Released after year in jail for telling truth about no WMD’s
Friday, October 6th, 2006
The frightening story of Susan Lindauer should make every American stand up and take notice about how the U.S. government –gone mad with power — is jailing innocent citizens who speak out against the policies of the Bush administration.
Lindauer, 42, the cousin of former White House Chief of Staff, Andy Card, was released in September from a New York correctional facility after spending a year in jail, awaiting in horrendous conditions government-imposed psychiatric evaluations.
A former journalist, congressional aide and U.S. intelligence asset in the Iraqi Embassy, Lindauer tried to notify the Bush administration through her cousin that Iraq posed no WMD threat and wanted to cooperate with U.S. authorities to avert a conflict.
For her actions contrary to the Bush administration’s policy of “war at any cost without justification,” Lindauer was charged with a federal crime for being an Iraqi agent, a charge she has vehemently denies throughout her long and unjustified incarceration.
“After I sent the letter to my cousin, they came down on me hard,” said Lindauer recently on Greg Szymanski’s popular radio show, The Investigative Journal, on the Genesis Radio Network at www.gcnlive.com. “I was working for the benefit of the people, trying to get out the truth. But the Bush administration wanted no part of that and labeled me a terrorist because they intent on going to war even though there were no WMD in Iraq and, in fact, the Iraqi’s wanted to cooperate with weapons inspectors in order to avert war.
“But I found out the hard way that the Bush administration already made up its mind to go to war and anybody who got in their way was going to be stepped on hard. The government charged mw with a serious crime and I was out on bond for more than 18 months, but then about a year ago, without any intention of going to trial, they mandated psychiatric evaluations based on my statements and actions opposing the war.
“First they put me in Carswell Prison, which sits on a military base outside of Fort Worth, Texas. I was there for seven or eight months until being transferred to the MCC New York Metropolitan Correctional Facility. It was such a horrendous experience and I never thought anyone could be treated this way in America.”
Lindauer was released last month after Federal Judge D.J. Mukasey of the U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, ruled against the government’s motion to keep Lindauer locked away under forced medication, saying “there is simply not enough here to warrant a finding by clear and convincing evidence that Lindauer is substantially likely to be rendered competent by forced medication and substantially unlikely to suffer effects that will impinge upon a fair trial...