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Framing Muslims and Locking Up Their Money

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    Framing Muslims and
    Locking Up Their Money

    by
    Cynthia McKinney

    "The government falsified evidence and broke the law while
    spying on the Foundation."

    Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney delivered
    the following remarks to a banquet for the Dallas Muslim Legal Fund of America.

     

    CynthiaSpeaking

     

    What I want to talk to you about tonight, is why you must support the Muslim
    Legal Fund of America even more now than ever before.  I know there are
    some big donors in here, but everyone must donate until you feel it.  Then
    you will know that you did something with your money.  You will remember
    this contribution.  And soon enough, you will be glad you did.

    That's because we haven't reached a point where human rights are respected in
    this country.  We haven't reached a point where justice rolls down like a
    might stream in this country.  And so, we must be prepared for times of
    injustice, times of abuse, times of great pain and hurt.

    To illustrate my point, I would like you to consider the case of a powerful and
    famous organization.  It had friends that lavished it with money and it
    learned to use its resources to achieve its goals.  Pretty soon, this
    organization had a multimillion dollar budget.  It became very powerful,
    some said the largest of its kind in the country.  Soon, the organization
    became so effective that people began to take notice.  People began to
    wonder if the organization was really American, advancing American values, or
    was in service to non-American or even anti-American goals?  Eventually, the
    organization became ensnared in our country's legal system and its supporters
    were accused of criminal activity.  In some cases even treason! 
    People were maligned, had their lives ruined, and some were even jailed.

    "We
    haven't reached a point where human rights are respected in this country."

    Imagine, you've got large sums of money, foreign intrigue, political power, a
    court battle, charges of treason, and nothing written in the newspapers at all
    about the sordid mess.  What's the difference between the Holy
    Land Foundation
    and the organization I'm talking about? 

    For eight long years, the FBI watched the Holy Land Foundation with
    surveillance that included illegal wiretaps.  The government would have
    had the jury believe that the supporters and the managers of the Holy Land
    Foundation and just about every other Muslim organization in the United States
    that was tied into the litigation was guilty of a crime.  Millions of
    dollars later, after wreaking fear and terror inside this country's Muslim
    community, the jury told the government what the men and women whose lives were
    on trial already knew.  The charges leveled by the government could not
    stand the jury's scrutiny.  So why was the allegation even leveled in the
    first place?  Why did the press parrot the allegations without one moment
    of questioning whether or not the government could have been as off in its
    assessments of the Holy Land Foundation as it was in its estimates of pre-war
    Iraq's weapons of mass destruction?

    I would like to take a moment to follow the trail of another trial involving
    the sale or give-away of U.S. national security secrets to a foreign
    government; the name of that government is never mentioned; and the litigation
    never pierces the American psyche due to an effective news blackout.  News
    of this is nowhere to be found while we know in detail the mental state of
    Brittany Spears.

    "Why did the press parrot the allegations without one
    moment of questioning whether or not the government could have been so off in
    its assessments of the Holy Land Foundation."

    Consider for just a moment what is happening, though unpublicized, today. In
    case number one, a Pentagon man is found with 83 top secret documents at his
    home, some of them having been passed to American
    Israeli Public Affairs Committee
    (AIPAC) who then passed them to Israel -
    known in the newspapers as Country A.  The other case involves the outing
    of a CIA agent who was tracking nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. 
    This is the case of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, that saw
    the chief of staff of the Vice President of the United States sentenced to
    prison, only to be later pardoned by the President!

    Interestingly, when George Bush came to the White House, he brought with him
    Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and others.  Perle would soon leave because
    it was learned that he tried to use his position as head of the Defense Policy
    Board to make money off the War on Terror.  Feith, as head of the Office
    of Special Plans, presided over the most ignominious period in the history of
    the Pentagon, with it producing faked intelligence, stovepiping it to the White
    House, and then to the American people and the U.S. Congress, sending our young
    men and women into war in Iraq.  Feith left the Pentagon as soon as the
    investigation into Larry Franklin, his subordinate in his Office, started to
    get hot.  Larry Franklin is now in jail.

    When Franklin met with two AIPAC operatives, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman,
    what he didn't know was that every word was being recorded.  Franklin,
    Rosen, and Weissman formed a neat circle.  Elliot Abrams at the National
    Security Council, Dov Zakheim, Comptroller at the Pentagon, Doug Feith number
    three at the Pentagon in its Office of Special Plans, and Paul Wolfowitz,
    number two at the Pentagon, closed that circle.

    "Perle and Feith were investigated by the FBI for passing
    secret information to Israel."

    Ex-CIA agent Phil Giraldi in "Kill the Messenger" confirms that both
    Perle and Feith were investigated by the FBI for passing secret information to
    Israel.  He continues, "In no cases, were any of them
    convicted.  The prosecutions were dropped ... in my opinion because of political
    pressure not to get into this kind of case that involves Israel and
    espionage."  Wolfowitz was under investigation for passing U.S.
    secrets to Israel through AIPAC.

