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Topics (messages 601 through 700):

CAIR-NET: Muslim Name Makes Catholic Rower Suspect
	601 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Wife of Florida Mosque Bomb Plotter to Talk
	602 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Burner of Islamic Sign Seeks Mercy
	603 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Double Standard' Applied in FL Mosque Bomb Plot
	604 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Barred by U.S. Sues to Return
	605 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Say War on Iraq Not Justified
	606 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Make Run For Canada
	607 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Hijab Explained in National Ad Campaign
	608 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Says Airplane Doing Surveillance
	609 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Attack on NJ Muslim Probed as Bias Crime
	610 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Beating of Calif. Muslim Prompts Call for FBI Probe
	611 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: One Man's Tense Ride on the LIRR
	612 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: GOP Asked to Condemn Muslim Prayer Walkout
	613 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Patriot II's Attack on Citizenship
	614 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Lawmaker Will Apologize for Muslim Prayer Walkout
	615 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Three Men Indicted in Attack on Oregon 'Arab'
	616 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Man Who Sent Threatening E-Mail Arrested
	617 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: WA Muslim Leader to Speak Following House Prayer
	618 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Address Terrorism in National Ad Campaign
	619 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Arab, Muslim Groups Fear Backlash Attacks
	620 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CIA Holds Young Sons of Captured Al-Qa'eda Chief
	621 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CIA Denies Holding Children of Terror Suspect
	622 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim University Students Threatened in California
	623 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Some Blame Israel for Iraq War
	624 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Illinois Mosque Attacked as Muslims Pray Inside
	625 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Warns of More Hate Crimes if War with Iraq
	626 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Chaplain to Open Session of Texas Legislature
	627 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Family Values Examined in CAIR Ad Campaign
	628 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida School Board to Protect Muslim Students
	629 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI to Muslims - Let's Help Each Other
	630 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Deny Israeli Aid Request After Bulldozer Death Say Muslims
	631 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
	632 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Has War Plan to Mobilize Agents
	633 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Asylum Detention Policy Needs Clarification
	634 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MD Newspaper Mocks Bulldozer Death of American
	635 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Register Online for CAIR Training Conference in DC
	636 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Even a Quick War Has Negative Consequences
	637 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Controversy Surrounds Synagogue Speaker
	638 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Incidents in California, Michigan, Illinois
	639 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pro-Israeli General to Oversee Iraq Construction
	640 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Penn. Muslim Receives Settlement Over Harassment
	641 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bracing for a Backlash/Where are Iraq's WMD?
	642 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Explosion Destroys Illinois Muslim Family's Van
	643 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Steps Up Secret Surveillance
	644 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Man Pleads No Contest to Anti-Muslim Hate Crime
	645 by: cair1.ix.netcom.com

CAIR-NET: Indiana Muslim Burned, Motive Sought
	646 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Oregon Leaders Decry Hate in Wake of Incident
	647 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Missionaries to Follow in Wake of Iraq Invasion
	648 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Woman Harassed on Florida Highway
	649 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Phoenix Iraqi-American Family Attacked
	650 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Israelis Trained US Troops in Jenin-Style Warfare
	651 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Man Targeted Arabs in Killings
	652 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Bills Would Block Aid to Muslim Students
	653 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Conference Dinner to Focus on Political Empowerment
	654 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Support Bill Disavowing Preemption
	655 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush Asked to Rescind Nomination of 'Islamophobe'
	656 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Exerts Unusual Pressure on NY Terror Suspects
	657 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Muslims Decry Leniency for Terrorist
	658 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pro-Israel Hawks to Govern Iraq
	659 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: School Bus Burns Outside Virginia Mosque
	660 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: USIP Asked to Reject Daniel Pipes' Nomination
	661 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: AIPAC and the Iraqi Opposition
	662 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Montreal Islamic School Vandalized with Racist Graffiti
	663 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Imams and Khatibs Urged to Attend CAIR Leadership Conference
	664 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Republicans Want Terror Law Made Permanent
	665 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pat Robertson Appearance at Synagogue Sparks Ire
	666 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ask Senate to Reject Daniel Pipes Nomination
	667 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Seattle Muslim Receives Support After Slur
	668 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pentagon Sponsors Franklin Graham
	669 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Vanishing Liberties/US-Israel Target Syria
	670 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Lawmaker Apologizes to Muslim Group
	671 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. GOP Asked to Repudiate Anti-Islam Remarks
	672 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Graham Invitation Irks Muslims at Pentagon
	673 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Key Republican Not Sure on Patriot Act
	674 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Terrorism or Hate Crime?
	675 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Denver to Halt 'Spy Files' on Peaceful Protesters
	676 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Washington Post Slams Daniel Pipes Nomination
	677 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Dallas Paper Says Daniel Pipes is 'Bad Choice'
	678 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush Nominee Refuses to Condemn Japanese Internment
	679 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. Muslim Teen to File Suit Against Attackers
	680 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes to Appear on C-SPAN's 'Washington Journal'
	681 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ohio-Based Web Site Calls for Genocide
	682 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pipes: President Shouldn't Say Islam is Peaceful
	683 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Forum: Impact of Iraq War on US-Muslim Relations
	684 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Woman Assaulted in New York
	685 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Lobby Against Pipes Nomination on Capitol Hill
	686 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Apologizes to Men Detained After 9/11 Attacks
	687 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Web Site of Anti-Muslim Critic Links to Terrorist Group
	688 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Critic Drops Terrorist Web Link
	689 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Texas Judge Awards Custody to Muslim Mom
	690 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Readers of Right-Wing Web Site Threaten Muslims
	691 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Makes Deal with Terror Group
	692 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Chicago Tribune Says 'Reject' Pipes Nomination
	693 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Law Enforcement Community Offered Guide to Muslims
	694 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Seattle Groups Protest Lecture by Israeli Advisor
	695 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Faith Group Says Pipes Nomination 'Ill-Advised'
	696 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: US-Backed Exiles Return to Reinvent Iraq
	697 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Colorado Bill Stigmatizes Muslims
	698 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IL Senator Introduces Hate Crime Bill
	699 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: More Cities Rally Against Patriot Act
	700 by: CAIR

 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/21/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A WISE PERSON
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* ROWER WITH MUSLIM NAME IS AN ALL-AMERICAN SUSPECT (NY Times)
* WIFE OF MAHER ARAR TO CONTINUE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
* MUSLIMS DENY AL-ARIAN FITS GOVERNMENT DESCRIPTION (SP Times)
	- Rights Groups Upset By Professor's Arrest (UPI)
	- Balance Sometimes Lacking Al-Arian Coverage (SP Times)
	- Jews, Muslims React Differently To Arrests (Herald)
	- Arab-Americans Say Politics Influenced Arrests (Sentinel)
* CIVIL INDIGNITIES (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
	- This is Patriotism? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
	- Proposed Patriot Act II Criticized (Gannett News Service)
	- Arab-Americans Get Assurances on Civil Rights (Sentinel)
	- South Asians, Muslims Protest At INS Building (AP)
* IRAQIS WILL NOT BE PAWNS IN BUSH AND BLAIR'S WAR GAME (Guardian)
	- The Martial Plan (New York Times)
	- US Lobbyist Helped Draft E. European Iraq Statement (Globe)
	- Inspectors Call U.S. Tips 'Garbage' (CBS News)
	- Chinese Muslims Fret Over War, And Terrorism (Reuters)
* HINDUS NATIONALISTS STEP UP ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC (AP)
* TENN. CITY ANNOUNCES MARCH AS "MUSLIMS" MONTH
* LIEBERMAN FUNDRAISES WITH ROBERTSON, FALWELL (Forward)

-----

HADITH OF THE DAY: A WISE PERSON

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A wise person is one 
who 
keeps watch over his bodily desires and passions, and (keeps away) from 
that which is harmful, and strives for that which will benefit him 
after 
death. And a foolish person is one who subordinates himself to his 
cravings 
and desires, and expects from God the fulfillment of his futile 
desires."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 16

-----

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

-----

CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

-----

ROWER WITH MUSLIM NAME IS AN ALL-AMERICAN SUSPECT
Ira Berkow, New York Times, 2/21/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/21/sports/othersports/21ROWW.html

They weren't going to let Aquil Abdullah on the plane at Newark 
International Airport, at least not right away.

"We need you to step to the side," he was told by a reservations clerk 
for 
his prospective flight to Seattle. "I have to call a police officer." 
"What's the problem?" asked Abdullah, a 29-year-old member of the 
United 
States national rowing team and the single sculls winner in the 2002 
United 
States national rowing championships…

Abdullah was on a no-fly list. "What this means," Andrew Kurpat, a 
police 
officer with the Port Authority in Newark, explained yesterday, "is 
that 
anyone with a common Muslim name has to be checked out, to see if it's 
an 
alias, to see if he's on a terrorist list."

So the Port Authority officers checked through their files, contacted 
the 
F.B.I. and the immigration authorities, and then came back to Abdullah. 
He 
was no terrorist. By this time, his flight had departed.

"I can understand the concern," Abdullah said recently with a graceful, 
disarming demeanor and an easy smile. "It's legitimate, of course, and 
some 
of my friends are angrier about the name profiling than I am, but I do 
wish 
the authorities could be quicker about the check..."

"I can understand his being detained at an airport once," said Mike 
Teti, 
head coach of the national rowing team, "but when it happens again, 
that's 
unfortunate. Here's a guy representing his country in athletics and 
he's as 
American as you can get. A second time, they should know who he is..."

Meanwhile, the chance that Abdullah will again be checked and 
double-checked before a flight is likely. "I oscillate between feeling 
great, that the government is taking such measures to protect the 
citizens 
of the United States — I know that there is a price to pay for this 
protection," he said, "but then I get feelings of indignation that I'm 
being singled out. I mean, I have obligations, too. I don't want to 
miss my 
flights. And I'm concerned as to what comes next, what infringements on 
our 
personal freedoms."

And if he were on an airplane with someone with Arab characteristics, 
how 
would he feel? "I would raise an eyebrow and get a good look at who he 
was, 
and check out what he was doing," he said. "But I know I'd feel a sense 
of 
shame, too, because I know the feeling of being followed by a detective 
in 
a department store because of assumptions he made because I was black. 
The 
issue is terribly conflicting for me."

Finally, Abdullah was asked the name of the mosque he attends. "I'm not 
a 
member of any mosque," he said. "I'm Catholic, actually."

-----

WIFE OF MAHER ARAR TO CONTINUE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

WHAT: On Monday, February 24th, 2003, Monia Mazigh will hold a 
candlelight 
vigil on Parliament Hill to call for the release of her husband, Maher 
Arar.  Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained in the United States en 
route 
to Canada and deported, first to Jordan, then to Syria. He has been in 
jail 
for the past five months.

Monia Mazigh will attend the vigil with her two young children.  Maher 
Arar's mother and brothers will also be in attendance.

WHEN:   Monday, February 24th, 2003
WHERE:  Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Near the Centennial Flame in front of 
the 
Peace Tower
TIME:   The vigil begins at 4 p.m.

                              -END-

Contact:  Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

-----

LOCAL MUSLIMS DENY AL-ARIAN FITS GOVERNMENT DESCRIPTION
Babita Persaud, St. Petersburg Times, 2/21/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/02/21/TampaBay/Local_Muslims_deny_Al.shtml

TAMPA - It was a day of anger and confusion for many local Muslims. 
They 
expressed dismay at the federal government's description of Al-Arian - 
their leader - as the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the 
United 
States.

They know him.

Imran Ismail, a University of South Florida student, heard Al-Arian 
give 
speeches at the academy's mosque on 130th Avenue, where he urged 
Muslims to 
get involved in American politics and encouraged them to vote.

Ismail studied Arabic with Sameeh Hammoudeh, the 42-year-old USF 
instructor 
who also was arrested Thursday.

"We are all shocked this has happened. I was shocked," Ismail said. "We 
were not expecting it."

"This is frustrating," said Mohammed Al-Dahoud, who taught 
seventh-grade 
math to Al-Arian's son at the Islamic Academy. "The government is just 
doing something to make the public feel that they are doing something…"

The news spread quickly through the Muslim community. Updates were 
posted 
on the local United Muslims Association website: "We ask that all 
Muslim 
brothers and sisters, and lovers of justice, be prepared to stand up 
and 
peacefully protest against these atrocities."

Speaking at a news conference outside Tampa's federal courthouse, Ahmed 
Bedier, the communications director for the Miami office of the Council 
on 
American Islamic Relations, worried the arrests could bring 
repercussions.

"It's not about Sami as a person," he said. "It's about a situation 
that 
could set a precedent for other Muslims across the country."

"The core of the judicial system is that all men are innocent until 
proven 
guilty," Bedier said. "In this case, it seems like the other way 
around."

SEE ALSO:

RIGHTS GROUPS UPSET BY PROFESSOR'S ARREST
Anwar Iqbal, UPI, 2/20/03
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030220-060338-2208r

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Civil rights groups in Washington warned 
Thursday that the arrest of an Arab professor in Florida may have 
negative 
implications for other Arabs and Muslims living in the United States.

Professor Sami Amin Al Arian was arrested earlier Thursday along with 
three 
other Arabs for their alleged links to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a 
group already declared a terrorist outfit by the State Department.

"Mere membership of an organization, in my belief, should not alone be 
the 
basis for prosecution," said Kit Gage, president of the National 
Coalition 
to Protect Political Freedom.

"Unfortunately, this government is going that way…"

Omar Ahmad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said his group 
was 
"very concerned that the government would bring charges after 
investigating 
an individual for many years without offering any evidence of criminal 
activity."

"This action could leave the impression that Arian's arrest is based on 
political considerations, not legitimate national security concerns…"

"A massive indictment at this late date that includes a huge array of 
charges, many of them using the relatively attenuated term of 
conspiracy, 
raises concerns," said Gage.

---

BALANCE SOMETIMES LACKING IN TV'S AL-ARIAN COVERAGE
Eric Deggans, St. Petersburg Times, 2/21/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/02/21/TampaBay/Balance_sometimes_lac.shtml

For some news outlets, the Thursday arrest of suspended University of 
South 
Florida professor Sami Al-Arian seemed like confirmation of suspicions 
they 
had been airing for years.

And few commentators were quicker to speak to the issue than Fox News 
Channel personality Bill O'Reilly.

"He used his office and stationery to raise money for this Islamic 
Jihad, 
and you guys in Florida are paying his salary," O'Reilly said during an 
interview Thursday with area Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13.

Several local TV outlets had footage of Al-Arian's early morning 
arrest, 
tipped in advance to the planned police action…

Local cable newschannel Bay News 9 balanced talk of the charges' 
seriousness with a quick interview with Al-Arian attorney Robert McGee, 
reminding viewers the charges must be proven in court.

As the day wore on, cable news outlets based their midday talk segments 
on 
the issue, including CNN's Talkback Live and MSNBC's Buchanan & Press.

"Would the attorney general bring charges against Mr. Al-Arian that he 
could not substantiate, when if it were so proven, he would wind up 
with 
egg all over his face?" Pat Buchanan asked a spokesman for the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations on MSNBC.

"Let's see the evidence," countered Ibrahim Cooper of CAIR. "Let's see 
it 
in open court."

---

LOCAL JEWS, MUSLIMS REACT DIFFERENTLY TO ARRESTS
Richard Dymond, Bradenton Herald, 2/21/03
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/5228334.htm

University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian's indictment 
Thursday 
by a federal grand jury in connection with his alleged ties to 
terrorists 
was met with an outpouring of emotion from local Jews and Muslims.

Both sides said the real tragedy could be how Muslims are now viewed 
locally and worldwide.

Al-Arian is accused of leading the North American arm of the 
Palestinian 
Islamic Jihad, a group that has claimed responsibility for suicide 
bombings 
in Israel.

"I knew there was something there without knowing," said Howard 
Shipotofsky, a 69-year-old Bradenton resident and a member of Temple 
Beth 
El. "Instead of putting him in jail, he should get the ultimate if this 
is 
true…"

For many Muslims, there is a fear the charges against Al-Arian will 
make 
people even more suspicious of innocent Muslims.

Bradenton's Catalina Zuniga, 40, a Muslim who attends the Islamic 
Society 
of Sarasota and Bradenton, said she gets contemptuous stares when she 
wears 
her hijab head covering in public.

"My own son doesn't like to walk with me in the grocery store, not 
because 
he doesn't love me, but he doesn't like seeing how people look at me," 
Zuniga said. "People are afraid…"

---

ARAB-AMERICANS SAY POLITICS INFLUENCED ARRESTS
Sean Mussenden and Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel, 2/21/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-asecreact21022103feb21,0,2556001.story

WASHINGTON -- Arab-American groups accused the federal government of 
timing 
Thursday's indictment of four U.S. residents to build political support 
at 
a crucial point in the nation's war against terrorism.

The groups also contended that the indictment sets a dangerous 
precedent 
because the government built part of its case on anti-American 
statements 
the men made -- speech that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The indictment -- which led to the arrests of Sami Amin Al-Arian, a 
professor at the University of South Florida, and three other men 
accused 
of being members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad -- cites several 
political 
speeches made by the men during the past decade...

-----

EDITORIAL: CIVIL INDIGNITIES
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/21/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/3665354.html

When Osama bin Laden's henchmen ended their evil mission on 9/11, they 
toppled more than Manhattan's towers. They also demolished the American 
assumption that freedom and security can coexist. The White House has 
made 
much of the ensuing uncertainty, trimming freedom's sails in the name 
of 
national safety.

And if Attorney General John Ashcroft has his way, U.S. civil liberties 
may 
soon be snipped still further. His rumored Domestic Security 
Enhancement 
Act of 2003 bespeaks despotism, not democracy. Congress must resist 
it...

"Patriot Act II" offers everything an aspiring autocrat might wish for: 
It 
would expand government's spying power and curb judicial checks -- 
permitting 15-day wiretaps without court approval in a "time of 
emergency." 
It would expand law-enforcers' power to secretly arrest and 
indefinitely 
detain anyone thought to be linked to a suspected terror group. It 
would 
tighten the Freedom of Information Act to keep the public from 
discovering 
whom the government has arrested and why.

Most troubling, perhaps, is a provision that would strip American 
citizenship from anyone who supports political groups of which the 
executive branch disapproves…

SEE ALSO:

THIS IS PATRIOTISM?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/21/03
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/Editorial/073EB94BE499F8C586256CD40053C2AD

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT is preparing to ask Americans to surrender more 
of 
their rights in the war against terrorism, even though it hasn't shown 
that 
the rights we've already surrendered have made us safer.

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has a draft of a sequel to the 2001 
Patriot Act that would grant the government startling new powers to 
deport, 
secretly imprison, wiretap and spy on citizens and noncitizens. The 
bill, 
dubbed the Super-Patriot Act by its critics, is antithetical to a 
government of constitutionally protected rights and is an abject 
surrender 
to the intimidation of terrorists.

Americans and Congress should dig in their heels and make it clear that 
we 
will not surrender our freedom to megalomaniacs like Osama bin Laden, 
or to 
politicians whose response to terror is an assault on our freedom.

The Justice Department was surprised earlier this month by the leak of 
the 
draft bill - officially called the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 
2003. A Justice Department spokeswoman said the department had not 
decided 
how to proceed on the bill, but critics fear it that will be introduced 
during a period of fear…

---

PROPOSED PATRIOT ACT II CRITICIZED
Pamela Brogan, Gannett News Service, 2/20/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/politics/0302/19/a05-88981.htm

WASHINGTON -- A Justice Department plan that would allow government 
agents 
to secretly investigate, detain and punish U.S. citizens and legal 
immigrants suspected of terrorism is being assailed by critics as an 
assault on the Constitution.

The proposal, drafted by staffers working for Attorney General John 
Ashcroft, "threatens to fundamentally alter the constitutional 
protections 
that allow us to be both safe and free," said Timothy Edgar, a 
legislative 
counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.

"If it becomes law, it will encourage police spying on political and 
religious activities, allow the government to wiretap without going to 
court and dramatically expand the death penalty under an overbroad 
definition of terrorism."

The draft legislation has raised concerns even with groups that 
acknowledge 
the federal government faces a difficult dilemma in trying to balance 
tougher anti-terrorism measures with a respect for civil liberties.

Critics of the draft say it would circumvent the courts and strip 
citizens 
and legal immigrants of their right to due process.

"My major concern is that some of the language is insufficient with 
respect 
to structural checks and balances, although the structural goals of the 
legislation are salutary," said Paul Rosenzweig, a senior legal 
research 
fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. "If we want to be 
effective in tracking down terrorists, we need the imprimatur of a 
court or 
Congress…"

---

ARAB-AMERICANS GET ASSURANCES ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel, 2/20/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-loccivilrights20022003feb20.story

Arab-Americans met with state and federal law-enforcement officials 
Wednesday in Orlando to discuss fears that antiterrorism measures mean 
a 
loss of civil rights for Muslims.

The meeting was the second in a series of meetings statewide to allay 
fears 
that prejudice and abuse will be tolerated in the wake of Sept. 11. 
"Today, 
it's the Muslim community. Tomorrow, it could be someone else's turn at 
the 
table," said Parvez Ahmed of CAIR-Florida (Council on American-Islamic 
Relations). "These are issues affecting all Americans."

The Liberty in the Balance Project convenes Muslim community leaders 
and 
law-enforcement officials in a low-key setting to foster mutual 
understanding and trust…

Some of the issues raised Wednesday were selective law enforcement, 
immigration restrictions on residents from certain Middle Eastern 
countries 
and the likelihood of a backlash against Arab-Americans in a U.S. war 
with 
Iraq.

"This is our community. This is our country," said Ahmed of 
Jacksonville, 
who voiced support for improved domestic security. "At the same time, 
we 
want to be more secure about our rights under the law…"

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SOUTH ASIANS, MUSLIMS PROTEST AT INS BUILDING
Associated Press, 2/21/03

DETROIT - Civil rights advocates, area Muslims and South Asians 
gathered at 
a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service office Friday to protest 
what 
they say are unjust special registration programs and detentions of 
Middle 
Eastern and South Asian immigrants.

The federal program requires that men from 18 countries who entered the 
United States on temporary visas before last October be photographed, 
fingerprinted and interrogated.

The program, which has drawn protests from Arab-American groups, is 
part of 
the government's anti-terrorism efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 
attacks. Thousands of male visitors from mainly Muslim countries face 
deadlines to register with U.S. immigration authorities. In Michigan, 
the 
interviews take place at an INS office in Detroit.

Bob Parsons, one of those protesting Friday morning in Detroit, said 
the 
government's registration effort is a type of racial profiling.

"It's racist and intimidating," the 56-year-old said. "We're not going 
to 
let it go down."

No one from the INS was immediately able to comment.

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IRAQIS WILL NOT BE PAWNS IN BUSH AND BLAIR'S WAR GAME
Kamil Mahdi, Guardian UK, 2/21/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,899082,00.html

Having failed to convince the British people that war is justified, 
Tony 
Blair is now invoking the suffering of the Iraqi people to justify 
bombing 
them. He tells us there will be innocent civilian casualties, but that 
more 
will die if he and Bush do not go to war. Which dossier is he reading 
from?

The present Iraqi regime's repressive practices have long been known, 
and 
its worst excesses took place 12 years ago, under the gaze of General 
Colin 
Powell's troops; 15 years ago, when Saddam was an Anglo-American ally; 
and 
almost 30 years ago, when Henry Kissinger cynically used Kurdish 
nationalism to further US power in the region at the expense of both 
Kurdish and Iraqi democratic aspirations…

SEE ALSO:

THE MARTIAL PLAN
PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times, 2/21/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/21/opinion/21KRUG.html

The Marshall Plan was America's finest hour. After World War I, the 
victors 
did what victors usually do: they demanded reparations from the 
vanquished. 
But after World War II America did something unprecedented: it provided 
huge amounts of aid, helping both its allies and its defeated enemies 
rebuild.

It wasn't selfless altruism, of course; it was farsighted, enlightened 
self-interest. America's leaders understood that fostering prosperity, 
stability and democracy was as important as building military might in 
the 
struggle against Communism.

But one suspects that our current leaders would have jeered at this 
exercise in "nation-building." And they are certainly following a very 
different strategy today…

It's not that the Bush administration is always stingy. In fact, right 
now 
it is offering handouts right and left. Most notably, it has offered 
the 
Turkish government $26 billion in grants and loans if it ignores 
popular 
opposition and supports the war.

Some observers also point out that the administration has turned the 
regular foreign aid budget into a tool of war diplomacy. Small 
countries 
that currently have seats on the U.N. Security Council have suddenly 
received favorable treatment for aid requests, in an obvious attempt to 
influence their votes. Cynics say that the "coalition of the willing" 
President Bush spoke of turns out to be a "coalition of the bought off" 
instead.

But it's clear that the generosity will end as soon as Baghdad falls…

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US LOBBYIST HELPED DRAFT EASTERN EUROPEANS' IRAQ STATEMENT
Boston Globe, 2/21/03
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/030220/1/3819f.html

A former Pentagon official helped draft a controversial statement by 10 
Central and Eastern European nations this month that supports the 
United 
States in its stand-off with Iraq, according to a press report 
published in 
Paris.

In an interview, Bruce Jackson, a former US Defense Department official 
who 
heads a Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, said that he was among 
those 
who helped initiate the statement supporting the US stance, the daily 
International Herald Tribune reported...

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INSPECTORS CALL U.S. TIPS 'GARBAGE'
CBS News, 2/20/03
http://cbsnews.cbs.com/stories/2003/01/18/iraq/main537096.shtml

U.N. arms inspectors are privately complaining about the quality of 
U.S. 
intelligence and accusing the United States of sending them on 
wild-goose 
chases.

CBS News Correspondent Mark Phillips reports the U.N. has been taking a 
precise inventory of Iraq's al-Samoud 2 missile arsenal, determining 
how 
many there are and where they are.

Discovering that the al-Samoud 2 has been flying too far in tests has 
been 
one of the inspectors' major successes. But the missile has only been 
exceeding its 93-mile limit by about 15 miles and that, the Iraqis say, 
is 
because it isn't yet loaded down with its guidance system.

The inspectors have become so frustrated trying to chase down 
unspecific or 
ambiguous U.S. leads that they've begun to express that anger privately 
in 
no uncertain terms.

So frustrated have the inspectors become that one source has referred 
to 
the U.S. intelligence they've been getting as "garbage after garbage 
after 
garbage." In fact, Phillips says the source used another cruder word.

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CHINESE MUSLIMS FRET OVER WAR, AND TERRORISM
Scott Hillis, Reuters, 2/21/03

TANSHAN, China - Tanshan village is about as far away from Baghdad and 
Washington as it is possible to get, but a looming war in Iraq is never 
far 
from the residents' minds.

Living deep in the parched and impoverished hills of northern China's 
Ningxia region, the villagers usually worry about more immediate 
problems, 
such as whether their meagre harvest of wheat and beans will last out 
the year.

But here and in other areas of southern Ningxia -- where more than 80 
percent of people belong to the Muslim Hui ethnic group -- many are 
watching the U.S. build-up to war with anger...

In Tongxin, a town about 70 km (40 miles) from Tanshan, restaurant 
manager 
Zhang Xiaoling engages guests in polite chat about Hui customs and 
history 
before the talk turns to Iraq.

The soft-spoken 25-year-old with a spiky haircut, sharp suit and a 
ready 
smile answers as easily as if he had been asked for his opinion on 
local teas.

"As an average person, I just want world peace. If the world is 
peaceful, 
then we will have peace at home as well," Zhang said. Then he adds: 
"But as 
a Muslim, I am very angry."

A typical response came from Hong Weizhong, 64, an elderly 
administrator in 
a blue Mao suit and white Muslim cap at a school run by Hong Yang 
outside 
Tongxin.

"America is just like an adult picking a fight with a child!" said 
Hong.

He perhaps has good reason to fear a backlash against Muslims: during 
China's 1966-76 ultra-leftist Cultural Revolution, fanatical Red Guards 
levelled every mosque in the area and burned down the previous Islamic 
school.

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HINDUS NATIONALISTS STEP UP ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC AHEAD OF FOUR STATE 
LEGISLATURE ELECTIONS

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press, 2/21/03

Hindu hard-liners are stirring passions and raising anti-Muslim 
rhetoric in 
an effort to win votes in four state elections next week.

With legislative elections for another five states due later this year, 
and 
federal polls in 2004, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Bharatiya 
Janata Party is projecting itself as the protector of Hindus against 
Islamic Pakistan and radical Muslim militants.

A year after Hindu-Muslim rioting killed more than 1,000 people in 
western 
Gujarat state, sectarian tensions are resurfacing with the activities 
of 
the governing BJP's religious affiliates, particularly the Vishwa Hindu 
Parishad, or World Hindu Council...

"Every step of the VHP is synchronized with electoral considerations," 
said 
Syed Shahbuddin, a Muslim leader. "The mask of neutrality has fallen…"

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TENN. CITY ANNOUNCES MARCH AS "MUSLIMS" MONTH

WHAT: Memphis Mayor Dr. Willie Herenton will preside over an opening 
ceremony of "Muslims in Memphis" month. The event will include 
speeches, 
exhibits and musical contributions from a Muslim youth troupe. 
Throughout 
the month, The "Muslims in Memphis" project team will present Islam to 
the 
Memphis community in a positive and informative light.

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 4 to 6 P.M.

WHERE: Appling Manor Conference Hall, 1755 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 
38016

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LIEBERMAN FUNDRAISES WITH ROBERTSON, FALWELL
The Forward, 2/21/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.02.21/featherman.html

Say It Ain't So, Joe: Browsing through the infomercials on the PAX 
cable 
television network, Hartford Courant reporter Eric Ericson was stunned 
to 
see three giants of the Christian right - Christian Coalition founder 
Pat 
Robertson, convicted Watergate felon Charles Colson and Moral Majority 
leader Jerry Falwell - fundraising with Joseph Lieberman.

Ericson, writing in the January 16 issue of the Courant, reports that 
the 
Jewish Democratic presidential hopeful appeared in a January 2 
broadcast 
along with the trio in a half-hour appeal for a program called "On 
Wings of 
Eagles," which brings Russian Jews to Israel through the International 
Fellowship of Christians and Jews. The Chicago-based nonprofit 
organization, run by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, advocates an improvement 
of 
relations between Christians and Jews and receives considerable support 
from right-wing Christians. "'On Wings of Eagles' is a modern-day 
fulfillment of biblical prophecy," Lieberman says on the infomercial.

The Hartford Advocate reports in its February 14 issue that Lieberman 
asked 
that his endorsement be struck from the infomercial. Eckstein told the 
Forward that Lieberman's wishes are being respected. "We're spending 
money 
to take it out of the video," Eckstein said, adding that the incident 
was, 
"a non-story, [a] stupid story... It seems like a liberal newspaper 
essentially trying to get at Lieberman through one way or another.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/24/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MARRIAGE SHOULD NOT BE A BURDEN
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
	- A Gift of Books (Star-Ledger)
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- In Search Of All Things Spiritual (Wichita Eagle)
	- Positive Feedback on 'Islam in America' Campaign
* INCITEMENT WATCH: PAX PROGRAM MAY SMEAR MUSLIMS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ISRAEL'S 'YES' MEN IN CONGRESS
* WIFE TO TESTIFY VS. HUSBAND IN BOMB PLOT (AP)
	- Wife of FL Mosque Bomb Plotter to Talk (Tampa Tribune)
* OREGON CHURCH SPONSORS ANTI-MUSLIM SPEAKER (Columbian)
* LIVES LIKE ANY OTHERS (Washington Post)
	- Mideastern Men Worry About Detentions (Sun Sentinel)
* DELIVER US FROM ASHCROFT (Washington Times)
	- Marbury v. Madison v. Ashcroft (NY Times)
	- GAO: Justice Dept. Inflated Terror Cases (AP)
* BUSH FACES INCREASINGLY POOR IMAGE OVERSEAS (Washington Post)
	- France Offers Counterproposal to US Draft on Iraq
	- 17 British Firms Armed Saddam (Sunday Herald)
	- Allies Hushed Up Weapons' Destruction (Scotsman)
	- Perle: Syria May Be Next (AFP)
	- Not So Fast (Washington Post)
* WHY ARE WE IN JOLO? (Washington Post)
* PEACE HOPES FADE AS SHARON PICKS HAWKISH PARTNER (Telegraph)
	- Israel Urges U.S. Help to Bolster Economy (Wash. Times)
* 3 FAITHS CELEBRATE MUSLIM FESTIVAL OF EID (Sun Sentinel)
* REQUEST FOR STUDENT SUBMISSIONS ON MUSLIM LIFE AFTER 9/11

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MARRIAGE SHOULD NOT BE A BURDEN

The Prophet also said: "The marriage which produces the most blessing 
is 
that which involves the least burden."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 925

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

SEE ALSO:

A GIFT OF BOOKS
Patricia C. Turner, Star-Ledger, 2/24/03
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/living-1/1045984710103801.xml

Better understanding of Islam is the goal of a program through which 
books 
are donated to libraries by American Muslims.

"If even one person gets a better understanding of my religion, the 
donation will be worth it," said Muna Saeid of Secaucus, about her 
participation in the Council of American-Islamic Relations' campaign to 
provide books, tapes and other materials to public libraries across the 
country….

"A lot of people had misconceptions about Islam and Muslims," Saeid 
said. 
"I thought my community, my neighborhood, would benefit."

Aftab Husain of Edison arranged for a library package to be sent to the 
North Edison branch library.

"Right after the 9/11 incident, CAIR took the initiative," he said. "I 
said 
I would like to do anything I can to help. A few fanatics are sending 
the 
wrong message."

"They're beautiful books," said Molly Davis-Bright, director of the 
North 
Edison library. Although her library had several books on Islam, the 
18-item library package provided a big boost…

Rosemary Garwood, director of the Pequannock Public Library, said the 
donor 
who designated her facility "was very generous."

"The books are very up-to-date," she said. "I thought they were really 
good 
books. It was very wonderful to receive this gift. They're excellent 
books 
on Muslim culture and the history of Islam, and they're not 
proselytizing...

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

IN SEARCH OF ALL THINGS SPIRITUAL
Tom Schaefer, Wichita Eagle, 2/22/03
http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/living/columnists/tom_schaefer/5235339.htm

"Which one of us is a Muslim?" That's the question in a recent 
newspaper ad 
that shows an African-American girl, an Asian man and a man of European 
heritage.

The ad's response is: "We all are...we're American Muslims."

Last Sunday's ad in The New York Times and other major newspapers 
kicked 
off a year-long campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
a 
civil rights and advocacy group, to foster greater understanding of 
Islam 
in America and to counter what it says is "a rising tide of anti-Muslim 
rhetoric in the United States."

The weekly ads will feature a different belief of Islam and can be seen 
at 
www.americanmuslims.info

No matter what your faith is, it's crucial that we continue learning 
about 
one of the world's major religions.

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' CAMPAIGN

The following are excerpts from emails sent to CAIR regarding the 
"Islam in 
America" advertising campaign:

"I applaud you on your ad campaign. Today I saw the ad about the Muslim 
troop of girl scouts. It was a refreshingly positive view of Islam." - 
Flushing, NY

"This is a wonderful way to show that Muslims are just like everyone 
else 
and that they have nothing to fear. Continue the good work." - 
Bloomington, IN

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INCITEMENT WATCH: PAX PROGRAM MAY SMEAR MUSLIMS

Professor Jack Shaheen has alerted CAIR to potentially stereotypical 
anti-Muslim content and themes in tonight's episode of "Sue Thomas: 
F.B.Eye" on the PAX cable network.

The leak
Monday February 24, 9:00 PM
http://www.pax.tv/shows/suethoma/episodes.cfm

What looks like a routine SWAT takedown of a terrorism suspect turns 
into a 
potentially deadly ambush of our people. Myles finds himself dealing 
with 
the psychological aftermath of the experience while Sue leads the 
charge to 
uncover the information leak that compromised the raid - a twisted 
trail 
that may lead all the way to the halls of the U.S. Senate.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please watch the program and send polite feedback to:

TEL: 1 (888) 467-2988
E-MAIL: http://www.pax.tv/contact/
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ISRAEL'S 'YES' MEN IN CONGRESS

"The combination of Congress being a yes man for Israel and a president 
who 
is the same way, I'd say that bodes well for [billions in new aid to] 
Israel and poorly for the American taxpayer,"

Duncan L. Clarke, professor of international relations at American 
University
Washington Times, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030224-131658.htm

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Contact the White House and Congress to ask that the 
multi-billion-dollar 
Israeli aid request be rejected.

1. Call the White House at: 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111.

2. Contact your elected representative by calling the Capitol 
Switchboard 
at 202-224-3121. (Have your zip code ready.)

3. Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to e-mail the President and/or 
your 
elected representatives.

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WIFE TO TESTIFY VS. HUSBAND IN BOMB PLOT
MITCH STACY, Associated Press, 2/24/03

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The wife of a podiatrist charged in a plot to blow 
up a 
Muslim gathering place has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors 
in 
a plea bargain, officials said Monday.

Robert Goldstein and his wife, Kristi Goldstein, are accused of 
planning to 
blow up an Islamic education center in St. Petersburg. Goldstein, who 
is 
Jewish, is described in court documents as seeking to retaliate for the 
Sept. 11 attacks and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Explosives, bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, 25,000 rounds of 
ammunition and a typed list of 50 Islamic worship centers in the Tampa 
Bay 
area were found in the couple's home, authorities say…

She allegedly shared her husband's fascination with firearms and 
explosives 
and knew of his plan to launch the attack on the Islamic Society of 
Pinellas County.

SEE ALSO:

WIFE OF TERROR SUSPECT TO TALK
Jim Sloan, Tampa Tribune, 2/24/03
http://www.tampatrib.com/MGALZXD3HCD.html

TAMPA - Kristi Goldstein, whose husband is accused of plotting attacks 
on 
Islamic centers across the state, will cooperate with authorities under 
a 
plea agreement.

Goldstein will plead guilty to a charge of possession of firearms not 
registered to her. Two counts of making false statements will be 
dismissed.

Her husband, Robert, a podiatrist, was arrested in August after 
Pinellas 
County sheriff's deputies found an arsenal of high-powered guns, 
Claymore 
mines and homemade bombs in his condominium when they responded to a 
domestic call at the couple's Seminole home.

Authorities also found a three- page plan for terrorist attacks against 
Muslims.

Federal agents arrested Kristi Goldstein, 28, in October, saying she 
knew 
more about her husband's bomb-making habits than she told investigators 
at 
the time of the search...

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IS EVENT ON ISLAM BIASED?
Kelly Adams, Columbian, 2/21/03
http://www.columbian.com/02212003/clark_co/13904.html

The founder of the Islamic faith was a terrorist, says Dave Hunt, an 
author 
scheduled to speak tonight and tomorrow at Vancouver's Crossroads 
Community 
Church.

The event, called "The Truth About Islam," is billed as an educational 
opportunity by Crossroads officials. Other religious leaders and Muslim 
organizations call it a platform for hatred.

Hunt speaks around the world on religious issues and has written 
several 
books about religion. He has a degree in mathematics, is a certified 
public 
accountant and has a background in business management. He does not 
have 
any formal religious education.

"I think I can learn just as well from accurate sources as well as from 
any 
professor," he said in a phone interview from his home in Bend, Ore.

The 9/11 attackers were not extremists but true Muslims following the 
teachings of the Koran, Hunt said…

Others take great exception with Hunt's views.

"I have two words: not true," said Shaaban Naim, the president of the 
Southwest Washington Islamic Society. "The religion I know says if you 
kill 
one person, it is as if you killed the whole world; if you saved one 
person, it is as if you saved the whole world. That is the religion I 
know..."

Tom Tucker, the president of the Greater Vancouver Interfaith 
Association 
and minister at East Vancouver United Methodist Church, said he was 
disappointed that one of the biggest churches in the county is 
sponsoring 
Hunt's appearance. Crossroads has about 6,500 members.

"I am concerned about it. It's obviously biased and inflammatory," 
Tucker 
said. "It stirs up a sense of hatred of all things Islamic…"

This weekend's event is not unique to Clark County. Hodan Hassan, 
spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American- Islamic 
Relations, said speaking tours like Hunt's have become a cottage 
industry 
around the nation in the wake of 9/11.

The Christian Coalition recently included a presentation called the 
"True 
Face of Islam" at a conference in Washington, D.C., she said…

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LIVES LIKE ANY OTHERS
Mona Eltahawy, Washington Post, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55842-2003Feb23.html

I know I speak for millions of Muslims in this country when I say I 
feel a 
disconnect between what our beliefs and lives are actually like and 
what we 
hear they are like in government statements and news reports...

When Attorney General John Ashcroft raised the country's alert status 
from 
"elevated risk" to "high risk," he made the connection between terror 
and 
hajj and the holiday that marks the end of the pilgrimage season, Eid 
al-Adha.

"Recent reporting indicates an increased likelihood that al Qaeda may 
attempt to attack Americans in the United States and/or abroad in or 
around 
the end of the hajj, a Muslim religious period ending mid-February 
2003," 
Ashcroft said as he announced that the country was on Code Orange 
alert.

With that sentence, the attorney general took the highlight of the 
Muslim 
calendar and rendered it a blip on the terrorist radar. Never mind that 
2 
million Muslims converged peacefully on Mecca and its environs for the 
five-day ritual that symbolizes spiritual cleansing and rebirth. Once 
again, because of the 19 men behind the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, our 
faith is relevant only for its terror quotient…

SEE ALSO:

MIDEASTERN MEN WORRY ABOUT DETENTIONS, DEPORTATIONS
Tanya Weinberg, South Florida Sun Sentinel, 2/24/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-sdecisionsfeb24,0,5590544.story

He says the rule of law is why America is his family's haven.

But these days Mushtaq Sajwani falls asleep in his snug Coral Springs 
apartment anxiously pondering his new legal obligations. What if the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service detains him when he reports to 
be 
fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed? What if he is deported to 
Pakistan, where he says business competitors physically attacked him 
and 
threatened to kidnap his children?

Several weeks ago, Sajwani awoke to the shooting pains of a heart 
attack.

"I thinking too much about this thing," he said, arms crossed tightly 
across his chest.

As deadlines loom for thousands of non-resident men to register under a 
recent national security initiative, many are agonizing over their 
choices 
and struggling to find clear information on what to expect in 
complying…

Shahid Kamal of Coral Springs already has INS work authorization and 
was 
referred to INS investigations when he went to register. While he was 
not 
detained, he said the questioning, which covered his reaction to the 
Sept. 
11 attacks and details of his religious life, was unexpected and 
frightening...

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DELIVER US FROM ASHCROFT
Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030224-4268111.htm

Attorney General John Ashcroft, with support from President Bush, has 
increasingly forgotten that the Constitution is ours - not just his. 
The 
Center for Public Integrity has now exposed Ashcroft's sequel to the 
Patriot Act for what it is: an assault on the Bill of Rights drafted 
without consultation with Congress…

I can't, within a single column, detail every abuse against the Bill of 
Rights contained in the Justice Department draft. But, to begin with, 
one 
of the most damaging abuses is found in Section 201…

The new bill states that "the government need not disclose information 
about individuals detained in investigations of terrorism until ... the 
initiation of criminal charges," no matter how long that might take. If 
passed, this would become the first time in American history that 
secret 
arrests would be specifically permitted under the American rule of law…

"We the People" must turn to Congress to protect us from this 
out-of-control Justice Department, since the president has yet to keep 
it 
within the bounds of the Constitution and its principles…

SEE ALSO:

MARBURY V. MADISON V. ASHCROFT
Anthony Lewis, New York Times, 2/24/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/24/opinion/24LEWI.html

BOSTON - After 200 years Americans are so accustomed to judges having 
the 
last word that alternatives seem unthinkable. We rely on the courts to 
enforce what the Constitution promises us. But in one area the courts 
have 
disappointed us. In time of war, actual or threatened, they have 
repeatedly 
abdicated their function, bowing to claims of national security. A 
dramatic 
example in the last century was the internment of Japanese-Americans 
during 
World War II; bowing to government claims that they were a security 
threat, 
the Supreme Court, in the Korematsu case, refused to interfere.

We are now headed for a profound test of our commitment to the 
Constitution 
in time of war: the war on terrorism, as President Bush has proclaimed 
it. 
His administration has taken steps that radically impinge on the right 
to 
counsel and other fundamental liberties. Will the courts, in the end 
the 
Supreme Court, subject those measures to real constitutional scrutiny, 
or 
give way to arguments of war emergency…?

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GAO: JUSTICE DEPT. INFLATED TERROR CASES
Laurie Kellman, Associated Press, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A41330-2003Feb21

Federal prosecutors exaggerated their success convicting would-be 
terrorists last year by wrongly classifying three of four cases as 
"international terrorism," a government watchdog says.

Overall, almost half of 288 convictions deemed "terrorism-related" were 
found by investigators to have been wrongly classified as such for the 
fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the General Accounting Office found.

The Department of Justice "does not have sufficient management 
oversight 
and internal controls in place to ensure the accuracy and reliability 
of 
terrorism-related conviction statistics included in its annual 
performance 
reports," reported Congress' nonpartisan watchdog agency…

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BUSH FACES INCREASINGLY POOR IMAGE OVERSEAS
Glenn Kessler and Mike Allen, Washington Post, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55326-2003Feb23.html

The messages from U.S. embassies around the globe have become urgent 
and 
disturbing: Many people in the world increasingly think President Bush 
is a 
greater threat to world peace than Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

U.S. embassies are the eyes and ears of the U.S. government overseas, 
and 
their reports from the field are closely read at the State Department. 
The 
antiwar protests by millions of people Feb. 15 in the cities of major 
U.S. 
allies underscored a theme that the classified cables by U.S. embassies 
had 
been reporting for weeks.

"It is rather astonishing," said a senior U.S. official who has access 
to 
the reports. "There is an absence of any recognition that Hussein is 
the 
problem." One ambassador, who represents the United States in an allied 
nation, bluntly cabled that in that country, Bush has become the 
enemy...

SEE ALSO:

FRANCE OFFERS COUNTERPROPOSAL TO US DRAFT ON IRAQ
Reuters, 2/24/03

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France, countering a draft U.N. resolution 
by 
the United States and Britain aimed at paving the way for war on Iraq, 
proposed Monday at least four more months of U.N. arms inspections.

The French plan, an informal counterproposal to the draft Security 
Council 
resolution being circulated by Washington and London, was drafted with 
help 
from Germany and Russia and is also supported by China, a spokeswoman 
for 
France's U.N. mission told Reuters.

The plan affirms that peaceful disarmament remains the "imperative 
objective" of the international community and calls for a bolstered 
U.N. 
inspection regime to pursue specific disarmament tasks under a rigorous 
timeline.

It would bring in additional inspectors and give them more 
sophisticated 
equipment while requiring them to report on their progress to the 
Security 
Council on a regular basis. The plan would call on chief U.N. 
inspectors 
Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei to first prepare a detailed work 
program 
outlining the key remaining disarmament tasks for Iraq to accomplish…

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REVEALED: 17 BRITISH FIRMS ARMED SADDAM WITH HIS WEAPONS
Neil Mackay, Sunday Herald, 2/24/03
http://www.sundayherald.com/31710

Seventeen British companies who supplied Iraq with nuclear, biological, 
chemical, rocket and conventional weapons technology are to be 
investigated 
and could face prosecution following a Sunday Herald investigation.

One of the companies is Inter national Military Services, a part of the 
Ministry of Defence, which sold rocket technology to Iraq. The 
companies 
were named by Iraq in a 12,000 page dossier submitted to the UN in 
December. The Security Council agreed to US requests to censor 8000 
pages 
-- including sections naming western businesses which aided Iraq's 
weapons 
of mass destruction programme.

The five permanent members of the security council -- Britain, France, 
Russia, America and China -- are named as allowing companies to sell 
weapons technology to Iraq.

The dossier claims 24 US firms sold Iraq weapons. Hewlett-Packard sold 
nuclear and rocket technology; Dupont sold nuclear technology, and 
Eastman 
Kodak sold rocket capabilities. The dossier also says some '50 
subsidiaries 
of foreign ---enterprises conducted their arms business with Iraq from 
the US'…

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ALLIES HUSHED UP WEAPONS' DESTRUCTION
Tim Cornwell, Scotsman, 2/24/03
http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=230772003

The highest-ranking defector ever to turn informant on Saddam Hussein's 
government told United Nations weapons inspectors in 1995 that Iraq had 
destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons stocks after the Gulf 
war.

But UN inspectors hushed up that part of Hussein Kamel's story - which 
he 
also told to debriefers from British and United States intelligence - 
because they wanted to keep the pressure on Iraq to tell more.

The revelation, reported in the US magazine Newsweek, raises new 
questions 
over claims by the US and Britain that Iraq has failed to account for 
vast 
stores of chemical and biological weapons…

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PERLE: SYRIA MAY BE NEXT
Agence France-Presse, 2/23/03
http://www.ptd.net/webnews/wed/bv/Qiraq-us-perle.R8i7_DFN.html

DUBAI - The United States will attack Iraq even if France uses its veto 
to 
block a new resolution in the UN Security Council, top Pentagon adviser 
Richard Perle said in an interview published Sunday.

The Bush administration hawk also indicated that after overthrowing 
Iraqi 
President Saddam Hussein Washington might set its sights on Syria's 
Bashar 
al-Assad.

If Paris vetoed a resolution backing war, "We will go (to war) without 
an 
international resolution," the Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat quoted him 
as 
saying in an interview...

"The experience in Iraq will be a prelude to reforms in the region," 
Perle 
warned. "I hope Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will consider reforms, 
otherwise" he may say to himself, "'I could be the second target.'"

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NOT SO FAST
William Rasperry, Washington Post, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55845-2003Feb23.html

This is hard. So soon after very nearly swooning over Colin Powell's 
report 
to the United Nations Security Council, I find myself thinking the once 
unthinkable: I don't believe him…

Whence my change of heart? For one thing, I've had time to digest that 
tour 
de force performance of earlier this month. For another, I've been 
listening and reading (particularly Dilip Hiro's book "Iraq: In the Eye 
of 
the Storm"). And finally, I've found it impossible to see how Powell's 
allegations and speculation -- even if they are all true -- lead so 
ineluctably to war.

The argument is that Saddam Hussein has defied the United Nations; 
therefore the United States must punish him. And not just with 
sanctions or 
diplomatic pressure but with war -- even though there is no evidence he 
is 
doing anything to us…

I accept the possibility that Hussein isn't interested in negotiations 
-- 
that he's eating very well and couldn't care less that his people are 
starving or that he's motivated by some combination of hatred and 
jealousy 
of the democratic West.

For this we should make unilateral, unprovoked war…?

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WHY ARE WE IN JOLO?
Washington Post, 2/22/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45290-2003Feb21.html

On Thursday, via a series of background briefings by unnamed spokesmen, 
the 
Pentagon casually let the public know that it intends to dispatch 1,700 
Special Forces and Marines for a combat mission against Muslim 
guerrillas 
in a remote and hostile corner of the Philippines. The first American 
soldiers are due to arrive within days, officials said; the term of the 
mission is open-ended.

Though dwarfed, perhaps, by the scale of the impending war with Iraq, 
this 
sounds like a substantial and potentially treacherous campaign. Yet 
neither 
the president nor any senior official has explained to the country why 
young Americans might need to die for this new cause -- nor has 
Congress, 
which is on recess, discussed it...

Instead of being bound by rules allowing them to fire only in 
self-defense, 
something that happened only once in the previous deployment, American 
soldiers reportedly will be joining Philippine units in combat 
operations.

"The intent is for U.S. troops to actively participate," said one of 
the 
briefers. The terrain is also different -- Abu Sayyaf has moved from 
Basilan to the nearby island of Jolo, a tough and nearly lawless 
region. 
It's perhaps worth remembering that U.S. troops have already fought 
Muslim 
guerrillas on this ground, a century ago: The result was a bloody 
quagmire 
and damaging accusations of brutality by U.S. troops…

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PEACE HOPES FADE AS SHARON PICKS HAWKISH PARTNER
Alan Philps, Telegraph UK, 2/24/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$QPZLRUSCEEXPLQFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2003/02/24/wisr24.xml

The Israeli government swung to the right yesterday when Ariel Sharon, 
the 
prime minister, signed up as his first coalition partner the National 
Religious Party, a lobby for Jewish settlers which opposes a 
Palestinian state.

The move came as the Israeli army stepped up its offensive against 
Islamic 
militant strongholds - killing at least nine Palestinians and taking 
over a 
part of the Gaza Strip which the group Hamas has used to fire home-made 
missiles into Israel.

Armoured columns moved into the northern town of Beit Hanoun, 
destroying 
some buildings and commandeering others. Raids on the Gaza Strip happen 
every week, but this time the army appeared to be occupying a sizeable 
area 
with the intention of staying…

SEE ALSO:

ISRAEL URGES U.S. HELP TO BOLSTER ECONOMY
James G. Lakely, Washington Times, 2/24/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030224-131658.htm

Israel is asking the United States for billions of dollars in direct 
aid 
and loan guarantees to help prop up its stumbling economy and bolster 
the 
Israeli Defense Forces as war looms in Iraq.

Dov Weisglass, a top aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, led a 
delegation that met with Bush administration officials for three days 
last 
week to lay the groundwork for congressional approval of about$12 
billion 
in aid, in addition to the $3 billion given to Israel each year…

A source at the Israeli Embassy said he is "optimistic" that Congress 
would 
approve the additional funds. If passed, the aid would come on the 
heels of 
a request by Turkey of more than $6 billion in direct aid and $20 
billion 
in loans as U.S. forces prepare to use bases in that country as a 
staging 
area for any attack on Iraq…

Duncan L. Clarke, professor of international relations at American 
University, said "Israel tends to get what it wants from Congress."

"The combination of Congress being a yes man for Israel and a president 
who 
is the same way, I'd say that bodes well for Israel and poorly for the 
American taxpayer," Mr. Clarke said.

The question that he said probably is not being asked on Capitol Hill 
is: 
"Is it the appropriate role of the U.S. to pump up a foreign country's 
economy?"

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3 FAITHS CELEBRATE MUSLIM FESTIVAL OF EID
Nicole T. Lesson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/24/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-eid24feb24,0,3028598.story

Coral Springs Jews, Muslims and Christians are more similar than some 
may 
think, according to panelists at a program Sunday in celebration of the 
Muslim Festival of Eid.

Program panelist, Rev. George Puthursseril from St. Andrew Catholic 
Church 
thought "A Shared Holiday, Three Faiths, One Tradition" event should 
have 
been renamed.

"It should be one faith, three traditions," he said. "All three 
religions 
presented here are all monotheistic, all believe in one God. It's three 
different ways we express faith in one God."

About 250 people gathered to get some insight on the similarities of 
three 
religions -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- at the Northwest 
Regional 
Library in Coral Springs.

Rabbi Mark Gross from Temple Beth Orr and Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah from 
the 
School of Islamic Studies were the two other featured panel speakers 
who 
also answered questions from the audience.

Wanting to broaden her and her young daughter's knowledge of religion, 
Leonor Vazquez of Parkland attended the two-hour event.

"I wanted to be exposed to the Muslim culture, it has had such a 
negative 
connotation to it," said Vazquez, while sitting with her daughter, 
Danielle, 9. "I learned the similarities of all three religions. I also 
got 
more of a Muslim insight…"

The program concluded with a group prayer and a reception that served a 
variety of Middle-Eastern, Indian and Pakistani food and refreshments.

The Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, with assistance 
from 
local Muslim neighbors, hosted the event.

"This is the second year the committee has hosted this kind of 
program," 
said Joyce Campos, community relations manager for the city of Coral 
Springs. "Our intention is to highlight the common beliefs the three 
faiths 
share while noting the significant highlights of each."

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REQUEST FOR STUDENT SUBMISSIONS ON MUSLIM LIFE AFTER 9/11

The following is a request for articles/essays written by American 
Muslim 
college students for an anthology on life after 9/11:

"We are looking for Muslim students to write articles/essays to be 
considered for inclusion in this anthology. We hope, through this 
project, 
to tap into the diverse experiences of Muslim students in America. The 
voices of young Muslims need to be heard by all Americans. This 
anthology, 
inshallah, will be able to present the Muslim experience to a wider 
audience. We are looking for bright, insightful, and inspirational 
Muslim 
students to put their thoughts on paper, expressing some aspect of 
their 
personal experience as Muslims in America and the complications and 
challenges that go along with that.

If you are interested and would like us to consider a piece from you 
for 
inclusion in the anthology, then you should send a writing sample to: 
MuslimVoiceNow@hotmail.com (include your name, age, university, year, 
major, ethnicity, as well as your post-undergrad plans). The writing 
sample 
should be about a page long (single-spaced) and should give us an idea 
of 
your writing style and what you are interested in writing about.

