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|Sunday, May 21st, 2006|
it's called "ENTRAPMENT"
NYPD officer testifies about going undercover in Muslim community
By TOM HAYS
Associated Press Writer
May 18, 2006, 4:18 PM EDT
NEW YORK -- A New York Police Department officer born in Bangladesh testified Thursday that commanders assigned him straight out of the police academy to go undercover in a Muslim neighborhood as part of their response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
The undercover investigator, who is Muslim, said at a Manhattan subway bomb plot trial in federal court that he was "told to be a member of the community, hang out and get information."
One place he hung out was an Islamic bookstore near a Brooklyn mosque, where he said he heard a Pakistani immigrant charged in the plot openly praise Osama bin Laden while damning the United States.
During a conversation on the second anniversary of the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center, Shahawar Matin Siraj "complimented bin Laden," the undercover officer told jurors.
"He said he was a talented brother and a great planner and that he hoped bin Laden planned something big for America," the officer said.
Siraj, 23, was arrested on the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention on charges he plotted to blow up a subway station in Herald Square, a dense shopping district that includes Macy's flagship department store. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
Defense attorneys have characterized Siraj as a harmless dupe who was entrapped by a crafty older informant in a phony plot that never got off the ground.
The trial, in its fourth week, has opened a window to how the nation's largest police department responded to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, by identifying officers of Middle Eastern or central Asian origin within its ranks and reassigning some to intelligence duty. It also hired paid civilian informants, including an Egyptian man who adopted the role of Siraj's co-conspirator after infiltrating the mosque where the defendant worshipped.
The undercover officer first appeared on Wednesday as the trial's last witness using his alias, Kamil Pasha, and prosecutors sought to limit testimony about his background and police methods. But on cross-examination on Thursday, he was forced to reveal parts of his story.
The witness testified that he came to the United States at age 7. He joined the police department in 2002 at 23 and quickly found himself on the fast track to becoming a detective.
Two weeks after he graduated from the academy, he was assigned to gather intelligence in and around the Brooklyn mosque, the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge. He claimed he was "surprised and shocked" by the anti-American tirades and other radical rhetoric about suicide bombings and terrorist training camps he overheard at the bookstore where the defendant worked as a clerk.
"I grew up with a peaceful religion," he said. "Where in Islam does it say you can blow up a train station?"
He soon began sending regular e-mail reports to his NYPD handler about Siraj. He said the defendant advocated a holy war against the United States as revenge for its support of Israel and predicted, "If the United States went to war in Iraq, there was going to be terrorist attacks here."
The undercover testified that he won the trust of Siraj by not challenging his views.
"I would pretty much agree," he said. "I would say, 'Yes, you're right."'
Copyright 2006 Newsday Inc.
|Thursday, November 3rd, 2005|
|Friday, September 30th, 2005|
"John"ism & Arabophobia
My friend "John", about two years ago (we were only about sixteen), formed a joke cult called "John"ism. On the website he declared Jihad on the Church of "Mike", and said that we would accept donations of money. Unfortunately, he also made the mistake of listing the members on the Raymondism site, and we were harrassed by the police. At least several members ended up on no-fly lists and one half-Lebanese member with a very obviously Arabic name, let's call him "Ibrahim", was particularly harrassed, even though he had relatively little to do with the whole joke. Police told him that other members had said that his parents were Islamic fundamentalists, and that they only speak Arabic, but no member had said this, and "Ibrahim"'s mother is a white protestant, and his father is a Maronite Christian.
I thought that the story was worthy of this particular group.
Obviously names were changed.
|Thursday, September 15th, 2005|
Burning Mosque (X-P)
The Feds have contacted all students of the great teacher, Amir Sulaiman. He's collaborated on the following song, and I'd advise all of you to read his journal on his website to get a feel for the sorry state we're in
Here's our recent addition to the My Space page. Recorded by Dana Chism and Mixed by Mike Orifice.
Click the Burning Mosque to get to it from our My Space...
The great Black Muslim Poet, Amir Sulaiman
has a cameo on it. He's got a great heart, and has got collaborations with Mos Def on his own CD, "Dead Man Walking"Burning MosqueWith heavy breaths of the thick sea air,
I sighed salaam to my tearful sister,
the clangs of shackles blowing on the sail,
get drowned out when they shout 'Off our harbour!'
And then I heard their boots hitting wood on the docks,
their blood stained footprints told the end of my mother,
they asked 'Who are you to take our jobs?'
Man, we bore the weight of the Twin Towers.
I saw the fire eating up our Mosque,
the haze of flames blurred the staircase beneath us,
firemen seemed to cheer on the mob,
As the smoke filled us up.
Order! Order! will the Feds stand up?
The verdicts in from the court of Kiamat,
Get in ranks, slap your teeth on the curb,
We shined our boots just to carry out your sentence.
