Amazing how the American judicial system has been degraded by the Bush Administration. Not that it is a development unique to this administration, but rather that it has been taken to new lows. Case in point is the prosecution of Moslems in America on bogus thought crimes. One fellow, Zaki Amawi, according to an article in The New York Times (Wed. Feb 22, 06 p. A12) by Neil A. Lewis, has been accused of threatening to kill President Bush. If this is the crime they make it out to be, it is probably committed by a third of the American public at the breakfast table every morning, particularly those who are accustomed to reading the newspaper while downing their coffee and toast.  If our poor Mr. Amawi is guilty of this crime, if indeed it really is a crime, the charges must stand as a case of highly selective prosecution.
    Then there are other trumped up charges against Mr Amawi. The government laid it on thick, very thick. Same old B.S. There are few terrorists outside of those created by the American government, so to show that they are "doing their job," the prosecutors need to create more. These government stooges would have been better off pursuing careers at Disney Studios where their fertile imaginations would have been deployed more productively, or less destructively, as the case may be.. Not, mind you, that they could get a real job anywhere outside the Bush Administration.
    Let's look at the other charges against Amawi, an American citizen, Marwan Othman el-Hindi, also a citizen, and Wassim I. Mazloum, a permanent resident. Apparently they were charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts overseas and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Rather vague charges, smacking of another government setup. Usually the government plants an individual who encourages a few people to say some unkind words about Bush and the U.S. military overseas, and then nabs them. Nothing new about that.
    The above-cited Times article reads something like a government press release. No comment at all from attorneys for the three, a nasty journalistic misstep that often plagues articles in The Times. Yes, the reporter did address a few contentious issues that surfaced during a press conference, such as whether illegal wiretaps were used in the case, the answer to this particular question indicating that they were, and whether the men actually committed a terrorist act. The answer provided to the last question was telling: "I can't go beyond what's in the indictment," U.S. Attorney General (Torture Chief) Alberto R. Gonzales is quoted as saying. "And - but clearly the folks had the motivation, and I think that they demonstrated that they had the means." In other words, another "bad thoughts" crime.
    Fortunately, at least one jury in Florida recently refused to go along with the government's bogus prosecution program and failed to produce a guilty verdict on trumped up charges against Moslems. Hopefully the jury assigned to this case will see through the garbage and lead the way to indicting Bush, Gonzales & Co. for misusing government resources to prosecute bogus cases like these, charges that would be added to the long list of war crimes they have committed. Some of these violations, if my understanding is correct, could, under U.S. law, trigger the ultimate penality even for higher-ups, such as in cases where torture results in a fatality. In most civilized countries, capital punishment has been abolished, but in the United States, there is still the possibility that the entire Bush Administration could be convicted of capital crimes. Now wouldn't that be ironic, judging from G.W. Bush's ardent support of the death penalty while governor of Texas. But it would not be without historical precedent, as many of the most ruthless leaders of the past have met a sad end similar to the kind they meted out to their adversaries.