    Spying inside the United States is not new.

    In 2001, the FBI discovered new, "massive" Israeli spying operations in the
    East Coast, including New York and New Jersey," and they began watching
    Naor Gilon (at the Israeli Embassy), who eventually led them to Franklin.

    In 1970 while working for a U.S. Senator, Richard Perle was caught by the FBI
    giving classified information to Israel.

    In 1985, the New York Times reports that the FBI is aware of at least a dozen
    incidents in which classified information is transferred to Israel.

    In 1987, the Wall Street Journal headlined that Israel's role in the
    Iran-Contra scandal would not be investigated by Congress.

    In 1993, the Anti-Defamation League is caught operating a massive spying
    operation on critics of Israel, Arab-Americans, the San Francisco Labor
    Council, ILWU Local 10, Oakland Educational Association, NAACP, Irish Northern
    Aid, International Indian Treaty Council, the Asian Law Caucus and the San
    Francisco police. Data collected was sent to Israel and in some cases to South
    Africa. Pressure from certain organizations forces the city to drop the
    criminal case, but the ADL settles a civil lawsuit for an undisclosed sum of
    cash.

    General Karen Kwiatkowski, who quit the Pentagon, wrote that during her time
    there, Doug Feith gave the Israeli military access to the Pentagon without
    signing in, in violation of security policy.

    "Data collected was sent to Israel and in some cases to
    South Africa."

    And finally, Sibel Edmonds, who has a gag order on her, but she courageously is
    now speaking, says that Patrick Fitzgerald will find more than just a few guys
    spying for Israel if he conducts a real investigation.  Sibel says that
    it's basically the same people over and over again and the activities include
    multi-billion dollar black-market nuclear sales to terrorists and unsavory
    regimes.  She says that the beauty of the larger case is that you can
    start form any angle.  If you start from the AIPAC angle, you wind up at
    the same people.  If you start from the Valerie Plame case, you end up
    with the same people.  The FBI probe of Pentagon intelligence activities
    had as its target Doug Feith's Office of Special Plans.  On her website,
    Sibel Edmonds shows photographs of those involved.  I went to her website
    and I recognized the following photographs:

    Retiring former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, retiring Member of
    Congress Tom Lantos, and Pentagon and State Department officials.

    Sibel concludes that the investigations were shut down in 2000 and in 2001
    "because they ended up going to higher levels and involving maybe way too
    many people, US persons. I'm talking about individuals who are breaking
    the law, misusing the trust and abusing their power, and in some cases I would
    even say engaging in treason."

    Now in the face of all of this, why is it that we have to defend a young Muslim
    girl, talented at running track, from being put off the team because she wants
    to cover her body consistent with Islamic practice?

    Why is it that Dennis Kucinich gets a visit from representatives of Nancy
    Pelosi and AIPAC and they tell him that they will guarantee his reelection if
    he drops his impeachment effort.  That tells us, that at the end of the
    day, AIPAC feels that it can guarantee someone a Congressional seat if the
    AIPAC agenda is put forward.  This exchange, recently made public, might
    also tell us why impeachment is off the table.

    "I'm talking about individuals who are breaking
    the law, misusing the trust and abusing their power."

    Now, by golly, that's power.  Especially if they can get away with it in
    the midst of an investigation that has already put one person in jail and seen
    Condoleezza Rice on a list of witnesses to be subpoenaed.
     
    In the meantime, the newspapers were filled with the news of a 42-count
    indictment against the Holy Land Foundation that had to be defended.  The
    government falsified evidence and broke the law while spying on the Foundation.
    The LA Times reported: "The government's allegations not only proved
    unpersuasive but engendered skepticism among some jurors.

    "The whole case was based on assumptions that were based on
    suspicions," said juror Scroggins, who added: "If they had been a
    Christian or Jewish group, I don't think [prosecutors] would have brought
    charges against them."

    In Lima, Ohio recently, a young mother was murdered by the police as she held
    her baby in her arms.  Yet the face of terror on your local television
    news is Muslim and the face of crime is black.

    Dr. King reminded us that injustice anywhere was a threat to justice
    everywhere.  What has happened to you is unjust.  But what are you
    going to do about it?  My father paid a price because I recognized that
    all human beings are supposed to have human rights.  And I've paid a
    price, too for believing that.

    The Muslim Legal Fund of America gives you an important tool in defense of your
    rights.  And I'm smart enough to know that when your rights are protected,
    mine are too.  So give to the Muslim Legal Fund - give until your bank
    account knows that you've given.  The level of injustice in the world
    ensures that we'll need it far sooner than we wish.

    Cynthia McKinney is a candidate for President of the United States. Go to
    her campaign web site: http://www.runcynthiarun.org/.

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