Please note that writing samples will be DUE on MARCH 15th.  If you 
have 
any questions, please feel free to contact us at mailto: 
MuslimVoiceNow@hotmail.com"

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/25/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD NEWS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* BURNER OF ISLAMIC SIGN SEEKS MERCY (Palm Beach Post)
* INCITEMENT WATCH: CHRISTIAN COALITION FORUM ON ISLAM
	- Columnist Hit the Books the Wrong Way (Washington Times)
	- CAIR-FL to Discuss Anti-Muslim Rhetoric on NBC Nightly News
* U.S. CRACKDOWN SETS OFF UNUSUAL RUSH TO CANADA (NY Times)
	- Couple Leaving For Pakistan After Deportation Order (AP)
* FBI PROFILING US, INTERRUPTING OUR HOLIDAY UNFAIR (Daily Star)
	- Terror Case Tests 'Patriot Act' Limits (AP)
	- Mass. Congressman Condemn FBI "Mosque Counting" Policy
* MUSLIM GROUPS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS BRIEFED ON GUJARAT CRISIS
	- Maryland Lecture to Include Account of Gujarat Massacres
* REPUBLICAN LEADERS ENCOUNTERING MORE ANTIWAR SENTIMENT (LA Times)
	- Al Qaeda Taps Arab War Fears (Christian Science Monitor)
	- Australia Baulks at US Plans for Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)
	- Oldest Human History Is At Risk (NY Times)
	- Two Men Driving Bush into War (Observer UK)
	- Foreigners Challenge U.S. Travelers (Newsday)
* NY SEMINAR ON LEGACY OF MALCOLM X
* ILLINOIS LECTURE ON CHALLENGES FACING ISLAM

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD NEWS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever meets God 
without 
associating anything in worship with Him will go to Paradise." A person 
then asked the Prophet: "Should I not inform the people of this good 
news?" 
The Prophet replied, "No, I am afraid, lest they should depend upon it 
(absolutely)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 131

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

NOTE: If you are planning to reproduce the ads in your local paper, 
please 
contact CAIR so that we can publicize the efforts of communities across 
the 
country. Send the important details (newspaper, date it will run, etc) 
to 
hhassan@cair-net.org.

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BURNER OF ISLAMIC SIGN SEEKS MERCY
Susan Spencer-Wendel, Palm Beach Post, 2/25/03
http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/tuesday/south_county_e3a5debee551a00500c0.html

WEST PALM BEACH -- A Boca Raton man caught burning an Islamic community 
center's sign asked a judge for leniency Monday, saying his act was a 
message to Muslim extremism.

"We all suffer from it every day. I hope the court would take that 
under 
consideration," said contractor George Aboujawdeh, 46, who faces up to 
a 
year in jail for the incident in September, when police observed the 
construction sign for the future Assalam Center burst into flames as 
Aboujawdeh stood before it.

Aboujawdeh was raised a Christian in Lebanon and fought Muslim 
extremists 
there. His defense attorney, Bert Winkler, minimized the crime to just 
burning a sign and maximized Aboujawdeh's image as a victim of violence 
himself. Winkler asked County Judge Jonathan Gerber to sentence 
Aboujawdeh 
to just probation and perhaps house arrest instead of jail.

Assistant State Attorney Renelda Mack depicted the act as an assault 
and 
hatred of all Muslims -- one that terrified the Muslim community in 
Boca. 
Mack asked that Aboujawdeh be jailed, ordered into psychological 
treatment 
and to write an apology letter to members of the center...

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INCITEMENT WATCH: CHRISTIAN COALITION FORUM ON ISLAM

Christian Coalition of America - Symposium on Islam: Muslims & The 
Judeo-Christian World - Where to From Here? Held in Washington, D.C. on 
February 15, 2003.

SPEAKERS:

Daniel Pipes
Labib Mikhail
Don Feder
Joseph Farah
Bill Koenig

A video clip is available at:
http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/hdrive/ter021503_islam.rm

SEE ALSO: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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COLUMNIST HIT THE BOOKS THE WRONG WAY
Collin Earnst, Washington Times, 2/25/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030224-13415734.htm#4

In her column, "The jihad against the textbooks" (Op-Ed, Thursday), 
Suzanne 
Fields claimed that history textbooks distort and "whitewash" Islamic 
history. Alas, she is the latest armchair historian whose bias has 
misled 
the public into believing that Islam is a barbaric and murderous 
religion 
and that the violent actions of Muslim fundamentalists are explicitly 
prescribed in the Koran. Her column is based on loose citations of 
questionable sources, selective quotation from school textbooks and 
anti-Muslim scare tactics.

The majority of Mrs. Fields' column comes directly from a report by 
Gilbert 
Sewall of the American Textbook Council, an ideological group that 
promotes 
a biased slant on history. The Feb. 19 issue of Education Week magazine 
states that history experts and scholars of Islam consider Mr. Sewall's 
report an "unfair attack on the religion," suggesting "the report was 
based 
on questionable scholarship…"

Claims that the Council on Islamic Education manipulated the editorial 
process of educational publishers are completely unfounded and are 
based on 
speculation and bias. Educational publishers and the media have the 
same 
responsibility to present accurate and unbiased information. 
Unfortunately, 
Mrs. Fields has served to alienate the Muslim population further by 
giving 
a biased history lesson.

COLLIN EARNST
Director
Media relations
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Boston

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CAIR-FL TO DISCUSS ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS

On Tuesday, Feb 25, NBC Nightly News will feature a segment on rising 
anti-Muslim rhetoric from segments of the Christian evangelical 
community. 
The piece includes an interview with CAIR-FL representative Parvez 
Ahmed.

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U.S. CRACKDOWN SETS OFF UNUSUAL RUSH TO CANADA
Susan Sachs, New York Times, 2/25/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/25/national/25DETA.html

BURLINGTON, VT. - Once Jalil Mirza decided to leave the United States 
to 
avoid possible deportation, nothing happened quite as he expected, not 
even 
goodbye.

As did hundreds of other Pakistanis fleeing a post-9/11 crackdown on 
illegal immigrants, Mr. Mirza quit his job, packed up his possessions 
and 
headed north rather than face a forced return to Pakistan. After a 
16-hour 
bus ride from Virginia with his wife and seven children, he arrived at 
the 
Canadian border, hoping to take advantage of Canada's political asylum 
law.

But besieged Canadian officials told him to come back in two weeks. And 
when he dragged their suitcases back to the American side, United 
States 
immigration agents promptly arrested him and his two teenage sons, 
leaving 
the rest of the family wailing in despair in the icy cold.

The Mirzas are part of an unusual and chaotic exodus that has jammed 
land 
crossings from the United States into Canada over the past two weeks, 
overwhelming immigration officials and refugee aid groups on both sides 
of 
the border…

"This is one of the most tragic events I've ever witnessed, seeing this 
exodus of good, hard-working families," said Patrick Giantonio, 
executive 
director of Vermont Refugee Assistance, which had found the shelter for 
the 
Mirzas and dozens of other Pakistani families trying to reach Canada.

"It's a tragedy not just for their communities," Mr. Giantonio added, 
"but 
for the American community..."

SEE ALSO:

COUPLE LEAVING FOR PAKISTAN AFTER HUSBAND ORDERED OUT OF THE COUNTRY
Associated Press, 2/25/03

RALEIGH, North Carolina - A former city councilwoman in North Carolina 
says 
she will leave for Pakistan this week with her husband, a Pakistani 
citizen 
who has been ordered out of the United States.

Mary Watson Nooe's husband, Mohammad Shafi Khan, must leave the United 
States by the end of the day Wednesday under a judge's order given in 
late 
January.

Khan applied for asylum in 1994 for fear of being persecuted in 
Pakistan 
for his political views, but an immigration judge rejected the request. 
The 
couple, both 55, blame their circumstances on an immigration crackdown 
that 
began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Over the past year, 
thousands of visitors and would-be immigrants from mostly Muslim 
countries 
have come under new scrutiny, sometimes facing detentions and 
deportations.

"We are victims, clearly - victims of the war on terror," Nooe said 
Monday, 
breaking into tears as she prepared to leave. Nooe, who served on the 
Raleigh city council from 1987 to 1995, said she will probably travel 
back 
and forth between the United States and Pakistan this year, trying to 
help 
Khan gain permission to re-enter the United States...

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FBI PROFILING US, INTERRUPTING OUR HOLIDAY UNFAIR
Meryem Brawley, Daily Star, 2/22/03
http://www.thedailystar.com/opinion/columns/2003/02/22/braw.html

On Feb. 10, the pilgrimage to Mecca culminated with more than 2 million 
Muslims gathering on the plain of Arafat to fortaste the Day of 
Judgment. 
On Feb. 11, we began the celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice - Eid 
al-Kurban. This joyful holy day commemorates the day when Allah the All 
Merciful accepted Prophet Ibrahim's intention and attempt to sacrifice 
his 
son Ishmael for the sake of Allah, and when Allah ordered that a sheep 
be 
sacrificed in place of the boy.

The celebration of Eid normally lasts four days. But on Feb. 12, the 
FBI 
and the INS came to our house.

We were not surprised that the investigators showed up, and we told 
them 
so. When we moved to Sidney Center in late summer 2002, we got used to 
cars 
occupied by two men driving by and taking pictures of us and our guests 
eating our meals on the deck. We are Muslims…

How many Latino-American homes were visited on Christmas by officials 
looking to discover drug runners or undocumented law-abiding visitors? 
How 
many Italian homes were visited on Christmas to find Mafia hit men? How 
many Russian citizens were visited on the Orthodox Christmas to find 
prostitution-ring leaders…?

SEE ALSO:

TERROR CASE TESTS 'PATRIOT ACT' LIMITS
Andrew Kramer, Associated Press, 2/25/03

PORTLAND, Ore. - The government's expanded spying powers under the USA 
Patriot Act face an early legal challenge in the case against five 
people 
accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida forces fight U.S. troops in 
Afghanistan.

U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty was expected to hear arguments 
Tuesday and Wednesday asking the government to reveal its justification 
for 
36 secret warrants the FBI used to watch and listen to the suspects.

"Civil liberties for the defendants, and all citizens, certainly are at 
stake here," said Whitney Boise, attorney for defendant Patrice Lumumba 
Ford…

David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington, 
D.C., 
said the case could test the constitutional boundaries of the new 
snooping 
authority given the FBI after Sept. 11, 2001.

The question, he says, is whether it's "constitutional for the 
government 
to tap a suspect's phone in a criminal investigation, without probable 
cause of criminal activity. It's a very important case..."

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MASS. CONGRESSMAN CONDEMN FBI "MOSQUE COUNTING" POLICY

The following is an excerpt from a letter sent by Congressman Barney 
Frank 
(D-MA) to the FBI objecting to new guidelines on counting local mosques 
to 
determine goals for counter terrorism investigations and secret 
wiretaps:

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

On January 29 you received a letter from the Senator Russell Fiengold, 
and 
Rep John Conyers and Jerrold Nadler, objecting to the announcement that 
the 
FBI is now counting Mosques.  I am in complete agreement with their 
objection to this policy. I certainly agree that the fact that illegal 
activity is being conducted inside a religious entity should not be 
shield, 
but there is no basis for assuming that all mosques are sources of such 
activity, and the very fact that the FBI is counting mosques without 
any 
regard to whether or not there has been any indication of illegal 
activity 
there unfairly characterizes them, and could well lead to intrusions on 
legitimate religious freedom.

Indeed, this policy seems me to go contrary to the views frequently 
expressed by yourself and the President that we should not engage in 
prima 
facie assumptions that people of Arab descent in this country are 
somehow 
bent on doing something illegal. This sort of activity undermines 
rather 
than advances our security-among other things, it does not seem to me 
to 
very efficient as a way to use FBI time, and I strongly urge you to end 
this practice.

Barney Frank

ACTION REQUESTED: Please send notes of appreciation to Congressman 
Barney 
Frank through http://www.house.gov/frank/contact.html

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MUSLIM GROUPS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS BRIEFED ON GUJARAT CRISIS
Press release, Indian Muslim Council-USA

(Washington D.C., 2/24/03) -  In commemoration of the one year 
anniversary 
of the pogrom in Gujarat, the Indian Muslim Council-USA 
(http://www.imc-usa.org) held a briefing today for Muslim organizations 
and 
Congressional staff members on the deteriorating conditions of Indian 
Muslims. The event was held in the press conference room of the Council 
on 
American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, D.C.

Zahir Janmohamed, National Outreach Director of the Indian Muslim 
Council-USA, gave an overview of the conditions of Muslims and spoke 
about 
his own experiences working in the relief camps in Gujarat during the 
communal violence in which thousands of Muslims were killed and raped. 
The 
documentary "Evil Stalks the Land" was also screened.

In his presentation, Janmohamed stressed, "We must not speak about 
Gujarat 
in the past tense. The conditions in Gujarat continue to deteriorate 
for 
Muslims. With the BJP and its affiliates firmly in power and calling 
the 
violence a 'successful experiment,' Muslims should be prepared for 
another 
Gujarat to occur, unfortunately sometime very soon..."

"If we wish to improve the conditions of minorities in India," 
Janmohamed 
said, "We will have to mount a collective, dedicated, long-term 
campaign to 
apply international pressure to curb the rise of Hindu nationalist 
groups."

IMC-USA will launch a nationwide series of public programs on February 
27th 
with a press conference in Washington, DC, to mark the first 
anniversary of 
Gujarat massacres and rapes and the threat that Hindut 
ultra-nationalism 
(called Hindutva by its followers and Hindutva-fascism by mainstream 
Indian 
parties and Gandhians)pose to world peace and regional stability.

CONTACT: Zahir Janmohamed at (202) 349-3967 or email info@imc-usa.org

SEE ALSO:

MARYLAND LECTURE TO INCLUDE EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT OF GUJARAT MASSACRES

WHAT: Gujarat Anniversary Event and Fundraising Dinner - Zahir 
Janmohamed 
of the Indian Muslim Council USA will give an eye witness account of 
the 
massacres of Muslims in Gujarat. Jason Erb of CAIR will give advise on 
lobbying on Capitol Hill.

WHEN: Saturday, March 1st at 6 P.M.
WHERE: Al-Rahmah Masjid - 6631 Johnny Cake Rd, Catonsville, MD, 21244, 
410-747-4869.

CONTACT: Attaulla Khan at (410) 903 1157 or Muzaffar ul Jameel Shaikh 
at 
(443) 794 5589

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REPUBLICAN LEADERS ENCOUNTERING MORE ANTIWAR SENTIMENT
Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times, 2/25/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-na-iraqcong24feb24001441,0,7909972.story

WASHINGTON -- With the U.S.-Iraq showdown possibly headed to a climax, 
many 
Republicans who have spent months staunchly behind President Bush's 
hard-line posture are confronting anxiety, skepticism and some outright 
opposition among their constituents.

Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.) was peppered with questions about 
Iraq 
at a lunch last week with local officials in upstate New York. Sen. 
Gordon 
Smith (R-Ore.) heard from critics of war at town hall meetings across 
his 
state. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) comforted a weeping mother of a 
soldier 
stationed in the Persian Gulf region.

"It is hitting home big time," said Upton, who like all but seven 
Republicans in Congress voted last fall to authorize the use of force 
against Iraq and since then has firmly backed Bush's threat to wage 
war…

SEE ALSO:

AL QAEDA TAPS ARAB WAR FEARS
Philip Smucker, Christian Science Monitor, 2/25/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0225/p01s02-woiq.html

"Bin Laden is a dreadfully talented player," says a senior US 
intelligence 
analyst, also the anonymous author of the book, "Through Our Enemies' 
Eyes," an account of bin Laden's network and views. "He remains focused 
on 
three things that have the support, I think, of most Muslims, whether 
they're liberal or conservative. Many disagree with his tactics and 
actions, but almost no one disagrees with him that the US should get 
its 
forces out of Saudi Arabia, end sanctions on Iraq, and lean on the 
Israelis 
about their treatment of the Palestinians. These are apple-pie issues 
in 
the Muslim world."

The US official, who spoke from Virginia on the condition that he 
remain 
unidentified, says that bin Laden probably believes current US 
interventionist policies strongly favor his own designs. He suggests 
that 
bin Laden is thinking that the US has "already flooded the Arabian 
peninsula with troops and will not only be starving Iraqis through the 
embargo, but will now kill them with our military. It's marvelous for 
him..."

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AUSTRALIA BAULKS AT US PLANS FOR A POSTWAR IRAQ
Marian Wilkinson and Tom Allard, Sydney Morning Herald, 2/25/03
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/24/1046063966089.html

Australia has expressed concern to the United States about plans to 
rule 
Iraq for up to two years following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Canberra voiced its fears after Australian observers attended a secret 
two-day meeting in Washington on how Iraq was to be run after a war.

The meeting, held by the Pentagon's postwar Iraq planning office, was 
described as a rehearsal for administering Iraq by US officials and 
their 
coalition supporters for up to two years until a new Iraqi Government 
could 
be put in place.

Australia and Britain want greater United Nations involvement in 
postwar 
Iraq, more opportunities for Iraqi opposition figures to participate 
and a 
swifter move to democratic elections.

"We've made it clear to the United States that we think it's very 
important 
that the United Nations has a key role in Iraq," Australia's Foreign 
Minister, Alexander Downer, said yesterday. "I don't think it's 
necessarily 
going to be quite as simple as a US-led military administration..."

A Pentagon lawyer, Michael Mobbs, was named as the new civil 
administrator 
for Iraq. He would answer to the US military governor, General Tommy 
Franks, one report said.

Mr Mobbs's appointment will also be viewed as controversial. He came to 
prominence in Washington for his legal arguments to a US court that an 
American citizen captured in Afghanistan should be deemed an "enemy 
combatant" and denied any legal rights in the US…

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OLDEST HUMAN HISTORY IS AT RISK
Holland Cotter, New York Times, 2/25/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/25/arts/design/25SITE.html

Iraq has hundreds of thousands of archaeological sites. Some 10,000 
have 
been identified, but only a fraction have been explored. Any of them 
could 
change what we know about human history, as past excavations have done. 
Some have already revealed the world's earliest known villages and 
cities 
and the first examples of writing.

The country is also one of the prime centers of Islamic art and 
culture. It 
is home to some of the earliest surviving examples of Islamic 
architecture 
-- the Great Mosque at Samarra and the desert palace of Ukhaidar -- and 
it 
is also a magnet for religious pilgrimage. The tombs of Imam Ali and 
his 
son Husein, founders of the Shiite branch of Islam, at Najaf and 
Karbala, 
are two of the most revered in the Muslim world…

During the Persian Gulf war in 1991 at least one major archaeological 
monument, the colossal ziggurat of Ur, was bombed. Shock from 
explosions 
damaged fragile structures like the great brick vault at Ctesiphon, and 
the 
13th-century university called the Mustansiriya in Baghdad...

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TWO MEN DRIVING BUSH INTO WAR
Ed Vulliamy, Observer UK, 2/23/03
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,901066,00.html

Lurking in the background behind Bush, his Vice-President, Dick Cheney, 
and 
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are the people propelling US policy. 
And 
behind them, the masterminds of the Bush presidency as it arrived at 
the 
White House from Texas, are Karl Rove and Paul Wolfowitz.

It is too simple to explain the upcoming war as 'blood for oil', as did 
millions of placards last weekend, for Rove and Wolfowitz are 
ideologists 
beyond the imperatives of profit. They represent an unlikely and 
formidable 
alliance forged between the gritty Texan Republicans who took over 
America, 
fuelled by fierce conservative Christianity, and a faction of the East 
Coast intelligentsia with roots in Ronald Reagan's time, devoted to 
achieving raw, unilateral power.

Rove, writes Frum, was 'drawn to a very different answer'. Islam, Rove 
argued, 'was one of the world's great empires' which had 'never 
reconciled... to the loss of power and dominion'. In response, he said, 
'the United States should recognise that, although it cannot expect to 
be 
loved, it can enforce respect'.

Rove's position dovetailed with the beliefs of Paul Wolfowitz, and the 
axis 
between conservative Southern Protestantism and fervent, highly 
intellectual, East Coast Zionism was forged - each as zealous about 
their 
religion as the other…

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FOREIGNERS CHALLENGE U.S. TRAVELERS
Samson Mulugeta, Newsday, 2/25/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wosafr243146339feb25,0,1969601.story

Johannesburg, South Africa - As a group of medical students chatted 
before 
a class at Johannesburg Hospital recently, Joel Mirmis' Kansas accent 
silenced his South African classmates.

One turned to Mirmis, 25. "What's up with you Americans?" he asked. 
"Why 
are you going to bomb Iraq?"

These days, Mirmis is not just an exchange student from the University 
of 
Kansas. As an American abroad, he's frequently challenged to explain 
his 
government's actions toward Iraq.

"It's frustrating," he said. "These guys are more anti-American than 
anti-Iraq."

With world public opinion hardening against any immediate U.S. attack 
on 
Iraq, Americans in South Africa, as elsewhere, are facing a wave of 
anti-U.S. sentiment unseen in many regions since the Vietnam War. In 
restaurants and tourist spots, Americans are called on to defend their 
country's position, even if they don't agree with it themselves.

"They look at us as a bunch of warmongers," said David Dearth, Mirmis' 
roommate. At a bar in Melville, a trendy section of Johannesburg, a 
group 
of South Africans asked Dearth, 25, why the United States had the right 
to 
attack another country…

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NY SEMINAR ON LEGACY OF MALCOLM X

WHAT: Upper Westchester Muslim Society will be hosting a public seminar 
entitled "The Legacy of Malcolm X: A Muslim Perspective". Speakers 
include 
Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Dr. M. Ayesha Samad-Matias, and Imam Hisham 
Jabr.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1 at 2 P.M.
WHERE: Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains, NY
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.uwms.org

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ILLINOIS LECTURE ON PAST AND FUTURE CHALLENGES FACING ISLAM

WHAT: Averroes Academy is pleased to announce that Professor Akbar 
Ahmed of 
American University will be the Keynote Speaker at its Fourth Annual 
Fundraiser Dinner and Lecture.
WHEN: Friday, February 28th at 7:30 P.M.
WHERE: Bristol Court Banquet Hall, 828 E. Rand Road, Mount Prospect, IL

Tickets:  $75 adults, $35 students.

You can purchase tickets online for the event at: 
https://www.enoor.com/averroes.html

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FL MUSLIMS SAY "DOUBLE STANDARD" APPLIED IN MOSQUE BOMB PLOT

(MIAMI, FLORIDA, 2/26/2003) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today expressed concern about what 
the 
civil rights group called a "double standard" in a plea agreement 
arranged 
with a woman who allegedly took part in a plot to blow up Islamic 
institutions in that state.

Kristi Goldstein, 28, was suspected of planning, along with her 
husband, to 
blow up Florida Islamic sites in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks and 
the 
Arab-Israeli conflict. Authorities say explosives, bomb-making 
materials, 
bulletproof vests, ammunition, and a list of 50 mosques and Islamic 
centers 
were found in the couple's home in August of last year.

Under the agreement with prosecutors, Goldstein entered a guilty plea 
today 
to a single count of possession of illegal firearms, referring to five 
bombs that were to be used in the attacks. She also agreed to cooperate 
with authorities in testifying against her husband and others who may 
have 
been part of the terrorist cell.

At today's hearing, Goldstein showed no remorse when entering her plea 
to 
the reduced charges and was released pending sentencing. She is 
expected to 
receive a three-year sentence.

"This was a clear case of terrorism directed at the Muslim community in 
Florida. Unfortunately, the case was not treated with the seriousness 
required by the nature of the charges or the potential loss of life 
that 
would have resulted had the terrorist plot been carried out," said 
CAIR-FL 
Executive Director Altaf Ali. Ali noted that to date, law enforcement 
authorities have refused to release the list of the Islamic 
institutions in 
Florida targeted in the Goldsteins' plot. He added that many in 
Florida's 
Islamic community believe the case would have been handled differently 
had 
the defendants been Muslims.

"We are pleased with the arrest and conviction of Ms. Goldstein, even 
though on reduced charges, but we are also concerned that other members 
of 
this terrorist cell may be at large and ready to carry out the original 
plot," said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed Bedier.

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CONTACT: Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; 
Ahmed Bedier, CAIR-FL, 813-731-9506 - EMAIL abedier@cair-florida.org; 
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR-National, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/26/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: NO BETTER MEAL
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- CAIR Official Discusses Ad Campaign on MSNBC's "Nachman"
* MEDIA REQUEST: NPR SEEKS MUSLIM OPINION ON WAR WITH IRAQ
* CASE OVER, BUT SO IS YEMENI'S LIFE IN U.S. (Detroit News)
	- Defending the Dream (Washington Times)
	- Muslims Say Faith Not Tied to Terrorism (Oklahoman)
* MUSLIM BARRED BY U.S. SUES TO RETURN (Chicago Tribune)
* WIFE OF MOSQUE BOMB PLOTTER GETS JUST 3 YEARS (AP)
	- US Indicts Four for Sending Charity to Iraq (Reuters)
	- Muslim Student Faces Prison for Visa Violation (Reuters)
* TSA PROPOSES DATABASE TO TRACK ALL AIRLINE PASSENGERS (Wash. Times)
* RALLY PROTESTS AL-ARIAN ARREST (Bradenton Herald)
* BAPTIST LEADER'S ANTI-ISLAMIC REMARKS INCITING HATRED IN FL (NBC)
* DUAL LOYALTIES AND THE NATIONAL INTEREST (Washington Post)
	- Perle: U.S. Seeks Regime Change in Iran, Libya, Syria (WT)
	- Bush to Cast War as Part of Regional Strategy (Wash. Times)
	- Iraqi Opposition Rejects US Rule, Turkish Invasion (Reuters)
	- Retired Air Force General Takes Bush to Task on Iraq (AP)
  	- How the News Will Be Censored In This War (Independent)
* CONGRESSWOMAN SAYS SHE'LL GO TO MAT ON ISRAEL ISSUES (JTA)
	- Bush, Sharon Expected To Attend D.C. Pro-Israel Rally (JTA)
	- Israel Sees War in Iraq as Path to Mideast Peace (NY Times)
* MARYLAND CORRECTIONAL SEEKS VOLUNTEER MUSLIM CHAPLIN

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HADITH OF THE DAY: NO BETTER MEAL

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "No one has ever eaten a 
better meal than that which has been earned by working with one's own 
hands."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 286

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

CAIR OFFICIAL DISCUSSES AD CAMPAIGN ON MSNBC'S "NACHMAN"
http://www.msnbc.com/news/nachman_front.asp
HOST: Keith Olbermann
GUESTS: Ibrahim Hooper; Robert Spencer

In these times when terrorism is associated with Muslim extremists, a 
prominent Muslim group in the U.S. has launched a new national ad 
campaign 
aimed at fostering greater understanding of Islam and also countering 
what 
the group considers a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the U.S.

Ibrahim Hooper is a spokesman for CAIR, the Council on American Islamic 
Relations...

Mr. Hooper, explain what these ads are for.

HOOPER: Well, basically, the American-Muslim community felt that it was 
being defined by others, not only by anti-Muslim bigots, but by 
extremists 
from the Muslim side.

So, we decided we needed to define mainstream Islam. We needed to 
portray 
the real experience of the American-Muslim community, which is people 
going 
about their business, Girl Scouts, as we saw in one ad. We have 
doctors, 
bus drivers, students, mothers, all of these people just living their 
normal lives and not coming near any act of violence or holding 
extremist 
views. That's what we're trying to portray in the ads...

When people don't have information about the real Islam, the real 
experience of the American-Muslim community, when somebody comes to 
them 
and makes the false claim that 80 percent of mosques are extremist, 
they 
go: Well, really? I don't know about Islam, so maybe that's true...

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MEDIA REQUEST: NPR SEEKS AMERICAN MUSLIM OPINION ON WAR WITH IRAQ

National Public Radio is researching a story on how Muslims feel about 
the 
US entering Iraq. First, are you opposed to an invasion (even though 
you 
may not like Saddam Hussein). Second, do you believe a US action would 
be 
an attack on Islam -- is there a religious crusade-like motivation by 
the 
White House? Or, do you believe that the more important motives are 
political (oil, US hegemony, a pro-Israel foreign policy)?

I would very much appreciate hearing your thoughts by e-mail: 
BBradley@npr.org

Sincerely,

Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Religion correspondent
National Public Radio

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CASE OVER, BUT SO IS YEMENI'S LIFE IN U.S.
David Shepardson, Detroit News, 2/26/03
http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0302/26/a01-94870.htm

DEARBORN -- On his way to Indianapolis to make a delivery, truck driver 
Mohamed Nasser Alajji got a flat tire and pulled into a rest stop in 
Springfield, Mich., where he was promptly arrested.

The day before, on Dec. 17, New York police got a call saying Alajji 
was 
plotting a "bin Laden al-Qaida" terrorist attack.

The FBI searched his home and truck, seized his computer and spent 
hours 
retrieving deleted e-mails. He spent 10 days in the Wayne County Jail, 
while reporters and federal agents staked out his home.

Alajji was freed Dec. 27 by a federal magistrate who dismissed the 
government's charges and later severely criticized the government's 
case in 
a confidential memo to other federal magistrates and judges that was 
obtained by The Detroit News.

But Alajji lost his job anyway.

Now, without an apology from the government and still officially under 
investigation, Alajji is going home to Yemen. The 31-year-old who came 
to 
Dearborn in 1995 is to fly home Saturday on a Royal Jordanian flight. 
An 
FBI agent will meet him at the airport to give him his passport and 
watch 
him leave Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the U.S. Attorney's Office 
said.

"I don't feel safe anymore. I think all Muslims are under suspicion," 
Alajji said in an hour long interview Tuesday. "These accusations were 
totally false."

Federal investigators say they were simply doing their job in the 
post-Sept. 11 world of investigating all allegations of terrorism. But 
critics of the war on terrorism point to the Alajji case as an example 
of 
the government trampling on civil rights and hastily prosecuting Arabs 
and 
Arab-Americans for technical violations that it wouldn't normally 
pursue…

The government accused Alajji of committing fraud by failing to tell 
the 
Social Security Administration that he had been issued a second Social 
Security number in 1995.

The government's case came down to whether minor mistakes on a Social 
Security form -- he left a question blank and used a hyphen in his last 
name in one place -- constituted fraud, said Alajji's attorney, Corbett 
O'Meara...

SEE ALSO:

DEFENDING THE DREAM
Suhail A. Khan, Washington Times, 2/26/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20030226-91553978.htm

Before his passing almost four years ago, this proud American, Dr. 
Mahboob 
K. Khan, taught me, his oldest son, the treasured values of being an 
American; the freedom to voice an opinion, to engage and even criticize 
the 
government, to practice one's religious faith, and to secure economic 
security. But while he extolled the virtue of freedom, he was quick to 
remind my siblings and me that this liberty did not come without a 
price. 
With freedom came responsibility, and in cherishing our blessed status 
he 
warned that often sacrifices must be made to defend that freedom.

Unfortunately, some have taken the attacks on our nation, our measures 
of 
heightened security, and the possible conflict with Iraq as license to 
target and demonize Americans of the Muslim faith as a threat to our 
national security and indeed our American way of life. Some have gone 
as 
far as to question the loyalty of American Muslims and to even call for 
the 
barring of all American Muslims from public service. This is only 
giving in 
to the terrorists - demonstrating to our enemies that we are willing to 
respond to hate with hate, and to give in to our fear by succumbing to 
prejudice with our own fear and prejudice. Evil must not triumph, and 
we 
must work and struggle to resist those seduced by hate and prejudice...

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MUSLIMS SAY FAITH NOT TIED TO TERRORISM
Carla Hinton, Sunday Oklahoman, 2/23/03
http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=990671

Though they see Oklahoma as a place of "unprecedented support," many 
Muslims statewide are concerned the federal government is now linking 
their 
faith to terrorism, a Muslim leader said recently.

Statements made recently by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft 
appeared to 
unite the Muslim religious observance of Hajj to terrorism - something 
that 
ultimately could place American Muslims in jeopardy, said Imad 
Enchassi, 
president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.

"This is unhealthy," Enchassi said. "The country is already going 
through 
an 'Islamophobic' phase, and the moment you link religious holidays to 
terrorism, hate crimes, hate e-mails and hate will increase against 
American Muslims..."

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MUSLIM BARRED BY U.S. SUES TO RETURN
Deborah Horan and Laurie Cohen, Chicago Tribune, 2/26/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0302260209feb26,1,3651260.story

Sabri Samirah, the high-profile Chicago Muslim community leader who was 
barred from returning to the United States last month, is seeking to 
force 
the government to allow him back into the country, his lawyers said 
Tuesday.

Samirah filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service violated the Constitution and the agency's own 
regulations by refusing to allow him to return to America after a trip 
to 
his native Jordan in December. Reached by phone at his sister's home in 
Amman, Samirah said he wants his day in court.

"I want a hearing before a judge to be able to hear all the charges 
leveled 
against me," said Samirah, 36, who has been living in the U.S. since 
1987 
but is not a naturalized citizen. "I want to defend myself right in 
front 
of the court. I deserve due process…"

In a hearing Tuesday, Samirah's lawyers told U.S. District Judge James 
B. 
Moran that the INS had lured Samirah out of the U.S. by approving his 
plans 
to travel and return to America, then revoking his right to come home 
while 
he was abroad.

"Once he was out of the country, they said, 'Ha ha, now that you're 
out, 
we're not going to let you back in,'" said Mark Flessner, Samirah's 
lawyer. 
"That's not the way it works…"

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WIFE OF MAN WHO PLANNED ATTACK ON MUSLIMS COULD GET 3 YEARS
Mitch Stacy, Associated Press, 2/26/03

TAMPA, Fla. - The wife of a Pinellas County podiatrist charged in a 
plot to 
blow up Muslim gathering places can expect to go to prison for about 
three 
years, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

Kristi Lea Goldstein, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing five 
unlicensed bombs that her husband, Dr. Robert Goldstein, allegedly 
planned 
to use in an attack on an Islamic mosque and education center in 
Pinellas Park.

As part of her plea deal, which was announced earlier this week, Kristi 
Goldstein agreed to cooperate with authorities in the case against her 
estranged husband. Two counts of lying to authorities were dropped…

Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
said 
he was pleased with Kristi Goldstein's plea but felt she should be 
designated a terrorist and kept in jail until her sentencing.

"Her admission of guilt confirms that there is substantial evidence 
that 
they planned to carry out this attack," said Bedier, who worships at 
the 
Pinellas Park mosque that was the alleged target.

He criticized the federal government for allowing Kristi Goldstein her 
freedom as University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian remains 
jailed…

SEE ALSO:

FLORIDA MUSLIMS SAY 'DOUBLE STANDARD' APPLIED IN MOSQUE BOMB PLOT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1005&page=NR

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US INDICTS FOUR, CHARITY FOR SENDING MONEY TO IRAQ
Reuters, 2/26/03

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury in Syracuse, New York, has returned 
an 
indictment charging four people and the "Help the Needy" organization 
with 
illegally transferring millions of dollars to people in Iraq. SEE: 
http://www.helptheneedy.net/

The Department of Justice said in a statement that the indictment, 
returned 
earlier this month but unsealed on Wednesday, charges four defendants 
and 
"Help the Needy and "Help the Needy Endowment Inc" with conspiring to 
transfer funds to Iraq in violation of the International Emergency 
Economic 
Powers Act.

The defendants named in the indictment are Rafil Dhafir, 55, Maher 
Zagha, 
34, Ayman Jarwan, 33 and Osameh Al Wahaidy, 41. All but Zagha were 
arrested 
in Syracuse on Wednesday…

If convicted, Dhafir and Zagha face up to 265 years in prison and fines 
of 
more than $14 million. Jarwan and al Wahaidy each face up to five years 
in 
prison and a $250,000 fine while the organizations face maximum 
possible 
fines of $14 million.

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U.S. SAYS SAUDI STUDENT ARRESTED FOR VISA FRAUD
Reuters, 2/26/03

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - A federal grand jury indicted a Saudi 
student studying in Idaho for visa fraud and failing to disclose 
involvement in a charitable organization that the grand jury said 
promotes 
terrorism.

The indictment, returned by the grand jury earlier this month but 
unsealed 
on Wednesday, charged Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, 
with fraudulently obtaining student visas and making false statements 
on 
visa applications and related paperwork.

Al-Hussayen was arrested on Wednesday morning in Moscow, Idaho. He was 
charged with failing to disclose his financial and operational 
involvement 
in the Michigan-based Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA) -- a 
charitable group which the indictment alleges has promoted terrorism… 
SEE: 
http://www.iananet.org

The indictment alleges that from October 1998 Al-Hussayen routed 
thousands 
of dollars he received from overseas sources to the Islamic Assembly of 
North America.

It says he provided computer expertise and website services to the 
organization…

"By failing to describe the role he played in IANA, its funding, and 
its 
operations on his visa application and related paperwork ... 
Al-Hussayen 
defrauded the United States," the Justice Department said in a 
statement.

If convicted, Al-Hussayen faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in 
prison 
for each of the visa fraud counts and five years for each false 
statement 
counts.

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TSA PROPOSES DATABASE TO TRACK ALL AIRLINE PASSENGERS
Audrey Hudson, Washington Times, 2/26/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030226-73777264.htm

Flight information from all airline passengers, including financial 
data, 
can be collected and analyzed under a little-seen regulation proposed 
by 
the Transportation Security Administration to track potential 
terrorists.

The federal government wants to keep information for 50 years on 
passengers 
it believes pose threats to national security, while information on 
other 
passengers would be stored in a database for the duration of their 
travel 
and eliminated after their return trips.

Privacy advocates criticize the TSA proposal as a national database 
open to 
abuse, similar to concerns about the Pentagon's Total Information 
Awareness 
project, which Congress has put on indefinite hold.

"This is something that ought to be particularly worrisome to the 
public" 
said former Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican. "The public focus has 
been 
on TIA, while the TSA has been quietly putting together a program that 
is 
as potentially just as intrusive…"

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RALLY PROTESTS AL-ARIAN ARREST
Irina Slutsky, Bradenton Herald, 2/26/03
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/5263499.htm

TAMPA - Black and white. Christian and Muslim. Women, men and children. 
Students and retirees.

They marched outside of the federal courthouse Tuesday protesting the 
arrest of a man they respect. A man they believe is a leader, a scholar 
and 
perhaps a martyr.

They chanted demands of freedom for suspended University of South 
Florida 
professor Sami Al-Arian, a man who calls himself a "prisoner of 
conscience."

"I am not a criminal," Sami Al-Arian stated in a letter read by his 
17-year-old daughter to a crowd of family members and supporters.

"I'm crucified because of who I am," Leena Al-Arian continued reading 
her 
father's words, dozens of microphones, notepads and tape recorders 
framing 
her face...

The wives, sisters and daughters of Sami Al-Arian, Hammoudeh and Fariz 
wept 
quietly into tissues and handkerchiefs as attorneys explained to 
Magistrate 
Mark Pizzo why they needed more time to prepare for a bond hearing.

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BAPTIST LEADER'S ANTI-ISLAMIC REMARKS INCITING HATRED IN FLORIDA

NBC News Nightly News, 2/26/03

Partial transcript:

TOM BROKAW, anchor: Tonight, we begin an occasional series visiting 
American cities and towns as the United States moves closer to war. In 
the 
days right after 9/11, understandably there was a great deal of talk in 
this country about not blaming the attacks on Islam itself or Muslims 
generally. President Bush visited a mosque and talked about the need 
for 
tolerance. Well, apparently, that message didn't reach a powerful 
Baptist 
preacher in northern Florida. NBC's Bob Faw tonight on the Christian 
fault 
lines in Jacksonville.

BOB FAW reporting: In Jacksonville, Florida, the hymns are triumphant 
and 
the message is bold.

Reverend JERRY VINES (First Baptist Church of Jacksonville): Oh, 
preach, 
ladies and gentlemen! Preach, preacher! Preach the word!

FAW: So bold, some true believers here are terrified.

Unidentified Man: If I were a Muslim, I would be worried.

Mr. JOSE ROSA (Interfaith Council of Jacksonville): My worry is great.

FAW: They worry because this small Baptist church not only publicly 
labels 
Mohammed a murderer, it drives home the theme on its Web site.

Reverend GENE YOUNGBLOOD (First Conservative Baptist Church): The 
heartbeat 
of Islam is hatred and animus.

FAW: And the pastor at Jacksonville's Powerhouse First Baptist Church, 
25,000 members strong, doesn't mince words, either.

Rev. VINES: Ladies and gentlemen, all religions are not equally true. 
All 
religions are not the same.

FAW: Vines calls Mohammed a demon-plagued pedophile, and he's not about 
to 
back down.

Rev. VINES: These statements were correct. I have not had any rebuttal 
from 
those statements from a scholarly point of view.

FAW: Jacksonville Muslims, devout and thoughtful, complain the 
atmosphere 
is being poisoned.

Mr. ROSA: They're preaching hate. They're--they're trying to get people 
who 
don't know to hate.

FAW: Monica Lunt told her daughters, `Don't go out dressed like a 
Muslim.' 
That's how much the preaching has alarmed her.

Ms. MONICA LUNT: It incites unrest. It incites an us-against-them type 
of 
mentality.

FAW: But in this sun-splashed community, the anti-Islamic statements 
have 
been repudiated by only a handful of clergymen.

Mr. GREG WARNER (Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church): I think we've got an 
obligation as Christians to say, you know, there's another voice to be 
heard here.

FAW: While some churchgoers strongly disavow the anti-Islamic 
remarks...

Mr. MARY WYNN (Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church): When I hear that, 
it--it 
really does cut to my soul as a Baptist...

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DUAL LOYALTIES AND THE NATIONAL INTEREST
Washington Post, 2/26/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2703-2003Feb25.html

Lawrence F. Kaplan ["Toxic Talk on War," op-ed, Feb. 18] says that it 
is 
fair to question the extent of Israel's influence on the Bush 
administration's policy regarding Iraq but that "the problem here is 
the 
implication that some of the Bush team have been doing Israel's bidding 
and, by extension, harbor dual loyalties."

In 1996, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wurmser, all of whom 
now 
hold influential policy positions in the Bush administration, 
co-authored a 
paper titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," 
which 
was hand-delivered by Mr. Perle to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin 
Netanyahu. The "realm" referred to Israel, and "removing Saddam Hussein 
from power" was described as a means of containing Syria and as "an 
important Israeli strategic objective in its own right."

The paper, which was described as "a framework for a series of 
follow-up 
reports on strategy," also counseled the Likud prime minister on how to 
massage American public opinion and U.S. policy-makers. The point is 
not 
that Messrs Perle, Feith and Wurmser are "doing Israel's bidding" but 
that 
they wrote a plan for Israeli foreign policy that they are now 
positioned 
to carry out within the U.S. government. The least they can do is 
recuse 
themselves.

ROBERT L. NORBERG
Washington

NOTE: To view "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," 
go 
to: http://www.israeleconomy.org/strat1.htm

SEE ALSO:

PERLE: U.S. ALSO SEEKS REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN, LIBYA, SYRIA
Worldtribune.com, 2/25/03
http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_2.html

ABU DHABI - The United States will not be satisfied with toppling 
Saddam 
Hussein, but also seeks to change other regimes throughout the Arab 
world.

Richard Perle, chairman of the U.S. Defense Advisory Board, said the 
regimes include those in Iran, Libya and Syria. Perle told Arab 
journalists 
during a trip to London last week that the U.S. tactic would differ for 
each country.

Perle, who is close to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is said to be 
one 
of the architects in the Bush administration on the policy of the 
toppling 
of the Saddam regime, Middle East Newsline reported. He has played a 
leading, if behind-the-scenes role in diplomatic, political and 
military 
aspects of the current Iraqi-U.S. confrontation as well as the war 
against 
terrorism.

Change is needed in all those three countries [Iran, Libya and Syria], 
and 
a few others besides," Perle told the London-based author and analyst 
Amir 
Taheri…

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BUSH TO CAST WAR AS PART OF REGIONAL STRATEGY
Peter Slevin, Washington Post, 2/26/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2442-2003Feb25.html

President Bush intends to outline his postwar vision for Iraq and the 
Middle East in a speech tonight designed in part to showcase the 
administration's belief that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's overthrow 
would be a significant step toward broad democratic change in the Arab 
world.

The planned address, to the American Enterprise Institute, is part of 
an 
intensive administration effort to defend a prospective invasion of 
Iraq. 
Bush will present an optimistic portrait of how events could unfold if 
he 
chooses war. The speech will emphasize a broader U.S. campaign -- part 
of 
what Bush calls a "battle for the future of the Muslim world" -- that 
will 
last far longer than military hostilities in Iraq and test the United 
States' already difficult relationships in the region…

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IRAQI OPPOSITION REJECTS US RULE, TURKISH INVASION
Joseph Logan, Reuters, 2/26/03

SALAHUDDIN, Iraq - Iraq's opposition warned on Wednesday against U.S. 
rule 
or Turkish intervention in a war to oust President Saddam Hussein, but 
a 
U.S. envoy sought to reassure them Washington wanted Iraqis to govern 
themselves.

Gathering on their home soil, Saddam's long-divided opponents rejected 
U 
send troops into Kurdish-held northern Iraq to nip a Kurdish state in 
the bud.

"There should be no break in the sovereignty of Iraqis over Iraq, 
because 
there is much good in it and its absence would mean many calamities," 
said 
Ahmad Chalabi, head of the U.S.-funded Iraqi National Congress (INC).

"Among the greatest dangers we face from the war that is expected is 
foreign domination of Iraq and its capabilities," said Abdelaziz 
al-Hakim 
of the Iranian-backed Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in 
Iraq...

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RETIRED AIR FORCE GENERAL TAKES BUSH TO TASK ON IRAQ
Associated Press, 2/26/03
http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=57303

LAKE OSWEGO - Tony McPeak, a four-star general who headed the U.S. Air 
Force during Desert Storm, believes that President Bush should publicly 
admit personal failure and restart diplomatic negotiations for a 
possible 
war against Iraq.

McPeak, who retired to Oregon in 1995, says Bush has botched the 
crucial 
process of building a coalition, of enlisting the United Nations and of 
rebuilding Afghanistan as a model of reconstruction…

McPeak served four years on the Joint Chiefs of Staff advising Bush's 
father and then President Clinton after flying 269 Vietnam combat 
missions 
and participating in the Thunderbirds, the elite aerobatic team. He is 
also 
a graduate of Grants Pass High School.

Despite his military career, McPeak questions Bush's priorities as the 
president confronts terrorism, North Korea and Saddam Hussein. It makes 
him 
worry about a return to federal budget deficits and about declining 
goodwill toward the United States since Sept. 11, 2001…

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HOW THE NEWS WILL BE CENSORED IN THIS WAR
Robert Fisk, Independent UK, 2/25/03
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=381438

Already, the American press is expressing its approval of the coverage 
of 
American forces which the US military intends to allow its reporters in 
the 
next Gulf war. The boys from CNN, CBS, ABC and The New York Times will 
be 
"embedded" among the US marines and infantry. The degree of censorship 
hasn't quite been worked out. But it doesn't matter how much the 
Pentagon 
cuts from the reporters' dispatches. A new CNN system of "script 
approval" 
- the iniquitous instruction to reporters that they have to send all 
their 
copy to anonymous officials in Atlanta to ensure it is suitably 
sanitised - 
suggests that the Pentagon and the Department of State have nothing to 
worry about. Nor do the Israelis…

Just where this awful system leads is evident from an intriguing 
exchange 
last year between CNN's reporter in the occupied West Bank town of 
Ramallah, and Eason Jordan, one of CNN's top honchos in Atlanta.

The journalist's first complaint was about a story by the reporter 
Michael 
Holmes on the Red Crescent ambulance drivers who are repeatedly shot at 
by 
Israeli troops. "We risked our lives and went out with ambulance 
drivers... 
for a whole day. We have also witnessed ambulances from our window 
being 
shot at by Israeli soldiers... The story received approval from Mike 
Shoulder. The story ran twice and then Rick Davis (a CNN executive) 
killed 
it. The reason was we did not have an Israeli army response, even 
though we 
stated in our story that Israel believes that Palestinians are 
smuggling 
weapons and wanted people in the ambulances…"

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NEW HEAD OF HOUSE PANEL SAYS SHE'LL GO TO MAT ON ISRAEL ISSUES
Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 2/25/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Congresswoman+pledges+to+back+Israel&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON - When Rep. Benjamin Gilman announced he was retiring from 
Congress last summer, many on Capitol Hill speculated that the House of 
Representative's Middle East panel would go with him.

After all, the subcommittee was created in 2001 to give Gilman a forum 
for 
his Middle East advocacy when tenure rules forced the New York 
Republican 
to turn over the gavel of the House International Relations Committee.

But the subcommittee has been saved, thanks in part to Republican 
efforts 
to court the American Jewish community. The panel's new chair, Rep. 
Ileana 
Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), says she is ready to come to the Jewish state's 
defense.

"I feel great solidarity with the Israeli people," Ros-Lehtinen told 
JTA 
last week, after leading a congressional delegation to Israel. "I 
treasure 
heading this subcommittee and will take it on with a great deal of 
seriousness…"

SEE ALSO:

BUSH, SHARON EXPECTED TO ATTEND RALLY FOR ISRAEL
Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 2/24/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Bush%2C+Sharon+expected+at+Israel+gala&intcategoryid=4

BALTIMORE - President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon are 
expected to attend a May 19 rally in Washington to commemorate Israel's 
55th birthday.

The "Concert for Israel" will feature major entertainment acts and 
political messages of support for the Jewish state, said leaders of the 
Israel Forever Foundation, a new organization formed by leading Jewish 
philanthropists to honor Israel…

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ISRAEL SEES WAR IN IRAQ AS PATH TO MIDEAST PEACE
James Bennet, New York Times, 2/26/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/24/international/middleeast/24CND-ISRA.html

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 - Israelis once believed that the Oslo agreement 
with 
the Palestinians would usher in a new Middle East of comfortable 
Israeli-Arab co-existence.

With Oslo in tatters, they are now putting similar hopes in an American 
war 
on Iraq.

Other nations may cavil, but Israel is so certain of the rightness of a 
war 
on Iraq that it is already thinking past that conflict to urge a 
continued, 
assertive American role in the Middle East…

Shaul Mofaz, Israel's defense minister, told members of the Conference 
of 
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week that after 
Iraq, the United States should generate "political, economic, 
diplomatic 
pressure" on Iran.

"We have great interest in shaping the Middle East the day after" a 
war, he 
said…

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MARYLAND CORRECTIONAL SEEKS VOLUNTEER MUSLIM CHAPLIN

Roxbury Correctional Institution is looking for a Muslim volunteer to:-

- Conduct Friday Prayers.
- Teach Islamic study classes on Tuesday nights between 8.30 and 9.45 
p.m.
- Provide spiritual advice to the inmates.

Qualifications:
- Be of the Islamic faith.
- Knowledgeable in the Quran, Sunna etc.
- Should be accommodating to other Muslim sects in the prison.

Interested and qualified persons should contact:

Lt. Shaemaker
18701 Roxbury Rd.
Hagerstown, MD 21746
Tel: (240) 420-3375

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U.S. MUSLIMS SAY WAR ON IRAQ NOT JUSTIFIED
CAIR says UN inspectors should be given more time

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/27/2003) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group today re-affirmed its long-standing position that an 
attack on Iraq by the United States is not justified and that United 
Nations weapons inspectors should be given sufficient time to complete 
their task.

The statement by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) said:

"Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons constitute a serious threat 
to 
humanity. The possible use of such weapons by Iraq, North Korea, 
Israel, 
and other nations is of great concern to all Americans. But the 
elimination 
of banned weapons possibly held by Iraq should be dealt with through 
the 
United Nations, not through precipitous unilateral action by the United 
States.

"An American attack on Iraq would almost certainly lead to the death of 
many innocent civilians, further destabilize an already unstable 
region, 
harm international efforts to combat terrorism, drain much-needed 
financial 
resources from our struggling economy, and set a dangerous precedent 
for 
unilateral intervention in the affairs of other nations. Any American 
invasion and occupation of Iraq will fuel anti-American sentiment and 
would 
thereby harm our nation's image and interests in the Middle East and 
throughout the Muslim world.

"Instead of pursuing a costly and globally unpopular interventionist 
policy 
that will likely result in many unintended consequences, the United 
States 
should agree to allow United Nations weapons inspectors to continue 
their 
work as long as those inspectors believe the effort to eliminate banned 
weapons is moving forward."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/27/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PUT THINGS RIGHT BETWEEN PEOPLE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: THE FIGHT AGAINST ISLAM OR 'ISLAMISM'?
* MUSLIMS MAKE RUN FOR CANADA (Hamilton Spectator)
	- Moral Question Faces Canada in Alien Crush	
	- Canada Must Guard Against Loss of Rights
* HARASSED MUSLIM STUDENT GETS PROBATION FOR STABBING (AP)
* ISRAELI SPIES AIDED FEDS IN READYING Al-ARIAN CASE (Forward)
* GROUPS: RACIAL PROFILING ON RISE (Newsday)
	- Balancing Liberty and Security (NY Times)
	- Judge Rejects Challenge to FBI Spy Powers (AP)
	- National Security Paradise (Indianapolis Star)
	- Congress Members Object to "Patriot II" in Letter to FBI
* ISRAEL'S DEFENSE HANDOUT MAY BE CUT TO $1B (Ha'aretz)
	- More than Half of Americans Oppose Israeli Aid Package (CNI)
	- Israel's Role: The 'Elephant' They're Talking About (Forward)
* TERRIFYING PENTAGON WEAPON READY FOR USE IN WAR (ABC News)
	- U.S. Diplomat Resigns Over Iraq Policy (New York Times)
	- Former U.S. Senators Oppose Plans to Invade Iraq
	- Lust for Empire (MSNBC)
	- Armed US Guards Lay Down Law for Iraqi Exiles (Independent UK)
	- Anti-War 'Virtual March' Jams Hill Circuits (Washington Times)
	- Experts Say Iraq Doing Best to Disarm (AP)
* A HISTORY OF HOSTILITY IN PHILIPPINES (LA Times)
* HOMAGE TO HINDU NATIONALIST REFLECTS CHANGE IN INDIA (Washington 
Post)
* RIGHTS GROUP: THOUSANDS DISAPPEAR AT HANDS OF ALGERIAN FORCES (AP)
* BBC HOST TO PROVIDE MEDIA PERSPECTIVE IN MARYLAND LECTURE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PUT THINGS RIGHT BETWEEN PEOPLE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Shall I not inform you 
of 
something more excellent than fasting, prayer and charity?...It is 
putting 
things right between people."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2310

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: THE FIGHT AGAINST ISLAM OR 'ISLAMISM'?

FIGHTING ON ALL FRONTS
Robert Satloff, Washington Times, 2/24/03
Robert Satloff is director of policy and strategy planning at the 
Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

"In the fight against Islam, we have to work with what we've got."

(Note: This quote was taken from the hard copy of the Washington Times. 
The 
online version of the quote has been changed to make reference to 
"Islamism.")

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MUSLIMS MAKE RUN FOR CANADA
Joan Walters, Hamilton Spectator, 2/26/03
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=1014656316146&c=Article&cid=1046214145873

Ten days ago, Jamil Akhtar and his frightened family held a yard sale, 
gave 
the rest of their goods to the Salvation Army and dumped their minivan 
at a 
Virginia gas station, telling a friend to sell it if he could.

The Pakistani Muslims -- illegals targeted by a U.S. immigration 
crackdown 
-- ran north from the eastern seaboard in the middle of the night. 
Panicked 
by the prospect of detention or deportation, and out of options, the 
family 
fled toward Canada hoping for asylum as refugees. But reality hit when 
the 
Akhtars arrived at Vive La Casa, a well-known refugee haven in a grimy 
Buffalo neighbourhood near the Peace Bridge.

More than 700 other fleeing foreigners -- most of them Pakistanis -- 
were 
already ahead of the Akhtars at the private centre, waiting for a 
chance to 
make their border claim. Thirty to 50 new asylum seekers arrive every 
day.

The Akhtars are part of an unprecedented northward migration of 
America's 
underground illegals, this wave primarily composed of Pakistanis.

The American crackdown has led to a rush for asylum that has swollen 
Canada's immigration system for weeks and put U.S. aid groups under 
siege…

The Akhtars' story is repeated across Canada's major crossings. 
Thousands 
of others are in aid centres, bus stations, homes and hotels at 
Detroit-Windsor, the Quebec-Vermont border and other crowded spots. The 
sudden flow of thousands of asylum seekers has jammed immigration 
offices 
at the Canadian border and unsettled normal immigration flows.

In Ontario alone, 871 people applied for asylum in January, nearly 
double 
the number in November. Rejean Cantlon, of Citizenship and Immigration 
Canada, says the province has seen "a significant increase in refugee 
claims in recent months…"

The trigger for the northbound exodus was pulled in the United States. 
Under an anti-terrorism program started in December, men who are 
nationals 
of target countries must register with American immigration or face 
separation from families, detention and possible deportation if caught. 
Pakistani and Saudi Arabian men have a March 21 deadline for 
registration, 
resulting in the recent exodus…

SEE ALSO:

MORAL QUESTION FACES CANADA IN ALIEN CRUSH
Casey Korstanje, Hamilton Spectator, 2/27/03
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1046300527216&call_pageid=1014656273827

Policy, both U.S. and Canadian, leans toward sending "illegal aliens" 
back 
to where they come from.

The rules, at least on this side of the border, call for giving people 
seeking asylum as refugees, at least the opportunity of making a case 
for 
being allowed to stay in Canada.

