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US Terrorize The World – 24 Ramadhan 1427 H (17.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 17, 2006

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=== News Update ===

Report: British universities to be asked to ‘spy’ on Muslim students

Also, all religious schools in Britain will be required to enroll those of other faiths and non-believers.

In a move sure to set off more fireworks between Tony Blair’s government and the Muslim community in Britain, lecturers and university staff will be asked to spy on “Asian looking” and Muslim students whom they suspect are “involved with Islamic extremism and supporting terrorist violence.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1016/dailyUpdate.html?s=mesdu

Note: The article below has a lot of hyper links so please visit the url to view them
see also: http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/news/story/0,,1923325,00.html

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UK: Teachers asked to root out Islamic extremists

As part of the campaign the Department for Education has prepared plans to ask university staff and lecturers to inform police of Muslim and “Asian-looking” students they suspect of involvement in supporting terrorists.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2406457,00.html

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9/11 New York Times and CBS News Poll: Most Americans Believe Bushcons Hiding Nine Eleven Crimes

In most cases, you can’t trust polls far as you can throw them, as they are routinely used to foist propaganda and nonsense upon the unwitting, or rather the intellectually lazy and incurious. However, there is absolutely no propaganda value for the criminal neocons when a large number of people believe “the Bush administration is hiding something” in regard to the attacks of nine eleven. Of course, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out, even though we now have Fox News pundits calling for the FBI to tail nine eleven researchers. If the overt fascist tactics of Bill “phone sex” O’Reilly, the moral derelict and psychopathic bully, demonstrate anything, it is that the neocons are petrified of nine eleven truth, now emerging from the shadows…
http://www.uruknet.biz/?p=m27518&hd=0&size=1&l=e

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9/11 : Time For The Sleeping 9/11 Giant To Awaken

Will 84% Of Americans remain content with a lying, exploitative and criminal government?
http://www.infowars.net/articles/October2006/151006Sleeping.htm

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Scientific Poll: 84% Reject Official 9/11 Story

The other 16% are walking organ donors with no brains.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/October2006/141006poll.htm

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Act’s provisions make us like the terrorists

Future historians will characterize the Bush administration by one event: the recent astounding and heinous suspension of habeas corpus by the Republican-led Congress. The inhumanity and cowardice of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 is stunning and unprecedented. It sanctions secret prisons, kangaroo tribunals, indefinite detentions without charge, the admission of secret evidence and evidence obtained by torture, the elimination of most judicial oversight and the suspension of habeas corpus for noncitizens. The act also conveniently shields government personnel against prosecution for illegal detention and interrogation practices committed since Sept. 11, 2001.
http://www.star-gazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061016/OPINION02/610160313/1004

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War Crimes Report Shows US Violations of International Law and Demands Prosecution of US Military and Civilian Leaders.

Full report: http://www.brusselstribunal.org/pdf/war_crimes_iraq_101006.pdf

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Why is the New York Times silent on massive Iraq death toll? A question for Bill Keller

The corporate-controlled American media is deliberately suppressing the results of a survey that demonstrates that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq has caused more than 600,000 deaths in the past three years-a figure that in and of itself refutes all the claims by the Bush administration that it carried out the invasion of Iraq in order to foster democracy in the Middle East. What kind of “freedom” and “human rights” can be the consequence of such a slaughter?
http://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=news_news&Number=294992815

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Iraq Through a Rebel’s Eyes

Thomas Jefferson was a rebel, as so many of his comments demonstrated. He also was a gun enthusiast, and not the bird-shooting kind. His gang of insurgents fought the British with the eighteenth century equivalents of assault rifles, RPGs, and roadside bombs — and that is why they are worth recalling when our conversation turns to Iraq.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15310.htm

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Iraq: Divide and Rule, ‘Ethnic Cleansing Works’

http://www.uruknet.info/?p=-6

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More Deadly Than Saddam

The final indignity, if you are an Iraqi who was shot for accidentally turning into the path of a U.S. military convoy (they thought you might be a terrorist), or blown apart by a car bomb or an airstrike, or tortured and murdered by kidnappers, or just for being a Sunni or a Shiite, is that U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will deny that your death happened.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15316.htm

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Stranger than fiction: Saddam Verdict Is Expected on Nov. 5

Two days before U.S. election: A verdict against Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants charged with crimes against humanity in connection with an anti-Shiite crackdown in the 1980s will be announced Nov. 5, a senior court official said on Monday.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061016/D8KPMFNO1.html

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What happens if Saddam Hussein is acquitted?

