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Muharram 8, 1429, January 17, 2008 #4
Please make sure children don't read the last item in this
issue of New Trend. It gives a glimpse of the horrors the
U.S. and it's Shi'ite allies are perpetrating on Iraqi women.
Scroll all the way down.
See two letters challenging New Trend's Pakistan reporting
and editor's responses.
War news in brief
From our media monitor:
SUDAN: Darfur story Wrecked by Researcher:
January 11, 2008: [On C-Span.] The organizers of a program on
Sudan did not expect anyone to debunk the propaganda story
they have built up about Darfur. They had brought in school
children of African descent to be brainwashed. Peter
Bechtold, Chairman of North African Studies, World Affairs
Council, took them by surprise. He used charts, statistics,
cultural studies, numerous personal interviews and systematic
analysis to show that the whole Darfur "genocide" story is
nothing more than utter rubbish and nonsense. He pointed out
that in the last few years 95% of the killing has been among
the 15 rebel groups vying for outside support. He was
merciless against Samantha Powers' stories of rape in Darfur.
He said that Ms. Powers does know Arabic or any other
language of the area. She believed all the stories of rape
her interpreter told her. The women who were questioned
hardly spoke and did not say anything like what Ms. Powers
Bechtold is a linguist and he gave examples to show how
easily Americans can misunderstand the Sudanese. He pointed
out that the Janjaweed are not connected to the Sudan
government and the stories of air raids are largely lies. He
indirectly blamed the Zionists for the
IRAQ: Fighting is heating up again. U.S. air force is
being used against tiny Islamic resistance units in
Salahuddin province. On January 16, an Islamic female
martyrdom operator hit Shi'ites supporting the U.S. in the
city of Baqubah. There were serious casualties.
[Why women? The article we have at the end of this issue
could explain why.]
PALESTINE: ISRAEL SLAUGHTERING DEFENSELESS MUSLIMS:
Three days of Mourning
January 15, 2008: Israeli tank units supported by helicopters
broke into northern Gaza. In an orgy of murder and mayhem,
the invading Jews killed 19 defenseless Palestinians and
wounded 52, most of them supporters of Hamas, the elected
representatives of the Palestinian people. Among those killed
was 24 year old Hussam, son of a top Hamas leader
The Jewish military destroyed acres of Palestinian farmland
full of olive trees and cucumber, tomato and
The excuse for the Israeli attack is that some Palestinians
keep firing [largely ineffective] rockets at the territory
the Jews have occupied near Gaza's borders.
PAKISTAN: Small Islamic Victory in South Waziristan:
Clashes Spread to Mohmand Agency: Bombing of
At about 2 AM on January 16, 20068 an Islamic unit of
Pakistani Taliban stormed a heavily armed Pak fort in the
rugged Srarogha area of Southern Waziristan from which
Pak paramilitaries were firing mortars and artillery at
Islamic villages. [As reported in the last New Trend]
Pakistani military command claimed that it had repelled the
Islamic advance and inflicted heavy casualties. The claim was
not correct. The entire 40 man Pak force was wiped out. At
least 30 were killed and the rest captured. Two of the
Taliban were also killed. It is reported that the Paks fought
hard because they belonged to a sect hated in the area.
January 15: For the first time, Islamic fighters used
automatic weapons to attack a Pakistani security forces
convoy in the Mohmand Agency. Two of the military
vehicles were destroyed and 7 Pak forces killed. A report
says that the mujahideen first asked the Pak force to
surrender. Pakistani heavy artillery opened up and claimed to
have killed the Taliban but the report was denied by the
Taliban. Pakistan has arrested 31 men suspected of
supporting the mujahideen. Meanwhile, in Swat Pak
helicopters continued hitting the mountain hideouts of
Islamic resistance. Details are not available.
AFGHANISTAN: Islamic Raid on Norwegian Foreign Minister's
Meeting in Luxury Kabul Hotel Sends Shock Waves
January 14, 2008. While the Norwegian foreign minister, Jonas
Stoere, was speaking at Kabul's best hotel, known as Serena,
an elite Taliban group attacked. The Karzai rulers tried to
hide the seriousness of the attack but by January 16 [see NY
Times] it became clear that at least three Americans, a
French woman, a Norwegian and an Afghan guard were killed in
the attack. [Norway has 300 troops among NATO's occupation
forces in Afghanistan.] Taliban presence in Kabul bodes ill
for Karzai and NATO.
