This is dragging over a thread from the former Maxspeak, where postings about the case of four Kurdish men in Harrisonburg, Virginia who were targeted heavily for technical violations of transferring money to their relatives back in Iraq, helped stimulate local media attention and then public outcry, and then their release with only suspended sentences, an actual favorable outcome due to blogging effort.
Anyway, I attended a picnic this afternoon put on by the Kurdish community of Harrisonburg. The current situation is that the FBI appears to be exacting its subtle revenge on the four men. All four wish to become citizens, but all of their paperwork seems to be stalled at the FBI, even though their offenses were strictly administrative. One needs a green card and is on hold for his app, two have green cards and are on hold for their exam, and one had (and passed) his exam before all the garbage blew up. He was told two days ago that he should have become a citizen in April, 2004, but the FBI refuses to send back his paperwork. Apparently four years is the record for the FBI to sit on somebody's paperwork like this. Some more action may be needed on this matter, and apparently some letters are about to be written in support of these men.