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US lawyer arrested over Madrid bombings
This is London ^ | May 7, 2004 | uncredited

Posted on 05/07/2004 1:54:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

An American lawyer has been arrested in connection with the Madrid train bombings.

Muslim convert Brandon Mayfield, 37, from Oregon, was taken into custody by the FBI on a material witness warrant, law enforcement sources said.

Such warrants are obtained in cases where people are suspected of having direct knowledge about a crime or to allow time for further investigation into the witness.

Suspects may be held indefinitely without formal charges. Some 191 people were killed and 2,000 injured when bombs ripped through commuter trains on March 11 in Madrid. The attacks have been linked to al Qaida.

Mayfield is the first person in the United States to be drawn into the investigation.

It is understood that Mayfield's fingerprints matched prints found on a bag in the wreckage of the Madrid bombing.

His home in Portland was searched, as was his office, a government official said.

So far 18 people have been charged in connection with the bombings in Spain - six with murder and the others with collaboration or belonging to a terrorist organisation.

Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Portland, confirmed two search warrants had been served yesterday.

Mayfield wife, Mona, said her husband was "a good man, a good father, a good husband".

"It's just unfair. It's unfair to myself and it is unfair to my children," she said.

The couple have two sons aged 10 and 15, and a 12-year-old daughter. Her husband, a former Army officer, was born in the small Oregon coastal community of Coos Bay, she said.

He converted to Islam in 1989, she said, and attends a mosque in the nearby town of Beaverton that was reportedly searched by FBI agents yesterday.

Earlier this year in Portland, the last of six men and a woman were sentenced on charges of conspiring to wage war against the United States by helping al Qaida and the former Taliban rulers of Afghanistan.

Mayfield represented one of those people, Jeffrey Leon Battle, in a custody case involving Battle's son.

Mayfield had attempted to have Battle's son, who went by the Muslim name Esau in Portland, placed in the custody of an uncle who had also converted to Islam, rather than with his mother and Battle's former wife, Angela Rowden, of Houston.

Ms Rowden was awarded custody of the boy.


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1 posted on 05/07/2004 1:54:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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"It is understood that Mayfield's fingerprints matched prints found on a bag in the wreckage of the Madrid bombing. His home in Portland was searched, as was his office, a government official said."

Earlier in the article, it's noted that no charges need to be filed-- just suspicion. There is a possibility that Mayfield simply touched the same bag at a store. But when you factor in that he's a convert to Islam, then it looks more suspicious.
2 posted on 05/07/2004 2:04:07 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Backhoe's Gorelick links: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1117579/posts)
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"There is a possibility that Mayfield simply touched the same bag at a store."

Yes, but then how did the bag get all the way from Oregon to Madrid? There must be something more than this.

I also like the way he wanted to take a child away from his mother, probably just because she's not a member of the Religion of Peace!
3 posted on 05/07/2004 2:16:43 AM PDT by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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I also like the way he wanted to take a child away from his mother

His mom disagrees with strapping explosives to his body.

4 posted on 05/07/2004 2:19:59 AM PDT by Preachin' (Democrats are liars...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mayfield's wife, Mona, said her husband was "a good man, a good father, a good husband".

On tonight's news, Mona Mayfield appeared at her doorstep to answer reporter's questions. She was dressed in full Muslim scarf and robe. A good Oregon Muslim. They live in the Portland area where there has been much al-Q noise and many arrests.

5 posted on 05/07/2004 2:20:31 AM PDT by Veto!
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If the guy became an Islamonut, why didn't he also change his name to Mohammed Bin Whatsisface?
6 posted on 05/07/2004 2:20:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
But when you factor in that he's a convert to Islam, then it looks more suspicious.

And who did legal work for someone who was sentenced on charges of conspiring to wage war against the United States by helping al Qaida and the former Taliban rulers of Afghanistan.

