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Why African-American church massacre is not terrorism? 

AMP Report:The massacre of nine African­ Americans in Charleston has been classified as a possible hate crime, apparently carried out by a 21 ­year­ old white man who once wore an apartheid badge and other symbols of white supremacy, Rick Gladstone of New York Times reported on June 18, 2015. But many civil rights advocates are asking why the attack has not officially been called terrorism, he said adding: Against the backdrop of rising worries about violent Muslim extremism in the United States, advocates see hypocrisy in the way the attack and the man under arrest in the shooting have been described by law enforcement officials and the news media. Read More

American Muslim groups have condemned the racially motivated terror attack

AMP Report: American Muslim groups have condemned the racially motivated terror attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015 in which suspected gunmen, Dylan Roof, killed nine worshippers during a Bible Study. Read More

European Islamophobic networks influenced Roof to kill in Charleston

By Juan Cole: The Muslim-hatred of the Geert Wilders and Marine LePens in Europe, for which Daniel Pipes, and Pamela Geller, and the whole Islamophobic network are cheerleaders and enablers, was a key influence on Dylann Roof, according to his manifesto. These same hatemongers helped whip Norwegian white supremacist and terrorist Anders Brevik into a homocidal fever pitch in July of 2011, when he killed 77 Norwegians for allegedly being soft on Muslims. Read More

Dylann Roof’s racist manifesto is chilling

Dylann Roof’s manifesto was discovered on June 20th by Internet sleuths. It sheds light on his twisted logic and bubbling hatred for non-whites—and his resentment towards blacks most of all. In the manifesto, Roof says it was the Trayvon Martin killing—and his feeling that George Zimmerman was right to shoot the unarmed black teen—that awakened him to “black on white violence,” which he subsequently read about on the website of a South Carolina-based hate group called the Council of Conservative Citizens. Read More 

SPLC’s Intelligence Report: American Muslims Under Siege

 Almost 14 years after the 9/11 terror attacks sparked a violent backlash against American Muslims, anti-Muslim hatred is again on the rise as activists and politicians exploit atrocities committed by the Islamic State and other jihadists, according to the  new issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, released on June 10, 2015. “Living While Muslim” examines how this renewed violence against American Muslims took off in February, following the jihadist massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the beheadings of hostages in North Africa by the Islamic State, or ISIS. Violent attacks apparently motivated by anti-Muslim hatred have taken place in Texas, New York, North Carolina and elsewhere since then, and the jihadist attack on a Muhammad cartoon contest staged in Texas last month has only added fuel to the fire. “It should be no surprise that Muslims in this country feel that they are under siege as politicians and ideologues exploit violence committed by radical Muslims to demonize the entire community,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the Intelligence Report. “The threat of radical jihadists is unquestionably real, but the vast majority of American Muslims pose no threat to anyone – no matter what the propagandists say.” Read More

Freedom of Speech V. Freedom of Religion:
Anti-Islam armed rally outside Phoenix mosque

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Amid recent rise in Islamophobia, an anti-Islam rally was held on Friday (May 29, 2015) outside the Phoenix mosque. This was the second anti-Islam rally outside this mosque within two weeks. The first one held on May 17 garnered far less public and social media attention. Last Friday’s anti-Islam rally gained attention around the country on social media. The rally was organized by a Phoenix man, Jon Ritzheimer, a proud atheist who says he is a former Marine who fought in the Iraq War and claims that Islam is a violent religion. He led about 250 people who carried pistols, assault rifles, American flags and drawings of the Prophet Muhammad to the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. Read More

When terrorism is not terrorism – Take Two

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Have you heard about a plot to wipe out an American Muslim suburb in New York State. Most probably not, because the mainstream corporate media hardly mentioned this news since the plotter is an ordained minister in the Christian National Church and former congressional candidate from Signal Mountain, Tennessee. He was caught on tape and on social media talking about wiping out a Muslim community in upstate New York. On April 10, Robert R. Doggart was arrested for plotting to kill Muslims and destroy a mosque in Islamberg, a Muslim area in the state of New York.  He had spoken about his plans to attack targets in Islamberg during phone calls and also on his Facebook page. Two weeks after his arrest, he pleaded guilty to “interstate communication of threats,” a charge that carries a sentence of between 0 and 5 years in prison, along with a fine. He was not charged with terrorism, or even with a hate crime. Read More

