May 07, 2004
"A regular, run-of-the-mill guy"
Brandon Mayfield, the Muslim convert from Portland, Oregon who has been arrested as a material witness to the Madrid train bombing, has been described as a "regular, run-of-the-mill guy":
Portland attorney Tom Nelson, who described himself as a mentor, said he received a call Thursday afternoon from Mayfield asking for help.
"His wife was in tears because of the way the search was conducted. The FBI apparently hurt things in the house, left things in disarray," Nelson told reporters outside Mayfield's home. "He is a regular, run-of-the-mill guy."
That is not as strange of a characterization as it might at first appear. Maybe Tom Nelson regularly associates himself with bomb-making Jihadists. Oh, wait
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 07, 2004 04:19 PM
They just had a report on Fox News about Curves sports gyms for women which are taking off. No mirrors and no men.
However, Ruth Rosen of the SF Chronicle found out the Christian businessman that owns it supports encouraging and supporting women to carry their pregnancies to full term and that he supposedly gives money to 'pro-life' groups.
She says women who go to the gyms might want to know his views and put pressure on him.
They interviewed her as well.
I do not understand the first comment (it seems a complete non sequitur). I recall that the usual suspects came out in force to support Mr. Hawash who was an Intel software engineer among the "Portland Seven". The local hype was that this was an obvious Ashcroft abuse of an outstanding citizen, but he pleaded guilty and squealed to save his ass from more than the 7 years (if I remember correctly) that he got. We are hearing the same crap now. Even for a lefty lawyer, finger prints at the scene are going to be hard to get dismissed, especially since he has connections with at least one of the convicted seven.
Fingerprints at the scene can be tough, but in this case they are on a shopping bag. It's going to take more than that to tie him to the bombing, although it's certainly a good first step.
He certainly has a hell of a lot of explaining to do about the company he keeps. Go FBI!
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Here is a passage from a local paper which is admittedly not the Oregonian, but since the Oregonian lost my respect decades ago, I will offer it anyway (Portland Tribune 2/10/04):
Hawash's March 2003 arrest stunned his friends, who included several former Intel executives. They quickly organized a series of protests against his being held on a "material witness" warrant for undisclosed reasons. The case received coverage in The New York Times and The Washington Post and became for many critics a symbol of what they contended was U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's unfair pursuit of suspected terrorists.
Even though I try to avoid all coverage of anything but weather and sports on TV, because the coverage is so biased and frankly stupid generally, I could not avoid to see these protests on the local TV stations. The point of my post was not to go after this lawyer. I hope that he gets what he deserves, and I am one of the few in Multnomah County who believe that he will be treated with exceptional fairness. I think that the Portland Seven faired better than they would if I was guest judge (probably why there is no such provision in the law :) ). I would assume that many reading this would peg me as a Republican (never, but certainly never inclined to be a Democrat), or a religious person (again never, at least as an adult). I think that Democrats should be a little worried at how little an ear that I have left for their nonsense. The trouble is even after they get it so wrong, they feel that they can pretend that it never happened. I have degrees in physics from good schools; you simply can't continuously peddle the same garbage to me. Unfortunately, you can to too many (at least around here).
I could use some help here. In some Google searches the wife of one of the convicted Portland Seven seems to have been edited out (some say Portland Six). I think that she is in prison as well. Is this some kind of PC nonsense, or am I just not remembering the facts correctly.