Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Media seeks public access in upcoming AIPAC lobbyists’ trial
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — News organizations filed documents in federal court Monday opposing a government request to close portions of an upcoming trial of two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of violating the Espionage Act.
Media organizations, including The Associated Press, are concerned the government wants to keep large portions of evidence in the case out of public view when former American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman go to trial.
Defense attorneys have expressed a similar concern, filing a motion to ''Strike the Government's Request to Close the Trial.''
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a similar motion filed last month and said at the time that he thought defense lawyers were being overdramatic in portraying the government as seeking to ''close the trial.''
In rare cases, courts have allowed the government to use what is called ''the silent witness rule,'' in which a jury sees certain evidence against the defendants that is never made available publicly.
Rosen and Weissman are accused of violating a rarely prosecuted World War I-era law that bars the receipt and disclosure of national defense information.
Wait a minute?? I thought Israel was the United States "only friend" in the Middle East. That's the way Israel, and especially it's propaganda machine, AIPAC, portrays itself. AIPAC excells in distorting information and buying US politicans. When AIPAC barks out a command, the Bush/Cheney mob jump to attention and ask: "What Middle Eastern country do you want the US Marines to invade next? Yes, Sir, No problem, we're here to service AIPAC's needs."
If Israel is such a "good friend" of the US, then why are Israeli spies caught in America on a consistent and regular basis?
Israel likes to proclaim that it is the only friend of the US in the Middle East. Funny, but i can't help but to think that before Israel existed, the US had no enemies in the Middle East.
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