Federal Courtroom. Habib, still in chains, sits on the stand. Rebecca asks him if he knows why he's in custody. Bill answers, "The government believes I may have information about someone, I think -- but I don't really know." He continues, "He didn't do anything but he may have known some people with ties to others who are wanted for questioning." Rebecca wants to know about the information. Immediately, McNally objects, and the judge says Rebecca is not allowed to know about the information. Rebecca asks why the government stopped Habib from calling his family. Well, Habib stopped Habib from calling his family. He was told that anyone he talked to would be subject to investigation, and he didn't want to bring his family into the situation. Habib: "My wife and children were born here. They have no connection to any Arab other than me." So Habib has no family? No other Arab friends? Rebecca: "Have you been interviewed?" Yes. Many times. "Did you know you had the right to have an attorney present?" Bill: "I waived my rights." Rebecca can't believe that he waived them voluntarily. He came in to the Feds on his own -- no one forced him. Rebecca: "Did they make you afraid?" Is he fearful? Yes. But he made all of his decisions voluntarily. He didn't want to involve his family -- voluntary. Not calling his wife to tell her she's okay -- also voluntary. The judge asks, "Mr. McNally, if Mr. Habib is not a suspect and he came in voluntarily, why can't he go home?" McNally insists that they are learning new information all the time, blah wiretaps, blah overseas contacts blah. Rebecca insists that Bill will stay available to them; he's not going anywhere. Blah they can't risk losing him blah. McNally: "Look. We're trying to get the information we need to stop the potential murder of thousands of Americans. That means depriving some Americans of their civil rights." He adds, "I don't like it but that's how it is." Rebecca argues that they are imprisoning an innocent man. Only this time it's Habib who objects: "Ms. Washington, enough! If my country thinks I should be here. I will stay here." He is an American. He is serving his country. Rebecca: "Mr. Habib, have you been tortured?" No. "Have you been mistreated in any way?" The judge asks if he opposes being held further, and Bill insists he does not. The judge apologizes, and then he says, "Ms. Washington. In war law is silent." The only thing that would have made that line any cheesier would have been if he said it Latin. While this storyline is not half as bad as well all imagined on the forums, DEK just can't resist the cheese. He is governed by the cheese. He makes the cheese his master. Yawn. Winwood insists that Habib will stay in custody as he denies Rebecca's habeas motion.
Episode Report CardRagdoll: C+ | 372 USERS: C+
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