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FBI: PEACE ACTIVISM MAY NOW BE CRIMINAL
By Harmony Daws
20 Dec 10
Fourteen anti-war activists in Chicago recently felt the cold fingers of government control on Sept. 24 when they were subpoenaed and their homes invaded and property seized by the FBI. These "peace and justice activists, mothers and grandmothers" are under grand jury investigation for allegedly giving "material support" to a foreign terrorist organization.
What does that mean? Daniel Kaplan, an intern in the American Friends Service Committee Middle East Program in Chicago, says,
Over the course of this fall, being on the side of peace and justice has gradually meant living in a state of fear. Since September, the FBI has subpoenaed and raided the homes of 19 activists seeking and end to violence in Palestine and Columbia. The rash of raids stems from a [US Supreme] court ruling this summer that redefines the charge of "material support to terrorism." Before, material support meant supplying support in the form of finances, weaponry, intelligence, or combat training to political bodies defined by the state department as "terrorist organizations."
Now "material support to terrorism" includes vocal support for such organizations or even advocating open communication with them. For activists in my community, this means that anyone who advocates negotiations with the government in Gaza could be charged with "material support to terrorism," because Gaza is currently governed by Hamas.
Essentially, it is now a crime to promote direct reconciliation between Palestinian/Gaza organizations and Israel/the United States. The government has criminalized opinions that are not in line with our government's foreign policy…
According to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, the 14 activists' personal belongings—including cell phones, papers and computers—are still under FBI confiscation. The federal law that criminalizes aid and comfort to a terrorist organization was upheld by the Supreme Court in June. "The court ruled 6-3… that the government may prohibit all forms of aid to designated terrorist groups, even if the support consists of training and advice about entirely peaceful and legal activities." (Emphasis ours)
This means that no longer can Charlie Rose interview on PBS a member of Hamas (as he did this year). No longer can American peace activists, such as former President Jimmy Carter, send messages to Hamas urging compromise and reconciliation. Nor can an American Christian in the Mideast attempt to evangelize or even talk to a member of Hamas. It is now criminal to reason with a large number of the earth's inhabitants who desperately need Christian faith and reason.
After the Supreme Court ruling, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League heralded the decision as a victory against terrorism. Actually, ADL was elated because it opened bolder possibilities for itself, as Israel's PR representative, to broaden the definition of terrorism to include those who ideologically oppose America's "ally in the war on terror." Because moral and verbal opposition to Israel can be more damaging than financial or military contributions, ADL wants to make criticism of the Jewish state an act of sedition, punishable as a speech crime.
ADL, as well as its sister Jewish attack group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers multiple "anti-hate" programs to police and FBI. It schools them in ADL's definitions and ideological responses to "hate criminals" and "domestic terrorists." ADL has already described millions of anti-Obama critics as paranoid "conspirators." (See, ADL Blasts 'Paranoid' Right: Are Millions of Anti-Obama Protestors 'Conspirators?') In its MIAC directive to Missouri State Police, ADL and SPLC described millions more as "potential domestic terrorists." (See, Alex Jones' "Secret State Police Report: Ron Paul, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin, Libertarians are Terrorists") Just this month, SPLC smeared 18 Christian/conservative leadership organizations as hard-core "hate groups." (See, SPLC Attacks 18 "Hateful" Christian Groups) How long will it be before the FBI considers "home-grown" terrorists as including Christian conservative "haters" – even criminalizing those who communicate with them?
ADL has enormous power within government agencies such as the US Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI. During the Clinton administration, Att. Gen. Janet Reno instructed FBI head Bill Sessions to forge an unbreakable bond of cooperation and information sharing with ADL. According to ADL, their "Hate Crime Working Group Model" has been installed in every state attorney general's office. Hate crime working groups collect "statistics" and educate law enforcers and society. An example of this is the Judao-protective Knoxville "trunk" which contains a noose, a Star of David and symbols of the Holocaust as part of its show-and-tell tool kit. Fifty-six European nations have modeled their response to hate crimes on ADL's working groups, definitions and curricula for legal response.
ADL's site quotes FBI director Louis J. Freeh in 2000,
Let me again thank the Leadership ("ADL") . . . for giving the FBI the kind support and insight and direction in some cases that have enabled us not only to do our job with respect to counter-terrorism, but to really bring home to the United States the dedication to the principles of the ADL, which resonate not just in civil rights cases, but also in human rights cases, and how important that guidance and inspiration have been to use now for many, many years.
Even if Obama is lukewarm toward support of Israel, ADL is so entrenched within the FBI, Justice Department and police that arrests of peace activists who criticize Israel, or communicate with its enemies, are unsurprising. Stated simply, as it now subpoenas critics of Israel, the FBI is actually facilitating ADL's pro-Israel directives. Aggressively mixing synagogue with state, ADL makes use of federal and state agencies to pursue its anti-free-speech agenda. We can be sure that, as more proscribed "terrorist" groups are added to the State Department list, ADL's Department of Global Anti-Semitism in the US State Department will continue to play a pivotal role in deciding who is on that list. (See, The Real Motive Behind the "Department of Global Anti-Semitism")
This week, 131 veterans and anti-war protesters were arrested outside the White House for civil disobedience. Journalist Chris Hedges gave a moving speech as Iraq war veterans quietly told a cameraman that they can no longer live silently with themselves for what they did. Hedges said with slow eloquence, " Hope never makes sense. Hope is weak, unorganized and absurd. Hope, which is always nonviolent, exposes in its powerlessness, the lies, fraud and coercion employed by the state. Hope knows that an injustice visited on our neighbor is an injustice visited on all of us."
