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Momentum Kebangkitan Nasional yang Memalukan!

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Momentum Kebangkitan Nasional yang Memalukan!

Jumat, 2 Mei 08 07:54 WIB

Di berbagai media, di tengah kesulitan hidup yang kian melilit rakyat, di tengah kemiskinan yang kian menjadi, di tengah keputus-asaan rakyat banyak yang kian membuncah, di tengah himpitan kemelaratan, di tengah pesta korupsi dan mark-up anggaran negara (baca: uang rakyat) yang dilakukan para pejabat negara, memasuki bulan Mei 2008 bangsa ini dicekoki dengan ‘Momentum 1 Abad Kebangkitan Nasional’. Hal ini tentunya dikaitkan dengan berdirinya organisasi Boedhi Oetomo pada tanggal 20 Mei 1908.

Jika salah satu syair dari Taufiq Ismail berjudul “Malu Aku Jadi Orang Indonesia’, maka sekarang ini judul syair tersebut bertambah relevan. Betapa memalukannya sebuah bangsa yang katanya besar ternyata masih saja salah menetapkan tonggak kebangkitannya sendiri. Dan parahnya, hal ini ternyata didukung oleh tokoh-tokoh dan partai Islam yang seharusnya menjadi agen pencerahan bangsa.

Misal salah satunya, sebuah partai politik Islam besar akhir April lalu memasang sebuah iklan hitam putih seperempat halaman di sebuah harian ternama nasional. Dalam iklan tersebut, partai ini dengan tanpa malu memuat ‘Momentum 1 Abad Kebangkitan Nasional: Harapan Itu Masih Ada”. Disadari atau tidak, iklan ini telah ikut meracuni pemikiran generasi muda bangsa dengan ikut-ikutan latah menyiarkan kedustaan dan kesalahan yang fatal. Padahal partai ini kebanyakan diisi oleh orang-orang muda yang katanya intelek. Namun kenyataan yang terjadi sungguh memalukan!

Sayyid Quthb di dalam “Tafsir Baru Atas Realitas” (1996) menyatakan orang-orang yang mengikuti sesuatu tanpa pengetahuan yang cukup adalah sama dengan orang-orang jahiliyah, walau orang itu mungkin seorang ustadz bahkan profesor. Jangan sampai kita “Fa Innahu Minhum” (kita menjadi golongan mereka) terhadap kejahiliyahan.

Situs eramuslim.com sekurangnya sudah tiga kali memuat tentang organisasi Boedhi Oetomo (BO) dan memaparkan bahwa organisasi ini sama sekali tidak berhak dijadikan tongak kebangkitan nasional karena BO sama sekali tidak pernah mencita-citakan kemerdekaan, pro-penjajahan yang dilakukan Belanda, dan banyak tokohnya anggota aktif Freemasonry yang merupakan organisasi pendahulu dari Zionisme. Seharusnya, tonggak kebangkitan nasional disematkan pada momentum berdirinya organisasi Syarikat Dagang Islam (SDI) yang kemudian berubah menjadi Syarikat Islam (SI) pada tahun 1905, tiga tahun sebelum BO.

Sebab itu, agar kita lagi-lagi tidak salah menganggap tahun 2008 ini sebagai Momentum 1 Abad Kebangkitan Nasional, maka Kami lagi-lagi menurunkan artikel terkait hal tersebut, agar kebenaran tetaplah kebenaran, dan sama sekali tidak akan goyah walau dengan alasan politis sekali pun. Sejarah adalah History, bukan His-Story!

Penghinaan Terhadap Perjuangan Umat Islam

Dipilihnya tanggal 20 Mei sebagai Hari Kebangkitan Nasional, sesungguhnya merupakan suatu penghinaan terhadap esensi perjuangan merebut kemerdekaan yang diawali oleh tokoh-tokoh Islam. Karena organisasi Syarikat Islam (SI) yang lahir terlebih dahulu dari Boedhi Oetomo (BO), yakni pada tahun 1905, yang jelas-jelas bersifat nasionalis, menentang penjajah Belanda, dan mencita-citakan Indonesia merdeka, tidak dijadikan tonggak kebangkitan nasional.

Mengapa BO yang terang-terangan antek penjajah Belanda, mendukung penjajahan Belanda atas Indonesia, a-nasionalis, tidak pernah mencita-citakan Indonesia merdeka, dan anti-agama malah dianggap sebagai tonggak kebangkitan bangsa? Ini jelas kesalahan fatal.

Akhir Februari 2003, sebuah amplop besar pagi-pagi telah tergeletak di atas meja kerja penulis. Pengirimnya KH. Firdaus AN, mantan Ketua Majelis Syuro Syarikat Islam kelahiran Maninjau tahun 1924. Di dalam amplop coklat itu, tersembul sebuah buku berjudul “Syarikat Islam Bukan Budi Utomo: Meluruskan Sejarah Pergerakan Bangsa” karya si pengirim. Di halaman pertama, KH. Firdaus AN menulis: “Hadiah kenang-kenangan untuk Ananda Rizki Ridyasmara dari Penulis, Semoga Bermanfaat!” Di bawah tanda tangan beliau tercantum tanggal 20. 2. 2003.

KH. Firdaus AN telah meninggalkan kita untuk selama-lamanya. Namun pertemuan-pertemuan dengan beliau, berbagai diskusi dan obrolan ringan antara penulis dengan beliau, masih terbayang jelas seolah baru kemarin terjadi. Selain topik pengkhianatan the founding-fathers bangsa ini yang berakibat dihilangkannya tujuh buah kata dalam Mukadimmah UUD 1945, topik diskusi lainnya yang sangat konsern beliau bahas adalah tentang Boedhi Oetomo.

“BO tidak memiliki andil sedikit pun untuk perjuangan kemerdekan, karena mereka para pegawai negeri yang digaji Belanda untuk mempertahankan penjajahan yang dilakukan tuannya atas Indonesia. Dan BO tidak pula turut serta mengantarkan bangsa ini ke pintu gerbang kemedekaan, karena telah bubar pada tahun 1935. BO adalah organisasi sempit, lokal dan etnis, di mana hanya orang Jawa dan Madura elit yang boleh menjadi anggotanya. Orang Betawi saja tidak boleh menjadi anggotanya, ” tegas KH. Firdaus AN.

BO didirikan di Jakarta tanggal 20 Mei 1908 atas prakarsa para mahasiswa kedokteran STOVIA, Soetomo dan kawan-kawan. Perkumpulan ini dipimpin oleh para ambtenaar, yakni para pegawai negeri yang setia terhadap pemerintah kolonial Belanda. BO pertama kali diketuai oleh Raden T. Tirtokusumo, Bupati Karanganyar kepercayaan Belanda, yang memimpin hingga tahun 1911. Kemudian dia diganti oleh Pangeran Aryo Notodirodjo dari Keraton Paku Alam Yogyakarta yang digaji oleh Belanda dan sangat setia dan patuh pada induk semangnya.

Di dalam rapat-rapat perkumpulan dan bahkan di dalam penyusunan anggaran dasar organisasi, BO menggunakan bahasa Belanda, bukan bahasa Indonesia. “Tidak pernah sekali pun rapat BO membahas tentang kesadaran berbangsa dan bernegara yang merdeka. Mereka ini hanya membahas bagaimana memperbaiki taraf hidup orang-orang Jawa dan Madura di bawah pemerintahan Ratu Belanda, memperbaiki nasib golongannya sendiri, dan menjelek-jelekkan Islam yang dianggapnya sebagai batu sandungan bagi upaya mereka, ” papar KH. Firdaus AN.

Di dalam Pasal 2 Anggaran Dasar BO tertulis “Tujuan organisasi untuk menggalang kerjasama guna memajukan tanah dan bangsa Jawa dan Madura secara harmonis. ” Inilah tujuan BO, bersifat Jawa-Madura sentris, sama sekali bukan kebangsaan.

Noto Soeroto, salah seorang tokoh BO, di dalam satu pidatonya tentang Gedachten van Kartini alsrichtsnoer voor de Indische Vereniging berkata: “Agama Islam merupakan batu karang yang sangat berbahaya… Sebab itu soal agama harus disingkirkan, agar perahu kita tidak karam dalam gelombang kesulitan. ”

Sebuah artikel di “Suara Umum”, sebuah media massa milik BO di bawah asuhan Dr. Soetomo terbitan Surabaya, dikutip oleh A. Hassan di dalam Majalah “Al-Lisan” terdapat tulisan yang antara lain berbunyi, “Digul lebih utama daripada Makkah”, “Buanglah Ka’bah dan jadikanlah Demak itu Kamu Punya Kiblat!” (M. S) Al-Lisan nomor 24, 1938.

Karena sifatnya yang tunduk pada pemerintahan kolonial Belanda, maka tidak ada satu pun anggota BO yang ditangkap dan dipenjarakan oleh Belanda. Arah perjuangan BO yang sama sekali tidak berasas kebangsaan, melainkan chauvinisme sempit sebatas memperjuangkan Jawa dan Madura saja telah mengecewakan dua tokoh besar BO sendiri, yakni Dr. Soetomo dan Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, sehingga keduanya hengkang dari BO.

Bukan itu saja, di belakang BO pun terdapat fakta yang mencengangkan. Ketua pertama BO yakni Raden Adipati Tirtokusumo, Bupati Karanganyar, ternyata adalah seorang anggota Freemasonry. Dia aktif di Loge Mataram sejak tahun 1895.

Sekretaris BO (1916), Boediardjo, juga seorang Mason yang mendirikan cabangnya sendiri yang dinamakan Mason Boediardjo. Hal ini dikemukakan dalam buku “Tarekat Mason Bebas dan Masyarakat di Hindia Belanda dan Indonesia 1764-1962” (Dr. Th. Stevens), sebuah buku yang dicetak terbatas dan hanya diperuntukan bagi anggota Mason Indonesia.

Dr. Soetomo dan Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Kecewa dengan BO

Karena BO tidak pernah membahas kebangsaan dan nasionalisme, mendukung penjajahan Belanda atas Indonesia, anti agama, dan bahkan sejumlah tokohnya ternyata anggota Freemasonry. Ini semua mengecewakan dua pendiri BO sendiri yakni Dr. Soetomo dan Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, sehingga keduanya akhirnya hengkang dari BO.

Tiga tahun sebelum BO dibentuk, Haji Samanhudi dan kawan-kawan mendirikan Syarikat Islam (SI, awalnya Syarikat Dagang Islam, SDI) di Solo pada tanggal 16 Oktober 1905. “Ini merupakan organisasi Islam yang terpanjang dan tertua umurnya dari semua organisasi massa di tanah air Indonesia, ” tulis KH. Firdaus AN.

Berbeda dengan BO yang hanya memperjuangkan nasib orang Jawa dan Madura—juga hanya menerima keanggotaan orang Jawa dan Madura, sehingga para pengurusnya pun hanya terdiri dari orang-orang Jawa dan Madura—sifat SI lebih nasionalis. Keanggotaan SI terbuka bagi semua rakyat Indonesia yang mayoritas Islam. Sebab itu, susunan para pengurusnya pun terdiri dari berbagai macam suku seperti: Haji Samanhudi dan HOS. Tjokroaminoto berasal dari Jawa Tengah dan Timur, Agus Salim dan Abdoel Moeis dari Sumatera Barat, dan AM. Sangaji dari Maluku.

Guna mengetahui perbandingan antara kedua organisasi tersebut—SI dan BO—maka di bawah ini dipaparkan perbandingan antara keduanya:

Tujuan:

– SI bertujuan Islam Raya dan Indonesia Raya,

– BO bertujuan menggalang kerjasama guna memajukan Jawa-Madura (Anggaran Dasar BO Pasal 2).

