- Promising peace on May 19, Obama wages war against Middle
East/North African and Central Asian states, as well as Muslim Americans
at home. Earlier articles explained they've:
- -- been targeted;
- -- hunted down;
- -- bogusly entrapped by stings, false evidence or other
- -- rounded up;
- -- held in detention;
- -- kept in isolation;
- -- denied bail;
- -- restricted in their right to counsel;
- -- tried on secret evidence;
- -- convicted on bogus charges;
- -- given long sentences; and
- -- incarcerated for extra harsh treatment as political
prisoners in supermax confinement or segregated Communication Management
- In fact, they violate US Prison Bureau regulations, stipulating
that "staff shall not discriminate against inmates on the basis of
race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or political belief (including)
administrative decisions (involving) access to work, housing and programs."
- Moreover, the Supreme Court's February 2005 Johnson V.
California decision prohibited segregating prisoners by race, national
origin, or language, citing 14th Amendment protections against racial discrimination.
- Nonetheless, post-9/11, Muslims have been vilified for
their faith, ethnicity, activism, prominence, and, in the case of the Holy
Land Foundation, charity. Bogusly, however, they were called a terrorist
group and shut down, its principles given long prison terms for providing
legitimate financial and other assistance, not aid to global terror groups.
- Imam Amin Abdul Latif understands well. Recently, without
explanation, he was removed from a plane with his son, also an Iman, despite
having cleared security. Angrily he responded:
- "I've never experienced anything like that before,
that level of humiliation and disrespect. Never in my life! As an American
citizen, you expect more. The whole idea of freedom of religion - that's
what we pride ourselves over. As Americans, we pride ourselves! Now, we
(no longer can) take pride. You single out a group of people (for their
faith). This is just horrible."
- Ironically, he and his son were headed for an Islamophobia
- More serious are bogus indictments, charging innocent
men and women with terrorism, conspiracy to commit it, and related offenses.
Two Queens, NY men, both Muslims, are likely victims, Ahmed Ferhani and
Mohammed Mamdou, charged with planning to bomb synagogues in Manhattan.
- On May 12, New York Times writers William Rashbaum and
Al Baker headlined, "Suspects in Terror Case Wanted to Kill Jews,
Officials Say," both writers implying prosecutorial credibility by
their inflammatory headline, saying:
- According to New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly,
their ambitions didn't end there, expressing an interest also "in
blowing up the Empire State Building."
- Earlier, innocent men and women were charged with alleged
plots against various New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty,
Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Times Square, Kennedy Airport, and the Empire
- Others were falsely accused of plots against US soldiers
at Fort Dix, NJ, marines at Quantico, VA, National Guard jets with stinger
missiles, Pakistan's ambassador with a surface-to-air missile, an armed
forces recruiting station, and other just as preposterous targets. All
charges were bogus. Some, in fact, were dropped from indictments. All were
to stoke fear and enlist public support for the fake war on terror, filling
prison cells with innocent Muslims to do it.
- On May 13, Ferhani and Mamdou were arraigned before Judge
Melissa C. Jackson in Manhattan's State Supreme Court on conspiracy, hate
crimes, weapons possession, and terrorism. According to prosecutor Margaret
- "The seriousness of this crime is considerable,"
adding that investigators had convincing, undisclosed evidence. Both men
were held without bail. Neither one entered a formal plea, but lawyers
said their clients denied wrongdoing.
- The previous day, at a City Hall press conference, commissioner
Kelly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance,
Jr. said both men wanted to kill Jews and considered blowing up churches.
- Of course, authorities will say anything to incite fear
and get convictions, leaving no one safe in today's environment, no matter
how pristine pure.
- According to Vance:
- "They conspired and took concrete steps to blow
up synagogues and churches to advance (their) ideological goals and to
possess and use illegal firearms and explosives. They did it for jihad,
something they referred simply to as the cause, which meant the violence
and armed fight against Israel, Jews and other non-Muslims and the West....He
was committed to violent jihad, and his plans became bigger and more violent
with each passing week."
- However, according to Ferhani's father, his son was falsely
- "He's a very good kid....He has a very good heart,
but if somebody tries tries to tell him something, he always believes it."
As for the charges, he added: "Bomb a synagogue? That's not my son....he's
not a religious fanatic."
- A seven-month long New York city police sting, in fact,
entrapped the men. This occurs when law enforcement officials or agents
induce, influence, or provoke crimes that otherwise wouldn't be committed.
