Muharram 30, 1426/March 11, 2005 #20
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to shattering article by Edward Miller on Lynne Stewart/Ahmed/Yusry
conviction which pinpoints
Shaikh Omar Abdel Rahman's
veteran writer Miller proves he is still among the best.
There goes Democracy!
secret service has murdered Maskhadov,
president who was elected by a landslide of voters. Not a peep out
White House over this murder of a duly elected representative of the
On March 19th demonstrations in support of Lynne Stewart will be
held in cities across the country. See
Student Arrested for Distributing anti-Military Flyers
Recently, Tom Keenan, a student at William Patterson University,
was arrested by campus police while distributing anti-military
This was at an event in the atrium that was meant for the
public to attend.
According to several witnesses, Tom Keenan was behaving in an
orderly manner and well within his First Amendment Rights. He was
told during the arrest that he was being arrested for disorderly
conduct, but was actually charged with defiant trespassing.
Trespassing at a public event at a school he lives at and pays to attend!
This arrest and silencing of free speech is unjust at best and
oppressive at worst. He was not breaking ANY laws.
This gross violation of justice WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. We will
fight to have Tom's charges dropped for the
preservation of student rights, civil rights, and
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. The silencing of one of us will
be the silencing of us all unless we fight back.
call William Paterson University president Arnold
Speert between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to tell him:
Arnold Speert 973-720-2222 firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop the charges on Tom Keenan.
Defend freedom of speech.
Stop student harassment by authorities.
Speert's response has been that Tom got a disorderly ticket for
blocking the recruiter's table, but even the recruiter told the
police that Tom was not harassing them. It is important that
possible recruits are give ALL the information about what they
would be signing up for and that those organizations that use
discriminatory hiring practices and not be invited to future "job fairs"
STUDENTS ARE NOT TRESPASSERS - MILITARY
RECRUITERS OFF CAMPUS AND OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES!
War News: compiled by New Trend's
Instead of Iraq, Michael Jackson's sex life is being discussed on
U.S. TV screens. Here is why.
Media Fading Out Military Losses: Focusing on Attacks on Shi'ites
According to figures released by the Pentagon, the number of U.S
troops killed in action in Iraq rose from 1440 on January 31
[immediately after the election farce] to 1506 on March 4.
However, only 6 of these 66 deaths were mentioned on U.S. TV screens.
Obviously the correct news is that the
against the U.S. armada in Iraq has not abated after the
propaganda parade which was sold as "free elections" to
mislead the American public.
Instead of the ongoing attacks on U.S. troops, the American public
is being shown attacks on Iraqi "shi'ites' by the [sunni] "insurgents].
These are presented as random terror attacks. The impression is given
that the Iraqi [Shi'ites] are now in charge of "their" country and the
insurgents are killing them
New Trend's study of the biggest such attack, at Hilla, indicates
that the targets were not innocent "shi'ites" but recruits to the
mercenary force which the U.S. is building from its $87 billion
Iraq budget. These soldiers had already been hired and had lined
up for their medical check up when the martyrdom operator struck
wiping out the entire unit, killing 120 of the mercenaries and
"Mommy, I didn't know there were so many 'terrorists'"
Historic Hizbollah Rally in Beirut Shatters Bush's Hope of Easy
New Trend Report
More than a million people rallied in Beirut on March 8 at the call
of Hizbullah. They focused on Israeli and U.S. interference in Lebanon
as THE problem. In a powerful speech, Shaikh Nasrallah reminded the
U.S. that the
people of Lebanon are willing to defend themselves in spite of
the military power of the U.S. Beirut has never seen such a big
expression of people's power. It brought to a crunching halt
President Bush's dreams of a walk over, specially after the groveling
regime which had scrambled to accomodate American demands.
The earlier pro-American rallies organized by the Maronites for
several days were puny by comparison but were hailed as expressions
of 'democracy' by President Bush. Hizbullah is labeled a "terrorist"
organization by the U.S. though most observers wonder what the term
terrorist could mean when applied to Hizbullah. It's become a tired
term and simply means "a Muslim who will fight back."
LEBANON COULD BE STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITY TO BLEED
Analysts say, if Hizbullah could draw Israeli forces into Lebanon
and then let the mujahideen bleed the Jews, it could teach Israel
a lesson and move it towards its inevitable doom. ISRAEL might be
tempted to attack Syria because Syria is such an easy target from
the point of view of conventional warfare.
The more the Syrians grovel, the bolder the Israelis become.
