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Rabi' al-Awwal 10,1430/ March 8, 2009, # 13
What happened to a Black U.S woman in Iraq: Imagine what they
are doing to Muslim Iraqi women.
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Correction: The Hijri date on the previous issue of New Trend
should have been Safar 30. Please see
Pakistan's Dilemma: Why is violence spilling over into the
major cities. FIRST look at our report on General Kayani and
then read our analysis of Pakistan's dilemma.
Scroll down please.
This might help you.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release: Imam Badi Ali says Moves
Against President al-Bashir of Sudan have no Legal or
ICC is Attempting Regime Change, not Justice
March 6, 2009: National Islamic Shoora leader of Jamaat
al-Muslimeen, Imam Badi Ali, [Noth Carolina, has this analysis
of the arrest warrant issued by the so-called International
Criminal Court [ICC] against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan:
The ICC has no Islamic representation and credibility. Its move
is one sided and entirely arbitrary.
The leadeship of ICC is steeped in western norms and culture
and lacks understanding of or sympathy with Islamic nations.
The ICC's move is political and is part of the Euro-American
strategy to encircle the holy cities of Islam and to bifurcate
the Muslim world.
If the ICC were at all interested in finding and stopping
leaders steeped in the blood of humanity, it would have looked
at Israel in Gaza, the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan and India
in Kashmir as well as the tyranny of Hosni Mubarak, King
Abdullah of Jordan, etc.
Sudan has oil wealth and the game of intevention is aimed at
depriving Sudan [and all of Africa] of its resources.
Darfur and any other opposition groups should be working within
Sudan for peace and stability. Opposition does not legitimize
invitation to anti-Islamic forces to intervene.
The "evidence" from Darfur is heavily tainted because it comes
from relief organizations which are fed information by rebel
groups. The relief groups don't know the language and accept
atrocity stories as facts. African countries do not accept
We urge Africa and the Muslim world to unite against
Euro-American intervention whether it comes in the form of U.S.
sanctions [already imposed on Sudan] or moves by the ICC to
bring about regime change.
We urge the Sudanese opposition groups to realize that the
enemies of Africa want to destroy Sudan. Don't let your
differences with the al-Bashir regime blind you to the greater
reality. Once the enemies of Sudan achieve their goals, you
will be forgotten.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Urges Muslims to Support Sudan against
March 6, 2009: After a Juma prayer gathering at Morgan State
University in Baltimore, Dr. Kaukab Siddique urged
Muslims to rally at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC.,
on March 11 to support the call by well-known peace activist
Br. Hodari Abdul-Ali. See next item.
"HANDS OFF SUDAN" RALLY! March 11, 2009 in Washington, DC
A rally and press conference to denounce the International
Criminal Court arrest warrant of Sudan's President Omar
Al-Bashir will take place, inshallah, Wednesday, March 11,
2009 at 1:00 pm in front of the Embassy of Sudan, 2210
Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 2008.
The African Union, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic
Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement all stand in solidarity
with the Sudanese government against this immoral western
attempt at regime change that does nothing to help the
peace process in Darfur. Concerned citizens of the U.S. plan
to show their support for Sudan as well.
For more information contact Hodari Abdul-Ali of the Give Peace
A Chance Coalition [GPAC] at 301-728-8949 or Akbar Muhammad of
the Youth4Africa Foundation at 314-422-4338. Other participants
in the "Hands Off Sudan" coalition include Hashim El-Tinay of
the SalamSudan Foundation; Dr. Kaukab Siddique of Jamaat
Al-Muslimeen; and Lawrence Freeman of the Executive Intelligence
Review magazine, Africa desk.
Our America: Obama Day 45.[March 6] One Step Backwards for
Human Rights: The Ali al-Marri Case: 8 years of inhumanity.
WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court Friday dismissed a
constitutional challenge brought by Ali al-Marri's attorney as
to whether "enemy combatants" can be held indefinitely on
Marri had been the only "enemy combatant" held on US soil
The Supreme Court agreed in December to consider a petition by
Marri's lawyers challenging former president George W. Bush's
authority to indefinitely hold US residents and citizens
without charge or trial.
