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Interfaith Action & Jummah Prayer @ JFK.Friday, February 3, 12:30 pm, outside JFK Terminal 4 Arrivals. Dozens of individuals from the seven Muslim countries banned by President Trump’s executive orders have been detained at JFK, as well as removed from airplanes coming to the United States. Communities are invited to participate in a public Jummah prayer at JFK. Allies will link arms to protect the prayer.
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Project Salam Following 9/11 the FBI and Justice Department indicated that they were operating under a new paradigm of preventing terrorist attacks before they occurred. In this web site we propose to examine the US post-9/11 terrorism prosecutions and determine whether in each case there was substantial evidence of criminality or simply evidence unfairly concocted and/or twisted to convict innocent Muslims.
The Daily Beast (1/30): ‘The Daily Show’s’ Muslim Correspondent Hasan Minhaj Tears into Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ [Article & Video: 9 min. 33 sec.] Trevor Noah began Monday night’s Daily Show with the chaotic scenes from airports across the country over the weekend. But it wasn’t until he brought on Muslim correspondent Hasan Minhaj that the show’s criticism of the policy truly came alive. “How can I hate Trump right now?” he asked. “Just look at what he’s done at the airport. White women were turning their scarves into hijabs. Muslims were publicly praying and people were cheering them on!”
The Texas Tribune (1/31): At Texas Muslim Capitol Day, supporters form human shield around demonstrators [Article & video: 1 hr. 6 min. 12.] Participants in Tuesday’s Texas Muslim Capitol Day traveled to Austin for a day of education about the state government. But they walked away with a significant lesson in civil demonstrations. Two years ago, the Muslim participants who visited the Texas Capitol were met with two dozen protesters who repeatedly interrupted their event. But when participants walked up to the south steps of the Capitol on Tuesday morning, they were surrounded by a massive human circle made up of at least 1,000 supporters looking to ensure the event went off without a hitch.
PIX11 (2/2): 1,000 Yemeni-American bodega owners strike Thursday to protest Trump’s travel ban[Video: 2 min. 45 sec.] Bodega owners, following in the footsteps of New York City cab drivers, are protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order. Yemeni-American business owners will close 1,000 bodegas from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, according to protest organizers. They hope to show the role they play in the economic and social fabric of the city.
Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support
The New York Times (1/30): Arizona Man Is Convicted of Helping New York City College Student Join ISIS An Arizona man who prosecutors said helped a college student from New York City join ISIS, sending him “down that trail to terror” — and to his eventual death — was convicted Monday of terrorism charges. Mr. Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal was convicted of one count each of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist group, conspiring to provide material support to such a group, receiving military-type training from such a group, and conspiring to receive military-type training from such a group.
The Detroit News (2/1): Attorney: FBI entrapped terror suspect A Detroit man accused of plotting to use grenades to kill people and wage violent jihad on behalf of the Islamic State was entrapped by the FBI, his lawyer said late Tuesday. A four-count indictment against Sebastian Gregerson, aka Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, 30, should be dismissed, his lawyer argued. An undercover FBI employee initially proposed having Gregerson buy illegal fragmentation grenades, oversaw the transaction and controlled the sale, defense lawyer David Tholen wrote in a court filing Tuesday.
The Intercept (1/31): Despite Anti-Profiling Rules, the FBI Uses Race and Religion When Deciding Who to Target The FBI updated its policy on racial profiling as recently as March 3, 2016, in a section of its main governing manual. The guidelines make clear that when an FBI agent is deciding whether or how to investigate someone, he or she can consider factors like race, nationality, or ethnicity so long as these factors are clearly relevant and coincide with other reasons for suspicion. And when the FBI selects communities on which to gather intelligence — in order to generate what the bureau calls “domain awareness” — it also allows itself to take such factors into consideration. Civil liberties groups, which have long objected to the FBI’s practice of surveilling ethnic communities and seeding them with informants, say that the guidelines leave the door open to alarming forms of monitoring.
