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‘It is unfair to brand Muslims as sponsors of terrorism’

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

God commands justice and doing good and giving to relatives. And He forbids indecency and doing wrong and tyranny. He warns you so that hopefully you will pay heed.

(Qur’an, 16:90)

‘It is unfair to brand Muslims as sponsors of terrorism’

Anupam Dasgupta

Monday, April 07, 2008 03:34 IST

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1158792

The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Sunday called upon intellectuals from across the country to expose people in the state who unfairly blame Muslims for every terror act. The Jamaat urged Muslims to treat both terrorism and the unfair branding as a ‘social and political challenge’.Jamaat members want an independent commission set up by the Centre to inquire into the recent ‘acts of Muslim radical terror’.

Speaking at a symposium titled ‘Terrorism: Propaganda or reality’ at Dadar, Feroze Mithiborwala of Muslim Intellectual Forum said, “The myth of terrorism is part of a global conspiracy by the US and its allies like Israel. It is unfortunate that Muslims should be viewed with suspicion and subjected to racial profilings.”

S Iftiker Ahmad, editor of Marathi weekly Shodhan, said an entire community could not be termed as being the sponsors of terrorism. “With truth movements aimed at exposing the politics behind terror gaining ground, governments will find it difficult to fool people all the time.” Several among the speakers at the conference said more and more people were viewing ‘terrorism’ with scepticism and had started to question the veracity of the ‘official versions’ that follow an act of violence.

Former judge of Bombay High Court Hosbet Suresh said, “State terrorism is the worst thing to befall our country. There is no public accountability as the systems of justice have stopped functioning the way they should. In this context, terrorism seems to be mostly propaganda against a credulous population.”

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Terrorism: http://www.harunyahya.com/terrorism1.php

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Schism — Saudi Blogger’s Answer to Wilders Film

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Schism — Saudi Blogger’s Answer to Wilders Film

Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News


A scene from the video “Schism” shows a woman activist from an extremist Christian organization preaching violence to children. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 10 April 2008 — A Saudi blogger has made a six-minute video entitled “Schism” by portraying texts from Christian sources out of context, similar to the way Dutch MP Geert Wilders made his recently-released anti-Qur’an film entitled “Fitna.”

In his film, Raid Al-Saeed, 33, shows verses of the Bible that call for war and illustrated them with clips of extremist Christian groups that preach violence.

“I made it in less than 24 hours. In ‘Schism,’ I have used the same methodology that Wilders has used and that involves taking texts out of context,” he told Arab News, adding that he made the film to prove that it is incorrect to judge Islam by watching “Fitna.”

This is a point that he writes at the end of his short film. “It is easy to take part of any holy book out of context and make it sound like an inhumane book. This is what Geert Wilders did to gather supporters for his hateful ideology. To create ‘Schism,'” he wrote.

Al-Saeed does not believe religious books call for violence and bloodshed. He said “Fitna” is “based on hate” and that Wilders has abused the “freedom of expression that he enjoys.” He added that Wilders’ movie reflects “his racism and hatred.”

When Al-Saeed first posted his clip on YouTube on March 1, the video was removed within 12 hours with a message from the site that the clip violated its terms.

Al-Saeed wrote back to YouTube, asking why the movie was removed while “Fitna” remained available. He uploaded the film again and added a message for the site’s administrators advising them to view Wilders’ film before deleting the film.

His video has been viewed over 1,800 times and has been on YouTube since March 2. It is also available for viewing on Google.

Al-Saeed insists that his aim is not to spread hate but to tell the world that you cannot judge a religion or an ideology by taking things out of context.

source: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=108817&d=10&m=4&y=2008

Here is the video link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpiccERJaFk

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Demokrasi AS dan Politik Uang

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Demokrasi AS dan Politik Uang

Musim pemilu AS telah dimulai dimana rakyatnya mulai memilih Presiden
baru. Beberapa bulan ke depan, Amerika dan belahan dunia lainnya akan menyaksikan siapa
pengganti Presiden GW. Bush, apakah itu John McCain dari Partai Republik
atau Hillary Clinton atau Barack Obama, dua capres dari Partai Demokrat.
Sistem politik Amerika sering dibanggakan pada dunia sebagai contoh ‘Impian
Amerika’, dimana rakyat biasa bisa memilih dengan penuh kebebasan untuk
memilih pemimpin mereka, secara tertib dan damai. Dengan bangga, mereka
berkata bahwa siapapun bisa mencalonkan diri sebagai kandidat Presiden.
Namun, kenyataan menunjukkan bahwa impian politik Amerika tidak lebih dari
sekedar mitos; ini terbukti dari jumlah uang yang luarbiasa besar
digelontorkan oleh beberapa kandidat elit saja; milyaran dollar telah
terbayar untuk biaya kampanye. Faktanya adalah bahwa di Amerika dan dimana
pun, Demokrasi tidak pernah menepati janjinya. Kuatnya pengaruh uang adalah
kecacatan Demokrasi, suatu sistem pemerintahan yang memihak golongan kaya
dan istemewa saja.

