One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
Dec. 28, 2009

Syed Fahad Hashmi can tell you about the dark heart of America. He knows that our First Amendment rights have become a joke, that habeas corpus no longer exists and that we torture, not only in black sites such as those at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan or at Guantánamo Bay, but also at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan. Hashmi is a U.S. citizen of Muslim descent imprisoned on two counts of providing and conspiring to provide material support and two counts of making and conspiring to make a contribution of goods or services to al-Qaida. As his case prepares for trial, his plight illustrates that the gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process. Hashmi would be a better person to tell you this, but he is not allowed to speak.

This corruption of our legal system, if history is any guide, will not be reserved by the state for suspected terrorists, or even Muslim Americans. In the coming turmoil and economic collapse, it will be used to silence all who are branded as disruptive or subversive. Hashmi endures what many others, who are not Muslim, will endure later. Radical activists in the environmental, globalization, anti-nuclear, sustainable agriculture and anarchist movements—who are already being placed by the state in special detention facilities with Muslims charged with terrorism— have discovered that his fate is their fate. Courageous groups have organized protests, including vigils outside the Manhattan detention facility. They can be found at www.educatorsforcivilliberties.org or www.freefahad.com. On Martin Luther King Day,  this Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. EST, protesters will hold a large vigil in front of the MCC on 150 Park Row in Lower Manhattan to call for a return of our constitutional rights. Join them if you can.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).

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[DS added the video, if you can stomach it.  Pure hatred.]

Mike Gallagher: Put Anyone Who Is A “Known Muslim” In A Separate Line!

PoliJAM
December 28, 2009

Mike Gallagher: “We should take anybody who’s a known Muslim and put them in a separate line”

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Serious Problems With Obama’s Plan To Move Guantánamo To Illinois by Andy Worthington

Gitmo

from the archives:

“Guantanamo at Home”

Animal Rights Activist Jailed at Secretive Prison Gives First Account of Life Inside a “CMU”

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  6. Now you know how us gun owners have felt for the last 40 years. Welcome to the club, sorry it took you this long to get it.

      • “Gun owners are treated like “terrorists” and are subjected to being arrested and held without charges?”

        Absolutely. Trumped up charges, warrantless searches, midnight raids, fabrication of evidence, guilty until proven innocent, laws and executive orders passed in the middle of the night to disarm ethnic minorities, surveillance, wiretapping, planting of evidence, etc.

        We’ve been dealing with this kind of thing as gun owners and have been railing against Guantanamo, the PATRIOT Act, preventative detention under Bush and then Obama, warrantless wiretapping, the works. I’ve said for a long time that gun owners, anarchists, environmental activists, and Muslims are the canaries in the coal mine as far as civil rights are concerned and we ALL need to be vigilant.

  7. In America, they first passed the FISA bill and nobody came. Then they passed the U.S. Patriot Act and nobody came. Then they passed restrictive flight rules and nobody came. Then they passed a law that turned ecoactivists into terrorists and nobody came. Then they passed the U.S.Military Commissions Act and nobody came. Then they ruled that anyone declared as an enemy combatant is a nonperson and not entitled to any legal rights and nobody came. Now they are about to pass a law that declares anyone who speaks out against the government as a domestic terrorists and I can guarantee you nobody will come because now I am too afraid to open my mouth in protest, except to say, “Long live the wise, benevolent and glorious leader!”.. I know I can say that because it is approved in the little red book!

  8. No other species holds the distinction of being the smartest and the stupidest at he same time, except for mankind – and some of us, like us, just excel at at.

    When will we ever grow up as a nation and evolve into something we can be truly proud of? We definitely and sadly got a long way to go down that road.

  9. “In Germany, they first came for the gypsies, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a gypsy. Then they came for the Bolsheviks, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Bolshevik. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics. I didn’t speak up then because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up.” – Martin Niemoller, A Lutheran Pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937

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