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:
bogusly entrapped by stings, false evidence or other means;
held in detention;
kept in isolation;
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 Units (CMUs).
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 conference.
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 State Building.
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 Gandy:
“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 accused, saying:
“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 accused included:
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).