So enjoy the taste of the curb on your tongue,
Before your skull snaps and teeth are wedged in your throat,
your broken carcass still has blood on its hands,
but you aren't going to spill any more of my own.
I saw the fire eating up our Mosque,
the haze of flames blurred the staircase beneath us,
firemen turned to cheer on the mob,
As the smoke filled us up.
Amir Sulaiman: 'And I wish I could sing for justice, but I know no such songs. I know about Shahadah, Salaat and Quran, Jihad, Martyrdom and Homemade bombs. And sure you're going to think I'm wrong for talking about homemade bombs but the leader of the free world can drop A bombs and napalm.
I'm already a dead man walking, a mute man talking, a blind watching my brothers die. But I won't build all coffins, I will not take part in the death of my heart's kin. I would rather die.'
You may wish us dead or mute or blind,
you burn our mosque or rush us off your harbour,
But when we band together to protect our lives,
See what happens when you get out-numbered.
You're going to wish I had hijacked a plane.
|Tuesday, August 30th, 2005|
From the Al-Awda newsletter
ACLU: FBI Has Designated Activist Groups as Terrorists
The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained internal government
documents that show the FBI designated two Michigan activist groups as
potentially being "involved in terrorist activities." One of the groups
the anti-war organization Direct Action. The second group is called By
Means Necessary - it is a national organization dedicated to defending
affirmative action, integration, and other gains of the civil rights
movement. ACLU staff attorney Ben Wizner said "When the FBI and local
enforcement identify affirmative action advocates as potential
every American has cause for concern." The ACLU has been conducting an
investigation into whether the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces has
engaged in political surveillance. As part of this investigation the
has learned that the FBI has collected thousands of pages of documents
related to other activist groups including Greenpeace, United for Peace
Justice, Code Pink, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Muslim Public
|Saturday, July 2nd, 2005|
Jul. 2, 2005. 08:17 AM
CORBIS FILE PHOTO The runway and air operations area of the U.S. military facility on Diego Garcia is seen in an aerial view. The tiny, secluded Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia, which is in effect an aircraft carrier, is also said to house a secret detention centre operated by the CIA. Island paradise or torture chamber?CIA under fire for secret detentions
Indian Ocean atoll alleged abuse site
From satellite pictures, Diego Garcia looks like paradise.
The small, secluded atoll in the Indian Ocean, with its coral beaches, turquoise waters and vast lagoon in the centre, is 1,600 kilometres from land in any direction.
A perfect hideaway. But no one is allowed to set foot on it.
The little-known British possession, leased to the United States in 1970, was a major military staging post in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It continues to be, in effect, a floating aircraft carrier, housing 1,700 personnel who call it Camp Justice.
But intelligence analysts say Diego Garcia's geographic isolation is now being exploited for other, darker purposes.
They claim it is one in a network of secret detention centres being operated by the Central Intelligence Agency to interrogate high-value terrorist suspects beyond the reach of American or international law.
These prisoners are known as "ghost detainees" or the "new disappeared," and they're being subjected to treatment that makes the abuses at the military-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad and Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba look small-time, say intelligence analysts.
Last year, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller said CIA interrogation techniques "violate all American anti-torture laws," and instructed FBI agents to step outside of the room when the CIA steps in.
Analysts say there are at least a score of unacknowledged facilities around the world. Among them, several in Afghanistan (one known as "the pit") and Iraq, in Pakistan, Jordan, in a restricted unit at Guantanamo, and one, they suspect, on Diego Garcia, where two navy prison ships ferry prisoners in and out.( Read more...Collapse )
|Tuesday, June 28th, 2005|
Not personal, but still creepy
I was at a friend's house the other day and her dad told me a pretty creepy story . He said one of his neighbors(this is Northern VA btw) was arrested in the middle of the night accused of having ties to some terrorist organization in Lebanon. Ooh, creepy, I know. Wrong. The creepy part is they came by helicopter, landed on his ROOF, and arrested him that way.
Just goes to show you missing out on playing cowboys and indians and watching those Clint Eastwood movies during childhood will somehow manifest itself into your day job when you get to be old and evil. So make sure any kids you know are getting their dose of adventure while they're young and relatively good-natured. Current Mood: shocked
|Sunday, June 26th, 2005|
found through antiwar
LA Times - June 25, 2005Italian Judge Orders Arrest of CIA Agents
Prosecutors accuse 13 Americans of taking part in a kidnapping: the 'extraordinary rendition' of a terrorism suspect to Egypt.
By Tracy Wilkinson
MILAN, Italy — An Italian judge has ordered the arrest of a group of CIA agents who investigators believe kidnapped a radical Egyptian imam from the streets of Milan and bundled him off to Cairo, where he said he was tortured.
