This Time It's Bigger Than Bass

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    <p>We don't often get political on BIG BOTTOM. It seems the most controversy here stems from whether Victor Wooten is better than Jaco Pastorius, or which bass is "best." Perhaps that's why the story of Tarik Shah is so important. He's a professional bass player, but the controversy that surrounds him is much bigger than that. Shah has been held in solitary captivity since May 2005 on suspicion of terrorist activity. If he is guilty of terrorist activity, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But as an American citizen, he has the right to a fair and speedy trial and is innocent until proven guilty. When the U.S. government withholds the civil liberties of its citizenry, we aren't nearing a slippery slope - we're already halfway down it. Shah's story is going largely unnoticed in the press, but with him due in district court Feb. 17, hopefully there will be more attention paid to his case.</p>
  2. jfv


    May 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I applaud you bringing this up. First its 'homeland security', next thing they will have some yellow stars for people to wear. We all need to stand against this kind of outrage.

  3. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    Going to trial in less than a year's time is not considered extremely slow. I agree that he is innocent until proven guilty, but if he can't post bail he needs to stay behind bars. It's not civil liberties you're talking about here - if he's going to trial then he has been charged with something.

    Honestly, there is not enough information in your post to make an informed decision about his civil liberties being abused.