The February 25 martyrdom operation in Tel Aviv was blamed by
Israel on Syria although the martyr was from Islamic Jihad.
The martyr came out of the West Bank and Islamic Jihad has only
a political office in Damascus; however Israel blamed Syria and
seemed to be tempted to attack Damascus. From the Islamic point
of view, Israel, if given more such temptation, could actually
attack. If it could be tempted to send its troops into Lebanon
and then pinned down there, as the U.S. has been in Iraq, the
mujahideen would finally meet the Jews in battle. Observers say,
it's about time the meeting took place.
[As reported in Urdu language papers.]
UNUSUAL PROTEST in KANDAHAR: Attempt to Take over Governor's House.
On March 7, nearly 1300 people marched in Kandahar. They were
protesting the Karzai regime's failure to stop child kidnappers.
The police attacked the protestors at which violence erupted between
them. Shots were fired as the marchers tried to force their way into the
governor's house. Two police were killed and 4 wounded while 3 civilians
were killed and 5 wounded. Hundreds of people were arrested.
As the clashes spread, a number of government offices and jeeps were
set on fire.
On March 7, a British contractor was shot and killed by
the Taliban in Kabul. The Karzai government said that it cannot
believe that the Taliban could strike in Kabul.
On the same day, in Helmand province, 3 Karzai police were killed
and 4 wounded in a Taliban ambush.
Earlier on February 25, also in Helmand province, NINE troops
of the Karzai regime were killed in a battle with the Taliban, and
their American supervisor wounded. Later the Karzai regime, as a
propaganda ploy, claimed that the dead men were not troops but
"smugglers," much to the chagrin of their commander. [The Afghan
did not mention the U.S. supervisor though this was mentioned
on U.S. TV.]
In Defense of W.D. Muhammad
As Salaamu Alaikum,
In the light of all we need to do as Muslims more of us should be
very concerned about the following:
We all have the right to state, speak and or write our opinions.
We also have the right to error. How we handle our errors small
and or large will be the proof of who we really are as a people.
None of us are right all the time. Remember we are human! Humans
make errors! That is why Allah forgives us so much!
Developing strong Muslim families and a support base for them.
Developing Islamic Education. We are losing Islamically based and ran
Educating the masses so when something comes up like the
references in Imam WD Mohammed speech at Lincoln University
and or Dr. Amina Wadud leading a mixed gender prayer we do not
go to "nut city" making these situations the highlight of our
lives. We are so small as a community at times when it comes
to disagreeing on issues.
If we are not careful we are going to play into the power structure
that wants us to fight among ourselves. We are so quick to turn on
each other and attempt to destroy each other. We make their work
very easy. They just have to put in the batteries to charge our
egos and hit the go button and we do their job for them. Seek and
destroy. The length of time that has been spent on the comments about
Imam WD Mohammed and Dr. Amina Wadud shows how many of us are
lacking in true commitment to our deen. The time spent blasting
of New Trend for producing a publication that challenges us to
think shows how narrow we are as a collective. Where are the
peacemakers? Remember these individuals are most cherished by
Allah. Where are you? Step forward and speak up! We need you!
Also we must stop the censorship in our community on all levels.
We were created differently. This is a challenge for us to know
each other and to be brother and sisters. We are not paper cut outs
that look, think and act a like.
This world would be so boring if we were exact duplicates of each other.
has opened my mind to look at the views of others (like them or not),
weigh them carefully and move on to accept or reject. Even in
rejecting I must accept the other persons right to have that opinion
and even accept the fact I could be wrong at anytime or they can be
wrong. Just because we disagree on any topic does not mean we have
to become disagreeable in the process.
What happen to let go and let Allah resolve matters we small
petty humans have such problems with in our daily lives. This
goes for all of us.
We have the nation of Iraq in shambles, a war that is costing
us billions of dollars daily and the lives of our young people.
We have unstable homes in the Islamic community, unstable
Islamic communities and many of us are so content with this
reality! Worst yet we have leadership that so disjointed that
they are laughed at by the power structure in the West for
being so obvious in the general lack of awareness of the needs
of its own people. How sad!
Please get it! Stop this petty nonsense! No one is going to change
due to it! Remember we are only responsible for the message. How
people decide to view it or what they do with the information is
up to them. If we like what someone does or not they have the right
to be who they chose to be.
Imam WD Mohammed is who he is and is not going to change just
because any one person and or community criticizes anything he
does or says. Dr. Amina Wadud is who she is and is not going to
change due to us fighting over anything she says or does. Our
diversity is what makes us unique and can make us strong if we
use it properly. We can disagree at anytime however to literally
continue to blast each other over the same thing is not wise
or beneficial. It serves no productive purpose. It hurts us!
