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Imam Jamil al-Amin's Case Presented on
A & E TV Network:
[For foreign readers: In a case where "reasonable doubt" exists, under
law, the accused should be acquitted. In the case of Imam Jamil,
the law was forgotten.]
Propaganda Piece Admits "Reasonable Doubt," Omits Issue of Motivation
On September 10, nine to ten PM,
the Arts & Entertainment (A & E) TV network presented an hour-long report
under "American Justice" titled "Shots in the Dark." It was supposed to a
balanced report on the case of Imam Jamil al-Amin but turned out to be a
The report was well-done. It presented both the prosecution and the defense
positions but it played certain tricks on the audience which covered up its
omission of key defense arguments.
It kept harping on Imam Jamil's past when as a young man he was a leader
He was repeatedly shown speaking as a radical in the
movement and THREE of his words were picked up from old
speeches and repeated through the program: "Violence is necessary."
Thus the purpose was to paint the Imam as a preacher of hate and violence.
To dilute Black support for the Imam, A & E harped on the fact that the
two police officers shot in the incident were Black.
The program omitted issues which clarify the conspiracy against
Imam Jamil al-Amin:
1. The program admitted that the area where the shooting place was
"NOT CORDONED OFF" after the incident. Thus the evidence on the spot was
not secure. After the admission, the program omitted the obvious
consequences of the area not being cordoned off, that the evidence could
easily be tainted.
2. The program admitted that Officer English originally said that he had
shot his assailant. The report did show English's admission that he was
a pretty good shot. When Imam Jamil was arrested, he was UNINJURED.
That undermines a major aspect of the prosecution's story but this
consequence too was omitted from the report.
3. THERE WAS NO MUSLIM ON THE JURY. We'll come back to this point in the
note on Atlanta below. The Jury system works only if it's a jury of the
defendant's peers. None of them were his peers.
4. The report admitted that a WHITE police officer had been to the field
near White Hall, Alabama where Imam Jamil was arrested BEFORE the arrest.
Clearly there is an indication here that the two guns found there could
have been planted by the White officer (Campbell) whose face was not shown.
The discussion of this point was NOT DONE.
5. THE ISSUE OF MOTIVATION WAS COMPLETELY OMITTED. The reporter posed the
question: WHY WOULD IMAM JAMIL SHOOT TWO POLICE OFFICERS? The report
admitted that at most Imam Jamil would have been arrested for possession
of weapons. Why would he shoot two police officers? He was not desperate
or an escapee.
6. The report OMITTED the fact that it was the second HOLIEST DAY OF ISLAM,
and the Imam had spent most of the day administering to the needs of his
community. There was ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR HIM TO BE SO RILED UP THAT
HE WOULD SHOOT TWO OFFICERS on the street in front of his store.
7. The report repeatedly showed officer English, one of the two shot in
the incident, crying on the witness stand to evoke the jury's sympathy.
Men, certainly fighting men, do not cry like children. This was drama.
BY CONTRAST, Imam Jamil's WIFE was not asked by the reporter how she felt.
[The coverage of Imam Nadim Ali and Muslims sitting in the court room was
fair but it did not make up for the emotional impact of the crying officer.]
Why was Sis. KARIMA not interviewed? An "intelligent" omission?
There were crude efforts to point out that Imam Jamil looks like
Osama Bin Laden. The basic question was not asked, why was this program
aired on SEPTEMBER 10, on the eve of the 9.11 anniversary. Would it be a
conspiracy theory to say that the producers wanted to deflate the support
which has built up for Imam Jamil?
NOTE ON THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY:
New Trend notes that there is an aspect of class struggle in the case of
Imam Jamil. The police officers are part of the Black Middle Class which
is hooked into the American power structure. The supporters of Imam Jamil
represent the Atlanta lower middle class and the poor and oppressed.
The Black Middle Class is quite well to do. These are the people who are
not even disturbed by the murder of Dr. King and the murder of his mother
in broad daylight in her church. They happily run off to White House
entertainment while the poor in their communities are facing genocide and
The people in power are using the rich Black people against the poor.
The use of Black police officers is part of this suppression learned from
the South African situation in the days of Apartheid.
The rich Black Middle Class also is Christian in a "swaying and singing"
"opium of the people" kind of religion. In the final analysis such
religion turns into support for the oppressors.
2003-09-13 Sat 11:05ct