As part of the inquiry, Italian police Thursday night raided the Italian home of an American man identified in arrest warrants as the former CIA station chief here and confiscated a computer, disks and documents, judicial sources said.
The warrants name 13 American agents from a group of 19 men and women who authorities here believe pursued and then snatched Hassan Osama Nasr, a radical cleric better known as Abu Omar, nearly 2 1/2 years ago. Officials, who announced Friday that warrants had been issued, said none of the agents were in Italy any longer and that no one was taken into custody.
The Abu Omar case is an example of an "extraordinary rendition," a controversial practice employed by U.S. authorities against suspected terrorists with increasing frequency since the Sept. 11 attacks. U.S. counter-terrorism agents seize and transport a suspect in one foreign country to another without seeking court permission. Human rights organizations say treatment of the suspect in the destination country can be brutal.
Italy is one of three European countries, along with Sweden and Germany, that are examining alleged renditions on their soil. It is highly unusual for a country friendly to the United States to attempt to prosecute its secret agents.( Read more...Collapse )
|Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005|
this is f'n outrageous....
June 17, 2005Questions, Bitterness and Exile for Queens Girl in Terror Case
By NINA BERNSTEIN
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Slumped at the edge of the bed she would have to share with four relatives that night, the 16-year-old girl from Queens looked stunned.
On the hot, dusty road from the airport, she had watched rickshaws surge past women sweeping the streets, bone-thin in their bright saris. Now, in a language she barely understood, unfamiliar aunts and uncles lamented her fate: to be forced to leave the United States, her home since kindergarten, because the F.B.I. had mysteriously identified her as a potential suicide bomber.
"I feel like I'm on a different planet," the girl, Tashnuba Hayder, said. "It just hit me. How everything happened - it's like, 'Oh, my God.' "
The story of how it happened - how Tashnuba, the pious, headstrong daughter of Muslim immigrants living in a neighborhood of tidy lawns and American flags, was labeled an imminent threat to national security - is still shrouded in government secrecy. After nearly seven weeks in detention, she was released in May on the condition that she leave the country immediately. Only immigration charges were brought against her and another 16-year-old New York girl, who was detained and released. Federal officials will not discuss the matter.
But as the first terror investigation in the United States known to involve minors, the case reveals how deeply concerned the government is that a teenager might become a terrorist, and the lengths to which federal agents will go if they get even a whiff of that possibility. And it has drawn widespread attention, stoking the debate over the right balance between government vigilance and the protection of individual freedoms.( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, June 17th, 2005|
heres a funny story for you all:
to set this story up, you must know this. last year i met this kid off the internet named Kyle Nonneman. he seemed pretty cool and legit. i metioned how i needed a room mate, he said he was on SSI, gets foodstamps, and section 8, so i thought it would be a cool deal to move in with him. he also gets to fly free anywhere, so he flew out to portland, or...and we found an apartment while we were waiting for a house to show up. we paid rent great and everything, but he was kind of a weird dude, but it didnt bother me. he started to get into credit card fraud and money laundering about the time i moved out. i moved out november of 2004. april of this year i was watching the news and i saw a story about how Kyle got arrested for calling in a bomb hoax at the airport. i guess what happened is, he won a laptop off ebay for $2000, and sent the guy a phony check. the guy was a moron, and sent out the laptop before the check cleared. when he found out the check didnt clear, he flew out to portland to get the laptop himself. somehow he got back the laptop, so Kyle called the police anonymously to warn about how there was a bomb in his laptop. there wasnt. eventually the FBI caught up with Kyle and he got arrested. a couple days later 8 FBI agents came to my house asking about all kinds of shit. none of it i admitted he did. charges like money laundering, hoaxing, credit card fraud, id theft, etc... while i was talking to 3 FBI agents on my front porch, 5 others were looking through my windows and digging around shit in my back yard. shit lasted about an hour, and i was pretty sure they bugged my phone. well, somehow Kyle managed to get aquitted of all the charges.
heres another story concerning the same kid:
my friends Kyle and James and I went down to below the morrison bridge in portland, or with a bunch of instruments in the middle of the night, just to play some music. about 10 minutes into it, i see kyle hop a fence to an electrical recycling yard. he comes back with a broken tape deck, and he smashes it on the ground. immediatly an armed security guard runs out, pointing a gun at us, tells us to get on our bellies, and handcuffs only kyle. we knew right away it was a security guard, especially kyle. kyle kept heckling the guard saying shit like "youre just a rent-a-cop with an inferiority complex" and "aww, not good enough to make it to the big leagues?". since kyles been arrested too many times to count, he somehow managed to get out of the handcuffs. when he broke free, he said "haha look you stupid asshole, your cuffs came off" the security guard ran up to kyle, kicked his face, and smashed his face on to the ground, and stood on his head for a good minute. kyle also is disabled, he has a severe case of scoliosis. he the cops came, kyles face was really bloody. when the cops asked why, kyle explained how the security guard used exessive force. the cops didnt even address the trespassing charge, and took photos of his face for evidence. kyle didnt press charges becauses hes a moron, but the security guard got fired immediatly. and kyle got let off.