Sifat:

– SI bersifat nasional untuk seluruh bangsa Indonesia,

– BO besifat kesukuan yang sempit, terbatas hanya Jawa-Madura,

Bahasa:

– SI berbahasa Indonesia, anggaran dasarnya ditulis dalam bahasa Indonesia,

– BO berbahasa Belanda, anggaran dasarnya ditulis dalam bahasa Belanda

Sikap Terhadap Belanda:

– SI bersikap non-koperatif dan anti terhadap penjajahan kolonial Belanda,

– BO bersikap menggalang kerjasama dengan penjajah Belanda karena sebagian besar tokoh-tokohnya terdiri dari kaum priyayi pegawai pemerintah kolonial Belanda,

Sikap Terhadap Agama:

– SI membela Islam dan memperjuangkan kebenarannya,

– BO bersikap anti Islam dan anti Arab (dibenarkna oleh sejarawan Hamid Algadrie dan Dr. Radjiman)

Perjuangan Kemerdekaan:

– SI memperjuangkan kemerdekaan Indonesia dan mengantar bangsa ini melewati pintu gerbang kemerdekaan,

– BO tidak pernah memperjuangkan kemerdekaan Indonesia dan telah membubarkan diri tahun 1935, sebab itu tidak mengantarkan bangsa ini melewati pintu gerbang kemerdekaan,

Korban Perjuangan:

– Anggota SI berdesak-desakan masuk penjara, ditembak mati oleh Belanda, dan banyak anggotanya yang dibuang ke Digul, Irian Barat,

– Anggota BO tidak ada satu pun yang masuk penjara, apalagi ditembak dan dibuang ke Digul,

Kerakyatan:

– SI bersifat kerakyatan dan kebangsaan,

– BO bersifat feodal dan keningratan,

Melawan Arus:

– SI berjuang melawan arus penjajahan,

– BO menurutkan kemauan arus penjajahan,

Kelahiran:

– SI (SDI) lahir 3 tahun sebelum BO yakni 16 Oktober 1905,

– BO baru lahir pada 20 Mei 1908,

Seharusnya 16 Oktober

Hari Kebangkitan Nasional yang sejak tahun 1948 kadung diperingati setiap tanggal 20 Mei sepanjang tahun, seharusnya dihapus dan digantikan dengan tanggal 16 Oktober, hari berdirinya Syarikat Islam. Hari Kebangkitan Nasional Indonesia seharusnya diperingati tiap tanggal 16 Oktober, bukan 20 Mei. Tidak ada alasan apa pun yang masuk akal dan logis untuk menolak hal ini.

Jika kesalahan tersebut masih saja dilakukan, bahkan dilestarikan, maka saya khawatir bahwa jangan-jangan kesalahan tersebut disengaja. Saya juga khawatir, jangan-jangan kesengajaan tersebut dilakukan oleh para pejabat bangsa ini yang sesungguhnya anti Islam dan a-historis.

Jika keledai saja tidak terperosok ke lubang yang sama hingga dua kali, maka sebagai bangsa yang besar, bangsa Indonesia seharusnya mulai hari ini juga menghapus tanggal 20 Mei sebagai Hari Kebangkitan Nasional, dan melingkari besar-besar tanggal 16 Oktober dengan spidol merah dengan catatan “Hari Kebangkitan Nasional”. (Rizki Ridyasmara)

sumber : http://eramuslim.com/berita/tha/8502074341-momentum-kebangkitan-nasional-memalukan.htm

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“A Land without a People for a People without a Land”?

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

“A Land without a People for a People without a Land”?

For decades, Zionists and Israelis sold to the world the myth that Palestine was a “land without a people for a people without a land.” The truth was far from that. In Palestine lived a thriving society which was far different from the Palestinians you see today who have been dispossessed of all their properties by the Jews. Palestine was also a green productive agricultural land full of rivers. It was far from being the desert Jews claim having miraculously turned into ‘paradise’. The famous “Israeli” Jaffa oranges that are sold all over the world today, existed in fact long before Israel ever appeared on the map of the world and they were the orange of Yafa which is the Arabic name for Jaffa. Some of my Palestinian friends still have their paperwork and documentation that proves their ownership of the Yafa oranges land, but since when was Israel ever held accountable in front of a court of law when it comes to stealing lands and properties. My friends who are the real owners of the Yafa oranges are Christian Palestinians, not Muslims… because Israel looted Christian Palestinians and hunted them away just as it did/does with the Muslims.

When the decision was taken to give Palestine to the Jews, Western powers were complicit in hiding the fact that Palestine was a country that was populated with Palestinians. It was far from being “a land without a people”.

This is what Gold Meir said in a statement to The Sunday Times on June 15th, 1969:

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”

By 1969, the Zionists with British, European and US help had already massacred, transferred and deported hundreds of thousands if not millions of Palestinians out of their homes and had simply taken them over. Zionists literally stole Palestinian property down to Palestinian jewelry, furniture and money.

George W. Bush went to Israel last week to celebrate 60 years of Israeli occupation and theft of Palestinians and Palestine. He celebrated 60 years of Israeli and Western lies to first and foremost trick the American tax-payers into continuing to finance this terrorist imperial entity called Israel.

It is shameful and unacceptable that the president of the so-called “free” world now openly celebrates oppression, occupation and destruction of another country.

This was Palestine which we knew in Middle East and which we will never forget.

This was life in Palestine… Do you still think that it was a “land without a people for a people without a land”?? Is it clear now why there is a Palestinian and Arab resistance movement that will never forget Palestine? Is is proper for the president of the United States to celebrate and toast the making of 7 million Palestinian refugees in order to please some Eastern European and Russian Jews?

What happened in Palestine at the hands of Jews, with Western backing and US finance is happening again in Iraq.

The Arab world is not what it used to be in 1910 and it will not forget the role played by the US and UK in looting our countries.

source: http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/6870

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Rabbi Yahudi: Barat dan Israel Harus Lebih Hormati Islam dan Umat Islam

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Rabbi Yahudi: Barat dan Israel Harus Lebih Hormati Islam dan Umat Islam

Rabu, 21 Mei 08 09:56 WIB

Menahem Froman, tokoh Rabi Yahudi Ortodoks yang cukup disegani mengatakan, perdamaian sulit di wujudkan di Tanah Suci karena Barat dan Israel tidak menghormati Timur dan dunia Islam. Arogansi, kesombongan, keangkuhan Amerika dan Yahudi, menurut Rabbi Froman, menjadi akar terhalangnya perdamaian di tanah Palestina.

“Saya dan juga umat Islam, tidak bisa menerima kecongkakan dan arogansi itu, ” ujarnya dalam wawancara denga majalah mingguan Expert yang terbit di Rusia.

Kantor berita Rusia Interfax mengutip pernyataan Rabbi Froman yang mengatakan bahwa satu-satunya jalan untuk menjembatani gap antara Barat dan Muslim serta untuk mewujudkan perdamaian di Timur Tengah, Barat dan Israel harus menghormati umat Islam dan menghentikan sikap kesewenang-wenangannya.

Untuk itu, Rabbi berusia 63 tahun itu menyarankan para perwakilan negara AS untuk mempelajari Islam, Quran dan Hadist paling tidak selama satu tahun. Menurut Froman, dengan mempelajarinya, orang-orang Barat akan menemukan banyak keistimewaan dalam Islam dan budaya umat Islam.

“Islam merupakan imperium spiritual dan banyak sekali yang bisa dipelajari dari Islam, ” tukas Rabbi Froman.

Rabbi Froman yang pernah beberapa kali bertemu dengan mendiang Presiden Palestina Yasser Arafat meyakini bahwa yang diperlukan untuk menyelesaian konflik Palestina-Israel adalah solusi yang lebih spiritual dan bukan politik dan harus ada formula baru untuk mewujudkan perdamaian di Tanah Suci.

“Saya pernah bertemu Syaikh Ahmad Yasin (tokoh Hamas yang dibunuh Israel ) dan kami menyimpulkan bahwa otoritas tertinggi di Tanah Suci ada pada Yang Maha Besar. Saya pikir, kita bisa mempertimbangkan status Yerusalem dengan cara yang sama. Mengapa tidak memberikan status ‘ibukota dunia’ pada Yerusalem!, ” katanya Rabbi Froman dalam wawancara dengan Expert.

Froman, sejak lama melakukan kampanye untuk perdamaian Palestina-Israel. Ia menggalang para Rabbi Israel dan ulama di Palestina untuk membuat sebuah kesepakatan yang bersifat keagamaan di Kota Suci Al-Quds. (ln/iol)

sumber : http://eramuslim.com/berita/int/8521095557-rabbi-yahudi-barat-dan-israel-harus-lebih-hormati-islam-dan-umat-islam.htm

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Government Insider Says Bush Authorized 911 Attacks

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Government Insider Says Bush Authorized 911 Attacks

From Thomas Buyea

9-17-4

Keep in mind when reading this, that the man being interviewed is no two-bit internet conspiracy buff.

Stanley Hilton was a senior advisor to Sen Bob Dole (R) and has personally known Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz for decades. This courageous man has risked his professional reputation, and possibly his life, to get this information out to people.

The following is from his latest visit to Alex Jones’ radio show.

Forwarded with Compliments of Free Voice of America (FVOA): Accurate News and Interesting Commentary for Amerika’s Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free.

Note: All honor to Stanley Hilton for risking his life so that we may know the truth of 9/11.

The Bush Junta Unmasked

“This (9/11) was all planned. This was a government-ordered operation. Bush personally signed the order. He personally authorized the attacks. He is guilty of treason and mass murder.” –Stanley Hilton

Alex Jones interview of Stanley Hilton, attorney for 911 taxpayers’ lawsuit

Alex Jones Radio Show September 10, 2004 Transcription by ‘RatCat’

AJ: He is back with us. He is former Bob Dole’s chief of staff, very successful counselor, lawyer. He represents hundreds of the victims families of 9/11. He is suing Bush for involvement in 9/11. Now a major Zogby poll out – half of New Yorkers think the government was involved in 9/11. And joining us for the next 35 minutes, into the next hour, is Stanley Hilton. Stanley, it’s great to have you on with us.

SH: Glad to be on.

AJ: We’ll have to recap this when we start the next hour, but just in a nutshell, you have a lawsuit going, you’ve deposed a lot of military officers. You know the truth of 9/11. Just in a nutshell, what is your case alleging?

SH: Our case is alleging that Bush and his puppets Rice and Cheney and Mueller and Rumsfeld and so forth, Tenet, were all involved not only in aiding and abetting and allowing 9/11 to happen but in actually ordering it to happen. Bush personally ordered it to happen. We have some very incriminating documents as well as eye-witnesses, that Bush personally ordered this event to happen in order to gain political advantage, to pursue a bogus political agenda on behalf of the neocons and their deluded thinking in the Middle East. I also wanted to point out that, just quickly, I went to school with some of these neocons. At the University of Chicago, in the late 60s with Wolfowitz and Feith and several of the others and so I know these people personally. And we used to talk about this stuff all of the time. And I did my senior thesis on this very subject – how to turn the U.S. into a presidential dictatorship by manufacturing a bogus Pearl Harbor event. So, technically this has been in the planning at least 35 years.

AJ: That’s right. They were all Straussian followers of a Nazi-like professor. And now they are setting it up here in America. Stanley, I know you deposed a lot of people and you’ve got your $7 million dollar lawsuit with hundreds of the victim’s families involved.

SH: 7 billion, 7 billion

AJ: Yeah, 7 billion. Can you go over some of the new and incriminating evidence you’ve got of them ordering the attack?

SH: Yes, let me just say that this is a taxpayers’ class action lawsuit as well as a suit on behalf of the families and the basic three arguments are they violated the Constitution by ordering this event. And secondly that they [garbled] fraudulent Federal Claims Act, Title 31 of the U.S. Code in which Bush presented false and fraudulent evidence to Congress to get the Iraq war authorization. And, of course, he related it to 9/11 and claimed that Saddam was involved with that, and all these lies.

