NCPCF                                                        Vol. VIII-Issue No. 565

NEWS DIGEST                                      Friday, January 5, 2018


“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu
Annual Community Potluck 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! BEST WISHES FOR 2018!

IN THIS ISSUE

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Upcoming Event

Third Annual Community Potluck
, Sunday, January 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. (rescheduled from New Years Day due to rain), Lettuce Lake Park, Shelter #10, 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and all people of conscience – religious or not – are invited to join together in solidarity to begin a new year with love.  Sponsored by: National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Friends of Human Rights, Islamic Community of Tampa, Social Action Committee of the First United Church of Tampa, The Bridge, St. Pete for Peace, and Tampa Friends Meeting (Quakers), PFLAG
 

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News Digest

Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support

 

East Bay Express (1/3): Terror or Entrapment?
Five recent Bay Area terrorism cases by the FBI raise questions as to whether the bureau has enticed young, troubled Muslim men to attempt acts they wouldn’t have otherwise committed. All of the Bay Area’s accused terrorists have been charged only with attempted crimes — four with attempting to provide “material support” to a terrorist organization and one with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Three suspects were heavily assisted by undercover FBI agents posing as terrorists. And all five of the Bay Area’s terror suspects share something else in common: They’re young and Muslim, and each of them had been struggling with mental health issues and family problems.
 
Islamophobia and Civil Rights 

The Guardian (12/30): Anti-sharia laws proliferate as Trump strikes hostile tone toward Muslims
In 2017 there were 23 new bills introduced in 18 states attempting to prohibit the practice of Islamic religious law, or sharia, in US courts. The rash of new bills brings the total number of such legislative efforts since 2010 to 217 in 43 states, according to the Haas Institute at UC Berkeley which monitors the anti-sharia movement. Legal experts point out that the bills are superfluous, as the US constitution is the supreme law of the land and any foreign laws are subservient to it.

Daily Beast (1/2):  Obama Team Did Some ‘Extreme Vetting’ of Muslims Before Trump, New Documents Show
Five months before President Trump came to office vowing “extreme vetting” for immigrants, the Obama administration added social media checks to a program that scrutinizes persons from majority-Muslim nations, newly obtained internal documents show. Social-media screening at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services collectively encompassed aspiring immigrants such as asylees and refugees, and even some visa-holders currently in the United States. The effort going back five years had produced little actionable intelligence, according to multiple internal reviews obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.


Editorials/Opinions

The Free Thought Project (12/28): Mainstream Media & FBI Push Fake Terror Attack Even After Their Patsy Refused to Do It
The New York Post ran the headline “FBI thwarts ISIS-inspired Christmas terror attack on San Francisco,” and the claim that the suspect was “former US Marine sharpshooter” Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, who was discharged from the military for fraudulent enlistment, and now works as a tow truck driver. Everitt Jameson now faces up to 20 years in prison for engaging in conversations online with FBI informants who intentionally targeted his weaknesses, as the mainstream media celebrates the fact that the FBI has foiled yet another FBI terror plot, and the agents who are responsible for ruining an innocent man’s life, look for their next victim. If Jameson never had any intention of carrying out a terror attack and the entire idea was forced on him by the FBI, why on Earth would this be on the news and touted as some foiled plot?

The Washington Post (1/3): Trump’s travel ban is still indefensible
The third executive order indefinitely limits entry into the United States from five of the majority-Muslim countries included in the original ban, along with travel from two non-majority-Muslim countries (Venezuela and North Korea) and one country with a significant Christian minority (Chad).  The court held that the president failed to meet the act’s requirement of “finding” based on reason or evidence that travel from the eight countries would harm the United States — rather than simply declaring it to be so. What is clear is that the ban is bad policy made poorly. As the 9th Circuit wrote of the order’s effect on American Muslims: “It cannot be in the public interest that a portion of this country be made to live in fear.”

 

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