January 15: Confused Dutch troops in the Helmand province
were tricked by the Taliban into firing at each other. Two of
the Dutch troops and 2 of their support Afghan troops
[Taliban attacks are now widespread in Afghanistan. Mullah
Umar is said to be leading them with grassroots support. We
will mention only the January 8 attack in Nangarhar province
in which 2 U.S. troops were killed.]
Personal; A Health Note from South Beach
excerpted by Sis. Labeebah [Bahrain]
The Power of Potassium
Most people aren't aware of the power of potassium, but it's
a mineral you should get to know. Potassium plays a role in
fluid regulation, muscle contraction, and mineral balance,
but its best-known role is in blood pressure regulation, a
function that earned it a health claim by the U.S. Food &
Drug Administration (FDA). The claim states that "diets
containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low
in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and
stroke," and is valid only for foods that contain at least
350 mg of potassium.
While potassium is easy to come by in foods, according to the
Institute of Medicine, many Americans don't get enough of it.
If you're following the guidelines set forth by the South
Beach Diet®, chances are, you're already consuming many
potassium-rich foods. Just in case, here's a peek at some
good sources of potassium:
Asparagus Artichokes Avocado Bamboo shoots Broccoli Brussels
sprouts Beans (black, kidney, lentil, lima, soy)
Cauliflower Celery Cod Halibut Kale Low-fat or nonfat plain
yogurt Mushrooms Okra Pinto beans Spinach
Soy beans Turnip greens Tomatoes Tomato juice Vegetable juice
Bananas Cantaloupe Dried apricots Grapefruit Kiwifruit
Oranges Strawberries Sweet potatoes
One word of caution: If you have kidney problems, consult
your physician before increasing your
Top Level Bangladeshi Islamic Scholar Gets
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) maths and computing
Associate Professor, Dr Shahjahan Khan, became the first
Australian statistician to receive a prestigious Gold Medal
from the Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences
(ISOSS), during the 9th ISOSS conference in Malaysia
Co-hosted by the Institute of Statistics Malaysia (ISM) and
organised by Professor Khan, the conference attracted more
than 350 professional Statisticians from around the world,
including Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Turkey, Iran and
Dr Khan said he was delighted to receive the award for his
outstanding research and leading contribution to the
development of statistics and services to ISOSS. He believes
that the award has put statistics at USQ on the map.
"It's a prestigious award and, I am proud to be the first
Australian statistician to receive this award,"
Professor Khan said.
Founding President of ISOSS, Professor Munir Ahmad, Professor
Ali S Hadi (USA/Egypt) and Professor Hanif Mian (Pakistan)
also received a gold medal award.
Pakistan: January 11, 2008.
Shaheed Abdul Rashid Ghazi's Nephew Leads the Red Mosque
[Lal Masjid] which is back in Islamic Hands
[This sarcastic report appeared in an Indian newspaper.
Read it carefully because it does give some important
insight into the ongoing struggle of the Red Mosque, though
Jamia Hafsa is no more - editor]
Lal Masjid's new chief takes old line: democracy is
At a time when Pakistan's political debate is centred around
restoration of democracy, the hardline cleric of the
controversial Lal Masjid, located in the heart of Pakistan's
capital, says he is "against democracy" and would rather have
the country governed by the rules of Islam.
Maulana Amir Siddique, the head of Lal Masjid and nephew of
Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was killed last July in the
Pakistan Army operation on the mosque-madarsa complex, told
The Indian Express: "In democracy, the weightage of votes by
an illiterate or a drug addict is the same as that of an
educated, pious person. Numerical majority doesn't mean that
the capable are being elected."
The Maulana says he feels sorry about Benazir Bhutto's death,
but adds, "We lost thousands of our daughters and sisters in
the Lal Masjid operation, who were staying in the
"In today's elections, people are gaining power using money.
What else can you expect from people who consume nicotine or
alcohol? They get sold out to people who lure them with
money," says the 42-year-old madarsa-educated Maulana, who
took charge of the family-run Lal Masjid about three months
ago when it re-opened following the Pakistan Supreme
Though the Lal Masjid has been supported by various
influential parties in the past, including General Zia-ul
Haq, Maulana Siddique claims they are not with any
"We feel that democracy is not the solution, because it's the
writ of Allah that is supreme and not the writ of the
people," he says. However, he qualifies his "anti-democracy"
stance by saying he believes in an individual's democratic
rights of freedom.