A little more than 50 per cent of refugee claimants are accepted.

That now places Canada in an interesting moral position. There are 
thousands of people jamming the Canada-U.S. border hoping to find a 
safe 
home here. If they are not accepted, they will be returned to the 
United 
States where they will face arrest and deportation.

Let's be straight here. The folks huddled at the border in Third World 
conditions hoping desperately to be allowed into Canada overwhelmingly 
are 
not terrorists, criminals, and ne'er-do-wells. They are just people 
with no 
future in the land of their birth hoping to make a better life for 
themselves and their families.

Should we give them a break and allow them in? Our rules will 
disqualify 
half of them.

But these are not ordinary days and perhaps doing the right thing is 
not 
necessarily the same as following the letter of the law.

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CANADA MUST GUARD AGAINST LOSS OF RIGHTS
Robert Howard, Hamilton Spectator, 2/27/03
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=1014656316146&c=Article&cid=1046127754752

If the U.S. government wants to force "special registration" on 
Canadians 
travelling to the United States at least partly because they were born 
in a 
"suspect" country, it will do so, regardless of complaints, arguments 
or 
protests.

But that doesn't make it right.

It's wrong -- it is always wrong -- for some Canadian citizens to be 
treated differently than other Canadian citizens because of where they 
were 
born or because of the colour of their skin. In this country, a 
Canadian 
citizen is a citizen, regardless of whether he or she was born in 
Damascus, 
Dublin or Dundas. That's fundamental to the nature of Canadian society.

There are reasonable grounds to screen people, including whom they've 
associated with or where they have been. But racial profiling -- 
interrogating or registering someone because of what they look like or 
where they were born -- should be abhorrent to us all.

But that, essentially, is what is happening to Canadian citizens born 
in 
one of more than 20 countries as they enter the United States for 
travel or 
business. As The Spectator's Joan Walters reported exclusively on 
Saturday, 
foreign-born Canadian citizens are being targeted, photographed, 
fingerprinted and interrogated as they try to enter the U.S. When they 
leave the United States, they must report their departure…

Racial profiling at borders is going too far. It is wrong, and Ottawa 
should raise its voice to say so, whether Washington listens or not.

Let it be said, clearly and loudly, that within the borders of this 
country, there has to be something more at issue than the colour of 
your 
skin or your place of birth for a Canadian citizen to be questioned by 
authorities.

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BOY, 14, GETS PROBATION IN BOCA RATON SCHOOL STABBING
Associated Press, 2/27/03

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 14-year-old honors student who claimed he was 
being picked on because he is Muslim was sentenced to probation as a 
juvenile in the stabbing of a classmate.

James Eisenberg, the eighth-grader's attorney, said that the boy 
stabbed a 
classmate with a pair of scissors while trying to defend himself 
because he 
was being picked on because he is Muslim.

The victim in the stabbing said the accused student walked up to him in 
the 
Boca Raton Middle School locker room and spat on him. The two argued, 
and 
the victim says he was walking away when he was stabbed from behind.

However, a witness said the accused student was trying to fend off 
eight 
students who attacked him in the locker room. Another classmate said 
the 
accused student had been taunted by the victim and the victim's friends 
since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because he is Muslim...

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ISRAELI SPIES AIDED FEDS IN READYING 'JIHAD' CASE
Mark Perelman, Forward, 2/27/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.02.28/news1a.html

Intelligence supplied by Israel played a key role in the indictment 
last 
week of University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian on charges 
that 
he is a leader of the Islamic Jihad Palestinian terrorist group, the 
Forward has learned.

An FBI delegation traveled to Israel late last year to collect 
intelligence 
obtained by Israel during the mid-1990s, a former top counterterrorist 
official said on condition of anonymity. "The evidence the U.S. 
government 
has is intelligence, much of it from the Israeli government, relating 
to 
1994 - when the Mossad had a penetration of [Islamic Jihad] 
headquarters in 
Damascus," the official said. "Much of the intelligence was turned over 
to 
the FBI on a recent visit to Israel..."

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GROUPS: RACIAL PROFILING ON RISE
Deborah Barfield Berry, Newsday, 2/27/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usrace273149042feb27.story

Washington - Two years after President George W. Bush vowed to end 
racial 
profiling, the practice is far from dead and in fact has taken on new 
life 
under the administration's policies to combat terrorism, a coalition of 
national civil rights groups says.

In a report to be released today, the Leadership Conference on Civil 
Rights 
calls for Bush and Congress to ban racial profiling and set up a method 
to 
track the practice.

"In a climate in which we thought the president and the attorney 
general 
had committed to ending racial profiling what we've seen is not only 
the 
continuing problem of street-level profiling ... now we've seen this 
expanded into the war on terrorism," said Julie Fernandes, senior 
policy 
analyst at the Leadership Conference, a Washington-based lobbying 
group...

The Leadership Conference calls profiling ineffective and said it does 
not 
lead to better policing or safer streets. Instead, it argues the 
practice 
often alienates communities that could help police.

"Someone being an Arab or Muslim is not a proxy for criminal behavior," 
Fernandes said...

SEE ALSO:

BALANCING LIBERTY AND SECURITY
New York Times, 2/27/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usrace273149042feb27.story

Anthony Lewis, in discussing the assault on our civil liberties in the 
aftermath of 9/11 (Op-Ed, Feb. 24), is right to lament of the courts: 
"In 
time of war, actual or threatened, they have repeatedly abdicated their 
function, bowing to claims of national security." I suspect that 
judges, in 
deferring to the executive branch, are probably reflecting the 
sentiments 
of the majority of Americans. Congress, judges and the public tend to 
let 
the president have a free hand in dealing with real and imagined 
threats to 
national security, even if it means, among other measures, the arrest 
and 
indefinite detention of Americans without trial and without access to a 
lawyer.

Why? Because the public knows that the real targets of these laws are 
Muslims. If it does not affect me, why should I bother to raise my 
voice?

But while today they are coming after Muslims and Arab-Americans in 
this 
country, who knows which ethnic group will be the next target?

MUHAMMAD SALEEM
Larchmont, N.Y.,

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JUDGE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO FBI SPY POWERS
Associated Press, 2/26/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-2436729,00.html

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The FBI does not have to explain why it applied 
for 
search warrants to bug homes and tap phones of defendants in a 
terrorism 
case, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in an early test of the 
government's 
new and expanded spying powers.

The five defendants were charged in October with conspiring to support 
al-Qaida and the Taliban.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones denied a defense request asking the 
government to reveal its justification for the secret warrants, issued 
under the USA Patriot Act, the anti-terror legislation passed by 
Congress 
after Sept. 11.

The warrants allowed agents to bug the home of at least one defendant 
and 
tap the phone of another.

The ultra-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or ``spy 
court,'' 
in Washington issued the warrants last year.

The agents used 36 secret warrants in the case to intercept more than 
271 
conversations.

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NATIONAL SECURITY PARADISE
Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star, 2/26/03
http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/4/018101-5604-021.html

As George Orwell reminded us, there's nothing more conducive to big 
government than a society indefinitely at war.

His novel "1984," published shortly after World War II, is a cautionary 
tale not just about brute tyranny but about mass conformity. Big 
Brother 
was not a dictator but a protector, you see, and he had to be 
fearsomely 
powerful in order to confront foreign evil and domestic disloyalty.

A generation earlier, at the end of World War I, the anarchist author 
Randolph Bourne put it another way: "War is the health of the state."

"It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible 
forces for uniformity," he wrote, "for passionate cooperation with the 
Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and 
individuals 
which lack the larger herd sense."

These men were prescient...

It's no secret that core American rights -- speech, association, 
information, privacy, legal representation, public trials, equal 
protection 
regardless of race, religion or national origin -- are compromised by 
these 
new presidential powers our state of war serves to legitimize...

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CONGRESS MEMBERS OBJECT TO "PATRIOT ACT 2" IN LETTER TO FBI

The following is a letter sent by several members of Congress to 
Attorney 
General John Ashcroft expressing concerning at recent moves by Justice 
Department:

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

We write to express my profound disappointment about your Department's 
handling of anti-terrorism policy. Recent reports irrefutably indicate 
that 
the Department of Justice has been working on a successor bill to the 
"USA 
Patriot Act" for some time. Notwithstanding the Judiciary Committee's 
jurisdiction in this matter and outstanding record of dealing with this 
legislation, the Committee reported a bipartisan version of the Patriot 
Act 
by a unanimous vote, according to the Chairman's spokesman, there have 
been 
no consultations with the Committee on this bill.

Your spokesperson, Barbara Comstock, claimed in a February 7 statement 
(attached) that the new draft bill was still in "internal 
deliberations" 
within the Department and still being discussed at "staff levels" and 
has 
not been "presented... to the White House." This is blatantly false in 
several respects, yet a Department of Justice "Control Sheet" 
(attached) 
plainly indicates that the bill was forwarded to the Speaker of the 
House 
and Vice President on January 10.

The Department's handling of this matter has only lent credence to 
suggestions that this Administration is intent on using the war on 
terrorism as a partisan political tool and the Justice Department is 
waiting to spring this bill on the Congress when the nation once again 
has 
endured a terrorist attack or is in the midst of war.

As Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and former Ranking 
Members of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, 
and 
the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, we request 
immediate consultations on this legislation. Please reply no later than 
February 15.

Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr.
Robert C. Scott
Sheila Jackson Lee

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ISRAEL'S DEFENSE HANDOUT MAY BE CUT TO $1B
Nathan Guttman and Aluf Benn, Ha'aretz, 2/27/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/267481.html

Several U.S. sources said the White House may scale back Israel's $4 
billion defense aid request, possibly to under $1 billion, and Defense 
Ministry Director General Amos Yaron is on a "secret" mission to 
Washington 
to discuss the request defense aid request...

Sources in Washington said the $4 billion request had run into 
opposition 
both in the administration and on Capitol Hill, which is bracing for a 
war 
in Iraq that could cost U.S. taxpayers close to $100 billion. "The 
administration is not enthusiastic," one source said. "Israel is 
already a 
major recipient of U.S. largess and $4 billion was just too much at 
this 
time," one U.S. source said...

SEE ALSO:

POLL: MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICANS OPPOSE ISRAELI AID PACKAGE

WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 19, 2003 - A Council for the National Interest 
Foundation poll by Zogby International on February 6 shows that 57% of 
the 
American people oppose the new $12 billion Israeli aid package and less 
than 30% support it.  By a margin of 2 to 1, the public strongly 
opposes 
granting $12 billion to Israel in addition to her $3 billion annual 
grant aid.

Unwanted publicity about the new request from Israel has caused the 
Administration to temporarily hold up actual submission to Congress, 
but it 
is expected to be submitted later and easily approved, with or without 
restraints on auditing Israel's use of the money.

The poll strongly indicates that Jewish Americans are far from 
unanimous in 
supporting this aid package. Of the 30 Jewish Americans, or 3% of the 
total 
number polled, 15 support and significantly, 9 oppose it, with 6 having 
no 
opinion.   Among those who identify themselves as Born Again 
Christians, 
about 20% of the population, 48% oppose and 41% support the new aid 
package 
for Israel.  These are the strongest single groups of supporters of the 
Bush Administration and may indicate that the President has a political 
problem if he supports the Israeli request.

Out of the seventeen different categories of Americans polled, fifteen 
opposed the additional aid, while only two groups, Jewish Americans and 
those with less than a high school education, support the additional 
aid.  64% of those who completed high school oppose the package.  Those 
middle income Americans earning between 25-35 thousand dollars a year 
oppose the new aid by a margin of 72%, with only 21% supporting it.  
The 
poll had a margin of error of 3-4%.

The exact question asked of more than 1,000 Americans was, "As a result 
of 
the potential war with Iraq, there is a 12 billion dollar aid package 
for 
Israel being proposed. This is in addition to the 3 billion dollar 
annual 
aid that Israel receives. Do you support or oppose the additional aid 
package for Israel?"

This poll, according to CNI Foundation, demonstrates that there is a 
growing feeling among Americans that Israeli policies are draining 
American 
resources and endangering American security and credibility around the 
world.

For more information or the complete poll by email or fax,
contact Eugene Bird at CNIF, 1-800-296-6958 or 1-202-863-2951

COUNCIL FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST FOUNDATION
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T: 202 863-2951; 800-296-6958; F: 202-863-2952; E: count@igc.org
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ISRAEL'S ROLE: THE 'ELEPHANT' THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT
Ami Eden, Forward, 2/27/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.02.28/news4.html

"It is the proverbial elephant in the room," wrote liberal columnist 
Michael Kinsley in the October 24, 2002, edition of the online journal 
Slate. "Everybody sees it, no one mentions it."

Kinsley was referring to a debate, once only whispered in back rooms 
but 
lately splashed in bold characters across the mainstream media, over 
Jewish 
and Israeli influence in shaping American foreign policy.

In recent weeks, in fact, the Israeli-Jewish elephant has been on a 
rampage, trampling across the airwaves and front pages of respected 
media 
outlets, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, the 
American 
Prospect, the Washington Times, the Economist, the New York Review of 
Books, CNN and MSNBC...

Many of these articles project an image of President Bush and Prime 
Minister Sharon working in tandem to promote war against Iraq. Several 
of 
them described an administration packed with conservatives motivated 
primarily, if not solely, by a dedication to defending Israel...

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TERRIFYING PENTAGON WEAPON READY FOR USE IN WAR
John McWethy, ABC News, 2/25/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/World/newbomb030225.html

Feb. 25 - When and if the United States does go to war, military 
sources 
say the United States is preparing a monster new weapon to be used 
during 
the first nights.

It's called MOAB, short for "massive ordnance air burst" bomb. It is a 
modern, bigger version of the 15,000-pound "Daisy Cutter" used in 
Vietnam, 
the Persian Gulf War and Afghanistan.

Sources say MOAB - still experimental - is a 21,000-pound bomb that 
will be 
pushed out the back of a C-130 transport and guided by satellite. 
Because 
it is not dropped by parachute, as was the old Daisy Cutter, the 
aircraft 
can let it go from far higher altitudes, making it safer for U.S. 
pilots.

The MOAB's massive explosive punch, sources say, is similar to a small 
nuclear weapon...

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U.S. DIPLOMAT RESIGNS, PROTESTING 'OUR FERVENT PURSUIT OF WAR'
FELICITY BARRINGER, New York Times, 2/27/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/27/international/middleeast/27NATI.html

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 26 - A career diplomat who has served in United 
States 
embassies from Tel Aviv to Casablanca to Yerevan resigned this week in 
protest against the country's policies on Iraq.

The diplomat, John Brady Kiesling, the political counselor at the 
United 
States Embassy in Athens, said in his resignation letter, "Our fervent 
pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international 
legitimacy that has been America's most potent weapon of both offense 
and 
defense since the days of Woodrow Wilson."

Mr. Kiesling, 45, who has been a diplomat for about 20 years, said in a 
telephone interview tonight that he faxed the letter to Secretary of 
State 
Colin L, Powell on Monday after informing Thomas Miller, the ambassador 
in 
Athens, of his decision.

He said he had acted alone, but "I've been comforted by the expressions 
of 
support I've gotten afterward" from colleagues.

"No one has any illusions that the policy will be changed," he said. 
"Too 
much has been invested in the war."

Louis Fintor, a State Department spokesman, said he had no information 
on 
Mr. Kiesling's decision and it was department policy not to comment on 
personnel matters.

In his letter, a copy of which was provided to The New York Times by a 
friend of Mr. Kiesling's, the diplomat wrote Mr. Powell: "We should ask 
ourselves why we have failed to persuade more of the world that a war 
with 
Iraq is necessary. We have over the past two years done too much to 
assert 
to our world partners that narrow and mercenary U.S. interests override 
the 
cherished values of our partners."

His letter continued: "Even where our aims were not in question, our 
consistency is at issue. The model of Afghanistan is little comfort to 
allies wondering on what basis we plan to rebuild the Middle East, and 
in 
whose image and interests."

It is rare but not unheard-of for a diplomat, immersed in the State 
Department's culture of public support for policy, regardless of 
private 
feelings, to resign with this kind of public blast. From 1992 to 1994, 
five 
State Department officials quit out of frustration with the Clinton 
administration's Balkans policy.

Asked if his views were widely shared among his diplomatic colleagues, 
Mr. 
Kiesling said: "No one of my colleagues is comfortable with our policy. 
Everyone is moving ahead with it as good and loyal. The State 
Department is 
loaded with people who want to play the team game - we have a very 
strong 
premium on loyalty."

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FORMER U.S. SENATORS OPPOSE PLANS TO INVADE IRAQ
http://www.usnewswire.com

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A bipartisan group of former 
United 
States Senators today announced its opposition to the Bush 
Administration's 
plans to invade Iraq.

In a statement released by the former lawmakers, the group said that, 
among 
other problems a war will cause, the already struggling American 
economy 
will fall into a recession. The statement continues:

"We are concerned with the expenditure of American lives in a war that 
need 
not be undertaken at this time. Not only will our sons and daughters be 
put 
in harm's way, but this is a war that will dramatically increase the 
terrorist threat to Americans both at home, as well as the more than 
one 
million Americans who live abroad."

"We favor multiplying U.N. inspectors in Iraq -- if necessary 
accompanied 
by U.N. forces -- to complete the U.N.'s task more quickly and 
effectively. 
This will be eminently less expensive in lives and treasure than 
all-out war."

"The nation's almost-forgotten 'war on terrorism' has been seriously 
neglected because of the Administration's preoccupation with Iraq and 
Saddam Hussein."

"We are all concerned that serious damage that can be done to the 
United 
States by terrorism triggered by an attack on a sovereign Arab nation."

"As well, all Americans should be concerned that an invasion when 
carried 
to Iraq's cities will result in the needless killing of innocent Iraqi 
civilians, especially women and children, who have no voice in their 
government's policies."

"A first strike is not authorized under international law, because Iraq 
poses no imminent or unavoidable threat to the United States. And there 
has 
been no confirmable evidence of any connection between Iraq and Al 
Qaeda."

"We believe that the principles of the United Nations' Charter will be 
violated if we attack another nation when we are not threatened. Such 
an 
attack will seriously undermine our ability to represent a moral 
standard 
to the world.  We will be prevented from objecting should India or 
Pakistan 
decide to attack the other, or if China should decide to invade Taiwan. 
Instead of undermining United Nations' principles, we should be 
supporting 
them."

"We successfully contained the Soviet Union for nearly 50 years by 
avoiding 
an attack on that country which was a real threat the U.S. Iraq has no 
current ability to threaten the United States as does North Korea, for 
example."

The group of former lawmakers includes Former United States Senators 
George 
McGovern of South Dakota, John Culver of Iowa, Paul Simon of Illinois, 
Adlai Stevenson III of Illinois, Fred Harris of Oklahoma, Dale Bumpers 
of 
Arkansas, Charles Mac Mathias of Maryland, Bill Hathaway of Maine, John 
Tunney of California, Gary Hart of Colorado, Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, 
and 
James Abourezk of South Dakota.

Contact: Jim Abourezk, 605-334-8402
Bill Hathaway, 703-821-3074

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LUST FOR EMPIRE
Jill Nelson, MSNBC, 2/26/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/877726.asp

It would be funny if the stakes weren't so high. Saddam Hussein 
challenges 
George W. Bush to debate. Turkey balks at a multibillion-dollar aid 
package 
- also known as a bribe - offered by the United States in return for 
permission to deploy upwards of 60,000 American troops along its border 
with Iraq; it demands not only more money but a share in the Iraqi 
oilfields that many believe, more than weapons of mass destruction or 
toppling a dictator, are the real reasons for war.

Bush dismisses millions of anti-war demonstrators at home and abroad as 
merely a "focus group," as if the war is a product being test-marketed. 
A 
few days later, he declares that even if Saddam dismantles missiles as 
instructed by U.N. weapons inspectors, it's just the tip of the 
iceberg, 
and may be too little, too late to prevent an American attack...

Surely, whatever side of the fence we're on, we can agree that 
pre-emptively attacking another nation when most of the world does not 
support us is not a wise move. Is it that we are so terrified that we 
will 
accept any actions that might decrease our own fears, at home and 
abroad? 
Our collective silence on the steady curtailment of our civil rights 
here 
at home by John Ashcroft's in-Justice Department suggests that we are 
willing to trade our freedoms for the modern equivalent of a snake-oil 
elixir to wash away our fears...

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ARMED US GUARDS LAY DOWN LAW FOR IRAQI EXILES
Patrick Cockburn, Independent UK, 2/27/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=382087

The first meeting of the Iraqi opposition in the heart of Iraqi 
Kurdistan 
was overshadowed yesterday by the presence of heavily armed Americans.

The occasion was meant to be a momentous one for the combined Iraqi 
opposition factions launching a democratic future for the post-Saddam 
era. 
However, the Americans dominated the meeting, loudly demonstrating 
their 
views on the process of nation building.

US special forces are known to have entered the country covertly but 
those 
who were waving their weapons yesterday were members of the Diplomatic 
Security Service, according to tags on their body armour.

"Stop filming and friggin' listen to me," one of them shouted as Zalmay 
Khalilzad, an American envoy, told the heavily guarded meeting that the 
US 
wanted the Iraqi people to determine their future...

At a meeting in London in December, they believed that the US had 
agreed to 
an Iraqi interim civilian government headed by a council of three from 
Iraq's three main communities of Kurds, Shia and Sunni Muslims and a 
temporary legislative body.

Earlier this month, American officials had appalled the Kurds by saying 
that, instead, there would be a US military government supported by a 
US-nominated advisory council with limited powers...

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ANTI-WAR 'VIRTUAL MARCH' JAMS HILL CIRCUITS
Julia Duin, Washington Times, 2/27/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030227-92610576.htm

An anti-war "virtual march" yesterday aimed at Capitol Hill led to a 
deluge 
of phone calls to some lawmakers' offices but barely had an effect on 
others.

Although organizers of the Virtual March on Washington said 120,000 
people 
had registered with the anti-war Web site www.moveon.org to call 
Capitol 
Hill, some offices there reported only moderately more traffic than 
usual. 
Others, such as the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California 
Democrat, 
had six operators answering continuously ringing lines...

The protest was organized by the Web site, which was founded in 1998 by 
California software developers Wes Boyd and Joan Blades to oppose 
President 
Clinton's impeachment. It has become a force in Democratic Party 
politics 
because of its ability to raise millions of dollars through the 
Internet...

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EXPERTS SAY IRAQ DOING BEST TO DISARM
Niko Price, Associated Press, 2/27/03

BAGHDAD, Iraq - South African disarmament experts visiting Iraq said 
Thursday they are convinced Iraq is doing its best to disarm, and 
appealed 
to the U.N. Security Council to give weapons inspections more time to 
work 
before authorizing war.

"It's clear there is movement on the whole issue of weapons of mass 
destruction," South Africa's deputy foreign minister, Aziz Pahad, said 
at a 
news conference. "Clearly (the inspection regime) is working, and if 
it's 
working why stop it"...

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A HISTORY OF HOSTILITY IN PHILIPPINES
Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times, 2/27/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-fg-phil27feb27004424,1,5195764.story

JOLO, Philippines - When U.S. troops land on this forbidding jungle 
island 
in the coming weeks, they will find a proud tribal people with a 
historic 
hatred of the United States and a deep suspicion of American motives.

They will find a land where mothers put their children to bed with 
lullabies telling them to become strong so they can avenge atrocities 
by 
U.S. forces a century ago.

During the American campaign, Philippine historians say, U.S. troops 
under 
Gen. John J. Pershing committed atrocities against the Tausugs. The 
troops 
massacred hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people, including women and 
children, they say. Photos taken at the time show American soldiers 
standing amid hundreds of bodies.

In Jolo, uncertainty over the plan has heightened anxiety among the 
public 
and contributed to suspicion about the United States' intentions.

Many Tausugs find it hard to understand why Washington would be so 
concerned about a ragtag band of 200 criminals hiding in the jungle on 
a 
remote island far from the U.S. They suspect that the Americans have an 
ulterior motive...

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HOMAGE TO HINDU NATIONALIST REFLECTS CHANGE IN INDIA
John Lancaster, Washington Post, 2/27/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7915-2003Feb26.html

NEW DELHI - A little more than half a century ago, Vinayak Savarkar was 
on 
trial for his life, accused of conspiring with seven other men in the 
assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on Jan. 30, 1948.

The court acquitted Savarkar, citing insufficient evidence, but there 
was 
never much doubt about where his sympathies lay: A hard-line Hindu 
nationalist who wrote admiringly of Nazi Germany, he made no secret of 
his 
antipathy toward India's Muslim population or toward Gandhi, whose 
embrace 
of religious tolerance and diversity he saw as a threat to India's 
cultural 
purity...

But yesterday's suspect is today's hero. In a ceremony this afternoon, 
India's Hindu-nationalist government unveiled a portrait of Savarkar to 
hang opposite Gandhi's in the central hall of Parliament, describing 
him as 
a neglected and misunderstood patriot who deserves his place in the 
pantheon of India's great leaders.

The ceremony reflected the degree to which hard-line Hindu nationalism 
has 
moved into the mainstream of Indian politics, drowning out debate on 
other 
topics, such as development, and alarming those who see the movement as 
a 
threat to the secular, pluralistic nature of Indian democracy...

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HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP: MORE THAN 7,000 ALGERIANS DISAPPEARED AT HANDS OF
SECURITY FORCES
Angela Doland, Associated Press, 2/27/2003

PARIS (AP) - Algerian plainclothesmen march a prominent doctor away 
from 
his hospital. Men bang on a journalist's door and spirit him away as 
his 
family watches. Security officers round up young men in a crowd.

They were never seen again.

They are among Algeria's "disappeared" - the more than 7,000 people 
believed missing at the hands of security forces during the 1990s, 
Human 
Rights Watch said Wednesday in a report. Only wartime Bosnia had more 
disappearances in the past decade...

SEE: http://www.humanrightswatch.org/press/2003/02/algeria022703.htm

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BBC HOST TO PROVIDE MEDIA PERSPECTIVE IN MARYLAND LECTURE

WHAT: BBC World News anchor Mishal Husain will give a talk titled 
"Perspectives on the Muslim World - A View from the News Desk".

WHEN: Sunday, March 2, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
WHERE: Muslim Community Center (MCC), 15200 New Hampshire Ave., Silver 
Spring, MD 20905,
CONTACT: MCC at (301)384-3454 or visit http://mccmd.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #367

HIJAB EXPLAINED IN NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN
Muslim communities urged to place local advertisements

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/28/03) - An American Muslim woman describing why 
she 
wears hijab will be featured in the third installment of a national 
advertising campaign designed to foster greater understanding of Islam 
and 
to counter the rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United 
States. 
Muslim communities are being encouraged to place the ads in local 
newspapers.

SEE: http://www.americanmuslims.info

CAIR launched the year-long "Islam in America" campaign February 16th 
with 
an ad on the New York Times editorial page. That ad featured images of 
an 
African-American girl, an Asian man and another man of European 
heritage, 
and asked the question: "Which one of us is a Muslim?" The response: 
"We 
all are...we're American Muslims." The second ad in the 52-part series 
featured a Muslim Girl Scout troop in California.

The text of the latest CAIR ad reads: "My name is Manal Omar. I've 
earned a 
Masters degree from Georgetown University, and I've won several 
national 
public-speaking awards. I'm a development researcher for an 
international 
corporation.  I vote. I'm active in politics, and I belong to several 
civic 
organizations. I'm an American Muslim woman and I wear hijab.

"I choose to wear hijab - a head scarf and modest attire - because the 
practice is integral to my religious beliefs, and because I am proud to 
be 
a Muslim woman. In Islam, both women and men are encouraged to dress 
modestly, thereby allowing a person to be judged on the content of his 
or 
her character, and not on physical appearance. To me, hijab is a symbol 
of 
my confidence and self-respect."

"This advertisement is designed to demonstrate that adopting modest 
attire 
and personal behavior is a liberating and empowering choice for both 
men 
and women," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad noted that 
Muslim 
men also have guidelines for what they wear. He said CAIR has dealt 
with 
many incidents of discrimination related to Islamic dress.

The weekly CAIR ads, each explaining one aspect of Islam, are being 
distributed to Muslim communities around America for placement in local 
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headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices 
nationwide 
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and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/28/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WORLDLY WEALTH
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* SAVE APRIL 25-27 FOR CAIR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN DC
* MD BILL DEALS WITH IMAMS AND ISLAMIC FUNERALS
* FBI SAYS AIRPLANE DOING SURVEILLANCE (Herald-Times)
	- Agents interviewing International Students at IU
	- Wife of Grad Student Says He's Innocent (AP)
* ATTORNEY: ANTI-MUSLIM BOMB PLOT WAS A FANTASY FOR PODIATRIST (AP)
* SOME POLICE SEARCHES BANNED IN RACIAL PROFILING SUIT (AP)
	- Group Asks Bush to Stop Profiling Arabs (AP)
* BUSH MAY SIGNAL SHIFT ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS (Washington Post)
	- Palestinian Man in Hospital Dispute Dies (AP)
* TALK OF ARAB 'DEMOCRACY' IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SCIMITAR (NY Times)
	- Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Me to War (Orlando Sentinel)
	- Activists Fear Cluster Bombs to Be Used In Iraq (Reuters)
	- Winning a War and Losing the World (Intl. Herald Tribune)
* TWO MEN CREATE BRIDGE OVER NIGERIA'S TROUBLED WATERS (CS Monitor)
* GEORGETOWN SYMPOSIUM ON U.S/MIDEAST RELATIONS
* CAIR NY LECTURE ON LEGACY OF MALCOLM X THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES
* VA FUNDRAISING EVENT TO HIGHLIGHT CIVIL RIGHTS
* CALL FOR PAPERS: MUSLIM SOCIAL SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WORLDLY WEALTH

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told his companions: "I am not 
afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be 
bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those before you. (Then) you 
will 
compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it, and it will 
destroy you as it did them."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Hadith 351

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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SAVE APRIL 25-27 FOR CAIR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN DC

Workshop topics include:

* Building Alliances
* Political Lobbying
* Patriot Act II
* Faith-Based Initiative
* Media Relations Basics
* Public Speaking
* Negotiating Skills

For more information, e-mail: register@cair-net.org

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MD BILL DEALS WITH IMAMS AND ISLAMIC FUNERALS
http://mlis.state.md.us/2003rs/billfile/SB0429.htm

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FBI SAYS AIRPLANE DOING SURVEILLANCE
Kurt Van der Dussen, Herald-Times, 2/28/03
http://www.hoosiertimes.com/stories/2003/02/28/news.030228_HT_A1_MCW30131.sto

The single-engine plane flying around Bloomington lately is an FBI 
surveillance plane.

Two FBI officials said Thursday the Cessna 182 is conducting 
nonelectronic 
visual surveillance of individuals, vehicles and gathering places such 
as 
businesses under that surveillance.

The flights are related to national security and anti-terrorism efforts 
going on across the nation. And many of the individuals whose actions 
are 
being monitored are non-Americans.

FBI officials Thomas V. Fuentes and James H. Davis of the Indianapolis 
FBI 
office were in Bloomington Thursday and discussed the flights as 
thoroughly 
as they said they could without compromising specific subjects of 
investigation.

The two stressed that the FBI is not aware of any threat of terrorism 
directed toward Bloomington, or anywhere in Indiana.

As for the FBI statement Wednesday that the plane was not theirs, 
Fuentes 
said an FBI agent had been asked by a reporter whether the FBI had an 
airplane doing any electronic surveillance over Bloomington. The agent 
said 
no, because the plane wasn't doing electronic surveillance…

But the two said Bloomington is a community with many individuals from 
outside the United States in it. And while the vast majority pose no 
threat, there are those that either could or do…

Fuentes said the surveillance targets are not war protesters. But he 
said 
it's only prudent to have surveillance of non-U.S. individuals who 
could 
possibly have ties to terrorist groups so information is available on 
them.

But he also said the FBI is concerned about arousing concern about or 
accusations against any particular group or person.

He specifically alluded to the incident earlier this week in 
Indianapolis 
in which a Saudi student was involved in an accident and left the 
scene. He 
said the situation "completely spun out" of control when the student 
was 
found to have the address for the Federal Building in Indianapolis in 
his car.

An investigation determined the man was on his way to the Immigration 
and 
Naturalization Service office there for legitimate business. He also 
proved 
to be a legitimate student at an aviation mechanics school in 
Vincennes…

SEE ALSO:

BUREAU AGENTS INTERVIEWING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT IU
Steve Hinnefeld, Herald-Times, 2/28/03
http://www.hoosiertimes.com/stories/2003/02/28/news.030228_HT_A1_KEM04157.sto

FBI agents have been in Bloomington questioning Indiana University 
international students, university officials said Thursday.

A spokesman for the bureau would not say if the work was related to 
concerns about terrorism or security, nor would he confirm an 
investigation 
was taking place.

That's typical policy for the agency, said FBI spokesman Doug Garrison. 
He 
said disclosing information about what agents are doing could 
compromise 
what they are trying to accomplish.

Garrison also wouldn't say if flights over Bloomington by an FBI 
surveillance plane were related to any questioning of IU students.

Agents from outside Bloomington have been in town for several weeks, 
according to Bob Weith, director of residential operations for IU's 
Residential Programs and Services department. He said they have showed 
up 
at several campus apartment complexes to conduct interviews with 
individuals…

Officials with Islamic and Middle Eastern groups say they have had 
visits 
from agents. And last month the FBI began the Iraqi Initiative, a plan 
to 
interview all Iraqi nationals living in the United States, including 
students and visiting scholars…

Amr Sabry, president of the Islamic Center in Bloomington, said FBI 
agents 
have been visited the mosque and been in touch with its leaders several 
times in the past year or so. He said the visits were friendly and were 
apparently intended to establish lines of communication with the 
Islamic 
community…

He said there have been stories about Middle East residents being 
temporarily detained at the Indianapolis Airport. And on at least two 
occasions, he said, younger students have been upset about questioning 
by 
law enforcement officers.

"They were pretty shaken when they came and talked to me," he said…

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WIFE OF GRAD STUDENT SAYS HE'S INNOCENT OF TERRORISM-RELATED CHARGES
JOHN K. WILEY, Associated Press, 2/28/03

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - The wife of University of Idaho graduate student 
Sami 
Omar Al-Hussayen says her husband is innocent of terrorism-related 
charges.

Maha Al-Hussayen was questioned for five hours by federal agents after 
her 
husband was arrested on Wednesday, according to a news release from the 
woman's lawyer…

Maha Al-Hussayen declined interviews, and asked that the privacy of the 
couple's three children be protected, according to the release issued 
by 
lawyer Cynthia Miller of Moscow. There was no answer at the family's 
apartment on Thursday.

Miller said FBI agents confiscated the Al-Hussayens checkbook and other 
financial documents, depriving Maha Al-Hussayen of a way to provide for 
her 
family.

"This is completely unacceptable and unconscionable," Miller said. She 
urged university students and other Moscow residents "to speak out in 
support of the Al-Hussayens."

"The federal government is capitalizing on the public's fear of 
terrorism 
to create what constitutes a witch hunt against innocent individuals," 
Miller said.

The head of the Islamic Student Association at the University of Idaho 
called the arrest a misunderstanding and urged residents not to jump to 
conclusions about Al-Hussayen, 34.

"We can assure the community of our brother Sami's innocence," Marwan 
Mossaad said. "If anything, this man has always been a man of charity 
and 
peace."

Other Muslim students met Wednesday night at the mosque in Moscow and 
expressed worries about being arrested, he said…

Blain Dahlstrom, an INS official in Seattle, said Al-Hussayen's wife 
and 
children will be allowed to remain in the United States pending the 
disposition of the case. If Al-Hussayen is convicted, he and his family 
would face deportation, Dahlstrom said, adding the lives of 
international 
students on U.S. campuses are more controlled because of a new 
nationwide 
system that tracks their movements.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service began enforcing the new 
Student 
Exchange and Visitor Information System - SEVIS - on Feb. 15. It 
requires 
colleges, universities and trade schools to report, via the Internet, 
information such as enrollment, employment, name and address changes, 
or 
disciplinary or criminal actions against foreign students…

Mossaad was reluctant to talk Thursday about the new wariness of 
international students.

"Everyone is in pretty bad shape right now," he said. "Many of us left 
our 
countries because we could not express our own views. Maybe now that's 
changing here."

Mossaad said some Arabic students believe their movements and 
activities 
are being monitored…

Idaho President Robert Hoover said universities will be changing their 
policies over the next few years to reflect new security concerns.

"The University of Idaho is not the same place today as it was 
yesterday," 
Hoover said. "A university's value is its openness. That's been 
challenged 
by this event."

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ATTORNEY: ANTI-MUSLIM BOMB PLOT WAS A FANTASY FOR PODIATRIST
Mitch Stacy, Associated Press, 2/28/03

SEMINOLE, Fla. - The plot looks to be the work of a meticulous weapons 
hobbyist bent on avenging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by wiping out 
a 
neighborhood Muslim center and killing everyone in sight.

A detailed "mission template" found last summer in Robert Jay 
Goldstein's 
townhouse had him planting homemade bombs and using powerful automatic 
weapons to destroy the Islamic Society of Pinellas County mosque and 
cultural center. He would eliminate police officers, too, if they got 
in 
the way.

"Will storm (main building) and open-fire on all rags and then bolt out 
and 
let the (explosive) devices do the rest," the handwritten plan said, 
employing a derogatory term for Muslim people.

The question: Would the 38-year-old podiatrist really have pulled on a 
black sweatshirt and pulled off a daring, bloody siege that surely 
would 
have garnered headlines worldwide?

His attorney, Myles Malman, says no. He says Goldstein is mentally ill 
and 
that the plot was a fantasy, something akin to "Dungeons and Dragons."

Others, though, are convinced he was dead serious. And the case against 
him 
appeared to get even stronger Wednesday when his 29-year-old wife, 
Kristi, 
cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to tell them what she knows...

"We were frightened," said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, who worships at the mosque allegedly 
targeted 
by Goldstein. "We were shocked. And we were upset. We felt like the 
government wasn't taking it seriously..."

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SOME POLICE SEARCHES BANNED IN SETTLEMENT OF RACIAL PROFILING SUIT
Associated Press, 2/28/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/5281190.htm

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Highway Patrol settled a 
racial-profiling 
lawsuit Thursday by agreeing to ban some car searches and require 
officers 
to specify the reason for each traffic stop beyond just a hunch about 
wrongdoing.

The settlement, filed in federal court, also requires the highway 
patrol to 
track all stops and constantly review that database to spot whether any 
officer is pulling over a disproportionate number of black or Hispanic 
motorists. The highway patrol also must pay $875,000 in fees and 
damages.

Highway patrol officials have insisted officers do not profile or 
discriminate, and under the settlement they admitted no wrongdoing.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the 
class-action lawsuit on behalf of three San Francisco Bay-area drivers, 
hailed the settlement as a victory when the war on terrorism has 
bolstered 
profiling as a law-enforcement tool…

ACLU lawyers said the settlement was particularly important given the 
targeting of Arab and Muslim Americans by terrorism investigators.

"It's a statement and a reminder that racial profiling is wrong, that 
racial profiling is not necessary for effective law enforcement," said 
Alan 
Schlosser, legal director for the ACLU of Northern California...

SEE ALSO:

GROUP ASKS BUSH TO STOP PROFILING ARABS
Jonathan D. Salant, Associated Press, 2/28/03

WASHINGTON - A leading civil rights groups has asked President Bush to 
end 
the extra scrutiny given to Arabs and Muslims in the post-Sept. 11 
fight 
against terrorism.

In a letter Thursday to the president, the Leadership Conference on 
Civil 
Rights said singling out people of Middle Eastern or South Asian 
ancestry 
is just as wrong as racial profiling directed against blacks and 
Hispanics. 
The organization asked to meet with Bush to discuss how to end the 
practice.

Not all drug crimes are committed by African Americans and Hispanics, 
and, 
likewise, not all terrorism is committed by Arabs, Muslims or South 
Asians," the group wrote.

A call to the White House was not immediately returned…

SEE: http://www.civilrights.org/issues/cj/details.cfm?id=11408
http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/racial_profiling/

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BUSH MAY SIGNAL SHIFT ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 2/28/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13827-2003Feb27.html

In his speech Wednesday evening on postwar Iraq, President Bush 
signaled a 
shift in the administration's policy on the controversial issue of 
Israeli 
settlements, apparently embracing the Israeli government's view that 
substantial concessions by the Palestinians are necessary before Israel 
must begin to rein in the expansion of settlements in the occupied 
territories.

"As progress is made towards peace, settlement activity in the occupied 
territories must end," Bush said. In contrast to earlier speeches, Bush 
dropped a reference to a 2001 report recommending how to resolve the 
settlement issue, a diplomatic nuance that experts said had important 
implications…

SEE ALSO:

PALESTINIAN MAN IN HOSPITAL DISPUTE DIES
Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press, 2/28/03

NABLUS, West Bank - A Palestinian grandfather who was shot in the 
stomach 
by Israeli soldiers during a sweep for militants died after being 
transferred from an Israeli hospital to the West Bank during a winter 
storm, his family says.

Family members say Fathi Abu Jabarrah, 60, was discharged prematurely - 
and 
knowingly put at risk - because of a payment dispute. The Israeli 
hospital 
denies discharging him over a lack of payment, saying when he left he 
was 
well on the road to recovery.

"I don't understand how this happened," said his wife, Wajiha Abu 
Jabarrah, 
47. "They should have kept treating him at that hospital."

Abu Jabarrah, 60, was celebrating Eid al-Adha, Islam's biggest feast, 
on 
Feb. 11, when soldiers stopped him for questioning, according to his 
wife. 
While he and other residents were waiting on a corner for troops, a 
group 
of soldiers began firing from across the street, she said. An 
8-year-old 
boy was killed in the gunfire, and Abu Jabarrah was shot in stomach…

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TALK OF ARAB 'DEMOCRACY' IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SCIMITAR
Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 2/28/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/28/international/middleeast/28ARAB.html

CAIRO - Mr. Bush's vision of a new Iraq -- democratic, oil-rich and 
allied 
with the West -- may have become an overarching justification for his 
argument to oust Mr. Hussein by force. But interviews with politicians 
and 
analysts here suggest many Arabs are unconvinced that a war against 
Iraq 
would bring stability, let alone democracy, a view supported by a 
large, 
boisterous antiwar demonstration today.

On the contrary, those interviewed said the forcible overthrow of 
Iraq's 
dictatorship would unleash a fury of anti-American sentiment, 
especially 
among fundamentalist Islamic forces, resulting in new crackdowns that 
would 
stifle democratic changes.

Even those who might benefit most from democracy here -- people like 
Mr. 
Said or Essam el-Erian, whose political organization, the Muslim 
Brotherhood, is officially banned -- argued that the imposition of 
democracy by force in Iraq would be viewed as American repression, not 
liberation.

"By destroying Iraq," said Dr. Erian, a pathologist who has spent six 
years 
in prison under Egypt's emergency laws, "you are opening the door not 
to 
democracy, but to hell..."

Many of those interviewed accused Mr. Bush of double standards in 
calling 
for democracy in the Arab world when it has demanded the ouster of 
Yasir 
Arafat as leader of the Palestinian Authority, even though he was 
chosen in 
an internationally monitored election. Dr. Erian also noted that Iran, 
an 
Islamic, if not Arab state, was "more democratic than any other in the 
region" but has been branded by Mr. Bush as part of what he views as an 
"axis of evil…"

SEE ALSO:

WILD HORSES COULDN'T DRAG ME TO WAR
Dick Turner, Orlando Sentinel, 2/28/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpmyword28022803feb28,0,4912997.story

Maybe it's because Saddam Hussein dissed Dubya's daddy. Maybe it's 
because 
Dick Cheney can't wait to gobble up more of the world's oil supply. 
Maybe 
it's because certain politicians are obligated to support Israel at any 
cost.

Whatever the case, it's obvious that we are about to blow Iraq to 
smithereens -- which the president says we are going to do "in the name 
of 
peace." Somewhat like saying, "I'm a nonviolent man and I'll kill 
anyone 
who says otherwise."

Well, I think the whole thing is a sham and a shame. Iraq, with its 
suspected nuclear weapons, is certainly less a threat to the United 
States 
than North Korea with its known nukes. Why then are we so hellbent on 
obliterating this California-sized nation with one-tenth our 
population?...

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ACTIVISTS FEAR CLUSTER BOMBS TO BE USED IN IRAQ
Jeremy Lovell, Reuters, 2/28/03

LONDON (Reuters) - With war threatened in Iraq, activists Friday 
launched a 
global appeal for a ban on cluster bombs, many of whose victims are 
children not even born when the bombs were dropped.

Thousands of cluster bombs were dropped on Kosovo and Afghanistan, each 
containing some 200 "bomblets" of which up to 10 percent fail to 
detonate 
immediately and which, in effect, become landmines awaiting the unwary.

Unexploded bomblets designed to penetrate armor are still claiming 
lives in 
Kuwait 12 years after the Gulf War, and some three decades after the 
end of 
the Vietnam War people are still being maimed and killed by long 
forgotten 
cluster munitions.

"These are weapons that have the effect of targeting the young because 
of 
the inquisitiveness of youth," veteran war correspondent Martin Bell 
told 
reporters at the launch of the global petition against cluster bombs.

"Are we really going to sow these things in a country where half the 
population are under 15?" he said, referring to Iraq…

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WINNING A WAR AND LOSING THE WORLD
William Pfaff, International Herald Tribune, 2/27/03
http://www.iht.com/articles/87964.html

PARIS - The Bush government's Phony War against Iraq now has lasted 
longer 
than the Phony War of 1939-1940. With each month of delay, opposition 
to 
the American plan to invade Iraq has intensified. The administration's 
manners in campaigning for war have provoked a real anti-Americanism in 
West European opinion, going much beyond mere dissent on this one 
issue…

The incompetence of all this is what surprises. Never before has the 
Iraqi 
despot had so many governments trying to prevent an attack on him. 
Never 
before has opinion in the liberal democracies been so alienated from 
the 
United States.

The president and his men have put their own team in a hole so deep 
that 
when Washington does go to war against Iraq, as it soon will, it is 
unlikely to have any major allies left other than the governments of 
Britain, Spain and Poland…

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TWO MEN CREATE BRIDGE OVER NIGERIA'S TROUBLED WATERS
Christian Science Monitor, 2/28/03
http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2003/0228/p07s01-woaf.html

KADUNA, NIGERIA - In a conflict zone between the Muslim north and the 
Christian south, two former enemies find common ground and share a 
peacemaking mission.

James Wuye was once a self-described militant Christian youth, and 
Muhammad 
Ashafa a radical Muslim activist - unlikely partners in efforts to 
bring 
peace to Kaduna, the ground zero of religious conflict in Nigeria.

But instead of battling when violence breaks out, Reverend Wuye, a 
Pentecostal preacher, and Imam Ashafa, who leads a local mosque, go to 
the 
frontlines to try to calm tempers and find solutions...

Wuye and Ashafa share duties in the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Forum and 
the 
Inter-Faith Mediation Center, organizations they jointly founded to 
create 
better understanding between the communities and to mediate when 
violence 
occurs. They hold workshops on conflict resolution with vigilante 
groups 
and sharia police in Kaduna and nearby states. They've produced a 
weekly 
series on local television, quoting passages of the Koran and the Bible 
showing common ground between Islam and Christianity.

They've written a book called "The Pastor and The Imam: Responding to 
Conflict." And they meet with both sides in simmering disputes to try 
to 
prevent violence. If clashes do break out, they rush to the scene to 
try to 
quell tensions, at times putting themselves in danger. During the Miss 
World clashes, they drove religious leaders around affected 
neighborhoods 
on a bus, and arranged to have them appear on television to appeal for 
calm...

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GEORGETOWN SYMPOSIUM ON U.S/MIDEAST RELATIONS

WHAT: Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is 
holding its 28th Annual Spring Symposium titled, ""The US in the Middle 
East: Manifest Destiny?"

This year's symposium will undertake a critical analysis of the role of 
the 
United States, present and prospective, in the Middle East. Since 
September 
11, 2001, the United States has formulated new policies and pursued new 
strategies at home and abroad, some of which have precipitated intense 
controversy and debate. Prominent academics, government officials, 
intellectuals, journalists and political observers from the Middle 
East, 
Europe and the United States will analyze the current state of affairs 
over 
a period of two days.

WHEN: Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28
WHERE: Georgetown University Conference Center - Leavey Center Salons 
C, H, 
and F

To register, go to http://www.ccasonline.org/Symposium2003/index.htm or 
call
(202) 687-6215

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CAIR NY LECTURE ON LEGACY OF MALCOLM X THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES

WHAT: CAIR-NY presents the 2nd Annual Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Memorial 
Lecture
with contributions from Suad Abdul-Khabeer (Poet), Safiya Bukhari 
(Jerico 
Movement), Myrian Medina (Women In Islam/Alianza Islamica), and Halima 
Toure
(Hostos Community College)

WHEN: Friday, February 28, 6 P.M. - 9 P.M.
WHERE: The Interchurch Center Lounge, 475 Riverside Drive at 120th 
Street
(Entrance on Claremont Avenue)
CONTACT: CAIR-NY at (212)870-2002

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VA FUNDRAISING EVENT TO HIGHLIGHT CIVIL RIGHTS

WHAT: MAS Freedom Foundation is holding a fundraising event titled, 
"Protecting the Muslim Community, A Call to Action!" Guest speakers 
include:

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Mahdi Bray - Executive Director of the MAS Freedom Foundation
Carl Massinio - The Partnership for Civil Justice
Rev. Graylan Hagler - President of the National Christian Muslim 
Coalition
Hillary Shelton - Director of the NAACP Washington, DC office.

WHEN: Sunday, March 2 at 8 P.M.
WHERE: Dar Al Al-Hijrah Islamic Center - Falls Church, VA
CONTACT: Sister Sherifah Rafiq, MAS Freedom Foundation at (202) 
496-1288

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CALL FOR PAPERS: ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM SOCIAL SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE

The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) is calling for 
papers 
for its 32nd annual conference titled "East Meets West: Understanding 
the 
Muslim Presence in Europe and North America".

The Muslim presence in "the West" is thought to be a new, and to some, 
a 
troubling phenomenon. But what does the rapidly growing western Muslim 
community really imply? Are there tensions between being a "Muslim" and 
a 
"Westerner?" What impact can Muslims have on western societies and 
policies? Can we go beyond the "clash of civilizations" thesis that has 
supporters in both the non-Muslim and Muslim worlds?

The 32nd AMSS Annual Conference, to be held at Indiana University in 
Bloomington, from September 26 - 28, 2003, is an opportunity to explore 
these, and related, questions about the Muslim presence in the West, 
past, 
present, and future. The idea that Muslims and the West represent 
incompatible values, propagated by both Muslims and non-Muslims, is a 
well-worn topic of examination. We are looking for papers that will 
bring 
fresh insights to the situation of Muslims in the West. Ideally, 
participants will produce innovative ideas that will be a benefit not 
only 
to academia, but also to those activists and policy-makers seeking to 
better the lives of Muslims in the West, and indeed, around the globe.

DEADLINES: Abstracts - May 15, 2003, Papers - August 22, 2003
For more information, go to 
http://amss.net/Conferences/ConferenceCall32.htm or contact AMSS 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/2/2003

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* ATTACK ON MUSLIM PROBED AS BIAS CRIME  (Star-Ledger)
* REVEALED: US DIRTY TRICKS TO WIN VOTE ON IRAQ WAR (Observer)
	- Standing Firm: But Paper Admits Translation Goof (Drudge)
* AMERICA USES ISRAEL'S WORDS TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION (Independent)
	- 7 Killed in Israeli Incursion Into Gaza (AP)
	- Sharon's Coalition Rules out Palestinian State (Morning Herald)
	- Not a Week for Reality (Washington Post)
	- Bush Ex Machina (New York Times)
* PATRIOT ACT'S BIG BROTHER (Nation)
	- Legislation Curtailing Patriot Act to be Introduced (AP)
	- Americans Need to Defend Rights (Detroit Free Press)
	- Hotline Advises Immigrants (Mercury News)
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ATTACK ON MUSLIM PROBED AS BIAS CRIME
REGINALD ROBERTS, Star-Ledger, 3/2/03
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-2/104658947964230.xml

Wearing a cap and robe, Zulfiqar Ahmad and two of his sons had just 
left a 
Muslim service when they stopped at the Pathmark on Lyons Avenue in 
Irvington.

When he went to his car the night of Feb. 21 to retrieve his wallet, 
Ahmad 
said he was accosted by two men who accused him of being a terrorist.

"You are killing my people in America," he said the men shouted at him 
as 
they knocked him to ground, kicking him in his head, abdomen and groin. 
"You have to go back to your country."

During the attack, the suspect cursed him, Ahmad, 33, said. "They used 
very 
dirty words…"

"So far there are no suspects," said Deputy Police Chief Steven 
Palamara. 
"But we are working on a lead."

Palamara asked for the public's help in catching the suspects, 
described as 
two white males, both in their early to mid-20s, one standing 6 feet 
tall, 
weighing about 215 pounds, blond hair and the other about 5 feet 5 
inches 
tall, slim and clean-shaven.

Anyone with information on the incident, which happened about 11:30 
p.m., 
is asked to call Detective Henry Delmoral at (973) 399-6763…

Ahmad lives with his wife and six children ages 13 months to 12 years 
old 
in the Ivy Hill Apartments in Newark. He said it was the first time he 
had 
been physically attacked.

But since Sept. 11, he said he and other Muslim families who live in 
his 
ethnically mixed apartment complex feel threatened. "We have no 
protection," he said.

Ahmad, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan nearly 10 
years 
ago, said he would not rest easily until his attackers are caught. "I 
want 
justice," he said...

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REVEALED: US DIRTY TRICKS TO WIN VOTE ON IRAQ WAR
Martin Bright, Ed Vulliamy, Peter Beaumont, The Observer, 3/2/03
http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,905899,00.html

The United States is conducting a secret 'dirty tricks' campaign 
against UN 
Security Council delegations in New York as part of its battle to win 
votes 
in favour of war against Iraq.

Details of the aggressive surveillance operation, which involves 
interception of the home and office telephones and the emails of UN 
delegates in New York, are revealed in a document leaked to The 
Observer.

The disclosures were made in a memorandum written by a top official at 
the 
National Security Agency - the US body which intercepts communications 
around the world - and circulated to both senior agents in his 
organisation 
and to a friendly foreign intelligence agency asking for its input.

The memo describes orders to staff at the agency, whose work is clouded 
in 
secrecy, to step up its surveillance operations 'particularly directed 
at...UN Security Council Members (minus US and GBR, of course)' to 
provide 
up-to-the-minute intelligence for Bush officials on the voting 
intentions 
of UN members regarding the issue of Iraq.

The leaked memorandum makes clear that the target of the heightened 
surveillance efforts are the delegations from Angola, Cameroon, Chile, 
Mexico, Guinea and Pakistan at the UN headquarters in New York - the 
so-called 'Middle Six' delegations whose votes are being fought over by 
the 
pro-war party, led by the US and Britain, and the party arguing for 
more 
time for UN inspections, led by France, China and Russia…

The existence of the surveillance operation, understood to have been 
requested by President Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza 
Rice, 
is deeply embarrassing to the Americans in the middle of their efforts 
to 
win over the undecided delegations.

The language and content of the memo were judged to be authentic by 
three 
former intelligence operatives shown it by The Observer. We were also 
able 
to establish that Frank Koza does work for the NSA and could confirm 
his 
senior post in the Regional Targets section of the organisation.

The NSA main switchboard put The Observer through to extension 6727 at 
the 
agency which was answered by an assistant, who confirmed it was Koza's 
office. However, when The Observer asked to talk to Koza about the 
surveillance of diplomatic missions at the United Nations, it was then 
told 
'You have reached the wrong number'.

On protesting that the assistant had just said this was Koza's 
extension, 
the assistant repeated that it was an erroneous extension, and hung up.

While many diplomats at the UN assume they are being bugged, the memo 
reveals for the first time the scope and scale of US communications 
intercepts targeted against the New York-based missions…

SEE ALSO:

STANDING FIRM: BUT PAPER ADMITS TRANSLATION GOOF
Drudgereport.com, 3/2/03
http://www.drudgereport.com/matt.htm

London's OBSERVER newssheet altered words of a "top secret" email from 
a 
alleged National Security Agency worker -- an email which detailed a 
U.S. 
plan to spy on key U.N. Security Council members!

"The email was originally transcribed with English spellings 
standardised 
for a British audience," the paper claimed on Sunday after the DRUDGE 
REPORT revealed the oddity of an American government worker typing 
favorable as 'favourable', recognize as 'recognise' and emphasize as 
'emphasise'.

Other errors also appeared in the paper's online document of the 
purported 
email text. The spelling of the NSA official's name was strangely 
changed 
from "Frank Koza" to "Frank Kozu"; and the top secret marker of "Top 
Secret//COMINT//XL" should have read "Top Secret//COMINT//X1" to 
conform to 
any government coding.

The multiple errors immediately ignited questions about the 
authenticity of 
the email and raised credibility issues over the entire OBSERVER 
report.