But President Barack Obama's administration sought to block
the challenge, urging in papers filed before the court
Wednesday that the case be dismissed, because Marri has now
been charged in the federal system.
Marri, a dual Qatari-Saudi national, was arrested in late 2001.
He has been held in a military brig in South Carolina since
2003 when Bush declared him an "enemy combatant."
Obama Day 43 [March 4] Obama Administration Supports
anti-Sudan move by Zionists
"The United States supports the ICC's actions to hold
accountable those responsible for the heinous crimes in Darfur.
We remain determined in our pusuit of both peace and justice in
Sudan." [Susan Rice, Obama's recently appointed ambassador to
the United Nations.]
"The ICC has issued an indictment based on a very long
investigation and it is now in a judicial system, properly so."
[Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.]
[Ed. note: On February 23 George Clooney visited the White
House to make sure the Zionists had Obama's support for the
Obama Day Day 38: [February 27]
U.S. Troops will Stay in Iraq: Partial Withdrawals by August
2010 and Dec. 2011: War Will Continue
[From President Obama's Speech on Iraq at Camp LeJeune, Feb. 27.]
"Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our
combat mission in Iraq will end.
As we carry out this drawdown, my highest priority will be the
safety and security of our troops and civilians in Iraq. We
will proceed carefully, and I will consult closely with my
military commanders on the ground and with the Iraqi government.
There will surely be difficult periods and tactical adjustments.
But our enemies should be left with no doubt: this plan gives
our military the forces and the flexibility they need to support
our Iraqi partners, and to succeed.
After we remove our combat brigades, our mission will change
from combat to supporting the Iraqi government and its Security
Forces as they take the absolute lead in securing their country.
As I have long said, we will retain a transitional force to
carry out three distinct functions: training, equipping, and
advising Iraqi Security Forces as long as they remain
non-sectarian; conducting targeted counter-terrorism missions;
and protecting our ongoing civilian and military efforts within
Iraq. Initially, this force will likely be made up of
35-50,000 U.S. troops.
Through this period of transition, we will carry out further
redeployments. And under the Status of Forces Agreement with
the Iraqi government, I intend to remove all U.S. troops
from Iraq by the end of 2011. We will complete this
transition to Iraqi responsibility, and we will bring our
troops home with the honor that they have earned."
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [2 items only]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Urges Authentic Unity of U.S. Muslims
[Points based on previous Shoora meetings of the Jamaat.]
Unity has to be based on the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith,
not on race, nationality, gender or language.
Equality of Muslim men and women based on the Qur'an 9:71.
Merit is based in Islam on TAQWA, not gender or race.
Obedience is to Allah, not to any human authority, be it the
husband or the regime.
Use peaceful means for da'wa as the Prophet Muhammad,
pbuh, did in Makka.
Peaceful means do not imply compromise with kuffar,
tawaghit or munafiqeen.
Decentralization for local activities.
Cooperation in good works with groups which are not involved in
cooperation with the power structure.
No cooperation with Zionists, be they Jewish Zionists,
Christian Zionists or "Muslim" Zionists.
Free Imam Jamil! Free Shaikh Omar! Free Dr. Ali Timimi! Free
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar! Free all Political Prisoners!
We are non-sectarian. We look at behavior, rather than sect. We
are against al-Maliki, Jaafari, Mahmoud Abbas, Zardari, Gilani,
Karzai, Hosni Mubarak etc owing to their behavior, not because
of their sects.
We encourage prayer, fasting, zakat, tazkiya, tanzeem,
tehreek and fear of Allah alone.
Support Africa, particularly the people of Somalia, Sudan,
Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria and Egypt.
We hail the people of Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala and
South America who are trying to make a living or a home in the
U.S. This land belongs to Allah, not to any one race
We stand with the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden, the
mustadafeen fil ard [sura 4]
U.S. out of Afghanistan & Iraq,
India out of Kashmir,
Russia out of Chechnya
Stop intervention in Somalia and Sudan.