His Lal Masjid isn't red anymore — the government has
repainted it limestone yellow and the minarets and the dome
are white. "They wanted to wash away the blood and the smoke
and the soot on the walls... but, can you just whitewash
blood-stained walls," he asks.
The Lal Masjid, once the centre for hardline Deobandi
teachings, now just holds prayer services. The almost
two-acre Jamia Hafsa madarsa complex has been razed to the
His aide, Syed Ali Hussain, a telecom engineering student
from Islamabad's Jamia Hamdard, says, "We don't know how many
of our brothers and sisters are buried beneath this ground.
There were around 3,000 students... even if we subtract 1,300
young men and women who surrendered, there are still 1,700
The Maulana describes "possession of weapons including rocket
launchers and machine guns" as pure government propaganda,
but says, "there were 13-14 guns in the seminary for
self-defence... and according to UN guidelines, one can keep
weapons for self-defence".
The Maulana adds that "violence always begets violence, it
never achieves peace". "The siege of Lal Masjid was not an
action, but a reaction... in our Islamic traditions, there is
no room for violence," he says.
On whether he supports "suicide bombing", the cleric doesn't
give a straight answer. "The Ulemas who are engaged in jehad
are better placed to answer this question, but we have to see
the root cause of why people turn to suicidal missions
Re: Letter: Why are assailants of Security Forces in
Pakistan Described as Martyrs?
I have a very simple question for Kaukab Siddique. I read the
most hypocritical disclaimer in the New Trend in the
beginning of his newsletter. But the views expressed support
very strongly the hellish actions of the most deranged
terrorists and misguided fanatics. You describe the most
un-Islamic actions of the suicide bombers as MARTYRDOM
OPERATIONS. That phrase indicates to me that you approve and
support these terrorist murders of innocent human-beings.
The question to Kaukab Siddique is basically very clear. Do
you condemn the deliberate murder of innocent individuals or
do you have sympathies with the suicide-murderers whose
actions you describes as MARTYRDOM OPERATIONS?
I have included this disclaimer and then the description of
the murderous attack on the police in Lahore. You have used
this term MARTYRDOM OPERATION numerous times for such
suicided attacks on innocent people. Would appreciate a
clarification of this term and justification from the Qur'an
for describing these actions as MARTYRDOM.
You also describe Taliban as 'Islamic' and have termed
Baitullah Mahsud as Islamic leader. What is 'Islamic' about
them? Please clarify the term Islamic and the actions of
these people that are Islamic.
Editorial note: Dear Maria Malik: We are against war. If
sanity prevails, all issues can be solved through peaceful
discussions. We pray for peace. New Trend's task is to help
readers understand what is going on in the Muslim world. We
have to be honest in our reporting. The Muslim nations of
Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnia, Somalia,
Sudan have undergone genocidal war/sanctions at the hands of
the U.S. and its allies. Similar conditions have emerged in
Pakistan. The reports we receive, from a variety of sources,
agree that General Musharraf and his men are involved in
bombardment and destruction of Muslim communities in North
Waziristan, South Waziristan, Swat, Bajaur, parts of
Baluchistan and in parts of Karachi. As far as we know, those
who are attacking Musharraf's troops and police are fighting
for Islam while Musharraf and his military/police are
fighting for the CIA and the Bush Administration and for the
large sums of money they are getting. Those who give their
lives for Islam are known as martyrs [shaheed, singular,
shuhada, plural]. If you have some evidence that these young
men, and women, who give their lives in attacking Musharraf's
military and police are not martyrs for Islam, but are trying
to commit suicide which is not permitted in Islam, do send us
the evidence. New Trend is open to correction. The word
martyr is used for those who in some way or the other give
their lives in attacking overwhelmingly powerful anti-Islam
forces. Here is what the Qur'an says. Note the second
sentence in the quote which the Lahore assailant
"Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their
goods; for theirs [in return] is the Garden [of Paradise].
They fight in His Cause, and slay and are slain: A promise
binding on Him in truth, through the Torah, the Gospel and
the Qur'an: And who is more faithful to his Covenant than
Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain you have concluded: That
is the achievement supreme." [9:111]
These people who are fighting against Musharraf don't seem to
care for their own lives because they believe that Allah will
give them the highest possible position. This is what the
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, has taught: He was asked: Who is the
best among all of mankind? He, pbuh, replied: "It is the true
believer who fights in Allah's Way with his goods and his
Sahih of Bukhari
segment on "The best among Mankind."]