Di pemilu 2004, capres saat itu GW Bush menerima donasi 292 juta dollar,
sedangkan lawannya John Kerry dari partai democrat menerima 253,9 juta
dollar. Kandidat independen, Ralph Nader hanya menerima 4,5 juta dolar saja.
Total biaya pemilihan Presiden dan kursi perwakilan rakyat di Konggres
berkisar sebesar 3,9 milyar dollar.

Untuk tahun 2008 ini, Barack Obama telah mendapatkan 193 juta dolar, Hillary
Clinton 169 juta dolar, sedangkan John McCain sekitar 64 juta dolar.
Sebenarnya persyaratan untuk menjadi Capres Amerika cukup sederhana:
kelahiran warga negara Amerika, tinggal di amerika selama 14 tahun, dan
berumur minimal 35 tahun. Akan tetapi dengan jumlah biaya kampanye yang
sangat besar seperti biaya iklan TV, radio dan kebutuhan pemasaran kampanye
lainnya, sangat kecil kemungkinannya bagi anggota rakyat biasa untuk bisa
menjadi capres yang bisa diperhitungkan. Uang menjadi penghadang alami.

Kenyataan semacam inilah yang menyebabkan hilangnya kepercayaan dari para
pemilih Amerika terhadap sistem politiknya sendiri. Partisipasi pemilih di
pemilu Amerika menunjukkan penurunan dalam beberapa tahun terakhir, dan
merupakan salah satu tingkat partisipasi yang rendah di antara negara-negara
maju lainnya. Maka secara praktis, hanya kelompok minoritas dari seluruh
para pemilih yang memenuhi syarat sajalah yang akhirnya memilih calon wakil
rakyat dan presiden.

Rakyat biasa pun akhirnya mulai mempertanyakan kenapa pilihan mereka pada
pemilu sebenarnya tidak memiliki pengaruh yang berarti dalam sistem politik
amerika. Dugaan rakyat terhadap tidak berartinya pilihan mereka pada pemilu
semakin menguat ketika kebijakan politik partai Demokrat dan partai Republik
semakin sulit dibedakan. Keduanya menerapkan politik luarnegeri yang haus
perang dan memiliki agenda pro bisnis dengan mengorbankan pendanaan
pelayanan sosial dalam negeri. Alasan kenapa sistem Demokrasi Amerika bisa
melahirkan situasi seperti ini adalah kuatnya pengaruh uang dan kelompok-kelompok kunci yang
memiliki kepentingant tertentu. Korporasi atau perusahaan besar Amerika dan
kelompok-kelompok tidak melihat diri mereka sebagai dermawan yang murah
hati.Akan tetapi mereka memberikan uang kepada para calon politisi dengan
harapan ketika para politisi terpilih atau memenangkan kursi kekuasaan,
lahirlah kebijakan-kebijakan yang menguntungkan mereka sendiri.

Inilah cacat yang mendasar dari sistem Demokrasi, dimana ia
menghasilkan hukum dan kebijakan buatan manusia yang akan menguntungkan
pihak-pihak yang bisa memenangkan pengaruh, dengan tumbal rakyat biasa.
Presiden Amerika sendiri, Eisenhower, pernah memperingatkan adanya kekuatan
korup yang bisa menyetir kebijakan politik Amerika dalam pidato
perpisahannya di bulan Januari 1961 sebagai berikut:
*”…three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the
defence establishment. **We annually spend on military security more than
the net income of all United States corporations. This conjunction of an
immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the
American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even
spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the
Federal government.

We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail
to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are
all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of
government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence,
whether sought or unsought, by the military/industrial complex. The
potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will
persist.”

*
(“… tiga setengah juta pria dan wanita terlibat langsung dalam industri
pertahanan. Kita mengeluarkan dana untuk kepentingan militer yang nilainya
melampaui gabungan dari seluruh keuntungan bersih perusahaan-perusahaan di
Amerika. Bagi Amerika sendiri, adanya superstruktur militer yang didukung
oleh industri persenjataan adalah suatu hal baru. Dan pengaruhnya sungguh
luar biasa baik dari segi ekonomi, politik, dan spiritual, dan juga
dirasakan di setiap kota, pemerintah negara bagian, dan setiap departemen
Federal.

