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State harrassment of Muslims: Sheik Kariye released on $250,000 bail

about 150 people demonstrated outside the bail hearing of Sheik Kariye, who has been imprisoned for several weeks for allegations of social security fraud
About 150 people demonstrated outside the bail hearing of Sheik Kariye, who has been imprisoned for several weeks for allegations of social security fraud. The Kariye was originally arrested at the PDX airport, where the FBI said that his luggage showed traces of TNT. Showing no respect for human decency or the facts, the Oregonian splashed these unsubstantiated claims across their front page, throwing fuel on the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment, and helping Portland brownshirts Mayor Katz and Police Chief Kroeker renew the civil liberty-busting Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI crime lab eventually reported that further tests showed no traces of TNT and that the airport test had been a false positive, which is apparently fairly common.

Nonetheless, Kariye was kept in prison, with now only allegations of social security fraud. At today's hearing, a judge set his bail at $250,000, a ridiculously high amount for the accusations. It is doubtful that any white person would receive such a penalty. This is a clearcut case of the type of racism and xenophobia that when left unchecked in Germany in the 1930's led to forced detentions, the murder of millions, and a world war. Taking cues from pResident Bush and his fascist administration, Kroeker and Katz have set their feet down that same road.

This legal lynching is an affront to justice and liberty for everyone. In recognition of these facts, over a hundred members of Portland's Muslim community, joined by about 40 other activists, demonstrated in front of the Federal Courthouse today during the bail hearing. For many, it was the first step toward building solidarity between different groups in town who are all recieving harassment from the PJTTF. This type of bridge building will be vital if we are to staunch the flow of fascism in this city and the country.

Racial profiling 11.Oct.2002 21:33

David B.

Well, let's see. I do love sniffing flowers; always have (one of my great complaints about the rose gardens near where I live is that it's mostly full of modern roses that have little or no fragrance). I don't wear dreads (don't have the genes for it; straight Northern European White Guy hair doesn't dread well). I've never danced a rain dance, drug induced or not, though I've sometimes started spontaneously dancing to some of the drumming there is at demos here in Portland.

Anyhow, onward to this evil "terrorist" whose arrest was so breathlessly announced in the mainstream media.
It started out as screaming headlines about a terrorist being arrested at PDX terminal trying to take TNT onto a plane.

Then it turned out that the TNT was just a small bit of residue detected by a screening machine.

Then it turned out even that was a false positive; there was no TNT at all on the man's luggage, not even a minute trace.

Now suddenly we're being asked to believe he's a terrorist because he had a questionable social security card in his possession. Even if he IS later found guilty of committing social security fraud, fraud is not terrorism by any definition of the word.

Thankfully, there still is an independant judiciary in this country (you know, one of those institutions that distinguishes us from those fundamentalist despotisms so loved by bin Laden & Co.), and they reduced his bail (see US Constitution, Amendment VIII) to something more compatible for a social security fraud suspect. The man's friends passed the hat, collected the money, and sprang him from pretrial detention.

By the way, what about the USS Cole? Isn't bin Laden generally believed to be responsible for that (as well as 9/11)? You might want to consider why your beloved president apparently lost interest in tracking bin Laden down and is instead getting preoccipied with starting an offensive war against a third country as a diversion.

Portland, OR

Hi from Goering to Jenda 11.Oct.2002 23:40

Goering

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should
some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war
when the best he can get out of it is to come back to
his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't
want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for
that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after
all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the
policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the
people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist
dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always
be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.
All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and
exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any
country." --Hitler's #2 Man, Hermann Goering

Saltute to David B. 12.Oct.2002 00:26

MNR

David B. would love to stand by with his head in the sand and pretend that all is well in the world, or maybe he doesnt realize that some insignificant charges are sometimes used to hold or lodge a suspect while the bigger picture is looked at.
Case in point, Ward Weaver, held on a rape while he was investigated for murder.
And if the FBI was trying some conspiracy scam, then why did they publicly say that their lab found no traces of TNT?
Also, David B, he is not just a President, but yours too, like it or not.
You are not going to change the course of anything.
Your just along for the ride, like it or not.
Be glad there are those to look out for your fool heart.
You don't have the balls.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....... 12.Oct.2002 00:46

Kawai

I am all for equal rights under the law, and I don't believe all Muslims are bad.
I also don't that the investigators pulled a rabbit out of their ass on this just to make a point.
I also don't think they would have arrested him soley on social security card fraud had he not tried to board a plane and leave the country.
It was their ace in the hole, so to speak.
I seriously doubt this guy was targeted just for being a Muslim. The fed's dont have enough resources to watch every Muslim cleric that comes down the pike.
Some of you seem content to think that there is not an element of evil among this group that wants to do us harm.
Take a good look at where the World trade Center was, or see the faces of the children left orphaned by extremist Muslims on that faithful day.
You cry and show banners of those you see as victims, but refuse to choose to ignore thse that were vaporized on 091101, those that have no more mother, no more father, sister brother etc etc.
You are starting to make me very sick.
I hope somewhere deep inside you have an ounce of shame.
Someday I hope you realize that those that took an oath to protect you are not the enemy.

