March 31, 2006, - 5:20 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Wednesday, I reported on the outrageous indictment of American Patriot and terrorism prosecutor 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).
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.
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