Fouad al-Farhan, a citizen of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been arrested and is being held in jail by Saudi authorities because he has been doing something that many of us take for granted, publishing his blog.
As reported by Katherine Zoepf in the New York times:
Mr. Farhan, 32, of Jidda, was arrested Dec. 10 at his office, local news sources reported. Two weeks before his arrest, he wrote a letter to friends warning them that it was imminent…
“The issue that caused all of this is because I wrote about the political prisoners here in Saudi Arabia, and they think I’m running an online campaign promoting their issue,” the letter continued, saying that Mr. Farhan had been asked to sign a statement of apology.
“I’m not sure if I’m ready to do that,” he wrote. “An apology for what? Apologizing because I said the government is a liar when they accused those guys to be supporting terrorism?”
It is time that Americans forget about shopping for the latest in electronic gadgets, fashions or entertainment, forget about dubious musical acts who glorify thuggishness, forget about over paid, chemically enhanced athletes, forget about the latest celebuwrecks, and think about what the Bushliburton administration has been doing for the past seven years to undermine the freedoms guaranteed to us by the Constitution. Bushliburton has done its best to eliminate habeas corpus, to undermine our privacy rights, to conduct illegal wire tapping, to torture and illegally hold prisoners in contravention of the Geneva Convention, to sub-contract out its military responsibilities to their cronies, the lawless mercenaries, to cover up crimes committed by their operatives and to reward their operatives’ criminal acts.
Do not think for one second that Bushliburton would not hesitate to muffle any one of us (by any means legal or not) for exercising our freedom of speech if it would help to squelch any dissent from their agenda, and they thought they could get away with it. The Constitution is not standing in their way, only the collective moral and ethical values of the majority of our citizens, and the efforts of honest journalists, honest bloggers, and non-passive, aware Americans, is holding them back.
Do not be a fool to complacency, what happened to Fouad can happen to any one of us, if we are not vigilant.