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Bush Political Prisoner Gets Her Day in Court

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Judge Mukasey also cleared up a point of major confusion surrounding the initial indictment. Lindauer was indicted in the same document as two Iraqi nationals accused of committing "an offense against the U.S. Government." Mukasey noted that there was no relationship whatsoever between Lindauer's case and that against the suspected Iraqi nationals. Lindauer had never met or even heard of the two prior to seeing the indictment.

Lindauer has never been tried. She's never been given a hearing on the mental health experts claims that her innocent plea constituted "delusional" thinking. And she'd been denied an opportunity to clear her name until next weeks hearing was scheduled

Her new attorney is Brian Shaughnessey of Washington, D.C., a former federal prosecutor and experienced litigator. At the June 17 hearing, Lindauer seeks to test of her claim that she worked as a U.S. asset. Once this is demonstrated, she hopes that the government will finally drop the charges after all these years.

Lindauer has not been charged with any wrong doing since her indictment. By all accounts, she leads a productive life as she continues the process of seeking justice and vindication for her pre war efforts.

"Peace is Patriotic," Susan Lindauer, June 10, 2008

Susan Lindauer made one big mistake in her efforts to serve her country - she told the truth when there was no time for truth. An active opponent of what she calls "murderous" U.S. sanctions against Iraq, the writer and former congressional staffer, wrote a series of prescient memos to her second cousin, then Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card. The objective was to introduce reason into the war planning against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.

Lindauer pointed out that U.S. troops would receive a very hostile reception given the years of embargo and lives lost as a result and the relentless bombing of Iraq during the same time period. She predicted that civil chaos would emerge allowing bin Laden to set up an al Qaeda operation in Iraq where no opportunity for that existed under Saddam.

Accuracy and good judgment have their price with the Bush administration. In the case of Susan Lindauer the price was months of confinement and years of court ordered counseling and supervision, all because she was judged delusional for maintaining her innocence.

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Next installment: an exclusive interview with Susan Lindauer on her fight against court appointed mental health experts.

Previously: American Cassandra: Susan Lindauer's Story, Michael Collins, Oct, 2007

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