- Post-9/11, America waged war on Islam. Innocent victims
are targeted for political advantage. They're called fundamentalists, extremists,
terrorists and fanatics.
- Why Muslims when, in fact, Islam teaches love, not hate;
peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism.
- Who knows though in today's climate of hate and fear
at a time America wages global wars on Islam, including at home.
- Perhaps Jose Pimental (aka Muhammad Yusaf) is the latest
entrapped Muslim in a plot he never planned or intended. So far, it's unclear.
- Born in the Dominican Republic, he's a naturalized US
citizen convert to Islam. Except for five years in Schenectady, New York,
he lived mostly in Manhattan.
- On November 20, New York Times writers Joseph Goldstein
and William Rashbaum headlined, "Man Arrested and Charged in Bomb
- NYPD authorities arrested Pimentel on Saturday. New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.,
and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly "announced the charges
against (him) at a Sunday evening news conference at City Hall."
- He'd been under surveillance for over two years. Authorities
claimed he was close to completing at least three bombs.
- According to Kelly:
- "Pimentel talked about killing US military personnel
returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly Marines and Army
personnel. He talked about bombing post offices in and around Washington
Heights and police cars in New York City, as well as a police station in
- "Once his bombing campaign began, Mr. Pimentel said
the public would know that there were mujahidden in the city to fight jihad
- Jihad is Arabic for "struggle," "effort,"
"to strive," "to exert," "resist," and "to
fight," depending on the context. Western interpretation calls it
"holy war," inaccurately suggesting belligerence.
- Although the Koran calls for military struggle for Islam,
it's mainly an internal, individual, spiritual one for self-improvement,
moral cleansing, and intellectual effort.
- Contrary to Western propaganda, it doesn't advocate violence
or war. Moreover, Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots.
- It's also not one of Islam's five pillars, including
profession of faith, prayer five times daily, fasting during Ramadan, charity,
and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime
for those able to afford it.
- The Times writers called Pimentel's case unusual. It
"mark(ed) the second time this year" that charges were filed
in state, not federal, court.
- A person close to discussions said FBI officials "declined
to become involved in the case....because of issues (the agency) had with
it. The person, who insisted on anonymity, declined to elaborate on what
those issues were."
- Others did confidentially, saying federal authorities
said Pimentel posed no threat. They believed he was incapable of committing
the alleged bomb plot.
- His lawyer, Joseph Zablocki, said his client's behavior
wasn't conspiratorial. He concealed nothing. "I don't believe that
this case is nearly as strong as (New York authorities) believe."
Pimental "has this very public online profile....This is not the way
you go about committing a terrorist attack."
- Federal authorities agree. They want no part of the case.
Very likely, another innocent Muslim was framed.
- The Times cited NYPD saying holes were drilled in pipes.
Sulfur was scraped off matches. Nails were for shrapnel, and wires fashioned
an ignition device.
- Claiming it doesn't mean it's so, especially coming from
unreliable sources. Federal and state authorities use them to entrap targeted
victims. Perhaps Pimentel's the latest.
- An unidentified police official said:
- "The Police Department basically had an informant
(on) this guy." They're paid to follow instructions and entrap targeted
subjects. Usually they're convicted felons or face charges. In return for
leniency and substantial compensation, they cooperate.
- "This guy (Pimentel) is sort of giving to the informant
all of these material(s) on bomb building and talking about building a
bomb and supporting the mujaheeden by targeting - he's kind of all over
the place; sometimes it's targeting servicemen and women returning from
Afghanistan; sometimes it's the police; sometimes it's build it and test
it, but it's all over the place."
- "He was in the process of building three pipe bombs,"
the official claimed. "We weren't going to wait around to figure out
what he wanted to do with his bombs. He was in Harlem about an hour from
actually assembling the bombs," but had "unassembled components
ready to go."
