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  •  I just saw CNN at 6AM... (4.00)
    and last night on Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO's 11PM news, and on and on ... and today's WaPo Page A01 (while the MI6 leaked "smoking gun" transcript aka "memo" got Page A18 last week).

    The hunters are everywhere, rifles raised, bullets in mid-air.  

    The herd is running, leaving its gimp behind.

    Perhaps, the herd wonders, if we camouflage ourselves as hunters, and carry big guns, we'll avoid the same fate.

    It is The Fear of Being the Next Maher Arar.

    The herd hopes it's safe by joining the rightwing/Pentagon attack on Newsweek.

    Naomi Klein writes about the honor that Arar received from the Canadian CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). Klein notes, "The audience gave him a heartfelt standing ovation, but there was fear mixed in with the celebration":

    Many of the prominent community leaders kept their distance from Arar, responding to him only tentatively. Some speakers were unable even to mention the honored guest by name, as if he had something they could catch. And perhaps they were right: The tenuous "evidence"--later discredited--that landed Arar in a rat-infested cell was guilt by association. And if that could happen to Arar, a successful software engineer and family man, who is safe?

    If that can happen to Newsweek, who is safe?

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Mon May 16, 2005 at 06:12:59 AM PDT

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