Here's hoping there is a sense of embarrassment all the way to the Oval Office! I refer to your story (April 24), "U.S. Drops Subversion Counts Against 6 of 8 Accused in PLO Case." The federal government has been caught again--playing shell games with the lives of people. In this case, eight Southern California Palestinians accused of "plotting the overthrow of the U.S. government" were the victims.
A small victory for justice! But with no thanks to the Justice Department. The government's decision to drop its charges is the result of one thing only. It knew it would lose in court!
At least for the moment this brings some relief. I was worried. Who would be next? Clearly, many of us could be labeled as opposing some government policy. Yes, we even want to see changes. It's a small step from "change" to "overthrow," if one is inclined toward demagogic rhetorical manipulation.
Whether the L.A. Eight are part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) or not is of little immediate consequence. What is at stake is fundamental. The right of people of diverse views to speak those views. That is the issue. And that is basic to what makes our nation unique. The Arab-American community in the United States deserves to be heard.