7 posted on 05/07/2004 2:21:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
also add that Al Q has been actively seeking "western" muslims to conduct offensive operations.
8 posted on 05/07/2004 2:25:49 AM PDT by PokeyJoe (My other name is Edgar Cayce. =))
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Muslim lawyer Brandon Mayfield, from Portland, Oregon, was detained by the FBI on May 6, 2004 without explanation, his family said, but Newsweek magazine said he was being held in connection with the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people in March. An FBI spokeswoman refused to confirm or deny the detention, saying only that two search warrants had been issued in connection with an unspecified investigation. Mayfield is pictured in this undated image from video. NO SALES FOR EDITORIAL USEONLY REUTERS/Courtesy NBC/KGW-TV/HO


Mona Mayfield the wife of Portland, Ore., lawyer Brandon Mayfield, 37, speaks with reporters at their home after her husband was taken into custody by FBI (news - web sites) agents Thursday as part of the investigation into the deadly train bombings in Spain Thursday, May 6, 2004 in Beaverton, Ore. Mayfield, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody on a material witness warrant according to federal officials. The arrest is the first known in the United States with connections to the March 11 bombings in Madrid. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

9 posted on 05/07/2004 2:27:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
There is a possibility that Mayfield simply touched the same bag at a store.

Yeah, maybe. But there was enough of the print there and in good condition to lift it, study it and match it. I reckon if it just was a casual touch they wouldn't have enough to analyze.

10 posted on 05/07/2004 2:30:53 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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LA Times:***Mayfield's brother Kent, reached at his home in Halstead, Kan., told Reuters that his brother was a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy but no terrorist.

"I think the reason they are holding him is because he is of the Muslim faith and because he is not super happy with the Bush administration," the brother said. "So if that's a crime, well, you can burn half of us."***

11 posted on 05/07/2004 2:31:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thanks for the reply. Read my tagline.
12 posted on 05/07/2004 2:34:44 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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***His father, Bill Mayfield, of Halstead, Kan., called the allegations “asinine.”

“He's completely innocent,” Mayfield said of his son, who grew up in the town, about 30 miles northwest of Wichita, and attended Washburn University in Topeka before moving to Oregon. A Portland television station reported that Brandon Mayfield graduated from Washburn's law school in 1999.

“I'd consider it a joke, if it wasn't so serious,” Bill Mayfield added. *** Kansas City Star

13 posted on 05/07/2004 2:35:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Had Mayfield visited the area?

BTW, that's pretty good for the Alphabet Soup crowd to have spotted this fellow's fingerprint in the wreckage, whether or not there ultimately is a link. FBI and CIA getting their acts together.
14 posted on 05/07/2004 2:36:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
If the guy became an Islamonut, why didn't he also change his name to Mohammed Bin Whatsisface?

Yeah, or how about Osama Ya-Mama?


A.K.A. Sleepy Brown

15 posted on 05/07/2004 2:40:49 AM PDT by rdb3 ($710.96... The price of freedom.)
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***.......... a former Army officer,........***
16 posted on 05/07/2004 2:42:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Rescue workers cover up bodies alongside a bomb-damaged passenger train, following a number of explosions in Madrid, Spain, March 11, 2004 AP
17 posted on 05/07/2004 2:49:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PokeyJoe
***WASHINGTON - Acting on leads generated from the Madrid train bombings earlier this year, FBI agents yesterday arrested a Portland, Ore., man on a material witness warrant and searched his home, authorities told Newsday.

They would not identify the man, other than to say he is a U.S. citizen born in America. The Associated Press, quoting an anonymous law enforcement official, said he is a lawyer named Brandon Mayfield. His wife, who was not arrested, also is a U.S. citizen but was born in Egypt.***New York Newsday

18 posted on 05/07/2004 2:52:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Newsweek***The Portland Seven case was among the significant-and to some, controversial-cases brought by the Justice Department since September 11. Attorney General John Ashcroft hailed it as a "defining day in America's war against terrorism," asserting that the FBI had "neutralized a suspected terrorist cell within our borders."

Critics later charged that the Justice Department produced no evidence that any of the suspects had engaged in acts of terrorism. But prosecutors did establish that the six men arrested had traveled through China trying unsuccessfully to cross into Pakistan in early October 2001. Their stated goal was to join Taliban forces in Afghanistan to help defend fellow Muslims against U.S. soldiers. (A seventh man was never arrested and prosecutors later said he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan.)

On the tapes, Battle, a former Army reservist, expressed his hostility to U.S. interests in Afghanistan and his desire to attack a local Jewish religious school or synagogue with automatic weapons. Battle and another main codefendant, Patrice Lumumba Ford, later pled guilty to conspiracy to levy war against the United States, but both refused to agree to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The remaining four also pled guilty.***

19 posted on 05/07/2004 2:58:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: HiTech RedNeck
No idea if Mayfield visited the area or not.