Zionism is Racism: Down with Zionism.
Jamaat's National Islamic Shoora to Convene on April 11, 2009
Corrected List: Confirmed Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Jamaat al-Muslimeen is an interracial Islamic organization
seeking inspiration from the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith.
If you would like to join the Jamaat or would like the Shoora
to discuss or examine an issue, go to our web page:
Pakistan's Tragedy: Army Chief Hooked up to the Worst
Enemies of Islam and Pakistan
New Trend's Pakistan observer says: Pakistani politicians live
in an unreal world of illusions and self-deceptions. They don't
realize that the reality has to do with the American power
structure's attempts to destroy the Islamic basis of Pakistan
and make it into an American colony where Islam will be a crime.
Pakistanis don't seem to realize that for America's power
structure [in which International Jewry plays a key role] ANY
Muslim who practices Islam, prays and fasts, has a beard if a
male or wears hijab if female, is a FUNDAMENTALIST to be seen
as an enemy of America. If a Muslim, in addition to prayng and
fasting also demonstrates and protests against American
intervention in Muslim lands, then he or she is an EXTREMIST.
Worst of all, if a Muslim wants to fight back or helps those
who are in the resistance, then he or she is a TERRORIST.
[Labels projected by the Rand corporation.] Hence Hamas,
Hizbullah, Taliban, al-Qaida, Jamat ad-Dawa, al-Shabab,
Kashmiri, Chechen and Uzbek resistance are all TERRORISTS as
far as the U.S. power structure is concerned.
This following factual news item was published in a Pakistani
newspaper and is confirmed from American sources, yet
Pakistanis still did not wake up.
Updated at: 1240 PST, Tuesday, February 24, 2009
WASHINGTON: The visiting Pakistan Army Chief, General Ashfaque
Pervaiz Kayani held several key-meetings with the chiefs of US
Intelligence, Special Forces and CIA here. ISPR said that
General Ashfaque Pervaiz Kayani called on CIA Director, Leon E.
Panetta, National Intelligence Agency, Director, Admiral Dennis
Blair and Special Operation Command Chief, Admiral Eric T.
Olson. General Kayani exchanged views with the US officials on
matters of mutual interests and cooperation. He also visited
National Defence University here and spoke on South Asia
From New Trend's Think Tank: Edited by Kaukab Siddique
Pakistan's Dilemma: How to Understand Acts of Violence which
are Spreading to the Major Cities
In India acts of violence by "non-state actors" are attributed
to Pakistani Intelligence [ISI]. Indians seldom pause to think
of internal causes, such as the mass suppression of Sikhs who
want Khalistan [an indepndent state], or Kashmir [under the
occupation of 700,000 Indian troops], or Nagaland, or the
Naxalites in Bengal, or the possibility that India's terrified
Muslim minority may be resorting to acts of resistance for
Babri masjid and Gujarat.
In Bangladesh, the central officers' cadre of the army has just
been wiped out by the Bangladesh border security forces. India's
constant infringement on the border may have aggravated the
border guards but it's still an internal issue.
In Pakistan, any attacks in the major cities are immediately
attributed to India's secret service known as RAW. Pakistan
went to the extent of claiming that Indian agents were
instigating the movement in Swat but the claim sounded hollow
and had to be dropped once the Islamic forces were victorious
in Swat. Pakistani and Indian rulers are working together to
suppress Islamic resistance and in turn support the policies of
the U.S. and Israel.
Now we have the attack in Lahore on the police squad guarding
the Sri Lanka cricket team. The police unit was wiped out in a
15 minute gun battle with militants and the cricketers barely
survived. Following that there has been a bombing of the tomb
of the revered Pushto language poet Rahman Baba in Peshawar. It
appears, from reading the pro-western media in Pakistani,
mostly in the English language, that civilization is falling
apart and Pakistan's enemies are not being dealt with
From the information New Trend has about Pakistan, there can be
little doubt that Pakistani elites in the major cities
have been living in a world of illusions which has
nothing to do with the "war next door." Here are the facts
which cannot be controverted:
Pakistan's rulers allowed the U.S. to bomb Afghanistan and gave
the U.S. assault [in 2001] logistical and intelligence support.