- Charges against him include:
- "Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree
as a Crime of Terrorism"
- "Conspiracy in the Second Degree as a Crime of Terrorism"
- "Soliciting or Providing Support for an Act of Terrorism
in the Second Degree"
- "Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree"
- "Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree"
- The Times said he "made incriminating statements"
to a police informant, and bought his alleged bomb-making materials "at
a 99 cent store (and) Home Depot."
- These are hardly places supplying materials, devices,
or other implements for bombs. Everything they sell is legal. Purchases
made there commit no crimes. Yet charges against him claimed he:
- "possessed an explosive substance with the intent
to use the same unlawfully against the person or property of another, as
a CRIME OF TERRORISM, committed with intent to intimidate and coerce a
civilian population, to influence the policy of a unit of government by
intimidation or coercion, and to affect the conduct of unit of government
by murder, assassination, and kidnapping...."
- All that from a five and dime and Home Depot. Maybe notices
on them should say "Do Not Enter, Dangerous Bomb-Making Materials
- Out of context, charges also say he maintained the trueislam1.com
web site (True Islam: The Way of the Prophet). Statements in one article
said, "People have to understand that America and its allies are all
legitimate targets in warfare," including all facilities supporting
their war-making efforts.
- Saying it, of course, isn't intent to commit crimes.
Pimentel maintains articles there he wrote and by others. He created it
"to educate people about the True Religion of Islam as revealed to
the Last prophet Muhammad(PBUH)."
- On May 10, 2011, he posted John Pilger's August 30, 1998
article headlined, "The World's Worst Terrorists Are Based in Washington,"
- "In recent years, Muslims have been the greatest
sufferers from state terrorism....All, of course, are unpeople: the victims
of an unerring pattern of ruthless, lawless terrorism, imperialist by nature
and infinitely greater than that of any Islamic or Irish group."
- "It is time to stop sniggering at the distractions
of this rampant power and to recognize the truth about it and to speak
- The worst was yet to come. Post-9/11, Washington waged
multiple wars on Islam and plans more for unchallenged global dominance.
It ravaged the world one country at a time, killing millions. Saying so
and expressing outrage isn't criminal. It's patriotic and heroic.
- Pimentel's site doesn't declare war. It covers detailed
information on America's war on Islam. So do others featuring distinguished
writers and scholars.
- They explain what everyone needs to know and tries to
- We're all in the same fight to prevent America's rogue
imperialism from destroying humanity entirely.
- A Final Comment
- A previous article discussed Hank Skinner's unjust capital
punishment sentencing. Clear evidence showed he was framed for a crime
he didn't commit.
- Skinner lives in Texas. Since presidential aspirant Rick
Perry took office in December 2000, 234 executions occurred, more than
under any other modern governor. At the same time, he refuses to admit
erroneously putting anyone innocent to death, despite over 130 exonerated
inmates nationwide since 1973.
- In Texas and other states, innocence isn't enough to
assure justice, even on matters of life and death.
- On November 9, Skinner was scheduled to be executed.
On September 1, Texas law SB 122 took effect. It's to ensure procedural
barriers don't prevent prisoners from testing all relevant biological evidence,
including what previously wasn't examined.
- Skinner's life depended on whether Gray County district
court upheld the law or, with time running out, whether further appeals
for justice so far denied were possible.
- On November 7, the court temporarily suspended his execution.
Rob Owen, one of Skinner's attorneys said:
- "We are confident that upon careful review, the
court will conclude that DNA testing is necessary. The stakes are too high
to allow Mr. Skinner to be executed before he has a fair chance to make
his case that the trial court made a grave mistake in denying his request
for DNA testing."
- Thousands of petition signatures support him. Owen hopes
Governor Perry will "take the time necessary to be scientifically
certain of Mr. Skinner guilt before permitting him to be executed."
- Despite his horrendous record in office and cavalier
attitude, Skinner hopes he'll be the exception in a state accounting for
half of all executions in America.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
- Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and
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