Saturday, April 29, 2006

The FBI Collars Mr. Shah and Dr. Sabir


Last May, the FBI arrested two American Muslims-- Tarik Shah and Dr. Rafiq Sabir. These men were not Arabs. They were Americans.

They didn't belong to Al Qaeda, because the FBI tricked them into swearing loyalty to Al Qaeda. The pair claim they were “framed,” but why did the FBI frame them? There must have been a good reason that the FBI mounted a two-year sting.

One alleged terrorist wannabee, Dr. Rafiq Sabir, lived in Boca Raton.

This exclusive town is also where the first anthrax attack occurred. A tabloid called AMI received a "weird love letter" addressed to Jennifer Lopez. An employee at AMI died of anthrax, but it took some time for investigators to realize that the anthrax probably arrived in the letter addressed to J-Lo. People at AMI remember that the dead man had opened the letter close to his face because he was nearsighted and that the envelope had some powder in it and a star of David. Unfortunately, the AMI employees didn't realize this powder was something dangerous, so they had a good laugh at the weird love letter, and threw the letter away.

The doctor's friend Tarik Shah, a musician and the son of a former lieutenant of Malcolm X, was arrested in New York, and a note was found in his car reminding him to buy a DVD of the AIM activist Professor Ward Churchill.

The fact that Shah was a musician reminds me of this story about some musicians "practicing" to hijack a plane

Why did Tarik Shah have a reminder in his car to buy a Churchill DVD? Perhaps it was Shah's and Churchill's interest in the late Malcolm X.

Churchill justified the 9-11 attacks in the screed penned on 9-11-01 called “Some People Push Back" : On the Justice of Roosting Chickens. This essay's title comes from from Malcolm X who said that it was a case of "chickens coming home to roost" when Kennedy was shot because Malcolm X attributed Kennedy’s death to his anti-Castro policies.

Churchill also quoted Malcolm X in the opening of his essay:

"When queried by reporters concerning his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Malcolm X famously – and quite charitably, all things considered – replied that it was merely a case of "chickens coming home to roost." On the morning of September 11, 2001, a few more chickens – along with some half-million dead Iraqi children – came home to roost in a very big way at the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Well, actually, a few of them seem to have nestled in at the Pentagon as well."

Churchill expressed compassion about the plight of Iraqi children, whom he described sympathetically as "vast legions of brown-skinned five-year-olds [who] sat shivering in the dark, wide-eyed in horror, whimpering as they expired in the most agonizing ways imaginable."

Churchill blamed their deaths on the UN sanctions instead of on Saddam's lack of cooperation with the UN and his massive theft of the Oil for Food money.

Churchill disparaged American children and their parents as materialistic, spoiled, and absorbed by unimportant issues:

"[Americans had] far more pressing things than the unrelenting misery/death of a few hundred thousand Iraqi tikes to be concerned with. Getting "Jeremy" and "Ellington" to their weekly soccer game, for instance, or seeing to it that little "Tiffany" and "Ashley" had just the right roll-neck sweaters to go with their new cords. And, to be sure, there was the yuppie holy war against ashtrays – for "our kids," no less – as an all-absorbing point of political focus."

Churchill characterized the outrages of 9-11 as "very limited actions" and as "a kind of 'reality therapy' approach, designed to afford the American people a chance to finally 'do the right thing' on their own, without further coaxing. Were the opportunity acted upon in some reasonably good faith fashion – a sufficiently large number of Americans rising up and doing whatever is necessary to force an immediate lifting of the sanctions on Iraq, for instance, or maybe hanging a few of America's abundant supply of major war criminals (Henry Kissinger comes quickly to mind, as do Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton and George the Elder) – there is every reason to expect that military operations against the US on its domestic front would be immediately suspended."

It is astounding that Churchill almost seems to be acting as the terrorists' spokesman and explaining their terms for suspending military operations inside "Amerikkka"--lifting the sanctions on Iraq and hanging our leaders. This is interesting because Churchill penned his essay on 9-11. Churchill seems to have thought that Iraq had attacked us, not Al Qaeda. Hmmmm....


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