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U.S. May Fine Some Who Shielded Iraq Sites

Ryan Clancy arrived in Iraq in February in a double-decker bus filled with opponents of the war, after a rocky journey in it all the way from Milan. He had used frequent flier miles to get to Italy from Wisconsin. “There weren’t a lot of Milwaukee-Baghdad flights,” he explained. Mr. Clancy is 26 and owns a record store. He went to Iraq, he said, to observe, to learn and “to protect the civilian infrastructure.” He spent weeks as a human shield at a grain silo that he feared would be the target of American bombing. The government is not happy with Mr. Clancy and several others like him. Not long after they returned home this spring, they received letters from the Treasury Department seeking information about their activities in Iraq and noting that spending money there was a crime that could lead to 12 years in prison and civil penalties of up to $275,000. Full Story

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