• What the senate should ask FBI nominee Christopher Wray

    Editorials July 12, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Nation. “In the same testimony, Wray cited as an example of the Patriot Act’s success the indictment of Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian’s initial indictment under the Patriot Act led to protracted legal wrangling that continued well into the Obama era and was little more than a political persecution meant to punish an outspoken member of the Muslim community. In spite of an attempted rehabilitation of Bush, in order to portray Trump’s own Islamophobia and authoritarianism as sui generis, Bush’s war on terror included a domestic assault on Muslim civil society. A number of people within Trump’s orbit support such a policy, meaning that properly vetting the next director of the FBI must include getting him on the record about how he feels about using the FBI as a vehicle to destroy Muslim civil society.”

  • Why am I facing 75 years in prison?

    Editorials July 3, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: AlJazeera. The prosecutor would like to depoliticise the charges we are facing, but the reality is that this case is not about so-called “criminal behaviour”: This case is about turning protesters into felons, and the criminalisation of resistance. The state is perfectly willing to permit thousands of people to wear safety pins and pussyhats, march along well-policed parade routes, and powerlessly petition their authorities for change – so long as they do not shatter the illusion of everyday politics or disrupt the constant flow of capital. But what Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter have taught us all is that if a community’s resistance is perceived as effective then the full measure of state violence will be used to neutralise it.

  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Terrorist. Murderer. Federal informant?

    Editorials April 30, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Boston Magazine. The FBI informant program is still in widespread use—and Muslim informants make up a large part of it. During the height of Hoover’s Cointelpro operations in the 1960s and 1970s, for instance, the FBI had roughly 1,500 total informants. In the 1980s and 1990s the drug wars brought that number up to about 6,000. Then, after 9/11, the FBI recruited so many new informants—including accused criminals looking for leniency, liars looking for immigration favors, Muslims looking for revenge on the members of competing Islamic sects, and narcissistic egomaniacs who wanted to be revered as a Jason Bourn.e–type figure—that it had to hire an outside software company to help agents track their secret spies. Today, there are anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 snitches on the FBI’s payroll, and many of them inform on fellow Muslims in the United States and overseas.

  • The 712-page Google doc that proves Muslims do condemn terrorism

    Editorials March 26, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. Heraa Hashmi’s project isn’t just designed to prove that Muslims are constantly condemning terrorism; she made it to demonstrate how ridiculous it is that Muslims are constantly expected to offer apologies for terrorist acts. Muslims, notes Hashmi, are “held to a different standard than other minorities: 1.6 billion people are expected to apologise and condemn [terrorism] on behalf of a couple of dozen lunatics. It makes no sense.”

  • He didn’t like ‘Homeland.’ Now he’s advising it.

    Editorials March 12, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times. A sharply dressed lawyer represented his Muslim-American clients before a three-judge panel in New York recently, claiming that because federal authorities tried to coerce them into becoming informants, they had the right to receive monetary damages. The argument took place in a federal appeals court in Manhattan, before a gallery of a few dozen people. But a similar version of a lawyer and his community’s concerns are now starring on the small screen, in the sixth season of the thriller, “Homeland.” The lawyer Ramzi Kassem, a professor at the City University of New York School of Law, became the model for Reda Hashem, who runs a nonprofit legal clinic advocating for Muslim-American rights, together with the ex-intelligence officer Carrie Mathison played by the show’s star Claire Danes.

  • 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.