Enough already! Enough!
Humble Servant of Allah
Bush Needs W.D. Muhammad and Amina A. Wadud Types
[New Trend Response: Sis. Hadayai Majeed should realize that the
Bush administration is waging a war against Islam around the world.
W.D. Muhammad and Amina Wadud are outspoken supporters of the U.S.
power structure. WITHIN that context, W.D. claimed that there
DEFINITELY CAN BE MESSENGERS AFTER MUHAMMAD (pbuh). He was striking
at the roots of Islam, consistent with his support for the U.S. government.
Similarly, Amina Wadud claims she can decide which parts of the
Qur'an to accept and which to reject. She claimed that "same
sex marriages" are okay, trying to make Haram into Halal. She
is thus UNQUALIFIED TO BE a LEADER in ANYTHING ISLAMIC, let alone prayer.
These are the positions of W.D. and Amina Wadud. We didn't make
these up. IF THEY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY REPORTED, it's their job
to clarify their position. Surely they can write for themselves.
W.D. Muhammad and Amina A. Wadud are needed by the U.S. power
structure to divide and confuse the Muslims. These are the
"moderates" Bush and Musharraf and Hosni
and Sharon have been looking for.
The fitna created by Amina A. Wadud will make it very difficult
for authentic Islamic organizations like
to work for the
and Courts Played Key Role in Lynne Stewart/Ahmed Conviction
and the Tragic Suffering of Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman
BY EDWARD W. MILLER. MD
" I'll be the judge, I'll be the jury" said cunning old Fury.
I'll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death."
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll
On Friday, February 10, 2005 Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart,
after a tedious 7-month trial, was convicted on all five counts of
conspiring to aid terrorists and lying to the government. She was
convicted of smuggling out messages from her jailed client,
Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, of helping the Sheik contact followers in
with messages that could possibly have ignited violence in Egypt
by ending a cease-fire that had been established between the
Jamaa a' Islamiya and president Hosin Mubarak's government. Stewart's
co-defendants, Ahmed Sattar who acted as paralegal for the Sheik and
Arab translator, Mohammed, were also convicted of all charges against them.
Stewart's indictment way back in April 2002 had been personally
announced to the media by Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Bush's new Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, said when the
verdict was announced: " the convictions sent a clear , unmistakable
message that this department will pursue both those who carry out
acts of terrorism and those who assist them with their murderous
During Stewart's trial he government called few witnesses, basing
its case primarily on 85,000 secretly recorded video and audio
clips of meetings in prison between Stewart and the Sheik, as well
as the home phone of Ahmed Abdel Sattar.
The prosecution also played a
video tape in which Osama bin Laden threatens to attack the
United States as a means of winning the Sheik's release from prison
( www.slate.com/toolbar 2/16/2005).
Judge John Keoltl had originally set Stewart's sentencing for
July 15th, but has advanced the date into September 2005 .
Stewart's lawyers will file post-trial motions with the judge
in attempts to reverse her conviction Convicted of a felony,
Stewart is barred from practicing law. While free on bail,
She cannot travel outside New York State. She faces up to 35 years
Amy Goodman of station KPFA on February 1oth, met Stewart and her
husband as they emerged from the courthouse after the verdict had
been announced. Lynne commented: " I'm still very shook up and
surprised that the jury didn't see what we saw….but when you put
Osama bin Laden in the courtroom and ask the jury to ignore it,
that's asking a lot…..We are going to fight on……I hope it will be
a wake-up call to all the citizens of this country that you can't
lock up lawyers…you've got to let them operate…."
Lynne Stewart's troubles began when she bravely undertook the defense
of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman some twelve years ago. That blind and
diabetic Muslim cleric was finally convicted with nine others in
connection with a conspiracy to bomb landmarks in New York City.
The Sheik was sentenced to life in prison in solitary confinement
though he was NOT found guilty of involvement in the bombing plot.
Attorney Lynne Stewart who felt strongly the Sheik Rahman had been
wrongly imprisoned managed, along with Ex-Attorney-General
Ramsey Clark the Sheik's appeals, appeals eventually turned down
by the appellate courts. Stewart continued to visit the Sheik,
hoping to achieve a retrial or transfer to Egypt to serve out
As David Teather remarked in his column
Stewart " had built a fierce reputation fighting for the poor,
the dispossessed, radicals and revolutionaries over her 30-year
career." Prior to her legal work Stewart had been a teacher in the
NY school system,. She is the mother of three, ( a lawyer, a teacher
and a physician), stepmother of four and grandmother of seven.