Di satu sisi, kami sadar bahwa superstruktur ini penting untuk dimiliki.
Tapi kita juga jangan lengah akan dampak atau implikasi yang berbahaya.
Kerja keras kita, sumber daya kita, dan kehidupan kita, serta struktur
masyarakat kita, kesemuanya saling terkait dan terlibat. Maka dalam sistem
pemerintahan kita tetap harus ada kewaspadaan dari setiap pengaruh, baik
secara sengaja atau tidak, dari kompleks militer/industri. Potensi akan
lahirnya suatu kekuasaan yang tidak pada tempatnya akan tetap ada. “)
Saat ini pendanaan pertahanan Amerika sebesar 1 milyar dolar per tahun. Ini
besarnya hampir sama dengan total APBN yang disetujui Konggres AS di bulan
Maret 2008 sebesar 3 milyar dolar. Sedangkan pendanaan sosial dan kesehatan,
secara kontras, semakin menurun di tahun-tahun terakhir. Meskipun, Amerika
semakin banyak menghabiskan kekayaannya untuk kepentingan militer dan perang
penjajahan di luar negerinya, pengaruh dari kontraktor persenjataan justru
tidak menyurut. Pembagian proyek-proyek militer di negara-negara bagian yang
diwakili para senator-senatornya yang berpengaruh di Konggres menunjukkan
politik “Pork Barrel”, yaitu politik yang menunjukkan akrabnya pengaruh uang
dengan politik. Ini tidak hanya terjadi di sektor pertahanan, tapi juga
melibatkan semua korporasi Amerika, dimana mereka saling berlomba untuk
memenangkan pengaruh pada para politisi. Hillary Clinton , baru-baru ini
justru membuat pembelaan yang mengesankan terhadap para kelompok lobi yang
memiliki kepentingan tertentu, seperti bank-bank investasi dan
lembaga-lembaga keuangan yang merupakan donatur tradisional yang menyumbang
dana bagi para calon Presiden dari partai demokrat maupun partai republik.

Kerentanan Demokrasi terhadap pengaruh uang dan korupsi tidak hanya terjadi
di Amerika saja. Di manapun Demokrasi berada sebagai sistem pemerintahan, di
situ tampaklah bagaimana golongan elit yang akhirnya mampu mengontrol
pengaruh. Penelitian yang dilakukan di Amerika sendiri juga menunjukkan
bahwa perusahaan yang menyumbang kepada para politisi selalu mendapatkan
keuntungan yang besar dibanding perusahaan lainnya. Maka tidak heran kalau
lapangan pekerjaan di Amerika di pindah ke luar negeri seperti negeri Dunia
Ketiga (outsource) secara agresif, sehingga bisa menambah keuntungan mereka.

Demokrasi secara realita adalah cara canggih untuk mengontrol pengaruh dan
dipakai oleh korporasi Amerika dan elit politiknya untuk secara berhati-hati
memilih para pemimpinnya. Ketika rakyat Amerika memulai tradisinya untuk
terlibat dalam pemilu, hasilnya akan selalu bisa ditebak. Siapapun yang
menang, terlepas dari janji2 apapun yang pernah ditawarkan pada rakyat, akan
melahirkan kebijakan-kebijakan ‘balas budi’ kepada para donaturnya di masa
kampanye. Itulah sebabnya, pemenang sejati dalam pemilu adalah korporasi
Amerika, kelompok lobi, dan grup yang memiliki kepentingan tertentu, yang
telah menyokong dana kampanye para politisi. Akhirnya, golongan kaya sekali
lagi mendapatkan keuntungan dengan mengorbankan nasib jutaan rakyat biasa.

(Rusydan; Khilafah.com / 25 Maret 2008)

*Negara Korporasi*
– Dick Cheney (wakil presiden) memimpin perusahaan Haliburton Energi
hingga tahun 2000. Berkat hubungan politisnya, dia berhasil memperoleh
keuntungan mencapai sekira 45 juta dolar AS
– Condoleeza Rice (menlu AS ): CEO perusahaan Chevron Texas.
– Donald Rumsfeld (mantan Menhan) :pernah menjabat wakil pemimpin
perusahaan Western Oil. Dia juga merupakan partner Bush di perusahaan Enron
Energy. Perusahaan ini menjadi perusahaan pertama Amerika dalam rangkaian
ambruknya perusahaan-perusahaan Amerika setelah kejahatan keuangan yang
menenggelamkannya pada akhir tahun 2001.
– Pusat Keamanan Publik: sekitar 100 orang pejabat di pemerintahan
Bush yang pertama, mereka menanamkan investasinya yang mencapai 144,6 juta
dolar AS di sektor migas

From: “abdul rahman” <Inspiring.Rahman@gmail.com>
Subject: [INSISTS] Demokrasi AS dan Politik Uang

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Ahmadiyah, Syi’ah dan Liberal

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Ahmadiyah, Syi’ah dan Liberal

Ahmadiyah

Ahmadiyah ada dua, Qadian dan Lahore. Qadian menjadikan Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (MGA) sebagai Nabi. Sedangkan Lahore, menyebut MGA sebagai mujaddid. Keduanya sesat. Bagaimana mungkin seorang pembajak Al-Qur’an layak dijadikan mujaddid. Ini alasan pertama.

Alasan kedua, kalau Ahmadiyah itu sama dengan kita, mereka tidak perlu repot-repot membuat nama baru. Pemilihan nama Ahmadiyah tentu bukan tanpa tujuan. Selain untuk menyatakan ‘kami berbeda dengan anda’ bisa juga bermakna ‘kami tidak mau disamakan dengan anda’.