Aljazeera (2/1): Trump’s Muslim ban: ‘It’s shock and awe without bombs’ Since US President Donald Trump issued on Friday an executive order suspending the resettlement programme for Syrian refugees, and banning entry of travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries, reports of “immigration misconduct” have surged. Detainees’ phones are reportedly confiscated when they are taken into custody, preventing them from reaching relatives or legal representatives, and documenting their experience inside. US immigration authorities “have a long-standing practice of coercing people from Muslim and Latin countries … to sign away their rights,” said Ameena Mirza Qazi, a civil rights lawyer, activist and executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles chapter.
Islamophobia and Civil Rights
Reuters (2/2): Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
Government Policies Under Scrutiny
Slate (1/31): Massachusetts Becomes the Second State to Sue Trump Over Muslim Ban Boston’s Beacon Hill, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey declared the order “harmful, discriminatory, and unconstitutional” and announced that her office will join a suit filed Saturday night by the Massachusetts ACLU and immigration lawyers seeking to have the order overturned. On Monday, Washington became the first state to file against the order.
Associated Press (1/30): Muslim civil rights group challenges Trump travel ban A Muslim civil rights group has joined the legal battle to overturn President Donald Trump’s travel ban directed at seven Muslim-majority nations. The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria challenging Trump’s executive order. The lawsuit characterizes the ban as a first step in fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to impose “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” until the government “can figure out what is going on.”
Slate (2/1): Steve Bannon’s Presence on the National Security Council Is Not Just Terrible. It’s Illegal. President Trump’s executive order giving Steve Bannon a seat on the National Security Council’s Principals Committee appears to be a violation of federal law. According to Title 50 of the U.S. Code, Section 3021, which established the National Security Council, it “shall be composed of” the president; the vice president; the secretaries of state, defense, and energy; and “the secretaries and undersecretaries of other executive departments and of the military departments, when appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve at his pleasure.” As the president’s chief political strategist, Bannon is not a secretary or undersecretary of any department. Nor, as a member of the White House staff, has he been confirmed by the Senate. So he is not eligible to serve on the NSC.
The Washington Post (1/30): Sean Spicer is right. That five-year-old refugee has diabolical plans. “To assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be wrong” — Press secretary Sean Spicer, when asked about the five-year-old Iranian boy who was detained under President Trump’s new executive order on refugees. Sean Spicer is quite right to be concerned. This five-year-old boy waiting at the airport certainly has a diabolical plan. All five-year-old children do.
AfroSapiophile.com (10/12): Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About The Radicalization of Whites? With an intricate collective of white supremacist websites, blogs, message board forums and conservative pundits, glued together with conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns (which guides stupid whites into kinetic action), we are now facing a moment in modern history where white people are now becoming radicalized into white supremacy at an alarming rate. Where a man named Barry Goldwater campaigned as a blatant white supremacist and failed, Donald Trump did the same and succeeded. Nazis think they can wear suits and nice haircuts and do Nazi salutes downtown Washington D.C.
The New York Times (2/1): Trump Pushes Dark View of Islam to Center of U.S. Policy-Making Those espousing such views present Islam as an inherently hostile ideology whose adherents are enemies of Christianity and Judaism and seek to conquer nonbelievers either by violence or through a sort of stealthy brainwashing. The executive order on immigration that Mr. Trump signed on Friday might be viewed as the first major victory for this geopolitical school. And a second action, which would designate the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political movement in the Middle East, as a terrorist organization, is now under discussion at the White House, administration officials say.
NCPCF Mission Established in October 2010, the NCPCF is a coalition of national and local organizations as well as prominent individuals, whose mission is: To educate the public about the erosion of civil and political freedoms in the society, and the abuses of prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system especially after 9/11, and to advocate for the preservation of those freedoms and to defend those rights according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its related UN Conventions, and the Geneva Conventions.
___________________________________________________ Member Organizations American Muslim Alliance (AMA) – Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) – Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) – Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) – Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) – Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) – Desis, Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) – Friends of HumaIssuen Rights (FHR) – International Action Center (IAC) – Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) -Muslim Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) – Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) – National Lawyers Guild (NLG) – National Liberty Fund (NLF) – The Peace Thru Justice Foundation (PTJF) – Project Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims (Project SALAM) – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) – Universal Justice Foundation (UJF).