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    Lynne Stewart Asks If US Eavesdropped on Her Monday 19 June 2006 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062006H.shtml New York - A civil rights attorney convicted
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      Lynne Stewart Asks If US Eavesdropped on Her
      Monday 19 June 2006
      http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062006H.shtml


      New York - A civil rights attorney convicted of aiding terrorists
      last year wants the federal government to reveal whether any
      warrantless or illegal electronic surveillance was conducted on her or
      anyone involved in her case.

      In a court petition filed Monday, Lynne Stewart contends that such
      an inquiry is necessary to determine whether government surveillance
      compromised her case.

      The motion in federal court in New York follows revelations last
      year that President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to
      monitor domestic communications - without court approval - when one
      party is overseas and terrorism is suspected.

      Stewart, 66, was convicted in February 2005 of providing material
      support to terrorists by releasing the message of a notorious jailed
      client, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. She also was convicted of defrauding
      the government and making false statements.

      Abdel-Rahman was convicted of seditious conspiracy for his
      advisory role in a plot to blow up five New York City landmarks,
      including the United Nations in 1995.

      Stewart, who represented the blind sheik at his trial, remained
      one of his lawyers afterward, agreeing to special rules the U.S.
      government put in place to prevent Abdel-Rahman from communicating
      with the outside world.

      She had argued that Rahman was engaging in free speech when he
      expressed his opinion about a cease-fire by Islamic militants in Egypt
      that she passed along in a 2000 press release.

      Her sentencing was postponed indefinitely in March after she was
      found to have breast cancer. She faces as many as 20 years in prison.

      The U.S. attorney's office declined to comment on the court motion.

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