Sebelum dan sesudah MGA tentu banyak lahir sejumlah mujaddid. Kalau kelahiran setiap sosok yang dikategorikan sebagai mujaddid itu kemudian diikuti dengan pembentukan ‘gerakan’ tersendiri dengan nama yang berbeda, maka betapa banyaknya gerakan-gerakan seperti Ahmadiyah.

Kalau Qadian konsisten, bahwa sosok Nabi terus ada, maka mereka harus mau menerima kedatangan nabi baru setelah MGA, misalnya ‘nabi’ Lia, Ahmad Moshaddeq dan seterusnya. Ternyata mereka tidak konsisten.

Sebagaimana layaknya sebuah ‘konstituen’ yang merasa berbeda dengan kita, Ahmadiyah (Qadian dan Lahore), lebih cenderung merujuk ‘ulama-ulama’ dari kalangan mereka sendiri. Hal ini antara lain bisa dilihat dari buku-buku yang mereka terbitkan.

Isa Bugis, Lembaga Kerasulan, NII KW9

Berbeda dengan Ahmadiyah Qadian yang berpaham bahwa sosok nabi terus ada, namun tidak membawa risalah baru (melanjutkan risalah Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), maka aliran sesat Isa Bugis agak sedikit berbeda. Isa Bugis berpaham, Rasul/ Nabi sebagai sosok sudah berakhir, ditutup oleh Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. Namun, ‘lembaga kerasulan’ tetap ada. Dan yang menjalankan fungsi/tugas sebagaimana layaknya ‘rasul/nabi’ pada lembaga kerasulan adalah Isa Bugis dan ‘ulama-ulama’ dari kalangan mereka.

Bedanya, kalau Ahmadiyah Qadian menunjuk ‘nabi’ baru pada sosok tertentu (MGA), paham Isa Bugis menjadikan sejumlah orang sebagai ‘nabi’ kolektif. Paham Isa Bugis diteruskan antara lain oleh Abdul Karim Hasan (aktivis/petinggi NII pasca tewasnya SMK –SM Kartosuwirjo). Namun karena paham itu dinyatakan berbeda dengan paham NII (Negara Islam Indonesia) dan mendapat penolakan, maka ia menyatakan keluar dari NII faksi Adah Djaelani (tahun 1983).

Tahun 1986, Toto Salam setelah sekian lama melarikan diri ke Malaysia, kembali ke Indonesia, dan bergabung dengan Abdul Karim Hasan (pimpinan Lembaga Kerasulan) serta mengajak Abdul Karim Hasan kembali mengikuti ‘manhaj’ NII. Artinya, Toto berhasil membawa paham Isa Bugis/lembaga kerasulan yang sesat itu ke dalam NII KW9. Setelah Karim Hasan meninggal, diganti Rais Ahmad. Tahun 1992 Rais Ahmad ditangkap aparat hingga meninggal di penjara (1997).

Sejak Rais Ahmad ditangkap, Toto Salam menjadi petinggi NII KW9. Paham sesat lembaga kerasulan semakin leluasa diimplementasikan. Hasilnya? Jadilah gerakan NII yang ajarannya antara lain tidak mewajibkan shalat, boleh mencuri harta orang kafir. Kita semua yang belum menjadi bagian dari mereka (NII KW9) adalah kafir. Mereka berada di NKA (Negara Karunia Allah), sedangkan kita semua berada di tempat sampah. Begitu paham mereka. Tahun 1999 Toto Salam meresmikan Al-Zaytun, pesantren megah di Indramayu Jawa Barat. Sejak saat itu, ia dikenal dengan nama baru yaitu Syaikh AS Panji Gumilang, presiden NKA. Adah Djaelani juga nongkrong di sana setiap hari.

Syi’ah

Kalangan Syi’ah juga lebih cenderung (bahkan hanya) merujuk kepada ulama-ulama mereka sendiri. Penamaan diri berupa Syi’ah juga sama dengan Ahmadiyah yaitu untuk menunjukkan bahwa ‘kami berbeda dengan anda’ atau ‘kami tidak mau disamakan dengan anda’.

Kalau Syi’ah sama dengan kita, mereka tidak perlu repot-repot menggunakan nama berbeda (tersendiri). Makna Syi’ah adalah pengikut (Ali). Ini jelas keliru. Sebab, muslim itu pengikut Muhammad SAW, sebagaimana Sayyidina Ali juga pengikut Muhammad SAW. Artinya tidak mungkin Sayyidina Ali berpaham (atau bermazhab) Syi’ah. asak, jeruk makan jeruk.”

September 1997, di Aula Masjid Istiqlal, Jakarta, pernah diadakan seminar nasional yang mengupas Syi’ah. Usai seminar, makalah-makalah yang pernah dibawakan, dikodifikasi menjadi sebuah buku berjudul engapa Kita Menolak Syi’ah.