Another reason why Muslims willingly become martyrs in
circumstances like those in Pakistan are these teachings of
the Prophet, pbuh: "All the sins of the martyr are forgiven
right away." [ Hadith in the Jami of Tirmidhi, chapter on
The reader should write to Bush and Musharraf to stop the
ongoing massacres of civilians which their armies
Let's pray for peace.
Letter: A Reader's View of the Red Mosque Tragedy
Corrected by the Editor
I am not sure why are you painting all secularist with one
brush. I am for secular state but I condemn the attack on
innocent men and women of Lal Masjid. They were used as pawns
by both the government and their religious leaders. I also
condemn Rashid Ghazi's statement that he delivered on his
radio that his women will throw acid on women faces if they
do not cover themselves. That is exactly the reason I am for
a secular but democratic state where everyone including women
and minority are considered equal and same. State do not
impose their interpretation of religion on citizens. There is
no religious police roaming around covering women's head
On one hand you are against seculars because they condone the
attack on religious extremists but on the other you are
cheering and encouraging suicide attacks on innocent
civilians in Pakistan by calling these brainwashed teenager,
martyr. They are being used by the state agencies to prolong
the rule of current tyrant, Musharraf. I guess it is ok to
kill in the name of religion but it is un-Islamic to say
anything bad about these killer. I am sure your response, as
always is, will be, you hate Islam. Whoever does not believe
in your brand of violent martyrdom, hates Islam.
Editor's note; Dear Ghazala Kazi: The allegation you have
attributed to Abdul Rasheed Ghazi came from the BBC, not from
him. In Islam, all are equal under the Law, and the Red
Mosque was the most advanced in Pakistan in supporting the
rights of women. They were too politically aware to be used
by anyone. It's indeed sad that you do not read what New
Trend published in direct interviews with Red Mosque leaders,
including the woman leader. You are repeating what the BBC
said. To read New Trend's interview with Umm Hasan, go to:
in the search box at the top of the page. Here is the first
Q and A from that interview:
"New Trend: Sis. Umm Hasan, I decided to interview you after
I saw that the forces opposed to Islam are busy trying to
discredit Jamia Hafsa on the Internet. It is obvious that
your Islamic university is having a tremendous impact on the
situation in Pakistan, located as you are in the capital of
Pakistan. BBC interviewed you ....
Umm Hasan: BBC gave a totally distorted picture of our
struggle. It said that we wanted to use violence and throw
acid on the faces of women who do not wear Islamic covering.
That would be totally unislamic and against Shari'a [Islamic
Law]. BBC tried to defame us."
HOMELAND SECURITY, BUSH'S PRAETORIAN GUARD*
by Edward Miller, MD. [The writer, a veteran contributor to
New Trend, lives near San Francisco.]
"Whether it's yanking poor black Americans out of public
housing in New Orleans, or shooting Mexican immigrants in the
mesquite along our southern borders, this militarism of FEMA
and ICE is a threat to us all, and a blot on
" The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost
when the legislative power is nominated by
the executive. "
Edward Gibbon ( 1737-1794 )
January 23, 2003 saw the establishment of the Department of
Homeland Security, the most significant realignment of the
U.S. government in the last fifty years. Two weeks later, on
February 6, 2003, Administrator Christine Todd Whitman
established the EPA's Office of Homeland Security, fulfilling
the Agency's need for a coordinating body. This 484-page
Homeland Security Act (HSA) was pushed through Congress
following 9/11, " to defend the US from further terrorist
attacks." Its passage consolidated more than 20 existing
federal agencies into a single Homeland Security Department,
including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the
U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Coast
Guard and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (ICE ).
Not since President Truman created the Department of Defense
in 1947 had the federal government undergone such
The aim of this consolidation was to detect terrorist threats
by removing information firewalls between government
agencies, and centralizing, that unprecedented flood of
surveillance data made possible by the PATRIOT ACT . Civil
liberties groups objected strongly to the Homeland Security
Act, contending that it reduced privacy, increased government
secrecy and power and strengthened government protection of
The Total Information Awareness Office was the most
controversial of the Act's provisions. TIA was given a
startup budget of $200 million, and a mandate to achieve a
state of "Total Information Awareness." Admiral John
Poindexter, who had lied to Congress about his role in the
Iran Contra affair, was placed in charge of the Office.
