Editorials

  • Before fake Bowling Green massacre, there was fake Bowling Green terror plot created by FBI

    Editorials February 3, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Dissent NewsWire Before fake Bowling Green massacre, there was fake Bowling Green terror plot created by FBI By: Sue Udry You heard about the fake “Bowling Green Massacre” from Trump advisor Kelleyanne Conway. When she was challenged about the nonexistent massacre, she pointed to a supposed terrorist plot, which […]

     
  • There was a time when presidential candidates fought to earn the American Muslim vote

    Editorials November 5, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Dr. Sami Al-Arian in Alternate (11/5: There Was a Time When Presidential Candidates Fought to Earn the American Muslim Vote
    With various polls at a nail-biting dead heat, and a nation nervously awaiting the end of an election season that feels like it’s gone on for years, it’s difficult not think back to another close election. In 2000, as the national polls were similarly close, it might be hard to believe, but the two candidates were actually interested in reaching out to a little-noticed community to win their votes: American Muslims.

     
  • A paranoid surveillance state is not what will keep Americans safe

    Editorials October 2, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. When civil libertarians defend their side of the liberty-security debate, they usually claim that liberties are just as important as security. Perhaps what they should be saying is that protecting our liberties means ensuring our safety; that surveilling everyone produces more but not better information and is not a national security measure; and that the informed interrogation of prisoners who have rights, including the right to a fair trial, is not only more consonant with the American way, but more effective than secret prisons and physical abuse. It’s been 15 years since 9/11 and yet few have noticed the obvious. Where the power of the national security state has been curtailed, it’s been for a simple enough reason: undeniable ineffectiveness. Put another way, the biggest lesson of 9/11 has yet to be learned. It’s a curious fact that what’s actually lawful and mindful of liberty has turned out to be what also makes us more secure against our enemies.

     
  • Science shows that torture doesn’t work and is counterproductive

    Editorials May 8, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Newsweek. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concluded in the executive summary of its 6,000-page study of the CIA program that the agency’s harsh methods failed to glean any intelligence not available through softer tactics. However, the CIA has disputed the Senate’s findings, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to reinstate torture if elected. Meanwhile, compelling scientific evidence is emerging that torture and coercion are, at best, ineffective means of gathering intelligence.

     
  • In 2016, Toddlers Have Shot More People in the US Than Muslim Terrorists Have

    Editorials May 2, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Mic. According to the Washington Post, our nation’s nurseries are housing more than just unbearable levels of cuteness: Twenty-three people have been shot by toddlers in the U.S. since the start of 2016 — exactly 23 more than have been shot by Muslim terrorists over the same period. Scary: Yet the threat posed by America’s gun-toting 3-and-unders hasn’t drawn nearly the same backlash as that against Muslims — begging the question of why our leaders are ignoring what, from a statistical standpoint, has proven the much bigger danger to our survival this year. So far, no one has called for a “temporary ban” on babies leaving the hospitals in which they were born. No pundit or law enforcement official has advocated a more aggressive vetting process for toddlers passing through America’s airports, or OK’ed a multimillion-dollar police surveillance campaign to monitor places toddlers are known to frequent.

     
  • Is America on the brink of returning to torture?

    Editorials March 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Los Angeles Times. Donald Trump has declared his intentions: He wants to make America torture again. He’s said that as president he would use waterboarding “and worse” on terrorists and “take out” their families. We might expect such rhetoric from a candidate so politically inexperienced and prone to bullying, but what is more alarming is how little distinguishes his torture enthusiasm from that of the other leading Republican candidates, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

     
  • US election 2016: What does ‘Islam’ think of America?

    Editorials March 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Mohamed Madi in BBC News. “Islam hates us,” Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said in a CNN interview on Friday. No major polling agency has yet asked whether respondents “hate” America. However, several have measured broad sentiment among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. The Pew Research Centre, which surveys global attitudes, said anti-Americanism was strong around the word around the time of the US invasion of Iraq. However, currently there is little evidence of profound anti-American sentiment except for in a handful of countries, it says. Bruce Stokes, director of global economic attitudes at Pew, says sentiment towards the US varies widely between Muslim-majority countries. “We tend to see more negative sentiment among Muslims in the Middle East, such as those from Egypt and Jordan,” he says. Dalia Mogahed, co-author of Who Speaks for Islam?, say religion is not the key driver of anti-American sentiment in Muslim-majority countries. “It’s nothing to do with religion and everything to do with policy,” she says.

     
  • The presumption of innocence doesn’t apply to my child

    Editorials January 21, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. I leave work early every day. I race to pick up my daughter from her high school promptly at 5 p.m. I’m never late — not even by a minute. I want to be at the door of the school before she emerges out into the U Street District. That D.C. neighborhood isn’t particularly dangerous, but my child and her classmates are presumed to be. They are children of color and their innocence is not presumed. There is no room for childish mistakes for them. There is no carefree lingering with a group of peers on the street corner outside the school. There is no mischief-making running down the street after one another. The cops are there, watching. One slip-up could mean handcuffs or worse.

     
  • The logic of the police state: waking up to the darkness in US policing

    Editorials December 21, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Truthout. In May, a Wall Street Journal op-ed warned of a “new nationwide crime wave” thanks to “intense agitation against American police departments” over the previous year. According to these figures and others like them, lawlessness has been sweeping the nation as the so-called Ferguson effect spreads. Beyond the storm of commentary and criticism, however, quite a different reality presents itself. In the simplest terms, there is no war on the police. Violent attacks against police officers remain at historic lows, even though approximately 1,000 people have been killed by the police this year nationwide.

     
  • First, Donald Trump came for the Muslims

    Editorials November 23, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Daily Beast. I have never truly feared for the well-being of my family or friends because of the words uttered by an American politician. But that has changed after Donald Trump’s comments over the past few days about Muslims. During his rally Saturday deep in the heart of Dixie, Trump told the crowd of thousands in no uncertain terms what Muslims could expect if he leads our nation. “Just to set it clear,” Trump stated, pausing slightly for dramatic effect. A sternness then came over his face as he declared emphatically: “I want surveillance of these people.” Trump then implored the crowd to cheer for his plan that would strip the constitutional rights of a minority group in America with the call, “Are you ready for this? Are you ready?” And on cue, thousands in the crowd cheered as their leader beckoned. Then something else happened at the event that should give all Americans pause. In this sea of adoring Trump fans stood a black man by the name of Mercutio Southall Jr., a well known local activist. Southall had been shouting “Black Lives Matters,” which had so upset Trump supporters that some began to assault him.