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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:08 pm 
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Dissident Saudi Blogger Is Arrested

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Dissident Saudi Blogger Is Arrested
Popular Internet Commentator Had Called for Political Reform

Fouad al-Farhan was detained by the Saudi Interior Ministry "for violating rules not related to state security."

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 31 -- Saudi Arabia's most popular blogger, Fouad al-Farhan, has been detained for questioning, an Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed Monday. It was the first known arrest of an online critic in the kingdom.

Farhan, 32, who used his blog to criticize corruption and call for political reform, was detained "for violating rules not related to state security," according to the spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, responding to repeated requests for comment with a brief cellphone text message.

Farhan's Dec. 10 arrest was reported last week on the Internet and has been condemned by bloggers in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Bahrain. The Saudi news media have not yet reported the arrest, but more than 200 bloggers in the kingdom have criticized Farhan's detention, and a group of supporters have set up a Free Fouad Web site.

Farhan, who was educated in the United States and owns a computer programming company, was arrested at his office in Jiddah and then brought home, where his laptop was confiscated, said his wife, who spoke on condition that her name not be published to protect her privacy. "They arrested him because of his blog. I haven't seen him since. We don't know where he is," she said.

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What if War Criminal George is jealous of his Saudi friends' ability to stifle dissent?

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What if he decides it is time to do the same thing?

Scary. Truly scary.

Where would we be able to get information? Without a computer and the people who inform us, we are no different from the know-nothings.

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Silencing the criticsm of corruption?

I doubt that any of us are surprised.

We no longer have to compete with the USSR for winning over most of the world. Now we can be just as ugly as the powers want to be. Thats real ugly.

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