NCPCF News Digest — Issue No. 28 —-July 15, 2011
‘Civil Freedoms for All’
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this issue:
NCPCF event in Detroit: LIVE STREAMING - Saturday 7/16, 3-6 PM
Reports on Victim’s of Preemption: Aref, Lindh, and Yaghi
CNN exposes Walid Shoebat, the fake terrorism expert
Driving while immigrant- Secure Communities makes our
Laila Yaghi, mother of victim Ziad Yaghi (7/8): Two Years and Counting (10 min.)
Laila Yaghi talks about her son, Ziyad, who has been in jail for two years awaiting trial. He was a victim of preemptive prosecution – prosecution before there was a crime. Laila was interviewed by Mel Underbakke of NCPCF.
RT: The 10 DAY manhunt for a known terrorist ignored by MSM (6 min.)
Did you hear about the statewide 10 DAY manhunt for a known terrorist? I’ll tell you all about it – and the terrorist who’s still on the loose!
CNN Video: Ex-terrorist rakes homeland security bucks (8:40 min.)
Terrorism and Islam are inseparable, he tells them. All U.S. mosques should be under scrutiny.
“All Islamic organizations in America should be the No. 1 enemy. All of them,” he says. (See CNN Article below.)
CNN (7/13-14): ‘Ex-terrorist’ rakes in homeland security bucks
Walid Shoebat had a blunt message for the roughly 300 South Dakota police officers and sheriff’s deputies who gathered to hear him warn about the dangers of Islamic radicalism.
In tax records filed by Davies, the Forum for Middle East Understanding reported 2009 earnings from speaking engagements, videos and book sales of more than $560,000. The documents are thin on specifics, and so is Shoebat.
Families and Victims/CMUs and Prison Abuse
A. The New York Times Magazine (7/10): ‘Little Gitmo’: Story of Yasin Aref’
When an upstate imam named Yassin Aref was convicted on a suspect terrorism charge, he was sent to a secretive prison denounced by civil libertarians as a Muslim quarantine.
How intelligence is gathered from CMU inmates. How the FBI was able to pursue Aref.
B. The Guardian (7/10): America’s ‘detainee 001′ – the persecution of John Walker Lindh
Frank Lindh, father of ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh, explains in a detailed article why his son is an innocent victim of America’s ‘war on terror’. My hope and prayer is that at some point rational, fair-minded officials in the American government will see the wisdom in releasing John from prison, rather than making him serve the entire 20-year sentence. His continued incarceration serves no good purpose. Releasing John from prison would help restore America’s image in the world, and particularly among Muslim people, as a humane country committed to the rule of law.
Pre-crime Reports: Thoughtcrime & Manufactured Charges Prosecutions
Huffington Post (7/7): Betim Kaziu Guilty Of Supporting ‘Overseas Terror’
A Brooklyn-born man was convicted of terror charges for traveling to the Middle East to avenge abuse of Muslims in a trial that featured the testimony of a would-be terrorist and childhood friend of the defendant who became a government cooperator. The defense claimed the alleged martyr video and other home videos shot by Kaziu were made in jest. His lawyers also argued that most of evidence against their client was widely distributed anti-American propaganda.
Islamophobia & Civil Rights
Southern Poverty Law Center (Summer 2011): Jihad against Islam
Rarely has the United States seen a more reckless and bare-knuckled campaign to vilify a distinct class of people and compromise their fundamental civil and human rights than the recent rhetoric against Muslims. This apparently growing movement was not a case of spontaneous public-opinion combustion. In the decade since 9/11, a coterie of core activists — most importantly, hard-liners Robert Spencer, Brigitte Gabriel, Frank Gaffney, David Horowitz and David Yerushalmi, along with the more moderate Daniel Pipes and Steve Emerson — has been warning that the Islamic sky was falling. Independent journalist Max Blumenthal in December 2010 called it “the Great Islamophobic Crusade.”
Civil Freedoms Under Threat
LA Weekly (7/6): FBI Documents Reveal ICE’s ‘Secure Communities’ Program Was Mandated to Further FBI’s Own Creepy Biometric Database
FBI officials call Secure Communities “simply the first of a number of biometric interoperability systems being brought online by the … Next Generation Identification (NGI) initiative.” You can start freaking out now.
See also Immigration Chronicles: New records raise questions about FBI and Secure Communities
The Nation (7/8): Driving while immigrant
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a slate of reforms to its Secure Communities program. In reality they amount to a political attempt to salvage Obama’s flagship immigration program, which despite a multimillion-dollar mandate to target “dangerous criminal aliens,” has been undermined by ICE’s own data, which show that the majority of those it deports have no criminal record or were charged with minor offenses like traffic tickets. Critics argue that the program has re-established racial profiling as a legitimate policing practice. If the 1990s catchphrase was “Driving While Black,” now it could be “Driving While Immigrant.”
Bob Libal in Texas Civil Rights Review (7/6): Secure Communities makes our community less safe
We in Travis County and around Texas know that Secure Communities makes our community less safe. We know that Secure Communities breeds fear into the community, driving our immigrant brothers and sisters further into the shadows. Secure Communities also provides a steady business for the private prison company that ever more detainees to fill their detention beds.