Unless every American of every political and religious persuasion protests, it will not just be Holocaust reductionists like Ernst Zundel, Germar Rudolph and Frederick Toben who will be quietly extradited and imprisoned for questioning Holocaust reality as defined by Israel and ADL. Instead, it will be students, professors, clergy and average Americans who will disappear from their homes, incarcerated for criticizing Israel and its version of Mideast reality. Daniel Kaplan encourages us to immediately call US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago: "Call 312-353-5300, dial 0 for operator, and ask to leave a message with the Duty Clerk (paralegal). Don't just allow the FBI to get away with this."
An important part of conditioning societies to accept totalitarianism is to first shock them with unprecedented attacks on freedom, exactly as the FBI is now doing. Then, repeat the shocks until gradually a numbed citizenry accepts the police state, convinced there is nothing else to do. Remain shockable! Speak out now in criticism, not only of the FBI but of the puppet master behind hate and speech crime enforcement, ADL.
Unless ADL continues to be exposed, it will relentlessly move forward to criminalize not only "anti-Semitic" critics of Israel but also "anti-Semitic" Christians who accept the New Testament teaching that the Jews had Christ killed. Tragically, the very evangelicals who occupy the crosshairs of ADL's malevolence may actually be pleased that those who "curse" Israel (by criticizing her and encouraging dialogue with Palestinians) are now facing arrest. Plagued with political and theological short-sightedness, evangelicals and their media can't be counted on to even mention the FBI threat, much less oppose it.
It's up to the rest of us, Christian or not, both left and right, to protest loudly and unceasingly. Otherwise, all who share the "crime" of wanting to think and speak for themselves will go to prison together.
Harmony Daws is a writer for National Prayer Network. To greater understand the illogic behind hate laws, read her article "Top Eleven Reasons You Should Fight Hate Laws."
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Yisrael Medad added a new comment to the post Settler Rabbi publishes "The complete guide to killing non-Jews" -- UPDATED.
December 20, 2010 at 22:31
In response to Didi Remez on November 9, 2009 at 09:35:
LATEST UPDATE — August 30 2010: Max Blumenthal reports from a conference supporting the rabbi (older updates at bottom.) The ultra-fundamentalist Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar is infamous for its involvement in settler violence against Palestinians. Memorably, one of the students fired a homemade "Kassam" rocket at the neighboring village of Burin [...]
There's a new book out, by a Yeshiva student that attempts, on a Halachic basis, to counter the book's claims. Read it here
The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time
U.S. Senator, Minnesota
December 20, 2010
This Tuesday is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.
As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.
This principle is called "net neutrality" -- and it's under attack. Internet service giants like Comcast and Verizon want to offer premium and privileged access to the Internet for corporations who can afford to pay for it.
The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission has the power to issue regulations that protect net neutrality. The bad news is that draft regulations written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski don't do that at all. They're worse than nothing.
That's why Tuesday is such an important day. The FCC will be meeting to discuss those regulations, and we must make sure that its members understand that allowing corporations to control the Internet is simply unacceptable.
Although Chairman Genachowski's draft Order has not been made public, early reports make clear that it falls far short of protecting net neutrality.
For many Americans -- particularly those who live in rural areas -- the future of the Internet lies in mobile services. But the draft Order would effectively permit Internet providers to block lawful content, applications, and devices on mobile Internet connections.
Mobile networks like AT&T and Verizon Wireless would be able to shut off your access to content or applications for any reason. For instance, Verizon could prevent you from accessing Google Maps on your phone, forcing you to use their own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it costs money to use and isn't nearly as good. Or a mobile provider with a political agenda could prevent you from downloading an app that connects you with the Obama campaign (or, for that matter, a Tea Party group in your area).
It gets worse. The FCC has never before explicitly allowed discrimination on the Internet -- but the draft Order takes a step backwards, merely stating that so-called "paid prioritization" (the creation of a "fast lane" for big corporations who can afford to pay for it) is cause for concern.
It sure is -- but that's exactly why the FCC should ban it. Instead, the draft Order would have the effect of actually relaxing restrictions on this kind of discrimination.
What's more, even the protections that are established in the draft Order would be weak because it defines "broadband Internet access service" too narrowly, making it easy for powerful corporations to get around the rules.
Here's what's most troubling of all. Chairman Genachowski and President Obama -- who nominated him -- have argued convincingly that they support net neutrality.
But grassroots supporters of net neutrality are beginning to wonder if we've been had. Instead of proposing regulations that would truly protect net neutrality, reports indicate that Chairman Genachowski has been calling the CEOs of major Internet corporations seeking their public endorsement of this draft proposal, which would destroy it.
No chairman should be soliciting sign-off from the corporations that his agency is supposed to regulate -- and no true advocate of a free and open Internet should be seeking the permission of large media conglomerates before issuing new rules.
After all, just look at Comcast -- this Internet monolith has reportedly imposed a new, recurring fee on Level 3 Communications, the company slated to be the primary online delivery provider for Netflix. That's the same Netflix that represents Comcast's biggest competition in video services.
Imagine if Comcast customers couldn't watch Netflix, but were limited only to Comcast's Video On Demand service. Imagine if a cable news network could get its website to load faster on your computer than your favorite local political blog. Imagine if big corporations with their own agenda could decide who wins or loses online. The Internet as we know it would cease to exist.
That's why net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. And that's why, this Tuesday, when the FCC meets to discuss this badly flawed proposal, I'll be watching. If they approve it as is, I'll be outraged. And you should be, too.