AJ: Tell you what, stay there. Stanley, we’ve got to break. Let’s come back and get into the evidence.
BREAK

AJ: All right my friends, second hour, September 10th, 2004, the anniversary of the globalist attack coming up tomorrow. It’s an amazing individual we have on the line. Bob Dole’s former chief of staff, political scientist, a lawyer, he went to school with Rumsfeld and others, he wrote his thesis about how to turn America into a dictatorship using a fake Pearl Harbor attack. He’s suing the U.S. government for carrying out 9/11. He has hundreds of the victims’ families signing onto it – it’s a $7 billion lawsuit. And he is Stanley Hilton. I know that a lot of stations just joined us in Los Angeles and Rhode Island and Missouri and Florida and all over. Please sir, recap what you were just stating and then let’s get into the new evidence. And then we’ll get into why you are being harassed by the FBI, as other FBI people are being harassed who have been blowing the whistle on this. So, this is really getting serious. Stanley, tell us all about it.

SH: Yeah, we are suing Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Mueller, etc. for complicity in personally not only allowing 9/11 to happen but in ordering it. The hijackers we retained and we had a witness who is married to one of them. The hijackers were U.S. undercover agents. They were double agents, paid by the FBI and the CIA to spy on Arab groups in this country. They were controlled. Their landlord was an FBI informant in San Diego and other places. And this was a direct, covert operation ordered, personally ordered by George W. Bush. Personally ordered. We have incriminating evidence, documents as well as witnesses, to this effect. It’s not just incompetence – in spite of the fact that he is incompetent. The fact is he personally ordered this, knew about it. He, at one point, there were rehearsals of this. The reason why he appeared to be uninterested and nonchalant on September 11th – when those videos showed that Andrew Card whispered in his ear the [garbled] words about this he listened to kids reading the pet goat story, is that he thought this was another rehearsal. These people had dress-rehearsed this many times. He had seen simulated videos of this. In fact, he even made a Freudian slip a few months later at a California press conference when he said he had, quote, “seen on television the first plane attack the first tower.” And that could not be possible because there was no video. What it was was the simulated video that he had gone over. So this was a personally government-ordered thing. We are suing them under the Constitution for violating Americans’ rights, as well as under the federal Fraudulent Claims Act, for presenting a fraudulent claim to Congress to justify the bogus Iraq boondoggle war, for political gains. And also, under the RICO statute, under the Racketeering Corrupt Organization Act, for being a corrupt entity. And I’ve been harassed personally by the chief judge of the federal court who is instructing me personally to drop this suit, threatened to kick me off the court, after 30 years on the court. I’ve been harassed by the FBI. My staff has been harassed and threatened. My office has been broken into and this is the kind of government we are dealing with.

AJ: Absolutely and now it has come out – five separate drills of flying hijacked jets into buildings that morning – which you told us about before it even broke in the Associated Press. They were trying to get out ahead of you. You talked about how you interviewed military people who were told it was a drill that morning. Then to get out ahead of that, the news finally reported on it. Now, we’ve learned that all these operations – I want to get into that, I want to talk about the new incriminating evidence of ordering it and how they had drilled on this, how Cheney was in the bunker controlling this. That has even come out in the mainstream news but they won’t release the details of that, Stanley. But what type of FBI harassment are you going through?

SH: First of all, my office was burglarized in San Francisco several months ago. Files were gone through and some files were seized – particularly the ones dealing with the lady that was married to one of the hijackers. Fortunately, I had spare copies in a hidden place so nothing disappeared permanently. But more significantly, FBI agents have been harassing one of my staff members and threatening them with vague but frightening threats of indicting them. And it’s just total harassment. They have planted a spy, an undercover agent, in my organization, as we just recently discovered. In other words, these are Nazi Germany tactics. This is the kind of government you have in this country. This is what Bush is all about.

AJ: Stay there, Stanley, Bob Dole’s former chief of staff. We’ll come back after this quick break. Please stay with us.
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AJ: All right, eight minutes, 25 seconds into the second hour. Stanley Hilton, political scientist, lawyer, Bob Dole’s former chief of staff, is suing the government for 7 billion dollars for carrying out 9/11 and for racketeering. And he joins us now. During the break, I first really did the big interview with Stanley Hilton after I saw him attacked on Fox News. And that interview got massive attention. And then he kind of went underground for a while because a judge, we’re going to talk about that, ordered him to not do any more interviews. And now he’s back doing interviews. He’s had his office broken into, FBI threats and harassment. Bottom line, he has deposed military individuals, wives of hijackers, you name it, it was a government operation. It has even come out in mainstream news, a piece here, a piece there. They had drills on 9/11, that’s why NORAD stood down. Cheney was in control of the whole thing. Stanley Hilton has now gotten documents about how Bush ordered the whole operation. And I’ll tell you right now, his life is in danger, folks. And he’s got so much courage. He went to school with these neocons at the University of Chicago. He wrote his thesis on how the government could use terrorist attacks to set up martial law. He is the man for the time and folks wondered why he disappeared for a while and just did his lawsuit and wasn’t doing interviews, it was because he was ordered to. Stanley, can you get into that for us?

SH: I did an interview with you, Alex, back in March of 2003, about a year and a half ago, and literally two weeks after that, I was contacted by the emissary of the chief judge of the federal court where I have the lawsuit. And I was warned not to publicize it but to keep it quiet and threatened with discipline. And it remained quiet until a couple of months ago and then I got on the air on some programs and some publicity and July 1st, I was threatened directly by the chief judge here, threatened with court discipline. This particular judge has been circulating communiqués to the other federal judges seeking anything negative she can get against me to try and discipline me after I’ve been on the court here for 30 years with no disciplinary problems at all. This is suddenly happening. And her assistants who are on the committee of the court met with me on July 1st in Palo Alto, California, and threatened me directly. They handed me a copy of the lawsuit and said that the judge wants me to dismiss this. What’s this? She doesn’t like the content of it. This is politically incorrect. This is outside the norm. I said I represented more than 400 plaintiffs, how am I going to dismiss this case? And they threatened me directly and they said, “the next time you’ll be disciplined.” And also they’ve threatened me not to go public, etc. And this is just outrageous.

AJ: It’s all color of law. No direct orders, just all in your face.

SH: They sent a letter out, and of course they deny it’s because of the political content of the suit but they told me directly on the phone that it is because of this suit and this judge is very, very
angry, apparently has been in contact with Ashcroft’s Justice Department. I got a call from Ashcroft’s Justice Department a few months ago about this, demanding that I drop the suit, threatening sanctions and all kinds of things. I refused to drop it.

AJ: Now let’s go back over, you had them break into your office, harassment. Let’s go over that in detail.

SH: My office was broken into about 6 months ago. The file cabinets – it was obvious they had been rifled through. Files were stolen. Files dealing with this particular case and particularly with the documents I had regarding the fact that the – some of these hijackers, at least some of them were on the payroll of the U.S. government as undercover FBI, CIA, double agents. They are spying on Arab groups in the U.S. And, in effect, all this led up to the effect that al Qaeda is a creation of the George Bush administration, basically. That the entity that he called al Qaeda is directly linked to George Bush. And all this stuff was stolen. Fortunately, I had copies. But this was just part of the harassment. The FBI has also been harassing some of my assistants and has planted a spy in our midst. And it is just outrageous that these Nazi tactics are being used – and the obstruction of justice, these people are criminals. And that’s what’s happening under the tremendous pressure here to just drop it. Or to shut up now and just go away.

AJ: Now, let’s talk about what they want you to drop. Let’s talk about, without giving names, the people you deposed, what really happened, the picture you’ve got. You said earlier that Bush ordered this, they were simulating this which they now admit there were simulations on that morning. Let’s go over what they don’t want you to talk about, Stanley.

SH: We have evidence both documentary as well as witness sworn statements from undercover former FBI agents, FBI informants, etc., that other officials in the Pentagon and the military and the Air Force that deal with the fact that there were many drills, many rehearsals for 9/11 before it happened. Bush had seen this simulated on TV many times. He blurted this out at a press conference in California a few months after 9/11 where he said he had, quote, seen the first plane hit the first building on the video. And that’s not possible because there was no official video of that. There was one of the second plane not the first one. He had seen the first one. We do have some incriminating documents that Bush personally ordered 9/11 events. It was well planned. A FEMA official has admitted on tape that he was there the night before – September 10th, that is

AJ: And now Mayor Giuliani, a few months ago in the 911 Commission, admitted that – Tripod II. They had their whole command post already moved out of Building 7. Now, this is very, very important. This is a key area of this whole event. You said months before it came out on the CIA’s own website and the Associated Press, you said I deposed people. They said there were drills that morning and exactly what happened, happening – that was the smoke-screen for the stand-down. And then to get out ahead of it, the CIA comes out and said yeah we were running a drill that morning. Now, we’ve learned that five, possibly six, were confirmed. Five of these – one drill with the exact same thing happening that actually happened, at the exact same time in the morning. That’s why NORAD stood down with 24 different blips on the screen. You’ve said this. You brought this up first. Now, I know you can’t get too much into detail but can you tell us how you learned of this?

SH: I have interviewed individuals in NORAD and the Air Force. I personally toured NORAD many years ago around the time that I worked for Dole. I’m very familiar with the operations at Cheyenne Mountain at Colorado Springs, where NORAD is. Individuals that work in NORAD as well as the Air Force have stated this, off the record, but the point is, yes, this was not just five drills but at least 35 drills over at least two months before September 11th. Everything was planned, the exact location

AJ: But five drills that day.

SH: That day, that day, and Bush thought it was a drill. That’s the only explanation for why he appeared nonchalant

AJ: We also had NORAD officers and civilian air traffic controllers going, “Is this part of the exercise? Is this a drill?”

SH: Yes.

AJ: On the tapes and in TV interviews, they thought it was, quote, a drill.

SH: That’s right. That’s exactly what I said long before it became public. I’ve known about this since earlier in March of ‘03, as I stated before. This was all planned. This was a government-ordered operation. Bush personally signed the order. He personally authorized the attacks. He is guilty of treason and mass murder. And now, obstruction of justice by attempting to use a federal judge and FBI agents to inhibit a legitimate civil lawsuit in this country, in federal court. Even a chief judge in this court tried to harass and threaten me personally for representing legitimate plaintiffs. And they got Clinton for allegedly lying under oath about Paula Jones and now – look what’s happening now. And Ken Starr used to be across from me in Duke Law School in the early `70s and it´s interesting that he got away with trying to get Clinton impeached, so we have a far worse criminal sitting in the oval office today – somebody guilty of mass murder as well as obstruction of justice.

AJ: Well, I mean look, they say they never heard of a plan to fly planes into buildings – said it all over television – Rice, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft. And then we find out they were running all
these drills that morning. Even if they weren’t involved, that proves they were liars about ever hearing of such a plan.

SH: Well, I’m trying to take their depositions – I’ve been trying to take their depositions for months. They’ve been trying to object to it. They will have to admit they were either lying then or now. It’s clearly perjury either way. They are liars and perjurers; that’s what they are. These are the people that we have running this government and, of course, they knew about it. How are they going to claim now that they didn’t know about these drills? Their idea is that nobody knew anything. It’s the old know-nothing mentality. And how anybody considers this believable is beyond me.

AJ: All right, now people ask how could a huge organization, how could the AWACs, how could the military let this happen; whereas before, if your Cessna got off course for five minutes, they would launch F-16s on you. It’s real simple. It’s what Stanley Hilton said here a year and a half ago. It’s what came out in the news after that. The military, good people, were told this was all a drill. And it was not a drill. And ABC News admits that Cheney was in control of [?] out of the White House [?] and that he ordered the military to quote “do something.” Our inside sources from Hilton and others say it was a stand down and they admit they will not release that under national security. Stanley?

SH: Well they are going to admit it, they’re going to release it in the court case because if you demand it under subpoena powers and they must release it. And part of our lawsuit is brought in the name of the U.S. because under the federal fraudulent [Claims Act], we accuse the Bush Administration of presenting a fraudulent claim to Congress. And under the statutes of Title 31 of the U.S. code, they must release this information. That’s why they are trying to threaten me, harass me, invade my office, steal my files, commit blatant obstruction of justice and other crimes to try and prevent a legitimate civil suit from exposing these criminals and their acts of treason and mass murder.

