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posted by June 19 at 11:06 AMon
Is this yet another indication that we are nearing the end of the terrible Bush era?
In the way that the Bush administration cooked up a link between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda, Homeland Security cooked up a link between the small American khat market and international terrorism. Before November 7, 2006 (soon to be recognized as the most important day in this decade), this wholly imaginary link would have been sufficient to send a few of our local khat chewers to Guantanamo Bay. This seems no longer to be the case; some amount of reason has returned to the justice system. The absolute fantasies of Bush and his kind must now meet the resistance of hard reality. If Khat is something at all to worry about, then it is one of the least of our worries.
One day before five Seattle-area residents were to stand trial on charges that they took part in a conspiracy to import and distribute khat, a leafy plant chewed like tobacco in parts of eastern Africa, a federal judge dismissed all charges against them.
U.S. District Court Judge James Robart dismissed the case Monday at the request of the same government prosecutors who initiated the prosecution nearly a year ago.