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Fighting from a DistanceHow Filipino Exiles Helped Topple a Dictator$
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Jose V. Fuentecilla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037580

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037580.001.0001

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“It’s Not All Greek to Me”

“It’s Not All Greek to Me”

Bringing the Fight to the Homeland

(p.91) Chapter 12 “It’s Not All Greek to Me”
Fighting from a Distance

Jose V. Fuentecilla

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Steven Elias Psinakis, one of the most frequently pictured members of the U.S.-based opposition in both Philippine and American media throughout the martial law years. On July 6, 1987, he was charged with conspiracy and interstate transportation of explosive materials. He had landed at the San Francisco International Airport after a flight from Manila and was arrested upon arrival. At the arraignment, he pleaded not guilty and was returned to jail pending a bail hearing. He hadn't “the slightest clue why they would move against me on a case this old,” he was quoted as saying in the San Francisco Examiner. The case was indeed five years old, but the indictment had been unsealed in secret only in December 1986, days before the statute of limitations would have run out. In 1981, said the indictment, bomb paraphernalia had been found in some garbage bags at his San Francisco home. Questions arose as soon as the indictment was unsealed. Why the five-year delay? And why at the very moment when a new democratic government was now in place? To arrive at some answers, it is necessary to go back to the years before martial law was declared and Psinakis became involved with the U.S. exile groups.

Keywords:   Steven Elias Psinakis, political activists, exile groups, indictment, martial law

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