Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Give me a break, Mr. Ramsey

Ibrahim Ramsey, the Civil and Human Rights Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom division of the MAS, needs to chill as he writes, "For U.S. Muslims, More Surveillance Could Mean More Intimidation." He worries that an unfettered prosecution will select Muslims as targets because prosecutors are "willing and able to stretch, and even distort, the law when it comes to Muslims."

His case in point? None other than that of Sami Al-Arian, who according to Ramsey "languishes in a prison, suffering from diabetes and severe deprivation and cruelty, without being convicted of any crime. "

Wrong poster boy you have there, Mr. Ramsey. Sami Al-Arian is in prison because a) he pleaded guilty to assisting Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terror organization responsible for hundreds of murders, something he denied doing for more than 10 years, and b) he refuses to testify in a terror prosecution claiming that his plea agreement exempts him from what every other citizen must do when called upon.

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