One, if Saddam is found guilty and given a death sentence there will be hell to pay in the streets of Tikrit. Two, if he’s found innocent, then our excuse for occupying Iraq after finding no weapons of mass destruction goes up in smoke.
http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20061013/Opinion/110130057

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Chalabi’s “Death Squads” mapped

http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2006/10/15/chalabi%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cdeath-squads%e2%80%9d-mapped/

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Bush Torture Crimes – Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcgXO-vX7dM

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On every level, the Iraq war is hurting America

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1005/p09s02-coop.html

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Iraq: More than 77 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on

A total of 46 bodies, with gunshot wounds and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad since Saturday night, an Interior Ministry source said.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO631031.htm

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Seven US troops killed in Iraq

Seven more US troops have been killed in action in Iraq, bringing the number of American troops to have died this month to 57.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061016/wl_mideast_afp/iraqusunresttoll_061016152611

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US Death Toll in Iraq Hits 53

http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/nyt541.html

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 15 October 2006.

  • Resistance bomb leaves three US troops reported dead in al-Fallujah Saturday.
  • US soldier reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter in ar-Ramadi.
  • Wild American gunfire kills three civilians in Hit market Saturday.
  • Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee, killing crew in Abu Ghurayb Sunday afternoon.
  • Resistance bomb near Samarra’ Sunday afternoon leaves five US troops reported dead.
  • US troops gun kill two Iraqi civilians, wound another following Resistance bomb attack in Jurf as-Sakhr Sunday.
  • Resistance bomb blasts puppet “National Guard” pickup on Saturday.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US patrol in al-Fallujah Sunday afternoon, flipping over Humvee.
  • Resistance mortars pound puppet “Iraqi National Guard” camp in al-Fallujah Saturday night.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US patrol near ‘Anah Saturday.
  • US troops release tribal leader after four days in custody for advocating the return of Saddam Husayn to office.
  • Resistance pounds puppet “Shock Troop” camp in southern Baghdad with heavy mortars on Saturday.
  • Resistance bomb near Samarra’ Sunday afternoon leaves five US troops reported dead.
  • Bomb wounds three in al-Basrah Sunday morning.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/1006/iraqiresistancereport_151006.htm

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UK’s Afghanistan mission “could take another 20 years,” says MP

British troops could be in Afghanistan for another 20 years, according to a main opposition Conservative MP and Territorial Army soldier who has just returned from a tour of duty there
http://www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=913762

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France to Withdraw Special Forces from Afghanistan

France plans to withdraw around 200 special forces from southern Afghanistan at the start of next year following a recent surge in violence, reported the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.
http://www.india-defence.com/reports/2609

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Canada blocks bid by Arab countries for vote on Israel’s nuclear capabilities

More than a dozen Arab countries were blocked by a Canadian motion in their bid to have a vote on a resolution labelling Israel’s nuclear capabilities a threat on the final day of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual meeting.
http://tinyurl.com/y8vklf

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Attorney Lynne Stewart, Facing Up To 30 Years in Prison Speaks Out

Stewart was convicted of five counts of conspiring to aid terrorists and lying to the government. Stewart’s case has reverberated with defense attorneys around the country. Many argue that the government’s aim is to discourage them from representing unpopular clients.
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/16/143257

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Lawyer gets 28 months jail for aiding terrorism

Lynne Stewart, 67, was convicted in February 2005 of helping her imprisoned client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, to contact the Islamic Group, which is listed by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.
http://tinyurl.com/y3kl9a

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Questionable justice during ‘terror sting’ trial

Under the current regulations, jurors could neither hear nor consider the evidence that prompted the sting operation in the first place; the validity of the FBI’s “suspicions” must be taken on faith.
http://tinyurl.com/ybnv5p

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Muslims Holocaust and Genocide Remembrance Day

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 17, 2006

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Muslims Holocaust and Genocide Remembrance Day
Muslims Against Terrorism http://www.m-a-t.org

In order to remember more than 32 million Muslims killed / displaced during the past 1400 years, Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT) will be holding two memorial ceremonies in Toronto and Calgary.