Under the HSA, any person or agency who voluntarily submit
"critical infrastructure information" to a federal agency is
assured confidentiality of the information and the source,
and the supplier of the information cannot face prosecution
based on vulnerabilities that the information revealed. The
American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU) says the proof that
HSA is determined to conduct massive surveillance on the
American people is their "deep involvement" with Matrix, a
private, Florida-based company which makes data-mining
software that can access billions of private-sector records
on American citizens in seconds.
Although the American people were told that the Homeland
Security Act ( HSA) was a direct result of September 11, it
is widely known that the Hart-Rudman Commission, (officially
the "US Commission on National Security for the 21st
Century"), created under Clinton in 1998, actually authored
the blueprint for what became the HSA, and published it in a
report called the "Road Map for National Security: Imperative
For Change." Of the 14 members of the Hart-Rudman Commission,
nine were members of the Council on Foreign Relations. whose
roster has included most of the neoconservatives populating
the Bush Administration, including Dick Cheney, Colin Powell,
Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Zoellich, George
Tenet and Paul Wolfowitz.
In 2002, President Bush signed legislation to create a new
Cabinet Department of Homeland Security, and appointed a
former federal appeals court judge, Michael V. Chertoff as
Secretary of Homeland Security
The inclusion of both ICE and FEMA under DHS has tended to
militarize these two agencies whose previous interaction with
the public had been exemplary and non confrontational.. FEMA
was absorbed into DHS as of 2003 and as a result, became part
of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of
Department of Homeland Security, employing more than 2,600
full time employees.
FEMA, or Federal Emergency Management Agency, was originally
conceived under Nixon, refined under Carter, and given teeth
under Reagan and Bush Administration. FEMA had one original
concept when it was created, to assure the survival of the
United States government in the event of a nuclear attack on
this nation. It was also provided with the task of being a
federal coordinating body during times of domestic disasters,
such as earthquakes, floods. FEMA's performance, managed
under HSA , during and after the New Orleans disaster has
come under condemnation. Not only was the chain-of-command
under HDA an example of costly malfunction, but in the
aftermath of the hurricane, the handling of housing, food
supplies, transportation of the homeless and even emergency
medical care, was widely criticized. Opening fire on supposed
looters, military trucks roaming the New Orleans streets full
of Blackwater employees, armed to the teeth and wearing
camouflaged uniforms has never been explained, and as
reported on KPFA's Flashpoint on 20 December, after the New
Orleans City Council voted 7/0 to destroy some 40 units of
public housing, FEMA officials began forcibly removing
these mostly blacks both from their public housing and
housing and from thousands of FEMA-supplied trailers,
eventually leaving well over 20,000 homeless and impoverished
( mostly blacks) to survive on the streets during the chill
of the Christmas holidays
The recent subordination of our long-established and
efficient Immigration Service,( now ICE) under Michael
Chertoff, is also encouraging the same inhumane
militarization employed when he took over FEMA in the New
On November 10th. 2003 Homeland Security had Launched
Operation Ice Storm (PHOENIX, AZ) Top law enforcement and
government officials joined with the Department of Homeland
Security to announce Operation ICE Storm, an unprecedented
multi-agency initiative led by the Department's Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to combat human smuggling and
the violence it has generated in Arizona and nationwide. "ICE
Acting Assistant Secretary Michael J. Garcia laid out details
of the effort, which includes the formation of a task force
made up of federal, state, and local agencies, pledged to
dismantle organized crime outfits that have turned human
smuggling into a bloody but profitable venture. "
This militarization of ICE, which organization had for
years functioned without violence, played out in a New
England town when, at 8:30 AM on March 6th, 2007, some
300 ICE agents raided a clothing factory on the New Bedford
waterfront, with a warrant charging that the owner encouraged
illegal immigrants to work. At least 300 workers who could
not immediately prove they were in the country legally were
initially detained, and most transferred to nearby Fort
Divans for processing. These textile workers, mostly women
from El Salvador, Equador, Guatemala and other Central
American countries were all victims of our CIA- sponsored
political and economic upheavals in their own countries.
These workers' children in school during the raid, on
returning home experienced the terror of forced
separation from their parents, some of whom had already been
flown away to prisons as far as Texas and Florida. Many of
the children, born in the US were US citizens.