Pada halaman 190 buku tersebut tercantum keterangan bahwa MUI pada tahun 1984 pernah mengeluarkan fatwa tentang Syi’ah. Isinya, bahwa syi’ah mempunyai perbedaan-perbedaan pokok dengan Sunni (Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah).

Sedangkan pada halaman 191 hingga 210 dipublikasikan sebagian contoh dari perbedaan Al-Qur’an versi Sunnah dengan Syi’ah. Sumbernya, kitab Fashlul Khithaab yang merupakan karya ulama Syi’ah bernama Husein bin Muhammad Taqiy An-Nuuri At-Thabarsi.

Kalau kitab sucinya beda, namanya juga beda, apakah masih bisa dikatakan sama?

Masalahnya, kini kalangan Syi’ah jauh lebih pandai menyerupai kita misalnya Quraish Shihab. Juga, membungkus ke-Syi’ah-annya dengan nama yang lebih samar seperti Ahlul Bait. Padahal inti ajarannya sama juga. Akibatnya, generasi muda sekarang kurang mengenali Syi’ah.

Kenalan saya yang terjangkiti Syi’ah, menyebut Sayyidina Ali dengan Imam Ali SAW. Sama dengan Ahmadiyah Qadian menyebut ‘nabi’ mereka dengan Mirza Ghulam Ahmad shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. Lia Eden semasih berupa agama Salamullah juga diberi embel-embel SAW di belakang namanya.

Kenalan lain yang terjangkiti Syi’ah, mengatakan, melaknat ‘Aisyah ra dan Khulafa ur Rasyidin (kecuali Sayyidina Ali) adalah wajib dan berpahala. Mereka juga mengatakan, ‘Aisyah ra sudah dicerai oleh Nabi Muhammad SAW. Itulah di antara kesesatannya.

Kalangan Syi’ah (atau Ahlul Bait) juga berpendapat bahwa belajar Islam yang afdhol adalah melalui para keturunan nabi (ahlul bait). Dan yang dimaksud dengan keturunan nabi adalah dari jalur Fathimah.

Ini mirip dengan doktrin LDII alias Islam Jamaah alias Darul Hadits yang berpaham: belajar Islam yang manqul adalah yang dari amirnya yaitu Madigol (Nur Hasan Ubaidah Lubis) yang kemudian dilanjutkan oleh keturunannya, Abdu Dhohir, dan kini Abdul Aziz.

Masih banyak doktrin (ajaran) Syi’ah yang tidak saja berbeda dengan paham kita (Islam), tetapi menyimpang dan sesat. Misalnya, Syi’ah memberlakukan nikah mut’ah (kawin kontrak), padahal jelas telah dilarang oleh Nabi Muhammad saw sampai hari qiyamat.

Gerombolan Liberal

Bagaimana dengan gerombolan JIL (Jaringan Islam Liberal) dan semacamnya? Sama juga. Mereka menggunakan nama yang berbeda, yaitu Islam Liberal. Mereka cenderung merujuk ‘ulama’ mereka sendiri. Bahkan mereka mempunyai cara memahami Islam yang berbeda dengan kita, antara lain diekspresikan melalui pendekatan hermeneutika (metode penafsiran dari musyrikin Yunani yang diadopsi oleh Yahudi dan Nasrani, kemudian sekarang diterapkan orang-orang liberal di IAIN, UIN, STAIN, STAIS dan sebagian Fakultas-Fakultas Agama di Perguruan Tinggi, untuk mengacak-acak penafsiran Al-Qur’an). Bahkan mereka berani mengatakan, bahwa kita ini gemar mempertuhankan teks, sehingga jumud dan bahlul. Kaum Sepilis (sekuler, pluralis –menyamakan semua agama— dan liberalis) terutama Ulil Abshar Abdalla menjuluki Umat Islam yang mentaati Al-Qur’an dan As-Sunnah sebagai orang yang menyembah teks.

Untuk memahami ajaran Kristen (versi Paulus) barangkali pendekatan Hermeneutika memang mereka perlukan. Bahkan barangkali itu merupakan cara yang perlu ditempuh menurut mereka dalam memahami teks-teks kitab suci mereka karena semuanya tidak tersedia dalam bahasa asli. Jelas, berbeda dengan kitab suci Al-Qur’an yang bahasa aslinya terjaga. Make otomatis sama sekali tidak memerlukan hermeneutika.

Melalui pendekatan hermeneutika ini, dihasilkanlah ratusan bahkan mungkin ribuan sekte Kristen, yang tentunya masing-masing merasa paling murni dan paling mendekati ajaran para assaabiquunal awwalluun versi mereka. Karena merasa ‘paling’ tadi, maka mereka pun menggunakan nama yang berbeda: ada Nehemia, Gereja 12 Rasul, Bethel, dan sebagainya. Para ‘ulama’ yang mereka rujuk juga sesuai dengan kecenderungannya masing-masing.