I have a tale to tell about my friend Jeremy.
He's good kid.
He went cross country to a peace rally last summer.
On his way back he and the people that went with him went to many Fodd not Bombs rallies and cooked all day for the protesters.
While camping out their frist night the F.B.I. watched them.
One of the kids has found some plastic pieping while they where out in the woods.
When a group of the kids had gone hiking for the day the feds came and arrested the kids withthe pipe because they said they where terrorists and that they where going to make a bomb with it.
Dude, those kids where useing it as an aboriginal digeridoo(sp) all night and that was it.
So when the kids who went hiking came back and heard abotu what had happened from some kids who hid they split.
That was in Portland Oregon.
They drove back to Williamsburg New York and where followed the whole way by the same F.B.I. guys.
These kids are very into food not bombs and against the war in Iraq. They give money to help the familes over there and al that they can for the people here who have family and soldiers over there.
Yeah they are the last ones who are going to be terrorists.
Every now and then when he talks to these kids they say that they have seen those same agents snooping around.
Give it a break please.
Well, I'm a photographer, so it goes without saying that I've had my share of dirty looks and harassment.
I've been escorted away from the property for taking pictures of or in:
The courthouse in the town where I used to live
High-rise office buildings in Washington DC and the town where I used to live
The Washington DC subway
Simple street photography in Philadelphia
I've been approached by either uniformed or black-suited individuals for taking pictures of:
Airplanes taking off and landing (In a group of 5 people doing the same thing, I was the only one approached)
Train tracks, moving locomotives and stationary locomotives (largely only by city police whose eyes glaze over when I tell them I'm trainspotting, but the railroad police have been out recently so it's just a matter of time)
Of course, I can imagine that if my skin were several shades darker I'd be able to fill a book with separate incidents, but my neighbor who's british and more pale than a sheet of paper has had even more harassment. He's been stopped on several occasions by the railroad police who accuse him of everything from being an illegal alien to the person responsible for causing tens of thousands of damage to a nearby railroad bridge.
Strangely, I stopped getting harassed around the time when I started carrying copies of the ACLU bust card and The Photographer's Right
LJ user visited by Secret Service for online photo collages
His account of having the Secret Service show up at his workplace[!] is here:http://www.livejournal.com/users/jlassen/186474.html
[the journal of jlassen
Here's an excerpt:
On June 7th, Two Secret Service agents showed up at my place of employment and asked to speak with me. One agent said they wanted to talk about something I posted online. I asked what, he one responded “You post a lot of stuff online, don’t you?” and then showed me some color printouts of my “Bush and Guns” pictures. I was as helpful as possible, and explained to them the about the incident in Chicago, and the context of those pictures.
The agents started out with “easy” questions, like my name, address, what I did at my job, etc. Then they started asking if I’ve ever been under psychiatric or psychological care or counseling. They asked me to sign a medical release form so they could contact local hospitals and health care providers and confirm my answers. They asked if I belonged to any organizations. When I said no, they specifically asked if I belonged to the NRA. They then began to ask me to explain each picture, and what I meant by them. I did so.
During the course of the interview, the Agent indicated that the pictures came to their attention because someone reported them to the secret service, and that they have to investigate everything. They assured me that there was nothing political about this… that their personal feelings about Bush had nothing to do with it… they may or may not like Bush anymore then I do, but it wasn’t personal… they were just gathering information.
After about 45 minutes, one of the agents said (paraphrased from memory, not an exact quote) “Let me be frank… I’m having difficulty seeing these pictures as ‘art’. You’re a publisher, and a systems administrator. How do you suddenly become an ‘artist’.” I pointed out that not all art is created formally by trained elites, and that there are plenty forms of artistic expression like this, such as stencil and graffiti art.
He then went on to suggest that the process of digitally manipulating photos of the president, and putting his image in context with guns was akin to seeking his home address, and personal information about him(instead of going to his supervisor), if I had a professional complaint about him. (!?!?!). I was a little flabbergasted at this, and said, no… it’s a creative process… Juxtaposing elements that wouldn’t normally be together is a common artistic technique.
Obligatory First Post
A couple bits:
1) This community is open to ALL. Everyone has to worry about an invasive government, though Feds are to Brown people what Cops are to Black people.
2) There will be no fancy, shmancy layouts. This is a cut and dry community with obvious functional aims.
3) There's likely to be an aversion to sharing stories. I understand many of you have a hard time living the same after someone has intimidated you with questions that violate your sense of privacy. The best thing I can tell you is that you're not alone. And hopefully through this community, we can work towards understanding all the components that come with interrogations, emotional AND political.