AJ: I think you need to publicly tell folks that you are not planning suicide. Would you like to tell folks that?

SH: (laughs) I’m not planning suicide. I’ve got family and I’m not planning that but I don’t like the threats I’m under – but I can tell you this, it’s taking a toll emotionally on me and my staff. And particularly, when you get a threat from the chief judge of your own court.

AJ: Why have you decided to go public again after a year of being under the radar?

SH: Because the more and more evidence that I’ve been adducing over a year and a half has made it so obvious to me that this was now without any doubt a government operation and that it amounts to the biggest act of treason and mass murder in American history. I mean George Bush makes Benedict Arnold look like a patriot. He makes Benedict Arnold look like George Washington. I mean that’s what we have – a criminal and a traitor sitting in the White House pretending he’s a patriot, wrapping himself in the flag. And it’s pretty disgusting because the other side of the so-called opposition, the Kerry camp is just saying nothing because they’re afraid to speak.

AJ: Stay right there. We’ll be right back.
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AJ: Stanley Hilton will be with us for another 15 or 16 minutes. Then he’s got to go into court. Bob Dole’s former chief of staff, political scientist, lawyer, represents 400 plus plaintiffs – most of them victims of 9/11. When I was in New York last week, everybody I was talking to, I mean 90 plus percent of them at ground zero – “I had family, I worked in the buildings, my son’s a Navy Seal – he called the night before and said don’t go to work.” You know, all of this, and then now they never had any idea – and it turns out they had all these drills – and one drill of hijacked jets flying into the World Trade Center and Pentagon at 8:30 in the morning. That morning – come on people! And Stanley Hilton brought all this out on this show before it was in the mainstream news. And I was talking to him during the break. I mean, the harassment, the moles, the threatening of his staff, the judge threatening him. Stanley, let’s get specifically into the documents that you have now got that they have now been robbing you for, that you luckily, thank God had copies. Specifically, Bush ordering this. Can you get into that for us – ordering 9/11?

SH: National Security Council classified documents which [garbled] and it’s was part of a series of documents that were involved with the drill documents. This was all planned – they had it on videotape. These planes were controlled by remote control, as I stated previously a year and a half ago, there’s a system called Cyclops. There is a computer chip in the nose of the plane and it enables the ground control, the military ground control, to disable the pilot’s control of the plane and to control it and to fly it directly into those towers. That’s what happened. It’s also a technology used on what’s called the Global Hawk, which is an aircraft drone – a remote- controlled aircraft. And they were doing it. We are talking about National Security Council classified documents that clearly indicated that [garbled] had a green light to order this to go and this is no drill. These drills that were running were clearly a dress rehearsal and this was a government operation. You wonder why these people are trying to threaten people and trying to intimidate people who have written this suit, I guess if you murdered 3000 of your own citizens, in conjunction with the corrupt Royal family of Saudi Arabia as Bush did. And if you then waste billions more on a worthless garbage war in Iraq, I guess you’ve got something to worry about and you want to threaten people to prevent it from coming out.

AJ: I mean let’s look at this. Not only are there dress rehearsals, they are smoke screens so the good military stands down and doesn’t know what’s happening. But it’s now coming out, even in mainstream news, that yes these drills were going on. Yes, and some of these drills, quote, passenger-type jets were under remote control – this is decades old technology. In 1958, NORAD was [ ] old jets and using them for target practice. Decades ago they flew jumbo jets from LA to Sidney Australia. So since that’s going on, everybody knows that. And it’s the same MO. Just like the first World Trade Center [bombing] where they get two retarded men who followed this blind sheik who had a tiny mosque above a pizza parlor. And they set them up as the patsies. Then the FBI cooks the bomb, trains the drivers. This informant goes, “You’re not going to bomb the building? They go “Yeah, we’re letting it go forward.” He tapes them to protect themselves. The two retarded gentlemen, thank God, didn’t park it up against the column, as the FBI instructed them to do, so it didn’t bring down the tower – because you have to be right up against the column. That doesn’t happen. Yet, it’s the same thing with 9/11. You’ve got these CIA agents, these Arabs, who were trained at U.S. military bases, Pensacola Naval Air Station – mainstream media, out creating their legends for this background. They’re on board the aircraft. My military sources say nerve gas kills everybody on board the plane – nerve gas packets. Then they fly the planes into buildings. From your inside sources, is that accurate?

SH: It’s one of the things that we are looking into – that nerve gas or something else disabled people. It’s possible. I can’t say for sure to be honest with you

AJ: All you know is they were government agents and they were on board and the planes were remote controlled.

SH: Yeah, it was basically a smokescreen. I mean, the events of the hijackings, how someone snuck in those cutters, it was a plant. It was like a classic decoy. I’ve got some military background. And it’s called decoy. It’s a decoy operation. You make the people focus on the decoy to avoid looking at the real criminals. So they are focusing on these so-called nineteen hijackers and saying, “Oh, it must have been these Arabs. When, in fact, the guilty person is at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – sitting in the oval office. That’s the guilty person. That’s the one who authorized it. There is only one man who could have authorized this operation and that’s Bush. And anyone at NORAD will tell you as I have been told personally at NORAD in the war control room, there is only one man who has the power to do this kind of thing and that’s Bush. Even though many believe he’s a puppet. And I think in many ways he is. The fact of the matter is where was [ ] Cheney, Rumsfeld and these other traitors. The fact is Bush personally ordered and he’s guilty and liable and he’s going to be re-elected apparently because the media’s asleep and [garbled] for Bush. AJ: Well, the media is owned by the same military industrial complex that carried out the attacks.

SH: Yeah, the media is only interested in maintaining the official government fantasy that this was a little lone Arab. These Arabs couldn’t even steer that plane down a runway.

AJ: Stay there Stanley, final segment coming up.

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AJ: Mr. Hilton, when you talk to these FBI agents, when you talk to these military men and women, what’s their attitude? They’ve got to be pretty freaked out to have the big picture and know what actually happened on 9/11.

SH: Yes, you know it’s like clouds just before a thunderstorm in the sense that they are sort of pregnant with rage. They are just enraged at the criminal politicians who have perverted and misused the government to murder its own citizens and pursue these dubious political ends. And many of them, in increasing numbers, are willing to talk and will talk under subpoena – but only under subpoena because the official party line of the government is shut up and don’t talk to the trial lawyer. But more and more, they are very outraged that part of the government has done this to its own people, to its own people. I mean you have to go back to Stalin to see something – not even Hitler did this to his own people. You have to look at Stalin who murdered the Kulaks, the Russians for his own dubious gains. Also we’ve got – we have a Stalinist mentality in this country. And, if these people pose as patriots and wrap themselves in the flag, it’s disgusting. I wanted also to point out that the Japanese television network, Asahi, is going to be airing a special on primetime tomorrow, on September 11th. They interviewed me for eight hours a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be on that. I wish – of course, the America media don’t care so they are not going to care. But in Japan, people are very serious in interviewing me and others. And we have a website now, called deprogram.info, if more people are interested: www.deprogram.info. But the other thing, I just wanted to say that if anything happens to me – and I don’t know why – because I’m being threatened here now. And it seems you can’t bring a case in this country anymore against criminals in power without being threatened. And this is how they operate. The stakes are pretty high when you’ve got a world historical level of treason and fraud by this government against it’s own people. I guess this is what you have to expect.

AJ: Stanley, the globalists, the new world order crowd, definitely intend to carry out more terror attacks. I know they would have carried out more attacks if we wouldn’t have done what we’ve been up to, if you wouldn’t have been out there boldly speaking out and many others. And then their electronic Berlin wall has a bunch of cracks in it now. Thanks to good people like yourself and many others who are speaking out and telling the truth. But do you think that they may carry out what they’ve been hyping – a suitcase nuke attack, a biological release to try to smokescreen all of this? I know it’s a catch 22, you’ve got to expose the murderers. We’ve got to get the word out on this but some government people that I’ve talk to say, “Yeah, but if you do that, they are going to go even more hard core and must totally try to take over.” But I say regardless, they are already doing that. So what do you say to that?

SH: Well, yeah, I think they have an agenda. They have contingency plans. I think they are laying low now because there are an increasing number of people, like myself, who are openly challenging them and accusing them of criminal conduct. I think they would have done it again if we had not spoken up. I think they’re planning, what they would like to do is silence any dissenters. That’s why we are trying to get the Patriot Act declared unconstitutional in this lawsuit also.

AJ: Let’s talk about polls. In the beginning a patriot is a scarce man, hated and feared, but in time when his cause succeeds, the timid join him, because then it costs nothing to be a patriot. You are one of those guys who hit the barbwire for us, or figuratively jumped on the hand grenade for America. But when you’ve got a Zogby poll, who is highly respected, half of New Yorkers believe that the government was involved. When you have a Canadian poll, 63% on average believe that the U.S. government was involved. And some groups, as high as 76% in polls believe the government was involved. European polls, two- thirds show the same thing. We have German defense ministers and technology ministers and another member of their government now, three of them going public, known conservatives, and progressives. You have an environment minister, Michael Meacher, saying that if they didn’t do it, they sure as hell knew what was going on. Look, if anybody who is a thinking person looks at the evidence, their official story is impossible. Then you investigate and they are involved in it. Comments to this massive awakening and what’s happening.

SH: Well, I think that’s why they want the Patriot Act to suppress political dissent. They have to, they’re anticipating, they are not dumb individuals. I know these people personally, Wolfowitz. These are criminal individuals but they are smart and so they anticipated political dissent. And that’s why, like the Nazis, their forebears, and their blood brothers, the Nazis and the Stalinists, they’re all for political repression. Every corrupt and criminal government has done this – they suppress their own people: Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, Mao Tse-Tung, that’s why we have the Patriot Act. So it’s hand in hand. They had it planned to go right up to September 11th, this was all part of the plan. You have to do it. It was part of my senior thesis. You must follow through the terrorists attacks with a political suppression mechanism in the law. And that’s why they want Patriot I and Patriot II and their plans are to continue launching more terrorist attacks to justify even more repression. The goal is to make this a one party dictatorship in this country, to pursue their dubious ends with their blood brothers like the Saudi Royal family. And also, historical blood brothers, such as the Nazi Germany and the Communist Russian. That’s the goal

AJ: You’ve got to go in just a minute or two. But I wanted to also tell you about New York. Sound cannons that are used in Iraq, they’re against us. Men in black ski masks. 41,000 police, accredited media being arrested randomly. Children being arrested, people in wheelchairs, 2000 plus people put in a camp with barbwire fences inside with no bathrooms. You had to have permission to go to the porta-potties. Police screaming at you. It had nothing to do with terrorism. They are openly setting the precedent for martial law.

SH: Well, that’s right, the word terrorist is now being overly broad and overly defined [garbled] and also, you know, it’s like the word communist was used for anything during the McCarthy witch hunt. And anybody can be called a terrorist by Bush’s definition. But the irony is that the number one terrorist in the world is living at the White House at the oval office today. That’s the real irony. For sheer hypocrisy, I think he deserves the world prize and ought to be in the Ripley book, Believe It or Not, and the Guinness book of world records for sheer brazen chicanery and fraud.

AJ: Let me ask you a question on this because this is the experience that I had. Watching television, watching the killers, watching those that are guilty, stand up there as our saviors is incredibly painful. It’s like watching Ted Bundy being the judge at his own trial. I mean it is just painful to know who these people are. To see them putting America in a shredder. Now we are going to have forced psychological testing of every American, forced drugging, you know Pan-American unions, I mean it’s just all happening, it’s in our face, Stanley.

SH: Yeah, it’s very disturbing and as one who has studied the theory and concept of dictatorships, I personally interviewed Albert Speer, who was Hitler’s armaments minister. I interviewed him in 1981 in Munich. And I’ve studied the psychology and history of totalitarianism and there is no question that it’s very frightening. And it has, today, with high technology, albeit for the first time in history, the chance of having a world empire dominated by corrupt, technologically oriented government – an elite government. And they’ve got now what people like Napoleon and Hitler didn’t have, which is the technological means to dominate not only their own country but others – the world.

