Chances are there are enough Americans, who reading that a two-bit punk rolled a stolen car and got killed was thought to be turning his life around , might even wished he had. Even in the darkest corner of the most cynical hearts there's always an ember of hope.
But what are we to think of a case when someone, having fraudulently gained citizenship gets a slap on the wrist. What are we to think of a case where someone, a fundraiser for Hezbollah, has enough juice to be able to insert an asset into a leveraged position in that domain of the US government that deals with crime and militant terrorism. What kind of leverage does a person need to do that. http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/19463/sec_id/19463
(Sure, just one case, I know. But it's fire, not dry ice. Sure, just another case..."no mai yob". Sure, just another blade closer to your throat.)
We won't hear this at our mass wakes, but believe me; people will be asking how it happened.)
That young corpse might have made it through probation's and paroles, maybe, just maybe, he could have a life of meaning for someone else.
But Nada Nadine Prouty nee: Al Aour, from a family bloodline in bloodletting managed to become employed by the FBI and the CIA.
Not until her brother-in-law Talal Chahine was indicted for money-laundering did anyone even raise an eye-brow. Maybe it was the adherence to her religion of peace that mollified the various personnel offices.
In a few short words of Debbie Schlossel, http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2008/05/outrage_hezboll_1.html
"Prouty engaged in a sham marriage to gain U.S. citizenship--that's immigration fraud, then infiltrated the FBI and CIA (getting top security clearance), improperly accessed federal investigations and disclosed the information to a Hezbo agent--her former bro-in-law, Chahine, and she gets a $750 fine?!"
THINK: Someone facilitated this.
The local Detroit rags only printed:
"A former Detroit-area woman who engaged in a sham marriage to obtain U.S. citizenship and obtained key jobs in the CIA and FBI was fined $750 but given no jail time today by a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn blasted media coverage of Nada Proutyâ€™s indictment, which he said was fueled by government news releases, and said it distorted the circumstances behind the charges against Prouty. Cohn said Prouty, who lives in suburban Washington, served the United States with distinction in Iraq and elsewhere, at times placing herself in peril on behalf of her adopted country."
Her brother-in-law, real stand-up gent that he is, managed to escape the country because she "served (him read: Hezbollah) with distinction".
The same Judge Cohn only charged her sister $500.
"She has lost her citizenship and employment, her financial resources have been depleted, and the U.S. Marine Corps has lost the services of a first-rate officer," Cohn said of Spinelli formerly Samar Al-Aouar, the defendant's sister.
I wonder if they used their citizenship to vote. It is reported that brother-in-law Chahine invested in and was quite a smoozer with Michigan politicoes.
This case hardly nudges the crisis meter compared to the number of such insidious practices going on. Think of Pentagon Pro's being side-lined for being too thorougholy knowledgeable in Islamic affairs. In one of these cases a replacement was CAIR Endorsed. These are crimes being committed against me. (I'll personalize this as I don't think there's a soul in reach that believes it can be redressed; or cares.)
THINK: Someone facilitates this.
Until 1974 there existed what was The Attorney General's List ordered by President Truman Executive Order 9835 which was an instrument of what had been called the Second Red Scare. It might rekindle today's grandparents memories of McCarthy, The House Un-American Activities Committee, Hollywood Ten, etc. It has born out since the early Nineties and the publication of the Venona Papers, that there did exist efforts to overthrow the government of the United States. But since 1974, and even more currently, talk about such things is to be seen as boorish and hardly sophisticated.
But of those who witnessed the "Cold War" measures there were grandparent who remembered the " First Red Scare when there was a Wall Street bombing on September 16, 1920, 100 pounds (45 kg) of dynamite with 500 pounds (230 kg) of fragmented steel exploded in front of the offices of the J. P. Morgan Company, killing 38 people and injuring 400 others and incendiary devices were sent to the most prominent people in government. Luigi Galleani and a crowd of anarchists delivered havoc. The Palmer raids becdame famous then. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Red_Scare.
At the time the government actions seemed extreme enough in spite of perhaps plus or minus 100 souls all-told being dispatched.
With over 3000 fellow citizens lost to us in a single morning recently, not to mention another 78 here, 243 there, we only concern ourselves with being polite about it. The Patriot Act might better have been couched in an executive order.
But, Americana*, don't panic. If they do it right this time you'll only have to deal with the radium poisoning. Your Mensa clone grandchildren, reducing in numbers as you will have it, may not even remember you, your principles and that emotive love you are, at least currently, permitted to freely express.
I charge the three political parties; Democrats, Republican, and Federal Employees, and you and I, citizens, for dereliction of duty. There's no mitigating factor: the case is multiple acts of Criminally, Treasonous, Contemptible Absurdity.