Stewart's meetings with Sheik Rahman in the Federal Prison in
Minnesota to which he had been transferred, had not escaped the
prying eyes of the Bush Administration, and its Attorney-General
John Ashcroft, and every effort was made to delay and interfere
with this attorney-client relationship. Ashcroft's Justice Department,
as columnist Jaret Decker put it, was: " pursuing a course that
threatens the Sixth Amendment right to legal representation, and
exposes... any attorney who represents a suspected terrorist to the
risk of prosecution"
The blind and diabetic Sheik Rahman, confined in solitary, was
barred from contact with the outside world beyond his immediate
family and attorneys. Lynne Stewart was not only closely guarded
while meeting with her Sheik client, (which meetings required an
interpreter), but restricted by having to sign an agreement to
abide by Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) imposed by the
Bureau of Prisons. These measures included the right of prison
authorities to capture on camera and tape her conversations
with the Sheik; measures which , by permitting a third party to intrude,
SAMS not only defied her Sixth Amendment rights to consul but also
infringed on both lawyer and client's Fifth Amendment right NOT to
witness against themselves.
Captured on tape sometime in May 2000, Lynne Stewart may have
violated her SAMS obligation by acting as a conduit between the
Sheik and his followers in an Egyptian Islamic group. The Bush
government's heavy-handed response may well determine how Lynne
spends the remainder of her life.
Zionist plans to weaken the power of Islam and retain land seized
during the 1967 war surfaced at Camp David during Jimmy Carter's
presidency when Egypt's president Sadat was seduced into splitting
the Arab league by making a separate peace with Israel. Sadat was
later murdered for this betrayal. Sadat who succeeded Nasser led a
more independent Egypt until his murder, after which the U.S.
helped a secular Husin Mubarak into the presidency. Shiek Rahman's
capture and imprisonment in the US was intended to further weaken
the strong anti-Israel Muslim constituency present in Egypt, which
explains the intense Zionist interest in the Sheik's trial.
WHAT DID THE SHAIKH PREACH?
Back in the early 1980s in Cairo, an Egyptian imam, or holy man,
quietly moved from mosque to crowded mosque, preaching the tenets
of Islam while condemning the corruption of his government.
Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a Ph.D. from Al-Azher University,
denounced the plundering of Muslim lands by Israel in Palestine, as
well as President Mubarak's treachery in cooperating with Israel and
the U.S. to support repression of both the
in the Occupied Territories and his own people. The Sheik commanded
his followers to stand up against Mubarak, "a military dictator
whose prisons brimmed with 70,000 of the nation's best sons and
daughters" . In his country where ideas were censored by Egyptian
" Thought Police", Sheik Rahman had been jailed by Mubarak for
his political activity in the early 1980s, released in 1984 only
to be imprisoned again in 1985, 1986 and 1989.
At each trial he was acquitted of wrong-doing, and continued to
advocate the values of Islam and to protest against government corruption.
When Sheik Rahman travelled to this country in 1994, Egyptian foreign
minister Amar Moussa and U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Robert Pelletreau,
connived to have him arrested under the pretext of "violating
American Zionists, including US Senator Alphonse D'Amato (D-NY)
and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (NY), made it their personal business
to reinforce the indictment.
Egyptian secret police spy Emad Salem was sent to the U.S. with
specific instructions to keep close tabs on the Sheik. After some
months of imprisonment in solitary, this blind and diabetic cleric
was finally brought to trail in what was to become one of the
most corrupt legal procedures in U.S history. Ex Attorney-General
Ramsey Clark, famous for defending the politically-targeted,
assisted Attorney Lynne Stewart in managing the Sheik's defense.
The Sheik's trial was corrupted at every turn by America's Jewish
organizations. Jury selection began on January 9, 1995, at which
time the Zionist media began an assault on this Muslim scholar. The
day before the jury date, The New York Times led the attack with a
defaming article. Prior to this, the prosecution had published
excerpts from the scholar's 22-year-old PhD dissertation, taking
bits and pieces out of context to bias potential jurors.
Even NPR (National Public Radio) joined the chorus on January 9
with a lengthy news report by columnist and author
Judith Miller who claimed the case against the Sheik "was strong."
Judith Miller has been a militant anti-Muslim writer and biased
reporter on the Mideast for The New York Times.