Spelling alterations and typographical slip-ups not withstanding, 
editors 
of the OBSERVER are standing tough behind the results of the paper's 
investigation…

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AMERICA USES ISRAEL'S WORDS TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION
Robert Fisk, Independent, 2/28/03
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=382362

Ah, to be a "viable" state! The word "viable" has now become the be-all 
and 
end-all of American policy towards Palestine. "For its part," George 
Bush 
told us, "the new government of Israel, as the terror threat is removed 
and 
security improves, will be expected to support the creation of a viable 
Palestinian state."

Well, since Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, says that the 
Palestinians may only get 50 per cent of the West Bank and his new 
chums in 
his coalition government are all for more settlements in that area, why 
should Muslims take this talk seriously? They don't. It's just another 
word 
trick to kick-arse the Arabs into support - or at least acquiescence - 
in 
the American invasion of Iraq.

Not once did President Bush mention the word "oil" - save for a brief 
reference to the disastrous oil-for-food "programme" - though there was 
just one mention of the occupied territories (or "so-called occupied" 
as 
Donald Rumsfeld infamously called them). But once America occupies 
Iraq, 
what argument can the Arabs deploy against Israel? If the West Bank is 
occupied, well so is Iraq. If the United States occupied Iraq to spare 
the 
world from "terror", why shouldn't Israel occupy the West Bank to spare 
itself from "terror"? Few have yet worked through this dangerous 
equation…

So on we go to a "free and peaceful Iraq". But what was it President 
Bush 
told us? "Iraqi lives and freedom matter greatly to us," he said.

Since when? When Iraqi men and women were being raped in President 
Saddam's 
torture chambers in 1983, Donald Rumsfeld was in Baghdad asking the 
Iraqi 
leader if he could reopen the US embassy. Rebuilding Iraq will require 
"a 
sustained commitment from many nations" but "we will remain in Iraq as 
long 
as necessary and not a day more". How extraordinary. For these are 
precisely the same words used by Israel when it invaded Lebanon in 
1982. It 
took Israel 22 years and hundreds of Israeli lives - and thousands of 
Arab 
lives - before that occupation ended.

Ah, what it is to fight for "the liberty of an oppressed people" - this 
is 
Mr Bush on Iraq - provided, of course, they are not Palestinian...

SEE ALSO:

7 KILLED IN ISRAELI INCURSION INTO GAZA
IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press, 3/2/03

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli tanks moved into the Nusseirat and 
Bureij refugee camps in the central part of the Gaza Strip early 
Monday, 
witnesses said, killing seven people and destroying two houses.

The incursion followed pledges by Israeli officials to crack down on 
militants from the violent Islamic Hamas. The Israeli military would 
say 
only that an operation was in progress.

Witnesses said the focus of the incursion was the Bureij camp, where 
soldiers blew up two houses after demanding that the residents leave.

Palestinians said at least two of the seven dead were civilians - a 
14-year-old boy who was shot dead and a woman whose house collapsed 
from 
the force of the blast next door. The bodies of the dead were still in 
the 
camp, residents said, and dozens of wounded from Israeli gunfire were 
lying 
untreated in the streets…

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SHARON'S HARDLINE COALITION RULES OUT PALESTINIAN STATE
Chris McGreal, Sydney Morning Herald, 3/1/03
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/28/1046407751688.html

The Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, virtually ruled out the 
creation 
of a Palestinian state under his hawkish new government just a day 
after 
the United States President, George Bush, pledged to broker a peace 
deal 
once he had dealt with Iraq.

Hours before his cabinet was sworn in on Thursday, Mr Sharon revealed 
to 
the Knesset that he had backed away from his commitment to the 
Palestinian 
state envisioned by Washington's "road map" for a settlement, as part 
of 
the deal to put together his government.

Mr Sharon told parliament that the road map was "a matter of 
controversy in 
the coalition" and had been dropped from the written agreement that 
drew 
far right, pro-settler and anti-religious parties into the Government. 
Mr 
Sharon will also have frustrated his US friends by promising to expand 
Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

A Palestinian cabinet minister, Saeb Erekat, said Mr Sharon's speech 
killed 
any prospect of a peace process under the new government.

"He is saying there is no road map, no peace process. It's a government 
for 
the settlers, from the settlers and by the settlers. I think Sharon 
made it 
clear tonight that he wants the Palestinians to surrender to him. I 
hope 
President Bush will see the light…"

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NOT A WEEK FOR REALITY
Mary McGrory, Washington Post, 3/2/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18961-2003Feb28.html

The idea that the war would benefit Palestinians is stunning and 
totally 
contradicted by the record. Bush has sedulously ignored the Middle 
East.

He has accepted all of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's alibis for 
not 
going forward with the "road map" that the so-called Quartet -- 
consisting 
of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia 
-- 
is supposed to use in negotiations. Sharon pleaded suicide bombers, the 
election and finally the formation of his new government as reasons not 
to 
come to the table. The time for action has never been ripe, nor is it 
likely to be: Sharon has chosen a hard-line cabinet that would rather 
fight 
than switch…

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BUSH EX MACHINA
MAUREEN DOWD, New York Times, 3/2/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/02/opinion/02DOWD.html

"A new regime in Iraq would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example 
of 
freedom for other nations in the region," he said, adding: "Success in 
Iraq 
could also begin a new stage for Middle Eastern peace, and set in 
motion 
progress towards a truly democratic Palestinian state."

Conservatives began drawing up steroid-fueled plans to reorder the 
world a 
decade ago, imperial blueprints fantastical enough to make "Star Wars" 
look 
achievable.

In 1992, Dick Cheney, the defense secretary for Bush 41, and his aides, 
Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby, drafted a document asserting that 
America 
should prepare to cast off formal alliances and throw its military 
weight 
around to prevent the rise of any "potential future global competitor" 
and 
to preclude the spread of nuclear weapons…

In 1996, Richard Perle, now a Pentagon adviser, and Douglas Feith, now 
a 
Rumsfeld aide, helped write a report about how Israel could transcend 
the 
problems with the Palestinians by changing the "balance of power" in 
the 
Middle East, and by replacing Saddam.

The hawks saw their big chance after 9/11, but they feared that it 
would be 
hard to sell a eschatological scheme to stomp out Islamic terrorism by 
recreating the Arab world. So they found Saddam guilty of a crime he 
could 
commit later: helping Osama unleash hell on us…

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PATRIOT ACT'S BIG BROTHER
David Cole, The Nation, 2/27/03
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030317&s=cole

If the Patriot Act was so named to imply that those who question its 
sweeping new powers of surveillance, detention and prosecution are 
traitors, the DSEA takes that theme one giant step further. It provides 
that any citizen, even native-born, who supports even the lawful 
activities 
of an organization the executive branch deems "terrorist" is 
presumptively 
stripped of his or her citizenship. To date, the "war on terrorism" has 
largely been directed at noncitizens, especially Arabs and Muslims. But 
the 
DSEA would actually turn citizens associated with "terrorist" groups 
into 
aliens.

They would then be subject to the deportation power, which the DSEA 
would 
expand to give the Attorney General the authority to deport any 
noncitizen 
whose presence he deems a threat to our "national defense, foreign 
policy 
or economic interests." One federal court of appeals has already ruled 
that 
this standard is not susceptible to judicial review. So this provision 
would give the Attorney General unreviewable authority to deport any 
noncitizen he chooses, with no need to prove that the person has 
engaged in 
any criminal or harmful conduct…

Other provisions are designed to further insulate the war on terrorism 
from 
public and judicial scrutiny. The bill would authorize secret arrests, 
a 
practice common in totalitarian regimes but never before authorized in 
the 
United States. It would terminate court orders barring illegal police 
spying entered before September 11, 2001, without regard to the need 
for 
judicial supervision. It would allow secret government wiretaps and 
searches without even a warrant from the supersecret Foreign 
Intelligence 
Surveillance Court when Congress has authorized the use of force. And 
it 
would give the government the same access to credit reports as private 
companies, without judicial supervision…

SEE ALSO:

SANDERS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION CURTAILING PATRIOT ACT
Associated Press, 3/2/03

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Rep. Bernard Sanders plans to introduce 
legislation 
next week aimed at reducing the FBI's power to investigate libraries 
and 
bookstores.
The bill would raise the legal threshold government agents must achieve 
before a court grants permission to search library or bookstore 
records.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will be co-sponsoring the legislation, said 
Sanders, an independent...

The Patriot Act, approved after the 2001 terrorist attacks, allows 
government agents to seek court orders to seize records "for an 
investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine 
intelligence activities."

Such court orders cannot be challenged like a traditional subpoena. 
Bookstores and libraries are barred from telling anyone if they get 
one.

Sanders said the legislation he and Paul planned to introduce would 
reduce 
that searching power, but he did not outline specifics Saturday.

Bear Pond Books in Montpelier said last month it will purge purchase 
records for customers if they ask, and it has already dumped the names 
of 
books bought by its readers' club.

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AMERICANS NEED TO DEFEND RIGHTS AS MUCH AS NATION'S SECURITY
RON DZWONKOWSKI, Detroit Free Press, 3/1/03
http://www.freep.com/

In this period when we have so much to worry about -- war, the troops, 
the 
terrorists, the economy, take your pick -- don't forget your rights, 
too.

This nation, for all its guts and glory, has a history of trying in 
troubled, fearful times, to suppress or remove the rights that enabled 
it 
to become great in the first place. And the people have historically 
been 
willing to let it happen, usually cowed by government declarations that 
the 
future of the republic is in peril. The national security argument 
seems to 
trump the Bill of Rights every time in the public's perception.

Meantime, if the government wants to suspend civil rights -- as 
President 
Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil war; or jail a German-born 
symphony 
conductor for refusing to play the National Anthem before a concert, as 
happened during World war I; or pack Japanese Americans into internment 
camps, as President Franklin Roosevelt ordered during World War II; or 
ruin 
people's lives on the basis of anonymous charges that they were godless 
communists, as happened during the early days of the Cold War; or round 
up 
Muslim men and subject them to indefinite detention and secret court 
proceedings, as has happened since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 
2001 
-- well, those are trades we appear willing to make, at least until the 
rights affected are ours…

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HOTLINE ADVISES IMMIGRANTS
Jessie Mangaliman, San Jose Mercury News, 3/1/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5292916.htm

In a long, narrow room with one window, Samina Faheem operates the 
country's only volunteer hotline designed to answer questions about a 
new 
national security program that requires men and boys from certain 
countries 
to register with the federal government.

"AMA-PADF hotline, may I help you?" Faheem said in the cramped Newark 
office of the American Muslim Alliance and the Pakistan American 
Democratic 
Forum, two Bay Area-based national groups that set up the hotline about 
a 
month ago.

The hotline is a response from immigrant communities across the Bay 
Area to 
the program that requires certain people on temporary visas to register 
with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service -- which today 
was 
dissolved and absorbed into the Department of Homeland Security...

Some callers have questions about the requirements for special 
registration. Others want to find a lawyer. Several needed bail because 
they or loved ones had been detained.

"People are fearful and panicky," Faheem said…

"The response has been overwhelming," said Agha Saeed, chairman of 
Muslim 
alliance. "The need was for people to get immediate help and advice. We 
thought the best way is a hotline."

Faheem says she has heard from people across the country who hold valid 
visas but have nonetheless been detained. She recently found an 
attorney 
for a foreign student from Houston who has been in detention since Jan. 
29. 
Another Pakistani who holds an H-1B visa was denied re-entry into the 
United States after visiting a brother in Canada.

"It's like being on parole from prison. They're treating people who 
haven't 
done anything like criminals," Saeed said...

If you have questions about the special registration process, you can 
call 
the toll-free hotline at (866) 815-7233…

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			- MEDIA ADVISORY -

BEATING OF CALIFORNIA MUSLIM PROMPTS CALL FOR FBI PROBE
Other assaults occur in Northern California and New Jersey

WHAT: On Tuesday, March 4, the Southern California office of the 
Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), along with other civil rights and 
religious organizations, will hold a noon news conference in Anaheim to 
call for an FBI investigation of recent bias-related attacks on Muslims 
in 
California and New Jersey.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group reports 
that a 
Muslim teenager was severely beaten February 22 in Yorba Linda, Calif., 
by 
a group of some twenty attackers using baseball bats and golf clubs. 
The 
assailants, at least two of whom were reported to be white 
supremacists, 
allegedly shouted racial slurs such as "F**k the Arabs," "you Arab 
pieces 
of s**t," and "camel jockeys." The 18-year-old victim sustained 
multiple 
head injuries and stab wounds. He underwent reconstructive surgery on 
March 
1 during which metal plates were used to repair facial bone fractures.
		
In Irvington, New Jersey, a Muslim father of six was assaulted February 
21 
by two men who accused him of being a terrorist. The Star-Ledger 
newspaper 
reported that the attackers said, "You have to go back to your 
country," as 
they knocked the victim to the ground, kicking and injuring him in his 
head, abdomen and groin.

SEE: 
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-2/104658947964230.xml

In Santa Clara, Calif., a Muslim woman wearing Islamic attire was 
assaulted 
February 28 in the laundry room of her apartment building. She was 
punched 
in the face and suffered a split lip and bruises. Every item in the 
woman's 
laundry was later found to be torn and stabbed by a sharp object. The 
attack is being investigated as a possible bias-related incident.

"We believe this recent increase in attacks on American Muslims is a 
direct 
result of the barrage of pro-war and anti-Islam rhetoric coming from 
right-wing and evangelical leaders," said CAIR-LA Executive Director 
Hussam 
Ayloush. "The FBI needs to take these incidents seriously to help 
provide a 
sense of security for ordinary American Muslims," said Ayloush. He 
added 
that government officials, elected representatives and political 
commentators should also cool down their rhetoric and acknowledge that 
harsh words can lead to violent actions.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, Noon

WHERE: CAIR-LA Office, 2180 West Crescent Ave., Suite F, Anaheim, CA

NOTE: Photographs of injuries sustained by the Yorba Linda victim will 
be 
on display at the news conference. A family representative will also be 
available for comment.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-MAIL: 
cair_sca@cair-california.org; CAIR-Northern California, 408-986-9874, 
CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 703-861-7294, 
E-MAIL: 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/3/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GENEROSITY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- Move to Remove Muslim Stereotypes (Newsday)
	- Positive Feedback on 'Islam in America' Campaign
* CAIR WORKSHOP ON ISLAM FOR EDUCATORS (Dallas Morning News)
* ONE MAN'S TENSE RIDE ON THE LIRR (Newsday)
	- Sikh Group to Sue NYPD for Discrimination
* PILGRIMS RETURN TO CALLS FOR PEACE (Washington Post)
	- Criticism of US Unites Iraqi Opposition (CS Monitor)
* INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CASES MISLABELED (Washington Post)
* CHIEF U.S. IMAGE MAKER TO MUSLIM WORLD STEPS DOWN
	- U.S. Cringes at Arab Images (Chicago Tribune)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GENEROSITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A generous man is near 
God, 
near Paradise, near men, and far from Hell. But a miser is far from 
God, 
far from Paradise, far from men, and near Hell. Indeed, an ignorant man 
who 
is generous is dearer to God than a worshipper who is miserly."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 580

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

MOVE TO REMOVE MUSLIM STEREOTYPES
Monty Phan, Newsday, 3/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/business/printedition/ny-bzad3154519mar03,0,3559798.column

A new advertising campaign from the Council on American- Islamic 
Relations 
is seeking to change preconceived notions about Muslims.

The print ads, which began running two weeks ago in the Sunday New York 
Times, will run in the paper once a week for a year. The council also 
is 
encouraging community newspapers and publications to run the ads by 
making 
them available on a Web site, www.americanmuslims.info.

"The idea is to get it in as many papers as possible," said Hodan 
Hassan, a 
spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based Islamic advocacy group.

The first ad pictures an African- American girl, an Asian man and a 
Caucasian male, along with the question, "Which one of us is a Muslim?" 
Below, the answer reads, "We all are...we're American Muslims."

A portion of the text reads, "It's impossible to make general 
assumptions 
about Muslims because we represent more than 1 billion people from a 
vast 
range of races, nationalities and cultures - from the South Pacific to 
the 
horn of Africa." The ad states that only about 18 percent of Muslims 
live 
in the Arabic-speaking world and that the largest Muslim community is 
in 
Indonesia.

The second ad shows a Muslim Girl Scout troop from California, under 
the 
headline, "We're Americans and we're Muslims."

The campaign was designed to combat unfavorable stereotypes of Muslims, 
including anti-Islamic sentiment as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks 
and 
messages in popular entertainment, which often depict Muslims in a 
negative 
light.

Hassan said the ads build on an earlier campaign that sought to educate 
people via pamphlets and other educational materials.

"I think it will help humanize American Muslims," Hassan said. "We're 
more 
than just caricatures you might see on TV or in films."

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' CAMPAIGN

The following are excerpts from e-mails sent to CAIR regarding the 
"Islam 
in America" advertising campaign:

"I read your ad in the Times today, and I think your ad is a great 
idea. 
Your explanation of the hijab--that it is to emphasize character, not 
appearance, is something I did not know. Though I live in a 
neighborhood 
where many of my neighbors are Muslim, I know very little of the 
religion…As Islam is a relatively new element in American society, I, 
like 
most Americans, am mostly ignorant of the subject.

Unfortunately, most exposure to Muslim ideas and movements are through 
the 
actions of violent extremists. And though I often hear that these 
positions 
are not truly Muslim, it is hardly ever countered with an explanation 
of 
what IS Muslim. Your campaign is addressing this…

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"This ad series is very well done, and I applaud you for achieving the 
right tone with it. But I also want you to know that the fact that 
these 
ads are necessary breaks my heart…

Ithaca, NY

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WORKSHOP ON ISLAM DESIGNED FOR TEACHERS
Dallas Morning News, 3/1/03

The Council on American Islamic Relations, Dallas-Fort Worth will have 
two 
workshops for area teachers about Islam. The workshops are from 9:30 
a.m. 
to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday at the Islamic Association of North 
Texas, 
840 Abrams Road in Richardson.

Call 972-889-2254 or e-mail tworkshop2003@yahoo.com with "Teacher 
Workshop" 
in the subject line to register.

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ONE MAN'S TENSE RIDE ON THE LIRR
Ray Sanchez, Newsday, 3/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nysubvr3154895mar03.story

The 7:54 p.m. Huntington train out of Penn Station delivered Gurpreet 
Singh 
into the not-so-secret American campaign against people who are Muslim 
or 
presumed to be Muslim.

Standing with five or six riders on the Long Island Rail Road some 
nights 
ago, Singh noticed a man staring at him. "I felt very uncomfortable," 
the 
24-year-old technology consultant said. "I'm a very friendly and social 
guy. I walked over and said, 'Hello.' He replied by saying, 'Where you 
getting off?' I said, 'Syosset.' He said, 'Good…'"

"Get off the train!" the man shouted.

Now another man got up and offered Singh the seat next to his. "He 
won't 
bother you here," said the stranger…

"I can't believe you're defending these Muslims," said the man with the 
Bud, his voice rising…

Singh is neither Arab nor Muslim. He is a baptized Sikh who was born in 
Afghanistan and raised in Flushing. He is a graduate of New York 
University…

Since 9/11, a pall of suspicion has been cast over Arabs, Muslims and 
even 
people from South Asia, such as Indians and Pakistanis, who often are 
mistaken for Arabs. There have been assaults and murders. Hundreds of 
discrimination cases against employers have been filed. While there has 
been no widespread eruption of hatred or vengeance, American attitudes 
toward Muslims and people of South Asian descent have become more 
negative 
and mistrustful. The principles of liberty and freedom do not apply…

SEE ALSO:

SIKH COALITION & SIKH OFFICER TO FILE DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST NYPD
Press Release, The Sikh Coalition, 3/3/03

Press Conference on March 4, 2003

On Tuesday, March 4, at 11:00 a.m., Amric Singh Rathour, a former 
officer 
of the New York City Police Department, will hold a press briefing at 
the 
Interfaith Center of New York, located at 40 East 30th Street (near 
Park 
Avenue).

The purpose of the press briefing will be to announce the filing of a 
federal civil rights lawsuit against Police Commissioner Raymond W. 
Kelly 
and the New York City Police Department in the United States District 
Court 
for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Rathour was fired by the 
NYPD in 
August 2001, after refusing direct orders to remove his turban and trim 
his 
beard, which are both required by his religion. His lawsuit will charge 
that the NYPD's turban prohibition constitutes unlawful employment 
discrimination…

"The Sikh community is outraged by the lack of support from the New 
York 
Police Department," said Harpreet Singh, Director of Community 
Relations at 
the Sikh Coalition. "Amric wants nothing more than to serve, just as 
any 
American would. Yet, we have found that the NYPD is not willing to 
reasonably accommodate the religious practices of some of its own 
employees. We hope this lawsuit sends the message that as a community, 
and 
as Americans, we will not accept this situation and will do everything 
we 
can to obtain justice."

Contacts:

Ajeet Kaur: ajeet.kaur@sikhcoalition.org, 917-612-4751
Prabhjot Singh: prabhjot.singh@sikhcoalition.org, 917-304-4144

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PILGRIMS RETURN TO CALLS FOR PEACE
S. Mitra Kalita and Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 3/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31276-2003Mar2.html

Mustaq Khan was on his way to a kickoff party for his software company 
in 
Leesburg yesterday, but the Centreville resident had to make a quick 
stop 
by his mosque. Not to pray, but to speak bluntly about the looming war 
in Iraq.

"You know many of us want a regime change in Iraq, but we also want one 
in 
Washington," he said, triggering applause among more than 200 Jews, 
Muslims 
and Christians who gathered at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society 
mosque in 
Sterling for a day of talking politics and praying for peace. The 
event, 
organized by religious leaders in the Reston area, ended in a teach-in 
and 
vigil last night.

"I'm no supporter of Saddam; I want to see him disappear, too. But to 
go to 
war like this will result in casualties of all religions. We're all in 
this 
together," Khan said.

The teach-in featured a Persian Gulf War veteran, Erik Gustafson, who 
said 
the United States is not "seeking justice," but rather waging "a war 
operation called 'just us,' " part of comments that received a standing 
ovation.

A day earlier at the mosque, local Muslims swapped tales from the 
recent 
hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy Islamic city of Mecca. During a potluck 
featuring pasta, hummus, chicken curry and apple pie -- a feast that 
spanned their countries of origins -- women flipped through Laila 
Latib's 
photo album of her recent journey…

SEE ALSO:

CRITICISM OF US PLANS UNITES IRAQI OPPOSITION LEADERS
Cameron Barr, Christian Science Monitor, 3/3/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0303/p10s01-woiq.html

SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ - In a meeting this weekend at the mountain resort 
of 
Salahuddin in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, 54 members of an 
opposition 
coordinating committee elected a six-man leadership body, condemned a 
possible Turkish military role in a US-led invasion, and rejected the 
idea 
that a US general should rule their country immediately after Hussein's 
fall from power.

The US, meanwhile urges the opposition not to do anything that 
resembles 
creating a new government, wants Turkish involvement in a coalition, 
and 
has announced that an American general will indeed preside over Iraq, 
should the US go to war…

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INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CASES MISLABELED, N.J. LAWYERS SAY
Washington Post, 3/3/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31331-2003Mar2.html

NEWARK -- New Jersey prosecutors say they handled 62 "international 
terrorism" indictments last year -- but of those, all but two involved 
Middle Eastern students accused of paying impostors to take English 
tests 
for them, according to a newspaper analysis.

Nearly all of the accused students are free on bond. Nine have been 
convicted, and most of those have been fined between $250 and $1,000 
and 
sent back to their own countries, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"There is not one whit of evidence that connects any of these people to 
terrorism," said Lawrence S. Lustberg, who represents 25 Saudi students 
charged with hiring others to take their tests...

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CHIEF U.S. IMAGE MAKER TO MUSLIM WORLD STEPS DOWN
George Gedda, Associated Press, 3/3/03

WASHINGTON (AP) - Charlotte Beers, the Bush administration's point 
person 
for improving the U.S. image in the Muslim world, is resigning because 
of 
health reasons, a State Department official said Monday…

A former advertising executive, Beers spent 17 months as Undersecretary 
of 
State for Public Diplomacy, attempting to reverse the anti-American 
tide in 
Muslim countries.

Beers acknowledged last week that the task is daunting.

"The gap between who we are and how we wish to be seen and how we are 
in 
fact seen, is frighteningly wide," Beers told a Senate Foreign 
Relations 
Committee hearing last Thursday...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. CRINGES AT ARAB IMAGES
Howard Witt, Chicago Tribune, 3/3/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0303030176mar03,1,4404602.story

WASHINGTON - If the last Iraq war was CNN's, the next one will be Al 
Jazeera's. And the Bush administration fears that could spell deep 
trouble 
for its faltering efforts to win hearts and minds in the Muslim world 
in 
the event of an invasion of Iraq.

Twelve years ago, the fledgling Cable News Network was the only 
television 
operation able to broadcast out of Baghdad when U.S. bombs started 
falling, 
while Arab audiences were left largely in the dark by their own timid 
state-run television stations.

Today, satellite dishes sprout from roofs, balconies and even Bedouin 
tents 
across the Middle East, and most seem perpetually tuned to Al Jazeera, 
the 
Qatar-based news station whose reputation is built on its fearless 
coverage 
of the U.S.-led war in 2001 to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan 
and 
Israeli military assaults in 2002 against Palestinians…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GOP ASKED TO CONDEMN WALKOUT DURING MUSLIM PRAYER
Washington state lawmaker says action "an issue of patriotism"

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/4/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today called on state and national Republican leaders to condemn 
a 
walkout by two members of that party during a Muslim prayer opening 
Monday's session of the Washington State House of Representatives.

The Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said 
Republicans Louis McMahan and Cary Condotta went to the back of the 
chamber 
during the invocation by Imam Mohamad Joban of the Islamic Center of 
Olympia. Condotta said he "wasn't particularly interested" in the 
prayer. 
McMahan said she did not remain in the chamber because: "It's an issue 
of 
patriotism...The Islamic religion is so…part and parcel with the attack 
on 
America. I just didn't want to be there, be a part of that…My god is 
not 
Mohammed."

SEE: "2 LAWMAKERS SPURN MUSLIM'S PRAYER" 
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/110881_prayer04.shtml

"How many times must American Muslims ask Republican leaders to 
repudiate 
Islamophobic hate within their own ranks? Americans must not allow the 
actions of a few, whatever their positions of authority, to divide our 
nation along religious and ethnic lines. Such divisive actions by 
elected 
leaders can only serve to increase discrimination against ordinary 
American 
Muslims and harm our nation's image and interests worldwide," said CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad urged state and national Republican leaders to repudiate the 
lawmakers' walkout and to apologize to Washington's Muslim community.

In his prayer, Imam Joban stated: "We open this session of the House of 
Representatives in the name of Allah, the one God of Abraham, God of 
Moses, 
God of Jesus, and God of Mohammed, peace be upon them all…We ask Allah 
or 
God to bless the state of Washington so it may continue to prosper and 
become a symbol of peace and tranquility for people of all ethnic and 
religious backgrounds. We pray that Allah may guide this House in 
making 
good decisions for the people of Washington…At this time, we also pray 
that 
America may succeed in the war against terrorism. We pray to God that 
the 
war may end with world peace and tranquility."

In response to the walkout, Imam Joban said: "As a Muslim we have to 
respect what people believe and…we have to forgive something because of 
ignorance The Holy Quran says that (one should) always respond to bad 
action with good and those who used to be enemies become friends."

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-MAIL: 
hhassan@cair-net.org

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
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Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
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Council on American-Islamic Relations
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Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 15:58:34 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Patriot II's Attack on Citizenship

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/4/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4751 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- Positive Feedback on Ad Campaign
* CAIR CONDEMNS PHILIPPINES AIRPORT BOMBING
* PATRIOT II'S ATTACK ON CITIZENSHIP (FindLaw)
* LAWMAKERS WALK OUT DURING PRAYER BY MUSLIM CLERIC (AP)
	- 2 Lawmakers Spurn Muslim's Prayer (Seattle PI)
	- The Sin of Pride (Newsweek)
* THE WORK OF HATE (OC Register)
	- Suspects Sought In MO. Temple Attacks (AP)
* CIA HOLDS CHILDREN OF AL-QAEDA SUSPECT (NY Post)
	- Military Wants Its Own Spies (LA Times)
* FBI PLANE OVER CITY REASON FOR CONCERN (Herald Times)
	- Manipulation of the Public Builds (LA Times)
* U.S. MILITARY PLUGS ISRAEL INTO REAL-TIME WAR (Ha'aretz)
	- Some Arabs Show Disappointment in Leaders (AP)
	- Tight Lips Over Buggers' Tricks (Sydney Morning Herald)
	- The Thirty Year Itch (Mother Jones)
* 250 PAKISTANI DETAINEES AWAIT DEPORTATION (NCPA)
* EVENT FOCUSES ON MUSLIM AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES (Michigan Daily)
* INTERNSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE WITH AMJ
* NEWS PROVIDED BY ARABS, FOR ARABS (Pioneer Press)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "While a man was walking 
along a road, he became very thirsty. He came to a well, got down into 
it, 
drank, and climbed out again. He then saw a dog panting and licking mud 
because of severe thirst. The man said to himself, 'This dog is 
suffering 
from the same state of thirst I did.' So he went down the well (again), 
filled his shoe (with water), held it in his mouth (as he climbed out), 
and 
gave the water to the dog. God thanked him for that deed and forgave 
him 
(his sins)." The people then asked the Prophet: "Is there a reward for 
us 
in serving animals?" He replied: "(Yes), there is a reward for serving 
any 
(living being)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 38

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4751 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4751 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON AD CAMPAIGN

"Your ads are very well done. They inform me in an area in which I am 
largely ignorant. They force me to examine my perceptions of the Muslim 
community and rethink any stereotypical views I held." -  Wayne, NJ

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CAIR CONDEMNS PHILIPPINES AIRPORT BOMBING

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/4/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
today 
condemned a bomb attack outside an airport in the southern Philippines 
that 
left 19 dead, including one American.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"We condemn this murderous attack and all other attacks on innocent 
civilians by any individuals, groups or states. We call for the swift 
apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators. No faith or ideology 
should support such barbarous actions."

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PATRIOT II'S ATTACK ON CITIZENSHIP
Joanne Mariner, FindLaw, 3/3/03
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/mariner/20030303.html

A basic principle of American democracy is that members of government 
serve 
at the behest of the citizenry, and not vice-versa. The people, being 
sovereign, can use their votes to "throw the bastards out," even though 
the 
government has no reciprocal power to jettison disfavored citizens.

Our leadership may distrust or despise certain people, but it cannot 
strip 
them of their citizenship involuntarily. Murderers, child molesters, 
and 
tax evaders are subject to criminal punishment, not denationalization.

Yet with the Domestic Security Enhancement Act, informally known as 
"Patriot II," this basic rule is under attack. The draft legislation, 
the 
Justice Department's proposed sequel to the 2001 USA Patriot Act, was 
recently made public after being leaked to the Center for Public 
Integrity. 
As Anita Ramasastry explained in a previous column for this site, the 
bill 
would go well beyond its predecessor in threatening essential civil 
liberties...

Consider, in contrast, Patriot II's new rule on the loss of 
citizenship. 
Patriot II extends to a citizen's support of even the legal activities 
of 
an organization that the executive branch has deemed terrorist.

In other words, if you help fund an orphanage administered by one of 
the 
three Chechen separatist groups that the government has labeled as 
terrorist, or if you give pharmaceutical supplies to a medical outpost 
run 
by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, or if you are on the wrong side 
of 
any of a number of other political conflicts in the world, you are 
vulnerable to the loss of your citizenship.

Considering the almost non-existent due process safeguards of the laws 
on 
labeling terrorist organizations, the political uses of the terrorist 
label, and its inherent malleability - which I discussed in a prior 
column 
- this is dangerously broad…

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TWO STATE LAWMAKERS WALK OUT DURING PRAYER BY MUSLIM CLERIC
Associated Press, 3/4/03

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Two legislators left the floor of the Washington state 
House of
Representatives during an opening prayer by a Muslim religious leader, 
one 
calling it "an issue of patriotism."

Republicans Lois McMahan of Gig Harbor and Cary Condotta of East 
Wenatchee 
went to the back of the chamber during the invocation Monday by Mohamad 
Joban, imam of the Islamic Center of Olympia…

Kathy Erlandson, director of the ministerial group, said she was 
disappointed but not surprised.

"It makes me embarrassed to know that some of our legislators can't 
even 
treat someone with that common respect," she said. "He's an American 
citizen and he's praying for their work, then how can it be an act of 
patriotism to walk away?"

The national Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged state 
and 
national Republican leaders to condemn the walkout and apologize to 
Washington Muslims.

"How many times must American Muslims ask Republican leaders to 
repudiate 
Islamophobic hate within their own ranks? Americans must not allow the 
actions of a few, whatever their positions of authority, to divide our 
nation along religious and ethnic lines," CAIR Executive Director Nihad 
Awad said…

SEE ALSO:

2 LAWMAKERS SPURN MUSLIM'S PRAYER
Angela Galloway, Seattle Post Intelligencer, 3/4/03
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/110881_prayer04.shtml

OLYMPIA -- He prayed for the politicians, the state's prosperity and 
peace 
for all ethnicities and religions.

But when a Muslim cleric offered the opening prayer before the state 
House 
of Representatives yesterday, at least two lawmakers stepped off the 
chamber floor.

"It's an issue of patriotism," Rep. Lois McMahan, a conservative 
Republican 
from Gig Harbor, said of her decision to stand in the back of the room…

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THE SIN OF PRIDE
Martin E. Marty, Newsweek, 3/10/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/879509.asp?0cv=OB10

Often the company the president keeps gets him into trouble. True, the 
administration distances itself from the most extreme statements 
against 
Islam and the Muslim Scriptures, the Qur'an, when clerics who are 
otherwise 
congenial to the White House voice them. The billion humans in the 
Muslim 
world, leaders and followers alike, had good reason to seethe when the 
evangelist who prayed at Bush's Inaugural-and who remains close to the 
president-persisted in calling Islam "a very evil and wicked religion."

The administration had to reject that claim-and it did. Regular 
appearances 
by the president at meetings of certain evangelical groups, however, 
make 
it hard for friendly Muslims not to hear the word "Islam" whenever Bush 
portrays "terrorists" as absolute evils. And, as evangelical theologian 
Richard Mouw points out, "Those inflammatory statements stimulate 
further 
antagonism on the part of Muslim extremists," who can go recruiting 
among 
moderates…

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NOTE: The Justice Department informed CAIR that an investigation has 
initiated in the case of a New Jersey Muslim believed to be the victim 
of 
bias-related assault. SEE: 
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-2/104658947964230.xml

THE WORK OF HATE
Eric Carpenter, Orange County Register, 3/3/03
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=28189

YORBA LINDA - An Arab-American civil- rights group today will ask the 
FBI 
to investigate the severe beating and stabbing of an 18-year-old of 
Lebanese descent at a Yorba Linda park, an attack police are 
investigating 
as a hate crime.

Leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the attack on 
Rashid Alam of Yorba Linda was one of the most violent they're aware of 
and 
they are concerned police are moving too slowly.

Up to 20 teens kicked in Alam's jaw, stabbed him with a screwdriver, 
and 
hit him with golf clubs just after midnight Feb. 23, Brea police said. 
They 
allegedly shouted racial epithets and white-power slogans.

"We thank God our son is still alive, but we also want to bring 
attention 
to this to make sure that this doesn't happen to anybody else," said 
Ahmad 
Alam, Rashid's father, who immigrated to the United States from Lebanon 
in 
1971.

Alam said he is concerned about his family's safety because his son's 
attackers have not been arrested…

"There's no question these were serious injuries and white-supremacist 
slogans were used, so we're treating this as a serious hate crime," 
Conklin 
said. "We'd like this investigation to move faster, but it takes time."

SEE ALSO:

SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN MO. TEMPLE ATTACKS
Jim Suhr, Associated Press, 3/4/03

ST. LOUIS - Security is being stepped up for a Hindu temple that was 
firebombed twice in a week and federal agents are trying to determine 
if 
the attacks were youthful mischief or hate-fueled religious bigotry.

No one was injured by the attacks that slightly damaged the Hindu 
Temple of 
St. Louis on Feb. 23 and last Saturday. The temple's massive metal 
doors 
blocked the first firebomb, and flame-retardant carpeting limited 
damage 
from the second, which was thrown through a window.

There was no immediate indication if the Feb. 23 attack was related to 
one 
that same day at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City in 
Shawnee, Kan., about 250 miles away, where someone broke the glass 
front 
door and caused $700 in damage.

Temple officials were concerned about whether the violence could 
escalate, 
possibly involving someone who wrongly equates Hindus with Islamic 
extremists. Several mosques and temples across the country and Canada 
have 
been vandalized since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...

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CIA HOLDS CHILDREN OF AL-QAEDA SUSPECT

HE'LL SPILL HIS GUTS, OR ELSE
Niles Lathem and Brian Blomquist, New York Post, 3/3/03
http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/69950.htm

WASHINGTON - A CIA team will use "all appropriate measures" to convince 
the 
just-captured mastermind of the 9/11 attacks to talk - including 
dangling 
freedom for his two young sons, who are in U.S. custody.

Law-enforcement sources told The Post that the CIA has had the 7- and 
9-year- old sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in custody since September, 
and 
plans to use them as leverage to get the No. 3 man in al Qaeda to 
disclose 
Osama bin Laden's whereabouts and details of future terror operations…

The United States has made it a practice to take some high-profile 
terror 
detainees from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Arab countries like Jordan, 
Egypt and Morocco for interrogation.

"We don't kick the s- - - out of them. Some of our friends do, but we 
don't 
do that," said one former counterterrorism official…

SEE ALSO:

MILITARY WANTS ITS OWN SPIES
Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times, 3/4/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-na-armyspy4mar04,0,2750977.story

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is planning to assemble its own network of 
spies 
who will be posted around the world to collect intelligence on 
terrorist 
organizations and other military targets, moving squarely into a 
cloak-and-dagger realm that has traditionally been the domain of the 
CIA, 
according to Department of Defense officials familiar with the plans.

"The CIA doesn't have the number of assets to be doing what the 
secretary 
of Defense wants done," said one Pentagon official familiar with the 
plans. 
"This is a capability the secretary wants the Department of Defense to 
have…"

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FBI PLANE OVER CITY ONE OF MANY REASONS FOR CONCERN
Mike Leonard, Herald-Times, 3/4/03
http://www.hoosiertimes.com/stories/2003/03/04/column.030304_HT_C1_JLR05649.sto

Most people seemed to find humor in the news that a single-engine FBI 
Cessna was flying reconnaissance missions over Bloomington last week...

In truth, American citizens have every reason to view strange phenomena 
with a watchful eye. Foreign students at Indiana University, 
particularly 
from Middle Eastern countries, are being approached and interviewed by 
FBI 
agents, not for probable cause but because of their country of origin.

Groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the 
ultra-conservative Eagle Union are protesting in the strongest terms a 
proposal coming from Attorney General John Ashcroft's office to erase 
even 
more civil liberties and constitutional protections than were hatcheted 
by 
the ill-considered and hastily-passed USA Patriot Act.

Included in "Patriot II" is a proposal to legalize the secret arrest 
and 
detention of "suspected terrorists" with no obligation to tell anyone 
who 
is being held, why or where…

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MANIPULATION OF THE PUBLIC BUILDS ALONG WITH WAR CLOUDS
Matthew Rothschild, Los Angeles Times, 3/4/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-rothschild3mar03,0,1048340.story

As George W. Bush prepares to plunge the nation into war against Iraq, 
he 
is using rhetoric in a highly manipulative way. Though that may not be 
unusual for a wartime president, we as citizens should recognize when 
he is 
leading us around by the nose.

More than 30 times in the last seven months, Bush has used variations 
on a 
theme to describe the U.S. as vulnerable. For example, speaking to a 
conference of religious broadcasters in Nashville on Feb. 10, he said 
that 
before 9/11, "we thought oceans would protect us forever." The same 
day, at 
an informal press conference, Bush said: "The world changed on Sept. 
11.... 
In our country, it used to be that oceans could protect us -- at least 
we 
thought so." Meeting with small-business owners in Georgia on Feb. 20, 
he 
invoked the oceans again...

Why does Bush insist on such rhetoric? "This notion of unprecedented 
vulnerability is absolutely crucial to the Bush team's 
anti-constitutional 
program," says Mark Crispin Miller, author of "The Bush Dyslexicon." 
"What 
that statement really means is, 'We were safe, now we're in danger, and 
the 
danger is so severe that you must give me all possible power. What the 
oceans once did, now only I can do…' "

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U.S. MILITARY PLUGS ISRAEL INTO REAL-TIME WAR
Nathan Guttman, Ha'aretz, 3/4/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=268764

WASHINGTON - Israel and the United States have set up a joint command 
post 
next to the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv at which Israeli army officers 
will be 
able to view real-time pictures of the movements of American war planes 
over Iraq in the event of a war.

According to the Journal, Israel will be the only country other than 
the 
U.S. hooked directly into the U.S. Central Command's communications 
system. 
The joint command post in Tel Aviv will enable Israel Defense Forces 
officers to view what is termed the "common air picture" - essentially 
an 
upgraded version of a flight command and control system that enables 
the 
viewer to follow the activities of all American and Iraqi aircraft in 
real 
time. Israeli officers will thus be viewing exactly the same pictures 
as 
the U.S. officers running the war from the CENTCOM base in Qatar...

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SOME ARABS SHOW DISAPPOINTMENT IN LEADERS
Donna Abu-Nasr, Associated Press, 3/4/03

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - As a possible war in Iraq nears, many Arabs 
feel they are watching the same bad movie, with the same predictable 
plot 
and most of the same cast.

An intransigent Arab leader taunts Washington and the United Nations. 
Spats 
at a summit meant to deal with the crisis underscore Arab disunity. And 
many say they expect it to end with more humiliation as they watch 
their 
leaders, shackled by the obligations to Washington that have kept them 
in 
power, helplessly agree to a war…

Many are outraged at what they see as the inability of their leaders to 
come up with a stand on the Iraq crisis that would, for once in the 
region's 50 or so years of independence from colonial powers, allow 
them to 
hold their heads high.

Instead, thanks to satellite television, every day Arabs are confronted 
by 
the sense the Arabs are doing much less than several Western leaders to 
avert a war. Add to that the embarrassment many felt when an Arab 
summit in 
Egypt last weekend made headlines for its display of deep political 
rifts…

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TIGHT LIPS OVER BUGGERS' TRICKS
Marian Wilkinson, Sydney Morning Herald, 3/4/04
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/03/1046540137073.html

The United States Government has so far not responded to claims that 
their 
electronic spying organisation is bugging delegations at the United 
Nations 
Security Council as part of the Bush Administration's efforts to win a 
second resolution on Iraq.

But an intelligence expert on the National Security Agency said 
yesterday 
that a memo leaked to Britain's Observer newspaper about the alleged 
operation looked "authentic".

James Bamford, author of two books on the NSA, also believed that the 
agency would have sent the memo to Australia's electronic spying 
agency, 
DSD. The memo outlines an aggressive effort to target six UN Security 
Council members - Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Bulgaria, Guinea and 
Pakistan - 
all non-permanent members who joined the Security Council in January. 
It 
appears to be written to the NSA's allied agencies overseas but the 
"recipients" have been deleted…

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THE THIRTY YEAR ITCH
Robert Dreyfuss, Mother Jones, 3/4/03
http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2003/10/ma_273_01.html

Three decades ago, in the throes of the energy crisis, Washington's 
hawks 
conceived of a strategy for US control of the Persian Gulf's oil. Now, 
with 
the same strategists firmly in control of the White House, the Bush 
administration is playing out their script for global dominance…

If you were to spin the globe and look for real estate critical to 
building 
an American empire, your first stop would have to be the Persian Gulf. 
The 
desert sands of this region hold two of every three barrels of oil in 
the 
world -- Iraq's reserves alone are equal, by some estimates, to those 
of 
Russia, the United States, China, and Mexico combined…

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TWO-HUNDRED-FIFTY PAKISTANI DETAINEES AWAIT DEPORTATION
Press Release, National Council of Pakistani Americans

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/4/03) - About two hundred and fifty Pakistani 
detainees, imprisoned at various facilities around the country, are 
waiting 
to be deported to Pakistan, sooner than later.

"The total number of Pakistani detainees in various INS detention 
centers 
is about 250, out of which 150 have no judicial appeal left and have 
been 
waiting for a considerable period of time to be repatriated to 
Pakistan," 
said the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Pakistan, Mr. 
Mohammad 
Sadiq.

Majority of these detainees had been issued deportation orders before 
their 
arrests and are now in mandatory deportation proceedings. Those want to 
leave early have one hitch--commercial airlines have put "new 
restrictions" 
on the travel by detainees delaying the repatriation...

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EVENT FOCUSES ON MUSLIM AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
Soojung Chang, Michigan Daily, 3/3/03
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/03/03/3e62f53b87714

While the war against terror has placed much emphasis on the status of 
Muslims internationally, a conference held in the Michigan Union 
Ballroom 
over Spring Break attempted to focus on the Muslim community 
domestically.

"We wanted to really bring emphasis on Muslims in America," said Muslim 
Graduate Student Association representative and Dental School student 
Mohammad Khalil. "People think that Muslims only care about what's 
going on 
internationally but they care about both international and local 
issues."

The conference, titled "The 1st Annual Perspectives on the Muslim 
Community 
in America Conference," featured University of Chicago Islamic studies 
Prof. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Howard University African studies Prof. 
Sulayman Nyang, DePaul University Islamic studies and religious studies 
Prof. Aminah McCloud and Wayne State University Islamic studies Prof. 
Muneer Fareed…

In his keynote speech titled "Muslims in America: Historically, Post 
9-11 
and in Relation to the International Community," Nyang said there are 
over 
80 nationalities represented in the American Muslim community.

"The American Muslim community is a mirror image of global Islam," he 
said...

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AMJ is now offering internship opportunities for the spring and summer. 
Our 
internship program is designed to provide students an opportunity for 
hands-on experience in advocacy. You will get valuable insight into 
legislative issues regarding the Middle East and an understanding of 
how 
policy is shaped in the halls of Washington.

AMJ interns are expected to attend briefings at various think tanks; 
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and report on Congressional hearings; participate in advocacy on 
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To apply for an internship, please submit resume by fax to AMJ at (202) 
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For more information, contact: Miryam Rashid at 202-548-4200.

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NEWS PROVIDED BY ARABS, FOR ARABS
HANNAH ALLAM, Pioneer Press, 3/4/03
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/5302043.htm

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - The new owner of Jerusalem Mediterranean 
Cafe in Columbia Heights knows what his customers want: mint tea, 
shisha 
pipes and continuous Arabic-language news.

The first two orders are no problem. But Bilal Haidari said he is 
pulling 
the plug on al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite news channel often 
referred to as "the CNN of the Arab world." Haidari said his young 
Middle 
Eastern regulars will be glued to the cafe's TV if the United States 
attacks Iraq - perhaps scaring off non-Arab customers and alerting 
federal 
agents.

"(My restaurant) is not a political buffet," he said, over the din of a 
raucous card game and the bubbling of shishas, or water pipes. "It's 
for food."

Haidari's experience mirrors what other community leaders and business 
owners have noticed: With a war brewing and relatives potentially in 
danger, Middle Easterners in Minnesota are paying closer attention to 
news 
provided by Arabs, for Arabs. They are buying $200 satellite antennas, 
turning coffee shops into community viewing areas and checking 
al-Jazeera's 
Web site several times a day...

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CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #368

* LAWMAKER WILL APOLOGIZE FOR MUSLIM PRAYER WALKOUT
* FBI TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIME IN CALIF.
* OKLAHOMA, INS TO ALLOW HIJAB IN PHOTOS

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LAWMAKER WILL APOLOGIZE FOR MUSLIM PRAYER WALKOUT

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/5/2003) -Washington State Representative Lois 
McMahan 
will apologize on the state House floor today for comments she made 
about 
her decision to walkout during a prayer delivered Monday by a Muslim. 
McMahan, a Republican, says did not mean to offend anyone when she 
explained to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper that she made a 
personal decision for "patriotic" reasons to remain off the floor 
during 
the prayer.

Yesterday, CAIR called on state and national Republican leaders to 
condemn 
the walkout and to offer an apology to Washington Muslims.

SEE:

"Lawmaker Will Apologize for Walking Out on Muslim Cleric" 
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/111090_mcmahan05.shtml

"Under Fire for Prayer Stand"
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-imam5mar05,1,1332865.story

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FBI TO INVESTIGATE ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIME IN CALIF.

Following a request by CAIR and other civil rights groups, the FBI now 
says 
it has opened an investigation into the brutal beating of an 
18-year-old 
Muslim in Yorba Linda, Calif., by a mob that allegedly shouted racist 
and 
white supremacist slogans.

Laura Bosley, an FBI spokeswoman, said the agency is working with 
police on 
the case. Police officials will meet with the FBI today. "We are taking 
these allegations seriously," she said. 'There has been an increase in 
hate 
crimes against Muslim Americans since Sept. 11. Hundreds of 
investigations 
have been initiated."

SEE: "FBI to Aid Hate-Crime Probe of Yorba Linda Teen's Beating" 
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beaten5mar05,1,163269.story

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OKLAHOMA, INS TO ALLOW HIJAB IN PHOTOS

CAIR today announced that Muslim women drivers in Oklahoma and those 
renewing INS green cards will be allowed to wear religiously-mandated 
head 
scarves in official photographs.

The policy change by that state's Department of Public Safety (DPS) 
came 
following complaints from Muslim women who were told they could not 
wear a 
scarf when obtaining a license. The directive allowing the head scarves 
was 
issued by DPS Commissioner Bob Ricks and took effect February 28.

The directive, outlined in a letter to the Islamic Society of Greater 
Oklahoma City, reads in part: "A head covering will be permitted, if 
the 
head covering does not: 1. obscure or obstruct a full front view of the 
face, 2. display any: logo; insignia, symbol, or regalia; word or 
words; 
letter, number, or character, or any combination thereof; or graphic 
design, other than the overall pattern of the fabric or material; or 3. 
cast a shadow onto the face of the person." Prior to the change, only 
the 
Public Safety Commissioner or his designee could authorize an exception 
to 
the rule against head coverings. The new guidelines will appear as a 
statutory change in Oklahoma Senate Bill 704, authored by Senator Owen 
Laughlin.

In a letter requested by CAIR following complaints from concerned 
Muslims, 
INS Residence and Status Branch Director Pearl Chang wrote: "…our 
policy 
does permit men and women who are required by their religious beliefs 
to 
cover their head and ears, to submit photos that do not conform to the 
ADIT 
[Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunications System] 
requirements of an uncovered head and visible right ear…the person must 
remain clearly identifiable from the photograph and should include a 
brief 
statement along with that photo explaining why it does not meet those 
particular ADIT requirements."

"We appreciate the fact that Muslim women will not have to violate 
their 
religious beliefs when obtaining an Oklahoma driver's license or a 
green 
card. We hope that other states and government agencies will follow 
suit in 
providing explicit policy guidelines allowing religious attire of all 
faiths in official photographs," said CAIR Board Member Dr. Mujeeb 
Cheema, 
an Oklahoma resident.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/5/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LOVE THE POOR
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* THREE MEN ARE INDICTED IN ATTACK DOWNTOWN (Oregonian)
	- Georgia Muslim Hurt In Campus Attack (Atlanta Journal)
	- Teen's Beating Denounced As a Hate Crime (OC Register)
	- FBI to Aid Probe of O.C. Teen's Beating (LA Times)
* LAWMAKER WILL APOLOGIZE FOR WALKING OUT ON MUSLIM  (Seattle PI)
	- State Official's to Forgo Muslim Prayer Angers Many (LA Times)
* ISLAM OFFERS IDENTITY FOR SOME BLACKS (Tampa Tribune)
       - N.C. Town Looks After Muslims (Atlanta Journal)
	- War Talk Intrudes On Islam New Year (Chicago Tribune)
* DANIEL PIPES EXPLAINS WHY U.S. MUSLIMS ARE A "THREAT" (Free Press)
	- Protest Letters to MSNBC Draw Savage Response (Wash. Post)
	- Michael Savage's Long, Strange Trip (Salon.com)
	- Fact-Checking the Blonde Banshee (TomPaine.com)
* MUSLIM STUDENTS LEAD WAR PROTESTS (Washington Times)
	- General Sees Plan to Shock Iraq into Surrendering (NY Times)
	- Budget Can't Support Bush's Blank-Check War (Palm Beach Post)
	- A War Policy in Collapse (Boston Globe)
	- Man Arrested For Wearing Peace T-Shirt (AP)
	- Right Takes Centre Stage (Guardian UK)
* FROM THE "YOU BECOME WHAT YOU HATE" DEPARTMENT (Washington Times)
	- Army Probing Deaths of 2 Afghan Prisoners (Washington Post)
	- 'Terror Boss' Moves Up Ladder As U.S. Sees Fit (Sun Times)
* RUSSIAN COURT REJECTS ACCOMMODATION OF ISLAMIC HEADSCARVES (Reuters)
* INDIAN COURT ORDERS EXCAVATION AT RAZED MOSQUE SITE (Reuters)
* MICHIGAN ISLAMIC CENTER HOLDS 4TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LOVE THE POOR

The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told his wife Ayesha: "If you 
love 
the poor and bring them near you...God will bring you near Him on the 
Day 
of Resurrection."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376

The Prophet also said: "The people before you were destroyed because 
they 
inflicted legal punishments on the poor and forgave the rich."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 778

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

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designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

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THREE MEN ARE INDICTED IN ATTACK DOWNTOWN
Maxine Bernstein, Oregonian, 3/5/03
http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/104686911042611.xml

Three men have been indicted on state hate crime and assault charges in 
a 
Jan. 12 beating in downtown Portland of a man police said they mistook 
for 
an Arab.

Michael Grant Bonadurer, 23, of Portland, and Adrece Jovony Mitchell, 
23, 
of Clackamas, each pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to first-degree 
intimidation and third-degree assault charges. Jonathan Vaefaga Semau, 
23, 
also of Clackamas, pleaded not guilty to the same charges last week.

A Multnomah County grand jury indicted the three men on Feb. 21. They 
are 
accused of shouting Middle Eastern slurs at Gerard Gioio, 32, a South 
African native of Italian descent, as they beat him on a city street.

"They heard my husband's accent and couldn't place it," said Abigail 
Collins, Gioio's wife who witnessed the assault...

Gioio and his wife said they think the men returned to assault him 
because 
they mistook him for an Arab, and they recounted the Middle Eastern 
slurs 
the men shouted at Gioio while under attack…

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GEORGIA TECH STUDENT HURT IN CAMPUS ATTACK
Saeed Ahmed, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 3/5/03
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/atlanta/0303/05techattack.html

A Muslim student from India was attacked without provocation by two men 
on 
Georgia Tech's campus last week, university officials confirmed 
Tuesday.

Akbar Ladak, a graduate student at the College of Computing, was 
attacked 
by two white men behind the college building about 2:25 a.m. Friday. 
The 
men punched and kicked him repeatedly but left without taking anything, 
campus police said.

Ladak was hospitalized overnight at Crawford Long Hospital with a 
swollen 
lip and a broken tooth. He also required three stitches under his left 
eye.

University spokesman Bob Harty said it was too early to say whether the 
incident was racially motivated. "But we're certainly not ruling 
anything 
out at this stage," Harty said.

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TEEN'S BEATING DENOUNCED AS A HATE CRIME
Eric Carpenter, Orange County Register, 3/5/03
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=28331

ANAHEIM ­ More than a dozen leaders of Orange County's religious and 
ethnic 
communities on Tuesday publicly denounced the beating of an 
Arab-American 
teenager in Yorba Linda as a hate crime that nobody should tolerate.

They called for a thorough investigation to bring swift justice and 
deter 
other possible hate crimes.

Brea police, who are investigating the Feb. 23 attack on Rashid Alam, 
18, 
said they will share information on the probe with the FBI today…

"When Americans allow this type of hate to occur, it undermines the 
basic 
fabric of this community," said Nirinjan Singh Khalsa, a spokesman for 
the 
Sikh Dharma of Southern California. "We are living in fear of 
terrorism, 
but we are terrorizing ourselves."

Khalsa was joined at the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Anaheim 
office by leaders from Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and other religious 
communities, as well as leaders of Latino and Japanese- American 
groups...

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FBI TO AID PROBE OF O.C. TEEN'S BEATING
Scott Martelle and William Lobdell, Los Angeles Times, 3/5/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-me-beaten5mar05,1,218607.story

As complaints mounted over a nine-day official silence, police on 
Tuesday 
agreed to consult the FBI in the investigation of a violent, 
race-related 
clash between two groups of Yorba Linda teens.

Police and Yorba Linda city officials said they decided not to disclose 
the 
Feb. 22 beating of Rashid Alam, an 18-year-old Arab American man, in 
order 
to investigate it.

But community activists Tuesday questioned the delay in publicizing the 
case, which became news Monday when the victim's family came forward. 
Some 
saw a double standard.

