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Edit: Follow up to This Post: Don't Go To Dubai

Please Circulate this Email &add it to your websites/blogs etc.  If you can spare some time to helpwith the campaign, please contact us.

Cat Le-Huy, Endemol's Head of Technology, as of the 27th of February remains in Al Wathba Prison.  We are exploring all possible avenuesfor his release.  Currently the decision rests with the DPP as to whetherto charge him or drop the case entirely.  Cat's Advocate has been presenting arguments to the Prosecution in an attempt to persuade them todrop the case.

We are hoping for a speedy, positive resolution & expect to have more solid news very shortly.  There are rumours being generated within the prison that people who plead guilty, are deported though as you would expect, there are no guarantees and this is often an attempt to scareprisoners into pleading guilty, to make the DPP's job easier.  Cat wastold if he signed the Arabic confession, he would be deported immediately. They didn't keep their word then & we very much doubt they wouldnow.  As such, Cat agrees it's better to tell the truth and maintain hisinnocent plea.  Unfortunately, the legal system in the UAE is not designedwith fair trials in mind & with very few pracitsing (drug) criminal lawers, senior advocates & associated law firms charge a high amountfor their services.  In this case, we are confident that Cat's advocate willbe able to secure his release in the very near future as he has done formany others in similar situations in the past. We have been advised, thereis a 90% chance this case will be closed if we can raise the financial assistancein a timely manner.

We hope that the DPP can be persuaded to drop the case.  It is almost like a pre-trial and the legal fees for this are £50,000.  I wouldhowever like to emphasise that all fees will need to be paid prior to his release and therefore it is urgent and imperitive that we completethe fundraising within the next few days.  As the amount is large, itis difficult for any one party to provide liquid cash in such a short timeso we need to appeal to the public for support.

Please circulate this most important appeal for financial assistance.

Related Websites and background information:

We need your help: we are asking for your donations--whatever you can give-- of which 100% of proceeds will go toward hislegal defence fund.

Thank you so much for your help, we couldn’t do this withoutyour benevolence and generosity.


We have so far managed to obtain over 50% of the requiredamount in just 14 days!

If you have any questions about the fund or in general, please feel free to contact:

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Two people from my friends list are friends with the person discussed in this post:

Man arrested for legal Melatonin, detained for dirt.

If you think Dubai is an oasis of open minded democratic thought in the Middle East - think again.
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Essentailly, a person has lots of reading material (bumper stickers) on their white van of a anti-bush, pro-gay, and pagan variety.
Neighborhood hoodlems decide to take it upon themselves to censor the van by SPRAY PAINTING over the stickers.

If you've ever been vandalized you know how helpless and violated it makes you feel. Worse when you are already in a minority (in terms of who is in charge, not in terms of numbers) and that minority message is targeted. It really makes the hate come home and makes you want to tell all those who say "oh it's not that bad" or "I don't mean YOU" to go fuck themselves.

And no, I am not for the concept of this as a "hate crime" since most crime of this nature is either motivated by stupidity, hate, or really stupid hate. The above would be all threee.

Anyway, if you would like to show these people that the good can overcome the stupid, donations can be made for van repair here:
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FBI shuts down a site that had what they considered obscene stories - NOT PICTURES - on its site.

I guess since you can't burn a site, this is the next best thing. But truly it is frightening to me that they are going after the written word where NO ONE is exploited or harmed in the creation of such stories. There MUST be something better for the FBI to be allocating funds for.

Perhaps this is this the proverbial sacrificial lamb to the uber-conservative moral factions in this country?
It should not matter. They can not justify it in the same way they justify going after picture and video pornography. We should all be afraid because of this: the shutting down and prosecution of those who write stories of a eroto-pornographic nature makes fantasy into thought crime.

I am surprised they have not gone after mainstream authors with erotic themes of underage sex (ie Anne Rice or Piers Anthony), incest (The Estate of VC Andrews or the writers of Veronica Mars), necrophilia (Geoffery Bent) or any number of perversions out there (Laurel K Hamilton, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, and on and on and on...).

Remember when this all starts hitting the fan and gains momentum in the mainstream press: Words are not inherently harmful. The intent of those words are what can be considered harmful. "Fuck" in and of itself is not a bad word, but when one tells you to "go fuck yourself" the intent of the word is to see you come to harm.

With this in mind we must consider whether the intent to arouse the senses in an erotic manner is harmful intent. There is no scientific evidence that a reasonable person will read something and then feel compelled to do it. Reading erotica with incest in it will not make you suddenly desire to go have sex with your siblings. We have a glorious thing called language that enables us to think about things in terms of what is not related to reality. As such it is humanly possible to think about things without being compelled to act upon them.

Our government apparently believes this is not the case, even today when we are so advanced in our technology and so enlightened in thought. This is not what I asked of them when I signed in my proverbial social contract, did you?


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