AJ: The answer is to expose them as the terrorists, to show how PNAC [Project for the New American Century] said we need helpful Pearl Harbor events, to show how Northwoods called for the exact 9/11-style attacks, to show their own plans. And to force people to face this horror. What are they going to do in a year or two when 80% of us, not half of us, know the truth?

SH: Well, that’s why they want repression and, then again, the ancient old diversion, launch another terrorist attack to get people to pitch it away. I mean who knows what they’ll do next. I mean their capacity for ingenious creation of these events is sort of unraveled. I mean there is no limit. My guess is they are going to try another stunt – maybe a stunt just before the election to justify getting Bush reelected. Although it seems like he is running against a straw man or a ghost right now, anyway. But, my guess is they’ll try some other tactic to get people’s attention away from 9/11 if it gets to be too much attention. What you really want is for the public to just lose interest because the public – and it’s like remember the Alamo, you know, people don’t forget things like that. To me it’s like the Alamo, remember 9/11, that ought to be the slogan for this outrageous act of treason. That’s what it is. It’s not

AJ: We are at a crossroads, I don’t think they anticipated this much resistance, Stanley.

SH: Yeah, I hope they are truly wrong and as incompetent as they are corrupt and guilty. That means their incompetence is exceeded only by their corruption and their guilt. And eventually, if enough people are going to get outraged enough, these people in the bureaucracy and in the civil service and our military, and eventually we can get people under subpoena these individuals will be exposed.

AJ: Stanley, their whole operation hinges on us being naïve and not recognizing evil. This is what they got with Hitler and others. People couldn’t recognize evil so they continued to repeat succumbing to it. We are recognizing it this time. We are putting our lives, our treasure, our future on the line for freedom because we cannot let these blood-thirsty control freak terrorists capture us and use us and turn us into the empire and have a draft and use us as their slaves to invade the planet. And that’s their PNAC plan. Stanley Hilton, I know you’ve got to get to court. God bless you. I want to thank you for being here with us today. Can we get you back on next week?

SH: Sure, just give me a call.

AJ: God bless you my friend. Any closing comments?

SH: My closing comments would be, I think people ought to just think about the consequence of having someone like Bush in the White House and the danger for the future that these sorts of individuals pose. This is not just a historical event of the past. This is part of the plan and the camera is still rolling. They have an agenda. These individuals are extremely dangerous. They are armed and dangerous. They pose a clear and dangerous threat to every freedom-loving person not only American but in the whole world.

AJ: You are absolutely right Stanley Hilton. They have captured the government. They have not captured the peoples’ minds and they are counting on us not facing up to it.

SH: And they are counting on the repressive Patriot Act and threats and chief judges and FBI agents threatening people who are exposing them. That’s what they are counting on.

AJ: But you’re not backing down are you, my friend.

SH: No, I’m not

AJ: Well, we all stand with you, my brother, and God bless you.

SH: All right. Thank you.

To hear Alex’s interview with Stanley Hilton –
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/audio/091204hilton.htm

source: http://www.rense.com/general57/aale.htm

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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

“Lawan “Fitna” dengan “Hidaya”

Jika sebagian kaum Muslim melawan film karya anggota partai sayap kanan Belanda Gert Wilders dengan demo, Saudi ‘melawan’ dengan menerbitkan dilm ‘Hidaya’

Hidayatullah.com–Film Gert Wilders yang menyakitkan hati kaum muslim sedunia ‘Fitna’ akan dilawan dengan film juga dengan judul ‘Hidaya’ (petunjuk) yang keseluruhannya dibuat, dibiayai, serta dibintangi sejumlah bintang asal Arab Saudi.

Film tersebut tengah dibuat. Namun, untuk mendukung pembuatannya, Sabtu, 17 Mei lalu digelar dalam sebuah pekan yang bertajuk “Mendukung Rasulullah” yang diselenggaerakan di Rumah Sakuit Raja Fahd di Jeddah Sabtu. Demikian seperti diberitakan harian Saudi Gazette edisi Senin, 19 Mei hari ini.

Pameran dibuka direktur RS tersebut, Dr. Abdul Mon’em Hasan Al-Shaikh. Pameran tersebut akan berlangsung hingga Rabo, 21 Mei mendatang. Tujuan pameran ini antara lain untuk memberi ilustrasi yang benar tentang kehidupan Rasulullah yang disajikan dalam dua bahasa: Arab dan Inggris.

Banyak tema yang dipamerkan. Antara lain, keadaan kaum wanita sebelum dan setelah Islam. Sebuah miniatur tempat kelahiran Rasululah, tempat tinggal Rasulullah di Madinah, dan lain sebagainya, termasuk mukjizat Rasulullah.

Salah satu bagian dari pameran itu antara lain menampilkan peta Mekah dan Madinah di zaman Rasulullah. Begitu juga miniatur Masjid Nabawi pertama. Pameran ini sengaja diselenggarakan di rumah sakit untuk memberi kesadaran kepada semua pengunjung. [ihj/www.hidayatullah.com]

sumber: http://www.hidayatullah.co.id/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6779&Itemid=1

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I was tortured to confess, Pervez tells appeal court

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

I was tortured to confess, Pervez tells appeal court

By Kim Sengupta
Monday, 19 May 2008

Pervez Kambaksh was sentenced to death for downloading reports on women’s rights

Pervez Kambaksh, the Afghan student sentenced to death after being accused of downloading internet reports on women’s rights, yesterday pleaded innocent to charges of blasphemy. He told an appeal court in Kabul that he had been tortured into confessing.

Mr Kambaksh, 24, vehemently denied that he had been responsible for producing anti-Islamic literature. He insisted the prosecution had been motivated by personal malice of two members of staff and their student supporters at the university in Balkh, where he was studying journalism.

He was convicted in proceedings behind closed doors in a trial which he said had lasted just four minutes and where he had been denied legal representation.

Yesterday, in the first public hearing of the case, the prosecution claimed that Mr Kambaksh had disrupted classes at the university by asking questions about women’s rights under Islam. It also said he distributed an article on the subject after writing an additional three paragraphs including the phrase “This is the real face of Islam … The prophet Mohamad wrote verses of the holy Koran just for his own benefit.”

In a highly emotional statement, Mr Kambaksh said: “I’m Muslim and I would never let myself write such an article. These accusations are nonsense, [they] come from two professors and other students because of private hostilities against me. I was tortured by the intelligence service in Balkh province and they made me confess that I wrote three paragraphs in this article.”

Mr Kambaksh represented himself because his family are having difficulties finding a lawyer to represent him after threats by fundamentalist groups that anyone taking on the job would be killed.

The head of the panel of three judges at Kabul, Abdul Salaam Qazizada, adjourned the trial until next Sunday to allow Mr Kambaksh further attempts to find a lawyer. As of last night they had not succeeded. The original trial took place in January. Mr Kambaksh’s appeal was moved to Kabul at his own request, amid fears for his safety in Mazar after international outrage at the sentence. A petition by The Independent to secure justice for him has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

Prosecutor Ahmad Khan Ayar told the appeals court that the primary provincial court sentence to hang him was “the right decision” according to Islamic law and the Afghan constitution. “Kambaksh has insulted Islam by writing these paragraphs, and he has insulted the Prophet Mohamed. I ask the appeals court to uphold the decision of the primary court of Balkh and sentence him to death.”

Under Islamic law, stipulated in Afghanistan’s constitution, blasphemy is punishable by death. Two other Afghan journalists, accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death, escaped prison and have been given asylum in the West.

Mr Kambaksh’s case has been raised with President Hamid Karzai by Foreign Secretary David Miliband and the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/i-was-tortured-to-confess-pervez-tells-appeal-court-830587.html

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One’s Independence Is Another’s Occupation

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

One’s Independence
Is Another’s Occupation

By Dr. Elias Akleh

20 May, 2008
Countercurrents.org

This week many self-proclaimed democratic, freedom-lovers and righteous world leaders flock to Jerusalem to celebrate the 60th independence commemoration of the Zionist state of Israel; an extreme religious, extreme racist, globally rogue, international laws violator, and terrorist state, forcibly implanted into the heart of the Arab World.

Zionist Israel was built on crimes, atrocities, mass-murder, raping, and pillaging throughout Palestine. It was built on the ruins of hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns. Israeli society, a criminal entity originally formed by the rejects from all other countries, and many WWII criminals, was erected on the ruins of Palestinian towns in flagrant violations of international laws and civilized norms. Its citizens flourished on the programmed massacres of thousands of Palestinians, on the forceful evacuation of tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, on the imprisonment of the rest of Palestinian population into the largest concentration camps throughout the history, on the usurpation of Palestinian land, on the fruits of the well-established Palestinian economy, on spreading chaos and wars throughout the neighboring countries, on war crimes, and on human rights violations.

Israelis claim that they are facing extinction; being threatened to be wiped off the map by its surrounding Arab countries. If we pay just a little attention we would recognize that Israel, itself, had wiped Palestine off the map, and long before 1948 they have been, and still are wiping Palestinians off the earth. They are not satisfied with murdering Palestinians in Palestine, but they have, and still are following Palestinian refugees into the neighboring countries – Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and even Iraq- to finish them off.

Not long after Hitler’s death, Zionists had adopted same Nazi’s crimes committed against German Jews, made them even more satanic, and implemented them against Palestinians. German socially racist “Superior Aryan Blood” ideology morphed into religious extremist and racist “God’s Chosen People” ideology. Nazi’s collective punishment of a whole village and the massacre of its citizens if just one of them dared to resist occupation morphed into programmed collective punishment and brutal massacres of every Palestinian community, whether they resist occupation or not, starting from Deir Yasin massacre in 1948 until today 2008 when the Israeli army daily raids Palestinian towns, murder innocent citizens, demolish homes and farms including crops and live-stock, and kidnap Palestinian youths. Nazi’s mass imprisonment of Jews into concentration camps behind barbed wires has also morphed into Israel’s mass imprisonment of whole Palestinian communities behind barbed wires fences with steel gates and behind 20-foot high concrete wall equipped with the latest electronic surveillance cameras and machine guns. Israel has turned Gaza Strip into the largest concentration camp ever in the history of the world. Its 1.5 Palestinian prisoners are being starved to death while the rest of the world is cheering Israel’s alleged civilized democracy. Unlike other prisoners Gaza’s Palestinians are deprived from all necessities of living; food, water, medicine, jobs, electricity, and even peaceful death. Unlike other prisoners they are being subjected to military raids, targeted assassinations, bombing and shelling by the Israeli tanks, fighter planes and helicopters, and naval assault boats.

Israel’s crimes against Palestinians are clearly ethnic cleansing; a genocide; a holocaust, whose aim is the annihilation of the whole Palestinian people. These crimes fall under the definition of genocide as described by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention, which states:

“In the present convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, such as:
a) Killing members of the group.
b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.
d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.
e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.


Israel is a militaristic society deep down to the core; military service is sacred. It has rejected each and every peace gesture offered by its neighbors that would have guaranteed Israel’s existence in peace within specified borders like any other country. Its refusal of peace stems from its expansionist ambitions. Israel’s existence depends primarily on intimidation and terror inflicted on its neighbors. Expansion through terror has been the adopted policy of the World Zionist Organization since its first meeting in Basel in 1897. Yousef Weitz, the director of the Jewish National Fund’s Land Department stated in his diary:

“It must be clear that there is no room in the country for both people (Palestinians and Jews) … the only solution is a Land of Israel, at least a western Land of Israel without Arabs. There is no room here for compromise … There is no way but to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighboring countries … Not one village must be left, nor one Bedouin tribe.”

David Ben Gurion, considered the founder of Israel, instructed his military staff as follows:

“We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” (Ben Gurion, A Biography by Michael Ben-Zohar, New York 1978.

