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MIDDLE EAST

Dictators trembling

How wonderful to see the inspiring example of people’s power being expressed on the streets of Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in the Middle East [Tunisia: first spark of secular Arab revolt? Vol. 32, No. 1].

It is tremendous to see the various corrupt dictators throughout the region trembling at the prospect of rebellion. Western pow-ers like the U.S., Britain, and France, who have propped up these repressive regimes with massive military, financial and other aid, squirm at the sight of these corrupt, oppressive, murderous governments crumbling.

Despite their talk of democracy and human rights the west’s major powers fear real democracy and freedom.

So many have suffered and given their lives, that the struggling peoples of the region deserve the utmost support of those who value civil rights and liberty.

May the spectacle of revolt hearten and empower other subjugated peoples and spread further, so no cruel, tyrannical regime in Asia, Africa, or elsewhere feels safe from the people’s rage.

Steven Katsineris, Hurstbridge, Vic., Australia

FBI ENTRAPMENT

Targeting minors is illegal

I write to respond to your article entitled, Entrapped: FBI targets left-out youth of color [Vol. 32, No. 1]. Missing from the article are the “corruption of a minor” charging and civil rights issues.

It appears that the FBI is soliciting young Muslim boys/men. Some of those victims are probably under age 18. Indeed, the charge could be slapped on any FBI agent who solicits any one that agent does not know to be over age 18.

Local district attorneys should determine whether FBI activity includes any undercover work with youth. And civil rights attor-neys should file civil suits for corruption of a minor if there is such proof.

The FS should follow up with those interviewed and demand justice for any such children. Where were the FBI agents “soliciting” accomplices? Youth centers? Mosques? Schools?

Phil Horne, Esq., San Francisco

BRADLEY MANNING

Deserves praise, not torture

PFC Bradley Manning has been subjected to inhumane solitary confinement and forced drugging for about nine months [WikiLeaks: Washington’s worst nightmare, Vol. 32, No. 1]. He has not been tried and convicted of any crime.

If he has, indeed, released classified information of this country’s unlawful and deadly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; he de-serves high praise, not torture and imprisonment.

The way he has been treated is a disgrace to the U.S. government’s purported commitment to prevent and oppose detainee abuse.

Sanford Berman, Edina, Minn.

LYNNE STEWART

Excerpt from “Subpoenas”

The government is once again arresting, subpoenaing, and tormenting movement people, hoping they will become informants. And the reaction of the movement? We resist.

We stand strong with the resisters.

Now the so-called Department of Justice has decided to focus on support groups of the world’s peoples and also on eco-terrorism. Why? Because they can! It sends a message to the people that it’s dangerous, don’t join, don’t resist.

That message must once again be shouted down, first by the resisters who will go to jail, and second by us, the movement who must support them by always filling those cold marble courtrooms to show our solidarity, and by speaking out so that their sacrifice is constantly remembered.

Our principle of non-collaboration has so far proved robust. There has been no wavering.

Our support must continue to convince everyone involved that these are issues of principle. There can be no compromise. Re-sisters must be defended to the utmost of our strength and abilities.

Lynne Stewart, 53504-054, FMC Carswell, Federal Medical Center, P.O. Box, 27137,
Fort Worth, TX 76127

SOCIAL SECURITY

Eye-opening article

The article on Social Security in your latest paper was extremely -accurate and eye opening — our thoughts exactly [Bipartisan assault on Social Security, Vol. 32, No. 1].

Tom and Jane Pafford, Arcadia, Fla.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Salute the sisters!

Let me extend a warm, red, positive International Women’s Day greeting and a salute to all the sisters and your continuing im-portant work.

Jaan Laaman, 10372-016, P.O. Box 24550, Tucson, AZ 85734

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