280 Delegates Lobby Congress on ‘Historic’ First National Muslim Advocacy Day

April 13, 2015: Some 280 delegates from more than 20 states met today with elected officials and congressional staffers during the “historic” first-ever National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations. Muslim delegates from a number of organizations visited (or were scheduled to visit) 200 congressional offices — one third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate. Before heading to congressional offices, the Muslim delegates met in the Rayburn House Office Building to learn lobbying tips from political experts. National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates are urging their elected representatives to support issues that address the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community. Read More

2015 has been an ugly year for the treatment of Muslims in Texas

So far in 2015, it has been a scary year to be a Muslim Texan. That fact seems to have come to a head following the shooting of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, who was killed on March 10 in Dallas as he watched the three and a half inches of snow come down—the first snowfall the Iraqi immigrant had ever seen—around his apartment complex. The story attracted local attention in the days after it happened, with the Dallas Morning News reporting: Early Thursday morning, Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, saw something new: snow in Dallas. He and his wife and her brother rushed out after midnight to take pictures, barely noticing a group of men—at least one of whom had a rifle—nearby. Read More

Surprise! Another Christian Terrorist

Did you hear about the man who entered new orleans’ airport with explosives and a machete? no? well, you would have if he’d been Muslim. A Muslim American man carrying a duffel bag that holds six homemade explosives, a machete, and poison spray travels to a major U.S. airport. The man enters the airport, approaches the TSA security checkpoint, and then sprays two TSA officers with the poison. He then grabs his machete and chases another TSA officer with it. This Muslim man is then shot and killed by the police. After the incident, a search of the attacker’s car by the police reveals it contained acetylene and oxygen tanks, two substances that, when mixed together, will yield a powerful explosive. If this scenario occurred, there’s zero doubt that this would be called a terrorist attack. Zero. It would make headlines across the country and world, and we would see wall-to-wall cable news coverage for days. And, of course, certain right-wing media outlets, many conservative politicians, and Bill Maher would use this event as another excuse to stoke the flames of hate toward Muslims. Well, last Friday night (March 20), this exact event took place at the New Orleans airport—that is, except for one factual difference: The attacker was not Muslim. Consequently, you might be reading about this brazen assault for the first time here, although this incident did receive a smattering of media coverage over the weekend. The man who committed this attack was Richard White, a 63-year-old former Army serviceman who has long been retired and living on Social Security and disability checks. He was reportedly a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Given the facts that a man armed with explosives and weapons traveled to an airport and only attacked federal officers, you would think that the word “terrorism” would at least come up as a possibility, right?  But it’s not even mentioned. Read More 

Killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill:
NYT says killer’s rage went beyond parking dispute

AMP Report: Under the headline ” Chapel Hill Killer’s rage went beyond parking dispute,” the New York Times reported on March 3: ” motive for the shooting may never be known. But interviews with more than a dozen of the victims’ friends and family members, lawyers, police officers and others, make two central points: before the shootings, the students took concerted steps to appease a menacing neighbor, and none were parked that day in a way that would have set off an incident involving their cars. If those accounts do not prove what kind of malice was in Mr. Hicks’s heart, the details that emerge indicate that whatever happened almost certainly was not a simple dispute over parking.” Read More

The Federal CVE program remains a cause
of concern for civil advocacy groups

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:  Civil advocacy organizations and Muslim groups have expressed grave  concern about the Federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program that was a focus of Feb 17-19 White House summit on terrorism. Many organizations are concerned that countering extremism programs that only focus on Muslim communities ignore the real threat of extremists in other communities while increasing negative public sentiment toward American Muslims as a whole. Read More

White House hosts anti-terrorism summit  

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The White House held a three-day anti-terrorism summit dubbed as “Countering Violent Extremism Summit,” from Tuesday to Thursday (Feb. 17-19).  Addressing the summit on Wednesday, President Barack Obama  said the United States is not at war with Islam. He told the summit that he wants to discredit the belief that Americans and Westerners in general are at odds with Muslims. He said this narrative helps extremists radicalize and recruit young Americans and others. American Muslim leaders have warned that the White House conference to ‘counter violent extremism’ is well intentioned but risks stigmatizing and endangering Muslims in America. They say whatever the summit’s intentions, it will reinforce a message that American Muslims are to be hated and feared, a spark in what they consider to be a powder-keg of Islamophobia in the media and online.  Speaking at the summit on Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) denounced the United States’ targeting of Muslim populations and argued that by failing to prosecute hate crimes against Muslim communities the U.S. government is only furthering extremists’ cause. Read More

Who are the millionaires behind the Islamophobic industry in America?