Major holocausts and genocide of Muslims are as follows :

  • Crusaders killed more than half million Muslims during and after occupying Jerusalem.
  • Ganges Khan and his forces killed more than a million Muslims during the occupation of Iraq and neighboring areas.
  • More than a million Muslims were killed / forced to change religion by Spanish Crusaders in South America
  • More than 2 million Muslims were killed / forced to change religion / displaced by Spanish and other European extremists during the rebellion against Ottoman empire.
  • More than 3 million Muslims were killed by the European colonial powers during and after the occupation of Muslim countries
  • More than 8 million Muslims were killed / displaced by Tsars of Russia
  • More than 3 million Muslims were killed / displaced by communist government of Russia
  • More than 1.5 million Muslims have been killed in China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and other Far East countries since the world war II
  • More than half million Muslims have been killed / displaced in Burma since world war II
  • More than half million Muslims have been killed in India and Kashmir since 1947
  • More than half million Muslims were killed by Serbs and Croats in Bosnia during early 90s.
  • More than 100,000 Muslims were killed in Kosovo and Albania during mid 90s.
  • More than a million Muslims were killed in East European countries during the communist governments
  • More than 5 million Muslims have been killed / displaced in Palestine since 1948
  • More than 6 million Muslims were killed / displaced by the Russian occupation of Afghanistan
  • Thousands of Muslims have been killed by secular / dictator governments (backed by the West) in Muslim countries since the independence from the colonial powers.


Why 32 million Muslims killed / displaced during past 1400 hundred years?

Simply, because they didn’t do Perfect Jihaad with the help of Perfect Defense.

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9/11 Breaking News : Scientific Poll: 84% Reject Official 9/11 Story

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 17, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

9/11 Breaking News :

Scientific Poll: 84% Reject Official 9/11 Story

Only 16% now believe official fable according to New York Times/CBS News poll
Truth Movement has the huge majority of opinion
How will the Bush Cabal react?

Steve Watson & Alex Jones / Prisonplanet.com | October 14 2006

A monumental new scientific opinion poll has emerged which declares that only 16% of people in America now believe the official government explanation of the September 11th 2001 terror attacks.

According to the new New York Times/CBS News poll, only 16% of Americans think the government is telling the truth about 9/11 and the intelligence prior to the attacks:

“Do you think members of the Bush Administration are telling the truth, are mostly telling the truth but hiding something, or are they mostly lying?

  • Telling the truth 16%
  • Hiding something 53%
  • Mostly lying 28%
  • Not sure 3%”

The 84% figure mirrors other recent polls on the same issue. A Canadian Poll put the figure at 85%. A CNN poll had the figure at 89%. Over 80% supported the stance of Charlie Sheen when he went public with his opinions on 9/11 as an inside job.

A recent CNN poll found that the percentage of Americans who blame the Bush administration for the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington rose from almost a third to almost half over the past four years. This latest poll shows that that figure has again risen exponentially and now stands at well over three quarters of the population.

It took 35 plus years for the majority of Americans to wake up to the fact that the assassination of JFK was a government operation. It has only take five years for MORE Americans to wake up to the fact that 9/11 was an inside job on behalf of the Neoconservative crime syndicate within the US.

Reference to past polls show that in the last five years there has been an explosion in numbers of those who do not buy the official line.

In 2004 a Zogby Poll showed that just over half of New Yorkers believed there was a cover up.

In May of this year another Zogby poll indicated that around half of ALL Americans did not buy the official story.

The latest poll also shows a massive awakening has occurred recently given that previous estimates indicated that around 34% still believed the official story and around 30% were oblivious altogether.

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Alex Jones declared that the Truth movement has cause to celebrate this evening as it is now beyond any doubt that the vast majority of Americans know that the official story of 19 Saudis with box cutters is ludicrous.

The diligence of those who have worked to educate the world on 9/11 truth from day one cannot be underestimated. We are now seeing the fruits of this hard and at times extremely trying labor hit home.

We would add thought that although this is a major victory for the truth movement it does not mean that the hard work can stop.

The next step is to use the majority opinion as leverage towards officially changing the record of what happened on 9/11, forcing the mainstream media into addressing the issue, not as a quirky news item, but as a serious re-defining of the state of the nation and the world today.

We have not taken the country back yet and the cabal that has taken control of the government continues to systematically use 9/11 and the war on terror as an excuse to destroy the Constitutional foundations of law and order in America.

