Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Islamic Movement in America
Peaceful but Uncompromising on Principles
P.O. Box 10881, Baltimore, MD 21234
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's Shoora [National Consultative Committee]
with delegates from across the United States met in
Greensboro, North Carolina on June 24 and resolved as follows:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen condemns the June 22 arrests of 7
persons on terrorism charges. [6 in Miami one in Atlanta.]
The charges are tenuous. No actual acts of wrong doing have
been charged in the indictment. The charges are mere
allegations of conspiracy.
No weapons or explosives or funds have been found.
It is obvious that the accused were entrapped by an informant.
As the press conference with Attorney General Gonzalez
revealed, the alleged al-Qaida related talk was initiated
not by the accused but by the informant.
What is the informant's credibility? If the entire case is
based on the activities of the informant, it is evident
that the government has created this scenario in which the
accused have been detained on the word of a nameless
person whose own credibility is shadowy at best.
The allegations about the threat to the Sears tower in
Chicago seem to be grossly exaggerated because there is
no claim of explosives found or to be obtained. Even such
capability is clearly lacking and hence undermines the
claims of conspiracy. Such allegations are bound to create
an atmosphere of fear and hatred in the country and should
not have been brought to the media for widespread
dissemination. The government has behaved irresponsibly
in creating an indictment based on entrapment and
'trial' by media.
The accused persons are from a poverty stricken segment
of society and were evidently trying to do good for their
community. The accused were trying to clean up their
community of drugs and crimes. Expressions of anger
against the wars being waged by this government do not
constitute acts of terrorism, actual or intended.
The arrests are tinged with elements of racism. It does
not matter whether the arrested persons are Muslims or
Christians. They are people of African descent and the
government's move against them indicates that the
government has extended its repressive measures to an
entire new segment of the population without discussion.
We also the notice timing of the arrests when the government's
invasion of the private financial accounts of U.S. citizens
has been revealed. Hence these accusations of terrorism can
easily be seen as a government diversion meant to counter
scrutiny of its behavior.
We urge that the accused be released and the government
take steps to repair the damage to its own credibility
by these acts of repression and tyranny.
2006-06-27 Tue 20:04:20 cdt