Readers may remember the tale of Mike Hawash, the Intel engineer detained for months without trial. Recently, he pled guilty to travelling with others from Portland to China in October 2001, in an unsuccessful attempt to enter Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight against U.S. forces. I think this is facinating, and I’m eager to see what his trial testimony ends up being. Are these guilty pleas a sign that federal law enforcement knows what its doing? Or are people pleading out of fear that they’ll essentially disappear without a hearing or a lawyer if they fight?