US exceptionalism (the same rules do not apply to us) is no secret, here is a personal experience of a Pakistani diplomat in the US.
I am personally aware of one case where FBI Agent Richard Conti tried to bully and intimidate a friend of mine in Seattle, to “give up” names of “terrorists” and “terrorist sympathizers” from the mosque that my friend goes to and when my friend protested that he did not know any, Agent Conte swore at him and asked him how it was possible that my friend had been going to his Mosque for over a dozen years and did not know of ANY terrorists?
Agent Conte then gave my friend three days to give him names or Agent Conte would shut down my friend’s business, bring the IRS down on him and “really make trouble” for him.
My friend contacted me and I was able to meet the then-US Atorney John McKay, who ordered Agent Conte to back off.
About a year later, I was reviewing this case with a high-ranking FBI agent who dismissively told me that Agent Conte’s behavior was not illegal.
Perhaps not, but it was highly immoral and VERY unethical. Plus, any names my friend would give him after being forced to do so, would be innocent people, just like the names forced out during the McCarthy anti-Communist witch-hunts.
Translated by me from Urdu from a Pakistani paper dated, “Week of Feb 19, 2011“.
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The bottom line in the Raymond Davis case is that Pakistan has no authority to hold or prosecute Raymond Davis; everything else is mere discussion…but what a lot of discussion there is to be had!
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