Tens of thousands of Afghans were slaughtered in the U.S.
bombing campaign. The bombing continued during Ramadan. General
Musharraf was aghast at this sacrilege but did not raise
Several thousand poorly armed or unarmed Pakistanis [led by
Sufi Muhammad, now in Swat] entered Afghanistan to show moral
support to the Taliban but were massacred by the U.S. air force.
Pakistan not only kept quiet but handed over the Taliban
ambassador and hundreds of alleged al-Qaida supporters to
Pakistan was opened up to the FBI and the CIA. They could enter
any Pakistani home and arrest people as became evident in the
search for Daniel Pearl.
Thus the assault on Afghanistan was traumatic for the masses of
Pakistanis who see themselves as Islamic but it left the
majority of Pakistani elites quite satisfied with General
Musharraf as if nothing serious had happened. Almost 80,000
Pakistani troops tried to seal the border with Afghanistan and
killed more than 2500 Pakistani "militants" and Islamic
refugees from various countries. Nearly a thousand Pakistani
troops were also killed. Again Pakistani elites behaved as if
the war was going on in some other country.
Then came the PIVOTAL TRAGEDY in the history of Pakistan: The
Red Mosque and the Islamic women's seminary [Jamia
Hafsa] located right in the capital of Pakistan, ironically
called "Islamabad," were stormed in broad daylight by elite
commando units of the Pakistan army. Heavy weapons and
phosphorous shells were used against the poorly armed defenders
of the mosque. Among the thousands of Islamic youths who were
killed were several hundred young women from the tribal areas
and Kashmir. The mother of the martyr Abdur Rasheed Ghazi was
burned alive by the phosphorous shells of the Pakistani army.
The Islamic communities from which the young women had come
rose in revolt and attacked Pakistani security forces. Hundreds
of young men carried out martryrdom operations against
Pakistani police and miltary units. Thousands joined the
Pakistani version of the Taliban. They were poorly armed and
not battle trained.
The Pakistani army launched a series of offensives in the
tribal areas killing hundreds of "militants" [poorly armed
Muslims who were no match for the army]. The result was
unexpected. THOUSANDS MORE JOINED the TALIBAN.
In these operations, the army, often workng in tandem with U.S.
intelligence, hit Islamic schools [medressas], homes
of Islamic scholars and preachers, and mosques. More
than 500,000 people were made homeless in Swat, 400,000 in
Bajaur, and countless others in Darra Adam Khel and Waziristan.
Often the army would cut off food supplies to entire populations
for weeks. [The army announced in early March 2009 that it
killed more than ONE THOUSAND "militants" in Bajaur
Again, this had the opposite effect. Thousands more joined the
Pakistani Taliban and fought the army with all they had. The
result was the Islamic victory in Swat and the takeover
of most of South Waziristan and North Waziristan by the
banners of Islam.
Within that context, the attacks against the Pakistani
establishment have started occurring in the major cities.
Attempts seem to be underway to stop Pakistani elites from
carrying on business as usual. The attack on the Sri Lanka team
in Lahore hurts Pakistan, along with the death of 7 of its
policemen, but it is minor within the Islamic context as
compared to ongoing U.S. and Pakistani attacks on medressas and
mosques. [Eighty young Islamic students were killed in
ONE U.S. air attack in Bajaur on a medressa [Islamic school]
ostensibly with Pakistani intelligence's help.]
The Taliban's counterattack is often inept. A man who wants to
sacrifice his own life might not always reach the exact target.
This gives the zionist media much material to use as propaganda.
By contrast, the U.S. air force, like that of Israel, has the
ability to hit Muslims with great accuracy. The Americans have
killed huge numbers of civilians. These are not mistakes but
attempts to terrorize populations which support Islam. By
contrast, when the Taliban miss their target, it is owing to
their lack of accurate weaponry.