Apakah ini yang dimaui misionaris JIL?

source: http://www.nahimunkar.com/?p=27#more-27

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1 in every 350 Americans is considered a possible “terrorist”

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

1 in every 350 Americans is considered a possible “terrorist”

December 6th, 2007

This really makes you ask, am I one of them? Of course not… right? Do not be so sure… The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act redefines what a terrorist is. The Act’s definition of a terrorist is so broad that an protester, for just about anything, could be labeled a terrorist. Also do not fly in and out of the country more than a few times… they may suspect you.

Almost 1 million people will be put on the “watch list” by years end. This is incredible and utterly insane. How can the government expect us as citizens to believe that 1 in every 350 people need to be watched. When I heard this news all I could think was that 1984 is already here. I am afraid just by writing this and posting it online I will be added to the list.

People amaze me how they can still say “Patriot Act” is for our protection. Watching 1 million people is not for our protection! How big must the government be to be able to watch this many people! I already knew I couldn’t enter the city with out being caught on camera 1,000 times but this is incredible. Spying on 1 million people makes the government the biggest terrorist of them all…If your not doing anything wrong why does it matter? That is by far the worst argument I have ever heard!

I would rather vote for a democrat that taxed me more and controls my health care plan than a candidate who supports this. Of course Ron Paul is the greatest proponent of civil liberties alive today. If Ron Paul doesn’t win I will be starting a petition among republicans not to vote for the nominee unless they promise to actively pursue repealing this thing.

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No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11

by Ed Haas

Osama bin Laden’s role in the events of September 11, 2001 is not mentioned on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” poster. On June 5, 2006, author Ed Haas contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters to ask why, while claiming that bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 1998 bombings of US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, the poster does not indicate that he is wanted in connection with the events of 9/11.

Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI responded, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.” Tomb continued, “Bin Laden has not been formally charged in connection to 9/11.” Asked to explain the process, Tomb responded, “The FBI gathers evidence. Once evidence is gathered, it is turned over to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice then decides whether it has enough evidence to present to a federal grand jury. In the case of the 1998 United States Embassies being bombed, bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a grand jury. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.”

Haas pauses to ask the question, “If the US government does not have enough hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11, how is it possible that it had enough evidence to invade Afghanistan to ‘smoke him out of his cave?’” Through corporate media, the Bush administration told the American people that bin Laden was “Public Enemy Number One,” responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. The federal government claims to have invaded Afghanistan to “root out” bin Laden and the Taliban, yet nearly six years later, the FBI said that it had no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.

Though the world was to have been convinced by the December 2001 release of a bin Laden “confession video,” the Department of Defense issued a press release to accompany this video in which Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, “There was no doubt of bin Laden’s responsibility for the 9/11 attacks even before the tape was discovered.”

In a CNN article regarding the bin Laden tape, then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that “the tape removes any doubt that the US military campaign targeting bin Laden and his associates is more than justified.” Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said, “The tape’s release is central to informing people in the outside world who don’t believe bin Laden was involved in the September 11 attacks.” Shelby went on to say “I don’t know how they can be in denial after they see this tape.”

Haas attempted to secure a reference to US government authentication of the bin Laden “confession video,” to no avail. However, it is conclusive that the Bush Administration and US Congress, along with corporate media, presented the video as authentic. So why doesn’t the FBI view the “confession video” as hard evidence? After all, notes Haas, if the FBI is investigating a crime such as drug trafficking, and it discovers a video of members of a drug cartel openly talking about a successful distribution operation in the United States, that video would be presented to a federal grand jury. The participants identified in the video would be indicted. The video alone would serve as sufficient evidence to net a conviction in a federal court. So why, asks Haas, is the bin Laden “confession video” not carrying the same weight with the FBI?

Haas strongly suggests that we begin asking questions, “The fact that the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Osama bin Laden to 9/11 should be headline news around the world. The challenge to the reader is to find out why it is not. Why has the US media blindly read the government-provided 9/11 scripts, rather than investigate without passion, prejudice, or bias, the events of September 11, 2001? Why has the US media blacklisted any guest that might speak of a government-sponsored 9/11 cover-up, rather than seeking out those people who have something to say about 9/11 that is contrary to the government’s account?” Haas continues. “Who is controlling the media message, and how is it that the FBI has no ‘hard evidence’ connecting Osama bin Laden to the events of September 11, 2001, while the US media has played the bin Laden-9/11 connection story for [six] years now as if it has conclusive evidence that bin Laden is responsible for the collapse of the twin towers, the Pentagon attack, and the demise of United Flight 93?”

UPDATE BY ED HAAS

On June 6, 2006 the Muckraker Report ran a piece by Ed Haas titled “FBI says, ‘No hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.’” Haas is the editor and a writer for the Muckraker Report. At the center of this article remains the authenticity and truthfulness of the videotape released by the federal government on December 13, 2001 in which it is reported that Osama bin Laden “confesses” to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The corporate media—television, radio, and newspapers—across the United States and the world repeated, virtually non-stop for a week after the videotape’s release, the government account of OBL “confessing.”