At the beginning of the trial, the Sheik's lawyers had demanded the
strongly-biased Zionist Judge, Michael B. Mukasey,
recluse himself from the trial. Mukasey, a committed Zionist and
long-time supporter of Israel whose wife was active on Zionist
issues, refused. ( Federal Law requires a sitting judge to
recluse himself where his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.)
Sheik Rahman was first denied the lawyer of his choice by Judge Mukasey,
and when he asked the court to permit an expert to explain the practices
of Islam to his ignorant American jury, he was refused this due process.
Eventually after a long and biased trial,, on January 17, 1996,
Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman was sentenced by this Jewish judge
to imprisonment for life plus 65 years." The extra 65 years were
added under the court's Count #3: Conspiracy to murder Hosin Mubarak
(Egypt's president). Those 65 years added to the sentence were related
to the "conspiracy theory," and the judge's interpretation of
conversations Sheik Rahman had had with supposed international
terrorists. Both judge and court were strongly influenced by an
inflammatory and largely fictitious documentary, JIHAD IN AMERICA,
produced by a Zionist Jew, Stephen Emerson, and shown nationwide on
PBS. The prosecution and the judge employed guilt by association
in their judgment. The prosecution had also presented to the jury,
as evidence of his terrorist links, recorded phone calls to the
Sheik supposedly made by Muslim militants , but provided no
translations to the jury.
The prosecution's conspiracy theory was supposedly supported by
the testimony of Abdo Haggag, an Egyptian, who quoted an unrecorded
conversation he allegedly had with the Sheik. At the trial, Haggag
admitted under oath to having received $100,000 for his testimony,
plus another $60,000 for " his children's education." The Sheik was
NOT, however, convicted of implication in the 1993 New York Trade Center
After receiving his lifetime sentence, this elderly, sick and blind
sheik, standing before the Jewish judge, spoke quietly and at length
" Sheik Rahman debunked the prosecution's theory that he heads
an international terrorist organization, noting that he was in jail
in Cairo in the early 1980s at the time the so-called "international
terrorist group" was allegedly being formed.
Judge Mukasey, visibly irritated by the Sheik's remarks, interrupted
the scholarly cleric repeatedly and rudely. Columnist and author
Edward C. Coughlin, Jr., noted in an article in New Trend
(January/February '96): "Since the days of the 'Star Chamber'
proceedings in England, governments have used the conspiracy laws
to destroy their political enemies. In an America controlled by
the Zionist Gang, a decision was made at the highest level "to get"
Sheik Rahman... The evidence against the sheik … was purely
circumstantial and built on the most dubious kind of foundation.
His trial in Zionist-dominated New York City in front of a
card-carrying Zionist jurist and in a society swarming with an
Islamic-bashing media and pro-Zionist tabloids and news readers,
guaranteed his ultimate conviction."
The Sheik's imprisonment, isolated from his fellow prisoners continues
to be cruel and physically threatening. Amnesty International reported
the Sheik was not allowed to join in Muslim prayers with other
Muslim prisoners, was deprived of his prayer rug and allowed no
short-wave radio to hear Arabic news (his only language). He was
subject to frequent strip searches. Amnesty International pointed
out that under Articles 7 and 10 of the International Convenant on
Civil and Political Rights: "All persons deprived of their liberty
shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity
of the human person." Attempts by the Stewart-Ramsey Clark team to
return Sheik Rahman to his native Egypt to serve out his sentence
were denied by the court.
In attacking Sheik Rahman, our Zionist lobby effectively silenced
a protester against Mubarak's suppression of political dissent,
along with a voice supporting a Palestinian state. Twelve years later,
US Attorney General Ashcroft's abrogation of Lynne Stewart's
constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments
was supported at every turn by our Zionist-influenced media, so that
Stewart's conviction became "collateral damage" in a political
arena where Washington's support of expansionist Israel is endangering
the political rights of all Americans.
Writer David Cole in THE NATION ( March 7th 2005) notes the
prosecution's use of fearmongering and guilt by association.
Stewart was tried together with Ahmed Sattar, an Egyptian-born
American citizen against whom thousands of hours of wire tap
conversations with a so-called " terrorist group" included a
"fake fatwa unging followers to kill (Jews) " had been recorded
by the government. Though Stewart had no relations with Sattar and
no knowledge of these communications, the prosecutor in his
closing remarks repeated Sattar's " kill the Jews" fatwa more
than seventy times.
On March 19th demonstrations in support of Lynne Stewart will be
held in cities across the country. See
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