The emerging Islamic forces also see tombs and saint worship
as a clear violation of the Qur'an and the Hadith. The cults of
Sufiism have come from men of religion who taught real, dynamic
Islam but with time and the decay of conventional religion,
these tombs and saints have become centers for the
desensitization of the masses. These cults seem to prove the
marxian dictum that religion is the opium of the people. Can
anyone be more important than the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, and
his Companions, r.a.? Yet these cults misdirect many millions
to believe that homage to the saints can save them from
hellfire. Hinduism was defeated by Islam but Hindu concepts of
subservience took the shape of sufi cults in many cases. The
most corrupt politicians in Pakistan pay homage to the saints
but ignore the fact that Muhammad, pbuh, taught Jihad and spent
most of his life in Madinah on the battlefield.
As the crusading armies of NATO and America flood into
Afghanistan and Pakistan, as Obama has promised,the resistance
will come from the words of the Qur'an and from the example of
the leader of Jihad, Muhammad Mustafa, pbuh.
Imam Musa to Speak on De-Israelization of the Islamic
movement in North America
"Reaching Our Goals, Building the Dream"
A Fundraiser for Masjid Al-Islam's Building & Renovation Projects
Sunday, March 15, 2009
1:00 - 3:15 pm
Imam Abdul Alim Musa
Topics of Discussion:
- Shaping & Herding
- De-Israelization of the Islamic movement in North America
4603 Benning Road SE
Washington, DC 20019
For further information, call: 202.904.1152
Masjid Al-Islam is a functional, independent Muslim
community in the heart of Washington, DC. We are a community
with big dreams and aspirations. For several years, we have
maintained our principles of self-determination, moral and
spiritual development, establishment of healthy family life,
and uncompromising outspokenness against the injustices
perpetrated locally and globally by Zionists and imperialistic
governments. As a result, we have encountered several forms of
opposition, including agent provocateurs, community destroyers,
focus-diverters, energy-consumers, etc. These have proven to be
an invaluable asset, as we have been trained—through these
experiences—to overcome any and all obstacles to our progress.
Due to its stubborn loyalty to a historical pattern of
injustice, the U.S. power structure has officially destroyed
itself. Just as communism destroyed communism, now capitalism
has destroyed capitalism. At this critical juncture, our
mission is to help the American people (the American government
is not our concern, and never has been):
"Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah,
works righteousness, and says, 'I am of those who bow in
Islam'? Nor can Goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with
what is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred
become as it were thy friend and intimate!"
The era of wholesale oppression has come to an end. We believe
that Islam must now play its proper constructive role in
a newly emerging world order—one that is based on humanitarian,
earth-friendly, and life-friendly values.
On a local level, our part during this time is to consolidate
our efforts in building a dynamic model Islamic community in
the heart of DC, based on the institutional cornerstones of: 1)
masjid, 2) full-time Islamic school, 3) businesses, and 4)
geographical integrity (living close together). Over the years,
by the grace and mercy of Allah (swt), we have made outstanding
progress. We presently own and operate nearly $10 million in
land and property, including a building which houses the
largest musalla in all of Washington, DC. We have also
established the best Islamic group home-schooling effort in the
area, providing a top-notch education to the Muslim children of
Southeast DC. Now, it is our goal is to strengthen our
geographical integrity via renovation and building of new
residential space for Muslim families. Any contributions to
this cause would be highly appreciated. Please send your check
or money order to: Masjid Al-Islam Building & Renovation
Project / 4603 Benning Road SE / Washington, DC 20019.
The U.S. government, along with local officials, has constantly
interrupted our Islamic efforts with infiltrators, infor mers,
agent provocateurs, saboteurs, destabilizers, rumor-spreaders,
etc.; yet we have survived and thrived. We have stayed focused
and on target. Recently, a group of saboteurs pretending to be
well-meaning Muslims who share in our ideas of community
development moved into our property on 5021 A Street SE and
thoroughly destroyed it, causing thousands of dollars' worth of
damage. In spite of such tactics, we continue to move forward
with a spirit of positivity and loving disposition toward
We have survived against overwhelming opposition from local
Muslim leaders and organizations as well, who have blacklisted
us on behalf of American Zionism. Throughout the years, we have
opened our doors and extended invitations to all of these
leaders to speak on our platform. In spite of this, we have
remained unwelcome on their platforms. We are loved and
respected by nearly all members of the Muslim community, yet we
are absolutely despised by their local and national leadership.