 By  CJ Werleman: The Chapel Hill murders must be seen as a tipping point and opportunity to examine and confront the forces that are leading Americans to believe the Islamic faith seeks to destroy “American values.” Read More

When terrorism is not terrorism

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked and terrified by the execution-style  murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. The students, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were shot by 46 year old Craig Stephen Hicks who turned himself in to the authorities.The victims were shot in head in their apartment. Read More

Obama’s provocative remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: President Obama personally added a reference to the Crusades in his speech this week at the National Prayer Breakfast hoping to add context and nuance to his condemnation of Islamic terrorists by noting that people also committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ, the New York Times quoted presidential aides as saying on Friday. The White House has defended President Obama’s remarks after he was widely lambasted by conservatives for bringing up acts done in Christianity’s name amid a discussion of modern-day terrorist threats. Read More

President Obama meets American Muslim leaders

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali President Barack Obama met on Wednesday (Feb 4, 2015) at the White House with 14 Muslim Americans for an hour-long discussion about civil rights, anti-Muslim bias and extremism. Among the topics of discussion were the community’s efforts and partnerships with the Administration on a range of domestic issues such as the Affordable Care Act, issues of anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism, according to a statement from the White House. This was the first meeting of Obama with the Muslim leaders in six years.  Read More

Sami Al-Arian, professor who defeated controversial
terrorism charges, is deported from U.S.

By Murtaza Hussain and Glenn Greenwald: In 2014, the federal government quietly and unceremoniously dropped all of their charges against Al-Arian. After 11 years of persecution which left his once-promising career in academia and public advocacy in shambles, Al-Arian was “free” to be deported from the country where he had spent 40 years of his life and raised his family. As a stateless Palestinian, he was forced to find another country where he could go, and ultimately was able to leave for Turkey, where he was expected to arrive today. Read More

Muslims stand with Jewish Community in the wake of
hate vandalism at 
the UC Davis Jewish fraternity

 By Khalid Saeed: On January 30,  a UC Davis Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, was defaced with Nazi swastikas. The Muslim community has expressed its solidarity with the Jewish community following hate vandalism of the Jewish fraternity. Read More

American Sniper film spurs threats against Muslims 

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: ‘American Sniper’, the film on the life of an American Navy SEAL with the most confirmed “kills” during the course of four rounds his duty in Iraq, has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US since its release.More than 100 offensive messages have been collected by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) as part of their evidence for the increase in hateful messages and threats. One Twitter post read: “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are – vermin scum intent on destroying us.” Read More

American Muslims fear backlash over Paris massacre

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: American Muslim organizations have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people but expressed fear of possible backlash and retribution against Muslims in America and Europe. Read More

2014: Another hard & difficult year for American Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: * A Muslim teenager is fatally injured in an a hate assault in Kansas City. * Somali cabbie beaten in Seattle hate crime. * St. Cloud Minnesota mosque vandalized four times within 4 weeks. * Hate attack on a Bosnian Muslim woman in St Lous. * Urine placed at Muslim chaplain’s office at  Wake Forest University, North Carolina. * Florida State University professor resigns after anti-Muslim Facebook comments….. These are some of the news headlines in the first two weeks of December 2014 related to the Muslims in America. These tragic incidents and disturbing episodes embody the dilemma and plight of the seven-million strong Muslim American community which remained under siege since 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read More 

ADC says Ferguson grand jury decision is reflective of a larger problem of authority
abuse and profiling of African-Americans & Arab-Americans

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has expressed its support to peaceful protests in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, MO.  In a statement the ADC said it strongly believes that the grand jury decision is reflective of the larger problem of law enforcement’s abuse of authority and profiling of communities of color, particularly African-American and Arab-American communities. Red More

Ferguson, an international dateline, a yearning for life, a call to resist injustice

By Farooque Chowdhury: Ferguson is now an international dateline. The name now symbolizes sectarian divide; the name now demystifies democracy in a bourgeois democracy; the name now shows stunned justice; the name now produces protests; and the name now expresses yearning for life and love. Read Now

The politics of “Terrorist List”

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven million-strong American Muslim community was shocked at the inclusion of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in the terror list of the United Arab Emirates, a US-client Sheikhdom.  Another American Muslim group included in the UAE terror list is the Muslim American Society (MAS). Read More

Playing the Anti-Muslim Card in the 2014 Midterm Election

November 6, 2014: The most significant anti-Islam action of the 2014 midterm election, Alabama’s Amendment 1, was approved by voters. Alabama is the eighth state to approve a law intended to vilify Islam. The measure was inspired by Islamophobe David Yerushalmi’s American Laws for American Courts legislation, which stigmatizes Muslims as a group from which the US needs protection. In Alabama, two organizations – Christians against Amendment One and the Christian Coalition of Alabama – organized opposition to the measure citing its threats to international adoptions, marriage law and religious liberty. Read More

