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Please Help An Indicted Terrorism Prosecutor/American Patriot (Debbie Schlussel Alert)
Debbie ^ | 03/31/06 | Debbie Schlussel

Posted on 04/01/2006 12:27:25 AM PST by goldstategop

On Wednesday, I reported on the outrageous indictment of American Patriot Richard Convertino.

I also linked to a longer version of my previous New York Post column about what's really going on here (Justice Dept. and U.S. Attorney's Office pandering to Muslim Extremists).

Now, Rick Convertino's wife, the lovely Valerie Convertino, has an excellent op-ed piece in today's Detroit Free Press.

(I disagree with her about Joe Wilson and his wife, but the rest I know to be true.) This is Val's second, well-said Free Press column on the topic. (Her first Free Press Op-Ed, regarding the events behind this absurd indictment, is reprinted here

Richard Convertino:
American Patriot Who Fought Terrorists Deserves Our Support

She writes:

What a shame the administration of President George W. Bush isn't as tough on terrorism as it is about exacting revenge upon honest citizens who speak out against its policies.

Take the witch-hunt against my husband, former U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino, who successfully prosecuted a Detroit terrorism sleeper cell. He then voiced his frustrations with the ineffectiveness of the U.S. Justice Department's handling of terrorism cases and has endured almost three years of retaliation at a cost to American taxpayers of several million dollars.

The "mean machine" is out of control and refuses to admit it . . . . [T]he government has subpoenaed Rick's high school, college and law school records.

What's next? Will they subpoena a list of books he has checked out from the library or the movies we rent for family movie night?

It should be noted that Val is a Maronite Christian of Lebanese descent. This is what happens to Patriotic Arabs who support America against terrorists. They get persecuted . . . only this time, it's by OUR government.

Please donate to Rick Convertino's Legal Defense Fund.

He needs the help of all Freedom-Loving Americans. Read Val's WHOLE column, visit her site and her blog for more of the outrageous details. (They have five children, and the Justice Department is trying to bankrupt them.)

It's appalling what America is doing to the Convertino family because its patriarch prosecuted Al-Qaeda terrorists who were going to blow up a U.S. airbase in Turkey and various American sites, including Vegas and Disneyland.

I rarely, if ever, make appeals on this site, but I believe in Rick's cause and his innocence so very strongly. The government's case is very weak and trumped up at that. I urge you to help him and his family. They are true warriors--and now, victims--of the War on Terror.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Michigan; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: americanpatriot; amman; convertino; debbieschlussel; joewilson; jordan; justicedept; meanmachine; richardconvertino; trumpedupcharges; valcovertino; waronterror; wilson
Five years after 9/11, the Justice Department prosecutes an American patriot named Richard Comvertino for bring Al Qaeda terrorists to book. The government's trumped charges against this good man are laughable. His plight is something we shouldn't have to witness - that of a dedicated public servant who put his country's welfare above the pointless games and craven calculations that are the obsession of official Washington - not to mention an out of control Justice Department.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

1 posted on 04/01/2006 12:27:28 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

I clicked on the first link, but it's still not clear what the charges are or what he did.

2 posted on 04/01/2006 2:12:09 AM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35
I clicked on the first link, but it's still not clear what the charges are or what he did.

I went to the second link, and I can't figure it out either, but his wife's favorable reference to Joe Wilson and the Iraq war funding complaint leave me a bit skeptical, after the much-vaunted FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley wound up using her notoriety to run for Congress on an anti-war, universal health care uber-liberal platform.

3 posted on 04/01/2006 2:48:54 AM PST by browardchad
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To: browardchad
A federal grand jury indicted Convertino, 45, and State Department security officer Harry Raymond Smith III, 49, who had been assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, charging them with misleading a jury in the 2003 terrorism trial in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press

Terrorism prosecutor is charged with lying

March 30, 2006

4 posted on 04/01/2006 3:01:03 AM PST by Lecie
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5 posted on 04/01/2006 5:05:49 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (TODAY WOULD BE A GOOD DAY FOR LOTS OF HEAVY PRAYING, THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS.)
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To: Lecie

Thanks for providing a link to some info on the case. The fact that his defenders are focusing on misdirection rather than the merits of the matter suggest that the prosecution probably has a strong technical case. The Free Press article sets out a better case for him than do his defenders.

6 posted on 04/01/2006 11:55:56 AM PST by PAR35
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