A word to Muslim leaders: Where is your Islam? Why have
you spoken on our platform, yet we are unwelcome at yours? For
those of you who deal with the Zionist-controlled FBI, we
sincerely advise that you make the following demands from
You cannot scare, jail, spy on, and confiscate the property of
fellow Muslims, yet feel free to cooperate with me (meaning you).
We refuse to be on friendly terms with you until: 1) you
release all of our unjustly imprisoned brothers and sisters,
and 2) you apologize to us for your criminal and
Letter: ISNA Man Claims ISNA does not support Bridges TV!
You wrote: "The atrocity committed by an ISNA-related TV tycoon
against his wife has nothing to do with Islam or Sharia
Believe me this is not accurate reporting. He did rent booths
at the Convention but in fact once his booth was removed when
it was found that he was merely showing Indian movies.
He called for cooperation but I did go out of my way but only
gave a short news item that a TV station had started. I told
him on his face that I don't trust those who are scared on
their Muslim names. He called himself "Mo".
Indeed he misled many people
[The writer is within ISNA. His name is withheld at his request.]
Ed. Note: The ISNA man is forgetting that ISNA honored both the
murdered womn and the alleged murderer. Here is how "imam"
Magid of ISNA describes the murder. Notice that he pretends to
ignore the alleged murderer.:
"By Imam Mohamed Hagmagid Ali
Executive Director, ADAMS Center
Vice-President, The Islamic Society of North America
"The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is saddened and
shocked by the news of the loss of one of our respected sisters,
Aasiya Hassan whose life was taken violently. To God we belong
and to Him we return (Qur'an 2:156). We pray that she find
peace in God's infinite Mercy, and our prayers and sympathies
are with sister Aasiya's family."
Here is a photo of the alleged murderer of Aasiya Hassan, left,
being honored by the [then] president of CAIR. Notice the CAIR
plaque These people have no shame and never apologize for their
Letter: Siraj Wahhaj's Militia in Action [Siraj Wahhaj
is a long time central committee member of FBI-related group
known as ISNA]
You might find interesting this video of Siraj Wahhaj's group
not allowing Muslims to preach on public property.
[These Muslims wanted to publicize the teachings of Shaikh
Faisal and Syed Qutb that those who do not Judge by Allah's
Law are kuffar [The Qur'an.] Siraj's group would not
allow it, so a police permit had to be obtained. Even then, the
Siraj thugs tried to beat up the Muslims right in front of the
police, ignoring the permit.
In the second video, the camera is upside down, perhaps pushed
down by the Siraj thugs, but the message is clear.]
Very very interesting brother!
Ed. Note: Shaikh Faisal is a West Indian Islamic scholar
who was imprisoned by the British government for several years
after 9.11. He supported the teachings of the "Blind Shaikh"
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman against Saudi-salafi attacks which tried
to label hm as one of the Khwarij.
With thanks to Sis. Hamdiyya [Charlotte, North Carolina]
LaVena Johnson: Raped and Murdered on a Military Base in Iraq
By David A. Love, The Black Commentator. Posted March 3, 2009.
Military authorities claimed she committed suicide in her
tent in Iraq, but autopsies revealed she had been
brutally attacked and raped.
Have you heard the story about LaVena Johnson?
a high school honor student, decided to enlist in the Army to
pay for college. On July 19, 2005, after serving eight weeks in
Iraq, she was killed, eight days short of her 20th birthday.