As it becomes clearer that more and more Americans KNOW that their government is lying to them on the most fundamental issue of their lifetimes, we must consider what kind of reaction the government will undertake.

Remember that the majority of American voters now believe the Sept. 11 terrorist attack was a more significant historical event than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In July 2001 Alex jones issued an emergency warning that there was going to be a massive false flag terrorist attack in New York to be blamed on Osama Bin Laden. At that time there was not enough activism among the population to prevent it going ahead.

In August of 2006 Alex Jones issued a second emergency warning that all the factors pointed towards an imminent attack. The activism that occurred in the wake of this warning and that of others was exponential and may indeed have helped stave off another attack.

Our next warning is this, desperate times call for desperate measures. The criminal elements of the government now know that they have been totally exposed and are reviled by the majority of free thinking Americans. Will their response be to vamp up the crack down on that free thinking itself?

In essence Americans have outright REJECTED giving up their liberty for security in the wake of 9/11. The only security IS liberty itself, and the only way to stay secure is to constantly defend liberty.

source:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/October2006/141006poll.htm

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9/11 : London bomber’s suicide video is ‘linked to traitor’

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 17, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

9/11 : London bomber’s suicide video is ‘linked to traitor’

Californian masterminded al-Qaeda propaganda, claim terrorism experts

Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
Sunday October 15, 2006
The Observer

The first American to be charged with treason since the Second World War is said to be the mastermind behind al-Qaeda’s propaganda operations in Britain.

Californian Adam Yahiye Gadahn, 28, who last week was charged by the US with treason and aiding terrorists, has produced and appeared in a series of videos that have been disseminated over the internet, including films urging Muslims in Britain to commit terrorist atrocities against Western targets.

British intelligence believes Gadahn produced a 31-minute video featuring 7 July bomber, Shehzad Tanweer, extracts of which were released by Arab satellite station al-Jazeera earlier this year on the anniversary of the London bombings.

Gadahn has been credited with helping produce anti-US media on behalf of al-Qaeda, and now his more recent attempts to disseminate the organisation’s message to British Muslims are troubling terrorism experts here.

Gadahn is believed to have been responsible for cutting the footage of Tanweer to make his ‘martyr’s will’, although a study of the full video suggests he struggled with the task.

In clips towards the end of the tape, which have not been broadcast by Western media but have been obtained by The Observer, Tanweer is seen becoming increasingly agitated. Stumbling over a script that appears to have been written for him, he is seen to take deep breaths as he points a finger at the camera.

Tanweer – thought to have been filmed several months before carrying out his bombing mission – finds reading passages of his will difficult, tripping over the sentences and repeating words.

Experts said the language employed in the footage showed how senior clerics within al-Qaeda’s high command were influencing young impressionable followers like Tanweer and Gadahn to perpetuate the organisation’s messages.

‘Muslim blood has become cheap,’ Tanweer declares at one stage, before urging Muslims to ask Allah to protect ‘Sheikh Osama’ and to ‘lift the oppression of Muslims across the earth’.

‘The likes of Tanweer may not be the sharpest tacks in the box,’ said Josh Devon, senior analyst with think-tank Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE), which monitors Islamic fundamentalist media. ‘This is a guy reading a script; you don’t get to say some of the things Tanweer said without coming into contact with senior Koranic scholars.’

The broadcast of a small part of the Tanweer footage by al-Jazeera earlier this year drew widespread revulsion. The video from which it is extracted is equally disturbing. Gadahn’s slickly produced video shows a computerised simulation of the King’s Cross tube exploding. In the video Gadahn takes great efforts to reach out to a British Muslim audience. He is seen claiming that neither Forest Gate-style raids, Belmarsh, Guantanamo or the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, which was set up last year to tackle radical Islamic clerics in Britain, will ‘prevent Muslims from exacting revenge on behalf of their persecuted brothers and sisters’.

Gadahn goes on to suggest Britain taught America to kill Muslims, drawing on a ‘blood-soaked colonialist history’. ‘Where’s Britain in all of this? Coaching from the sidelines,’ he mocks.

The video, one of hundreds produced by al-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s video production unit and downloaded by sympathisers across the globe, includes extracts of speeches by Osama bin Laden, radical cleric Ayman al-Zawahiri and the now dead terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

An unidentified narrator emphasises a key al-Qaeda message: that Tanweer, like all suicide bombers, wanted to become a martyr because of his love of Allah, not because of ‘poverty, unemployment and emptiness as some of the mercenary media try to portray it to us’.