However, it doesn't apply in cases of willingness to act lawlessly, government
merely aiding, abetting, or facilitating a good chance to do so.
- Entrapment involves the following:
- -- government officials or agents initiated the idea;
- -- individuals were persuaded to act; and
- -- they had no previous intent or willingness to do so.
- Key is that prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable
doubt that subjects weren't entrapped. Otherwise, due process convictions
are prohibited, though judicial fairness seldom occurs in cases involving
anyone for political reasons, especially Muslims.
- If convicted, Ferhani and Mamdou face potential life
sentences, most likely on false charges.
- FBI Charges Six South Florida Muslims
- On May 14, New York Times writer Dan Van Natta headlined,
"Florida Men Accused of Supporting Pakistani Taliban," saying:
- "Six people, including two Imams at South Florida
mosques, have been indicted on federal charges of providing financial support
and encouraging violence by the Pakistani Taliban, the United States attorney
here announced Saturday."
- Charged were Hafiz Mumammed Sher Ali Khan, an elderly
Miami Mosque Imam, known as the Flagler Mosque, Miami's oldest. Others
- -- Izhar Khan, Mumammed's son, an Imam at Margate, FL's
Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque;
- -- Irfan Khan, another son;
- -- Ali Rehman (aka Faisal Ali Rehman);
- -- Alam Zeb; and
- -- Amina Khan (Amina Bibi).
- Rehman, Zeb, and Amina Khan reside in Pakistan. The others
are in South Florida. Amina is Mumammed's daughter. Alam is his grandson.
- Another son, Ikram, called the arrests "ridiculous,"
- "They can do anything they want in America. They
want to scare more people."
- Accused of providing material support to a terrorist
organization, the Taliban, Ikram explained that his father sent money to
a Pakistan madrasa (a school) for charitable purposes only, adding:
- "It only does good things for people, and it only
does the right thing....None of my family supports the Taliban. We support
- According to Rafiq Mahdi, a Fort Lauderdale, FL Imam:
- "I have not heard anything or know anything that
would lead me to think" these charges are legitimate. "I think
as Imams here in the United States, we are keenly aware of the scrutiny
that we are receiving. We have a big job to combat the prejudice that has
been focused on Islam and Muslims in this country. We have to be careful,"
as a result.
- There are "many of our immigrant brothers who (may)
be sending money to family members for charitable purposes and that can
possibly be misconstrued."
- In other words, six more Muslims were falsely accused
of what they didn't do and don't support. Nonetheless, on May 14, a Department
of Justice press release headlined, "Six Individuals Charged for Providing
Material Support to the Pakistani Taliban," saying:
- The four-count indictment charged all six "defendants
(with) conspiring to provide and providing material support to a conspiracy
to murder, maim, and kidnap persons overseas, as well as conspiring to
provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically
the Pakistani Taliban."
- Two individuals were arrested in South Florida, another
in Los Angeles. The others are at large in Pakistan. All are Pakistani
- According to US Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer:
- "Despite being an Imam, or spiritual leader, Hafiz
Khan was by no means a man of peace," though no evidence corroborates
DOJ charges against any of those accused.
- In later 2008, US banks noticed financial transactions
to Pakistan accounts. The FBI was notified. Supposedly they wiretapped
phone conversations about transferring funds to Pakistani insurgents for
planned assaults against US interests there and in Afghanistan.
- Since 9/11, hundreds of innocent Muslims have been bogusly
accused of other terror plots, including conspiring with overseas terrorists.
- After pleading innocent at a May 16 Federal District
Court hearing, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan's lawyer, Khurrum Wahid, asked
community members not to prejudge his client, saying:
- "The public may have preconceived notions. I would
ask the public to keep an open mind, and remember that everyone is innocent
until proven guilty in this country."
- Moreover, Khan family relatives and friends asserted
that all money sent to Pakistan was to help indigent people as well as
to provide charitable support for a madrasa.
- According to Fort Laudedale lawyer Victor Comras:
- "The key difficulty in prosecuting (these type)
cases is proving that the contribution was made 'knowingly' " for
purposes other than those claimed. In previous cases, he explained, prosecutors
have struggled to prove intent without clear evidence.
- However, prosecutors often manipulate alleged evidence
to convince juries of terrorist connections and intent. Secret evidence
is also used. As a result, innocent victims are wrongfully charged and
- In a post-9/11 climate of fear, it's the wrong time to
be Muslim in America. As a result, federal prisons are filled with them
for political advantage, not for alleged wrongdoing.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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