Over 140 ICE raids have resulted in a population of Mexican
descent-children rendered parentless and flown to orphanages
set up in Mexico. KPFA's Flashpoint recently reported that
one Mexican orphanage in the State of Sonora presently houses
some 6,000 ICE-orphaned children, many US citizens. A recent
example was the seizure of an immigrant woman, who was 8
months pregnant and had just dropped off her 6-grader at an
Oakland school, by armed ICE officers who invaded the offices
of the school (Flashpoint December 20).
Whether it's yanking poor black Americans out of public
housing in New Orleans, or shooting Mexican immigrants in the
mesquite along our southern borders, this militarism of FEMA
and ICE is a threat to us all, and a blot on our humanity
* Praetorian Guard
The Praetorian Guard was formed by the emperor Augustus to
help prevent assassins from reaching the emperor. He made the
Praetorians a standing force, and to avoid the appearance of
despotism, stationed only three of these cohorts in the
capital, dispersing the remainder in the adjacent towns.
Racism in America: The Case of an African-American,
John White, who used a gun to defend his Family
by Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City.]
Update on the John White case: Mr. White was convicted of 2nd
degree manslaughter on December 22, 2008. Sentencing is
scheduled for February 21, 2008. His defense team has already
filed an appeal.
A web site has been established to raise money for John
White's legal defense fund -
The web site provides background of the incident:
The judge, Barbara Kahn, is known for being very hard on
non- white defendants. The jury consisted of 12 people, 11
of whom were white and 1 black. Two of the jurors, a white
"South African" and a white woman, have stated that they were
pressured by other white jurors to go along with a conviction
so that they could be home for Christmas. When these two
jurors continued to vote to acquit some of these same white
jurors told the that the Cicciaro family would have them
killed anyway. This is not normal, "Hurry up, I gotta get
home" pressure. Their lives were being threatened. The judge
was sent a message that there was a hung jury and she told
the juries that they were going to deliberate for as long as
it would take until a verdict was reached.
Either Daniel Cicciaro (shooting victim) or one of his
friends added an offensive message threatening rape against
a white female classmate and signed Aaron White's (John
White's son) name at MySpace.com.
When Aaron White came to a party at a schoolmate's house
Daniel Cicciaro told him to leave. Aaron left. There was lots
of alcohol being served in spite of the fact that parents of
this student were home!
A drunk Daniel Cicciaro called Aaron White's house and told
him that he and his friends were going to come over and
rape his mother among other things.
Daniel Cicciaro shows up drunk at the White's house yelling
racial slurs. John White comes out with a gun in hopes of
scaring the four young men off.
As Mr. White turns to go back into his home, Daniel Cicciaro
grabs his gun and it goes off killing him.
These two wayward jurors have submitted signed statements to
John White's defense team for his appeal. There were so many
rules broken before this shooting accident occurred: underage
drinking, terroristic threats, slander, etc....
The judge's misconduct alone should be grounds for an
overturned verdict. The arrogance of the Cicciaro sitting a
few feet from John White's family winking and smirking with
the white prosecutor on this case is a reminder of those
ridiculous "not guilty" verdicts after only 5 minute
"deliberations" by all-white juries.
On February 21, 2008, Mr. White will also be fighting to be
free on bail but, a few people say he chances are slim
dealing with this judge. His family has received a steady
flow of racist death threats every day ever since this August
22, 2006 incident.
Unfortunately, this is the experience of many people of
African-descent under a society that prescribe to the white
supremacy lie. Even if you earn your keep and stay out of
trouble, these racist devils can still make trouble for you.
Riverhead, NY is very much a white enclave for those who fled
the inner cities to escape black people at the urging of
money hungry Realtors.
by Jeff Archer [The writer lives in San Diego, California.]
In my last column, I ran a picture of the cover of a
propaganda comic book concocted by the CIA that had the
line "Rescued from Rape and Slavery" at the bottom. Tens of
thousands of these were dropped from airplanes on the island
of Grenada just after the U.S. invasion of the tiny island
During the buildup to the illegal March 2003 invasion of
Iraq, George Bush regularly mentioned the "Iraqi rape rooms"
and how the Iraqi public would be freed of these horrible
institutions by U.S. liberation.
In fact, on October 8, 2003, George Bush told the Republican
National Committee Presidential Gala, "Iraq is free of rape
rooms and torture chambers."
On September 2, 2003, Paul Bremer, the bible-toting, combat
boot-wearing viceroy of Iraq made his own statement about
ridding Iraq of rape:
The Iraqi people are now free. And they do not have to worry
about the secret police coming after them in the middle of
the night, and they don't have to worry about their husbands
and brothers being taken off and shot, or their wives being
taken to rape rooms. Those days are over.