Yitzhak Shamir, a two terms Israeli Prime Minister, was originally a member of the Zionist terrorist group “Lehi” working with Nazi Germany against the British in Palestine, and responsible for the assassination of Britain’s Minister of State Lord Moyne and the assassination of UN representative Count Folke Bernadotte, and the perpetration of many massacres against Palestinians starting with Deir Yassin. His following statement represents the policies adopted by all Israeli Prime Ministers without exception:

“Neither Jewish morality nor Jewish tradition can be used to disallow terror as a means of war … We are very far from any moral hesitations when concerned with the national struggle. First and foremost, terror is for us a part of the political war appropriate for the circumstances of today …”

In his Thursday 5/15 speech in the Israeli Knesset President Bush was more Zionist than any other Israeli. He stripped naked the American policy towards the Middle East exposing American unconditional bias and support to Israel, and the fallacy of the honest peace broker American administration. George Bush, a war criminal for his wars in Haiti, in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and a leader of the largest terrorist organization, who is trying to use terror to effect regime change in Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Niger and other places, has emphatically supported Israeli terror in his speech: “Israel’s population may be just over 7 million, but when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong because America stands with you.” He also regretted the absence of “one of Israel’s greatest leaders …Ariel Sharon”, the worst Israeli terrorist known as the “butcher” for his massacres of Arabs, and as “the bulldozer” for his demolition of great numbers of Palestinian homes.

One may wonder why would any world leader celebrate and support the creation of such a terrorist state. A look at Israel’s history gives us the answer; Israel is a mercenary terrorist state serving the interests of global corporations; military industry, financial institutions, oil corporations, and pharmaceutical companies among others. Israel was created in the heart of the Middle East, a rich and very strategic region connecting three major continents, and overlooks major transportation routes. In 1948 Britain gave Zionist a state to serve their interests in dividing the Arab World. In 1956 Britain and France gave Israel nuclear technology in order to join them in their aggression against Egypt when its President nationalized the Suez Canal. Again in 1967 they paid Israel to mainly attack Egypt to stop its President Nasser’s ambitious plans of Arab unification, and of helping North African countries gain their independence. Israel now is getting American financial, military and political support to serve in America’s wars in the region against Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. Looking deeper into the words of Bush’s speech to the Knesset one could detect his incitement against these countries, and his promises of continuous support. Encouraging Israel to attack Iran he stated: “Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” Of course US and Israel, real sponsors of terror, are permitted to have their own nuclear weapons.

Jewish Israeli children are being fanatically indoctrinated and raised to become mercenaries to kill and be killed for Western interests. Israeli government had missed a real chance for genuine peace offered by Arab Peace Initiative of March 2002. Israeli citizens are becoming increasingly sick of the many wars they have to wage. Their birth rate is declining and many of their new generations are leaving Israel going back to their original countries. Israel’s army is witnessing high suicide rates, with many refusing service and others avoiding it. We are witnessing the emergence of provisional historians, who are re-writing Israel’s real black history, and the emergence of peace movements demanding peace and coexistence with Palestinians.

Zionist founders expected old generation Palestinians to give up their right of return, and the new generations to forget their historic villages and town. The exact opposite is taking place; old generation Palestinians are telling their history to the new generations, handing them the keys to their old homes in order to continue the struggle. The resistance of the new generation Palestinians, now the third, is increasing and improving with time, a clear evidence of their determination to establish their state and to return to their old villages. Palestinian birth rate is exceeding those of Israelis, providing them with constant fresh new blood and more inventive minds.

Israelis can now celebrate and enjoy their so-called independence for, the way things are going, they will not be able to do that many times in the future.

source: http://www.countercurrents.org/akleh200508.htm

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9/11 truth groups dissect Rumsfeld’s ‘another attack’ quip

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

9/11 truth groups dissect Rumsfeld’s ‘another attack’ quip

Muriel Kane
Published: Monday May 19, 2008

A newly-revealed speech delivered by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld before an audience of Pentagon-sponsored military analysts in December 2006 is providing ample grist for 9/11 conspiracy theorists.

An audio recording of the speech was one of a large number of items released by the Pentagon on May 8 as a result of Freedom of Information requests. The New York Times had filed the requests in the course of preparing its expose of the Pentagon’s use of supposedly independent retired military officers to present its message on network news shows.

Speaking a month after the Democratic Party had recaptured majorities in both houses of Congress, and just following his own resignation as Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld suggested that a new 9/11 could be the corrective for American complacency:

“This President’s pretty much a victim of success. We haven’t had an attack in five years. The perception of the threat is so low in this society that it’s not surprising that the behavior pattern reflects a low threat assessment. The same thing’s in Europe, there’s a low threat perception. The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack. And when that happens, then everyone gets energized for another [inaudible] and it’s a shame we don’t have the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats…the lethality, the carnage, that can be imposed on our society is so real and so present and so serious that you’d think we’d be able to understand it.”

The audio received no notice for several days, until blogger Jack Gillis discovered it in the course of a thread at Talking Points Memo devoted to combing through the documents. Gillis then made the full audio available at his blog, along with brief quotes from some of the more “chilling” moments. Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post carried the story along by providing a complete transcription of Rumsfeld’s “extraordinary” remark.

At that point, awareness of the speech exploded. However, while moderate bloggers saw it merely as Rumsfeld “blurt[ing] out the secret wet-dream fantasy of every warmongering neocon Republican,” others found it far more sinister.

Rob Kall, the executive editor of OpEd News, was one of the first to suggest the obvious conclusion. “Call me a conspiracy theorist,” he wrote on May 14. “Because this slips too easily off Rumsfeld’s reptilian tongue. Too easily because perhaps it’s not at all a new idea. Perhaps it is an idea that, for him, for all the propagandist sell-out generals, this is not new, that is actually, already tried and true. One of the oft cited premises of the 9/11 Truth movement is that the attack on the towers was the pearl harbor-like event that the neocons anticipated would be necessary to move the US to embrace the aggressive militaristic tactics manifested in Iraq. Here, we have Rumsfeld casually joking about it—not a smoking gun, but, perhaps, a clear ‘tell’ in poker parlance, indicating ready ability to think in these terms.”

A few days later, PrisonPlanet.com, a website devoted to conspiracy theories, was featuring the Rumsfeld remarks as something far more than “casually joking.” Editor Paul Joseph Watson described the tape as revealing “former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talking with top military analysts about how a flagging Neo-Con political agenda could be successfully restored with the aid of another terrorist attack on America.”

“Rumsfeld’s admission that the correction for dwindling support of the Neo-Con imperial crusade is another terror attack is perhaps the most startling and blatant indication that 9/11 was an inside job,” Watson continued. “How much more evidence do we need to confirm that the Neo-Con hierarchy in control of the U.S. government are instigating and exploiting terror in the pursuit of their own domestic and geopolitical agenda?”

Larry Chin at GlobalResearch.ca was equally emphatic, writing, “Placing the new evidence against previously revealed 9/11-related acts on the part of Rumsfeld, his guilt is overt and obvious. Recall that it was Rumsfeld who enthusiastically penned the ‘Go Massive’ memo, gleefully declaring the Bush administration finally had the green light to kill: ‘Not only UBL (Usama bin Laden). Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related and not.’ As the Bush administration’s war ensued in earnest, Rumsfeld gloated to the New York Times that 9/11 provided ‘the kind of opportunities that World War II offered, to refashion the world.'”

In an interview with conservative commentator Rusty Humphries for a Pentagon radio talk show in September 2006, three months before his speech to the military analysts, Rumsfeld was asked about “this new wave of conspiracy theories on September 11th.”

He replied, “I suppose there have always been people in the world who subscribe to conspiracy theories and are — you just almost have to suspend the idea of disbelief. I can’t imagine people saying — writing books the way they’re writing them, articles of what they’re writing, believing what they believe — people contending that the — September 11th was not an attack by al Qaeda, even though when the al Qaeda take credit for it.”

Humphries went on to say, “I talk to terrorists personally, and they tell me every single time, it was the Jews that sent the planes in to start a war between us and Islam. They also told me one time that it was the Jews that sent Monica Lewinsky in to have sex with Bill Clinton so they could run America. You like that one?”

“My goodness,” Rumsfeld replied.

source: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/911_truth_groups_dissect_Rumsfelds_another_0519.html

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‘Enough about the hijab’

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

‘Enough about the hijab’

Quebecers should accept head scarf and move on, report concludes

JEFF HEINRICH, The Gazette

Published: 18 hours ago

The Muslim hijab.

There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s no real threat to Quebec values. And most women here wear it by choice, not because of coercion.

That’s what the Bouchard-Taylor commission has concluded after a year of study costing $5 million.

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“And in the end, what happens to the freedom of each and every one to display her deeply held convictions, as long as they don’t impinge on the rights of others and don’t lead to anybody being put out?,” Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor write.

In the final draft of their report – which was submitted to the provincial government yesterday and is to be made public at a press conference Thursday – scholars Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor say Quebec society will have a lot to lose if it restricts the wearing of the Muslim head scarf strictly to the home and outdoors.

Saying the province’s 130,000 Muslims, especially Arab Muslim immigrants, are “along with blacks, the group that is the most touched by different forms of discrimination” in Quebec, Bouchard and Taylor plead for an end to bickering over the hijab.

“Let’s finish with the head scarf, which has caused so much distress in the last few years,” the reasonable accommodation commission’s chairmen say in their report, parts of which The Gazette obtained last week.

“In light of a great number of unequivocal testimonies, we can take it for granted – believe us – that the young girls or women who wear it give it various meanings and are motivated in contrasting ways, some of which, it’s true, don’t jibe with the dominant values of our society.”

(In a footnote, the professors explain some of those different meanings: “Sometimes it signifies submission and oppression, pure and simple, sometimes prudishness, respectability and modesty, and sometimes a way of affirming one’s identity or autonomy or even feminism.”)

“But by trying to combat these situations, isn’t there a risk that we’ll harm other citizens who made a perfectly clear choice? How is it possible to disentangle the two? And in the end, what happens to the freedom of each and every one to display her deeply held convictions, as long as they don’t impinge on the rights of others and don’t lead to anybody being put out?”

Devout Muslim women – a small minority of Quebec Muslims overall – suffer intimidation and discrimination in the Quebec job market for wearing the hijab “because employers fear getting demands for accommodations,” the commissioners say, recounting testimony from several Muslims in public hearings last fall.

For example:

A young hijab-wearing woman studying to be a pharmacist “saw her job applications rejected by 50 pharmacies before she was finally able to land a job with an Arab pharmacist.”

A 17-year-old Muslim girl “drew constant taunts at school and in the street” because of her hijab. “But her mother taught her never to answer them, because she doesn’t want to ‘fill her with hate.’ “

The commissioners also write that the hijab is a lightning rod for a wide range of opponents in Quebec, all of whom see it in a negative light.

“Diverse voices are raised to denounce the Muslim head scarf: those of radical feminism, those of republican egalitarianism and – we heard various ways of it being expressed – also those of intolerance.”

That condemnation shouldn’t happen, they say.

source: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=0c2d653a-bedc-40c0-89fc-c53e01684b8e

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Woman speaks of husband’s torture at CIA abduction trial in Italy

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Nabila Ghali, wife of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, leaving court in Milan on Wednesday. (Luca Bruno/The Associated Press)

Woman speaks of husband’s torture at CIA abduction trial in Italy

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

Published: May 14, 2008

MILAN: Clutching her Italian identity card in a gloved hand, the cloaked wife of a fiery Muslim cleric Wednesday tearfully recounted publicly for the first time how her husband was kidnapped on a Milan street in 2003 and sent to Egypt to endure torture and repeated imprisonment.

Italian prosecutors say the cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, was kidnapped by CIA agents as part of a plan to transport suspected terrorists to third countries for questioning.

Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was a political refugee in Italy and preached at the Islamic Center on Milan’s Jenner Street.