"There's a feeling in our community that crimes against [Muslims] are 
not 
treated the same way" as crimes against others, said Hussam Ayloush, 
executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. He spoke Tuesday at a news conference 
attended 
by human rights activists, religious leaders and police.

A 16-year-old from Placentia and a 17-year-old from Yorba Linda were 
arrested on misdemeanor assault charges three days after the incident, 
but 
the lack of further arrests has incensed some Arab American and human 
rights activists.

"A few [of the attackers] are allegedly going around their schools 
bragging 
about how they almost killed or disabled this Arab boy," Ayloush 
said...

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LAWMAKER WILL APOLOGIZE FOR WALKING OUT ON MUSLIM CLERIC
Seattle Post Intelligencer, 3/5/03
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/111090_mcmahan05.shtml

Rep. Lois McMahan will apologize on the state House floor today for 
comments she made about her decision to sit out a prayer delivered 
Monday 
by a Muslim cleric that opened the session, legislative staff members 
said.

McMahan, a Republican from Gig Harbor, did not mean to offend anyone 
when 
she explained to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that she made a 
personal 
decision for "patriotic" and other reasons to remain off the floor 
during 
the prayer.

A national Muslim group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
criticized McMahan and East Wenatchee Rep. Cary Condotta for their lack 
of 
respect during the prayer, and the state Republican Party chairman 
condemned their actions.

SEE ALSO:

DECISION TO FORGO AN ISLAMIC SERVICE AT STATE HOUSE ANGERS MANY
Tomas Alex Tizon, Los Angeles Times, 3/5/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-imam5mar05,1,1332865

SEATTLE - When state lawmaker Lois McMahan chose not to participate in 
a 
Muslim prayer at the House of Representatives in Olympia, Wash., it 
was, 
she says, for private reasons, and they may have stayed private had she 
not 
answered the questions of a reporter.

Now her personal protest has become a public spectacle.

"It's an issue of patriotism," McMahan, a conservative Christian, 
reportedly said. "The Islamic religion is so ... part and parcel with 
the 
attack on America. I just didn't want to be a part of that.

"Even though the mainstream Islamic religion doesn't profess to hate 
America, nonetheless it spawns the groups that hate America."

Since the publication of those words, local and national Muslim groups 
have 
demanded an apology from McMahan, and state Republican leaders have 
condemned the legislator's actions as inappropriate and 
unrepresentative of 
the GOP…

Late Tuesday, Nihad Awad, executive director of the Washington, 
D.C.-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, demanded that Republican Party 
leaders apologize to the Muslim community and repudiate McMahan's and 
Condotta's act.

The chairman of the state's Republican Party, Chris Vance, called 
McMahan's 
actions inappropriate and said "the head of the Republican Party is 
George 
W. Bush, not Lois McMahan." President Bush has emphasized that the war 
on 
terrorism is not a war on Islam, Vance said...

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ISLAM OFFERS IDENTITY FOR SOME BLACKS
Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune, 3/5/03
http://www.tampatrib.com/News/MGA0NRFHVCD.html

ST. PETERSBURG - For African-American Muslims like Aquil and Bilal who 
chose traditional Islam, the post-Sept. 11 atmosphere has been a test 
of 
faith. They, too, have suffered the anti-Muslim backlash, although they 
concede it's not been as difficult for them as for Muslims of Middle 
Eastern descent.

"As black men, we know about discrimination. We've already dealt with 
adversity," Bilal says. "So as Muslims, we're more prepared to handle 
it..."

Indeed, to talk about black history without addressing Islam is a 
"serious 
injustice," says Abdul Ali, 55, of St. Petersburg, a distributor for 
health 
and beauty products. The former Matthew Savage converted in 1975, 
attracted 
by Islam's message of black independence and its healthy dietary laws, 
which include no drinking, no smoking and no pork.

As he delved into the religion's history, he learned about its 
connection 
to his African ancestors and how many slaves were forced to abandon 
their 
Muslim beliefs and adopt their owners' Christian theology. For 
modern-day 
African- American Muslims, he says, Islam is like returning home…

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N.C. TOWN LOOKS AFTER MUSLIMS
Moni Basu, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 3/5/03
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/wednesday/news_e3565a5fe20f01a0002c.html

Greensboro, N.C. - For the Muslim community, post-Sept. 11 fears have 
been 
heightened by several high profile arrests --- including the weekend 
capture of alleged al-Qaida mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed --- and 
by a 
string of harassment reports.

But this textile town of 234,000 residents is trying to mend its 
community 
fabric by bringing Muslims together with African-Americans and members 
of 
the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, who have a strong 
tradition here.

"In many ways, this is a community that has stood up to injustice," 
said 
Max Carter, coordinator of the Campus Ministry at Guilford College, a 
small 
Quaker-run institution. "Even in the deepest days of segregation and 
Jim 
Crow, there has been a progressive element here."

Palestinian-born Badi Ali, director of the Islamic Center of the Triad 
here, agreed that the city's historic tolerance makes the situation 
better 
for Muslims.

"We are the new victims, the new scapegoats," he said. "Because of all 
this 
publicity, we are scared. Greensboro has some experience in dealing 
with 
this. If it were not for the support from minorities and the Quakers, 
we 
would feel even more isolated..."

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WAR TALK INTRUDES ON ISLAM NEW YEAR
Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune, 3/5/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northshore/chi-0303050175mar05,1,6765153.story

For Assad Busool, the Islamic New Year has always been a time to 
reflect on 
the most pivotal point in early Muslim history and pray for peace in 
the 
ummah, the Muslim world community.

But this year, wishes for peace have been overshadowed by worries of 
impending war with Iraq and continued violence between Israelis and 
Palestinians, he said, as Muslims around the globe Tuesday ushered in 
the 
Islamic year 1424.

"It is a concern in the mind of every Muslim," said Busool, chairman of 
the 
Arabic studies program at the American Islamic College in Chicago. "I 
wish 
the U.S. would send more tractors to the Middle East instead of more 
tanks. 
Then everyone would be chanting 'God bless, America.'"

Muslims commemorate the New Year with prayers to atone for past sins 
and 
ask for God's blessings in the coming year, Busool said. The holiday 
typically passes quietly, without the resolutions and parties that 
characterize Western celebrations...

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DANIEL PIPES EXPLAINS WHY U.S. MUSLIMS ARE A "THREAT"

MIDEAST WRITER INSPIRES VIBRANT DEBATE
Mark Richardson, London Free Press, 3/5/03
http://www.fyilondon.com/londonfreepress/index.shtml

Next Monday at 7.30 p.m., there will be a lecture by controversial 
Middle 
East commentator Daniel Pipes.

To get a sense of just who is being targeted, I listened to Pipes' 
interview on CBC Radio One's The Current. Host Anna Maria Tremonti did 
her 
snippy best to expose mean-spiritedness, but came up empty. Campus 
Watch is 
about Middle East studies, Pipes said, not Israel. There is no list of 
targeted academics, he added; he is simply trying to alert the world to 
the 
analytical failures of academia.

I was impressed. Especially when he made it clear to Tremonti, 
"Militant 
Islam is the problem. Moderate Islam is the solution."

Then, however, she quoted something Pipes had said to the American 
Jewish 
Congress in 2001: "I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that 
the 
presence, and increased stature and affluence and enfranchisement of 
American Muslims . . . will present true dangers to American Jews."

Hmm. No distinction there between Islamism and Islam. So I e-mailed 
Pipes 
for clarification and he was good enough to respond.

"As the number of Muslims increases in Western countries," he wrote, 
"those 
countries are going to become more Muslim in nature, and that will 
inevitably be to the detriment of some elements . . . I was speaking to 
a 
Jewish audience. I would make the same point to audiences of women, 
gays, 
civil libertarians, Hindus, Evangelical Christians . . . among others, 
all 
of whom face similar 'true dangers' as the number of Muslims increases 
and 
threaten their interests. For an example of a country, Denmark, that is 
experiencing advanced problems along these lines, see my article . . . 
at 
www.danielpipes.org/article/450."

So I did. In his New York Post article, Pipes says, among other things, 
"Muslims are only four per cent of Denmark's 5.4 million people, but 
make 
up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an especially 
combustible 
issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim."

This is not a pleasant fact to point out, Pipes noted in closing, but 
all 
concerned are better off dealing with the truth and not hiding from it.

Well, not so fast. Even if Pipes' stats about Denmark and other 
countries 
are accurate -- which, not surprisingly, has been debated -- his 
conclusion 
about supposed Muslim domination "inevitably" threatening other groups 
is 
questionable. Are gentiles, for example, rotten to the core because of 
the 
Holocaust? Was Auschwitz inevitable?

No one can blame minorities for feeling threatened. But that applies to 
Islamic minorities, too. I suspect the root cause of the problems Pipes 
associates with Muslim immigration are the very lack of stature, 
affluence 
and enfranchisement he fears...

SEE: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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PROTEST LETTERS TO MSNBC DRAW SAVAGE RESPONSE
Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, 3/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43013-2003Mar4.html

Michael Savage, the conservative radio host whose hiring by MSNBC has 
turned him into a national lightning rod, is threatening to lead a 
boycott 
against the "slimy, filthy groups" that oppose him.

Accusing them of "Nazism" and "economic terrorism," Savage has told 
listeners that "these brownshirt groups" live in "mud puddles" and that 
he 
may ask the Justice Department to investigate them.

Savage is responding to a letter-writing campaign by the Gay and 
Lesbian 
Alliance Against Defamation aimed at pressuring MSNBC into dropping the 
Savage program, which debuts Saturday. MSNBC executives have agreed to 
schedule a meeting tomorrow with the group, whose effort is backed by 
the 
National Organization for Women...

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MICHAEL SAVAGE'S LONG, STRANGE TRIP
David Gilson, Salon.com, 3/5/03
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/03/05/savage/index_np.html

At first glance, Michael Alan Weiner seems like an improbable candidate 
to 
be America's angriest, most vicious conservative radio host. Born 60 
years 
ago in the Bronx, Weiner has lived in Northern California for most of 
his 
adult life, making a living as an herbalist and nutritionist…

These days, Weiner's more interested in purging the body politic. Using 
the 
pseudonym Michael Savage, he's launched a one-man mission to save 
America 
from its enemies at home and abroad, which on any given day includes 
liberals, gays, academics, the homeless, the Clintons, immigrants, 
feminists, CNN, the American Civil Liberties Union, Muslims and other 
minorities. Broadcasting three hours a day, five afternoons a week, 
from a 
studio inside his home in the affluent San Francisco suburb of 
Larkspur, he 
gives voice to the right wing's darkest fantasies. He muses about 
launching 
preemptive nuclear strikes on the Middle East ("I wish to God the 
hatches 
were open and the missiles were flying!"), suggests gunning down 
illegal 
immigrants ("If we had a government, we'd blow them out of the desert 
with 
airplanes!")…

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FACT-CHECKING THE BLONDE BANSHEE
Eric Alterman, Tompaine.com, 3/5/03
http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7334

This excerpt is one of three from Eric Alterman's book, What Liberal 
Media 
(Basic Books, 2003).

I first met Ann Coulter in 1996 when we were both hired to be pundits 
on 
the new cable news station, MSNBC. Still just a right-wing 
congressional 
aide, she had been hired without even a hint of journalistic 
experience, 
but with a mouth so vicious she made her fellow leggy blonde pundit, 
Laura 
Ingraham, look and sound like Mary Tyler Moore in comparison...

Shortly after 9/11, Coulter became famous again when she suggested, in 
a 
column published by National Review Online, after seeing anti-American 
demonstrators in Arab nations, that we "invade their countries, kill 
their 
leaders and convert them to Christianity." Coulter's column was dropped 
by 
the magazine, but not because the editors objected to its content.

Coulter remained unbowed. At a meeting of the National Political Action 
Conference, Coulter advised, "We need to execute people like John 
Walker in 
order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that 
they 
can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright 
traitors." 
She also joked about the proposed murder of Transportation Secretary 
Norman 
Mineta...

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MUSLIM STUDENTS LEAD WAR PROTESTS
Julia Duin, Washington Times, 3/5/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030305-68206638.htm

Muslim collegians are quickly moving into the leadership of U.S. 
anti-war 
protests, such as today's One-Day National Student Strike on 300 high 
school and college campuses.

Although the "strike" - which ranges from class walkouts to lunchtime 
lectures - is organized by the secular left-wing National Youth and 
Student 
Peace Coalition, many Muslim student groups across the country are 
providing support and manpower.

"They are very active," coalition spokesman Andy Burns said of the 
Muslim 
Student Association (MSA) of the U.S. and Canada, the only religious 
group 
in the 15-member National Youth and Student Peace Coalition.

Unlike in Vietnam-era protests, Muslim students are a major influence 
in 
today's anti-war movement. Muslim students are steering committee 
members 
of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a radical leftist group that 
organized the Oct. 26 and Jan. 18 anti-war demonstrations on the 
Mall...

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TOP GENERAL SEES PLAN TO SHOCK IRAQ INTO SURRENDERING
Eric Schmitt and Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times, 3/5/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/05/international/middleeast/05IRAQ.html

WASHINGTON - The nation's top military officer said today that the 
Pentagon's war plan for Iraq entailed shocking the Iraqi leadership 
into 
submission quickly with an attack "much, much, much different" from the 
43-day Persian Gulf war in 1991.

Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
declined 
to give details. But other military officials have said the plan calls 
for 
unleashing 3,000 precision-guided bombs and missiles in the first 48 
hours 
of a short air campaign, to be followed quickly by ground operations…

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HIS BUDGET CAN'T SUPPORT BUSH'S BLANK-CHECK WAR
Palm Beach Post, 3/5/03
http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/monday/opinion_e31660cd0439811100a5.html

A price tag for invading Iraq leaked out of the Pentagon last week: $95 
billion, including the cost to buy off Turkey. That would bring this 
year's 
projected deficit to $402 billion. Doesn't that news, at last, take 
more 
tax cuts off the table?

The record deficit, which the president's father set in 1992, is $290 
billion. Defense Department budget planners suggest that the $95 
billion 
can be spread over two years, but next year's deficit already is pegged 
at 
$304 billion without an add-on for war. Defense Secretary Donald 
Rumsfeld 
disputed his department's figure, but he couldn't or wouldn't say what 
the 
true cost might be. "There are so many variables," he insisted, "that 
the 
numbers of possible point answers create a range that simply isn't 
useful." 
So don't even try…?

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A WAR POLICY IN COLLAPSE
James Carroll, Boston Globe, 3/4/03
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/063/oped/A_war_policy_in_collapse%2B.shtml

Within a period of a few days, the war policy of the Bush 
administration 
suddenly showed signs of incipient collapse. No one of these 
developments 
by itself marks the ultimate reversal of fortune for Bush, but taken 
together, they indicate that the law of "unintended consequences," 
which 
famously unravels the best-laid plans of warriors, may apply this time 
before the war formally begins. Unraveling is underway. Consider what 
happened as February rolled into March:

The Russian foreign minister declared his nation's readiness to use its 
veto in the Security Council to thwart American hopes for a UN 
ratification 
of an invasion.

Despite Washington's offer of many billions in aid, the Turkish 
Parliament 
refused to approve US requests to mount offensive operations from bases 
in 
Turkey -- the single largest blow against US war plans yet. This 
failure of 
Bush diplomacy, eliminating a second front, might be paid for in 
American 
lives.

The capture in Pakistan of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior Al Qaeda 
operative, should have been only good news to the Bush administration, 
but 
it highlighted the difference between the pursuit of Sept. 11 culprits 
and 
the unrelated war against Iraq. Osama bin Laden, yes. Saddam Hussein, 
no…

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MAN ARRESTED FOR WEARING PEACE T-SHIRT
Damita Chambers, Associated Press, 3/5/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-mall-activists0305mar05,0,3505887.story

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A man was charged with trespassing in a mall after 
he 
refused to take off a T-shirt that said "Peace on Earth" and "Give 
peace a 
chance."

Mall security approached Stephen Downs, 61, and his 31-year-old son, 
Roger, 
on Monday night after they were spotted wearing the T-shirts at 
Crossgates 
Mall in a suburb of Albany, the men said.

The two said they were asked to remove the shirts made at a store 
there, or 
leave the mall. They refused. The guards returned with a police officer 
who 
repeated the ultimatum. The son took his T-shirt off, but the father 
refused.

"'I said, 'All right then, arrest me if you have to,'" Downs said. "So 
that's what they did. They put the handcuffs on and took me away..."

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RIGHT TAKES CENTRE STAGE
Brian Whitaker, Guardian UK, 3/5/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,907312,00.html

At the annual dinner of the American Enterprise Institute last 
Wednesday, 
the US president, George Bush, gave a speech outlining his political 
visions for Iraq and Palestine, and what he sees as the link between 
them...

Paying tribute to his hosts, the president said: "At the American 
Enterprise Institute, some of the finest minds in our nation are at 
work on 
some of the greatest challenges to our nation. You do such good work 
that 
my administration has borrowed 20 such minds. I want to thank them for 
their service."

So what is the AEI, who are these great minds, and what, exactly, are 
they 
doing to help the president?

The AEI is the most important rightwing thinktank in the US and, with 
assets of almost $36m (£23m) and an annual income of around $24m from 
(mainly anonymous) benefactors, it is probably the wealthiest, too. 
Among 
other things, it has been highly influential in promoting the "zap 
Iraq" 
policy.

Foremost among the great AEI minds tapped by Mr Bush is Richard Perle, 
chairman of the defence policy board at the Pentagon and chief 
architect of 
the "creative destruction" project to reshape the Middle East, starting 
with the $90bn invasion of Iraq...

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FROM THE "YOU BECOME WHAT YOU HATE" DEPARTMENT

INTERROGATING KSM
Jack Wheeler, Washington Times, 3/5/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030305-77856900.htm

With the capture of top al Qaeda terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed 
(known as 
"KSM"), getting him to disgorge the contents of his brain quickly and 
truthfully is critically necessary before his network has a chance to 
vanish undercover…

So here's what to do. Fly in from the United States and set up an fMRI 
at 
Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, where KSM is being held, and do three 
things: Place KSM under the fMRI brain scanner; put him on a mechanical 
respirator; and give him an injection of a paralytic drug called 
succinyl 
choline chloride (SCC)...

Now the interrogation begins. KSM is asked a series of questions to 
which 
the answers are known (e.g., Are you a Muslim? Would you like a drink 
of 
pig grease?). If he lies, the respirator is turned off. Few experiences 
are 
more terrifying than that of suffocation…

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ARMY PROBING DEATHS OF 2 AFGHAN PRISONERS
Marc Kaufman, Washington Post, 3/5/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42373-2003Mar4.html

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 4 -- The U.S. Army is conducting a criminal 
investigation into whether its soldiers caused the deaths of two Afghan 
prisoners at Bagram air base in December, a military spokesman said 
today.

The men died while under U.S. control, and a military pathologist 
listed 
homicide as their official cause of death, said the spokesman, Col. 
Roger 
King. The death certificates for both men said they had died of blunt 
force 
injuries, in addition to other causes…

The Post has reported that the CIA and the U.S. military were using 
"stress 
and duress" techniques on prisoners at Bagram and elsewhere to elicit 
information about possible involvement in terrorist activities. 
According 
to officials familiar with the situation at Bagram, some of those 
practices 
include intense psychological and physical pressures designed to break 
down 
resistance. Some have said the practices sometimes blur the line 
between 
humane and inhumane treatment of prisoners.

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'TERROR BOSS' MOVES UP LADDER AS U.S. SEES FIT
Debra Pickett, Chicago Sun-Times, 3/4/03
http://www.suntimes.com/output/pickett/cst-nws-pickett04.html

A month after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush released a list of 
the 
world's most-wanted terrorists. There were 22 names on it. Khalid 
Shaikh 
Mohammed was No. 22.

And the list wasn't alphabetical.

But, sometime between then and early Saturday morning, when Mohammed 
was 
captured in Pakistan, the U.S. government identified Mohammed as the 
mastermind behind the al-Qaida plot.

Osama bin Laden, we're now told, is pretty much a figurehead: It's 
Mohammed 
who made things happen. Over the past 2-1/2 years, he's climbed from 
last 
place to a photo finish for No. 1 on the most-wanted list.

The cynical view on this is that Mohammed is still the relatively small 
fish we were first told he was, but the news of his arrest is being 
hyped 
because the Bush administration needs a victory in the war on terrorism 
before going to war in Iraq…

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RUSSIAN SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPEAL FROM MUSLIM WOMEN OVER REQUIREMENT 
THEY REMOVE HEADSCARVES FOR ID PHOTOS
Associated Press, 3/5/03

MOSCOW - Russia's Supreme Court rejected an appeal Wednesday by a group 
of 
Muslim women who objected to a police requirement that they remove 
their 
headscarves for ID photos.

The court upheld an earlier decision by a local court in the 
predominantly 
Muslim region of Tatarstan, which ruled the requirement was legal, 
according to the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agencies.

The Quran, the Muslim holy book, requires women to dress modestly, and 
women in most Islamic societies wear headscarves. But Russian police 
prohibit head coverings in photographs for internal passports, the 
all-purpose identity documents required for all citizens...

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INDIAN COURT ORDERS EXCAVATION AT RAZED MOSQUE SITE
Reuters, 3/5/03

LUCKNOW, India - An Indian court ordered archaeologists on Wednesday to 
excavate the site of a razed mosque to find out if a temple existed 
there 
before the mosque was built hundreds of years ago as claimed by 
hardline 
Hindus.

A three-judge bench of the Uttar Pradesh state high court said the 
Archaeological Survey of India should start excavations at the site 
within 
a week "to find the truth in regard to rival contentions of the 
parties" to 
the dispute.

The bitter row over the site in the Uttar Pradesh town of Ayodhya, 
about 
650 km (400 miles) southeast of Delhi, triggered a religious divide in 
the 
country and caused clashes that killed about 3,000 people after Hindu 
mobs 
destroyed the mosque in 1992...

Hindu militants built a makeshift temple on the site but have since 
been 
barred by the Supreme Court from any further construction.

Hardline groups affiliated to India's ruling Hindu nationalist 
Bharatiya 
Janata Party say god-king Ram was born on the site of the mosque 
thousands 
of years ago and Muslim invaders destroyed a temple to build the Babri 
mosque in the 16th century.

Muslim groups say there is no proof of this...

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MICHIGAN ISLAMIC CENTER HOLDS 4TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

WHAT: Islamic Center of Ann Arbor is holding its 4th annual open house 
where the general public is invited to tour the Islamic Center 
building, 
interact with members of the Muslim community, and learn about the 
beliefs 
and cultures of the Muslim world and American Muslims. The open house, 
which usually attracts hundreds of visitors and many government and 
elected 
officials, will feature lectures, bazaars, cultural displays, free 
ethnic 
foods and entertainment.

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 12:30 P.M. to 8 P.M.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Ann Arbor, 2301 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 
48105.
CONTACT: Nazih Hassan, (734) 665-6772, president@mca-aa.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FLORIDA MAN WHO SENT THREATENING E-MAIL ARRESTED
Threat came following incident involving Muslim med students

(MIAMI, FLORIDA, 3/6/2003) - Florida's office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today expressed appreciation to 
law 
enforcement authorities following the arrest of a man who allegedly 
sent a 
threatening e-mail to a hospital that accepted three Muslim medical 
students involved in a false terror scare.

Tommy Ethridge (also known as William Ethridge Jr.), 52, is charged 
with 
one felony count of making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury 
in 
an e-mail from his home in Georgia to Miami's Larkin Community 
Hospital. 
The threatening e-mail, headlined "Liar and Traitor" and signed "A True 
Patriot," stated:

"I would hate to see your hospital have a terrorist event. A word to 
the 
wise is to BEWARE. Terrorists come from all walks of life. What price 
do 
you place on your life? It would be a shame for something to happen to 
you 
and yours."

That message was among more than 2,000 received by the hospital 
following 
the incident in September 2002, in which three Muslim medical students 
traveling to study at Larkin Community Hospital were wrongly accused of 
threatening a terrorist attack.

The students were stopped based on a tip from a Georgia woman who said 
she 
overheard a conversation in which they made threatening remarks. All 
three 
say they made no such remarks and that the woman may have been reacting 
to 
their Middle Eastern or Muslim appearance. No charges were filed in the 
case.

SEE: "MED STUDENT INVOLVED IN TERROR SCARE SAYS IT WAS ALL A MISTAKE"
http://www.cair-florida.org/ViewArticle.asp?Code=CM&ArticleID=48

Following that incident, the hospital came under pressure to expel the 
students. During a September 17, 2002, news conference, CAIR-FL called 
for 
an investigation of the many threatening messages sent to hospital 
officials.

"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement deserves our appreciation 
for 
bringing the alleged perpetrator to justice," said CAIR-FL 
Communications 
Director Ahmed Bedier.

"This arrest sends a powerful signal that while everyone has the right 
to 
express their opinions, no one has the right to threaten or intimidate 
others," said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is 
America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in 
Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices nationwide and in Canada. 
Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil and religious 
rights of all Americans.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/6/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS
* CORRECTION: GEORGIA MAN WHO SENT THREATENING E-MAIL ARRESTED
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- Positive Feedback on the New York Times Ads
* INCITEMENT WATCH: COLUMNIST SUPPORTS PRAYER WALKOUT
* WASH. MUSLIM LEADER TO SPEAK FOLLOWING HOUSE PRAYER
* U.S. EXPANDS CLANDESTINE SURVEILLANCE OPERATIONS (LA Times)
	- Allegations Heighten Muslim Bias Concerns (Newsday)
* USING TORTURE TO FIGHT TERROR (Washington Post)
* ISRAEL KILLS 11 PALESTINIANS IN RAID AFTER BUS BLAST (Reuters)
	- Two Reuters Journalists Hurt in Gaza Violence (Reuters)
	- World Bank: 2 Million Palestinians in Poverty (AP)
	- Senseless Killings (Ha'aretz)
* STUDENTS ACROSS U.S. MOUNT ANTIWAR PROTESTS (Washington Post)
	- Troops 'Told Of March 17 Invasion' (Daily Telegraph)
	- Britain's Dirty Secret (Guardian UK)
	- US Divided Over Post-War Iraq (Telegraph)
	- Strangeloves in Bloom (LA Times)
	- Going Off To War Supplied With Lies (NY Observer)
	- The War on Schools (NY Times)
* OKLA. TO ALLOW SCARF FOR MUSLIM WOMEN (UPI)
* ILLINOIS CONFERENCE EXAMINES WOMEN IN RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP
* NO. CAL CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON RELIGIOUS PLURALISM
* DC MUSLIM LEGAL FUND PROGRAM ON CIVIL RIGHTS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A woman was punished 
(by 
God) because of a cat. She had not provided (the cat) with food or 
drink, 
nor had she set it free so that it might eat the insects of the earth."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1047

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CORRECTION: GEORGIA MAN WHO SENT THREATENING E-MAIL ARRESTED

A CAIR news release distributed earlier today headlined "Florida Man 
Who 
Sent Threatening E-Mail Arrested," should have read, "Georgia Man Who 
Sent 
Threatening E-Mail Arrested." The e-mail threat was received in 
Florida, 
but the man arrested lived in Georgia.

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to send accurate and objective 
information 
about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON THE NEW YORK TIMES ADS

"You deserve an A+ on such beautiful, meaningful and precise ads. 
Congratulations! Keep it up, it is a great service not only to Muslims 
but 
also to the America and American values." - New York, New York

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INCITEMENT WATCH: COLUMNIST SUPPORTS PRAYER WALKOUT

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH?
Craige McMillan, WorldNetDaily.com, 3/6/03
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31383

Have Democrats forgotten 9-11? Those in the Washington state 
legislature 
have, because on Monday they invited Mohamad Joban, a Muslim cleric 
from 
Olympia to pray in the name of Allah and claim the spiritual ground of 
the 
state and the people they represent. Only two of the people's 
representatives stood quietly against this effort.

The American left, embodied by the Democratic Party in Washington 
state, 
had no second thoughts about taking ground purchased 200 years ago 
through 
our forefathers' blood and tears for Jesus Christ, and turning it over 
to 
Allah, a god on record publicly as seeking our destruction...

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			- MEDIA ADVISORY -

WASH. MUSLIM LEADER TO SPEAK FOLLOWING HOUSE PRAYER
Second prayer follows apology from Republican lawmaker over walkout

WHAT: On Friday, March 7, the Seattle office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle), along with other civil 
rights 
and religious groups, will hold a news conference following a second 
prayer 
by a Muslim leader opening a session of THE Washington State House of 
Representatives. The Muslim prayer follows one offered earlier this 
week 
during which two Republican lawmakers left the House floor in protest.

One of those who left the floor, Rep. Lois McMahan, said she refused to 
listen to the Muslim prayer because it was "an issue of patriotism." 
CAIR's 
national headquarters issued a statement calling on Republican leaders 
to 
repudiate the walkout.

SEE: "GOP ASKED TO CONDEMN WALKOUT DURING MUSLIM PRAYER"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1007&page=NR

McMahan later apologized for her remarks and said she would accept an 
invitation to visit a local Islamic center.

Other groups scheduled to speak include Northgate Mosque, Islamic 
Center of 
Kent, Islamic Center of Bellevue, Islamic Center of Olympia, Arab 
American 
Community Coalition, and Al-Islam Center of Seattle.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

WHEN: Friday, March 7, 10:15 a.m. (Pacific)

WHERE: The Sun Dial, located between the temporary headquarters of the 
State House and Senate, 310 16th Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington

					- END -

CONTACT: Aziz Junejo, 206-937-8687; Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, 
E-MAIL: samiaelmo@yahoo.com; Imam Mohammad Joban, 360-791-0796, E-MAIL: 
mjoban@attbi.com; CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 
202-744-7726, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 
or 
703-861-7294, E-MAIL: hhassan@cair-net.org

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U.S. EXPANDS CLANDESTINE SURVEILLANCE OPERATIONS
Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles Times, 3/6/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-na-terror5mar05,0,5150443.story

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has stepped up use of a secretive 
process that enables the attorney general to personally authorize 
electronic surveillance and physical searches of suspected terrorists, 
spies and other national-security threats without immediate court 
oversight.

Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday 
he 
has authorized more than 170 such emergency searches since the Sept. 11 
attacks -- more than triple the 47 emergency searches that have been 
authorized by other attorneys general in the last 20 years...

Now, Justice Department officials are pushing the law's limits even 
further. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, officials have seized on a 
provision 
that allows them to launch emergency searches signed only by the 
attorney 
general. The department must still persuade the secret court that the 
search is justified -- but officials have 72 hours from the time the 
search 
is launched, and such requests are almost always granted.

Ashcroft's tally was more fuel for critics of the law who contend that 
it 
already operates in the shadows.

"That is a startling increase," said Timothy Edgar, a legislative 
counsel 
for the ACLU...

SEE ALSO:

ALLEGATIONS HEIGHTEN MUSLIM BIAS CONCERNS
Ron Howell, Newsday, 3/6/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/brooklyn/nyc-nymosq063159183mar06.story

A day after allegations that members of a Brooklyn mosque contributed 
money 
to terrorists, a Muslim leader said he was happy to report there were 
no 
bias incidents against places of worship.

But the leader said he was afraid that could quickly change if 
officials 
such as U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft continue to make blanket 
allegations against Muslim immigrants.

"We don't have a problem with normal people, but we have a problem with 
higher levels like the attorney general, because people like him incite 
against Muslims," said Zein Rimawi, board member with the Arab Muslim 
American Foundation, which represents mosques in the city...

"There's a climate of fear that pervades the South Asian, Arab and 
Muslim 
communities," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York 
Civil Liberties Union. Like Rimawi, Lieberman blamed the administration 
of 
President George W. Bush.

"The Bush administration has engaged in policies since Sept. 11 that 
created this climate and make those communities justifiably concerned 
and 
afraid," she said...

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USING TORTURE TO FIGHT TERROR
Richard Cohen, Washington Post, 3/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48626-2003Mar5.html

Of course, lots of nations practice it. Some of them, as it happens, 
are 
our allies. The Washington Post reported on Dec. 26 that the United 
States 
shipped -- "rendered," is the term of obfuscation -- some suspected 
terrorists to these countries to be, well, tortured. The information is 
then used by U.S. intelligence, which pretends ignorance. The Post 
named 
Jordan, Morocco and Egypt.

Here is what happened after The Post broke that story: nothing. The 
Bush 
administration naturally denied that it condones torture, and the 
American 
public, possibly busy returning Christmas presents, smartly moved on to 
the 
funny pages. Only some human rights organizations paid any attention, 
but 
they might as well have been yelling into the wind. No one gave a damn.

But we should. Just to be pragmatic, torture is not as effective as 
it's 
cracked up to be. Your average torture victim is likely to say anything 
to 
relieve the pain -- the truth, a lie or, if he happens to be innocent, 
whatever will please his jailers...

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ISRAEL KILLS 11 PALESTINIANS IN RAID AFTER BUS BLAST
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, 3/6/03

JABALYA, Gaza Strip - Israeli forces killed at least 11 Palestinians, 
including some torn apart by a tank shell, in a major raid in the Gaza 
Strip on Thursday after a suicide bomber killed 15 people in Israel.

The Gaza bloodshed and Wednesday's bus bombing in the port city of 
Haifa, 
the first suicide attack in Israel for two months, battered U.S. hopes 
of 
dampening violence in the 29-month-old conflict ahead of a possible war 
against Iraq.

Witnesses and medics said the tank round crashed into a crowd watching 
firemen hose down a commercial building set ablaze in the raid on 
Jabalya 
refugee camp which triggered hours of pitched gunbattles...

SEE ALSO:

TWO REUTERS JOURNALISTS HURT IN GAZA VIOLENCE
Reuters, 3/6/03

GAZA - Two Reuters journalists were wounded when an Israeli tank shell 
exploded in a crowd in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on 
Thursday, witnesses said.

Photographer Ahmed Jadallah was hit by shrapnel in both legs and was 
dragged away from the scene by bystanders, blood pouring from his 
wounds. 
Medics said he would undergo surgery later on Thursday. Television 
cameraman Shams Odeh suffered a fractured foot.

Both had been working in the Jabalya refugee camp after it was attacked 
by 
Israeli armed forces following a suicide bombing carried out by a 
Palestinian militant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa which killed 
15 
people on Wednesday.

Witnesses said Odeh and Jadallah were filming in Jabalya when a tank 
shell 
hit the refugee camp as a crowd tried to hose down a shop that had been 
set 
ablaze in the raid. Medical officials said eight people were killed in 
the 
shell attack...

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WORLD BANK: 2 MILLION PALESTINIANS IN POVERTY
Steve Weizman, Associated Press, 3/6/03

JERUSALEM - A World Bank report published Wednesday said almost 2 
million 
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip live on less than $2 a 
day, 
triple the number before violence erupted in September 2000.

A U.N. report put out in tandem with the World Bank survey said the 
traumatized Palestinian economy was a result of ongoing Israeli 
military 
closure of the Palestinian territories and called on Israel to ease 
restrictions...

The World Bank report said that 60 percent of Palestinians, or 2 
million 
people, are living beneath the poverty line...

But Roed-Larsen said that massive aid would not solve the problem. 
Instead, 
Palestinians should be given the opportunity to manage their own 
affairs.

"They cannot do this without access to markets, to services, to 
workplaces, 
to one another," Roed-Larsen said. "That is, only once Israel lifts its 
restrictions on the movement of goods and people..."

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SENSELESS KILLINGS
Ha'aretz, 3/6/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=269196

The Israel Defense Forces operations in the refugee camps of the Gaza 
Strip 
in recent weeks appear to have been carried out with reckless abandon. 
Care 
not to harm innocent bystanders - oft recited mechanically by military 
commanders and ministers - has disappeared.

The operations are leaving dozens of dead civilians in their wake. Of 
the 
72 Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in February, 25 
were 
civilians, including three children under the age of 10. A pregnant 
woman 
and two youths were among the dead in El-Bureij.

In demolishing the homes of terror activists, the IDF has also 
destroyed 
the property and possessions of neighbors who had nothing at all to do 
with 
anti-Israel activity before falling victim to the terror attacks, 
reprisals 
and counter-terrorism operations...

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STUDENTS ACROSS U.S. MOUNT ANTIWAR PROTESTS
Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post, 3/6/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48259-2003Mar5.html

CHICAGO, March 5 -- J.S. Irick, shivering in only his underwear, 
chained 
himself to a flagpole and smeared his body with red paint to represent 
blood. Scores flung themselves on the student union floor to dramatize 
the 
innocent Iraqis they say will die if the United States invades that 
country. More than 1,000 others skipped classes and trekked through 
several 
inches of snow this afternoon for an antiwar "teach-in" at the 
University 
of Chicago's Rockefeller chapel.

The acts of defiance on this campus were part of a coast-to-coast 
effort in 
which thousands of high school and college students cut class, read 
poetry, 
performed skits and played loud rock music to try to halt what they 
view as 
an irrational march toward war in Iraq.

More than 300 high schools and colleges participated in the protest, 
characterized as a national student strike. Thousands of students in 
Britain, Sweden, Spain and Australia rallied in solidarity with their 
counterparts in the United States, who wanted to highlight the effects 
of 
war on domestic issues, including education, health care and the 
economy...

SEE ALSO:

TROOPS 'TOLD OF MARCH 17 INVASION'
Daily Telegraph, 3/6/03
http://www.dailytelegraph.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,6084727%5E401,00.html

British troops had been told an invasion of Iraq would begin on March 
17, 
with a huge bombing campaign being launched four days earlier, the 
Daily 
Express in London has reported.

The tabloid quoted a senior government source, who it reported had 
direct 
access to British military planning in Kuwait, as saying that 
"everything 
is being geared up towards a ground invasion beginning on Monday 
week..."

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BRITAIN'S DIRTY SECRET
David Leigh and John Hooper, Guardian UK, 3/6/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,908426,00.html

A chemical plant which the US says is a key component in Iraq's 
chemical 
warfare arsenal was secretly built by Britain in 1985 behind the backs 
of 
the Americans, the Guardian can disclose.

Documents show British ministers knew at the time that the £14m plant, 
called Falluja 2, was likely to be used for mustard and nerve gas 
production.

Senior officials recorded in writing that Saddam Hussein was actively 
gassing his opponents and that there was a "strong possibility" that 
the 
chlorine plant was intended by the Iraqis to make mustard gas. At the 
time, 
Saddam was known to be gassing Iranian troops in their thousands in the 
Iran-Iraq war...

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US DIVIDED OVER POST-WAR IRAQ
Toby Harnden, Telegraph, 3/6/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$BQHUWEW5ZIBV3QFIQMFSFFWAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2003/03/06/wirq106.xml

A battle is being waged within the Bush administration over plans for 
rebuilding and governing Iraq after Saddam Hussein is overthrown.

Having lost its fight to prevent a war to force "regime change", the 
State 
Department is leading the attempt to stop the Pentagon installing Ahmad 
Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress, as interim leader of 
Iraq.

State Department officials are also pushing for the United Nations to 
be 
given a key role in the reconstruction of Iraq, a move that has 
infuriated 
those in the Pentagon and White House who regard the UN as 
irrelevant...

Career officials at the CIA's Langley headquarters and the State 
Department's offices at Foggy Bottom have long opposed Mr Chalabi and 
see 
the exiled Iraqi opposition as unlikely to command loyalty in the 
country.

These officials, supported by Colin Powell, the secretary of state, say 
a 
military occupation lasting several years would be needed and an 
American 
or UN figure should be in charge...

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STRANGELOVES IN BLOOM
James Pinkerton, Los Angeles Times, 3/6/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-pink5mar05,0,6331095.story

It's a sign of the hawkish times that supporters of war against Iraq 
are 
able to get away with labeling antiwar doves as wimps and fools. 
Indeed, 
some pro- warriors go further, smearing antiwar Americans as dupes of 
the 
enemy.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) pronounces some antiwar 
Democrats 
guilty of "appeasement" toward Saddam Hussein; the neoconservative 
Weekly 
Standard makes the same accusation against the entire State Department 
as 
well as selected Republicans. Columnist Mona Charen has gone even 
further; 
in a new book titled "Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the 
Cold 
War and Still Blame America First," she attacks, among others, Jimmy 
Carter, Al Gore and Madeleine Albright...

And last week, Council on Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot blasted all 
antiwar opinion -- not only over the last year but also over the last 
century -- saying protests slowed or thwarted U.S. victories from the 
Spanish-American War to Vietnam.

Got that?

On its face, this argument may seem absurd, but its true absurdity is 
found 
in the criticism of peace movements.

Opposition to the U.S. occupation of the former Spanish colony of the 
Philippines allegedly gave false hope to Washington's enemies, 
encouraging 
them to keep fighting. But was it really a good idea for the American 
military to subdue the Philippines? It took 70,000 U.S. soldiers to 
crush 
the insurrectos, a four-year operation that cost 4,234 American lives 
and 
caused the deaths of 200,000 Filipinos. One might ask, what was the 
upside 
for the U.S...?

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GOING OFF TO WAR SUPPLIED WITH LIES
Nicholas von Hoffman, New York Observer, 3/6/03
http://www.observer.com/pages/observer.asp

However much war may depress advertising and ruin the news budgets of 
the 
big media corporations, it gooses the ratings and makes stars of the 
on-air 
performers. And heroes, too: In December, HBO showed Live from Baghdad, 
a 
docudrama glorifying war whoredom. The same show is available around 
the 
clock on television as these journalistic war profiteers promote 
themselves 
and their careers...

On the 24/7 news channels, which have less news than time to fill, it 
has 
become a practice to pepper news programs with retired military 
officers 
whose actual or potential connections with the Pentagon are not 
discussed. 
Another type of media magpie commonly seen on the screen is the moldy 
scrapings from the bottoms of the think tanks, those soi disant experts 
whose real expertise is patriotic buncombe, self-promotion and red, 
white 
and blue humbug...

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THE WAR ON SCHOOLS
Bob Herbert, New York Times, 3/6/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/06/opinion/06HERB.html

There's something surreal about the fact that the United States of 
America, 
the richest, most powerful nation in history, can't provide a basic 
public 
school education for all of its children.

Actually, that's wrong. Strike the word "can't." The correct word is 
more 
damning, more reflective of the motives of the people in power. The 
correct 
word is "won't."

Without giving the costs much thought, we'll spend hundreds of billions 
of 
dollars on an oil-powered misadventure in the Middle East. But we won't 
scrape together the money for sufficient textbooks and teachers, or 
even, 
in some cases, to keep the doors open at public schools in struggling 
districts from Boston on the East Coast to Portland on the West…

It's an insane society that can contemplate devastating and then 
rebuilding 
Iraq, but can't bring itself to provide schooling for all of its young 
people here at home...

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OKLA. TO ALLOW SCARF FOR MUSLIM WOMEN
Anwar Iqbal, United Press International, 3/5/03

WASHINGTON - A decision by authorities in Oklahoma to allow Muslim 
women to 
wear scarves for driver's license photos has provoked a barrage of hate 
mail, according to officials there.

In a letter to the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, the 
state's 
Department of Public Safety said: "A head covering will be permitted, 
if 
the head covering does not obscure a full front view of the face, 
display 
any: logo; insignia, symbol, or regalia; word or words; letter, number, 
or 
character, or graphic design."

The letter was released Wednesday by the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations. The group welcomed the fact that women in 
the 
state now can observe the Islamic restriction on keeping their head 
covered 
in identification pictures, both for driver's licenses and for 
immigration 
documents like green cards. The letter says the scarf, which should be 
made 
of a common fabric or material, should not "cast a shadow on the face 
of 
the person."

Batty said his department has received a lot of hate mail over the 
issue, 
which he attributed to media coverage of the measure -- including that 
by UPI.

"The word Muslim (in your story) seems to have triggered" the mail, he 
said.

"Was Timothy McVeigh not enough," Batty said one writer asked -- a 
reference to the Oklahoma bomber. "My initial reaction to that was that 
McVeigh wasn't a Muslim, he wasn't a woman and didn't wear a head 
cover, so 
I don't see the connection," said Batty...

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ILLINOIS CONFERENCE EXAMINES WOMEN IN RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP

WHAT: The Catholic Theological Union sponsoring, with the generous 
support 
of the Illinois Humanities Council, its third annual conference. This 
year's title is "SISTERS: Women, Religion, and Leadership in 
Christianity 
and Islam"

The recent crises in the Catholic Church and in world politics have 
lent 
even bolder relief to questions bearing on the importance of women's 
leadership in both Muslim and Catholic Christian settings.  People are 
asking important questions--many of which have been asked before, but 
most 
of which have somehow taken on a new importance--about the role of 
women in 
religious leadership past, present, and future.

Speakers include: Diana Hayes (Georgetown), Ingrid Mattson (Hartford 
Seminary and ISNA), Dianne Bergant, CSA (Catholic Theological Union), 
Amina 
Wadud (Virginia Commonwealth University), Asma Afsaruddin (Notre Dame), 
among others.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 20th
For more information, visit 
www.ctu.edu/BernardinCenter/CMregistration.htm

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NO. CAL CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON RELIGIOUS PLURALISM

WHAT: Conference on Islam in the context of religious diversity, 
"Religious 
Pluralism in the 21st Century: Muslim Identities in the Diaspora." 
Scholars 
on Islam who will speak include Dr. John L. Esposito of Georgetown 
University, Dr. Hamid Algar of UC Berkeley, and Dr. Amina Wadud of 
Virginia 
Commonwealth University. Conference includes workshops, prayer, music, 
art 
and a handicrafts market, and the premiere of the documentary, "Oceans 
of 
Mercy: African American Sufi Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area."

WHEN: Friday, March 7 at 3 P.M.
WHERE: 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Registration $35.

Visit www.gtu.edu/islamic.html

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DC MUSLIM LEGAL FUND PROGRAM ON CIVIL RIGHTS

Muslim Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. (MLDEF) is hosting a 
reception 
and fundraiser to "support lawyers fighting for the civil rights of 
Muslims."

The reception will be held on Saturday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m. at Tec 
Law 
Group offices, 1150 Connecticut Ave, NW, 9th floor, Washington, D.C. 
Dr. 
Ziyad Motala of Howard University School of Law and Eric Erfan Vickers 
will 
be the keynote speakers at the program.

DONATIONS: Individuals: $35 & Patrons: $50
RSVP: Al Hajji Talib Karim, Esq. - (202) 862-4383

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #369

MUSLIMS ADDRESS TERRORISM IN NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN
CAIR ad says terrorism is "not condoned by Islam or any other religion"

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/7/03) - The issue of religiously-motivated 
terrorism 
will be addressed in the fourth installment of a national advertising 
campaign designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to 
counter 
what ad sponsors say is a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the 
United 
States.

SEE: www.americanmuslims.info

CAIR launched the year-long "Islam in America" campaign February 16 
with an 
ad on the New York Times editorial page. The first three ads featured 
examples of ethnic diversity in the American Muslim community, a Muslim 
Girl Scout troop in California and a Muslim woman explaining why modest 
Islamic attire is both liberating and empowering.

The text of the latest CAIR ad reads: "Over the course of history, many 
religions have fallen victim to violent interpretations. The texts and 
teachings of all faiths are vulnerable to manipulation and abuse by 
violent 
extremists. Terrorism is a tactic employed by deluded individuals or 
groups 
to advance an ideological or political cause. It is not condoned by 
Islam 
or any other religion.
   	
"American Muslims condemn all acts of terrorism and we are as outraged 
as 
our fellow Americans by atrocities committed in the name of God and our 
religion.

"Islam, Christianity, Judaism and many other faiths share the basic 
values 
necessary to create a world where tolerance and peace prevail. We have 
an 
opportunity to build bridges between our faiths and challenge those who 
attempt to repeat history by dividing humanity along religious and 
ethnic 
lines.

"It's up to people of conscience to seek and embrace the truth."

"We often hear that Muslims have not condemned terrorism enough since 
the 
9/11 attacks. This advertisement is designed to address that issue and 
show 
clearly Islam's and the American Muslim community's strong opposition 
to 
acts of violence against civilians, whether they are committed by 
individuals, groups or states," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad 
Awad.

Awad noted that the ad's message is consistent with the long-standing 
and 
repeated condemnation of terrorism by all major American Muslim 
organizations.

The weekly CAIR ads, each explaining one aspect of Islam, are being 
distributed to Muslim communities around America for placement in local 
newspapers. All the advertisements previously published in the New York 
Times are available at: http://www.americanmuslims.info/archive.asp

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Publish each weekly ad in your local community's newspaper. (They 
can 
also be downloaded and used as posters, hand-outs, billboards, etc.) 
This 
is a year-long campaign, so you can get more favorable rates by 
agreeing to 
publish a series of ads instead of just one. For a step-by-step guide 
to 
publishing the "Islam in America" ads in your local newspaper, go to: 
http://www.americanmuslims.info/instructions.asp

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HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROPHET AT HOME
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* ISLAMIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP OPENS ARIZONA OFFICE (AZ Republic)
* MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORISM STRONGLY AND CLEARLY (Times Union)
* ARAB, MUSLIM GROUPS FEAR BACKLASH ATTACKS (AP)
	- Florida Charges Ex-Deputy with Threat (Atlanta Journal)
* MUSLIM LEADER RETURNS TO GIVE PRAYER AT STATE HOUSE
* AMERICA: DO NOT SACRIFICE CIVIL LIBERTIES (Florida Times-Union)
* AGENT WHO SAW 9/11 LAPSES FAULTS FBI ON TERROR (NY Times)
* AFGHAN PRISONERS BEATEN TO DEATH AT US BASE (Guardian)
	- America Admits Suspects Died in Interrogations (Independent)
* PLAYING TEXAS POKER, BUSH BETS ALL ON IRAQ (Chicago Sun-Times)
	- What Bush Isn't Saying About Iraq (Slate.com)
	- Nightline: The Plan (ABC)
* A SURGE IN 'WORTHLESS KILLING' IN MIDEAST (Washington Post)
	- U.S. Oks Israeli Retaliation if Iraq Attacks (LA Times)
	- Israeli Troops Seize Chunk of Gaza Strip (AP)
* CAIR CONGRATULATES AMC AND AMA ON NEW ORGANIZATION
* ARABS SEEKING VOICE FORM PAC (Washington Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROPHET AT HOME

When a wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked: 
"What 
did the Prophet do at home?" She replied: "He used to work for his 
family 
and when he heard the (call to prayer), he would go out."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 276

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ISLAMIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP TO OPEN ARIZONA OFFICE
Daniel González, Arizona Republic, 3/6/03
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0306muslim-ON.html

A national Islamic civil rights organization will open its first office 
in 
Arizona today as part of ongoing efforts to improve the image of 
Muslims in 
the United States and protect their civil rights.

The office of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations will function as a place where Muslims can report 
discrimination 
and will serve as the Phoenix headquarters for disseminating 
information 
about Islam and Muslims, said executive director Deedra Abboud…

Including the Phoenix office, CAIR now has offices in 15 cities in the 
United States and Canada and plans to open another 12 within the next 
year, 
said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington. DC.-based 
organization.

"The need is growing by leaps and bounds," he said. The public is 
invited 
to attend an open house between 2-7 p.m. today at the organization's 
new 
Phoenix office at 202 E. McDowell Road, Suite 170, Abboud said. There 
will 
be 4 p.m. ceremony.

Abboud can be reached at directorcairaz.org or (602) 262-2247.

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MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORISM STRONGLY AND CLEARLY
Shazia Ahmad, The Times Union (Albany, NY), 3/6/03
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=112606

Every major Muslim organization in the United States and Canada, 
without 
exception, condemned the terrorist acts on Sept. 11 as unjustified and 
immoral.

The Islamic Society of North America, an umbrella organization that 
represents 2 million American Muslims, the Muslim Students Association 
of 
the U.S. and Canada, with 748 affiliated chapters on college and 
university 
campuses throughout the nation, and the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, based in Washington, D.C., were at the forefront in 
condemning, 
in the strongest possible terms, the violence against innocent life 
that 
took place on Sept. 11, 2001...

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ARAB, MUSLIM GROUPS FEAR BACKLASH ATTACKS
DEBORAH KONG, Associated Press

Anxiety over a U.S. invasion of Iraq could be fueling a small spate of 
backlash attacks against Arab-Americans and Muslims in the United 
States, 
advocacy groups say.

In recent incidents, attackers have beaten people they perceived to be 
Muslim and Arab, shouted racial slurs and scrawled "Nuke Iraq" on 
buildings, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations and 
the 
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Backlash attacks swelled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, then 
tapered 
off. Though small in number, the approximately half-dozen incidents in 
recent weeks are the most the Council on American-Islamic Relations has 
heard about in months, said Hodan Hassan, a council spokeswoman.

"It seems to correspond with the increasing tension regarding a 
possible 
war with Iraq and the recent elevation of the terror alert," she said. 
"As 
the rhetoric for war increases, we're seeing a lot of talk of 'us 
versus 
them…'"

The incidents have taken place in California, Georgia, New Jersey, 
Oregon 
and South Carolina, the groups say…

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FLORIDA CHARGES EX-BIBB DEPUTY WITH E-MAILING THREATS
BILL MONTGOMERY, Atlanta Journal, 3/7/03
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/today/metro_e386f3d26572300400d3.html

Bond was set at $5,000 Thursday for a former Bibb County deputy sheriff 
jailed on a charge that he sent threatening e-mail to a South Florida 
hospital last fall after three medical students were detained as 
suspected 
terrorists.

William T. Ethridge Jr., 52, of Alpharetta was arrested at his 
apartment 
Wednesday by GBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents and 
Fulton County police on a Florida charge of "written threats to kill or 
do 
bodily injury…"

The Fulton County man is accused of threatening a south Miami hospital 
where three Muslim medical students were scheduled to start work last 
year.

The students were detained as terror suspects on a South Florida 
highway 
after a Cartersville woman said she overheard them making terroristic 
remarks about the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Florida authorities said Ethridge sent an e-mail to the Larkin 
Community 
Hospital reading, in part: "I would hate to see your hospital have a 
terrorist event. A word to the wise is BEWARE!!!!!!"

Authorities said Ethridge sent the threatening message Sept. 22, 
several 
days after the students had been stopped on the Alligator Alley stretch 
of 
I-75 in South Florida.

The students, who denied talking or joking about terrorism, were 
detained 
for 17 hours after authorities shut down a 20-mile stretch of I-75 and 
searched their cars, but found nothing…

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MUSLIM LEADER RETURNS TO GIVE PRAYER AT STATE HOUSE
REBECCA COOK, Associated Press, 3/7/03

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Imam Mohamad Joban returned to the state House on 
Friday morning to give the opening prayer, and this time everyone 
listened.

Rep. Lois McMahan, R-Gig Harbor and Rep. Cary Condatta, R-East 
Wenatchee, 
sparked a controversy on Monday when they refused to listen to the 
Muslim 
leader's prayer. McMahan called her decision "an issue of patriotism" 
and 
linked Islam to terrorism.

Their actions prompted rebukes from a national Muslim group and from 
state 
Republican Chairman Chris Vance. On Friday, McMahan and Condatta both 
shook 
Joban's hand and apologized to him. Joban said he accepted their 
apologies, 
and invited them to visit him at the Islamic Center of Olympia...

Attendance is usually spotty, as it was Monday. On Friday, however, 
nearly 
all 98 representatives were standing at their desks, listening 
respectfully 
as Joban stepped up to the microphone…

"We pray that God guides the hearts of all good people of all faiths to 
see 
what we all have in common and pray that it makes us a stronger 
community 
in nation," he said, in part. He also prayed that America would win the 
war 
against terrorism.

Condatta said he thought the prayer was "great."

McMahan issued a written statement saying she stood at her desk "to 
show my 
support for Imam Mohamed (sic) Joban's God-given freedom of religion."

After the prayer, Joban and Muslim leaders from Olympia, Seattle and 
Tacoma 
met with reporters outside the House chambers. Joban said the 
experience 
was "very exciting."

He read from a letter he wrote to McMahan, accepting her apology. "What 
you 
did showed strength of character and moral fiber," he wrote.

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AMERICA: DO NOT SACRIFICE CIVIL LIBERTIES
CANDY KRUEGER, Florida Times-Union, 3/7/03
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/030703/opl_11931219.shtml

I don't fear a potential foreign attacker as much as I do the real 
threat 
of losing my personal and civil freedoms.

I fear being controlled by a color-coded bureaucracy that can convince 
intelligent people that plastic and tape will protect them from 
bullets, 
missiles and, ultimately, death…

The terrorist attacks were terrible. We will remember passionately for 
a 
long time, but our children's children will forget as we forgot the 
Maine, 
the invasion of Poland and all the other past atrocities.

We can't allow our government to dwell on the past or be molded by a 
knee-jerk mentality, because, as a nation, we will go on.

We don't want future citizens to wonder why we sacrificed freedom and 
independence to gain a safety our bureaucrats cannot ensure even if 
they 
had all the armies of the world behind them.

Bad things will always happen. We need strong leaders with sound 
judgment 
to see our country through hard times.

War or no war, we can't afford to sacrifice our civil liberties for 
docility and artificial safety now.