Happy new Hijra (Islamic) year 1436

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Today, October 25, 2014 marks the first of Moharram, the beginning of the new Hijra year 1436, according to the Islamic calendar announced by the Fiqh Council of North America and endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, a leading American Muslim civil advocacy group. In a bid to end the controversy over the beginning of the month of Ramadan and Eid celebrations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in August 2006, announced a 20-year Islamic calendar based on astronomical calculation abandoning the traditional method of actual sighting of crescent. Read More

The politics of Nobel Peace Prize

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: On Friday (Oct 10) the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai and an Indian child rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The teenager was shot in the head by militants in October 2012 when she was on her way home from school. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK. Many People are skeptical about the meteorite rise to fame of Malala propelled by the Western media and Western controlled international organizations and institutions. The Nobel Peace Prize has, more often than not, raised eyebrows and created controversies. The politics of the Nobel Peace Prize have been described as tragic, outrageous and sometimes cringe-worthy. While meant to recognize those whose work has greatly benefited or contributed to the advancement and unity of mankind, the Nobel Peace Prize has sometimes been given to those with violent pasts or who have been exposed for lying in the so-called factual work that earned them the award. Read More

29 years later, still no charges in Alex Odeh’s assassination

AMP Report:   October 11, 2014 marks the 29th commemoration of the assassination of Alex Odeh, Southern California Regional Director, of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Alex Odeh was tragically assassinated on October 11, 1985. Read More

American Muslims 13 years after 9/11

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong Muslim American community remain under pressure, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alarmingly, mainstream American opinion of Muslims is getting worse. According to the July survey of Arab American Institute (AAI) there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey. Read More

Arab Americans and American Muslims are at risk: Zogby

On July 29, 2014, the Arab American Institute (AAI) released its third biannual poll which indicates American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse. Dr. James Zogby, the President of the Arab American Institute (AAI) says: “What we found was that there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims, posing a threat to the civil rights and political inclusion of both Arab Americans and American Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey. ”  Read More

Gaza Onslaught ‘Joint Arab-Israeli War against Palestinians’

On August 3, 2014, at  least 30 people were killed in Israeli shelling in Gaza taking the Palestinian toll to 1,712, with more than 9,000 wounded. The dead, in Israel’s 25 day onslaught, included 398 children, 207 women and 74 elderly people, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza.

The Lebanese TV network Al-Manar reported Sunday (Aug 3) that the Israeli attack on Gaza is a “joint Arab-Israeli war against the Palestinians. Al Manar reproduced a CNN report which quoted an analyst,  Ali Younes as saying: “Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians — and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly.” Read More

Muslim community alarmed at the NSA spying of leading American Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven-million strong American Muslim community was alarmed at Wednesday’s revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) covertly spied on leading American Muslims, including lawyers, and civil rights activists. Read More

Federal Court dismisses all charges against Dr. Sami al-Arian

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga Friday (June 27, 2014) dismissed the indictment against Dr. Al-Arian, Jonathan Turley, his attorney reported. Al-Arian has been targeted by the government for his political activity for more than a decade. A 2005 trial in Florida ended in acquittals on eight counts and a hung jury on nine other counts, with 10 of 12 jurors voting to acquit Dr. Al-Arian of all counts. To avoid a threatened re-trial, Al-Arian pleaded guilty to one count, which also allowed for his deportation. Read More

L.A. City to Celebrate Muslim American Heritage Month

AMP Report: Los Angeles has declared July 2014 as Muslim American Heritage Month. California is cited as having the largest Muslim community in the United States. It is also estimated that a majority of the Muslim population resides in Southern California. California is home to more mosques than any other state (except New York) in the U.S. Read More

Occupy activist Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in prison

 By Janet Allon: Cecily McMillan, the Occupy Wall Street activist, was sentenced to three months in prison and five years probation on Monday morning (May 19, 2014) after being found guilty of deliberately elbowing an officer in the face in March 2012. Read More

The 66th Anniversary of the Nakba

May 15, 2014  marks the 66th Anniversary of the Nakba. On May 15, 1948, Palestinians across the world mourn al-Nakba, the destruction of historic Palestine, the eradication of over 250 Arab villages, and the massive displacement of Palestinians by Israeli forces in the 1947- 48 Arab-Israeli war. Read More