His wife, Ghali Nabila, spent more than six hours on the stand, marking the first testimony in a complicated court case that opened nearly a year ago, and has focused on the U.S. practice of “extraordinary renditions” and complicity by foreign governments in such forced relocation.

In her testimony, translated into Italian, Nabila, 40, described her shock at seeing Abu Omar in Alexandria, Egypt, during one brief respite from Egyptian prison in October 2004.

“I found him wasted, skinny – so skinny his hair had turned white, he had a hearing aid,” she said, wearing a head-to-toe covering with only a small slit for the eyes.

Nabila at first rebuffed prosecutors’ requests to describe the torture her husband had recounted, saying she didn’t want to talk about it. Advised by prosecutors that she had no choice, she tearfully proceeded: “He was tied up like he was being crucified. He was beaten up, especially around his ears. He was subject to electroshocks to many body parts.”

“To his genitals?” the prosecutors asked.

“Yes,” she replied.

Officially, the trial has been delayed by a constitutional challenge concerning whether evidence in the case involves state secrets that were possibly gathered illegally and whether revelations would be damaging to national security. Equally important, the case could prove embarrassing to Italian politicians and security officials, who at the very least allowed the rendition on their watch.

Judge Oscar Magi, presiding over the trial in a cramped, airless courtroom in Milan, indicated Wednesday that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and well as his predecessor, Romano Prodi, would have to testify. Berlusconi assumed the post of prime minister last week, but his previous government was in charge when Abu Omar was kidnapped.

Italy has indicted 26 Americans – 25 CIA agents and an air force colonel – in Abu Omar’s disappearance, citing a trail of incriminating cellphone exchanges intercepted by Italian prosecutors’ in the days before the cleric’s disappearance. The U.S. government has already said it will not extradite the suspects.

Far more vulnerable, though, are more than a half-dozen senior officers of the Italian secret service who have also been indicted, all accused of in some way approving, masterminding or carrying out the kidnapping plan.

The Italian government has tried to block the prosecution or at least to limit embarrassing revelations by arguing that some of the evidence is classified or privileged information. For example, it has said overzealous prosecutors should not have intercepted phone calls of CIA agents. The Constitutional Court is set to rule on this issue July 8, though it has failed to meet previous deadlines.

But the Milanese prosecutor, Armando Spataro, has vowed to press on, noting that, even if some documents are inadmissible, there are many levels of proof.

“We have the maximum respect for the Constitutional Court, but we don’t think any decision it makes will stop this trial from going forward,” he said Wednesday.

One of the documents in question has been introduced by the defense lawyers of Nicolò Pollari, former head of Sismi, the Italian military intelligence agency, in an attempt to clear his name. It would presumably show that he was either unaware of the kidnapping plan or opposed it.

Many members of Italian law enforcement agencies were furious about the kidnapping. They say they could have arrested Abu Omar at any time, and had him under surveillance for potential connections with terrorist organizations. They say that his clumsy and illegal kidnapping erased years of police work that was on the verge of gaining them valuable information into the working of Muslim groups in Italy.

Daniele Pinto contributed reporting.

source: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/05/14/europe/italy.php

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The Bushes and Hitler’s Appeasement

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

The irony of George W. Bush going before the Knesset and mocking the late Sen. William Borah for expressing surprise at Adolf Hitler’s 1939 invasion of Poland is that Bush’s own family played a much bigger role assisting the Nazis.

If Borah, an isolationist Republican from Idaho, sounded naïve saying “Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided,” then what should be said about Bush’s grandfather and other members of his family providing banking and industrial assistance to the Nazis as they built their war machine in the 1930s?

The archival evidence is now clear that Prescott Bush, the president’s grandfather, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from and collaborated with key financial backers of Nazi Germany.

That business relationship continued after Hitler invaded Poland in 1939 and even after Germany declared war on the United States following Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. It stopped only when the U.S. government seized assets of Bush-connected companies in late 1942 under the “Trading with the Enemy Act.”

So, perhaps instead of holding up Sen. Borah to ridicule, Bush might have acknowledged in his May 15 speech that his forebears also were blind to the dangers of Hitler.

Bush might have noted that his family’s wealth, which fueled his own political rise, was partly derived from Nazi collaboration and possibly from slave labor provided by Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

A more honest speech before the Knesset – on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding – might have contained an apology to the Jewish people from a leading son of the Bush family for letting its greed contribute to Nazi power and to the horrors of the Holocaust. Instead, there was just the jab at Sen. Borah, who died in 1940.

President Bush apparently saw no reason to remind the world of a dark chapter from the family history. After all, those ugly facts mostly disappeared from public consciousness soon after World War II.

Protected by layers of well-connected friends, Prescott Bush brushed aside the Nazi scandal and won a U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut, which enabled him to start laying the foundation for the family’s political dynasty.

In recent years, however, the archival records from the pre-war era have been assembled, drawing from the Harriman family papers at the Library of Congress, documents at the National Archives, and records from war-crimes trials after Germany’s surrender.

Managers for the Powerful

One can trace the origins of this story back more than a century to the emergence of Samuel Bush, George W. Bush’s great-grandfather, as a key manager for a set of powerful American business families, including the Rockefellers and the Harrimans. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Bush Family Chronicles: The Patriarchs.”]

That chapter took an important turn in 1919 when investment banker George Herbert Walker teamed up with Averell Harriman, scion to a railroad fortune, to found a new investment banking firm, W.A. Harriman Company.

The Harriman firm was backed by the Rockefellers’ National City Bank and the Morgan family’s Guaranty Trust. The English-educated Walker assisted in assembling the Harriman family’s overseas business investments.

In 1921, Walker’s favorite daughter, Dorothy, married Samuel Bush’s son Prescott, a Yale graduate and a member of the school’s exclusive Skull and Bones society. Handsome and athletic, admired for his golf and tennis skills, Prescott Bush was a young man with the easy grace of someone born into the comfortable yet competitive world of upper-crust contacts.

Three years later, Dorothy gave birth to George Herbert Walker Bush in Milton, Massachusetts.

Lifted by the financial boom of the 1920s, Prescott and Dorothy Bush were on the rise. By 1926, George Herbert Walker had brought his son-in-law in on a piece of the Harriman action, hiring him as a vice president in the Harriman banking firm.

By the mid-Thirties, Prescott Bush had become a managing partner at the merged firm of Brown Brothers Harriman. The archival records also show that Brown Brothers Harriman served as the U.S. financial service arm for German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, an early funder of the Nazi Party.

Thyssen, an admirer of Adolf Hitler since the 1920s, joined the Nazi Party in 1931 when it was still a fringe organization. He helped bail the struggling party out with financial help, even providing its headquarters building in Munich.

Meanwhile, Averell Harriman had launched the Hamburg-Amerika line of steamships to facilitate the bank’s dealings with Germany, and made Prescott Bush a director. The ships delivered fuel, steel, coal, gold and money to Germany as Hitler was consolidating his power and building his war machine.

Other evidence shows that Prescott Bush served as the director of the Union Banking Corp. of New York, which represented Thyssen’s interests in the United States and was owned by a Thyssen-controlled bank in the Netherlands.

As a steel magnate, Thyssen was amassing a fortune as Hitler rearmed Germany. Documents also linked Bush to Thyssen’s Consolidated Silesian Steel Company, which was based in mineral-rich Silesia on the German-Polish border and exploited slave labor from Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. But records at the National Archives do not spell out exactly when Bush’s connection ended or what he knew about the business details.

In 1941, Thyssen had a falling out with Hitler and fled to France where he was captured. Much of Thyssen’s empire went under the direct control of the Nazis, but even that did not shatter the business ties that existed with Prescott Bush and Harriman’s bank.

It wasn’t until August 1942 that newspaper stories disclosed the secretive ties between Union Banking Corp. and Nazi Germany.

After an investigation, the U.S. government seized the property of the Hamburg-Amerika line and moved against affiliates of the Union Banking Corp. In November 1942, the government seized the assets of the Silesian-American Corp. [For more details, see an investigative report by the U.K. Guardian, Sept. 25, 2004.]

No Kiss of Death

For most public figures, allegations of trading with the enemy would have been a political kiss of death, but the disclosures barely left a lipstick smudge on Averell Harriman, Prescott Bush and other business associates implicated in the Nazi business dealings.

“Politically, the significance of these dealings – the great surprise – is that none of it seemed to matter much over the next decade or so,” wrote Kevin Phillips in American Dynasty.

“A few questions would be raised, but Democrat Averell Harriman would not be stopped from becoming federal mutual security administrator in 1951 or winning election as governor of New York in 1954. … Nor would Republican Prescott Bush (who was elected senator from Connecticut in 1952) and his presidential descendants be hurt in any of their future elections.”

Indeed, the quick dissipation of the Nazi financial scandal was only a portent of the Bush family’s future. Unlike politicians of lower classes, the Bushes seemed to travel in a bubble impervious to accusations of impropriety, since the Eastern Establishment doesn’t like to think badly of its own. [For details, see Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege.]

To this day – as President Bush showed by mocking the long-forgotten Sen. Borah and then wielding the Nazi “appeasement” club against Barack Obama and other Democrats – the assumption remains that the bubble will continue to protect the Bush family name.

However, the evidence from dusty archives suggests that the Bush family went way beyond appeasement of Adolf Hitler to aiding and abetting the Nazis.

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.

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9/11 : An Amazing Coincidence

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Monday, June 26, 2006

9/11 : An Amazing Coincidence

Regardless of your position on this topic, you cannot help but admit that a major coincidence (at the very least) took place on the morning of June 23, 2006.

It all began on the evening of June 22, 2006, when “Hannity & Colmes” (on the FOX/RNC Channel) had a guest on by the name of Dr. James H. Fetzer (see endnote). Fetzer is a member of 9/11 Scholars for Truth. Due to some unexpected initial confusion on the part of the hosts regarding their chosen “attack theme” (they got their “facts FOXED,” as Fetzer said), Fetzer was given a rare opportunity to answer an open-ended question — almost without interruption. As the lawyers all say, “Never ask a witness any question to which you do not already know the answer.”

Colmes asked Fetzer something to the effect, “So can you give us one piece of evidence that would tend to point toward 9/11 being an inside job by the Bush Administration?”

While Ollie North (who was guest hosting for Hannity) was apparently still lost in confusion, Fetzer had a rare opportunity to speak a few full sentences without hostile, obnoxious interruptions. He said (and I’m paraphrasing here again), “I point you to Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta’s testimony before the 9/11 Commission. Mineta said he had encountered Vice President Cheney in a bunker in Washington, DC, at 9:20 AM, on the day of the attacks [forty-three minutes earlier than Cheney said he had arrived]. Every few seconds a young man would come into the room and say, ‘Sir, it’s 50 miles out. Sir, it’s 40 miles out. Sir, it’s 30 miles out,’ and so on. Finally the young man asked the Vice President, ‘Sir, do the orders still stand?’ Cheney replied gruffly, ‘Of course, the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?’

Fetzer went on to explain that only later did Mineta learn that the young man was referring to Flight 77 approaching Washington, DC, and the orders the young man was referring to were obviously orders NOT to shoot the plane down [please see my first July 6, comment in the comments section for an update on this paragraph]. That’s why the young man had finally asked if the orders still stood, to which Cheney replied that they did. Shortly thereafter, Flight 77 (or a “reasonable” facsimile thereof) struck the Pentagon.

Obviously, the producers of the “Hannity & Colmes Propaganda Hour” had not anticipated such a damning bit of irrefutable evidence to escape over “their” airwaves to their glassy-eyed, drool-chinned audience.

Here’s the Real Kicker…
The very next morning, less than twelve hours after his 9/11 testimony had been unexpectedly “exposed” to the FOX faithful, Norman Mineta resigned as Secretary of Transportation.

What an unbelievably amazing coincidence of timing!

Just for the sake of argument, let’s say Mineta’s timing was truly nothing more than a coincidence. If so, then he couldn’t have picked a worse time to announce it (unless it was his relatively subtle way of sending a message to the masses). Or, if he was forced to resign by Bush/Cheney (for whatever reason), they couldn’t have picked a more self-incriminating time to make it happen.