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AGENT WHO SAW 9/11 LAPSES STILL FAULTS F.B.I. ON TERROR
PHILIP SHENON, New York Times, 3/6/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/06/politics/06THRE.html

WASHINGTON, March 5 - The veteran F.B.I. agent who exposed the bureau's 
failure to heed evidence of terrorist plots before the Sept. 11 attacks 
is 
now warning her superiors that the bureau is not prepared to deal with 
new 
terrorist strikes that she and many colleagues fear would result from 
an 
American war with Iraq…

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AFGHAN PRISONERS BEATEN TO DEATH AT US MILITARY INTERROGATION BASE
Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 3/7/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,909164,00.html

Two prisoners who died while being held for interrogation at the US 
military base in Afghanistan had apparently been beaten, according to a 
military pathologist's report. A criminal investigation is now under 
way 
into the deaths which have both been classified as homicides.

The deaths have led to calls for an inquiry into what interrogation 
techniques are being used at the base where it is believed the al-Qaida 
leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is now also being held. Former 
prisoners at 
the base claim that detainees are chained to the ceiling, shackled so 
tightly that the blood flow stops, kept naked and hooded and kicked to 
keep 
them awake for days on end.

The two men, both Afghans, died last December at the US forces base in 
Bagram, north of Kabul, where prisoners have been held for questioning. 
The 
autopsies found they had suffered "blunt force injuries" and classified 
both deaths as homicides...

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AMERICA ADMITS SUSPECTS DIED IN INTERROGATIONS
Andrew Gumbel, Independent, 3/7/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=384604

American military officials acknowledged yesterday that two prisoners 
captured in Afghanistan in December had been killed while under 
interrogation at Bagram air base north of Kabul - reviving concerns 
that 
the US is resorting to torture in its treatment of Taliban fighters and 
suspected al-Qa'ida operatives.

A spokesman for the air base confirmed that the official cause of death 
of 
the two men was "homicide", contradicting earlier accounts that one had 
died of a heart attack and the other from a pulmonary embolism…

US officials previously admitted using "stress and duress" on prisoners 
including sleep deprivation, denial of medication for battle injuries, 
forcing them to stand or kneel for hours on end with hoods on, 
subjecting 
them to loud noises and sudden flashes of light and engaging in 
culturally 
humiliating practices such as having them kicked by female officers.

While the US claims this still constitutes "humane" treatment, human 
rights 
groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have 
denounced it as torture as defined by international treaty…

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PLAYING TEXAS POKER, BUSH BETS ALL ON IRAQ
ROBERT NOVAK, Chicago Sun-Times, 3/7/03
http://www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-edt-novak061.html

Any suggestion that the present course largely echoes policies of the 
Israeli government risks accusations of anti-Israeli and, indeed, 
anti-Semitic bias.

Ever since the Six Day War of 1967, my late partner Rowland Evans and I 
have faced such accusations whenever we questioned the wisdom of a 
joint 
U.S.-Israeli policy. Most recent was the column in the Washington Post 
of 
Feb. 18 by Lawrence F. Kaplan, a New Republic senior editor. He cited 
me 
and several other journalists in alleging that "invoking the specter of 
dual loyalty" (to the United States and Israel) by Jewish Americans was 
"toxic," polluting and even nullifying "public discourse."

Two days later on CNN's "Crossfire," I asked Kaplan to name one 
instance 
when I had suggested dual loyalty by anybody. He could not, because I 
had 
not. But more than misrepresenting me is involved. Origins of the 
decision 
to wage the war against terrorism by removing Saddam has nothing to do 
with 
the ethnic origins of its supporters, but constitute something that 
should 
be explored without being attacked.

On July 7, 1996, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political 
Studies 
issued a paper by six "prominent opinion makers" laying out "a new 
vision 
for the U.S.-Israeli partnership" that urged an end to "land-for-peace" 
concessions. Among many suggestions was to "focus on removing Saddam 
Hussein from power in Iraq."

The "study group leader" preparing the report was Richard Perle, who as 
chairman of the Pentagon's part-time Defense Policy Board has put 
priority, 
ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on changing the regime in 
Baghdad.

The group also includes two current full-time administration officials: 
Douglas Feith, the undersecretary for policy at the Iraq-first 
Pentagon, 
and David Wurmser, a State Department senior adviser...

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WHAT BUSH ISN'T SAYING ABOUT IRAQ
Michael Kinsley, Slate.com, 10/24/03
http://slate.msn.com/id/2073093/PT

The lack of public discussion about the role of Israel in the thinking 
of 
"President Bush" is easier to understand, but weird nevertheless. It is 
the 
proverbial elephant in the room: Everybody sees it, no one mentions it. 
The 
reason is obvious and admirable: Neither supporters nor opponents of a 
war 
against Iraq wish to evoke the classic anti-Semitic image of the king's 
Jewish advisers whispering poison into his ear and betraying the 
country to 
foreign interests. But the consequence of this massive "Shhhhhhhhh!" is 
to 
make a perfectly valid American concern for a democratic ally in a 
region 
of nutty theocracies, rotting monarchies, and worse seem furtive and 
suspicious…

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NIGHTLINE: THE PLAN
ABC News: Nightline, 3/5/03
http://abcnews.go.com/Sections/Nightline/

TED KOPPEL

You can watch our story tonight on at least two levels. One, the 
conspiracy 
theory, as in this excerpt from a Scottish newspaper, the Glasgow 
"Sunday 
Herald". "A secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that 
President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on 
Iraq 
to secure regime change even before he took power in January 2001." And 
a 
similar, if slightly more hysterical version from a Russian paper, the 
"Moscow Times". "Not since Mein Kampf has a geopolitical punch been so 
blatantly telegraphed, years ahead of the blow."

Take away the somewhat hyperbolic references to conspiracy, however, 
and 
you're left with a story that has the additional advantage of being 
true. 
Back in 1997, a group of Washington heavyweights, almost all of them 
neo-conservatives, formed an organization called the Project for the 
New 
American Century. They did what former government officials and 
politicians 
frequently do when they're out of power, they began formulating a 
strategy, 
in this case, a foreign policy strategy, that might bring influence to 
bear 
on the Administration then in power, headed by President Clinton. Or 
failing that, on a new Administration that might someday come to power. 
They were pushing for the elimination of Saddam Hussein. And proposing 
the 
establishment of a strong US military presence in the Persian Gulf, 
linked 
to a willingness to use force to protect vital American interests in 
the 
Gulf. All of that might be of purely academic interest were it not for 
the 
fact that among the men behind that campaign were such names as, Dick 
Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. What was, back in 1997, 
merely 
a theory, is now, in 2003, US policy. Hardly a conspiracy, the proposal 
was 
out there for anyone to see. But certainly an interesting case study of 
how 
columnists, commentators, and think-tank intellectuals can, with time 
and 
the election of a sympathetic president, change the course of American 
foreign policy…

JACKIE JUDD

Out of all this, a conspiracy theory blossomed, especially in Europe. 
From 
Scotland to Russia to England. Writers who oppose a war have written 
about 
a cabal of neo-conservatives pulling the strings of the President. A 
cabal 
with visions of an imperialist America dominating the world. Even Ian 
Lustick thinks the Project has acted in a conspiratorial way.

PROFESSOR IAN LUSTICK

This group, what I call the tom-tom beaters, have set an agenda and 
have 
made the President feel that he has to live up to their definitions of 
manliness, their definitions of success and fear, their definitions of 
failure…

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A SURGE IN 'WORTHLESS KILLING' IN MIDEAST
John Ward Anderson and Molly Moore, Washington Post, 3/7/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53753-2003Mar6.html

JABALYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip, March 6 -- Around sunrise today, as 
Israeli tanks began withdrawing from the northern Gaza Strip after a 
night 
of heavy fighting, Adel Abdallah joined dozens of neighbors and a 
handful 
of firefighters in a desperate bid to extinguish a blaze raging through 
an 
apartment building and store.

 From down the street, without warning, Palestinian hospital 
authorities 
and witnesses said, a departing tank fired a final shell that slammed 
into 
the burning building and spewed shrapnel, killing eight people and 
injuring 
at least 60…

Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials, some of whom said the 
Israeli 
tank fired something similar to a flechette antipersonnel round -- a 
shell 
packed with about 1,000 inch-long arrows. An Israeli army spokesman 
said 
only "three regular tank shells" were fired during the entire operation 
in 
an effort to rout Palestinians accused of attacks against Israel.

Residents said the incident occurred after they thought the Israeli 
tanks 
had withdrawn following a night of fighting. They said people had 
converged 
on the street to help the firefighters when a tank shell came out of 
nowhere.

Video footage of the explosions taken by a Palestinian film crew -- 
reviewed in slow motion, frame by frame -- showed that two firefighters 
were wrestling with a hose, spraying water on the flaming building, 
when a 
projectile hit the building and showered the area with what appeared to 
be 
white-hot pieces of shrapnel.

"I was on the balcony because they had withdrawn and I thought it was 
safe, 
and then they fired a shell," said Khalil Matter, 37, who lives in the 
building next door. "This does not help Israeli security. It increases 
the 
hatred of the Palestinians…"

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U.S. REPORTEDLY HAS OKD ISRAELI RETALIATION IF IRAQ ATTACKS
Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times, 3/7/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/la-fg-usisrael7mar07,1,704033.story

In a marked departure from the U.S. approach during the Persian Gulf 
War, 
the Bush administration has signaled that it would accept an Israeli 
retaliation against a devastating Iraqi missile attack, U.S. officials 
say…

In private, there has been agreement that if an attack is not 
catastrophic 
but still significant, the two sides would consider the specifics and 
discuss whether Israel or the U.S. should respond, officials say. Such 
a 
formulation, they acknowledge, still leaves room for disagreements 
between 
the two countries.

But the American shift on the politically charged issue is the latest 
sign 
of how much more closely the U.S. and Israel are coordinating in the 
buildup to an increasingly likely war than they did last time around. 
It 
comes at a time of growing political pressure in both countries for the 
Bush administration to allow the Jewish state to defend itself.

In the U.S., Jewish American organizations as well as conservative 
Christian groups that are a bedrock of Bush's political support have 
urged 
that Israel be given a free hand…

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ISRAELI TROOPS SEIZE CHUNK OF GAZA STRIP
IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press, 3/7/03

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli troops reoccupied a chunk of the 
northern Gaza Strip on Friday to stop Palestinian rocket attacks on 
nearby 
Israeli towns, deploying dozens of tanks, blocking roads and seizing 
rooftops in a crowded four-square-mile area…

Palestinian officials said about 6,000 Palestinians live in the area 
seized, most in Beit Lahiya, which is closest to the border fence with 
Israel.

About 40 tanks and military vehicles were parked Friday on a sandy hill 
overlooking Beit Lahiya and Jabaliya. Troops took over a former 
Palestinian 
police base and an elementary school, witnesses said. Bulldozers 
cleared 
orchard trees and farm land that the military said provided cover for 
Palestinians firing rockets.

Mansour Abu Hamad, a 33-year-old lawyer living in the reoccupied zone, 
said 
Israeli troops surrounded his five-story apartment building and seized 
the 
rooftop of an adjacent building. From that position, troops fired from 
time 
to time toward a large housing project across the street, Abu Hamad 
said by 
telephone.

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CAIR CONGRATULATES AMC AND AMA ON NEW ORGANIZATION

The board and staff of CAIR congratulate American Muslim Council and 
American Muslim Alliance on their endeavor to establish a new Islamic 
organization. We wish them the best to help Muslim in American and we 
stand 
ready to continue our cooperation and support. May God bless you.

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AMC AND AMA AGREE TO ESTABLISH A NEW ORGANIZATION

Washington, DC/San Francisco, CA - March 6, 2003: The Chairman of 
American 
Muslim Council, Dr. Yahya Mossa Basha, and the Chairman of the American 
Muslim Alliance, Dr. Agha Saeed, signed a memorandum of understanding 
on 
March 1, 2003 agreeing to establish a new Muslim organization.

The MOU authorizes the Boards of Directors of both the organizations to 
follow a stipulated timeline for creating a brand new entity named 
National 
American Muslim Federation (NAMF). It is anticipated that AMC and AMA 
will 
be completely dissolved in connection with the formation of NAMF.

"This is a change to signal progress for the community, and it is one 
more 
step to meet news challenges," said Dr. Basha in a statement.

"This act of unity, we believe, will help create a new grammar of hope, 
a 
broader agenda for activism, a far more diversified leadership, and a 
far 
more effective vehicle for gaining efficacy as citizens of the United 
States," Dr. Agha Saeed said.

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ARABS SEEKING VOICE FORM PAC
Chris L. Jenkins, Washington Post, 3/7/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54174-2003Mar6.html

A group of Arab American professionals from Northern Virginia who want 
a 
bigger voice for their community in state and local politics have begun 
raising campaign money and plan to back candidates in this year's 
elections.

Leaders of the New Dominion Political Action Committee say the new 
organization will be secular, including Christians and Muslims, and 
will 
work for candidates of both parties. The idea, they said, is not to 
focus 
on foreign policy but on local issues affecting Arab Americans, 
including 
education, access to health care and the protection of civil liberties…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/9/2003

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CIA HOLDS YOUNG SONS OF CAPTURED AL-QA'EDA CHIEF (Telegraph)
	- 'They will do what is needed to get the information'
	- Questioning Suspects in a Dark and Surreal World (NY Times)
* JIMMY CARTER SAYS IRAQ WAR UNJUST (New York Times)
	- NY Times Says No War Without International Support
	- Washington Post Says More Diplomacy Needed
	- The Xanax Cowboy (New York Times)
	- British Minister Says will Quit if War Without UN (Reuters)
	- Some Evidence on Iraq Called Fake (Washington Post)
	- Harkin: I was fooled on Bush Iraq plans (Des Moines Register)
* IS IT GOOD FOR THE JEWS? (New York Times)
* VT REFUGEE ASSISTANCE CALLS HALT AMID OVERFLOW (AP)
* MUSLIMS, NOT OTHERS PROSECUTED FOR HELPING IRAQ (Post-Standard)
* AN EPIDEMIC OF STUPIDITY, INTOLERANCE (San Jose Mercury News)
* TERRORISM BY ANY OTHER NAME (Haaretz)
* CHECHEN REFUGEES REJECT VOTE (Newsday)
* FRENCH SOLDIERS FIND MUSLIM CORPSES IN IVORY COAST (Reuters)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CIA HOLDS YOUNG SONS OF CAPTURED AL-QA'EDA CHIEF
Olga Craig, Telegraph, 3/9/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/03/09/walqa09.xml

Two young sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of 
the 
September 11 attacks, are being used by the CIA to force their father 
to talk.

Yousef al-Khalid, nine, and his brother, Abed al-Khalid, seven, were 
taken 
into custody in Pakistan last September when intelligence officers 
raided a 
flat in Karachi where their father had been hiding.

He fled just hours before the raid but his two young sons, along with 
another senior al-Qa'eda member, were found cowering behind a wardrobe 
in 
the apartment.

The boys have been held by the Pakistani authorities but this weekend 
they 
were flown to America where they will be questioned about their father.

Last night CIA interrogators confirmed that the boys were staying at a 
secret address where they were being encouraged to talk about their 
father's activities…

SEE ALSO:

'THEY WILL DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO GET THE INFORMATION - AND FAST'
Olga Craig, Telegraph, 3/9/03
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/03/09/walqa309.xml

"He is the mother lode," says George G Tenet, the CIA's director. 
"Almost 
half of our successes in eliminating more than a third of al-Qa'eda's 
leadership have come from interrogations of their captured members at 
Bagram."

What he is less forthcoming about, however, are the methods used to 
extract 
such information. As Cofer Black, the former head of the CIA's 
counter-intelligence centre, says: "That is classified information. 
Let's 
just say this. There was before 9/11 and there is after 9/11. After 
9/11 
the gloves came off…"

At Bagram, where the White House argues that al-Qa'eda prisoners are 
"unlawful combatants" and thus not entitled to the protection of the 
Geneva 
Convention, the CIA has carte blanche to employ the "stress and duress" 
techniques that it has honed since the Vietnam war.

As one informed CIA official puts it: "Let's just say we are not averse 
to 
a little smacky face. After all, if you don't violate a prisoner's 
human 
rights some of the time then you aren't doing your job…"

If testimonies from other prisoners are anything to go by, Mohammed 
will 
have been blindfolded and sent crashing into the walls of the 7ft x 6ft 
cell in which he was held in Pakistan before being flown - still 
shackled 
and probably bound to a stretcher with duct tape - to Bagram.

His body will have been tied in excruciatingly painful positions for 
hours 
on end, he will have been subjected to deafeningly loud sounds and, 
when 
the blindfold was finally removed, blinded by bright lights for 24 
hours…

Any injuries that may have been sustained when he was seized and 
transported are unlikely to have been attended to by his captors. When 
Abu 
Zubaida, a senior al-Qa'eda member, was captured in Pakistan last March 
for 
example, he was shot in the groin.

National security officials conceded that initially no medication had 
been 
administered. "His wound wasn't life threatening," the military police 
officer says with a shrug. "He survived."

Once inside Bagram a favoured technique is the "false flag'. Using fake 
decor and disguises, the prisoner is led to believe that he is in a 
country 
with a reputation for brutality. Female interrogators are used, a 
psychologically jarring experience for men reared in a Muslim culture 
in 
which women are never in control…

With Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the CIA interrogators hold an ace card. 
Last 
September, special forces came within moments of capturing him when 
they 
raided a flat where he was hiding. Though he had fled, his two sons 
aged 
seven and nine were still inside.

They have been in custody in Pakistan ever since. "It is an area where 
we 
know he will be vulnerable," says a Pakistan intelligence official. 
"They 
are being well cared for but, as a father, he will be frantic about 
their 
wellbeing…"

On Friday it was revealed that two al-Qa'eda prisoners at Bagram died 
as a 
result of ill treatment. Post-mortem examinations showed that they had 
been 
beaten with blunt instruments and their deaths were classified as 
homicides.

Former detainees have also signed statements alleging that they were 
hung 
from ceilings, kicked to keep them awake and beaten. The CIA is saying 
little. Off the record, however, the former official acknowledged: "We 
do 
what we do with our eyes open. I don't think the Bush administration is 
going to be wasting much time investigating this…"

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QUESTIONING TERROR SUSPECTS IN A DARK AND SURREAL WORLD
DON VAN NATTA Jr., New York Times, 3/9/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/international/09DETA.html

CAIRO, March 8 - The capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed provides 
American 
authorities with their best opportunity yet to prevent attacks by Al 
Qaeda 
and track down Osama bin Laden. But the detention also presents a 
tactical 
and moral challenge when it comes to the interrogation techniques used 
to 
obtain vital information.

Senior American officials said physical torture would not be used 
against 
Mr. Mohammed, regarded as the operations chief of Al Qaeda and 
mastermind 
of the Sept. 11 attacks. They said his interrogation would rely on what 
they consider acceptable techniques like sleep and light deprivation 
and 
the temporary withholding of food, water, access to sunlight and 
medical 
attention.

American officials acknowledged that such techniques were recently 
applied 
as part of the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the highest-ranking Qaeda 
operative in custody until the capture of Mr. Mohammed. Painkillers 
were 
withheld from Mr. Zubaydah, who was shot several times during his 
capture 
in Pakistan…

Routine techniques include covering suspects' heads with black hoods 
for 
hours at a time and forcing them to stand or kneel in uncomfortable 
positions in extreme cold or heat, American and other officials 
familiar 
with interrogations said. Questioners may also feign friendship and 
respect 
to elicit information. In some cases, American officials said, women 
are 
used as interrogators to try to humiliate men unaccustomed to dealing 
with 
women in positions of authority.

Rights advocates and lawyers for prisoners' rights have accused the 
United 
States of quietly embracing torture as an acceptable means of getting 
information in the global antiterrorism campaign. "They don't have a 
policy 
on torture," said Holly Burkhalter, the United States director of 
Physicians for Human Rights, one of five groups pressing the Pentagon 
for 
assurances detainees are not being tortured. "There is no specific 
policy 
that eschews torture."

Critics also assert that transferring Qaeda suspects to countries where 
torture is believed common - like Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia - 
violates 
American law and the 1984 international convention against torture, 
which 
bans such transfers…

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JIMMY CARTER SAYS IRAQ WAR UNJUST

Just War - or a Just War?
JIMMY CARTER, New York Times, 3/9/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/opinion/09CART.html

ATLANTA - Profound changes have been taking place in American foreign 
policy, reversing consistent bipartisan commitments that for more than 
two 
centuries have earned our nation greatness. These commitments have been 
predicated on basic religious principles, respect for international 
law, 
and alliances that resulted in wise decisions and mutual restraint. Our 
apparent determination to launch a war against Iraq, without 
international 
support, is a violation of these premises.

As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by 
international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles 
of a 
just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on 
Iraq 
does not meet these standards. This is an almost universal conviction 
of 
religious leaders, with the most notable exception of a few spokesmen 
of 
the Southern Baptist Convention who are greatly influenced by their 
commitment to Israel based on eschatological, or final days, theology…

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NY TIMES SAYS NO WAR WITHOUT INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

Saying No to War
New York Times, 3/9/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/opinion/09SUN1.html

Within days, barring a diplomatic breakthrough, President Bush will 
decide 
whether to send American troops into Iraq in the face of United Nations 
opposition. We believe there is a better option involving long-running, 
stepped-up weapons inspections. But like everyone else in America, we 
feel 
the window closing. If it comes down to a question of yes or no to 
invasion 
without broad international support, our answer is no.

Even though Hans Blix, the chief weapons inspector, said that Saddam 
Hussein was not in complete compliance with United Nations orders to 
disarm, the report of the inspectors on Friday was generally 
devastating to 
the American position. They not only argued that progress was being 
made, 
they also discounted the idea that Iraq was actively attempting to 
manufacture nuclear weapons. History shows that inspectors can be 
misled, 
and that Mr. Hussein can never be trusted to disarm and stay disarmed 
on 
his own accord. But a far larger and more aggressive inspection 
program, 
backed by a firm and united Security Council, could keep a permanent 
lid on 
Iraq's weapons program.

By adding hundreds of additional inspectors, using the threat of force 
to 
give them a free hand and maintaining the option of attacking Iraq if 
it 
tries to shake free of a smothering inspection program, the United 
States 
could obtain much of what it was originally hoping to achieve. Mr. 
Hussein 
would now be likely to accept such an intrusive U.N. operation. Had Mr. 
Bush managed the showdown with Iraq in a more measured manner, he would 
now 
be in a position to rally the U.N. behind that bigger, tougher 
inspection 
program, declare victory and take most of the troops home.

Unfortunately, by demanding regime change, Mr. Bush has made it much 
harder 
for Washington to embrace this kind of long-term strategy. He has 
talked 
himself into a corner where war or an unthinkable American retreat seem 
to 
be the only alternatives visible to the administration. Every signal 
from 
the White House is that the diplomatic negotiations will be over in 
days, 
not weeks. Every signal from the United Nations is that when that day 
arrives, the United States will not have Security Council sanction to 
attack.

There are circumstances under which the president would have to act 
militarily no matter what the Security Council said. If America was 
attacked, we would have to respond swiftly and fiercely. But despite 
endless efforts by the Bush administration to connect Iraq to Sept. 11, 
the 
evidence simply isn't there. The administration has demonstrated that 
Iraq 
had members of Al Qaeda living within its borders, but that same 
accusation 
could be lodged against any number of American allies in the region. It 
is 
natural to suspect that one of America's enemies might be actively 
aiding 
another, but nations are not supposed to launch military invasions 
based on 
hunches and fragmentary intelligence.

The second argument the Bush administration cites for invading Iraq is 
its 
refusal to obey U.N. orders that it disarm. That's a good reason, but 
not 
when the U.N. itself believes disarmament is occurring and the weapons 
inspections can be made to work. If the United States ignores the 
Security 
Council and attacks on its own, the first victim in the conflict will 
be 
the United Nations itself. The whole scenario calls to mind that 
Vietnam-era catch phrase about how we had to destroy a village in order 
to 
save it.

President Bush has switched his own rationale for the invasion several 
times. Right now, the underlying theory seems to be that the United 
States 
can transform the Middle East by toppling Saddam Hussein, turning Iraq 
into 
a showplace democracy and inspiring the rest of the region to follow 
suit. 
That's another fine goal that seems impossible to accomplish outside 
the 
context of broad international agreement. The idea that the resolution 
to 
all the longstanding, complicated problems of that area begins with a 
quick 
military action is both seductive and extremely dangerous. The Bush 
administration has not been willing to risk any political capital in 
attempting to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 
but 
now the president is theorizing that invading Iraq will do the trick.

Given the corner Mr. Bush has painted himself in, withdrawing troops - 
even 
if a considerable slice remains behind - would be an admission of 
failure. 
He obviously intends to go ahead, and bet on the very good chance that 
the 
Iraqi army will fall quickly. The fact that the United Nations might be 
irreparably weakened would not much bother his conservative political 
base 
at home, nor would the outcry abroad. But in the long run, this country 
needs a strong international body to keep the peace and defuse tension 
in a 
dozen different potential crisis points around the world. It needs the 
support of its allies, particularly embattled states like Pakistan, to 
fight the war on terror. And it needs to demonstrate by example that 
there 
are certain rules that everybody has to follow, one of the most 
important 
of which is that you do not invade another country for any but the most 
compelling of reasons. When the purpose is fuzzy, or based on 
questionable 
propositions, it's time to stop and look for other, less extreme means 
to 
achieve your goals.

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WASH. POST SAYS MORE DIPLOMACY NEEDED

Moment of Decision
Washington Post, 3/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63346-2003Mar8.html

The United States, for its part, must remain open to reasonable 
compromise. 
If a few more weeks of diplomacy will serve to assuage the legitimate 
concerns of undecided council members, the effort -- even at this late 
date 
-- would be worth making.

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THE XANAX COWBOY
MAUREEN DOWD, New York Times, 3/9/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/opinion/09DOWD.html

It still confuses many Americans that, in a world full of vicious 
slimeballs, we're about to bomb one that didn't attack us on 9/11 (like 
Osama); that isn't intercepting our planes (like North Korea); that 
isn't 
financing Al Qaeda (like Saudi Arabia); that isn't home to Osama and 
his 
lieutenants (like Pakistan); that isn't a host body for terrorists 
(like 
Iran, Lebanon and Syria).

I think the president is genuinely obsessed with protecting Americans 
and 
believes that smoking Saddam will reduce the chances of Islamic 
terrorists' 
snatching catastrophic weapons. That is why no cost - shattering the 
U.N., 
NATO, the European alliance, Tony Blair's career and the U.S. budget - 
is 
too high...

William Greider writes in The Nation, "As a bogus rallying cry, 
`Remember 
9/11' ranks with `Remember the Maine' of 1898 for war with Spain or the 
Gulf of Tonkin resolution of 1964. . . ." A culture more besotted with 
inane "reality" TV than scary reality is easily misled. Mr. Greider 
pointed 
out that in a Times/CBS News survey, 42 percent believe Saddam was 
personally responsible for the attack on the World Trade Center and 
Pentagon, and in an ABC News poll, 55 percent believe he gives direct 
support to Al Qaeda.

The case for war has been incoherent due to overlapping reasons 
conservatives want to get Saddam.

The president wants to avenge his father, and please his base by 
changing 
the historical ellipsis on the Persian Gulf war to a period. Donald 
Rumsfeld wants to exorcise the post-Vietnam focus on American 
imperfections 
and limitations. Dick Cheney wants to establish America's primacy as 
the 
sole superpower. Richard Perle wants to liberate Iraq and remove a 
mortal 
threat to Israel. After Desert Storm, Paul Wolfowitz posited that 
containment is a relic, and that America must aggressively pre-empt 
nuclear 
threats.

And in 1997, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Fox News, and 
other 
conservatives, published a "statement of principles," signed by Jeb 
Bush 
and future Bush officials - Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Wolfowitz, 
Scooter Libby and Elliott Abrams. Rejecting 41's realpolitik and 
shaping 
what would become 43's pre-emption strategy, they exhorted a "Reaganite 
policy of military strength and moral clarity," with America extending 
its 
domain by challenging "regimes hostile to our interests and values…"

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BRITISH MINISTER SAYS WILL QUIT IF WAR WITHOUT UN
Reuters, 3/9/03

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - A leading member of British Prime Minister 
Tony 
Blair's government said on Sunday she would resign her position if the 
country went to war with Iraq without the backing of a second U.N. 
resolution.

The announcement ratcheted up the pressure on Blair, facing rising 
disaffection from the public and his own party over his unswerving 
support 
for a U.S.-led attack to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from 
power.

"I will not uphold a breach of international law or this undermining of 
the 
U.N. and I will resign from the government," International Development 
Secretary Clare Short told the BBC.

"I think it's time for cards on the table. I think I owe it to my 
colleagues in the government and members of the Labour party to just be 
truthful about my position. It's the time to say what my intentions 
are," 
she added.

Short would be first high ranking member of the government to quit her 
post 
over the issue…

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SOME EVIDENCE ON IRAQ CALLED FAKE
Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 3/8/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59403-2003Mar7.html

A key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program 
appears 
to have been fabricated, the United Nations' chief nuclear inspector 
said 
yesterday in a report that called into question U.S. and British claims 
about Iraq's secret nuclear ambitions.

Documents that purportedly showed Iraqi officials shopping for uranium 
in 
Africa two years ago were deemed "not authentic" after careful scrutiny 
by 
U.N. and independent experts, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of 
the 
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the U.N. Security 
Council.

ElBaradei also rejected a key Bush administration claim -- made twice 
by 
the president in major speeches and repeated by Secretary of State 
Colin L. 
Powell yesterday -- that Iraq had tried to purchase high-strength 
aluminum 
tubes to use in centrifuges for uranium enrichment. Also, ElBaradei 
reported finding no evidence of banned weapons or nuclear material in 
an 
extensive sweep of Iraq using advanced radiation detectors.

"There is no indication of resumed nuclear activities," ElBaradei said.

Knowledgeable sources familiar with the forgery investigation described 
the 
faked evidence as a series of letters between Iraqi agents and 
officials in 
the central African nation of Niger. The documents had been given to 
the 
U.N. inspectors by Britain and reviewed extensively by U.S. 
intelligence. 
The forgers had made relatively crude errors that eventually gave them 
away 
-- including names and titles that did not match up with the 
individuals 
who held office at the time the letters were purportedly written, the 
officials said.

"We fell for it," said one U.S. official who reviewed the documents…

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HARKIN: I WAS FOOLED ON BUSH IRAQ PLANS
JANE NORMAN, Des Moines Register, 3/7/03
http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20672471.html

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said Thursday 
that if 
Congress were voting now on its resolution authorizing the president to 
take military action against Iraq, he would oppose it.

"I'm not going to be fooled twice," said Harkin, who backed President 
Bush 
on the resolution last year.

Harkin said he did so because the language required the administration 
to 
seek diplomatic solutions to the standoff with Iraq and to make full 
reports to Congress on the progress of diplomacy.

Instead, "In my adult life, with the exception of Vietnam, this has 
been 
the biggest failure of diplomacy we've had," said Harkin.

The Senate voted 77-23 last October in favor of the sweeping 
resolution, 
which was also approved by the House. While Congress put constraints on 
President Bush in the document, the resolution does not require 
legislative 
approval for a military strike against Iraq or mandate United Nations 
approval.

Harkin, who at the time was in a re-election race against former Rep. 
Greg 
Ganske, was one of 29 Senate Democrats who backed the resolution. 
Ganske 
supported it in the House.

Harkin said that at the time, he believed Bush was trying to seek a 
peaceful solution in Iraq, but instead the administration has been 
"like 
the cowboy who rode out of Texas, all guns blazing" in pursuit of Iraqi 
leader Saddam Hussein.

"As I look back, it sure looks like the administration was never 
serious 
about resolving the situation peacefully - I thought they were," said 
Harkin…

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IS IT GOOD FOR THE JEWS?
BILL KELLER, New York Times, 3/8/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/08/opinion/08KELL.html

Maybe we're all a little too desperate these days for a simple formula 
to 
explain how our safe world came unhinged. That, as much as anything, 
may 
explain one of the more enduring conspiracy theories of the moment, the 
notion that we are about to send a quarter of a million American 
soldiers 
to war for the sake of Israel.

This idea has received only fleeting attention in the mainstream 
discussion 
of our looming invasion of Iraq, and it would not deserve more except 
for 
three things: (1) The idea that this war is about Israel is persistent 
and 
more widely held than you may think. (2) It has interesting ripples in 
our 
domestic politics. (3) It has, like many dubious theories, sprouted 
from a 
seed of truth. Israel is part of the story. And why shouldn't it be?

The conspiracy theory appears in several variations, ranging from 
malignant 
to merely cynical, but it goes something like this: A cadre of 
pro-Zionist 
zealots within the Bush administration and among its media chorus (the 
"amen corner," as the isolationist Pat Buchanan crudely called them 
last 
time we threatened Iraq) has long schemed to make the Middle East safer 
for 
Israel by uprooting the hostile regime of Saddam Hussein. They have 
finally 
succeeded, the theory goes, in pushing their agenda up to the desk of a 
gullible president.

Exhibit A for this plot is a document entitled "A Clean Break: A New 
Strategy for Securing the Realm," prepared in 1996 by a group of 
American 
defense thinkers for the hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of 
Israel. This study proposed an aggressive redirection of Israeli 
strategy, 
including a plan for "removing Saddam Hussein from power." Three of the 
authors of the prescription - Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David 
Wurmser -are now prominent "embeds" in the Bush administration…

Reinforcing this sinister narrative is the suspicion that the 
presidential 
mastermind Karl Rove designed the war as shameless pandering to 
Florida's 
Jewish voters and to the tens of millions of evangelical Christians who 
have taken up Israel as a passion. (Many evangelicals love Israel 
because 
in their Biblical end-of-days scenario, the gathering of Jews in the 
Holy 
Land is necessary for the Second Coming. Inconveniently for the Jews, 
the 
story calls for them to either abandon their beliefs or be exterminated 
in 
time for the great rapture.)

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VT REFUGEE ASSISTANCE CALLS HALT AMID OVERFLOW
DAVID GRAM, Associated Press, 3/9/03

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The head of a refugee aid group on Sunday 
renewed 
his call for the Canadian government to drop its policy of giving 
asylum 
seekers appointments with immigration officers and turning them back to 
the 
United States.

Patrick Giantonio, director of Vermont Refugee Assistance, cited two 
motivations for his group's announcement that as of Friday, it will 
stop 
acting as the relief valve for the crisis at the border and cease 
arranging 
room and board for new asylum seekers awaiting appointments.

VRA has two part-time staff members who have been putting in 100-hour 
weeks 
since January and can't do it any more, Giantonio said. "We're 
strapped. We 
just don't have the resources," he said.

Many volunteers in Vermont "have been wonderful" in offering 
assistance, he 
said, adding much praise for the Salvation Army in Burlingoton, which 
has 
been providing shelter in its chapel for refugees for more than a 
month.

Those efforts have reached their limit, he said.

In addition, Giantonio said there was a growing sense that his tiny 
organization was being used by Canada to address a problem created by a 
Canadian government policy that could be changed at any time.

"All they need to do is bring on a few more immigration officers," 
Giantonio said.

"VRA is neither a disaster relief organization nor a human service 
agency. 
We have no additional human or financial resources for this effort 
other 
than those already committed," said a letter from Giantonio and Major 
James 
Fletcher, director of the Salvation Army in Burlington, sent last week 
to 
Denis Coderre, Canadian minister of citizenship and immigration.

"Neither do we wish to facilitate the ability of governments to 
implement 
policies and procedures we believe to be unjust and unnecessary and 
which 
have simple solutions but lack the will to achieve them," the letter 
said.

The crisis began to build in the fall, when a new U.S. policy requiring 
special registrations by male immigrants from 25 mostly Muslim 
countries 
began to trigger a large flow of asylum seekers north toward Canada. 
Many 
had overstayed their visas in the U.S.

The border crossing between Champlain, N.Y., and Lacolle, Quebec, 
became a 
flash point due to the high volume of refugees seeking to enter Canada 
there...

In many instances, asylum seekers were turned back from Canadian 
customs 
and were intercepted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization 
Service, 
with husbands and grown sons jailed and mothers and younger children 
left 
in the hands of the charitable groups.

Canadian authorities have said repeatedly that they adopted the policy 
of 
setting appointments in the future for asylum seekers because border 
personnel at Lacolle could not handle the numbers of people arriving in 
recent months.

But when those denied immediate entry were returned to U.S., their 
status 
of having expired visas prompted authorities to jail them and begin 
deportation proceedings.

"Why the hell are we detaining and deporting people who are trying to 
leave 
the U.S.?" Giantonio asked Sunday…

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OTHER GROUP HELPING IN IRAQ NOT PROSECUTED
Renee K. Gadoua, Post-Standard, 3/7/03
http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-7/104703007286030.xml

The same federal act used to indict three Central New Yorkers accused 
of 
illegally sending money to Iraq has not been enforced against at least 
a 
dozen local residents who openly violated U.S. law by traveling there.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act authorizes U.S. 
sanctions 
against Iraq. Four Muslims, including three Onondaga County residents, 
were 
indicted Feb. 26 on charges that include violating the act by using the 
Syracuse-based charity Help the Needy to send money to Iraq without a 
license.

About 600 people have brought medical supplies and other goods with 
them to 
Iraq since the Chicago-based peace group Voices in the Wilderness 
formed in 
1996. Group officials and supporters said they are unaware of any 
arrests 
or investigations of the organization. It and four delegates face 
$50,000 
in fines imposed by the federal Office of Foreign Assets Control in 
November because the group delivered medicine without a permit to Iraq 
in 
1998.

"Every time we send a delegation to Iraq we break the sanctions," said 
Bitta Mostofi, speaking for Voices in the Wilderness. "We do it 
intentionally and knowingly."

Two Central New Yorkers, Cynthia Banas of Vernon and Ed Kinane of 
Syracuse, 
are in Iraq as part of a peace delegation with Voices in the 
Wilderness.

Glenn Suddaby, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York, 
said he 
is not familiar with Voices in the Wilderness or any investigation of 
the 
group or its donors.

"This (Help the Needy) is a fraud case that's occurred here," he said. 
"Funneling money to Iraq is only part of this investigation."

Federal prosecutors say Help the Needy and Help the Needy Endowment, 
which 
said they would help starving and oppressed Iraqis, lacked a required 
license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control to send money or 
goods to 
Iraq.

Voices in the Wilderness does not have a license. Nor does it plan to 
pay 
the fines, Mostofi said.

"We do not believe any human being should seek permission to aid 
another 
human being in need," she said. "If they want to give us permission, go 
ahead, but we don't feel like we need it."

The press office of the assets control office, the branch of the U.S. 
Department of Treasury that enforces U.S. trade laws, did not return 
two 
phone calls Thursday.

Voices officials were unfamiliar with the Help the Needy case, but said 
the 
group's stated intention of helping oppressed people in Iraq mirrors 
their 
own goal.

"It's very telling about the policies of this country that Muslims and 
people affiliated with it (the Muslim community) are handcuffed and so 
quickly taken away when relatively all-white, Christian peace groups 
have 
been treated as we have, which is the threat of fines or minimal 
fines," 
Mostofi said…

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AN EPIDEMIC OF STUPIDITY, INTOLERANCE
Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News, 3/9/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/5352313.htm

Every time we turn around these days, it seems another public figure 
says 
something incredibly dumb.

The latest to show off her ignorance was Washington state Rep. Lois 
McMahan, a law-and-order Republican from suburban Tacoma.

As in many states, our neighbors to the north like to kick off their 
legislative sessions with a prayer. Monday's chaplain was a Muslim 
cleric 
named Mohamad Joban.

As Joban began to pray, McMahan and another legislator walked out.

McMahan -- in one of the more stunning recent examples of official 
intolerance -- later called her protest "an issue of patriotism," 
adding 
that Islam is "part and parcel with the attack on America."

To blame the world's 1.3 billion Muslims for the acts of a few fanatics 
is 
like blaming every white man with a mustache for Hitler's atrocities…

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TERRORISM BY ANY OTHER NAME
GIDEON LEVY, HAARETZ, 3/9/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=270513

Terrorism begets terrorism - there is no other way to describe the 
violent 
relations that have developed between us and the Palestinians. There is 
no 
need to elaborate on the cruelty of their terrorist attacks, certainly 
not 
for the Israeli reader, and even less so after last week's horrific 
suicide 
bombing in Haifa. Murderers of children are murderers of children, 
without 
any ifs or buts. The debate is over our attacks, which we are trying to 
conceal by definitions that soften them and with tortuous accounts and 
excuses offered by the Israel Defense Forces, which do not always meet 
the 
test of truth or reasonability…

Israel's efforts at obfuscation are intended above all to keep our 
conscience clean. This is false posturing that can no longer be 
countenanced. When the IDF demolished a mosque on the "Philadelphi" 
route 
on the outskirts of Rafah and immediately claimed that the building had 
been abandoned, no one asked why the mosque had been abandoned. Here is 
the 
real sequence of events: first the Gaza Strip is occupied, then 
settlements 
are established in it, then guarded roads are built to protect the 
settlers. In the next stage, after the Palestinians begin to rebel 
violently against the occupation, we begin killing them until they are 
forced to abandon the mosque and indeed the entire area. Finally the 
"abandoned" mosque is demolished. But to us it seems that only the 
Palestinians destroy holy places, such as Joseph's Tomb. Our conscience 
is 
pure and unblemished, always.

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CHECHEN REFUGEES REJECT VOTE
Liam Pleven, Newsday, 3/9/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wochec093164508mar09,0,5129129.story

Eager to end the separatist war that has killed thousands over the past 
decade, Russian officials have scheduled a referendum March 23 on a 
constitution that would declare Chechnya an "inalienable" part of 
Russia. 
Moscow aims to use the vote to show that one of the world's bloodiest 
and 
most intractable conflicts is basically over, and that calm is 
returning to 
a region that has been linked to international terrorism.

"The Chechen people want peace and ... [have] a chance to say so out 
loud 
at the referendum," Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said last month.

But with armed clashes commonplace and tens of thousands of Russian 
soldiers still in Chechnya, many refugees at the camps near this town 
just 
outside the Chechen border say they have no intention of returning to 
take 
part in a vote they regard as useless. In effect, they plan to abstain 
with 
their feet.

"Even if they have a referendum, there won't be an end to the war. Only 
when they pull the troops out," said a woman named Koka, who fled 
Grozny, 
the Chechen capital, in 1999.

"There can't be any voting at gunpoint," she said…

Such views are a blow to the Russian contention that conditions are 
returning to normal in Chechnya.

To bolster the vote, Russian officials are promising buses to carry 
refugees just over the border to cast ballots. They also are offering 
housing in Grozny to longtime tent-dwellers, some of whose former homes 
are 
rubble.

At the same time, Moscow has said it will let roughly 23,000 Russian 
soldiers in Chechnya, almost 5 percent of the eligible electorate, cast 
votes…

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FRENCH SOLDIERS FIND CORPSES IN IVORY COAST TOWN
Clar Ni Chonghaile, Reuters, 3/9/03

DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast, March 9 (Reuters) - The French army in Ivory 
Coast 
said on Sunday it had found corpses and signs of serious violence 
against 
civilians at a deserted rebel-held town and a rebel leader said 200 
civilians had been butchered there.

Rebel commander Ousmane Coulibaly said he believed more than 200 
civilians 
were killed in Friday's attack on Bangolo, which he blamed on Liberian 
mercenaries allied to President Laurent Gbagbo's army…

The rebels said they repulsed the assault on Bangolo, some 600 km (375 
miles) northwest of Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, but not before 
the 
attackers reached the centre of town and started killing civilians 
suspected of backing the rebels.

Coulibaly said the victims were mostly foreigners and Ivorians from the 
mainly Muslim north.

"I asked the French to come and see the dead. There is an entire Dioula 
neighbourhood that was decimated. All the houses are full of bodies, 
only 
the imam escaped alive," he said…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/10/2003

HEADLINES:


* BREAKING NEWS: CIA DENIES HOLDING CHILDREN OF TERROR SUSPECT
* HADITH OF THE DAY: BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4757 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- Positive Feedback on Ad Campaign
* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT CAIR SACRAMENTO
* NATIONAL MUSLIM GROUP OPENS NEW OFFICE IN ARIZONA
* MEDIA REQUEST: CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES TARGETING MUSLIMS
* BUSH SR WARNING OVER UNILATERAL ACTION (London Times)
	- A Hazy Target (LA Times)
	- Troops Get a Quick Course on Islam (Star Telegram)
* MUSLIM WOMEN'S STRUGGLE (Newsday)
	- Federal Raid in Idaho Town Creates Anxiety (SF Chronicle)
	- Civil Rights Leaders Urge Muslims to Protest Violations (Crimson)
* THE ISRAELI WILD CARD (Newsweek)
	- Israeli Military Joined In Cycle of Casualties (Miami Herald)
	- Murder of a Population Under Cover Of Righteousness (Ha'aretz)
	- U.S. To Allow IDF Action Even During War (Ha'aretz)
	- When the Israeli Army Comes Calling (BBC)
* ARCHAEOLOGISTS SURVEY SITE CLAIMED BY HINDUS, MUSLIMS (AP)
* LEGISLATION WOULD CHANGE RULES ON LIBRARY RECORDS (National Journal)

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BREAKING NEWS: CIA DENIES HOLDING CHILDREN OF TERROR SUSPECT

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/10/03) - A CIA official today termed "utterly 
false" a 
British media report claiming the spy agency is holding the 7- and 
9-year-old sons of suspected Al-Qa'eda mastermind Khalid Sheikh 
Mohammed at 
a secret location in the United States.

CIA Spokesman Tom Crispell told the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that an article making that claim in 
yesterday's Telegraph newspaper is "completely and utterly false…every 
fact 
in that report is false." Crispell also called the article "scurrilous" 
and 
said the CIA is not holding the children in the United States or 
anywhere 
else, and no third party is holding the children on the agency's 
behalf.

The Telegraph report said the boys were being held in a bid to pressure 
their father into revealing details about his role in recent terrorist 
attacks. The newspaper quoted what it said were "CIA interrogators" who 
confirmed that the boys were being "encouraged" to talk about their 
father's activities.

SEE: "CIA Holds Young Sons of Captured al-Qa'eda Chief"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/03/09/walqa09.xml

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone is pleased 
have 
God and His Messenger love him, he should speak the truth when he says 
anything, fulfill his trust when he is put in a position of authority 
and 
be a good neighbor."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1289

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4757 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 4757 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take 
part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library 
package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:  POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON AD CAMPAIGN

"I completely agree with CAIR that Muslims have to take the initiative 
now, 
more than ever, to define their religion and its basic teachings. God 
willing, this ad campaign that you have started should go a long way in 
clearing misconceptions about Muslims. Campaigns like this are needed 
not 
just for release in America but globally." - Dubai

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT CAIR SACRAMENTO

CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) California is seeking 
applicants for to position of:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CAIR-CA/Sacramento Valley Office, Sacramento, California

Interested candidates should apply by March 15, 2003, with a 
comprehensive 
resume stating education, work history, references, along with copies 
of 
relevant academic certificates to:

CAIR Southern California
HR Department
2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F
Anaheim, CA 92801
Fax: 714-776-1847
E-MAIL: cair_sca@cair-california.org (Please do not send attachments.)

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NATIONAL MUSLIM GROUP OPENS NEW OFFICE IN ARIZONA
CAIR-Arizona will promote civil rights and religious diversity

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/10/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) announced today that it has opened a new office in Arizona. 
CAIR's 
Phoenix office (CAIR-AZ) joins 16 others the Washington-based Islamic 
civil 
rights and advocacy group has nationwide and in Canada.

The new CAIR-AZ affiliate will assist the local Muslim community in 
dealing 
with issues related to political participation, civil rights and 
interfaith 
dialogue. SEE: "Islamic Civil Rights Group to Open Arizona Office," 
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0306muslim-ON.html

"We have had an overwhelming number of requests for information about 
Islam 
and Muslims. Now we will have a solid base for responding to these 
requests 
and for dealing with reports of anti-Muslim discrimination and bias," 
said 
CAIR-AZ Executive Director Deedra Abboud.

"CAIR's Arizona affiliate will add an important component to our 
network of 
offices nationwide. It is through local offices that CAIR is able to 
serve 
the needs of the Muslim community and to help promote greater 
understanding 
of Islam," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad added that CAIR 
plans 
to open a number of other regional offices in the coming months.

There are an estimated 15,000 Muslims in Arizona, seven million in 
America 
and some 1.2 billion worldwide. For background on the American Muslim 
community, see "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport/

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-AZ, Deedra Abboud, 602-738-2482; CAIR-National, Ibrahim 
Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. 
Hodan 
Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-MAIL: hhassan@cair-net.org

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MEDIA REQUEST: CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES TARGETING MUSLIMS

How do you feel about Christian Missionaries actively seeking out 
Muslim 
converts here and especially abroad?  We at NY Times Television are 
doing a 
documentary which in part addresses the growing activities among 
Christian 
missionaries in converting Islamic believers overseas, and here in US. 
We 
are looking for a well spoken Islamic scholar, writer or informed 
community 
leader who can address a two fold issue on camera: Are there currently 
activities within Islam equivalent to the proselytizing efforts of 
Christian Missionaries? What organizations might we speak with in the 
US 
about this, ideally in the Northeast, though we will consider responses 
from other parts of the US as well.

The second set of questions is about how it feels from an Islamic point 
of 
view that these proselytizing efforts are being organized around the 
world. 
Please send responses and suggestions as soon as possible to 
juliam@nytimes.com.

Thank you,

Julia Morrison, Associate Producer
New York Times Television

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BUSH SR WARNING OVER UNILATERAL ACTION
Roland Watson, London Times, 3/10/03
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-605441,00.html

The first President Bush has told his son that hopes of peace in the 
Middle 
East would be ruined if a war with Iraq were not backed by 
international 
unity.
Drawing on his own experiences before and after the 1991 Gulf War, Mr 
Bush 
Sr said that the brief flowering of hope for Arab-Israeli relations a 
decade ago would never have happened if America had ignored the will of 
the 
United Nations.

He also urged the President to resist his tendency to bear grudges, 
advising his son to bridge the rift between the United States, France 
and 
Germany.

"You've got to reach out to the other person. You've got to convince 
them 
that long-term friendship should trump short-term adversity," he said.

The former President's comments reflect unease among the Bush family 
and 
its entourage at the way that George W. Bush is ignoring international 
opinion and overriding the institutions that his father sought to 
uphold. 
Mr Bush Sr is a former US Ambassador to the UN and comes from a family 
steeped in multi-lateralist traditions...

SEE ALSO:

A HAZY TARGET
William M. Arkin, Los Angeles Times, 3/10/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-op-arkin9mar09004511,0,4564058.story

SOUTH POMFRET, Vt - For all their differences, proponents and opponents 
of 
war with Iraq agree on one thing: The paramount threat posed by Saddam 
Hussein is his possession of chemical and biological weapons...

Incredible as it may seem, given all the talk by the administration -- 
including Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's discourse last week 
about 
continuing Iraqi deception -- there is simply no hard intelligence of 
any 
such Iraqi weapons.

There is not a single confirmed biological or chemical target on their 
lists, Air Force officers working on the war plan say...

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TROOPS GET A QUICK COURSE ON ISLAM
Brett Hoffman, Fort Star-Telegram, 3/10/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/5357242.htm

As U.S. troops prepare for deployment to the Middle East for a 
potential 
war with Iraq, Frank Baker can be called at a moment's notice to give 
Fort 
Bliss-based soldiers a heads-up on common Muslim practices.

Baker, a Muslim, briefs reassigned soldiers for about an hour and 
fields 
questions on Islam at the El Paso Army base.

"The most important thing is that a soldier understands what Islamic 
religion is about," said Baker, Fort Bliss' director of international 
training. "You need to know basics, such the five essential pillars of 
Islam that includes prayer and fasting, almsgiving and pilgrimages." 
The 
other pillar is declaration of one's faith in Allah...

The predominantly Christian U.S. force is told, for example, that 
observant 
Muslims pray five times a day.

"If you're on the street and you see someone on a rug bending up and 
down, 
you know the guy is not crazy, he's just praying," Baker said. "'You 
should 
know that [Muslims] pray five times a day. Some of them put their rug 
anywhere. You should not walk on a prayer rug or stand in front of 
them..."

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MUSLIM WOMEN'S STRUGGLE
Bart Jones, Newsday, 3/10/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl103166000mar10,0,2788189.story

They hail from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt and other 
nations. They share the same religion: Islam.

They gathered yesterday at the Islamic Center of Long Island in 
Westbury to 
celebrate International Women's Day and to talk in part about what it 
is 
like to be a Muslim woman in the United States after the Sept. 11 
terrorist 
attacks and as the country appears poised to unleash war against Iraq.

For many, Long Island has been a generally accepting place to live even 
after the terrorist attacks, but some fear a backlash against Muslims 
if 
the United States goes to war against Iraq.

"People are in a state of panic," said Nazli Chaudhry, a native of 
Pakistan 
who lives in Commack. "It's kind of brewing. It's going to burst out - 
that 
hatred can't be contained."

Still, many of the women said they were hopeful that the goodwill most 
Long 
Islanders have shown Muslims would continue even in the event of war...

SEE ALSO:

FEDERAL RAID IN IDAHO TOWN CREATES ANXIETY FOR MUSLIMS
John M. Hubbell, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/10/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/03/10/MN41108.DTL

A recent predawn arrest of a Muslim doctoral student in Moscow, Idaho, 
has 
left residents there wondering if the roughly 100 federal agents who 
swarmed into their small college town made a major terror-related bust 
or 
an alarming blunder.

A detention hearing is to be held in Boise on Tuesday for Sami Omar 
Al-Hussayen, who faces an 11-count federal indictment for alleged visa 
fraud and making false statements to the government. Al-Hussayen, who 
has 
pleaded not guilty to the charges, is a Saudi Arabian who has studied 
computer science at the University of Idaho since 1999.

While Al-Hussayen, 34, faces no direct terror-related counts, federal 
prosecutors allege that he failed to disclose his role in the Islamic 
Assembly of North America, a Muslim charity based in Michigan whose 
offices 
were raided at the time of his arrest on Feb. 26. Simultaneously in 
Syracuse, N.Y., four other men were arrested on charges they used Help 
the 
Needy, an affiliated charity, to funnel money to Iraq...

As the day unfolded, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne credited Al-Hussayen's 
arrest in part to post-Sept. 11 security measures, while agents 
"questioned 
all the Saudi students . . . and a number of other Muslim students, 
some of 
whom had possible immigration irregularities," said Elizabeth Brandt, a 
professor at the University of Idaho College of Law.

She said students told her that agents confiscated some of their hard 
drives and told them, erroneously, that they had no right to legal 
counsel. 
Officials have defended the timing and nature of their actions as 
necessary 
to coincide with related moves in Michigan and New York.

Meanwhile, Brandt said, the indictment of Al-Hussayen itself "does not 
comport with their understanding of him." She and others recall 
Al-Hussayen 
as a vocal critic of the Sept. 11 attacks, a man who coordinated a 
blood 
drive for victims and walked in a town vigil dedicated to their memory.

"I don't know what evidence they have," said Michael Whiteman, who 
directs 
the University of Idaho's international programs. "An indictment," he 
said, 
"is an accusation..."

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CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS URGE MUSLIM AMERICANS TO PROTEST VIOLATIONS
Nathan J. Heller, The Crimson, 3/10/03
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=346053

Three civil rights leaders urged Muslim Americans and others to speak 
out 
against government encroachment on civil liberties at panel at the 
Divinity 
School yesterday morning.

The discussion, which was part of the two-day Islam in America 2003 
conference, focused on violations of American Muslims' civil rights 
since 
the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Panelists said ethnic profiling stemming from restrictive national 
security 
measures has become a prominent concern for the nation's Muslim 
community.

Civil rights lawyer Stanley L. Cohen and co-panelists Joshua Salaam and 
Salam Al-Marayati urged audience members to speak out if they found 
their 
rights restricted.

"What can we do?" Cohen asked rhetorically. "Fight back. Do not go 
silently 
into the night. Stand up, organize, boycott, demonstrate."

Joshua Salaam, who is director of the Civil Rights Department for the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations explored possible causes for what 
he 
termed the "vilification of the Islamic community" in government 
discourse 
and media coverage.

"The power of rhetoric is so important," he said, "and the power of 
media 
is so important. I don't even know if you can blame people who fall 
into 
this, because we all fall victim to rhetoric..."

All three panelists stressed the need for solidarity with Muslim 
Americans.

"We have a lot of great players," said Salaam, joking that he felt 
compelled to use a sports analogy. "But you can't win alone..."

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THE ISRAELI WILD CARD
Joshua Hammer, Newsweek, 3/10/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/882793.asp

Israel might also step up military assaults in its own backyard. In 
recent 
weeks the Israeli military has escalated hit-and-run raids in the Gaza 
Strip in an effort to eradicate strongholds of the militant group 
Hamas. 
The raids have caused appalling civilian casualties. Palestinians fear 
that, with world attention focused on the Iraqi conflict, Sharon could 
order a far bloodier reoccupation of the Gaza Strip. Israeli analysts 
and 
government officials say Sharon isn't likely to risk such a move.