Pvt. Johnson -- she was posthumously promoted to private first
class -- was found dead on a military base in Balad, Iraq, in a
tent belonging to military contractor KBR, a spinoff and former
subsidiary of Halliburton, Dick Cheney's company. She was the
first woman from Missouri to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The U.S. Army officially ruled her death a suicide, saying she
shot herself in the head, case closed. But this is where the
Johnson's family knew something was wrong. They had talked to
her on the phone a few days earlier, and she was in a great
mood as usual, and was planning to come home for the holidays,
earlier than expected.
Questions were raised when Johnson's family viewed her body.
There were suspicious bruises, and while the military claimed
that this right-handed soldier had shot herself in the head
with an M-16 rifle, the gunshot wound was on the left side of
But the truth began to make itself known when the family
received the autopsy report and photos they had requested under
the Freedom of Information Act:
The 5-foot tall, 100-pound woman had been struck in the face
with a blunt instrument, probably a weapon. Her nose had been
broken, and her teeth knocked back. There were bruises, teeth
marks and scratches on the upper part of her body. Her back and
right hand had been doused with a flammable liquid and set on
fire. Her genital area was bruised and lacerated, and lye had
been poured into her vagina. The debris found on her suggested
her body had been dragged.
And despite all this mutilation, she was fully clothed when her
body was found in the tent, with a blood trail leading to
Despite the overwhelming evidence, the Army has refused to
investigate. Through an online petition,
demanded an investigation by the House Committee on Oversight
and Government Reform.
Johnson's story is really several stories in one, and is about
more than an individual Black woman who was raped and killed by
her fellow soldiers. African Americans have fought in every war
since the Revolutionary War, and often their country has been a
far more formidable foe to them than the so-called enemy they
were told to fight.
Often, youth of color, lacking opportunities at home and in
need of money, look to the military as a career option and a
way to pay for school. But in light of all the death and
destruction of the unjust and immoral war in Iraq, fewer of
them took the bait this time, and opposition to the war among
Black youth has posed a challenge for Army recruiters.
Perhaps these young people were channeling war resisters of a
prior generation, such as Muhammad Ali, who once said, "I ain't
got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. ... They never called
me nigger." That war was devastating to poor communities of all
races, and the black community in particular, as their young
men came home in the thousands in body bags, or maimed,
traumatized, as dope fiends or completely insane.
It was this "cruel manipulation of the poor," as the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. called it, one that united people of
different races "in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a
poor village, but we realize that they would never live on the
same block in Detroit."
Forty years later, we find ourselves in another unjust and
senseless war. This "home invasion" of Iraq, as Philadelphia
veteran journalist Reggie Bryant aptly characterized it. And
Johnson is a symbol of this war, as a casualty who risks being
swept under the rug.
We may never know how many crimes have been hidden in Iraq. War
is good for that sort of thing and little else, concealing the
rapes, murders, shooting of children, bombing and pillaging of
homes, the money stealing, and other crimes that are committed
-- including the crime that is war itself. People are taught to
kill like animals, to dehumanize and humiliate others.
But the case of Johnson raises yet another issue: Violence
against women is a problem in the U.S. military, and other
slayings and suspicious deaths similar to Johnson's are being
classified as suicides. And Johnson is not the only woman to
die a suspicious death on the Balad military base.
Retired Army Reserve Col. Ann Wright said 1 in 3 women who join
the military will be raped or sexually assaulted by servicemen.
Of the 94 military women who died in Iraq or during Operation
Iraqi Freedom, 36 died from injuries unrelated to combat. While
a number of them were ruled as suicides and homicides, 15
deaths remain that smell suspicious. For example, eight women
from Fort Hood, Texas, died of "non-combat-related injuries" at
Camp Taji, three of whom were raped before their deaths. Camp
Taji is an Army base about 10 miles northwest of Baghdad.
Also, a number of female employees of Halliburton/KBR have been
sexually harassed, assaulted and gang raped in Iraq. Their
employment contract calls for such cases to be decided through
arbitration rather than in a court of law. Halliburton and KBR,
these war profiteers awash with money, even wanted one alleged
rape victim to pay for their costs to defend themselves in
arbitration. Lord have mercy.
2009-03-08 Sun 19:30:45 cst