It tells how Tanweer and Mohammed Siddique Khan, his fellow 7 July bomber, attended al-Qaeda terror training camps with the sole aim of becoming martyrs.

Intelligence experts believe the tape shows how al-Qaeda has been attempting to develop its ideology by creating a ‘single narrative’, one that emphasises a history of Western aggression towards Muslims around the world.

The tape makes repeated references to the Crusades and explains that King’s Cross was chosen as a target because of its Christian connotations. Tanweer and Khan are referred to as ‘knights’ while al-Zawahiri talks of the Crusader/Zionist alliance. There are also references to the West’s wars against the Turkish Ottoman empire and repeated mentions of the conflicts in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Read extracts of Tanweer’s speech

source:
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1922856,00.html

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1 Man Still Locked Up From 9/11 Sweeps

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 17, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

1 Man Still Locked Up From 9/11 Sweeps

Oct 14, 8:03 PM (ET)

By MARTHA MENDOZA

In a jail cell at an immigration detention center in Arizona sits a man who is not charged with a crime, not suspected of a crime, not considered a danger to society.

But he has been in custody for five years.

His name is Ali Partovi. And according to the Department of Homeland Security, he is the last to be held of about 1,200 Arab and Muslim men swept up by authorities in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

There has been no full accounting of all of these individuals. Nor has a promised federal policy to protect against unrestricted sweeps been produced.

Human rights groups tried to track the detainees; members of Congress denounced the arrests. They all believed that all of those who had been arrested had been deported, released or processed through the criminal justice system.

Just this summer, it was reported that an Algerian man, Benemar “Ben” Benatta, was the last detainee, and that his transfer to Canada had closed the book on the post-9/11 sweeps.

But now The Associated Press has learned that at least one person – Partovi – is still being held. The Department of Homeland Security insists he really is the last one in custody.

“Certainly it’s not our goal as an agency to keep anyone detained indefinitely,” said DHS spokesman Dean Boyd. Boyd said the department would like to remove Partovi from the United States but that he refuses to return to his homeland of Iran.

And so he remains, a curious remnant of a desperate time.

Within hours of the Sept. 11 attacks – before it was even clear if they were over – the FBI was ordered to identify the terrorists who had managed to slip so smoothly into American society and to catch anyone who might have been working with them. The FBI operation was called PENTTBOM; it was swift and fierce, and the stakes couldn’t have been higher.

When in doubt, the orders came, arrest now and ask questions later. To make this easier, law enforcement officials were authorized to use immigration charges as needed. The risk of allowing terrorists to slip away just because there wasn’t ample evidence to hold them on terror charges could not be tolerated. And thus hundreds of individuals who were not terrorists, nor associated with terrorists, were temporarily taken into city, county and federal custody.

They were caught in their bedrooms while they slept, pulled from the restaurant kitchens where they worked, stopped at the border, even federal offices where they had gone to seek help. In the end, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s call for “aggressive detentions” in the unprecedented sweeps netted more than 1,200 individuals in less than two months.

The initial reaction to the sweeps was confusion. Members of Congress, leading civil rights organizations, Arab and Muslim activists, even the Justice Department’s internal watchdogs, didn’t know how to react.

“After 9/11, everyone was caught off guard. There was so much secrecy surrounding the government’s policies that it took a number of months before the public and civil-liberties groups began unraveling what the government was doing,” said Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney.

Then came demands, from Congress, from the Justice Department’s Inspector General, from the ACLU and Human Rights Watch and from Arab and Muslim activists, that these individuals must be accounted for.

To date that hasn’t occurred.

“The fact is the United States has not come forward with information on what happened to these people, or released their names,” said Rachel Meeropol, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, an advocacy organization that represents several detainees being held in Guantanamo. “Our understanding is that the majority of these people who were swept up on immigration violations were then held in detention until they were cleared of any connection to terrorism. We believe that accounts for the vast majority of people who were swept up.”

Here’s what is known: 762 of the 1,200 PENTTBOM arrestees were charged with immigration violations at the behest of the FBI because agents thought they might be associated with terrorism. Partovi was one of these 762. Much as Partovi used a false passport, nearly all of these detainees had violated immigration laws, either by overstaying their visas, entering the country illegally, or violating some other immigration law.

