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Open Season on Muslims in America:
Who Are Ruthlessly Vilified and Persecuted
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 8, 2010
More than ever today, Muslims are public enemy number one.
Post-9/11, they've been ruthlessly vilified and
persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence and activism. As a
result, innocent men and women have been spuriously called terrorists, or
charged with conspiracy to provide them material support.
as an earlier article explained. They've been unfairly portrayed as
culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical,
violent, gun-toting terrorists. As a result, hundreds have been wrongfully
arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned, guilty only of being Muslims in
America at the wrong time. Their treatment represents a clear indictment of
US injustice, targeting innocent victims for political advantage.
September 20 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report titled, "American
Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat" explains more about
America's scheme, naming names, "plots," and dates to highlight the
"threat." It begins saying:
"Between May 2009 and August 2010
(alone), arrests were made for 19 'homegrown,' jihadist-inspired terrorist
plots by American citizens or legal permanent residents of the United
States." They were Muslims "susceptible to ideologies supporting a violent
form of jihad, a term willfully misused. CRS suggests that jihad = violence,
"jihadists,"....illegally supporting, plotting, or directly engaging in
violent terrorist activity."
Post-9/11, CRS cited 40 homegrown
"jihadist" plots, including attacks on America, likely reflecting Al Qaeda
directed schemes, it said.
During America's "war on terror," terms
like Al Qaeda, outside enemies, jihadists, and Islamic terrorists are
interchangeably used to incite fear. Recruited by the CIA and Pakistan's
ISI, Al Qaeda or Mujahideen were defenders of Muslim lands against the 1980s
Soviet Afghan occupation. At the time, Reagan officials called them a
"necessary response" against imperial communism.
In 1998, Zbigniew
Brzezinski, Carter's National Security Advisor, confirmed it in an
"....CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980,
that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan" in late December
1979. President Carter then "signed the first directive for secret aid to
the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote
a note to the President in which I explained to him that in my opinion, this
aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention."
explained further that America had "the opportunity of giving to the USSR
its Vietnam War. Indeed for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war
unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the
demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire."
that Al Qaeda was Washington's invention. Reagan called them freedom
fighters. Today, under any name, they're "terrorists," innocent Americans
wrongfully charged with supporting them, mostly through entrapment stings
producing no evidence besides what paid FBI informants say. It's their word
against suspects, as well as illegally taped conversations, innocent
comments from them made to sound incriminating.
"How Do People
Become Violent Jihadists," CRS asked? Charismatic "(i)ntermediaries, social
networks, the Internet, and prisons" play key roles...."
(1) "Endgames," involving individuals wanting to
become foreign fighters in conflict zones;
(2) Suicide or Martyrdom"
by violent jihad;
(3) "Success of Lone Wolves," unconnected to
(4) "Divergent Capabilities," their experience ranging
from little to considerable.
CRS also explained how to combat
homegrown "jihad" through counterterrorism, laws like the USA Patriot Act,
domestic intelligence, illegal surveillance not called that, and working
jointly with state and local authorities, among other ways. It concluded
with a national strategy called a "Whole of Government Approach,"
coordinating across departments and agencies at all levels of government. An
appendix then named names, dates, and "plots."
What the report omits
says more than it offered. It explained nothing about US imperial wars,
state terrorism on a global scale, its toll in the many millions, besides
targeted homeland victims - innocent men and women, wrongfully targeted and
imprisoned, reports like CRS' suggesting otherwise.
Department (DOJ) Targeted Victims
On November 2, a DOJ press release
headlined "Three California Men Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material
Support to al Shabaab," saying:
"San Diego residents Basaaly Saeed
Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mahamud, aka Mohamed Khadar, and Issa Doreh were
charged today with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists,
conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization,
conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and related offenses...."
An unsealed October 22 indictment called Al-Shabaab "a violent and brutal
militia group in Somalia." More on them below, a group the State Department
falsely designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) in February 2008.
Charges alleged that Moalin "was in direct telephone contact with Aden
Hashi Ayrow," a so-called "prominent (Al-Shabaab) military leader....Ayrow
requested money from Moalin, who then coordinated the fundraising efforts
and money transfers with Mohamud and Doreh."
The indictment also
alleged that Moalin provided a house in Somalia, "knowing (it) would be used
in preparation for, and to carry out, a conspiracy to kill persons in a
He was arrested on October 31, Mohamud and Doreh
on November 1. All pleaded not guilty. They're being held without bail.
Moalin's lawyer, Marc Geller, said he's seen no evidence that his client, a
local cab driver with no prior record, had any involvement whatever.
About 50 local community members appeared in federal court to show support,
believing the three men are innocent. One man, Ali Mohamed, said Moalin
taught weekend classes on Islam at a local mosque and is considered a leader
of the local Somali community. Apparently it led to his indictment.
"He would tell youngsters to stay away from drugs and gangs," he said. "It's
shocking to hear this case against him (and the others). I don't understand
why there are people in the street who commit violence while the people who
stay in the mosques and pray are being attacked."
