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We Shall Undermine
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a bold, pre-emptive move, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark has filed a civil rights discrimination suit against President George W. Bush, the Pentagon and the U.S. Departments
of Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit court has agreed to hear
Bin Laden v. Bush, et al
, which claims that the United States government has conspired to deny the terrorist his civil rights based upon racial and religious discrimination.
"By forcing my client into hiding in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, they are denying his right to legal counsel under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, because they're
not only ones who cannot find or contact my client," claimed Clark at a news conference. "They might as well hang out a sign in front of this courthouse that says 'White Christians Only'. This will be a landmark case in the mold of
Brown v. Board of Education.
Osama bin Laden is under indictment by a Manhattan federal court for the August 7, 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and for conspiring to kill Americans outside the United States.
The 238-count indictment charges, among other things, that bin Laden and Atef along with codefendants Wadih el Hage, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed Sadeek Odeh, and Mohamed Rashed Daoud al'Owhali, acted together with other members of "al Qaeda" -- the worldwide terrorist organization led by bin Laden -- to murder US nationals, including members of the American military stationed in Saudi Arabia following the Gulf War and in Somalia as part of UN Operation Restore Hope, as well as those employed at US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
"We hate to say it, but we told you so," said Democratic Senator John F. Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign bid failed to unseat Bush. "This administration's record on human rights is the most abysmal since the days of Genghis Khan, but don't blame me -- I voted for Kerry."
White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan dismissed the seriousness of the suit, claiming that Clark's defense of everyone from Nazi Concentration Camp Karl Linnas to the PLO to Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic "speaks for itself."
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