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  • How our war on terror continues to crush families and destroy charities

    Source: Alternet. The Elashis lived the American dream for decades before they became targets of the war on terror. At the center of it all was the US government’s post-9/11 fixation on perceived Muslim enemies anywhere from Iraq to Dallas. The search for Al Qaeda and its financiers was one obsession. The long-held wish by the US and Israel to destroy Hamas, the Gaza resistance movement designated as a foreign terrorist organization in January 1995, got a new impetus in this political climate. Muslim charities were easy targets. The prosperous Elashi brothers, who had a cousin married to a prominent Hamas leader, were in the US government’s crosshairs. In 2008, the five Holy Land Foundation directors, including one member of the Elashi family, Ghassan, were convicted on charges of material support for terrorism. Ghassan Elashi, the chairman, and HLF chief executive, Shukri Abu Baker, received 65-year sentences. Nancy Hollander (counsel for Abu Baker) said after the sentence, “I was horrified by it, the thought that somebody gets 65 years for providing charity is really shameful and I believe this case will go down in history, as have others…as a shameful day. Essentially these people were convicted because they were Palestinians.”

     
  • To catch the devil

    Featured Stories May 19, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Foreign Policy. In 2011, a sex offender and onetime jihadi wannabe helped snare a suspected terrorist—and was promised $100,000 in return. In the sordid world of FBI informants, that’s the price of doing business. In the domestic war on terror, the front lines are often manned by unsettled—or unsettling—figures , criminals and hustlers commissioned by the FBI to pursue equally problematic or susceptible targets. And while the informants hope that their assignments will put money in their pockets, erase their troubled pasts, or both, in many cases the bureau cuts off contact when operations are over.

     
  • Acts of Terrorism Very Rare Among US Muslims, Study Finds

    Source: Voice of America. After the September 11, 2001, attacks and more recent efforts by militant groups in Muslim countries to radicalize and recruit Muslims living in the West, there have been fears among U.S. authorities and the public of large-scale terrorist strikes on home soil. Such fears, however, have been largely unfounded, because Muslims in the United States have overwhelmingly ignored the calls to militancy, said Charles Kurzman, a researcher with the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in North Carolina.

     
  • How the “war on terror” ripped an Atlanta family apart

    Families & Victims March 25, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Atlanta Muslim. “My brother, Ehsanul Shifa Sadequee, who spoke out against the U.S. violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, translated literature, and worked on a publication website, was sentenced to seventeen years in a Communication Management Unit. My mother wonders how her precious son can be so far away from her, separated from her by barbed wire fences and iron walls for joining no terrorist organization, for plotting and committing no terrorist acts. He is her little son put behind bars––for what reason?”

     
  • Transit ads linking Nazism and Islam may soon run in Philadelphia

    Source: Reuters. An ad campaign featuring an image of Adolf Hitler and linking Islam to Nazism could soon appear on Philadelphia-area buses after a court ruling this week that forces the regional transit authority to accept the campaign. The ad’s sponsor, political blogger Pamela Geller, said on Friday she was pleased by a ruling by Philadelphia District Court Judge Mitchell Goldberg that a rejection of the ads would violate her First Amendment right of free speech. Geller is the founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as an anti-Muslim hate group.

     
  • America abandoned one of its own in Yemen — and now he may die

    Families & Victims March 2, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. As more and more of Yemen is taken over by the country’s Houthi Shiite minority, combat has apparently begun to encroach on Sharif Mobley, an American being held under mysterious circumstances in Yemen. Mobley can hear fighting between Houthi militias and Hadi’s forces from within the facility in which he is detained, according to his partner, Nzinga Islam, who lives in New Jersey. His psychological condition and his treatment by those holding him have both declined since the start of the year, she said. Mobley, who has been held in Yemen since 2010, fears he might be killed as the fighting intensifies.

     
  • Dr. Sami Al-Arian leaves the United States

    Source: Jonathan Turley. Dr. Sami Al-Arian Leaves The United States
    In the conclusion of ten years of intense litigation, Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his wife Nahla boarded a plane last night and left the United States for Turkey. He arrived in Istanbul a couple hours ago. I was Dr. Al-Arian’s lead criminal defense counsel in Virginia until all charges were eventually dropped by the United States Department of Justice against him Dr. Al-Arian’s case raised troubling due process, academic freedom, and free speech issues.

     
  • Low-Hanging Fruit

    Source: London Review of Books. Francis FitzGibbon on the show trial of the Holy Land Foundation.
    Zakat, the Quranic obligation on Muslims to give alms for the relief of poverty, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Holy Land Foundation (HLF), founded in 1988 by American citizens of Palestinian heritage, raised money for distribution by zakat charitable committees in Gaza and the West Bank. Most of it went to buy food, clothes and education for children. Between 1992 and 2001 the foundation raised at least $56 million. On 3 December 2001 the US Treasury Department decreed that the HLF was a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ (SDGT), and the next day, without informing the foundation of this decision, the FBI closed down its offices. Five staff members and the HLF itself were charged in 2004 with a variety of terrorism offences, on the basis that the money the organisation raised was ultimately going to fund Hamas.

     
  • Prison dispatches from the war on terror: Ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou speaks

    Source: The Intercept. John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter.

     
  • Fox News still falsely claiming Muslim leaders have been silent on Charlie Hebdo attack

    Source: PoliticusUSA. Since the attacks occurred on Wednesday, Fox News has been pushing this narrative, with hosts and commentators on numerous programs asking, “Where’s the outrage? Why won’t the Muslim world speak out against this violence?” As anyone familiar with Fox would expect, a large number of Muslim leaders and groups actually have condemned the attacks and provided official statements to that effect. Of course, that doesn’t fit the narrative Fox News is trying to push, so they’d prefer to ignore those statements. However, even though Fox would like to pretend Muslim leaders and organizations have not only been silent on these attacks, but are likely supportive of such actions, the reality is that dozens of state leaders, individuals and groups have spoken out against this heinous event.