Although the case against Brandon Mayfield is no more, there's been an interesting development in the build up to what may be a civil lawsuit filed by Mayfield against the feds. Some of the evidence used to capture and detain Mayfield is now being released, and it seems odd, because THIS information, which we're hearing about now four months after Mayfield was released, actually has some relevance and raises questions about the whole case.
The question would be: why was the public not informed of this information in the first place, since it obviously affects anyone who takes the train or light rail anywhere?
And the other big question is: is the information REAL or was it just made up recently to cast a better light on the feds, or was it all made up at an earlier date in time?
The original information, or "evidence" if you will, was that a partial fingerprint found on a bag of detonators in Spain matched his. If I remember correctly, the bag was in a van outside of Madrid, and that there was also a tape of Islamic chants. Aside from that, Mayfield was suspect because he attended a local mosque and donated to an Islamic charity.
The new information is thus: FBI agents found that airline schedules from Portland to Madrid had been researched on his computer in September/October 2003--also information regarding rental housing in Spain and information about the Spanish national rail system had been accessed on his computer, apparently around the same time.
According the the AP article yesterday, it was Mayfield's 12 yo daughter that was doing this research, for a school assignment. But that seems a bit much for a 12 year old to be doing--researching flights, housing, and the rail system of another country.
So the question is: is the government setting up Mayfield for another detainment session, or was there some critical information that was withheld from us for some reason, at the time of his detention??
In national news: it looks like Florida Representative Porter Goss will be confirmed as the new CIA director for the USA. However, his confirmation hearings were made exceedingly difficult by a few democratic senators, including Ron Wyden, Jay Rockefeller, Carl Levin, and others. It was no cakewalk for the embattled Floridian, and he will surely have to proceed with caution with any endeavors his agency plans to undertake.