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I don't really agree with Shoaib, that you are wasting your time in answering the Pervaizis. Your writings against the Pervaizis are very important, if only to set the record straight. His argument could probably be applied to Salman Rushdie, as well: How many Muslims turned away from Islam as a result of Rushdie's writings? Probably very few. How many even read Rushdie (I hear that for all the zionist fanfare, he's really quite a mediocre writer). Yet it was important to answer his abuse against Muhammad Rasullallah (s.a.w.)--and to be on record for speaking the truth against their scurrilous and spurious garbage. It is particularly important not to be silent, if, as you allege, there is a zionist connection in the attacks on hadith.

--Sis. Nadrat, Baltimore, Maryland

About your article on Bush and Auschwitz, Bush was just visiting his Grandpa's old stomping grounds.
Bush, throught his partnership in Brown Brothers Harriman Bank owned Sileasian Consolidated Coal and Steel Works which was located next to the Auschwitz slave labor camp in Poland. Silesian actually executed arms contracts for the Nazis and used the slave labor provided by Auschwitz. It was Prescott Bush who supervised the procurement and management of this slave labor. See the attachment for the full story.
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Um Esma, New Orleans, Louisiana
[From a sister in Florida.]

Weekly Planet: Pseudo-journalist Steven Emerson Drops Lawsuit After Judge Says He Must Offer Some Proof

TAMPA, Fla., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by the Weekly Planet, the alternative newspaper in Tampa:

Controversial "journalist" Steven Emerson has abandoned his four-year-old libel suit against the Tampa, Florida, Weekly Planet and former editor John Sugg.

Emerson's retreat, filed in Hillsborough County (Tampa) Circuit Court May 16, came as he faced increasing pressure from the Planet and a circuit judge to back up some of his more outlandish claims with public evidence.

"Emerson never had a case," Planet publisher Ben Eason said.

Sugg, now senior editor of the Planet's sister paper in Atlanta, said: "You have to wonder about a guy who pursues a lawsuit for four years and when he finally has to put up a little proof of his charges -- he runs away. I would wonder if that proof ever existed."

In his lawsuit, filed first in Washington, D.C. and then in Tampa, Emerson claimed Sugg defamed him in a 1998 Weekly Planet column. Sugg quoted a U.S. Justice Department spokesman who disputed Emerson's testimony before Congress that federal counter-terrorism officials once told Emerson of an assassination plot against him and suggested that he might be eligible for a witness protection program. Sugg also quoted two Associated Press reporters who described Emerson's apparent attempt to pass off his own work as a secret FBI document.

Emerson's lawsuit seemed designed mainly to intimidate the Planet and other independent news outlets from honest reporting. "Sugg's stories were accurate when he labeled Emerson a pseudo-journalist," newspaper attorney David M. Snyder said. "No self-respecting reporter would try to deter another journalist from reporting a story. They would publish their own views and try to win in the marketplace of ideas, not in court."

Emerson promotes himself as an investigative journalist with special knowledge of radical Islamic terrorists. His critics say his work reads more like propaganda, tilted toward the interests of Israel's right wing.

Emerson's lawyers maneuvered to prolong the case even as they dodged the newspaper's attempts to force Emerson to provide evidence to back his claim. Finally, in February, Florida Circuit Court Judge James D. Arnold ordered Emerson to comply with the newspaper's demands for more information. Another hearing was scheduled that could have forced Emerson to divulge information about his personal and professional life. The hearing also could have resulted in Emerson being declared a public figure, limiting his ability to use libel suits to intimidate reporters in other cities as well. On the eve of the hearing, Emerson voluntarily withdrew the suit. Snyder said the complaint is now too old to be revived.

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For background, see:

SOURCE Weekly Planet

CO: CL Newspapers
ST: Florida

IN A DISHONEST and TRASHY BOOK TITLED "American Jihad", he tries to tie America's most loyal Muslims, ISNA and CAIR, to "terrorism."

2003-06-03 Tue 19:45ct