Edgar Hopida, of
San Diego's Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the arrests put the
local Somali community on edge. His organization informs them of their
rights, ones very much in jeopardy.
"The Somali community is very
fearful that their community is under attack," Hopida explained. "The
Somalis who have come here are refugees from a war-torn country and the vast
majority" oppose terrorism. In fact, a US-sponsored resettlement program
arranged for most to come here, nearly all from the 87,000 community.
Last August, 14 Minnesota, California and Alabama Muslims were also indicted
for allegedly supporting a "deadly pipeline," sending money and fighters to
Al- Shabaab. Seven from Minnesota were previously charged.
November 3, another DOJ press release headlined, "Two Indicted in Missouri
on Charges of Providing Material Support to a Terrorist Organization. A
Third Defendant is Charged with Structuring Violations," saying:
"St. Louis resident Mohamud Abdi Yusuf has been indicted and arrested on
four charges of providing material support to a designated terrorist
organization and one charge of conspiracy to structure financial
transactions....Minneapolis resident Abdi Mahdi Hussein was also indicted
and arrested on a charge of conspiracy to structure financial transactions."
The unsealed October 21 indictment alleged that "from February 2009
through at least July 2009, Yusuf and a third defendant, Duwayne Mohamed
Diriye, a resident of Kenya and Somalia, were involved in a conspiracy to
provide funds to al Shabaab...."
Other allegations cited "using
fictitious names and telephone numbers to conceal the nature of their
activities. Yusuf is also charged with conspiring with Abdi Mahdi Hussein,
an employee of a licensed money remitting business (Qaran Financial
Express), to structure financial transactions to avoid record keeping
Yusuf was arrested on November 1 in St. Louis,
Hussein on November 2 in Minneapolis. Still at large, Diiriye is thought
either to be in Kenya or Somalia. He's charged with one felony count each of
"conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist
organization and providing material support to a designated foreign
terrorist organization." These charges are commonly used when no evidence of
any crime exists, likely the case this time, as well as for the San Diego
Charges against Yusuf and Hussein say they solicited funds
within and outside the Eastern District of Missouri, then arranged for
transfer to Al-Shabaab. Diriye is then alleged to have arranged their
Reporting on the case on November 3, AP writers Jim Suhr
and Amy Forliti cited Kulane Darman, president of Qaran Financial Express
(QFE), saying he doesn't know Hussein, and the DOJ information is
QFE is a remittance company for immigrants or migrants
who wish to send money home to family members. It transmits funds mainly to
Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Uganda through offices in seven
states, including Minnesota, home to America's largest Somali immigrant
population, numbering over 32,000.
A Profile of Al-Shabaab
An earlier article explained that on the Horn of Africa, Somalia is
strategically adjacent to the Red Sea, Suez Canal, and vital commercial
waterways. In the north, it also abuts Sudan, a country rich in oil
and gas reserves, coveted by America, China, India and other nations.
In December 2006, Washington-backed Ethiopian forces unseated the governing
Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), installing a Transitional Federal Government
(TFG) in its place. Thousands were killed. Over a million became refugees.
Ever since, conflict continued, Al- Shabaab wanting it freed from foreign
invaders, much like the Taliban struggle in Afghanistan.
2009, Ethiopian forces withdrew, following an agreement between the TFG and
Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) - a UIC coalition with other
opposition forces. Fighting, however, continued, America backing the
TRG/African Union Blue Helmets to keep Islamists from regaining power.
UIC members aren't terrorists connected to Al Qaeda. They're freedom
fighters, struggling to liberate their country after years of US-instigated
conflict, divisions and instability. Their ranks include moderate and
radical Islamists as well as politicians and militants, united for a common
Mogadishu traders initially established a UIC coalition with
opposition elements to end clan divisions and bring order to the city's
instability. Years of civil war left no stable government in most parts of
the country. Al- Shabaab and other opposition forces continue the struggle
against the US-installed government, Ethiopian backers, and African Union
force. They also call themselves the Mjuahideen Youth Movement (MYM).
According to the US National Counterterrorism Center:
"Since the end
of 2006, (Al-Shabaab) led a violent insurgency, using guerrilla warfare and
terror tactics against the continued Ethiopian presence in Somalia, the
Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, and (NGOs)."
result, on February 29, 2008, the US State Department designated it a
Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration
and Nationality Act (as amended) and as a Specially Designated Global
Terrorist under Section 1(b) of George Bush's September 23, 2001 Executive
Order 13224 (as amended). It authorized ways to disrupt financial support
for FTOs by blocking assets of individuals or groups alleged to commit, or
pose risks to commit, terrorist acts.
Like US-funded and backed
Afghan Mujaheddin in the 1980s, Al-Shabaab wants Somalia freed from the
US-backed TFG government and African Union paramilitaries (AMISOM Blue
Helmets). Washington calls them terrorists, Somali US refugees thus
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