Unlike Partovi, almost everyone was either deported or released within a few months.

There were still at least 438 other individuals who were not accounted for. Most of those individuals, said Justice Department officials, were released within days. But at least 93 were charged with federal crimes and processed through the courts, and an unknown number were deemed material witnesses.

As the years passed, said the ACLU’s Gelernt, public concern faded.

“Initially there was a lot of attention on the 1,200 people, but we’re still not sure exactly what happened to all of them,” said the ACLU’s Gelernt.

The repercussions are still being felt, say advocates.

“Those 1,200 were taken in on pseudo-immigration charges,” said Jennifer Daskal of Human Rights Watch. “It really is a black mark on the U.S. and it undermines our intelligence gathering because it creates distrust between law enforcement officials and communities where those officials should be building rapport and trust.”

“People lost years of their lives and families were ripped apart in the frenzy of fear,” said Kerri Sherlock, director of policy and planning at the Rights Working Group, an advocacy organization in Washington D.C. “Do we really want to be a country that locks people up without guaranteeing their basic constitutional rights?”

In June 2003, the Justice Department’s inspector general, an in-house auditor, found widespread abuses in the way immigration laws were used to hold people suspected of terrorism in the months following 9/11. The inspector general made 21 recommendations aimed at protecting individuals’ civil rights. Twenty of those recommendations have been adopted.

The last recommendation calls for the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to formalize policies, responsibilities, and procedures for managing a national emergency that involves alien detainees. After the inspector general’s report, the Justice and Homeland Security departments agreed with the recommendation and began negotiating over language. Officials at both departments say those negotiations are still going on.

“The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice continue to work toward the development of formal joint policies and approaches for the handling of such national security cases during periods of national impact,” said Homeland Security Department spokesman Dean Boyd.

However, Boyd stressed that guidelines were set up in 2004 to make sure detainees’ rights are being protected on a case-by-case basis.

“We learned from the past,” he said. “We evaluate each situation to make sure it’s being handled fairly.”

Tim Lynch, a lawyer with the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, said guidelines are not enough.

“I don’t think the guidelines will mean very much in an emergency if they don’t have the binding force of law,” he said. “We shouldn’t be surprised if those guidelines aren’t followed if there’s another massive attack.”

When the AP wrote Ali Partovi to ask for an interview, he called collect from the Florence Correctional Center, a privately run detention center in Arizona where he is held. Adamantly, he said he did not want to be interviewed and that he wanted to remain private, even though he said understood his case files, including litigation he files himself, are part of the public record.

He later reportedly told a public affairs officer at the facility that he is too busy for an interview – perhaps preparing his many legal appeals.

In his lawsuits – there have been seven so far – Partovi claims he is a victim of civil rights abuses and demands between $5 million and $10 million in restitution. The most recent was filed in July.

The staff at the jail where he was first held “poured hot coffee on my body, they also poured cold ice water on my body,” he wrote in one, claiming that staffers also cuffed his hands and feet, which caused “my ankle and lower extremities to swell abnormally.”

“It is my firm belief that I am constantly subjected to physical abuse (because) of my ethnicity, I am Iranian of Persian birth,” he wrote in another, filed this summer. In that lawsuit he claimed that immigration officers forced him to kneel while handcuffed, and then kicked and punched his stomach and kidneys.

“As you can imagine, this is very, very painful when you are cuffed from behind,” he wrote.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney said that office was aware of the lawsuits but could not comment on them. A detention center spokesman said he was not aware of any lawsuits and could not respond.

Partovi doesn’t have a lawyer, and he told the AP he doesn’t want one, choosing instead to represent himself, gleaning expertise from the prison library.

He did have a lawyer once, when he was arrested in Guam in the fall of 2001, trying to enter the country on a fraudulent Italian passport.

“Mr. Partovi came into Guam International Airport using a false passport. He explained about having been married to a Japanese women and the arrangement wasn’t working out. He applied for political asylum, and I believe the federal government thought he might be a terror suspect,” said Curtis Charles Van de Veld, who was hired by the federal government to represent him.

Partovi was sentenced to 175 days in custody, which he had already served by the time he pleaded guilty in 2002. Then he was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security.

Until the AP contacted him, Van de Veld didn’t realize his former client was still in custody.

“I’m surprised he hasn’t contacted me,” he said.

source:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061015/D8KONLJ80.html

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