There has been barely a peep about Mineta’s resignation in the mainstream media. I saw the same, generic, non-informational, totally uncurious five-second clip about it several times, but there has been absolutely no speculation as to why he did it (although his recent back surgery is implied to be the main reason). That’s incredibly unusual behavior for our babbling heads, isn’t it? Other high-level resignations in the last few months from the Bush Administration were the subject of endless babble among the MSM “elite.”

A Final Thought
I can only imagine the sudden conflicting thoughts of at least five out of every one hundred Fox viewers who had heard Fetzer mention Mineta’s damning testimony just a few hours before Mineta resigned. What must they have been thinking for a short time before their self-hypnosis kicked back in?

Click here to download the clip of the four-minute interview (in Windows Media Format). An AVI version is here.

[Note: James H. Fetzer (FM) Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, a former Marine Corps officer, author or editor of more than 20 books, and co-chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.]

VIDEO: Cheney Usurps Command of NORAD

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War Crime : US Holding 27,000 in Secret Overseas Prisons

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 21, 2008

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War Crime : US Holding 27,000 in Secret Overseas Prisons

Transporting Prisoners to Iraqi Jails to Avoid Media & Legal Scrutiny

By Democracy Now!

“There is a huge number of [secret prisoners] being held in Iraq, and one of the intriguing aspects of this that doesn’t get much reporting is that the US is bringing people into Iraq from elsewhere to hold them there, simply because that keeps [the media and lawyers] away from the prisoners so they can’t get any sort of legal rights,” reports British attorney Clive Stafford Smith.

Clive Stafford Smith, British born lawyer for over fifty detainees in Guantanamo Bay. He is the legal director of the UK charity Reprieve and has defended prisoners on death row for over twenty years. He is the author of Eight O’Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay.

TRANSCRIPT

AMY GOODMAN: A military judge has postponed the first war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo to allow a Supreme Court ruling to be made on the right of prisoners to challenge their detention in civil courts. The trial against Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, was scheduled to start on June 2nd. Navy Captain Keith Allred ruled on Friday the trial should be delayed seven weeks, until July 21st, in case the Supreme Court ruling affects his case.

The court is considering a challenge to a provision of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that denies Guantanamo prisoners the right to file petition of habeas corpus. It marks the third time the Supreme Court has examined the rights of prisoners held at Guantanamo. A ruling is expected June 30th.

In a separate ruling, the judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Hamdan to determine if he is competent to stand trial. A psychiatrist hired by his lawyers found he suffers from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and can’t participate in his defense. The military says he has no signs of any problems.

The US holds about 270 prisoners at Guantanamo now and has said it plans to bring about eighty before the tribunals, the first to be held by the United States since World War II.

Clive Stafford Smith is a British attorney who represents more than fifty of the prisoners at Guantanamo, legal director of the UK charity Reprieve and author of Eight O’Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay. He is testifying on Tuesday before the House Committee on Foreign Relations about Guantanamo Bay. He joins from Washington, D.C.

Welcome to Democracy Now! again, Clive Stafford Smith.

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well, thank you very much for having me again.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the significance of the Hamdan case?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well, of course, the Hamdan case has dragged on and on and on, and it’s, I think, highlighted the mess that Guantanamo Bay is in down there. And really, the most eloquent spokesperson on that is not me; it’s Colonel Morris Davis, who was the chief prosecutor of the process until he resigned recently, the chief military prosecutor in Guantanamo Bay.

And he had three criticisms, and he recently testified in Guantanamo about his criticisms. One is that the process is rigged. He said that he been told by a senior Bush administration official that there would be and there could be no acquittals in Guantanamo. In other words, everyone has to be convicted. He also said that there was intense politicization of the process. And indeed, Judge—the judge, Captain Allred, prohibited some of the senior offices, including Brigadier General Hartmann, from having any more role in the process, because they were basically telling everyone what to do. And I think the third one is the most important, which is that Colonel Davis said we really ought to ban the use of evidence that’s been extracted through abuse and torture, such as waterboarding, from Guantanamo trials, because it’s still being used down there. And then, indeed, one of my clients, Benyam Mohammed, it’s all they have got on him, is evidence that they extracted from him after taking him to Morocco and torturing him with a razor blade to his genitals. So this is just a—it’s a farce.

But if you step back for a second and you compare what’s happening in Guantanamo to the best job we ever did as Americans—and I’m American, as well, despite the accent—Nuremburg tribunals, which were really a beacon of the way the process should be run. Perhaps one of the highlights of Guantanamo is, the first three people we charged there were not Hermann Göring and the people who were the worst in the Nazis in World War II. Instead, the first three people we charged were Salim Hamdan, who is allegedly a chauffeur for bin Laden, and then two juveniles, Omar Khadr and Mohamed Jawad, who were both juveniles. And I think that puts it a little bit in context of how carried away the military process has got down there.

AMY GOODMAN: Clive, can you talk about the significance of last week, of the Pentagon dropping charges against the Saudi man held at Guantanamo who was at the center of the military’s controversial torture program, Mohammed al-Qahtani, accused of being the twentieth hijacker? They’ve dropped the charges against him.

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: They did, indeed. And what was really extraordinary, in one way, was that they charged Mohammed al-Qahtani with the death penalty in the first place, because, if you recall, it was a leaked Freedom of Information document that came out in his case, which detailed, you know, hour by hour and day by day, the abuses he had been through in Guantanamo Bay that was splashed all over the US media a couple of years back. And, you know, one wonders at the judgment of people in Guantanamo that they charged him early on for the death penalty, where we were going to spend weeks and weeks and weeks in trial in Guantanamo listening to evidence about him being abused, where there’s already documentary proof of it.

Now, they’ve dropped his case now, and I sincerely hope that they have enough sense not to go forward against him with evidence that’s extracted through torture. He’s being represented by Center for Constitutional Rights, amongst others, and I think it’s through their great work that this has happened.

AMY GOODMAN: Also, the latest news of the disqualifying of—a military judge disqualifying the Pentagon general who has been centrally involved in overseeing the war crimes tribunals, named Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann, saying he couldn’t be objective, working too closely with the prosecutor.

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well, and this was as a result, as I had mentioned briefly, of Colonel Mo Davis’s testimony, the chief prosecutor from the process down there who quit because of Hartmann’s intermeddling. And Colonel Davis is—and I think he’s so much more credible than someone like me, quite frankly, because he was on the prosecution side. And his criticism was that Brigadier General Hartmann was basically telling him what to do and saying, “Look, there’s an election coming up. It’s in November. We’ve got to have prosecutions now against the high-profile guys. It doesn’t matter if you’re not ready to prosecute them, but we need Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial because of electioneering.”

Now, you know, that’s not the way any process should work. But the fact that the chief military prosecutor says this is what’s going on, I think, is enough to give us all pause and say, look, let’s stop this process, let’s do what most of the political candidates say in the election, which is bring people to the US if we want to try them and give them a proper trial. That’s really what America is all about.

AMY GOODMAN: And the significance of the US military planning to build a new forty-acre prison complex in Afghanistan near Kabul, a $60 million dollar site replacing the makeshift prison at Bagram that apparently holds around 630 prisoners right now, a number of them held for more than five years without charge?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well you know, one thing that my charity, Reprieve, out of London, we’ve been trying to do is track down the real ghost prisoners in this process. And if you look at Guantanamo Bay, 270, roughly, as you mentioned, prisoners in Guantanamo, but according to the most recent official figures, the United States is currently holding 27,000 secret prisoners around the world. So that means that 99 percent of these folk are not in Guantanamo Bay. Now they’re in other prisons elsewhere. And as you mentioned, Bagram has 680. But there’s a huge number of people being held in Iraq, and one of the intriguing aspects of this that doesn’t get much reporting is that the US is bringing people into Iraq from elsewhere to hold them there, simply because that keeps rather annoying people like you, Amy—I mean the media—and also annoying people like me, lawyers, away from the prisoners so they can’t get any sort of legal rights.

And when you look around the world, there’s a huge camp, Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, where a lot of people are being held. Diego Garcia, contrary to the past analysis of the British government, in the Indian Ocean has been used, in my belief, to hold people. And we’ve identified thirty-two prison ships, sort of prison hulks you used to read about in Victorian England, which have been converted to hold prisoners, and we’ve got pictures of them in Lisbon Harbor, for example. And these are holding prisoners around the world, as well. And there’s a bunch of proxy prisons—Morocco, Egypt and Jordan—where this stuff is going on. And this is a huge concern, because the world focus is on Guantanamo Bay, which really is a diversionary tactic in the whole war of terror or war on terror, whatever you’d like to call it. And actually, most of these people who have been severed from their legal rights are in these other secret prisons around the world.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to Clive Stafford Smith. He is a British lawyer who represents—well, what is it now? About 20 percent of the prisoners, since the number is now below 300?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: I think you’re giving me a little too much credit, actually, Amy. We’ve got thirty-one prisoners there now. We’ve got fifty, thankfully, who are out, including—I had a lovely visit the other day to Sudan—Sami Al-Haj, the Al Jazeera journalist, who was held for six years in Guantanamo Bay, most recently charged with being a terrorist because he had trained in the use of “the camera”—was the direct quote—by Al Jazeera. That was the allegation against him that was the main focus of the US intelligence in Guantanamo, and that’s because he was an Al Jazeera cameraman. He is now back with his family. So I’m glad he’s safe—

AMY GOODMAN: You were just with him in Sudan?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Yeah, yeah. I was in the hospital, and he had been—

AMY GOODMAN: How is Sami Al-Haj?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well, you know, there was some Pentagon press release saying that he was faking how ill he was. You know, that really makes my blood a little boil. He had been on hunger strike for 478 days. On the flight back to Sudan, which went via Baghdad and was twenty hours long, he had no water, no food, didn’t go to the toilet the whole time. And he was really in very, very bad shape when he showed up in Sudan, got rushed to hospital.

I am glad to say that he’s getting a lot better. And I was there with him and his wife and his little seven-year-old son. And I’m just so glad we finally got around to letting him go, because I think that was a tragedy for our US reputation around the world that we were holding a cameraman and saying that he was some terrorist, and every day on Al Jazeera—every hour, in fact—there would be a little strap line along the bottom of the TV screen, where forty million people would see that Sami Al-Haj was still being held in Guantanamo. So I’m glad that he’s finally out.

AMY GOODMAN: And the issue of Sami Al-Haj saying he was being repeatedly questioned about the leaders, about those who run Al Jazeera and about his colleagues at Al Jazeera?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well, that was the focus. I mean, and Sami actually had to ask the intelligence folk in Guantanamo—and I was very interested listening to the person you were talking to before, Tim, about the whole process, because of course it’s so true that the focus of a lot of these civilian folk who were doing the intelligence gathering, you know, I don’t know how they think they get paid, but apparently they get paid just by the word. And they interrogated Sami Al-Haj roughly 120 times about people working at Al Jazeera, trying to get him to say that Al Jazeera was an al-Qaeda front. And Sami said, “It’s just not true. I’m not going to say that.” But this went on and on. And finally Sami had to ask them to interrogate him about himself and whatever allegations they might have against him.

AMY GOODMAN: Very quickly, Clive, did you say that you—that the US is taking prisoners to Iraq?

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Oh, yes, they are. I mean, the US is taking an estimated forty to sixty, on average, prisoners a day around the world. And it doesn’t take a lot of arithmetic to tell you how many people that is each month. And people are being taken to Iraq to be held in Abu Ghraib, even today, and also in other camps in Iraq. And this is a big challenge for us as the lawyers to try to bring—you know, reunite them with their legal rights, because I, for one, am sort of forbidden by my wife from spending too much time going to Iraq and getting shot at.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to have to leave it there. Clive Stafford Smith will be testifying before Congress tomorrow. His book is called Eight O’Clock Ferry to the Windward Side. He is a lawyer from Britain representing more than thirty prisoners at Guantanamo.

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