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NCPCF                                              Vol. VII-Issue No. 553

NEWS DIGEST                              Friday, October 6, 2017

“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu
Wake-Up Call for
Civil Liberties


Upcoming Events

October 7th Rally To Resist War and Racism At Home and Abroad, Saturday, October 7, 1 PM – 3 PM, 34th and 6th Avenue, New York, NY. Come together to demand and end to this war of terror. But beyond condemning US imperialism, we are called upon to connect our local struggles against surveillance, criminalization, police occupation, raids, deportations, gentrification and displacement, to the global struggle against US empire.

Wake-Up Call for Civil Liberties, Prisons, Profiling and Preemptive Prosecution, Friday, October 27, 7 PM to 9 PM, Diyanet Center of American, Cultural Center Auditorium, 9610 Good Luck Rd., Lanham, MD. As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the infringements on the civil liberties of Americans, particularly those who are Muslim,   NCPCF is inviting the public to an informative session featuring keynote speaker, Sh. Omar Suleiman, and moderated by Dr. Jonathan Brown of Georgetown University. Two family members of unjustly incarcerated political prisoners will also speak, Mariam Abu Ali and Ikraan Abdurahman.


Aljazeera (10/1): US: Are ‘anti-Sharia’ bills legalising Islamophobia? [Article & Video: 25 min.]
At least 194 bills were sought to criminalise Islamic law in the United States between 2010 and 2016, report says.


News Digest

Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support
Reuters (9/28): Bin Laden son-in-law’s conviction upheld; U.S. says ‘justice done’
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld the conviction on terrorism charges of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti-born cleric who was a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and spokesman for the al Qaeda leader. Abu Ghaith, 51, who is serving a life sentence, had claimed that the evidence did not support his conviction for conspiring to murder Americans, and that the indictment failed to detail how he had provided material support of terrorism. But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan found “overwhelming” proof that Abu Ghaith knew of al Qaeda’s goal of killing Americans and intended to participate, even if he did not know details of any specific planned act of terror. Abu Ghaith is serving his sentence at the “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado.
Trump is invariably loquacious about mass violence when it’s perpetrated by a Muslim or an African-American. Whether it’s banning all Muslims from entering the country or unleashing the police to go after black men, in that circumstance he says the country must pull out all the stops to end the carnage. Trump is invariably loquacious about mass violence when it’s perpetrated by a Muslim or an African-American. Whether it’s banning all Muslims from entering the country or unleashing the police to go after black men, in that circumstance he says the country must pull out all the stops to end the carnage.

Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Huffington Post (10/3): The City That Bears The Brunt Of The National Terror Watchlist
With a large population of Muslim and Arab Americans, Dearborn has the most per capita residents on a shadowy and unaccountable watchlist. It is nearly impossible to find out if you’re on it, let alone get your name off. Largely unknown to the rest of the country before those 9/11 terror attacks, Dearborn has since become the focus of right-wing conspiracy theories, and of America’s sustained and systemic criminalization of Muslim and Arab Americans.

The Intercept (10/2): The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter
I spoke to two people this morning, one black and the other Muslim. Both of them said that, when they heard about this awful shooting in Las Vegas, they immediately began hoping that the shooter was not black or a Muslim. Why? Because they knew that the blowback on all African-Americans or Muslims would be fierce if the shooter hailed from one of those communities. Something is deeply wrong when people feel a sense of relief that the shooter is white because they know that means they won’t suffer as a result. White people, on the other hand, had no such feeling this morning, because 400 years of American history tells them that no such consequences will exist for them today as a result of Stephen Paddock’s actions.

Dissent News Wire (9/8): CVE Is Not Our Friend
President Obama launched the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program in 2014 on the premise that the government should help guide people away from becoming terrorists. That sounds great, until you examine the program, which, it turns out, targets people based on protected First Amendment activities, and is based on debunked theories of radicalization. The program combines profiling, surveillance, censorship, and even thought control (if a government agent believes you are too radical and may turn to terrorism, you may be eligible for an “intervention”). The program was touted as a way to stop all types of terrorism, from animal rights activism to white supremacy. But in truth, it has focused on Muslims, and had the effect of painting all Muslims as being at risk for becoming terrorists, and also dividing the community.

The New York Times (10/3): If Only Stephen Paddock Were a Muslim
If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he had been a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic rifle in another … If all of that had happened, no one would be telling us not to dishonor the victims and “politicize” Paddock’s mass murder by talking about preventive remedies.

Vox (10/2): White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners
The average likelihood of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in which an immigrant participated in any given year is one in 3.6 million — even including the 9/11 deaths. The average American is more likely to die from their own clothing or a toddler with a gun than an immigrant terrorist. But we’re not banning guns and T-shirts from coming into the country.

Washington Post (10/2):  ‘Lone wolf’: Our stunning double standard when it comes to race and religion
Despite the scale of the attack and Paddock’s being armed with more than 10 rifles, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo immediately dismissed any ties to terrorism, classifying Paddock, a white male from a rural town 80 miles from Las Vegas, as a “local individual” and a “lone wolf.” But if Paddock were Muslim, his status as a local individual would be entirely irrelevant, and the motive of “Islamic terrorism” or “jihad” would likely be immediately assumed, even without any evidence.Time and again, following a terrorist attack involving a (nominal or bona-fide) Muslim individual, Muslim Americans are expected to disavow and condemn the attack.  However, no one expects white men to apologize on behalf of all other white men, even though 63 percent of mass shootings since 1982 have been committed by their demographic.

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 liberties and political freedoms in society; to provide legal advocacy and support for prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system and their families targeted after 9/11; and to defend and preserve the rights of all people according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Geneva Conventions

Member Organizations
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) – Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) – Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) – Desis, Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) – Friends of Human Rights (FHR) – International Action Center (IAC) – Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) – Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) – National Lawyers Guild (NLG)  – The Aafia Foundation  – Project Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims (Project SALAM) – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) 



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