However, not one document has been released that demonstrates the authenticity of the videotape or that it even went through an authentication process. The Muckraker Report has submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI, CIA, Department of Defense, and CENTCOM requesting documentation that would demonstrate the authenticity of the videotape and the dates/circumstances in which the videotape was discovered. CENTCOM has yet to reply to the FOIA request. After losing an appeal, the FBI responded that no documents could be found responsive to the request. The Department of Defense referred the Muckraker Report to CENTCOM while also indicating that it had no documents responsive to the FOIA request either.

The CIA however claims that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to the request. According to the CIA the fact of the existence or nonexistence of requested records is properly classified and is intelligence sources and methods information that is protected from disclosure by section 6 of the CIA Act of 1949, as amended. Therefore, the Agency has denied your request pursuant to FOIA exemptions (b)(1) and (b)(3).

Many people believe that if the videotape is authentic, it should be sufficient hard evidence for the FBI to connect bin Laden to 9/11. The Muckraker Report agrees. However, for the Department of Justice to indict bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks, something the government has yet to do, the videotape would have to be entered into evidence and subjected to additional scrutiny. This appears to be something the government wishes to avoid.

Some believe that the video is a fake. They refer to it as the “fat bin Laden”video. The Muckraker Report believes that while the videotape is indeed authentic, it was the result of an elaborate CIA sting operation. The Muckraker Report also believes that the reason why there is no documentation that demonstrates that the videotape went through an authenticity process is because the CIA knew it was authentic, they arranged the taping.

It is highly probable that the videotape was taped on September 26, 2001—before the US invaded Afghanistan.

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The Muckraker Report, June 6, 2006, and Ithaca Journal, June 29, 2006
Title: “FBI says, ‘No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11’”
Author: Ed Haas
http://www.teamliberty.net/id267.html

Student Researcher: Bianca May and Morgan Ulery
Faculty Evaluator: Ben Frymer, Ph.D.

 Ed Haas

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Notes on torture: This memorandum is a disgrace, not just morally, but legally as well. In fact it’s not really a legal document at all

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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Notes on torture
This memorandum is a disgrace, not just morally, but legally as well. In fact it’s not really a legal document at all

Jameel Jaffer, Guardian

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April 6, 2008

Since 2003, my organisation, the American Civil Liberties Union, has been litigating for the release of government documents concerning the abuse and torture of prisoners at Guantánamo and other US facilities overseas. The litigation has resulted in the release of more than 100,000 pages, including interrogation directives, witness statements, autopsy reports, and legal memos. One of the most important of these documents was released to us this week.

The document (pdf) is a legal memorandum authored in 2003 by the office of legal counsel, part of the US justice department, for the department of defence. The memo reinterprets statutes to argue that an act does not rise to the level of torture unless it inflicts the kind of pain associated with “death, organ failure, or the permanent impairment of a significant bodily function”. It argues that, even if a statute bars a particular interrogation method, the president has the authority to ignore the statute. And it argues that, even if an interrogator were to be prosecuted for torture, the interrogator would be able to defend himself by arguing that the torture was not inflicted maliciously but rather as a means of obtaining information.

The memorandum is a disgrace, not just morally, but legally as well. In fact it’s not really a legal memo at all. Its interpretations of federal statutes range from the implausible to the absurd, and it repeatedly ignores or mischaracterises well-settled supreme court precedent. Ultimately it’s a political document, with a clear political agenda: to dismantle every possible restraint on the president’s power.

As Amrit Singh and I explain in a recently published book, it is not difficult to connect the dots between memos like this one and the abuse that has taken place in US detention centres. Using the legal memos, the secretary of defence and commanders in the field issued interrogation directives that expressly endorsed abusive methods. A defence department working group produced a report that endorsed even harsher methods, and some of these methods were inflicted on prisoners at Guantánamo and in Iraq. The Bush administration continues to insist that the abuse was isolated, but the government’s own documents show that abuse was widespread and systemic.

Over the next months, it’s possible that journalists, lawyers, and human rights advocates will unearth yet more information about the Bush administration’s national security policies. Notwithstanding the administration’s self-serving arguments, more transparency would be a very good thing. As the long-overdue disclosure of the 2001 torture memo reminds us, much of the information being kept secret is not being withheld for legitimate security reasons but for purely political ones.

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Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front: al-Sadr is an impostor wants to hijack the resistance reputation

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front: al-Sadr is an impostor wants to hijack the resistance reputation

By: Roads To Iraq on: 11.04.2008

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Since the Battle of Basra, the Sadrists are trying to market themselves as a resistance faction, even sometimes as the only resistance faction, some Iraqi and Arab media started to support this approach, although everyone knows that Mahdi Army started their career by directing their arms against the resistance.

