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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

What's in a name (or a mug shot)

There's been a lot of action on the internet and in activist circles lately concerning the Portland-area fellow who's accused of being in on the alleged local Al Qaeda wannabe ring. I don't know if he's guilty or not, or whether it was right for the government to hold him for weeks without charging him. But I do have faith in my friend U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones to sort it all out.

What I find most intriguing is how the defendant is identified in the media and on the 'net. His supporters call him Mike Hawash and show photos like this one:

The prosecution refers to him as Maher Hawash and releases photos like this one:

Mild-mannered, peace-loving computer wiz? Or deadly, crazed radical conspirator? I guess we'll be finding out. But it isn't easy to tell at the moment.

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