"Sharon is extremely sensitive to what he hears from the White House," 
says 
Shai Feldman of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv. 
"The 
costs would be too high [for the U.S.-Israeli relationship]." Yet 
Sharon 
has consistently placed Israel's security concerns, or his 
interpretation 
of them, ahead of United States interests. With the second gulf war 
looming, some fear he'll do it again-with potentially calamitous 
results.

SEE ALSO:

GAZA, ISRAELI MILITARY AGAIN JOINED IN CYCLE OF CASUALTIES, BLAME
Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, 3/10/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/5358504.htm

The crowd grew to about 200 Arab children, some circling on bikes and 
others throwing stones at the newest Israeli tank emplacement in Gaza 
when 
a shot rang out on Sunday morning, usually a school day.

A boy had been aiming a stick, rifle-style, at the Israeli armor dug 
into 
dunes above -- and was hit in the leg, then whisked away in an 
ambulance 
that was idling nearby...

In the early days of this uprising, Israel said it had no interest in 
taking back Gaza territory it had ceded under the 1993 Oslo peace 
agreement, opting instead to deal with violence directed from Gaza by 
targeted assassinations.

Now, Israel is doing both. It has tank emplacements scattered around 
the 
strip, and it sent helicopter gunships this weekend to kill four men 
riding 
in a car in downtown Gaza, notably Ibrahim Makadme, 53, a leader of 
Hamas' 
military wing, the Qassam Brigades. Last week, a column of tanks went 
into 
the Jabalya refugee camp to arrest another Hamas activist, and 11 
people 
were killed in fierce overnight firefights...

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MURDER OF A POPULATION UNDER COVER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Shulamit Aloni, Ha'aretz, 3/6/03
http://www.haaretz.co.il/
(Translated from Hebrew.)

We do not have gas chambers and crematoria, but there is no one fixed 
method for genocide...

The government of Israel, using the military and its instruments of 
destruction, is not only spilling blood, but it is also suffocating. 
What 
other name can be given to the dropping of a one-ton bomb over a dense 
urban area, when the justification uttered is that we wanted to murder 
a 
dangerous terrorist and his wife? The rest of the citizens who were 
killed 
and injured, among whom are children and women, do not count, of 
course.

How is it possible to explain the expulsion of citizens from their 
homes at 
three o'clock in the morning on a rainy night, then depositing bombs in 
the 
house and then departing without warning? When those expelled returned 
to 
their home, the bombs were exploded and a brutal murder and destruction 
of 
property was thus committed. And what is the justification for what 
happened in Jenin?  We did not destroy the whole neighbourhood, just 85 
houses; it was not slaughter, we killed only 50-some citizens.  How 
many 
does one need to murder and destroy for it to be a crime? - A crime 
against 
humanity, as determined by the Laws of the State of Israel, not only 
the 
laws of Belgium...

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U.S. TO ALLOW IDF ACTION IN TERRITORIES EVEN DURING WAR
Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 3/10/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=270733

Last Wednesday, during a nighttime cabinet meeting following the 
suicide 
bombing in Haifa that killed 16 people, government ministers heard a 
report 
from security officials on Israel Defense Forces activities in the Gaza 
Strip...

The ministers were told that from now on the IDF would seize control of 
areas in the Strip that it has never entered in the past, and that 
assassinations would continue. As customary during cabinet meetings, 
the 
names of the candidates for assassination were not given, and no 
distinction was made between military and political leaders...

The U.S. administration avoided criticizing recent IDF operations in 
the 
Gaza Strip and did not put pressure on Israel to stop them. Israel was 
condemned only for harming Palestinian civilians and for the 
humanitarian 
distress in the territories. In this case as well the U.S. 
administration 
was relatively moderate and Jerusalem noticed the inconsistencies in 
U.S. 
behavior: the criticism was delivered by White House and State 
Department 
spokesmen, but in private talks and in diplomatic channels, the 
Americans 
avoided raising the issue with Israeli officials...

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WHEN THE ISRAELI ARMY COMES CALLING
Alan Johnston, BBC, 3/10/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/from_our_own_correspondent/2829245.stm

Alan Johnston has just spent nearly two weeks living with a Palestinian 
family in the West Bank city of Nablus looking at how the lives of 
hundreds 
of thousands of ordinary people are being re-shaped by the seemingly 
endless confrontation:

The beam from the searchlight caught the house, and the living room 
around 
us was suddenly awash with light.

We stood motionless, listening to the Israeli armour grind slowly up 
the 
street. Would the soldiers pass by - or were they coming for us?  They 
stopped at our gate.

It was two in the morning, and it seemed that in a moment, the troops 
would 
be pounding on our door.

We had heard their loudspeaker earlier, ordering people to come out of 
their homes with their hands on their heads. But then the patrol gunned 
its 
engines. It was turning and moving on.

Leila began to laugh softly. "Now you know why we smoke so much," she 
said.

I knew all along that even if we were ordered out, my identity card 
would 
show that I was a foreign journalist, and I'd be left alone.

But for a moment, standing in the beam of the searchlight, you did get 
a 
little of the sense of what it is to be a Palestinian when the Israeli 
army 
comes calling in the night...

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS SURVEY SITE CLAIMED BY HINDUS, MUSLIMS IN INDIA
Prajnan Bhattacharya, Associated Press, 3/10/03

AYODHYA, India - Government archaeologists guarded by police on Monday 
began a survey of South Asia's most disputed religious site, where a 
long-running squabble over a temple and a mosque has fueled deadly 
riots 
and transformed India's politics.

Experts from the Archaeological Survey of India examined the site in 
the 
northern town of Ayodhya where the 16th century Babri Mosque was 
destroyed 
in 1992 by thousands of Hindu activists, with spades, crowbars and bare 
hands.

The High Court of northern Uttar Pradesh has ordered archeologists to 
determine within four weeks whether a Hindu temple once existed at the 
site, 550 kilometers (345 miles) southeast of New Delhi.

B.R. Mani, the leader of the archaeologists' team, said a preliminary 
survey had been made at the site, which was guarded by more than 2,100 
police officers. Excavation is likely to begin on March 12, local 
officials 
said...

The movement to build a Hindu temple at the site has transformed the 
fortunes of India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, 
which 
was once an insignificant political force.

With legislative elections for five states due later this year and 
federal 
polls in 2004, leaders of Vajpayee's party have raised anti-Muslim 
rhetoric 
and sought to portray themselves as defenders of the Hindu majority...

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LEGISLATION WOULD CHANGE RULES ON ACCESS TO LIBRARY RECORDS
Drew Clark, National Journal, 3/10/03
http://nationaljournal.com/

The drive to reverse parts of the 2001 anti-terrorism law known as the 
USA 
PATRIOT Act began on Thursday, with Rep. Bernard Sanders filing a bill 
designed to shield libraries from revealing their patrons' records 
without 
evidence of criminal activity.

Sanders, I-Vt., said his bill would protect library patrons' freedom to 
read without fear that their records would be relinquished to the 
government. Under a provision in the current law, libraries and other 
business can be compelled to give the personal records to the FBI if 
law 
enforcement officials say they are relevant to an international 
terrorism 
investigation. Although excised from the House anti-terrorism bill by 
bipartisan agreement, the language remained in the Senate version that 
ultimately became law.

The provision freed the FBI from having to demonstrate probable cause 
of 
criminal activity or of an individual's connection to a foreign power 
before getting the library records.

"This legislation will protect libraries, bookstores and their patrons 
from 
unjustified government surveillance into what books Americans are 
reading 
or buying and what Web sites they may be visiting when using a library 
computer," Sanders said in a press conference. "The threat of terrorism 
must not be used as an excuse by the government to intrude upon our 
basic 
constitutional rights."

Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Raul Grijalva of Arizona 
and 
Peter DeFazio of Oregon joined Sanders at the press conference. Texas 
Rep. 
Ron Paul is the only Republican among the 23 co-sponsors of the bill, 
but 
Sanders said he expects more.

For more information, see:
http://bernie.house.gov/statements/20030307183831.asp

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MUSLIM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS THREATENED IN CALIFORNIA
CAIR meets with FBI about threat to shoot Muslims on campus

(SAN JOSE, CA, 3/10/2003) - The Northern California office of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NCA) said today it met Friday with 
the 
FBI about threats made against Muslim students at San Jose State 
University 
(SJSU). The threats took the form of expletive-laden graffiti scrawled 
at 
locations around the campus. One threat stated: "Muslims will be shot 
on 
San Jose State University campus on March 10, 2003."

After being informed of the threatening graffiti by the campus Muslim 
Students Association, CAIR-NCA Executive Director Helal Omeira called 
for a 
meeting with SJSU police, the local FBI Hate Crimes Unit, the San Jose 
Police Department, and the university's Office of the President to 
address 
the security concerns of Muslim students. Participants in that meeting 
mapped out a plan to deal with the threats.

"It is encouraging to see that law enforcement authorities are taking 
these 
threats very seriously and are doing all they can to ensure the safety 
of 
San Jose State University students. We appreciate the quick response 
and 
the professional manner in which the Muslim community's concerns were 
addressed," said CAIR-NCA President Fouad Khatib.

In a message sent to Muslim students on campus, SJSU President Robert 
L. 
Caret stated in part: "It appears that all the messages were the work 
of 
one individual.  The San Jose State University Police Department is 
working 
with other local and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate 
these 
incidents.  If you see any similar messages, please call the San Jose 
State 
University Police Department 408-924-2222 immediately."

The threats are just one of a series of anti-Muslim incidents across 
the 
country reported to CAIR in the last few weeks. Physical assaults 
against 
Muslims have been reported in Northern California, Southern California, 
Georgia, New Jersey, and South Carolina. One incident in Yorba Linda, 
Calif., left a Muslim teenager badly beaten by a group that allegedly 
included white supremacists.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 15 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/11/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WORK FOR THE POOR
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- Group Attempts to Counter Anti-Muslim Rhetoric (VOA)
	- CAIR Tackles Issue of Terrorism in Ads (UPI)
* SOME BLAME ISRAEL FOR IRAQ WAR (JTA)
       	- Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War (Washington Post)
	- Were Neo-Cons' 1998 Memos a Blueprint for Iraq War? (ABC)
	- Lunch with the Chairman (New Yorker)
* WASHINGTON FURIOUS AT ISRAELI LEAKS (AFP)
	- Stopping 'Transfer' of Palestinians During War (Antiwar.com)
	- Contact Congress to Oppose New Aid to Israel
* IS WEAPONS CASE AGAINST IRAQ DISINTEGRATING? (ABC)
	- U.S. Diplomat Resigns Over Iraq War Plans (Reuters)
	- Secretive U.S. 'Information' Office Back (AP)
	- March 15 Rally in DC Against War in Iraq
* MUSLIM STUDENTS REFUSE TO BOW TO HATE GRAFFITI (LA Times)
	- Graffiti Warns Muslims to be Shot at Campus (Reuters)
	- All of Us Must Fight Bigotry (LA Times)
* LIBRARIES POST PATRIOT ACT WARNINGS (SF Chronicle)
	- Mosque Voices Concerns Over FBI Surveillance (AP)
	- FBI Gets a Crash Course on the Islamic World (Newsday)
* BAY AREA PAKISTANIS RESENT REGISTRATION RULE (Mercury News)
	- Philadelphia Program Aids Those Registering With INS
* KORAN TO BE TRANSLATED INTO IRISH (Reuters)
* INDIAN MUSLIMS QUESTION FAIRNESS OF EXCAVATION (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WORK FOR THE POOR

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The one who looks after 
and 
works for a widow and for a poor person, is like a soldier fighting for 
God's cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all 
the 
night."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 35

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC ADVOCACY GROUP ATTEMPTS TO COUNTER ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC
Meredith Buel, Voice of America, 3/7/03
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectid=D2F343B3-5310-4A5C-8F2274A4D7B9753F

To listen to Meredith Buel's report in Real Audio, go to: 
http://www.voanews.com/mediastore/buel_islam_us_7mar03.ram

An Islamic advocacy group has launched an advertising campaign in the 
United States to counter what it says is a rising tide of anti-Muslim 
rhetoric. Organizers say the effort is designed to present an accurate 
picture of Islam.

When many Americans see Islam portrayed in news reports it is often 
linked 
to extremism and terrorism, such as the latest tape from Osama bin 
Laden or 
suicide bombings in Israel.

This negative news coverage has prompted the Washington-based Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations - or CAIR - to begin a year-long media 
campaign 
called "Islam in America."

The communications director for the council, Ibrahim Hooper, says he 
hopes 
the ad campaign will help reverse the negative image some Americans 
have of 
the Muslim faith. "Well that is one of the main factors that led us to 
do 
the campaign, was defining Islam," he said. "So often Islam is defined 
by 
extremists on both sides. Both on the right-wing and evangelical 
circles 
and from Muslim extremists. So we need to define that Muslim center to 
take 
it out of the hands of both of these sets of extremists and that is 
what we 
are trying to do here..."

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CAPITAL COMMENT
United Press International, 3/10/03
http://upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030310-040334-9515r

Ad-dressing an important issue...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, one of America's larger 
Muslim 
organizations, is waging war on "religiously motivated terrorism" 
through a 
national ad campaign intended to "foster greater understanding of 
Islam" in 
light of "a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States."

In the newest ad, CAIR says, "American Muslims condemn all acts of 
terrorism and we are as outraged as our fellow Americans by atrocities 
committed in the name of God and our religion."

"We often hear that Muslims have not condemned terrorism enough since 
the 
9/11 attacks. This advertisement is designed to address that issue and 
show 
clearly Islam's and the American Muslim community's strong opposition 
to 
acts of violence against civilians, whether they are committed by 
individuals, groups or states," CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad 
said.

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SOME BLAME ISRAEL FOR IRAQ WAR
Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 3/11/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Some+blame+Israel+for+Iraq+war&intcategoryid=5

WASHINGTON - A furor over comments by a U.S. lawmaker is highlighting 
the 
resurgent trend of blaming Israel and the Jewish community for the 
impending war against Iraq.

Six rabbis from northern Virginia have asked for the resignation of 
Rep. 
James Moran (D-Va.), after he told constituents last week that the 
Jewish 
community is behind the Bush administration's push for war…

While Moran's comments specifically linked the organized American 
Jewish 
community with a push for war, an increasing number of people are 
blaming 
the looming Iraq war on Jewish officials in the Bush administration.

The sentiments echo those made in 1991 by conservative commentator 
Patrick 
Buchanan, who said the Persian Gulf War was being touted by "the 
Israeli 
Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United States..."

Israel, too, has taken a low profile, though the widespread view is 
that 
Jerusalem supports U.S. efforts to dismantle a regime that is a threat 
to 
its security.

But some have pointedly noted that some of the strongest advocates for 
war 
in the Bush administration are Jewish, implying that their support for 
Israel is the rationale.

Among those being targeted are Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of 
defense; 
Richard Perle, chairman of the Defense Policy Board; Douglas Feith, the 
undersecretary of defense for policy; and Dov Zakheim, the Pentagon's 
comptroller...

SEE ALSO:

MORAN SAID JEWS ARE PUSHING WAR
Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 3/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7832-2003Mar10.html

Jewish organizations condemned Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) 
yesterday 
for delivering what they said were anti-Semitic remarks at an antiwar 
forum 
in Reston, where he suggested that American Jews are responsible for 
pushing the country to war with Iraq and that Jewish leaders could 
prevent 
war if they wanted to.

At the forum, attended by about 120 people at St. Anne's Episcopal 
Church 
on March 3, Moran discussed why he thought antiwar sentiment was not 
more 
effective in the United States.

"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this 
war 
with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran said in comments first 
reported by the Reston Connection and not disputed by Moran. "The 
leaders 
of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change 
the 
direction of where this is going, and I think they should..."

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WERE NEO-CONSERVATIVES' 1998 MEMOS A BLUEPRINT FOR IRAQ WAR?
ABC News, 3/10/03
http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/nightline/DailyNews/pnac_030310.html

March 10 - Years before George W. Bush entered the White House, and 
years 
before the Sept. 11 attacks set the direction of his presidency, a 
group of 
influential neo-conservatives hatched a plan to get Saddam Hussein out 
of 
power.

The group, the Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, was 
founded 
in 1997. Among its supporters were three Republican former officials 
who 
were sitting out the Democratic presidency of Bill Clinton: Donald 
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz.

In open letters to Clinton and GOP congressional leaders the next year, 
the 
group called for "the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime from power" 
and a 
shift toward a more assertive U.S. policy in the Middle East, including 
the 
use of force if necessary to unseat Saddam.

And in a report just before the 2000 election that would bring Bush to 
power, the group predicted that the shift would come about slowly, 
unless 
there were "some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl 
Harbor."

That event came on Sept. 11, 2001. By that time, Cheney was vice 
president, 
Rumsfeld was secretary of defense, and Wolfowitz his deputy at the 
Pentagon...

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LUNCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN
Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker, 3/11/03
http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?fact/030317fa_fact

At the peak of his deal-making activities, in the nineteen-seventies, 
the 
Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi brokered billions of dollars in 
arms 
and aircraft sales for the Saudi royal family, earning hundreds of 
millions 
in commissions and fees...

Khashoggi is still brokering. In January of this year, he arranged a 
private lunch, in France, to bring together Harb Saleh al-Zuhair, a 
Saudi 
industrialist whose family fortune includes extensive holdings in 
construction, electronics, and engineering companies throughout the 
Middle 
East, and Richard N. Perle, the chairman of the Defense Policy Board, 
who 
is one of the most outspoken and influential American advocates of war 
with 
Iraq.

The Defense Policy Board is a Defense Department advisory group 
composed 
primarily of highly respected former government officials, retired 
military 
officers, and academics. Its members, who serve without pay, include 
former 
national-security advisers, Secretaries of Defense, and heads of the 
C.I.A. 
The board meets several times a year at the Pentagon to review and 
assess 
the country's strategic defense policies.

Perle is also a managing partner in a venture-capital company called 
Trireme Partners L.P., which was registered in November, 2001, in 
Delaware. 
Trireme's main business, according to a two-page letter that one of its 
representatives sent to Khashoggi last November, is to invest in 
companies 
dealing in technology, goods, and services that are of value to 
homeland 
security and defense. The letter argued that the fear of terrorism 
would 
increase the demand for such products in Europe and in countries like 
Saudi 
Arabia and Singapore...

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WASHINGTON FURIOUS AT ISRAELI LEAKS OVER IRAQ ATTACK MONDAY
Agence France-Presse, 3/11/03
http://www.prolog.net/webnews/wed/dc/Qisrael-iraq-us.R7hX_DMA.html

Jerusalem - The United States has complained to Israel about constant 
leaks 
by senior security officials about the date of an attack on Iraq, 
Israel 
media said Monday.

But US ambassador Dan Kurtzer told reporters after meeting with Israeli 
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom that media reports that Washington will 
not 
alert its close ally before any attack as a result of the leaks were 
baseless.

"Washington sent in the past few days a message expressing its concern" 
over the leaks, said army radio.

As a result of the complaints, the Israeli foreign ministry has asked 
Israeli diplomats not to talks about Iraq, ministry officials said.

The daily Maariv said Washington was "seething" at the leaks and that 
"as a 
result security establishment officials have decided to assume that the 
offensive will come as a complete surprise..."

SEE ALSO:

STOPPING THE 'TRANSFER' OF THE PALESTINIANS DURING BUSH'S WAR
Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 3/11/03
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/avnery5.html

The present Israeli political-military leadership includes groups that 
have 
been planning for a long time to exploit a war situation in order to do 
things which cannot be done in ordinary times. The moral brakes that 
still 
exist in parts of the Israeli public, as well as the expected 
international 
reaction, prevent the implementation of these plans for the time being.

All this can change in a war situation. The attention of the world will 
be 
riveted to the battle in Iraq. In the Arab countries, chaos may 
prevail, 
diverting attention from the Palestinian territories. The Israeli 
public, 
fearful of Saddam's capabilities, will be (even) less sensitive to the 
plight of the Palestinians...

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CONTACT CONGRESS TO OPPOSE NEW AID TO ISRAEL

A coalition of concerned American organizations are joining forces on 
Wednesday, March 12, to urge members of Congress to oppose Israel's 
request 
for new financial aid, including $4 billion in direct military aid and 
$8 
billion in American taxpayer guaranteed loans.

On Wednesday, March 12, please contact your elected representatives 
with 
this message: Don't send $12 billion more in American taxpayer dollars 
to 
Israel. America's needs must come first.

To phone your members of Congress, call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 
202-224-3121. Have your ZIP code ready and the switchboard will 
transfer 
your call.

You may also go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and enter your zip code 
under the section "Elected Officials." There is a form letter 
challenging 
the aid request on this same page. If you send the letter by e-mail, 
make 
sure you follow up with a phone call to your representative on March 
12.

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IS WEAPONS CASE AGAINST IRAQ DISINTEGRATING?
ABC News, 3/11/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/2020/GMA030310Iraq_weapons_evidence.html

As the Bush administration tries to make the case to America and the 
world 
that Iraq is trying to rebuild its nuclear weapons program, some top 
United 
Nations officials contend that key evidence against Iraq is crumbling.

Before Congress, and in public, President Bush and Secretary of State 
Colin 
Powell have repeatedly pointed to aluminum tubes imported by Iraq which 
they say are for use in making nuclear weapons.

But on Friday, head United Nations nuclear inspector Mohammad ElBaradei 
told the Security Council that it wasn't likely that the tubes were for 
that use. ElBaradei also said that documents Bush had cited and relied 
upon 
to make the case that Iraq tried to buy uranium from a country in 
central 
Africa were fake.

"These documents - which formed the basis for the reports of recent 
uranium 
transactions between Iraq and Niger - are in fact not authentic," 
ElBaradei 
told the United Nations on Friday...

"I think the fact that these documents turn out to be false really is 
an 
embarrassment to the Bush administration," said Jon Wolfsthal, deputy 
director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. DIPLOMAT RESIGNS OVER IRAQ WAR PLANS
Reuters, 3/11/03
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/03/10/sprj.irq.diplomat.resignation.reut/

WASHINGTON - A U.S. diplomat resigned from government service Monday in 
protest at President Bush's preparations to attack Iraq, the second to 
do 
so in less than a month.

John H. Brown, who joined the U.S. diplomatic corps in 1981 and served 
in 
London, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Belgrade and Moscow, said in a letter to 
Secretary of State Colin Powell made available to the media: "I cannot 
in 
good conscience support President Bush's war plans against Iraq.

"Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the 
unjustified use of force. The president's disregard for views in other 
nations, borne out by his neglect of public diplomacy, is giving birth 
to 
an anti-American century," the diplomat added...

A senior U.S. diplomat based in Athens, political counselor John Brady 
Kiesling, 45, resigned in protest at the Bush administration's policy 
on 
Iraq last month.

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SECRETIVE U.S. 'INFORMATION' OFFICE BACK
Connie Cass, Associated Press, 3/11/03

WASHINGTON - A Cold War-era office with a shadowy name and a colorful 
history of exposing Soviet deceptions is back in business, this time 
watching Iraq.

The Counter-Disinformation/Misinformation Team's moniker is more 
impressive 
than its budget. It's a crew of two toiling in anonymity at the State 
Department, writing reports they are prohibited by law from 
disseminating 
to the U.S. public.

In coordination with the CIA, FBI and others, the team helps U.S. 
embassies 
identify and rebut other nations' disinformation, most often 
fabrications 
about the United States planted in foreign newspapers or television 
shows 
and, these days, on the Internet.

It's part of a broader Bush administration project to shore up 
America's 
reputation when sentiment against a possible war with Iraq is running 
high 
overseas...

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MARCH 15 RALLY IN DC AGAINST WAR WITH IRAQ

WHAT: The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and other organizations are calling 
for an 
Emergency National Anti-War Convergence to TAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE
WHEN: Saturday, March 15 at 12 P.M.
WHERE: Washington Monument, Constitution Ave (between 15th and 17th 
Streets NW)

For more info, visit: 
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/m15/index.html

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MUSLIM STUDENTS REFUSE TO BOW TO HATE GRAFFITI
Carol Pogash, Los Angeles Times, 3/11/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim11mar11,1,6035002.story

The vast majority of Muslim students attended class at San Jose State 
on 
Monday, defying anonymous death threats and expletive-laden hate 
graffiti 
on campus, authorities said.

Muslim student leaders said that female students in hijabs, or head 
scarves, felt particularly vulnerable.

They moved in clusters to class, Muslim student leaders said.

Authorities said they believe the slurs are the work of one individual.

"We're easy targets," said Sameena Usman, 22, a Muslim and political 
science major specializing in Middle Eastern studies.

"That was the fear we had," she said, "but I wasn't going to let this 
stop 
me from going to class. This person did this to make us feel scared..."

Extra university police officers patrolled the campus of 30,000 
students. 
Muslim students were advised to be watchful. Some failed to attend 
class, 
but most defied the threats, said Mohammad Naaman, 21, president of the 
Muslim Students Assn. They weren't going to let hateful messages 
intimidate 
them, he said...

"We live in this bastion of diversity," said Helal Omeira, executive 
director of the Northern California Council on American Islamic 
Relations 
and a San Jose University student.

"By and large, I think we get along with each other. These isolated 
incidents of hate," he said, "are very unfortunate. I would argue that 
they're from a marginalized part of our community..."

SEE ALSO:

GRAFFITI WARNS MUSLIMS TO BE SHOT AT CALIF. CAMPUS
Reuters, 3/11/03

SAN JOSE, Calif - Federal and local authorities are investigating 
graffiti 
threats at a Northern California University that warn "Muslims" on 
campus 
that they will be shot, police and an Islamic group said Monday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the threats were 
contained 
in expletive-filled graffiti found around the campus of San Jose State 
University. One read: "Muslims will be shot on San Jose State 
University 
campus on March 10, 2003."

The university's president and the Islamic civil rights group said in a 
statement the graffiti appeared to be the work of one person. They 
added 
the San Jose State University Police Department was working with other 
local and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate.

"It is encouraging to see that law enforcement authorities are taking 
these 
threats very seriously and are doing all they can to ensure the safety 
of 
San Jose State University students," said Fouad Khatib, a Council 
official...

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ALL OF US MUST FIGHT BIGOTRY
Los Angeles Times, 3/11/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-ed-hate10mar10,1,514251.story

Petty rivalries and stupidity may have prompted a pack of young men to 
viciously beat an 18-year-old Arab American in Yorba Linda. Or, the 
Feb. 22 
attack that left Rashid Alam hospitalized with a broken jaw might have 
been 
triggered by racist ignorance.

This much is clear: About 30 young men, some swinging bats, a golf club 
or 
beer bottles, gathered on a residential street late on a Saturday 
night. 
The ensuing fight was peppered with shouts of "white power." Alam ended 
up 
in the hospital, two teenagers were held on misdemeanor charges and 
other 
arrests are imminent.

Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime -- a 
charge 
that occurs when prejudice against the victim plays a substantial 
factor in 
the commission of the crime. Whatever motivated the Feb. 22 crime, 
authorities should use it as impetus for an aggressive campaign to 
prevent 
violence against Arab Americans as war looms in Iraq.

The FBI agreed to monitor the investigation after Alam's family 
complained 
that local police were failing to give crimes against Muslims the same 
treatment as crimes against others. On that front, law enforcement must 
conduct a thorough and open investigation.

Meanwhile, educators must communicate with students to fend off 
possible 
acts of retribution at the Anaheim high school where some of those 
involved 
are students. "These things tend to simmer and bubble up unless you 
have an 
administration or school district that moves quickly,'' said Joe Hicks, 
vice president of Los Angeles-based Community Advocates, which works to 
improve race relations...

Government, though, can do only so much to eradicate hate. Southern 
Californians can move toward greater harmony by refusing to allow 
bigotry 
to fester in their homes, campuses and places of employment.

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LIBRARIES POST PATRIOT ACT WARNINGS
Bob Egelko, Maria Alicia Gaura, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/10/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/10/MN14634.DTL

Along with the usual reminders to hold the noise down and pay overdue 
fines, library patrons in Santa Cruz are seeing a new type of sign 
these 
days: a warning that records of the books they borrow may wind up in 
the 
hands of federal agents.

The signs, posted in the 10 county branches last week and on the 
library's 
Web site, also inform the reader that the USA Patriot Act "prohibits 
library workers from informing you if federal agents have obtained 
records 
about you."

"Questions about this policy," patrons are told, "should be directed to 
Attorney General John Ashcroft, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 
20530."

Library goers were swift to denounce the act's provisions.

"It's none of their business what anybody's reading," said Cathy 
Simmons of 
Boulder Creek. "It's counterproductive to what libraries are all 
about..."

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MOSQUE VOICES CONCERNS OVER FBI SURVEILLANCE
Associated Press, 3/11/03

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - FBI anti-terrorism surveillance targeting foreign 
students could lead to an anti-American backlash in their home 
countries, a 
Bloomington mosque warned.

"These students will return to their homelands to become important 
figures 
in government, academia and industry," The Islamic Center of 
Bloomington 
said in a statement posted on its Web site.

"By frightening them and making them feel unwelcome, we will be 
generating 
even greater anti-American sentiment in the next generation of world 
leaders," the statement continued.

The mosque was responding to the FBI's acknowledgment last month that a 
small plane seen flying over the college town for several days was 
conducting anti-terrorism surveillance...

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A CRASH COURSE ON THE ISLAMIC WORLD
Patricia Hurtado, Newsday, 3/11/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nyfbi113168261mar11.story

FBI Special Agent Foria Younis stepped up to the podium at FBI 
headquarters 
in lower Manhattan yesterday and told an auditorium filled with her 
colleagues this story about how some foreigners perceive America...

Younis - who also informed colleagues the most-watched American show 
around 
the world was "Baywatch" - suggested ways they could span the cultural 
and 
religious differences encounter with Muslims as part of the war on 
terrorism.

Her address was the latest in an ongoing series of lectures on Muslims 
the 
FBI has been holding for their 1,100 agents in New York City.

Agent Younis had practical advice for her colleagues: Male colleagues 
may 
want to avoid crossing their legs with the soles of their feet pointing 
at 
their subject, perceived, she said as a sign of disrespect.

And misunderstanding about small details may lead to incorrect data 
collection, Younis said. If a Muslim man tells you his name begins with 
"Hajj," it is not their first their name, she said, but meant the 
individual has made a pilgrimage to Mecca. If a woman's name begins 
with 
"Bibi," it is not her first name, but is used as a term of respect like 
"Madame."

"These can be innocent mistakes, not someone intent on fraud," said 
Younis...

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BAY AREA PAKISTANIS RESENT REGISTRATION RULE
Patrick May, San Jose Mercury News, 3/11/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/5364305.htm

Ever since the United States added Pakistan to its list of mostly 
Muslim 
countries whose nationals are required to register with the government, 
Pakistanis from San Jose to New York City are discovering the home of 
the 
free can be a very scary place.

The grapevine buzzes with tales of men 16 and older taken away in vans 
or 
detained indefinitely by immigration authorities. Fears of mass 
deportations mount as the March 21 deadline approaches. Hundreds of 
illegal 
visitors -- and in some cases even naturalized U.S. citizens -- have 
sought 
asylum in eastern Canada in a highly publicized, frantic rush of 
Pakistanis 
who have become refugees overnight...

Law-abiding citizens of Pakistani origin are furious that fellow 
countrymen 
are being viewed as possible terrorists and that they must register and 
be 
questioned, finger-printed and photographed. The fact that their 
homeland 
has been a key supporter in the war on terrorism only adds to their 
resentment.

"We've lived here and in Canada 30 of my 40 years of marriage, but I 
feel 
scared for my children," said Mussarrat Aziz, whose husband, Khalid, 
teaches at Stanford University...

SEE ALSO:

PHILADELPHIA PROGRAM AIDS THOSE REGISTERING WITH INS

The Islamic Council of Greater Pittsburgh, the National Lawyers Guild, 
the 
American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Lawyers 
Association, and the Jamaat for Justice have coordinated a program 
designed 
to provide free legal aid to those required to go through the INS 
Special 
Registration process. Fifty-two attorneys have volunteered their time 
to:

* To meet and review your papers (passport, I20, I94).
* To accompany you to the INS office for the special registration.

All the above is free of charge. If your case requires more work than, 
an 
attorney will be assigned to you with a discounted rate.

To schedule a meeting with an attorney, please call the following
numbers:-

1) Arabic Speakers, (412) 758 1851
2) English speakers, (412) 654 6047

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KORAN TO BE TRANSLATED INTO IRISH
Reuters, 3/11/03

DUBLIN - Islam's holy book, the Koran, is to be translated into Irish 
in an 
ambitious project aimed at bringing Ireland's Gaelic-speaking and 
Muslim 
communities closer together, organisers said on Tuesday.

Lesley Carter of the Dublin-based Islamic Cultural Centre, which will 
oversee the project, said the translation would benefit Irish-speakers 
from 
both cultures.

"There are a number of Muslims among the Irish-speaking community -- 
people 
who were born or reared here and learned Irish in school. And also for 
those (non-Muslims) who have an interest in Islam then the Koran will 
be 
available in the language they prefer," she said.

The Islamic community is currently the fastest-growing religious 
minority 
in Ireland, with around 18,000 Muslims living in the country -- most of 
them in the capital Dublin...

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INDIAN MUSLIMS QUESTION FAIRNESS OF EXCAVATION OF DISPUTED RELIGIOUS 
SITE 
ALSO CLAIMED BY HINDUS
PRAJNAN BHATTACHARYA, Associated Press, 3/11/03

AYODHYA, India (AP) - Leaders within India's Muslim minority are 
challenging the impartiality of an archaeological dig that a court 
hopes 
will help settle a bloody dispute over an ancient religious site also 
claimed by the country's Hindu majority.

The Muslim leaders fear the outcome of the excavation of the now 
demolished 
16th-century Babri Mosque, in the northern town of Ayodhya, will 
unfairly 
favor Hindu activists.

Despite earlier assurances to abide by the rule of law, they said 
Tuesday 
that they would defy India's Supreme Court if it accepted fabricated 
evidence and consequently allowed the construction of a Hindu temple 
there.

The dig, the Muslim leaders complained, was being carried out by 
archaeologists under the direction of India's Hindu-nationalist 
government.

Hindu activists say the Babri mosque was built by Muslim invaders atop 
a 
Hindu temple. A Hindu mob razed the mosque in 1992, triggering 
nationwide 
riots that led to 2,000 deaths...

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #370

ILLINOIS MOSQUE ATTACKED AS MUSLIMS PRAY INSIDE
CAIR calls for FBI investigation, increased police protection

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/12/2003) - CAIR today called for an FBI 
investigation 
of an attack last night on a Chicago-area mosque that occurred while 
more 
than 100 Muslims prayed inside.

Police investigators, witnesses and mosque officials told CAIR that 
worshipers heard two loud bangs just after the evening prayer at the 
Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, Ill., one of the largest mosques and 
Islamic schools in America. (SEE: http://www.islamicfoundation.org/)

Witnesses say they found a window of the prayer area damaged by two 
projectiles that they took to be bullets. Islamic Foundation Director 
Abdul 
Hameed Dogar called the attack "a deliberate attempt to kill 
worshipers" 
because those praying were clearly visible to the attackers through the 
large windows of the mosque.

Villa Park Police Detective John Szkolka told CAIR he does not know 
what 
kind of projectiles hit the mosque window and is following "some leads" 
in 
the case. Szkolka said the attack was "almost certainly" bias-related.

This was not the first such attack on the mosque. In 1999, vandals 
threw a 
chunk of concrete through a glass door and broke a window. Other 
incidents 
of vandalism occurred while the mosque was under construction. 
Following 
the 9/11 terror attacks, the mosque received a number of threats.

"We are thankful that no one was hurt in last night's attack. This 
incident 
is just the latest in a series of assaults on and threats against 
American 
Muslims in recent weeks. We believe the increase in Islamophobic hate 
crimes is directly related to the drumbeat of pro-war and anti-Muslim 
rhetoric in our society. Local law enforcement agencies should offer 
increased protection for Muslim communities and their institutions 
during 
this time of crisis," said Omar Haydar, executive director of CAIR's 
Chicago office (CAIR-Chicago).

Haydar noted that just this week, death threats were made against 
Muslim 
students at San Jose State University in California. The threats were 
just 
one of several anti-Muslim incidents across the country reported to 
CAIR 
within the past month. Physical assaults against Muslims have been 
reported 
in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, New Jersey, and 
South 
Carolina. One incident in Yorba Linda, Calif., left a Muslim teenager 
badly 
beaten by a group that allegedly included white supremacists.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Take steps to increase security of your local mosque, Islamic center or 
school.

Areas of Vulnerability:

* Mosques located in isolated areas.
* Mosques left unattended for extended periods of time.
* Mosques with unsecured doors and/or windows.
* Absence of a burglar alarm system.
* Heavy exterior vegetation (shrubs, etc.) in which criminals may hide.
* Absence of exterior lighting.

CAIR MOSQUE SECURITY CHECKLIST

CAIR is asking that mosques consider taking the following safety 
measures:

* Build good relationships with neighbors of the mosque. Invite them to 
visit your center.

* Try to have people attend the mosque as much as possible. Activity 
deters 
perpetrators.

* Make an appointment with the community relations officer of your 
local 
police department to tour your center and make suggestions on improving 
mosque security.

* Request additional police patrols in the vicinity of your center. 
Special 
attention should be paid to times of darkness and during prayers.

* Consider creating a security committee at your mosque.

* Post mosque members at entrances and parking areas during prayer 
times.

* Report suspicious packages to police. Do not touch them.

* Install perimeter floodlights outside the mosque.

* Install fire and burglar alarm systems.

* Replace hollow core doors with more secure solid doors.

* Install burglarproof bars on screens and large vents. (Note - 
Research 
local ordinances before beginning security renovations. For example, 
window 
bars should not limit evacuation in case of fire.)

* Trim shrubs and vines to reduce areas of concealment.

* Participate in neighborhood watch programs.

* Document descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles.

* Make duplicates of all important papers, computer disks and records.

* Remove potential fire hazards, such as trash and debris.

* Consider installing security cameras.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/12/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A GOOD CONSCIENCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* GROUP CALLS DISNEY'S ARABIAN HORSE RACE A 'HOAX'
* RESOURCES: CIVIL LIBERTIES ERODED BY CHANGES TO U.S. LAW (LCHR)
* INCITEMENT WATCH: "ISLAM IS A FALSE RELIGION"
* FBI WARNS OF MORE HATE CRIMES IF WAR WITH IRAQ (Reuters)
	- TX Minister to Protest in Front of Mosque (Tribune Herald)
	- N. Liberty to Fight Muslim Camp Plan (Des Moines Register)
* WHOSE WAR? (American Conservative)
	- The Iraq Crisis as the War of the Jews (Ha'aretz)
	- Moran's Remarks on Jews Stoke Debate (Washington Times)
* 'LIBERATING' THE MIDEAST: WHY DO WE NEVER LEARN? (Arab News)
	- Grapes of Wrath (NY Times)
	- War Would Step Up FBI Questioning (Charlotte Observer)
	- Why Muslims Are Angry (Toronto Globe and Mail)
	- I Vant to Be Alone (NY Times)
* DETAINEES ARE DENIED ACCESS TO U.S. COURTS (Washington Post)
	- Forsaken At Guantánamo (NY Times)
	- Washington Sees Itself "Above the Law" (Reuters)
	- Judge Says Padilla May See Lawyers (AP)
* ANALYSTS WORRY ABOUT PATRIOT ACT II (Washington Times)
	- Right Joins Left to Criticize Patriot Act (ABC)
	- Court Of Appeals Overturns License Rules (AP)
* JEWISH EXTREMISTS WORRY DEFENSE HEADS (Ha'aretz)
	- Israeli Settlers Receive Three Times More Subsidies (AFP)
* LEARNING ISLAMIC FINANCE (Wall Street Journal)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A GOOD CONSCIENCE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "When something weighs 
on 
your conscience, give it up."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8

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designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
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GROUP CALLS DISNEY'S ARABIAN HORSE RACE A 'HOAX' 
http://www.thelongridersguild.com/hopkins.htm

Then urban myth passed into political reality when The Long Riders' 
Guild 
discovered that "Hidalgo" had put out a casting call for Arab suicide 
riders!

"According to insiders with the film, they are looking to audition two 
actors for additional roles being worked into the script. The first is 
described as a 35 to 40ish "Bedouin rider". This role calls for the 
actor 
to fall from his injured horse mid-race, and, in this particular 
contest, 
the rule requires that he must first kill the horse, then himself - 
which 
he does, using his scimitar. If you feel you are right for this role, 
please feel free to have your agent contact either the production 
company 
or the casting director, Nancy Foy."

There was no justification for such a violent scene, especially in such 
politically unstable times. With Fusco's definition of artistic 
integrity 
now understood, The Guild began gathering new evidence that the movie 
was 
an artistic and historical sham.

To view the film's website, go to 
http://www.startedbyamouse.com/happenings/Hidalgo.html

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RESOURCES: CIVIL LIBERTIES ERODED BY CHANGES TO U.S. LAW
http://www.lchr.org/media/2003_alerts/0311.htm

Basic human rights protections and civil liberties have steadily eroded 
since the Sept. 11 attacks, LCHR said in a new report - called 
"Imbalance 
of Powers" - released on the 18-month anniversary of the attacks.

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INCITEMENT WATCH: "ISLAM A FALSE RELIGION"
Larry King Live, CNN, 3/11/03
http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0303/11/lkl.00.html

Partial transcript:

LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, what would Jesus do about war with Iraq? 
Here to debate that issue, Conservative Christian leader Bob Jones II, 
president Bob Jones University.

Max Lucado, minister of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio.

Father Michael Manning, Roman Catholic priest, host of the 
international TV 
show "The Word in the World."

Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, 
California, also a syndicated radio host.

And Bishop Melvin Talbert, ecumenical officer of the United Methodist 
Church. President Bush is a Methodist, but Bishop Talbert, who went to 
Iraq 
a few months ago, opposes the war...

MACARTHUR: You could believe that you did fly and jump off a five-story 
building. It doesn't make it real. Unfortunately, false religion is the 
ultimate deception...

KING: Is the Muslim world all false?

MACARTHUR: Well, the theology of Islam is false. It's the wrong God. 
It's 
the wrong view of Christ.

KING: When they hear that, don't they get that as an anti- American 
thoughts...

KING: John MacArthur, you believe that Muslim people, the Islamic 
people 
are wrong. Their beliefs are wrong.

MACARTHUR: That's right. And this is not some personal belief of mine. 
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life..."

ACTION REQUESTED: Ask that show producers invite a panel of Muslim 
scholars 
to discuss the possible war with Iraq and to dispel myths regarding 
Islam. 
Go to the show's website and click on "Contact Us - Larry King Live" 
link: 
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/
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FBI WARNS OF MORE HATE CRIMES IF WAR WITH IRAQ
Reuters, 3/12/03

WASHINGTON - The FBI warned U.S. law enforcement officials on Wednesday 
that hate crimes against Arab-Americans could increase if the United 
States 
goes to war with Iraq or if there is another terror attack on America.

The bureau, in its weekly intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement 
officials across the country, noted the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked 
airline 
attacks on the United States sparked an increase in hate crimes against 
Arab- and Muslim-Americans as well as Americans of Indian, Sikh and 
other 
ethnicities.

"War with Iraq or a terrorist incident is likely to precipitate a 
similar 
increase in hate crimes against Arab-Americans," the bulletin said.

Hate crimes in the past have included murders, attempted murders and 
assaults and arson attacks against mosques, Islamic centers and 
Arab-American-owned businesses...

SEE ALSO:

ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST PLANS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST WACO'S 'GATES OF
HELL'
Terri Jo Ryan, Waco Tribune-Herald, 3/12/03
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2003/03/10/1047358090.00353.6650.1844.html

The Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, known for more than eight years in Waco as 
an 
anti-abortion activist, is branching out in his Christian crusading 
against 
what he said he sees as other evils swirling around him...

His selected sites are Baylor University, Waco High School, the ALICO 
Building, Central Texas Metropolitan Community Church From the Heart, 
Lake 
Shore Baptist Church, the Islamic Center of Waco, Planned Parenthood, 
Waco 
City Hall, Waco Police Department and the adult video store off 
Interstate 
35 North on the way to Hillsboro...

Thomas said he must preach at the mosque because he is "concerned about 
the 
condition of (their) souls." Although he criticizes the Qu'ran, the 
Muslim 
holy book, he has never read it, he admitted. "It is not the word of 
God..."

Demonstrations by Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals against 
Texas 
mosques have been on the increase since Sept. 11, 2001, said Mohamed 
Elmougi, chairman of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations...

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N. LIBERTY TO FIGHT MUSLIM CAMP PLAN
Mark Siebert, Des Moines Register, 3/12/03
http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4780934/20691905.html

North Liberty, IA. - Camp Daybreak fit the stereotypical image of an 
American summer camp: a rustic lodge, fire rings and Girl Scouts hiking 
the 
shores of nearby Coralville Reservoir.

Today the former scout camp is the focus of a heated debate overlaid 
with 
starkly different stereotypes.

Muslim Youth Camps of America wants to lease the wooded 106 acres and 
turn 
it into Camp Heritage, the nation's first summer camp for Muslim youth. 
The 
Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit group envisions a conference center with 
spectacular views, 10 cabins, a boat dock and a 36-foot prayer tower.

Some people hear the words "Muslim" and "camp" and envision terrorism.

One North Liberty resident fretted about the camp "developing into a 
terrorist cell."

"How dare you, after September 11th, decide to build a terrorist camp 
in 
the middle of America," a man from California wrote in a profane e-mail 
to 
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Manzoor Ali, a Cedar Rapids engineer and chairman of the Muslim Youth 
Camps 
of America board, said he had not seen the correspondence, but was not 
discouraged.

"No, not at all," Ali said last week. "Because we know we are doing it 
for 
the uplift or for the benefit of the youth, irrespective of their 
culture, 
heritage or religion."

MYCA's board is made up of residents from eastern Iowa. The group 
formed 
around the idea of starting such a camp.

Nearby Cedar Rapids already is home to the Mother Mosque of America, 
built 
in 1934 and believed to have been the first place of worship for 
Muslims in 
North America. It makes sense to have the first Muslim youth camp in 
the 
area as well, Ali said...

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WHOSE WAR?
Patrick J. Buchanan, American Conservative, 3/12/03
http://www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html

We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek to 
ensnare 
our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interests. We 
charge them with colluding with Israel to ignite those wars and destroy 
the 
Oslo Accords. We charge them with deliberately damaging U.S. relations 
with 
every state in the Arab world that defies Israel or supports the 
Palestinian people's right to a homeland of their own. We charge that 
they 
have alienated friends and allies all over the Islamic and Western 
world 
through their arrogance, hubris, and bellicosity.

Not in our lifetimes has America been so isolated from old friends. Far 
worse, President Bush is being lured into a trap baited for him by 
these 
neocons that could cost him his office and cause America to forfeit 
years 
of peace won for us by the sacrifices of two generations in the Cold 
War.

They charge us with anti-Semitism-i.e., a hatred of Jews for their 
faith, 
heritage, or ancestry. False. The truth is, those hurling these charges 
harbor a "passionate attachment" to a nation not our own that causes 
them 
to subordinate the interests of their own country and to act on an 
assumption that, somehow, what's good for Israel is good for America...

SEE ALSO:

THE IRAQ CRISIS AS THE WAR OF THE JEWS
Bradley Burston, Haaretz, 3/12/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=271599&displayTypeCd=1&sideCd=1&contrassID=2

The Iraq crisis has triggered the largest pre-emptive anti-war movement 
in 
history, with millions on the march against a war that has still yet to 
begin. As the tide of opposition has grown, so has an undercurrent of 
argument that Jewish influence in America and Israel is a crucial 
factor 
pushing Washington into battle, in turn spurring furious debate over 
the 
line between free expression and classic anti-Semitism.

The latest focus of the debate was a congressional district close to 
Washington, where veteran Democratic Congressman James P. Moran Jr. 
sparked 
fiery condemnation by telling an anti-war gathering at a Virginia 
church 
why he believed mass opposition across the U.S. to an Iraq offensive 
had 
not done more to reverse the march to war...

Moran's remarks came amid a flood of commentary from analysts of both 
the 
American left and right suggesting that Bush administration was taking 
advice - if not outright orders - from the Sharon government and the 
Israeli defense establishment on handling Saddam Hussein.

The analysts' comments have intensified as top-ranking Israeli 
officials 
have gone on record predicting that the war could have a cure-all 
effect 
for many of the Jewish state's paralyzing economic and security ills...

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MORAN'S REMARKS ON JEWS STOKE DEBATE
David R. Sands, Washington Times, 3/12/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20030312-76628071.htm

Rep. James P. Moran's remarks on the influence of American Jews on the 
Bush 
administration's hard line against Iraq have put a public face on a 
bitter 
and intensely personal debate among policy-makers and pundits over the 
motivations of those pushing a new war in the Middle East.

Charges of "dual loyalty" and countercharges of anti-Semitism have 
become 
common in the feud, with some war opponents even asserting that Mr. 
Bush's 
most hawkish advisers - many of them Jewish - are putting Israel's 
interests ahead of those of the United States in provoking a war with 
Iraq 
to topple Saddam Hussein.

"A stronger Israel is very much embedded in the rationale for war," 
said 
Richard Stengel, a columnist with Time magazine's online edition. "It 
is a 
part of the argument that dare not speak its name, a fantasy quietly 
cherished by the neoconservative faction in the Bush administration and 
by 
many leaders of the American Jewish community..."

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'LIBERATING' THE MIDEAST: WHY DO WE NEVER LEARN?
Robert Fisk, Independent UK, 3/12/03
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=23504

On March 8, 1917, Lt. Gen. Stanley Maude issued a "Proclamation to the 
People of the Wilayat of Baghdad". Maude's Anglo-Indian Army of the 
Tigres 
had invaded and occupied Iraq - after storming up the country from 
Basra - 
to "free" its people from their dictators. "Our armies do not come into 
your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators," the 
British announced.

"People of Baghdad, remember for 26 generations you have suffered under 
strange tyrants who have ever endeavoured to set one Arab house against 
another in order that they might profit by your dissensions...

"This policy is abhorrent to Great Britain and her Allies for there can 
be 
neither peace nor prosperity where there is enmity or misgovernment."

Gen. Maude, of course, was the Gen. Tommy Franks of his day, and his 
proclamation - so rich in irony now that President George Bush is 
uttering 
equally mendacious sentiments - was intended to persuade Iraqis that 
they 
should accept foreign occupation while Britain secured the country's 
oil...

How many times has the West marched into the Middle East in so brazen a 
fashion? Gen. Sir Edward Allenby "liberated" Palestine only a few 
months 
after Gen. Maude "liberated" Iraq. The French turned up to "liberate" 
Lebanon and Syria a couple of years later, slaughtering the Syrian 
forces 
loyal to King Faisal who dared to suggest that French occupation was 
not 
the future they wanted...

SEE ALSO:

GRAPES OF WRATH
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, 3/12/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/12/opinion/12FRIE.html

Mr. President, I never felt more traumatized as an American than in the 
days after 9/11. But despite the very real threats, I also never felt 
more 
optimistic -- because of the national unity we had, and you had, to 
face 
those threats. If whatever is left of that post-9/11 solidarity is 
exploded 
by a divisive, unilateral war in Iraq, we will not only be sacrificing 
good 
feelings, but also the key to managing this complex, dangerous world.

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WAR WOULD STEP UP FBI QUESTIONING
Ken Garfield, Charlotte Observer, 3/12/03
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/local/5371217.htm

If the United States goes to war, the head of the FBI in North Carolina 
said Tuesday that agents will step up the questioning of people who 
might 
know something about possible terrorist reprisals.

Speaking to 80 senior adults at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Chris 
Swecker said the FBI will work with other law enforcement groups to 
single 
out "a group of people we'd like to talk to."

"We've got some unanswered questions," he said after his speech. 
"There's 
going to be a proactive effort to go out and talk to people and say, 
`What 
do you know?'" Swecker, head of the N.C. FBI office based in Charlotte, 
stopped short of saying Muslims or people with a Middle Eastern 
background 
will be singled out.

But Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations in Washington, said his office is getting calls from Muslims 
nationwide who say, "I'm being approached by the FBI. What do I do?"

Told what Swecker said Tuesday in Charlotte, Hooper likened the plan to 
"Round up the usual suspects."

"It seems to be getting worse day after day," Hooper said. "Who knows 
where 
it'll end up."

He said he encourages people to get a lawyer before talking to anyone 
in 
authority...

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WHY MUSLIMS ARE ANGRY
Sheema Khan, Toronto Globe and Mail, 3/12/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/
Sheema Khan is chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
Canada.

Since 9/11, Muslims worldwide have heard influential American Christian 
evangelical leaders demean Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, with nary a 
disclaimer from the White House. Analysts attributed the silence to the 
Republican Party's need to secure the "religious right" vote during 
midterm 
elections last November. Indeed, after electoral victory, the White 
House 
issued a public rebuke against religious anti-Islamic diatribe to show 
Muslims that the U.S. was not at war with Islam.

But Muslims also are keenly aware of the security crackdown in the U.S. 
that has targeted their community with secretive detentions, summary 
deportations and the profiling of nationals from predominately Muslim 
countries.

They have also seen the death of thousands of fellow Muslims in the 
aftermath of the U.S. bombardment of Afghanistan, along with the 
imposition 
of a U.S.-backed leader for the maintenance of American interests in 
the 
region -- namely, regional security and the construction of an oil 
pipeline 
through the impoverished nation…

Many see double standards in the American justification for war on 
Iraq. If 
the goal is disarmament, what about North Korea, a nation with far more 
dangerous capabilities? If it is the flouting of United Nations 
resolutions, what about Israel, which has ignored some 64 resolutions 
(and 
counting) with U.S. approval...?

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I VANT TO BE ALONE
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 3/12/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/12/opinion/12DOWD.html

"These guys at the Pentagon - Wolfowitz, Perle, Doug Feith - when they 
lie 
in bed at night, they imagine a new book written by one of them or 
about 
them called, `Present at the Recreation,' " an American diplomat 
said."They 
want to banish the wimpy Europeanist traditional balance of power, and 
use 
the Iraq seedbed of democracy to impose America's will on the world..."

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DETAINEES ARE DENIED ACCESS TO U.S. COURTS
Neely Tucker, Washington Post, 3/12/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12728-2003Mar11.html

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the 650 suspected 
terrorists 
and Taliban fighters held at a U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 
have no legal rights in the United States and may not ask courts to 
review 
their detentions.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of 
Appeals 
for the District of Columbia Circuit, an important legal victory for 
the 
administration in its war on terrorism, means that the detainees can be 
held indefinitely without access to lawyers or judges.

The attorneys for 16 detainees -- 12 Kuwaitis, two Britons and two 
Australians -- sought to force the government to explain in court why 
the 
men are being held. That motion, known as a writ of habeas corpus, 
establishes a court's authority over a person in custody.

But the court rejected those appeals, citing a World War II Supreme 
Court 
case about German prisoners as precedent and ruling that because Cuba 
holds 
ultimate sovereignty over the leased military base, U.S. courts have no 
jurisdiction there...

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FORSAKEN AT GUANTÁNAMO
New York Times, 3/12/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/12/opinion/12WED1.html

It has been 14 months since the first prisoners from the Afghanistan 
war 
were taken to a naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. The Bush 
administration says it can hold the detainees indefinitely, without 
allowing them access to family or legal counsel. Yesterday, a federal 
Court 
of Appeals threw out a challenge by some of those detainees to their 
confinement. The administration and the court are wrong. The detainees 
may 
not have the same rights as American citizens, but they are entitled to 
more due process than they are being given.

The United States military is holding hundreds of prisoners accused of 
Taliban or Al Qaeda ties at Guantánamo. Many were seized in the heat of 
battle, but others were turned over in exchange for rewards or 
bounties. 
Advocates for the prisoners maintain that one-third or more are being 
held 
on the basis of bad intelligence, or simply for being in the wrong 
place at 
the wrong time...

The Guantánamo detainees are in legal limbo. The Bush administration 
refuses to designate them prisoners of war, a label that would entitle 
them 
to immunity from prosecution for acts committed during a lawful war, 
among 
other things. Nor is the administration treating them as ordinary 
criminal 
defendants, entitled to know the charges against them and allowed to 
contest their confinement in court. The government's position is that 
the 
detainees are "unlawful combatants" who can be held incommunicado 
indefinitely...

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WASHINGTON SEES ITSELF "ABOVE THE LAW" - RIGHTS GROUP
Richard Waddington, Reuters, 3/12/03

GENEVA, - A leading U.S. rights group accused the United States on 
Wednesday of seeing itself above human rights law and hinted this could 
put 
its own troops at risk in any conflict with Iraq.

U.S. treatment of Taliban and alleged al Qaeda fighters held in the 
Guantanamo naval base in Cuba and elsewhere was a "disaster" because of 
a 
refusal to give at least the Taliban the status of prisoners of war, 
Human 
Rights Watch said.

Washington had also maintained a "stunning silence" on accusations that 
its 
forces were using interrogation techniques in Afghanistan that violated 
international conventions even if they fell short of outright torture, 
the 
U.S. group's executive director Kenneth Roth said.