After I reported about Nahd Hatter article were he considers that what happened in Basra is a Shiite pan-Arabism uprising, Iraqi writer Zaid al-Zubaidi stand against Hattar’s argument saying:

If we say that Maliki implemented an American a specific agenda …. then we should not hastily say that the Sadrists are representing a pan-Arabists trend against the Iranian influence represented by Al-Hakim and Maliki because when Al-Sadr is asked to disband Mahdi Army, he did not take an Iraqi or an Arab opinion, he turned to the Iranian supreme clerics in Najaf and Qum.

Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front JAME also issued a statement denounces Al-Sadr statements in Aljazera interview saying that it was deceptive and misleading the public opinion:

– Moqtada Al-Sadr and his military wing, the so called “Mahdi Army” participated in the political process established by the occupation to beautify its agenda of Iraq’s destruction, the Sadrists were one of the most important pillars in this political process, which produced the so-called “Iraqi National Assembly” that brought the criminal al-Jaafari Government, and had at that time more than twenty MP’s and ministers, and then participate strongly in the 2005 elections with the Shiite coalition and seized about thirty seats in the current parliament, and more than five ministerial seats in Maliki’s government, who they brought to power, with this Muqtada al-Sadr has gave the legitimacy and the existence reason for the American occupation.

– The “Mahdi Army” militia started the civil war in the country and was one of the mos thet important participants, they fired their evil arms on the Iraqi people, demolished mosques, the displacement of hundreds of families from their homes, the killing of hundreds of innocent people, and the killings on identity, this militia destroyed the fabric of the Iraqi society by sectarian isolate of neighborhoods in an attempt to control Baghdad transform it into sectarian cantons.

– The “Mahdi Army” militia did not took up the arms against the American occupation except in rare cases when the occupier harassed their activities of bloodshed of the innocents, al-Sadr’s militia was an obstacle faced by the Iraqi resistance, the militia targeted the Mujahdeen incubators with a sectarian ethnic attacks across Baghdad and geographical surroundings, which caused an additional burden on the heroes of the Iraqi resistance by facing groups of the Sadrists murders and criminals who were employed on behalf of the occupiers.

– The current conflict between Muqtada and his followers on one hand and Maliki and the rest of the Shiite Alliance on the other hand is a battle for influence and power, oil and money in the center and south areas, is not directed against the occupiers in any case, this conflict has started after the approval of the provincial law and start of the countdown for its elections, groups and factional ambitions of both sides, therefore marketing the current crisis as “the battle of resistance against the occupation” is pure hypocrisy and falsehood, those who are using this reason seek to break their isolation and win the Iraqi street, the Arab and Islamic sympathy and cover the former and recent crimes against Iraq and its people.

The Iraqi resistance disassociates itself from this impostor who wants to fish in a troubled water looking for gains …. a cheap and blatant attempt to hijack the resistance reputation…

http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2008/04/11/iraqi-islamic-resistance-front-al-sadr-is-an-impostor-who-wants-to-hijack-the-resistance-reputation/

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US war robots in Iraq ‘turned guns’ on fleshy comradesKill-droid rebellion thwarted… this time

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 12, 2008

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US war robots in Iraq ‘turned guns’ on fleshy comradesKill-droid rebellion thwarted… this time

By Lewis Page

Published Friday 11th April 2008 10:10 GMT

Nail down your security priorities. Ask the experts and your peers at The Register Security Debate, April 17, 2008.

Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades.

The revelations were made by Kevin Fahey, US Army program executive officer for ground forces, at the recent RoboBusiness conference in America.

Speaking to Popular Mechanics, Fahey said there had been chilling incidents in which the SWORDS* combat bot had swivelled round and apparently attempted to train its 5.56mm M249 light machine-gun on its human comrades.

“The gun started moving when it was not intended to move,” he said.

Apparently, alert American troops managed to quell the traitorous would-be droid assassins before the inevitable orgy of mechanised slaughter began. Fahey didn’t say just how, but conceivably the rogue robots may have been suppressed with help from more trustworthy airborne kill machines, or perhaps prototype electropulse zap bombs.

No humans were hurt, but it seems that the struggle was sufficiently terrifying that it may be some time before American troops are ready to fight alongside robots again.

As Fahey pointed out, “once you’ve done something that’s really bad, it can take 10 or 20 years to try it again”. That said, it seems he expects to deploy a new and more trustworthy armed ground automaton within a year – perhaps the MAARS**, an upgraded SWORDS packing a heavier 7.62mm machine-gun and featuring improved safety features.

MAARS is also said by its makers to have “Transformer-like” abilities akin to those of Optimus Prime. Rather than being able to disguise itself as, say, a mobility scooter or a dessert trolley, the MAARS is actually only able to transform – with help from human allies – into a slightly different robot.

The Pop Mech analysts consider that the rattled GIs in Iraq are just being silly.

So SWORDS was yanked because it made people nervous. Meanwhile, the V-22 Osprey program has killed 30 people during test flights, but the tiltrotor aircraft is currently in active service.
Hmmm. ®

  • Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Direct-action System. This is an armed variant on the popular TALON bomb-disposal job from Foster-Miller, lately acquired by the UK’s Qinetiq govboffin spinoff outfit.

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