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TWO MOOR EXAMPLES

This was the case that was nagging away in the back of my mind while I was writing 'The Usual Suspects'; I had a vague memory of a C4 or BBC documentary about the whole farrago, but it took me a while to re-assemble the (f)actual details. A longer version here. (You might remember it: it was the originary 'guilty until proven innocent' case where, because the guys were Middle Eastern AND had video tapes of tourist destinations including Disneyland and Las Vegas, ergo, 2+2=boom, rather than the dull truth, which was that they were indeed just tourist video tapes of a student holiday.)

And this is a new case I stumbled across in the process, where two sixteen year old girls (!) are the latest terrorist masterminds to be caught in the Homeland Security trawl.

“They are being held under secret evidence that some FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials admit is baseless,” the New York office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stated in a prepared release.
To date, no evidence has been cited by officials.

What I didn't notice at first is the other factor it has in common with the Batiste case: the two girls, one is a Guinean immigrant, the other purportedly an "illegal" immigrant from Bangladesh (although this is being denied). Three or four of the Batiste defendants are immigrants from Haiti. You'd almost think the Govt was deliberately targeting isolated, weaker individuals who, if the bigger case falls through they can always fall back on "well they shouldnt have been here in the first place" and deport them for spite or something ...

posted by Ian 6/27/2006 02:03:00 PM

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