But, I'm pretty convinced that he was involved simply for the fact that they were able to lift good, identifiable prints off the bag. I suppose the bag could have been couriered to that location, but that doesn't absolve Mayfield from involvement. If a lot of other people were touching the bag at the same location as Mayfield, their prints would have been on top, and thus harder to isolate and lift Mayfield's.

They didn't say where on the bag the prints were found. And they probably won't.

20 posted on 05/07/2004 3:16:53 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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the six men arrested had traveled through China trying unsuccessfully to cross into Pakistan

Battle... expressed his hostility to U.S. interests in Afghanistan and his desire to attack a local Jewish religious school or synagogue with automatic weapons.

Battle and another main codefendant, Patrice Lumumba Ford, later pled guilty to conspiracy to levy war against the United States...

I couldn't make stuff like this up if I was trying to write a political conspiracy novel. And I've the feeling it's just going to get weirder and weirder.

21 posted on 05/07/2004 3:23:45 AM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (A socialist is just a communist who has run out of bullets)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
It's quite provocative at the least. There was a lot of wreckage at the site and much of it was bits of bags of passengers who had nothing to do with the bombing other than the ill fortune to be there when it happened. Since the piece was big enough to bear the print and obviously did not burn, it may not have been right at the center of the blast. But it sure hangs a 2 ton cloud of suspicion over Mayfield.
22 posted on 05/07/2004 3:27:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bttt
23 posted on 05/07/2004 3:31:54 AM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mayfield's brother Kent, reached at his home in Halstead, Kan., told Reuters that his brother was a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy but no terrorist.

"I think the reason they are holding him is because he is of the Muslim faith and because he is not super happy with the Bush administration," the brother said. "So if that's a crime, well, you can burn half of us."***

Most or all of those involved in the 911 attack would have had family members crying foul too if they had been picked up prior to 911.

24 posted on 05/07/2004 3:32:27 AM PDT by Susannah (Have you thanked a soldier lately for your freedom?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Here's another thought: Wonder what Mayfield's background was to have his prints on file in the first place? You can't find a match, unless you have something to match it to.
25 posted on 05/07/2004 3:36:18 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
This can happen from getting booked for a petty offense (wonder if Mayfield happened to be involved in an, ahem, obtrusive protest in that area).
26 posted on 05/07/2004 3:39:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"So if that's a crime, well, you can burn half of us."

Have it your way.
27 posted on 05/07/2004 3:40:53 AM PDT by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
"But when you factor in that he's a convert to Islam, then it looks more suspicious."

That about sums it up for me. We are heavily infiltrated by radical muslim extremists in this country and we are so STUPID that we don't recognize it. Liberal America, all warm and fuzzy, even to our enemies! I fear for the future of my grandchildren. Our Government certainly is not looking out for their future!

28 posted on 05/07/2004 3:41:31 AM PDT by dokmad
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Offer inducements to the fifteen year old to drop a dime on his father.
29 posted on 05/07/2004 3:41:52 AM PDT by macrahanish #1
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All I know is you don't get your prints on file for helping little old ladies across the street!
30 posted on 05/07/2004 3:45:55 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
"Wonder what Mayfield's background was to have his prints on file in the first place?"

He's both a lawyer and a former Army officer. Both require the taking of fingerprints.

--Boot Hill

31 posted on 05/07/2004 3:48:25 AM PDT by Boot Hill (America...thy hand shall be upon the neck of thine enemies.)
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To: Boot Hill
A lawyer? But sharks don't have fingers!
32 posted on 05/07/2004 3:57:20 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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"It is understood that Mayfield's fingerprints matched prints found on a bag in the wreckage of the Madrid bombing."

"Mayfield wife, Mona, said her husband was 'a good man, a good father, a good husband'. 'It's just unfair. It's unfair to myself and it is unfair to my children,' she said."

Life is an ongoing IQ test and this bimbo just flunked the sections entitled humanity and self-indulgence. Yo, Mona, you ding-dong, "unfair" is when you're minding your own business and are blown to smithereens by a terrorist bomb planted by a coward.

--Boot Hill

33 posted on 05/07/2004 4:00:52 AM PDT by Boot Hill (America...thy hand shall be upon the neck of thine enemies.)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Here's another thought: Wonder what Mayfield's background was to have his prints on file in the first place? You can't find a match, unless you have something to match it to.

They're reporting he is a former Army officer. Are they fingerprinted?