Hey Jenda 12.Oct.2002 08:38

TRUTH

Jenda how about these terror attacks......

1948 USA drops TWO Atomic Bombs on Japan, initial death toll for both 310,000........silent death toll about 6 million! Civilians were targeted.

1960's\70's Biochemical Weapon called Agent Orange droped countless times in Vietnam by USA......4 generations later Vietmanese still being born with birth defects because of it. Vets with horrible symptons

1991-2002 Bombs filled with depleted Uranium(It has a half-life of 650,000 years) dropped countless times on Iraq by USA ,death toll unknown. Vets are dying from it still and if they are not dying they also suffer grave symptons.

2001.. George W. Bush cuts $275 millon from VA hospital spending..........While MANY of our Vets go without medical care.

There are many more but I do not have the time to mention them all

Jenda when you start pointing fingers, maybe you should look in the mirror and realize the truth.

In the name of Peace and justice we have killed far more people than Saddam and Al Queda combined.

WAKE UP AMERICA, and take a hard look in the mirror

Jenda: 12.Oct.2002 16:37

anti-racist

When you point a finger at someone else...

THREE FINGERS POINT BACK AT YOU.

Look at what your own government has done in the name of "freedom." That doesn't make all Americans evil. In fact most Americans are hard working and good hearted. it's the hard-core of terrorists in the Bush Administration that ruin it for the rest of us. However, I don't support the persecution of Americans all the same.

Can't we come to an agreement: I won't hate people for being American if you don't hate people for being Muslim. Racism never solves anything. Only solidarity can lead to progress.

Jenda: 12.Oct.2002 21:49

Whitey

Rich white guys kill / conspire to kill hundreds or thousands of people EVERY DAY, yet they are not considered to have "profiled themsleves." Indeed, they are praised for generating profit BY KILLING. If I made money for killing someone, I'd be thrown in jail. It's all about power and labelling, not guilt or the odds.

Jenda....BA 13.Oct.2002 18:57

Barry

Jenda this is not a GAME to be won or lost. When American soldiers start to come home in body bags........ everyone loses. Use some compassion and listen to "anti-racists'words when she\he says solidarity can lead to progress. War only makes the divisions in the worlds diverse cultures larger.

BA why have you not packed your bags and left? You said if someone can tell you, of one time when protesting\civil disobedience actually changed anything. My answer to you was.... Martin Luther King Jr. ended racial segregation in this country...... Gandi liberated India. So pack your fucking bags (like you promised) and leave.
If you don't leave It will show to all of us that your words have as much truth as the one you admirer. Now leave.

Be the change you wish to see........Gandi

Response to Jenda 14.Oct.2002 10:39

anonymous

Jenda, if you really want to make a complete list of who's the most evil "group" in the world, it's going to have to be a lot more complete than that. Waco, the support of murderous despots in central america, fucking with everyone in the middle east, eastern asia and generally the world over have got to give the US a pretty high ranking. Probably way higher than any down-in-the-dirt muslim extremists. But who knows, they can't have a ranking much higher than the historical leadership of this country, because there aren't that many slots available.

You judge us so unfavorably. I suspect that you're mainly trying to demoralize us because we represent a growing movement. Or you aren't aware that the movement is growing because you've been so isolated from it all along. Really, I only believe this growth exists because nature has to compensate for of the rise of our extremist government, some sort of life-sustaining trait we developed in some point in our socio-genetic history. I'd be happy to see it decline because that would mean the larger picture was becoming saner. In any case, we aren't working in a vacuum here. If we didn't experience support for our work all around us, we wouldn't be able to keep doing it. Hell, if people didn't feed us, and groceries didn't kick down expired food, we wouldn't have anything to eat. Our work is a manifestation of the will of americans in general, that will is changing, and that is why we are here.

SHUT UP ALREADY 19.Oct.2002 01:53

anonymous and made up

Jenda, someone called you on your bluff. Take your ball and get on a plane and go, idiot.

Tuscon, AZ