Bremer and Bush must be commended for their public stance
against rape, but their words were utter fantasy. They get a
100% score for lying. There were no rape rooms in Iraq and
the actions Bremer stated are more in tune with what the U.S.
brought to Iraq, not what was there before March 2003.
The facts show that instead of halting rape epidemics in
countries the U.S. invades, the occupiers introduce rape to
these nations; nations in which rape was
Let's take a look at statistics supplied by the Seventh
United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of
Criminal Justice Systems that covered the years 1998 to 2000.
The United States led the world by a huge margin in the
number of rapes: 89,100. There were 65 countries listed,
Monserrat being #65 with seven rapes. Iraq did not even
appear on the list. Here are some more interesting facts
supplied by the report:
The U.S. leads the world in areas of crime, violence and
rape, but it considers itself the moral police of the planet.
A similar scenario would be to have Al Capone lead the FBI in
its war against the mob. Or, having Ted Bundy supervise a
task force aimed at apprehending mass murderers. The only
problem with this hypocrisy consists of the U.S. public
believing Reagan when he said the U.S. rid Grenada of rape or
believing Bush when he said the U.S. had eradicated rape in
Iraq. Rape was not prevalent in either country, but the
assertions are so dramatic that the U.S. is considered a
The U.S. puts 0.7% of its population in prison, a vastly
higher percentage than any other nation.
Russia has almost twice as many judges and magistrates as the
U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S. has eight times as much crime.
Total crimes committed in the two-year in the U.S.:
23,677,800; number one in the world.
Total assaults: 2,238,480; number one in the world.
In the case of Iraq, rape, much like Starbuck's, was brought
into the country by U.S. military personnel and civilian
contractors. The first inklings of Iraqis being raped by U.S.
troops came from the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. Then,
accusations began flowing in of U.S. soldiers raping Iraqi
females (and a few males). At first, the denials were
immediate and meant to put an end to the subject. But, so
many allegations came forth that it was impossible to deny
them. The U.S. strategy changed from denial to ignoring
On December 20, 2007, the Australian newspaper The Age ran a
story titled "Woman Testifies She Was Raped by U.S.
Contractors in Iraq." Here are a few features:
A US woman who said she was raped by US contractors in Iraq
testified in Congress today, telling legislators that she was
kept under armed guard in her trailer after reporting
Jamie Leigh Jones, now 23, said that she was gang raped
inside the Baghdad Green Zone in July 2005 while she was
working for the Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc, which has
support contracts with the US military.
The US Department of Justice failed to send an attorney to
the House of Representatives sub-committee hearing, which
Democrat John Conyers blasted as "outrageous"
Jones told committee members that on her fourth day in
Baghdad some co-workers, who she described as Halliburton-KBR
firefighters, invited her for a drink. "I took two sips from
the drink and don't remember anything after that,"
The next morning Jones woke up groggy and confused, and with
a sore chest and blood between her legs. She reported the
incident to KBR and was examined by an army doctor, who
confirmed she had been repeatedly raped vaginally and
... The rape was so brutal she is still undergoing
reconstructive surgery, Jones said.
Jones tried to get her case resolved first through KBR
channels, then through the US Department of Justice. When
neither course seemed to work, she gave an interview with
ABC television news.
KBR has been silent on the matter, though according to ABC
News the company circulated a memo among employees signed by
company president and CEO Bill Utt saying that it "disputes
portions of Ms. (Jamie Leigh) Jones' version and facts."
Jones said that she knows of at least 11 other women who were
raped by US contractors in Iraq.
KBR used identical methods as those employed by the U.S.
government: denial. Plus, KBR said that Jones lied.
Rape is now commonplace in much of Iraq. U.S. soldiers and
civilians are equal opportunity participants; they have raped
U.S. and Iraqi women. Unfortunately, it is not only U.S.
citizens who are the aggressors. Some members of Shia "death
squads" have taken lessons from the occupiers and are now
using rape as a security tool. Whether it be an Iraqi or an
American, virtually no offenders have been brought to
justice. In one case last year, a woman accused several
Iraqi policemen of raping her. The evidence showed that she
was violated. Within a day, Maliki not only refuted the
woman's accusations, he gave medals of commendation to the
rapists. After all, he was following the lead of his
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