34 posted on 05/07/2004 4:03:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Sharks? When the hell did lawyers get that far up the evolutionary ladder?

--Boot Hill

35 posted on 05/07/2004 4:05:06 AM PDT by Boot Hill (America...thy hand shall be upon the neck of thine enemies.)
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***One FBI source says his fingerprints were found on one of the bags full of explosives found at the crime scene. Mayfield apparently handled mostly divorce cases and custody battles here in the Houston area. His wife Mona is speaking out in his defense. *** Source
36 posted on 05/07/2004 4:07:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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A bag still full of explosives, found there AFTER the blast? (Like all this was intended to explode in synchrony?) Or do they mean a piece of a bag which held the explosives that caused the blast?
37 posted on 05/07/2004 4:11:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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***His father, Bill Mayfield, of Halstead, Kan., called the allegations “asinine.”

What would've been Mr. Mayfield's comment if he'd been asked, when little Billy was 12, if his son would grow up to be an Islamic nutball?

38 posted on 05/07/2004 4:15:55 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Should've been "little Brandon".
39 posted on 05/07/2004 4:17:00 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Some of the backpack bombs didn't detonate.
40 posted on 05/07/2004 4:20:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Besides the backpacks that didn't detonate at the time of the terrorist train attack there were these backpack bombs:

***MADRID, Spain - Suspected terrorists who blew themselves up last weekend as police moved in to arrest them over the March 11 bombings had been plotting an attack on a shopping center outside Madrid, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Police searching the apartment found maps of Parquesur, a retail and leisure complex, at least two backpacks and a belt, all packed with dynamite and wired to detonators, El Mundo said, quoting police.**** Fox News

41 posted on 05/07/2004 4:25:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Here's another thought: Wonder what Mayfield's background was to have his prints on file in the first place? You can't find a match, unless you have something to match it to.

In many states, applicants sitting for the Bar Exam must give a full set a fingerprints in an effort to prevent others from taking the exam on the applicants' behalf. I also wonder what he did in the military. Explosives perhaps?

42 posted on 05/07/2004 4:34:38 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Since the piece was big enough to bear the print and obviously did not burn, it may not have been right at the center of the blast. But it sure hangs a 2 ton cloud of suspicion over Mayfield.

If I recall correctly, Spanish LEO found several other bags at various locations that were supposed to go off but did not. There was also a van or truck found near one of the train stations which contained bomb making materials.

43 posted on 05/07/2004 4:37:27 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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Ooh, Mayfield sure has a lot of 'splainin' to do. Material witness my foot, how about a core participant?
44 posted on 05/07/2004 4:41:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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WASHINGTON - Acting on leads generated from the Madrid train bombings earlier this year, FBI agents yesterday arrested a Portland, Ore., man on a material witness warrant and searched his home, authorities told Newsday.

Good to see that in spite of the Spainish cutting and runnimg from Iraq they are still working with us to find these terrorists.
45 posted on 05/07/2004 7:24:45 AM PDT by Valin (Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Material witness

It's a good way to hold someone until you're ready to bring more serious charges. Especially if you think they'll start running.
46 posted on 05/07/2004 7:27:32 AM PDT by Valin (Hating people is like burning down your house to kill a rat)
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I'm curious what the search warrant authorized to look for. If Mayfield is suspected of being but a "witness," then perhaps bombing plans would qualify, but bombing materials would not.
47 posted on 05/07/2004 10:52:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
An American lawyer has been arrested in connection with the Madrid train bombings. Muslim convert Brandon Mayfield, 37, from Oregon, was taken into custody by the FBI on a material witness warrant, law enforcement sources said.

A Muslim convert? Wow ... I never would have guessed that in a million years.

48 posted on 05/07/2004 10:55:25 AM PDT by spodefly (A 12.7mm attitude in a .17 caliber world, or something.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thanks for this update.

The first thread on this was posted last night.

There is a lot of data in the over 400 replies about this POS in this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1130936/posts
49 posted on 05/07/2004 12:40:19 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (FReep eye for the liberal lie or what left wing lies of the media will we expose today?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; aposiopetic
Here is a thread that was posted this morning with more data on this Islamo P0S and his wife.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1131292/posts?q=1&&page=1#1
50 posted on 05/07/2004 12:44:16 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (FReep eye for the liberal lie or what left wing lies of the media will we expose today?)
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