News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Gov't Used Leaks, Imprisonment to Discredit Innocent Man
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

' "To what extent is the government forming public opinion by leaking information, by making anonymous comments to reporters, and by taking certain steps that would lead reasonable people to conclude there were substantive concerns behind the anonymous allegations?" [Laura Donohue] said. "Trying to escape responsibility by saying, `Oh, we didn't officially hold a press conference and say this is our position about it' -- well, this is how it works." '

Boston Globe
Saturday, November 29, 2003
 
Chaplain is Called Victim of Hysteria 
by Charlie Savage
 
The complete article is currently (4/5/04) available on the Boston Globe website at--  http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/11/29/chaplain_is_called_victim_of_hysteria?mode=PF [found through a Google search by title on the date above]

Excerpt--

WASHINGTON -- Army Captain James "Yousef" Yee spent 76 days this autumn locked up in a Navy brig alongside so-called "enemy combatants" who are suspected of aiding Al Qaeda and threatening national security.

Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay prison, spent most of that time in maximum-security lockup in Jacksonville, Fla. ...   Meanwhile, news reports repeatedly quoted unnamed officials as saying he was suspected of spying for the other side in the war on terrorism.
 
Yet the actual charges turned out to be far less serious. In mid-October, he was formally accused of improperly handling classified material -- by taking it home and transporting it without its proper container. On Monday, when he was released from the brig, the government added charges of adultery, making a false statement, and downloading pornography on his government computer. ...
 
Even as a military spokesman suggested that more charges could still be brought, some civil libertarians expressed concern that the government's decision to hold Yee in maximum security, alongside enemy combatants, may have left him with no way to clear himself of the taint of treason. And the long period of holding Yee may have led prosecutors to bring the adultery and pornography charges as a way of justifying their decision to arrest him in the first place. ...
 
 
Laura Donohue, of Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, said the military should not be able to escape responsibility for leaked stories so easily.
 
"To what extent is the government forming public opinion by leaking information, by making anonymous comments to reporters, and by taking certain steps that would lead reasonable people to conclude there were substantive concerns behind the anonymous allegations?" she said. "Trying to escape responsibility by saying, `Oh, we didn't officially hold a press conference and say this is our position about it' -- well, this is how it works."

Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company

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