdel Rachman
Stewart issued a press release from her client stating his views on how Egyptian Muslim oppositionists should react to the ongoing crimes and murders of Egypt’s then President Hosni Mubarak.
Stewart was convicted of violating a vaguely-worded court-ordered SAM (Special Administrative Measure) that barred her from revealing her client’s opinions. 
Stewart served as lead counsel for her client along with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who testified on her behalf during the trial. Clark himself had issued similar press releases with no punishment. Indeed, an indignant prosecutor during Stewart’s trial suggested that Clark himself be charged with conspiracy, but his superiors decided that imprisoning the nation’s former top attorney was not yet in their game plan and the suggestion was ignored.
( Apparently, 70 years old is prime sacrificial lamb
Stewart, like so many others, but perhaps among the first tier, was a victim of the government-promoted malicious and murderous “war on terror” aimed at stifling all dissent and imprisoning the innocent to justify its wars against working people at home and against the oppressed and exploited across the globe.

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