NYPD coerced Muslim immigrants to become spies

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven million strong American Muslim community was alarmed by the New York Times Saturday (May 11, 2014) report that the New York Police Department (NYPD) coerced Muslim immigrants who were arrested for infractions as minor as an argument over a parking ticket to become informants to spy on their community. Read More

The NYPD disbands Muslim spying unit

AMP Report: The New York Police Department (NYPD) to disband a special unit that conducted widespread warrantless surveillance of law-abiding Muslims, the Associated Press reported today.  The NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis was quoted as saying  that detectives assigned to the controversial unit had been transferred to other duties within the department’s Intelligence Division. Read More

Disney and ABC Family Drop “Alice in Arabia” following backlash

AMP Report: The Disney Company, parent company of ABC and ABC Family, had dropped the controversial show Alice in Arabia following widespread condemnation of its plot, which had been accused of racial and cultural stereotyping. The Muslim and Arab civil advocacy groups – American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) – have condemned the script centered on kidnapping of an American girl by her Saudi Arabian family. Read More

Connecticut School Board recognizes Muslim holidays

The New London Board of Education has included two Muslim holidays in its school calendar for the year 2014-2015. Read More

New group aims to conduct census of Muslim Americans

A newly-formed umbrella group of American Muslim organizations is planning to conduct a census as a means to help promote the rights and goals  of its members. The new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Legal Fund of America, the Muslim American Society, American Muslims for Palestine, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Alliance in North America, the Muslim Ummah of North America, and The Mosque Cares. Read More

Documents reveal feds may have attended Va. anti-Muslim training

John Guandolo is a former FBI agent who claims that CIA Director John Brennan is a secret Muslim agent of a foreign power, and says that American Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.” Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial. He also falsely claims “it is a permanent command in Islam for Muslims to hate and despise Jews and Christians.” Read More

Anti-Boycott bills threatening academic freedom spread to Illinois

In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) , the largest association of academics devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, passed a resolution to endorse the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This action taken by the ASA has led to an avalanche of bills at the national and state level that threaten public universities with the loss of funds when their faculty support boycott activity of any kind. The response of faculty, students, and civil rights organizations like CAIR to this threat to academic freedom has been equally strong. In the tradition of The Free Speech Movement at UC-Berkeley from 1964-1965, faculty and students are uniting to protest laws and regulations restricting political activities and free speech. Read More

Academic Freedom Act threatens academic freedom

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Congressman Roskam, the Chief Deputy Whip and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Democratic Rep. from Illinois Dan Lipinski  have recently introduced the so called “Protect Academic Freedom Act” that would deny federal funding to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars. According to the legislation’s sponsors, the bill was drafted in response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.  The prestigious 5,000-member-ASA resolution bans “formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions, or with scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions.” Read More

New York City schools to observe Islamic holidays

AMP Report: Fulfilling his election promise, the New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced to close schools on Islamic holidays. In a TV interview the Mayor said he declared that he planned to move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as for the Lunar New Year. Read More

Federal Judge allows no-fly list challenge to proceed

AMP Report: On January 22, 2014, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, today rejected another government motion to dismiss a complaint challenging the US “no-fly” list. The Judge allowed the lawsuit by a young Somali American,  Gulet Mohamed, to proceed to trial for a determination of how best to balance the government’s substantial interest in preventing terrorism with a citizen’s constitutional right to travel. Read More

Obama’s cosmetic changes for NSA surveillance

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: President Obama’s Friday, January 17, 2014 speech on NSA surveillance was a calculated endeavor to calm a furor at home and abroad over the US dragnet surveillance. However, the proposed changes do not provide any fundamental changes in the intelligence gathering activities. Read More

Petition seeking recognition of Muslim holidays in schools fails

AMP Report: A petition started by three middle-school students asking for recognition of Muslim religious holidays in public schools failed to garner enough signatures by its deadline, January 16, 2014. Last month, three Virginia teenaged girls – Sumayyah McTaggart, Iman Hazer and Fatimah Dandashi – posted the petition on WhiteHouse.gov’s “We the People” page, asking for the recognition of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The petition called on the president to embrace “inclusiveness” by supporting the call for the recognition of Islamic holidays. Read More

MLK: Also a victim of NSA surveillance

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Martin Luther King Jr. day is being celebrated on January 20th 2014 amid heated debate on massive dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Ironically, he was himself a victim of NSA surveillance as unveiled by the declassified documents in September last year. Dr. King’s status as an NSA target has been known since the 1970s; nevertheless, this was probably the first time that the U.S. government had declassified it. Read More

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