Thursday, November 25, 2004

Tale of Two Libel Suits--Make That Three

The liberal blogsphere is all aflutter about a letter from MEMRI to Juan Cole threatening a libel suit. (Here are the comments that upset MEMRI.)

Almost simultaneously, comes news of another libel threat in a column from David Frum

Two weeks ago, the National Post and I were served with a notice of libel by the Canadian branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR. The Post and I are not alone. Over the past year, CAIR's Canadian and U.S. branches have served similar libel notices on half a dozen other individuals and organizations in the United States and Canada. Each case has its own particular facts, yet they are linked by a common theme: That we defendants have accused CAIR (in the words of the notice served on me) of being "an unscrupulous, Islamist, extremist sympathetic group in Canada supporting terrorism."
It also turns out that Professor Cole has himself threatened legal action against his web critics.

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