"There is a view that is increasingly dominant in Washington that the 
United States should be above international law," he told a news 
conference…

SEE: "Big Powers Must Act on Human Rights"
http://www.hrwatch.org/press/2003/03/unchr2003.htm

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JUDGE SAYS PADILLA MAY SEE LAWYERS
Associated Press, 3/12/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12757-2003Mar11.html

NEW YORK - The man accused of plotting to detonate a "dirty" bomb in 
the 
United States must be allowed access to his lawyers despite government 
claims that such meetings might spoil attempts to prevent future 
terrorist 
attacks, a judge ruled today.

U.S. District Judge Michael B. Mukasey noted the heated rhetoric from 
both 
sides as he rejected a government plea to reverse his December decision 
allowing defense lawyers to meet with Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen 
accused 
of plotting with the al Qaeda terrorist network to detonate a 
radioactive 
bomb in the United States.

The judge had granted Padilla, 31, access to counsel despite Padilla's 
designation as an "enemy combatant" in June. But Padilla has not been 
allowed to see a lawyer while the judge was reconsidering the ruling...

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ANALYSTS WORRY ABOUT PATRIOT ACT II
Christian Bourge, Washington Times, 3/10/03
http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20030310-074202-1742r.htm

WASHINGTON - Think tank experts are concerned about indications that 
the 
administration of President George W. Bush wants to broaden government 
powers of domestic intelligence gathering, surveillance, and 
prosecution 
beyond the expanded powers granted last year by the USA Patriot Act.

Their worries about further restrictions being placed on 
constitutionally 
guaranteed rights in the name of national security were sparked by a 
draft 
bill leaked from the Justice Department last month, which detailed 
plans 
for a bold and sweeping expansion of the controversial law signed into 
law 
in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"I am appalled by the draft," Robert Higgs, a senior fellow in 
political 
economy at the Independent Institute told United Press International.

Higgs said the denaturalization and deportation provisions are the most 
egregious components of the draft because they would allow the removal 
of 
citizenship without the individual being convicted of a crime, and 
under 
terms so broad that almost anything could be defined as an applicable 
offense.

"In my mind, if that doesn't absolutely epitomize totalitarianism I 
would 
like to what does," said Higgs. "They can categorize the most innocent 
action -- from signing a petition or making a chartable contribution -- 
as 
an act of terrorism..."

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CONSERVATIVE BACKLASH
Dean Schabner, ABC News, 3/12/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/conservatives_patriot030312.html#

The opposite ends of the political spectrum are coming together over 
the 
war on terror, but not in the way Attorney General John Ashcroft may 
have 
wanted.

Some conservative groups are finding common ground with organizations 
such 
as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Bill of Rights Defense 
Council, expressing concerns about the effect that the USA Patriot Act 
and 
a possible follow-up law, the Domestic Security Enhancement Act, could 
have 
on civil liberties.

Christopher Pyle, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who served on 
the 
Church Committee, a Senate select committee that studied government 
intelligence gathering, put it a bit more forcefully.

"I don't think the Fourth Amendment exists anymore," said Pyle, a 
professor 
of politics at Mount Holyoke College, referring to the amendment that 
prohibits unreasonable search and seizure and requires probable cause 
for a 
search or arrest. "I think it's been buried by the Patriot Act and some 
of 
the court rulings that have been handed down. We need a requiem mass 
for 
the Fourth Amendment, because it's gone..."

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COURT OF APPEALS OVERTURNS LICENSE RULES
Brian Bakst, Associated Press, 3/12/03

ST. PAUL - The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down stricter 
rules 
for newcomers seeking a Minnesota driver's license, saying the process 
for 
enacting them was flawed. The rules - limiting the type of documents 
needed 
to get a license and requiring an unobscured, full-face photo on the 
license - were among changes made in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

But the decision by the three-judge panel apparently preserves the 
ability 
of the Department of Public Safety to track foreign visitors by putting 
"status check" markings on their licenses, which was the most 
controversial 
change the department made last summer. Civil libertarians and 
immigrant 
advocacy groups still welcomed the ruling, disputing interpretations 
from 
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration on its impact...

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JEWISH EXTREMISTS WORRY DEFENSE HEADS
Amos Harel, Ha'aretz, 3/12/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=271647&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0

Defense officials are worried that right-wing extremists will start 
armed 
action against Palestinians, and a top concern is that they might 
attack 
Islamic holy sites.

After the killing of Staff Sergeant Tomer Ron in Hebron on Monday, 
settler 
leaders warned that the wave of terror attacks in the town could lead 
to 
revenge attacks by extremists.

Security officials are unaware of any specific group operating in 
Hebron, 
but they also know Hebron produced Baruch Goldstein, the Kiryat Arba 
doctor 
who massacred 29 Palestinians in the Tomb of the Patriarchs on Purim 
1994. 
The murders, a few months after the Oslo accords were signed, set in 
motion 
a series of Palestinian revenge attacks a month later...

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ISRAELI SETTLERS RECEIVE THREE TIMES MORE SUBSIDIES
Agence France Press, 3/10/03

JERUSALEM - Jewish settlers in the Palestinian territories and on the 
Golan 
Heights receive three times more in housing subsidies from the 
government 
than other Israelis, according to a report published on Monday by the 
country's regional councils.

Israel's 180 farming settlements, of which about 30 are in the Golan 
Heights, have alone received 60 million dollars, or 54 percent of all 
subsidies awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture to Jewish 
farmers 
over the past year, says the report...

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LEARNING ISLAMIC FINANCE
Phillip Day and S. Jayasankaran, Wall Street Journal, 3/12/03
www.wsj.com

Most investment bankers don't spend a lot of time worrying about the 
religious implications of their work. But if you're a U.S. banker 
trying to 
tap a blossoming market for Islamic financial instruments, you'd better 
brush up on religious law.

As revenues from traditional deal-making dwindle, Western investment 
banks 
-- including Citigroup Inc. in New York, London's HSBC Holdings PLC and 
Standard Chartered PLC, and Frankfurt's Deutsche Bank AG -- are all 
listening to religious scholars to help them reach a Muslim investing 
market that some bankers expect to grow 12% to 15% a year over the next 
few 
years.

"You can't go wrong with over a billion" Muslims, says Zarir Cama, who 
set 
up HSBC's global Islamic department in Dubai and is now the bank's 
chief 
executive in Malaysia. Malaysia's central bank and some Western bankers 
estimate that Muslims currently hold $180 billion in funds in banks 
around 
the world -- money that could be lured into Islamic financial products. 
But 
first Muslim scholars must decide what banks can offer and what Muslim 
investors can buy. That's no small task considering that Islam 
prohibits 
some key elements of Western banking, notably interest payments. So big 
Western banks that want to market Islamic mortgages or savings 
accounts, or 
set up mutual funds that invest in companies that comply with Islamic 
law, 
are hiring or consulting experts such as Mohamad Daud Bakar to guide 
them.

"Religious law goes all the way; we have to make sure all the features 
and 
concepts involved in what the banks are trying to do are acceptable," 
says 
Dr. Daud, deputy rector of Malaysia's International Islamic 
University...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/13/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PRAYER CAUSES SINS TO FALL AWAY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4788 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
	- The Truth about Islam (Newsday)
	- Positive Feedback on Ad Campaign
* MUSLIM CHAPLAIN TO OPEN SESSION OF TEXAS LEGISLATURE
* MUSLIM LEADERS STATEWIDE PREPARE TO MEET WITH FBI (AP)
	- To Be a Muslim - And a Marylander (Baltimore Sun)
* COPS INVESTIGATE ATTACK ON MOSQUE (Chicago Tribune
* OK COMMISSIONER BEING PRESSURED TO RESCIND HIJAB POLICY
	- Student's Discreet Head Covering Triggers Protest (AP)
* BOMBS AND BLOOD (NY Times)
	- FBI Probes Fake Evidence of Iraqi Nuke Plans (Wash. Post)
	- Antiwar Activists Rally in Last-Ditch Effort (Wash. Post)
	- DOS Report Disputes Bush Claim 'Domino Effect' (Forward)
	- New York Passes Anti-War Resolution (Washington Times)
* HOLLYWOOD FILM OF LONE RIDER IN ARABIA RAISES DUST (Saudi Gazette)
* U.S. ARAB GROUPS LOBBY CONGRESS AGAINST AID TO ISRAEL (Ha'aretz)
	- 18% of 1,945 Palestinians Killed Were Civilians (Ha'aretz)
	- J'accuse, Sort of (Slate)
	- Can Israel Teach Democracy? (Washington Times)
	- The Americans Have Interests, Too (Ha'aretz)
* SECRECY WITHIN (Miami Daily Business Review)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PRAYER CAUSES SINS TO FALL AWAY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once went out when the leaves 
were 
falling from the trees. He took hold of a branch and said: "Verily, 
when a 
servant of God prays seeking only His pleasure, his sins fall away just 
as 
the leaves have fallen from this tree."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 199

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

SEE ALSO:

THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM
Newsday, 3/13/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/letters/

I want to thank New York Newsday for its article regarding the Council 
of 
American-Islamic Relations ad campaign ["Move to Remove Muslim 
Stereotypes," Business, March 3].

As an American Muslim, I am concerned about the misinformation and 
ignorance of Islam that abounds in the United States. It is heartening 
to 
see the ad campaign and newspapers like New York Newsday making efforts 
to 
combat stereotypes and disseminate sound information about Islam.

Farah Haq
West Chester, Pa.

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON AD CAMPAIGN

"I think you are doing a great service to Muslims all over the world by 
demonstrating that American Muslims are involved, caring citizens of 
the 
country in which they live. This is a crucial time for the world to see 
that American Muslims are in this country to stay and to be an active 
part 
of their communities." - Connecticut

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MUSLIM CHAPLAIN TO OPEN SESSION OF TEXAS LEGISLATURE
State's Muslims converge on Austin for day of political activism

WHAT: On Tuesday, March 18, a Muslim chaplain will for the first time 
open 
a session of the Texas legislature. The prayer is part of the Freedom 
and 
Justice Foundation's First Annual Muslim Legislative Day, which will 
bring 
Muslims from across the state to Austin for political workshops and 
meetings with elected officials.

The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-Houston) will send a delegation to take part in the event as a 
demonstration of the group's support for political participation by 
Texas 
Muslims.

"This is an important event in terms of Muslim political participation 
in 
Texas. It is an opportunity for Muslims to present their concerns to 
elected officials and to help influence policies that impact their 
daily 
lives," said CAIR Houston Executive Director Eesa Galloway.

WHEN: Tuesday March 18, 2003
WHERE: 6 a.m., morning prayer at Al-Farooq Mosque, 1207 Conrad Sauer, 
Houston
6:15 a.m., loading onto bus and departure to Austin
9:30 a.m., arrival at Texas State Capitol, prayer offered followed by 
lunch, workshops and meeting representatives
4 p.m., leave for Houston

CONTACT: Ms. Najat Elsayed, 713-838-2247

PHOTO/SOUND OPPORTUNITY: The First Annual Texas Muslim Legislative Day 
will 
include special gallery seating for the opening prayer.

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MUSLIM LEADERS STATEWIDE PREPARE TO MEET WITH FBI
Gretchen Parker, Associated Press, 3/13/03

BALTIMORE - Maryland Muslim leaders have agreed to meet with FBI agents 
Thursday, despite concerns about a federal mandate to compile a list of 
mosques and Islamic societies.

The FBI said agents want to meet in Frederick with Muslim leaders to 
establish a liaison and to better protect the groups from hate crimes. 
Imams and society presidents said they are concerned because of a 
recent 
FBI mandate ordering agents to compile a comprehensive list of every 
mosque 
in the United States.

Khalil Elshazly, president of the Islamic Society of Frederick, calls 
the 
FBI's policy racist and unconstitutional.

"The reason we're uneasy about it is they're not doing it with churches 
or 
synagogues or any other religious groups," Elshazly said. "So, in a 
sense, 
it's racial profiling..."

SEE ALSO:

TO BE A MUSLIM - AND A MARYLANDER
Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 3/13/03
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.muslims13mar13.story

HAGERSTOWN - The first time their mosque's sign was stolen, members of 
the 
Islamic Society of Western Maryland hoped and prayed it was only a 
prank.

Now, they know better.

The sign - set in concrete - has been cut down on three occasions, the 
final time at the end of January, apparently with a power saw. The 
society 
decided not to put it up anymore. And the group closed its 5-year-old 
day 
care center, which once tended to as many as 25 children, because of 
lingering concerns by parents and staff about a telephoned threat last 
year.

"They said, 'Is this the Arab-run day care center? That's the one that 
is 
going down today,'" said Dr. Shahab Z. Siddiqui, a Hagerstown physician 
who 
is on the society's board.

The incidents, under FBI investigation, have occurred as other Muslim 
communities in the state have reported problems that they believe are 
connected to terrorism fears after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In Southern Maryland, Muslims have complained about rumors linking them 
to 
terrorist groups. "Somebody from al-Qaida gets arrested in Pakistan and 
his 
name is Mohammed, and everyone who has the last name Mohammed, which is 
a 
very common name, is asked, 'Are you related to him?'" said Dr. Abdul 
Razaq, a Pakistani-born orthopedic surgeon in Waldorf...

The head of the Islamic Society of Frederick completed a recent Friday 
prayer session by urging about 100 attendees not to talk to the FBI 
without 
first consulting lawyers or the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

"I received a call from the FBI today and they wanted to meet alone 
with 
me, which I would not do," President Khalil Elshazly, a Frederick 
mechanical engineer, told the group, which meets in a hotel conference 
room 
because it doesn't own space large enough to accommodate worshippers.

"If you're ever contacted by the FBI, you don't have to talk to them," 
Elshazly advised. "Don't be afraid. Don't yield to their pressure..."

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COPS INVESTIGATE ATTACK ON SUBURBAN MOSQUE
Ted Gregory and Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune, 3/13/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-030312mosque,1,3118042.story

Villa Park police today were investigating what appeared to be the 
latest 
act of vandalism at the Islamic Foundation, a mosque in the west 
suburb.

About 150 people were finishing prayers at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday when they 
heard two loud bangs and saw two indentations and a web of cracked 
glass 
appear on a window on the northwest side of the building, said Saqib 
Qureshi, 25, who was among the worshippers.

Had the window shattered, Qureshi said, "people would have been shot 
for 
sure because people were standing right next to the glass."

Worshippers saw two men flee toward a car in the darkness, but no one 
was 
able to provide a description of the assailants or their vehicle, he 
said.

Foundation Director Abdel Hameed Dogar said the attack appeared to be a 
deliberate attempt to do harm, as people could be seen inside the 
window at 
the time. Dogar said security guards would be posted at night in the 
aftermath of the attack...

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OK COMMISSIONER BEING PRESSURED TO RESCIND HIJAB POLICY

Following his order to permit photos with head-cover on Oklahoma driver 
licenses, Commissioner of Public Safety Bob Ricks has received 150 
messages 
criticizing his decision and many are seeking reversal of his decision. 
As 
of Saturday, Ricks had received only 2 messages of support.

SEE: "Oklahoma to allow scarf for Muslim women"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=31629&page=NB

Please send Commissioner Ricks a note of thanks & support at:
jhankins@dps.state.okc.us
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

or

Mr. Bob Ricks
Commissioner of Public Safety
3600 N. Martin Luther King Ave.
OKC, OK  73111

Kindly also thank Oklahoma State Attorney General Drew Edmondson for 
recommending permission to reinstate the religious garb exception 
clause.

Please send thanks to:

Attorney General W. A. Drew Edmondson
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 112
OKC, OK  73105-4894
fax: (405)521-6246

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STUDENT'S DISCREET HEAD COVERING TRIGGERS NEW PROTEST OVER ISLAMIC 
SCARVES
Alice Geraud, Associated Press, 3/13/03

LYON, France - About 100 striking teachers protested Thursday to press 
school officials to take action against a Muslim high school student 
who 
has worn a bandanna to school for months to cover her hair in the 
Islamic 
tradition.

"If we don't set limits, we risk seeing students showing up for class 
totally veiled," said Jean-Claude Santana, a spokesman for the teachers 
at 
La Martiniere-Duchere High School in this southeastern city.

The head of the local school system, Alain Morvan, set up a meeting for 
Friday with teachers' representatives to try to calm the situation. The 
conflict is the latest episode in the often heated debate over how to 
uphold the secular nature of France's public education system. The 
debate 
has brought France's long tradition of separation of religion and state 
into a clash with freedom of expression, most often over Islamic 
headscarves. Islam is the second-largest religion in France, after 
Roman 
Catholicism...

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BOMBS AND BLOOD
Bob Herbert, New York Times, 3/13/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/13/opinion/13HERB.html

PHILADELPHIA - They seemed like very nice people, the men and women, 
some 
with children, who dropped by to see the Liberty Bell, which is housed 
in a 
one-story shedlike pavilion with large windows in the roof.

My mind wandering, I imagined the visitors as casualties of war. I 
glanced 
up at the sunlight streaming through the roof and could visualize an 
incoming warhead, a missile that perhaps had strayed off course and was 
heading toward us. It wasn't hard to imagine the damage. The pavilion 
and 
everyone in it would be obliterated.

This is the fate soon to be visited upon a certain number of innocent 
Iraqi 
civilians (no one knows how many) if the president goes ahead with the 
war 
he has pursued so relentlessly. We should outlaw the term collateral 
damage. Above all else, the damage done by the weapons of war is to the 
flesh, muscle, bone and psyches of real people, some of them children. 
If 
we're willing to inflict such terrible damage, we should acknowledge it 
and 
not hide behind euphemisms...

SEE ALSO:

FBI PROBES FAKE EVIDENCE OF IRAQI NUCLEAR PLANS
Dana Priest and Susan Schmidt, Washington Post, 3/13/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17888-2003Mar12.html

The FBI is looking into the forgery of a key piece of evidence linking 
Iraq 
to a nuclear weapons program, including the possibility that a foreign 
government is using a deception campaign to foster support for military 
action against Iraq.

"It's something we're just beginning to look at," a senior law 
enforcement 
official said yesterday. Officials are trying to determine whether the 
documents were forged to try to influence U.S. policy, or whether they 
may 
have been created as part of a disinformation campaign directed by a 
foreign intelligence service...

The phony documents -- a series of letters between Iraqi and Niger 
officials showing Iraq's interest in equipment that could be used to 
make 
nuclear weapons -- came to British and U.S. intelligence officials from 
a 
third country. The identity of the third country could not be learned 
yesterday...

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ACTIVISTS RUSH TO RALLY AGAIN IN LAST-DITCH ANTIWAR EFFORT
Manny Fernandez, Washington Post, 3/13/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17562-2003Mar12.html

Antiwar activists are gearing up for a march on Washington on Saturday, 
the 
latest for a global peace movement that has mobilized with increasing 
frequency as the nation prepares for a war with Iraq.

In Burke, psychologist Suzanne Doherty, 56, has worked to assemble a 
squad 
of grandmothers to join her on Saturday. "This is not exclusively a 
young 
person's movement," said Doherty, founder of the Northern Virginia 
chapter 
of Grandmothers for Peace.

In Philadelphia, Betsy Payet has taken an avalanche of calls from 
protesters looking for seats on 20 charter buses. "The people in this 
so-called democracy are being ignored," she said.

And in Princeton, N.J., the Rev. Robert Moore has helped fill a 
five-bus 
caravan of homemakers, students and retirees. "They realize that this 
is 
our last best chance to try to avert a war," said Moore, 52, pastor of 
two 
United Church of Christ congregations...

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SECRET STATE DEPT. REPORT DISPUTING BUSH CLAIM ON ARAB 'DOMINO EFFECT'
Ori Nir, Forward, 3/13/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.03.14/news1a.html

WASHINGTON - The State Department is circulating a classified report 
dismissing the White House claim that a regime change in Iraq would 
trigger 
a push for democracy throughout the Arab world.

The report strongly criticizes the controversial prediction of a 
post-Saddam Hussein democratic "domino effect" in the Middle East, the 
Forward has learned. It was put together by the State Department's 
Bureau 
of Intelligence and Research, an agency that produces independent 
intelligence assessment reports. Officials at the State Department have 
taken the unusual step of sending the secret report to a select group 
of 
legislators on Capitol Hill...

Administration supporters of a democratization campaign are getting 
advice 
from several respected scholars of Middle Eastern affairs, including 
Bernard Lewis of Princeton University and Fuad Ajami of Johns Hopkins 
University. Meanwhile, veteran diplomats and analysts at the State 
Department are rejecting the idea of a democratization push as a risky 
and 
even misguided campaign, ideologically propelled by neo-conservatives 
in 
key positions at the White House and the Pentagon...

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NEW YORK PASSES ANTI-WAR RESOLUTION
Liz Trotta, Washington Times, 3/13/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030313-68969941.htm

NEW YORK - Political leaders in this city devastated by the September 
11 
attacks have voted against war with Iraq except as a last resort, 
joining 
at least 125 municipalities nationwide that have passed some kind of 
anti-war resolution.

New York's City Council voted by roll call 32-17 for the resolution, 
which 
says war is permissible only if "other options for achieving compliance 
with United Nations resolutions calling for the elimination of weapons 
of 
mass destruction and the means of their development have failed."

Yvette Clarke, a Democrat who supported the resolution, said, "If we're 
going to be looking for a fight, let's fight poverty, let's fight 
firehouse 
closures, let's fight racism and sexism..."

Since September, anti-war resolutions have been approved in such cities 
as 
Los Angeles; Chicago; Milwaukee; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Portland, Maine.

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HOLLYWOOD FILM OF AMERICAN LONE RIDER IN ARABIA RAISES THE DUST
Peter Harrigan, Saudi Gazette, 3/12/03
http://www.okaz.com.sa/sgazette/Data/2003/3/13/default.xml?Section=0

An American who claimed to be the most famous dispatch rider in the Old 
Wild West, associate of Buffalo Bill Cody, teacher of Billy the Kid and 
the 
victorious rider in a so-called historic 3,000 mile Arabian horse race 
has 
been denounced as a fraud just as an 80 million dollar Hollywood 
'true-story' movie featuring the race counts down for release.

The film, "Hidalgo" due to be released by Touchstone Pictures is set to 
unleash a barrage of objections and opposition from activists who 
complain 
of Hollywood's continuing stereotyping and vilification of Arabs whilst 
the 
elaborate hoax spun by Frank T. Hopkins has already enraged horse 
enthusiasts around the world...

The Long Riders' Guild is now taking steps to pressure the film makers 
over 
the forthcoming release. "We are calling on Touchstone Pictures, and 
its 
parent company - the famed Walt Disney Corporation - to restore its 
legacy 
of corporate courtesy and proper behavior by labeling the film 
"Hidalgo" a 
fictional story. The Guild is also calling on the immediately 
withdrawal of 
the objectionable suicide scenes and horse killings..."

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U.S. ARAB GROUPS LOBBY CONGRESS AGAINST AID TO ISRAEL
Nathan Guttman, Haaretz, 3/13/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/272636.html

WASHINGTON - U.S. Arab and Muslim groups announced Wednesday a day of 
activity against the special U.S. aid to Israel, which has requested $8 
billion in loan guarantees and $4 billion in defense aid.

The U.S. administration has yet to approve the aid package, with 
officials 
in both Jerusalem and Washington saying that the administration will 
not, 
in any event, approve the entire $4 billion grant request.

Meanwhile, however, American-Arab groups are telling Congress that the 
special aid encourages a government that has a pro-settlement policy 
and 
refuses to negotiate with the Palestinians.

The lobbying, which will include a grassroots letter-writing campaign 
by 
constituents to their representatives, says the aid will be used to buy 
U.S. weapons and equipment that Israel will then use against the 
Palestinians, in contravention of U.S. arms exports laws. The lobbying 
will 
also include a letter-writing campaign to the media.

Pro-Israeli organizations have already begun their lobbying on behalf 
of 
the aid, with the administration's request yet to reach the Congress.

SEE ALSO:

18% OF 1,945 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN INTIFADA WERE INNOCENT CIVILIANS 
IDF SAYS
Amos Harel, Ha'aretz, 3/13/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=272310

Some 1,945 Palestinians have been killed since the intifada erupted on 
September 29, 2000, according to a defense establishment report. These 
include 365 people (18 percent) who had nothing to do with terrorist 
activity: 130 (7 percent) children under the age of 16 and 235 (11 
percent) 
adults, many of them women and elderly people...

Commenting on the number of children killed, the sources said in some 
cases 
they were youths throwing fire bombs. A few children who died were 
involved 
in operating firearms. An IDF investigation regarding the death of an 
11-year-old boy in Nablus some two months ago indicated the boy was 
killed 
when an improvised explosive charge he was about to throw on soldiers, 
went 
off in his hands.

In any case, a security source said, "there is no justification for the 
death of Palestinians under the age of 16, even if they were throwing 
Molotov cocktails. These cases require investigation."

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J'ACCUSE, SORT OF
Michael Kinsley, Slate, 3/12/03
http://slate.msn.com/id/2080027/

It is my sad duty to report that this form of anti-Semitism seems to 
have 
infected one of the most prominent and respected-one might even say 
influential-organizations in Washington. This organization claims that 
"America's pro-Israel lobby"-and we all know what "pro-Israel" is a 
euphemism for-has tentacles at every level of government and society. 
On 
its Web site, this organization paints a lurid picture of Zionists 
spreading their party line and even indoctrinating children. And yes, 
this 
organization claims that the influence of the Zionist lobby is 
essential to 
explaining the pro-Israel tilt of U.S. policy in the Middle East. It 
asserts that the top item on the Zionist "agenda" is curbing the power 
of 
Saddam Hussein...

According to this Web site, the Zionist lobby is, like most political 
conspiracies, a set of concentric circles within circles. The two 
innermost 
circles are known as the "President's Cabinet" and the "Chairman's 
Council." Members allegedly "take part in special events with members 
of 
Congress in elegant Washington locations," "participate in private 
conference calls," and attend an annual "national summit." In the past 
members of these groups have met "in a private setting" with President 
Clinton, with Vice President Gore, and with the president of Turkey, 
among 
others. If this Web site is to be believed, these Zionist-lobby 
insiders 
have even enjoyed "a luncheon with renowned author and commentator 
George 
Will."

And who is behind this Web site? Who is spreading the anti-Semitic 
canard 
that Jews and Zionists influence American policy in the Middle East, 
including Iraq? It is a group calling itself the America-Israel Public 
Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and claiming to be "pro-Israel." They all 
claim that, of course. But in this case, AIPAC actually is considered 
to be 
the institutional expression of the amorphous Zionist lobby. All the 
foregoing quotes and assertions about the huge Zionist influence with 
the 
U.S. government and the lengths to which Zionists go to protect and 
expand 
it actually refer to AIPAC itself...

Nevertheless, you shouldn't brag about how influential you are if you 
want 
to get hysterically indignant when someone suggests that government 
policy 
is affected by your influence.

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CAN ISRAEL TEACH DEMOCRACY?
Washington Times, 3/13/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030313-20036291.htm#5

I read with interest James Morrison's column on Arab democracy and the 
crisis in the Middle East ("Embassy Row," World, Friday). I was 
particularly bemused by the Slovak ambassador's comment on how Israel 
can 
play an important role by sharing experiences with neighboring nations 
in 
need of democracy.

Yet, what experience would Israel like to share with its neighbors? How 
it 
treats its citizens of Arab origins or how the Palestinians are 
enjoying 
life in the occupied territories? It is not a hidden fact that the 
current 
government of Israel has coalition partners that openly advocate the 
"transfer" of Palestinians to Jordan...

I really can't imagine what sort of truly democratic experience Israel 
has 
to share with its Arab neighbors, as the ambassador proposed. The Arabs 
are 
serious in extending a peace initiative toward Israel. Can Israel share 
this experience with us?

IMAD MOUSTAPHA
Chief of public diplomacy
Embassy of Syria
Washington

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THE AMERICANS HAVE INTERESTS, TOO
Aluf Benn, Ha'aretz, 3/13/03
http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=272329

Jerusalem and Washington's coupling looked perfect until the ongoing 
discussions of the aid package to Israel came along and showed that 
even 
the most beautiful friendships have their limits. The Bush 
administration 
can be generous at the expense of the Palestinians and is happy to 
furnish 
Sharon with political gestures. In any case, Bush doesn't want to get 
into 
the sickbed as mediator in the endless dispute over the partition of 
the 
country. But when Israel asks for its piece of the American purse, the 
loving declarations turned into difficult questions and the 
administration 
put its bureaucratic mechanisms into slow motion.

The end of the story is still not known. The aid package has yet to be 
completed and hasn't even been discussed at the highest levels of the 
administration. Israel has yet to employ all its resources of influence 
in 
the American capital. Jerusalem is divided on the matter. The Prime 
Minister's Office is convinced the outcome will be positive, and Israel 
will get all the loan guarantees it asked for, $8 billion, and half the 
defense grant, about $2 billion

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SECRECY WITHIN
Dan Christensen, Miami Daily Business Review, 3/13/03
http://www.floridabiz.com/news.html?news_id=25916

With war in Iraq looming, the largely invisible U.S. campaign against 
terror being waged in the nation's federal courts surfaced in 
extraordinary 
ways in Miami last week.

A published court calendar for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 
was 
obliterated to omit the names of litigants in a sealed civil case 
brought 
by an Algerian man the Miami Daily Business Review has learned was 
among 
1,200 young Arab and Muslim men secretly detained in the post-Sept. 11 
nationwide dragnet.

Later, the appellate court's computer records were altered to remove 
from 
public view any information about the case, No. 02-11060.

In between, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit closed its 
Courtroom 
March 5 to the public and the press to hear arguments in the sealed 
case.

Court records that were briefly public said the case is styled Mohamed 
Kamel Bellahouel v. Monica S. Wetzel. Wetzel is a former warden at the 
Federal Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade County.

"That's very unusual," said one federal judge, referring to the closure 
of 
the appeals court...

Defense attorneys across the nation have complained about being 
hamstrung 
by the Justice Department's aggressive assertion of secrecy in both 
criminal and civil court proceedings that have arisen from the 
investigation of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and 
the 
Pentagon.

"There's been a concerted effort to cut defense lawyers out of the 
process, 
to make it impossible for people accused of terrorism offenses to mount 
an 
effective defense," said Neal R. Sonnett, a Miami attorney who chairs 
the 
American Bar Association's Task Force on the Treatment of Enemy 
Combatants.

"Counsel can be deprived of access to evidence and of access to the 
client. 
So if there is a lawyer, the lawyer is basically fighting with both 
hands 
and both feet tied behind his back," he said Tuesday...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #371

FAMILY VALUES EXAMINED IN CAIR AD CAMPAIGN
Advertisement says national security depends on strength of families

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/14/03) - Family values in the American Muslim 
community will be the focus in the fifth installment of a national 
advertising campaign designed to foster greater understanding of Islam 
and 
to counter the rising tide of Islamophobic rhetoric in the United 
States.
SEE: www.americanmuslims.info

CAIR launched the year-long "Islam in America" campaign February 16 
with an 
ad on the New York Times editorial page. The first four ads featured 
examples of ethnic diversity in the American Muslim community, a Muslim 
Girl Scout troop in California, a Muslim woman explaining why modest 
Islamic attire is both liberating and empowering, and a condemnation of 
religiously-motivated terrorism.

The text of the latest CAIR ad reads: "My name is Aminah Kapadia, and 
I'm a 
wife, a mom and a student. I'm studying for a Masters degree in 
education, 
and I volunteer at our children's school, where I'm also active in the 
PTA. 
I was born in Philadelphia, to Puerto Rican parents, and have lived in 
the 
United States my entire life.

"My husband, Zubin, is from India, but has called America home for more 
than thirty years. He's an attorney and former economic officer for the 
U.S. Department of State. Now he spends his time running a consulting 
firm 
and coaching our sons' T-ball and soccer teams.

"Like many Americans, my husband and I face the challenge of raising 
our 
children in an unpredictable world. That's why the basic principles of 
our 
religion, like tolerance, justice and devotion to family, are a central 
part of our lives. As the Prophet Muhammad told us, 'The best of you is 
he 
who is best to his family. None of you will have faith until he wants 
for 
his brother what he wishes for himself.'

"We believe the security of our nation is dependent upon the strength 
of 
our families, and Islam teaches us the values that provide that 
strength."

The weekly CAIR ads, each explaining one aspect of Islam, are being 
distributed to Muslim communities around America for placement in local 
newspapers. All the advertisements previously published in the New York 
Times are available at: http://www.americanmuslims.info/archive.asp

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Publish each weekly ad in your local community's newspaper. (They 
can 
also be downloaded and used as posters, hand-outs, billboards, etc.) 
This 
is a year-long campaign, so you can get more favorable rates by 
agreeing to 
publish a series of ads instead of just one. For a step-by-step guide 
to 
publishing the "Islam in America" ads in your local newspaper, go to: 
http://www.americanmuslims.info/instructions.asp

2. Donate to support the campaign. To send a contribution, fill out the 
form below or go to: 
https://secure42.softcomca.com/americanmuslims_info/donate.asp

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/14/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TENDER FEELINGS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4795 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD TO PROTECT MUSLIM STUDENTS
* POWELL FAULTS PALESTINIANS IN MIDEAST (AP)
	- Powell: U.S. Policy Not Israeli Motivated (AP)
* INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ANTIWAR PROTEST IN CANADA
* WHICH NATION FORGED 'EVIDENCE' OF IRAQI NUKES? (Antiwar.com)
	- Senator Seeks FBI Probe of Iraq Documents (AP)
* THE IMPACT OF BUSH LINKING 9/11 AND IRAQ (CS Monitor)
	- MTV Refuses Antiwar Commercial (NY Times)
	- Fear of a Backlash Grows (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* PEACEFUL PROTEST GREETS PIPES' SPEECH (Montreal Gazette)
	- Who is Daniel Pipes?
* 2 SCHOOLS BACK MUSLIM LEADER ON ACADEMIC DEGREES (Chicago Tribune)
* FBI REACHES OUT TO MD. MUSLIM LEADERS (Washington Post)
* MY BIG FAT MUSLIM MOVIE (Prairie Dog)
* RATIONAL TALK BY 2 FAITHS ACROSS DIVIDE (NY Times)
* DETROIT-AREA SHIITES REMEMBER MUSLIM MARTYR (AP)
* NY MUSLIM DOCTOR WINS PRESTIGIOUS RESEARCH AWARD
* EQUESTRIAN GUILD BLASTS DIS' 'HIDALGO' (Hollywood Reporter)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TENDER FEELINGS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "He who is deprived of 
tender feelings is in fact deprived of goodness."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1185

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4795 SPONSORSHIPS

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD TO PROTECT MUSLIM STUDENTS

(MIAMI, FLORIDA, 3/14/03) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today thanked the School Board of 
Broward County for a new "zero tolerance" policy against harassment of 
Muslim students.

In a letter addressed to all principals, the board urged Diversity and 
Cultural Outreach Departments to take seriously any issues relating to 
harassment of Muslim students.  Superintendent Frank Till wrote: "in 
view 
of the growing crisis in the Middle East, I am requesting that you 
prepare 
to take proactive steps at your school to address possible hate 
backlash 
against innocent student representatives of the Muslim community".

To view the full text of the letter go to:
http://www.cair-florida.org/ViewArticle.asp?Code=PR&ArticleID=73

"We urge other Florida school boards to follow this example and take 
proactive measures to protect the rights of Muslim children. All 
children 
must be able to learn in a safe and secure environment without any 
intimidation, harassment or name calling," CAIR-FL Board Chairman Dr. 
Parvez Ahmed.

"At a time when our nation is preparing to go to war in Iraq, we 
believe 
American-Muslims may once again be stereotyped, racially profiled and 
harassed," said Ahmed.

A recent FBI bulletin stated: "...hate crimes against (Muslim) Arab 
Americans could increase if the United States goes to war with Iraq..."

CAIR-FL took part in the production of a video reminding school 
administrators and students about the fundamental right of every 
student to 
learn in a safe and secure environment. This video will be aired in all 
Broward Public Schools on March 27.

CAIR-FL will also provide diversity training to school personnel, 
complimenting the ongoing training provided by The National Conference 
for 
Community and Justice.

"A proactive stance by the school board can avert potentially dangerous 
situations. In out multicultural society, it is important that we all 
take 
the time to understand each other," added CAIR-FL Director of Outreach 
and 
Education Dr. Yasmeen Qadri.

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CONTACT: Mr. Altaf Ali, Executive Director, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; Mr. Ahmed Bedier, Communications Director, 
813-731-9506 - EMAIL abedier@cair-florida.org

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POWELL FAULTS PALESTINIANS IN MIDEAST
Barry Schweid, Associated Press, 3/14/03

WASHINGTON - Palestinian attacks on Israel and a lack of Palestinian 
proposals for peacemaking are to blame for the lack of progress toward 
a 
Mideast settlement, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday.

Testifying at a House hearing, Powell spoke sympathetically of Israel's 
refusal to negotiate while under attack. "Nevertheless, we are deeply 
engaged," Powell said under questioning by Reps. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., 
D-Ill., and David R. Obey, D-Wis...

He offered no criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has 
ruled out concessions to the Palestinians while terrorist acts 
continue.

"The principal problem has been the continuing violence and terrorism 
that 
has come from the Palestinian side directed against the state of 
Israel," 
Powell said, leaving Israel unable "to do some of the things that I 
would 
have liked to see Israel do to move the process along..."

SEE ALSO:

POWELL: U.S. POLICY NOT ISRAELI MOTIVATED
Associated Press, 3/13/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-2477476,00.html

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell flatly rejected on 
Thursday 
any suggestion that the Bush administration's confrontation with Iraq 
was 
engineered by Israel or American Jews.

Powell told a House Appropriations Subcommittee that the drive to 
compel 
Iraq to disarm stretches back over two administrations and 12 years of 
United Nations resolutions.

"It is driven by our own national interest," Powell said under 
questioning 
by the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., who said he 
wanted 
to clear up media suggestions that American supporters of Israel - and 
Israel itself - were driving U.S. strategy...

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ACTION ALERT # 98

JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST WAR
Attend a March 15th rally in your town

(OTTAWA, CANADA ­ 3/14/2003) ­ The Canadian office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is urging Canadian Muslims to 
participate in the 'International Day of Action' against a war on Iraq. 
The 
day of action is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2003, and includes 
rallies in many cities across Canada.

"Canadian Muslims must join together with their fellow citizens, stand 
for 
justice and send a strong, unified signal to our government not to 
participate in any upcoming violence against Iraq" said CAIR-CAN 
Director 
of Operations Naeem Saloojee.

ACTION REQUESTED:

REMEMBER the innocent people of Iraq in your du'a (supplication).

ATTEND the rally in your city. Bring your friends and family. (For 
other 
cities, see: http://www.canesi.org/Engl/xDemo15Mar.html or contact your 
local social action groups).

CHARLOTTETOWN: March 15, 2003
When and where: Province House @ 2 pm (Richmond Street)
Contact: http://www.peipc.com

HALIFAX:  March 15, 2003
Where and when: U.S. Consulate @ 1pm (Purdy's Wharf Tower II, Upper
Water St.)
Contact: http://hfxpeace.chebucto.org

QUÉBEC CITY:  March 15, 2003
When are where: Musée du Québec  @ 1pm (Plaine d'Abraham)
Contact: www.coalitionsquecbec.org, www.oqp2001.org/forumsocial
sbouchard@alternatives.ca or 514-521-4000.

MONTREAL:  March 15, 2003
Where and when:   Crescent et René-Levesque (Metro Peel, Guy ou Lucien
L'Allier) or René-Levesque devant Radio Canada (Metro Beaudry ou 
Papineau) 
@ 1 pm
Contact: teamiraq@montrealmuslims.ca

LONDON:  March 15, 2003
Where and when: Victoria Park @ 1 pm (Corner of Richmond and Central)
Contact: Rebecca Coulter coulter@uwo.ca.
Bring signs, noisemakers, drums, puppets, stilts, and other creative 
expressions of resistance to war.

NIAGARA AREA: March 15, 2003
When and where: Oakes Garden Theatre @ 11 am (Victoria Park, corner of
Clifton Hill and Niagara Parkway)
Contact: Steve 905-988-1527, trkspk@sympatico.ca; Susan Howard-Azzeh, 
905-984-6515, susanha103@yahoo.ca.
Bring pots and pans, whistles, street puppets, flags, peace symbols, 
banners, placards.

TORONTO: March 15, 2003
Where and when: Meet at the U.S. Consulate @ 12 pm (360 University Ave)
Contact:  stopwar@sympatico.ca or 416-588-5555for details

OTTAWA:  March 15, 2003
Where and when: Maisonneuve and St-Laurent @ 12:30 pm
Contact: cailes1@yahoo.com.

WINDSOR: March 15, 2003
Where and when: Wyandotte and Goyeau Streets @ 12 pm (Across from the 
entrance to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

WINNIPEG: March 15, 2003
Where and when: Details pending
Contact: 204- 453-3994 rnknfile@mb.sympatico.ca

REGINA:  March 15, 2003
When and where:  Cenotaph in Victoria Park @ 12 pm noon
Contact: Sarah at 306-522-5657, or sarahmc@altern.org; Catherine at
306-569-7699, or reginapeace2003@yahoo.ca
Bring signs, banners, puppets, balloons! Bring pots & pans, drums, 
whistles 
and other noisemakers.

VANCOUVER:  March 15th, 2003
Where and when:  Library Square @ 12 pm
Contact: iremac@shaw.ca or phone 604-737-1299 or 604-687 3223,
http://www.stopwar.ca
Speakers include David Suzuki

VICTORIA:  March 15, 2003
Where and when: Centennial Square @ 1 pm.  Rally at the legislature @
2:15 pm
Contact: http://www.vcawsi.org/mar-15.htm

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A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE FORGED PHONY
'EVIDENCE' OF IRAQI NUKES - GUESS WHICH ONE...
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 3/14/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

In the midst of a furious debate over the key role of pro-Israel 
ideologues 
in pushing us into war, the FBI has announced it is looking into the 
possibility that "a foreign government is using a deception campaign to 
foster support for military action against Iraq." Remember the forged 
"evidence" the U.S. submitted to the UN to support their contention 
that 
Iraq sought fissionable materials...?

Unless it's the African nation of Niger - where Iraq was supposedly 
trying 
to buy uranium to develop nukes - that is desperately trying to drag us 
into war, for obscure reasons of its own, the identity of this 
mysterious 
"third country" is no mystery.

"By way of deception, thou shalt do war" - the Mossad, Israel's 
legendary 
intelligence agency, have more than lived up to their motto in the 
past, 
and, in this instance, seem to have surpassed themselves. To feed the 
U.S. 
such a crude forgery - the fake letters were rife with fairly obvious 
and 
easily checkable errors - and have Colin Powell take it to the UN as 
"proof" of Iraqi perfidy was a calculated insult, and soon had the 
desired 
result...

SEE ALSO:

SENATOR SEEKS FBI PROBE OF IRAQ DOCUMENTS
KEN GUGGENHEIM, Associated Press, 3/14/03

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee 
asked the FBI on Friday to investigate forged documents the Bush 
administration used as evidence against Saddam Hussein and his military 
ambitions in Iraq.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said he was uneasy about a 
possible 
campaign to deceive the public about the status of Iraq's nuclear 
program.

An investigation should "at a minimum help to allay any concerns" that 
the 
government was involved in the creation of the documents to build 
support 
for administration policies, Rockefeller wrote in a letter to FBI 
Director 
Robert Mueller.

Secretary of State Colin Powell has denied the U.S. government had any 
hand 
in creating the false documents.

``It came from other sources," Powell told a House committee Thursday. 
``We 
were aware of this piece of evidence, and it was provided in good faith 
to 
the inspectors."

Rockefeller asked the FBI to determine the source of the documents, the 
sophistication of the forgeries, the motivation of those responsible, 
why 
intelligence agencies didn't recognize them as forgeries and whether 
they 
are part of a larger disinformation campaign...

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THE IMPACT OF BUSH LINKING 9/11 AND IRAQ
Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor, 3/14/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.html

WASHINGTON - In his prime-time press conference last week, which 
focused 
almost solely on Iraq, President Bush mentioned Sept. 11 eight times. 
He 
referred to Saddam Hussein many more times than that, often in the same 
breath with Sept. 11.

Bush never pinned blame for the attacks directly on the Iraqi 
president. 
Still, the overall effect was to reinforce an impression that persists 
among much of the American public: that the Iraqi dictator did play a 
direct role in the attacks. A New York Times/CBS poll this week shows 
that 
45 percent of Americans believe Mr. Hussein was "personally involved" 
in 
Sept. 11, about the same figure as a month ago.

Sources knowledgeable about US intelligence say there is no evidence 
that 
Hussein played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks, nor that he has been or 
is 
currently aiding Al Qaeda. Yet the White House appears to be 
encouraging 
this false impression, as it seeks to maintain American support for a 
possible war against Iraq and demonstrate seriousness of purpose to 
Hussein's regime...

SEE ALSO:

MTV REFUSES ANTIWAR COMMERCIAL
Nat Ives, New York Times, 3/14/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/13/business/media/13ADCO.html

MTV has refused to accept a commercial opposing a war in Iraq, citing a 
policy against advocacy spots that it says protects the channel from 
having 
to run ads from any cash-rich interest group whose cause may be 
loathsome.

Nonetheless, viewers in New York and Los Angeles will be able to see 
the 
rejected spot from Not in Our Name starting today on MTV's "Total 
Request 
Live" and "Direct Effect," because its backers did an end-run around 
the 
channel by buying time on local cable providers...

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AS WAR LOOMS, FEAR OF A BACKLASH GROWS
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/14/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/5387818.htm

Call it an Arab American version of duct tape: Speak only English in 
public, don't go out alone, consider reinforcing the doors of the 
mosque.

Alarming, perhaps extreme, precautions are being suggested informally 
in 
some Arab and South Asian communities because of rising fears of 
further 
backlash in this country in the event of a U.S. war on Iraq.

Trying to straddle the line between reassurance and alarm, community 
leaders and officials said an increase in hate crimes against 
"Arab-looking" people and their homes, businesses or mosques because of 
an 
invasion actually was unlikely.

"We have taken precautions already since Sept. 11 and I don't think it 
will 
be worse this time," said Samir Salah, 49, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian 
and 
owner of a car dealership on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Still, concern is so palpable that some groups, officials and 
individuals 
are bracing for the worst.

"My wife, I think she won't go out to the market or the mall... if war 
starts," said Raad Saleh, 50, of Downingtown, an Iraqi-born businessman 
whose wife wears a head-covering hijab in public. "After Sept. 11, she 
wouldn't leave the house for three days. When she walked into the Acme 
[grocery] store, people said things and she was very frightened..."

At least one national organization, the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, said it was planning to issue an "action alert" this week 
proposing safety measures, such as reinforcing mosque doors with metal 
and 
stockpiling three days' worth of food and water in case people feel 
unsafe 
going outside.

"We're not telling people to hide in their basements, but they should 
be 
cautious," said Ibrahim Hooper, the group's spokesman...

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PEACEFUL PROTEST GREETS PIPES' SPEECH AT MCGILL
Angus Loten, Montreal Gazette, 3/14/03
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/

About two dozen students held a peaceful protest in front of a McGill 
University lecture hall last night to denounce a speech by a 
controversial 
pro-Israeli journalist.

Daniel Pipes, a columnist for the New York Post and an outspoken critic 
of 
"militant Islam," spoke at the school as part of a two-day event called 
24 
Hours for Israel.

The event was organized by the Jewish Student Centre and McGill Hillel, 
among other groups.

"Pipes considers the existence of Muslims in North America a danger to 
Israel. That's an extremely racist idea," said Isam Faik, president of 
the 
Muslim Students Association of McGill.

Faik and others handed out pamphlets to those entering the building 
last 
night, but did not block anyone from attending the 7 p.m. lecture...

"We're not against freedom of speech. It's just that the kind of ideas 
Pipes will be delivering tonight infringes on the freedom of others," 
Faik 
said.

SEE ALSO: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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2 SCHOOLS BACK MUSLIM LEADER ON ACADEMIC DEGREES
Laurie Cohen, Chicago Tribune, 3/14/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0303140161mar14,1,4305709.story

Sabri Samirah, a local Muslim leader who has been barred from 
re-entering 
the United States for national security reasons, received graduate 
degrees 
at two Chicago universities, contrary to suggestions in a government 
filing 
earlier this week.

Government lawyers raised the issue of Samirah's academic credentials 
in 
response to a lawsuit he filed to force immigration officials to allow 
him 
back into the country.

In its response, the government didn't detail the security reasons for 
keeping Samirah out of the U.S.

Justice Department lawyers accused Samirah of lying on an immigration 
application to get permission to leave the country and suggested that 
he 
had stayed in the country for years on a student visa without earning 
academic degrees.

However, both schools where Samirah studied said Thursday that he 
obtained 
the degrees listed on his resume and reported in his filings with 
immigration officials. Samirah received a master's degree in economics 
at 
DePaul University in 1991 and a PhD in public policy from the 
University of 
Illinois at Chicago in late 2001...

Mark Flessner, Samirah's attorney, took the government to task for 
suggesting that Samirah didn't earn the degrees. "It is disappointing 
that 
the government feels the need to disparage Dr. Samirah's reputation 
instead 
of addressing the legal issue in the case, which is that they denied 
him a 
proper hearing," Flessner said...

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FBI REACHES OUT TO MD. MUSLIM LEADERS
Nurith C. Aizenman and Elizabeth Williamson, Washington Post, 3/14/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23031-2003Mar13.html

FBI officials met with leaders of Maryland's Muslim community in 
Frederick 
yesterday as part of a broader agency effort to combat terrorism by 
accounting for and building relationships with mosques and Islamic 
societies.

"If they have information about possible [terrorism], they need to know 
who 
to contact," said FBI spokesman Barry Maddox. "We're seeking their 
help."

Maddox added that the meeting, which included representatives from 
Montgomery County and Baltimore, was also intended to ease concerns 
among 
many Muslims that the agency is singling them out for scrutiny. The 
meeting 
was not open to the media.

Indeed one of the participants, Khalil Elshazly, who is president of 
the 
Islamic Society of Frederick, said he was greatly alarmed when the FBI 
contacted him about arranging a meeting last month. In particular, 
Elshazly 
said, he feared that field agents were building a database of area 
Muslims.

"If these meetings had just been intended to find out where we are in 
case 
the attorney general decides to put us in concentration camps, we would 
have had a problem with that," Elshazly said...

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MY BIG FAT MUSLIM MOVIE
Greg Beatty, Prairie Dog Magazine, 3/14/03
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15348

There's no shortage of comically inclined filmmakers for whom ethnicity 
plays a major role in their creativity. A recent successful example is 
Nia 
Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" fame (and interestingly, another 
Canadian from the prairies.) But Zarqa Nawaz, a Muslim, thinks she can 
break new ground. Through her production company FUNdamentalist Films 
(motto: putting the fun back in fundamentalism), she's already made two 
short comedies - "BBQ Muslims" and "Death Threat," both of which 
counter 
North American apprehension over all things Islamic with wit and 
warmth. 
Nawaz is currently seeking financing for her first feature, "Real 
Terrorists Don't Bellydance..."

It's through her films that Nawaz feels she has the most power to 
counter 
negative stereotypes about Muslims. "I think people are surprised that 
someone would make a comedy [about such serious issues]. But that's 
what I 
like doing. Instead of hitting people over the head with something..."

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RATIONAL TALK BY 2 FAITHS ACROSS DIVIDE
Clyde Haberman, New York Times, 3/14/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/nyregion/14NYC.html

The setting was the Jewish Theological Seminary, where Seyyed Hossein 
Nasr, 
a leading Islamic scholar, spoke for an hour about his religion's past, 
present and future. Given the time constraints, you could think of his 
lecture as "Islam: the CliffsNotes Version." About 400 people attended, 
nearly all Jews and quite a few of them observant, judging from the 
many 
yarmulkes.

Now, it isn't as if a dialogue between Jews and Muslims is unheard of. 
Professor Nasr's appearance at a Jewish institution of higher learning 
was 
not remotely equivalent to Daniel entering the lion's den...

War and terrorism, conspicuously terrorism by Islamic radicals, are 
part of 
that world. Professor Nasr, who was born in Iran, did not minimize the 
problem. But he pleaded for perspective.

Historically, he said, "Islamic civilization provided a haven" for 
religious minorities, Jews included. Its record in this regard was 
better 
than Christian Europe's. "There were no 1492's in Islamic history," he 
said, referring to Spain's expulsion of its Jews. "No Holocaust in 
Islamic 
history. And the horrible things that are being done now are very, very 
recent events."

There is no question, the professor acknowledged, that among Muslims 
today 
"the trend, unfortunately, is exactly towards extremism." But he said 
the 
numbers of those ready to take up arms in the name of Islam were "very, 
very small..."

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DETROIT-AREA SHIITES REMEMBER MUSLIM MARTYR
Associated Press, 3/14/03

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Black satin covers every inch of the walls at 
the 
Karbala Islamic Center and signs with Arabic script in fluorescent pink 
and 
green remind worshippers to think of God.
`
Just after 9 p.m., a man dressed in a black robe and turban enters the 
room 
and begins to tell the story of Imam Hussein, a 7th-centrury Muslim 
martyr 
- the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

For 10 days known as Ashura, which ended Friday, the same commemoration 
of 
Hussein's death took place in Shiite mosques across Michigan, the 
Detroit 
Free Press reported.

Shiites say Hussein saved Islam from the tyranny of a 7th-century Iraqi 
ruler named Yazid. The Karbala Center was named after the city in Iraq 
where Hussein was killed in 680 AD.

Many local Shiites draw parallels between the story and Iraq's current 
situation.

"The Yazid of this era is Saddam Hussein," said 38-year-old Baker Al 
Baaj.

Like many of the about 25,000 Iraqi Shiites that live in the Detroit 
area, 
Al Baaj fled Iraq in 1991 after the government squashed an uprising.

"During this time, we're thinking of our families in Iraq," Al Baaj 
said. 
"They're suffering..."

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NY MUSLIM DOCTOR WINS PRESTIGIOUS RESEARCH AWARD

Dr. Hina Chaudhry, Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Columbia 
University 
has been awarded the prestigious 2003 Irving Scholar Award to carry out 
clinical research for three years. Dr. Chaudhry is a graduate of 
Harvard 
Medical School with a Fellowship in Cardiology from University of 
Pennsylvania Medical School.  She has received this award after only 
six 
years of completing her fellowship.

The Irving Scholar award is the highest honor bestowed on an Assistant
Professor at Columbia and is designed to encourage young researchers 
with 
promise to continue their research with financial assistance from an 
endowment.

Below is the link for the Irving Center at Columbia that describes the 
program and the award criteria:

http://gcrcweb.cpmc.columbia.edu/re_history.html

To view Dr. Chaudhry's research work in cardiovascular disease, please 
visit: http://www.wolgemuth.org and click on "lab members"

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EQUESTRIAN GUILD BLASTS DIS' 'HIDALGO'
Hollywood Reporter, 3/13/03
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

The Long Riders' Guild, an international association of equestrian 
explorers and long-distance travelers, has claimed that the Walt Disney 
Co.'s upcoming historical horse-racing film "Hidalgo" falsely depicts 
the 
life of Frank T. Hopkins, on whom it is based. John Fusco, the film's 
writer and recent winner of his second Western Heritage Research Award, 
disputed the claims. "I've been researching Hopkins life for more than 
12 
years now and compiled research from more than 15 well-respected 
historians 
that verify this story," Fusco said. "Their comments sound like saloon 
tales to me."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/16/2003

HEADLINES:

* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* CAIR JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS
* FBI TO MUSLIMS: LET'S HELP EACH OTHER (Los Angeles Times)
	- FBI Casts Wide Net to Battle Terrorism (LA Times)
      	-'Nightstalkers' Track Terror Suspects (AP)
	- Chicago Police Warn Against Bigotry (Chicago Tribune)
	- Bay Area Muslims Dialogue with FBI (CAIR)
* ON TERROR, SPYING AND GUNS, ASHCROFT EXPANDS REACH (NY Times)
* MUSLIMS HOPE OPEN FAIR OPENS SOME EYES (Sacramento Bee)
* PAKISTANIS FLEEING U.S. SEEK REFUGE IN CANADA (LA Times)
* JEWISH GROUPS WORRY ABOUT BACKLASH FOR IRAQ WAR (Wash. Post)
	- US to Stay in Iraq '20-25 years' - US Envoy (Malaysiakini)
	- U.S. Lacks Specifics on Banned Arms (Washington Post)
	- Maureen Dowd: Mashing Our Monster (New York Times)
	- Ex-CIA Officers Questioning Iraq Data (AP)
* EDITORIAL: ANSWERS ABOUT TORTURE (Washington Post)
* WIFE OF TURKISH PM MAKES HEADSCARF STYLISH (AFP)
	- Workers Complain of Religious Bias (Charlotte Observer)

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CAIR JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS

ANAHEIM, CA - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is 
pleased 
to announce a one-time Journalism & Communications Scholarship Award 
for 
Muslim students.

Eight scholarship awardees in eight major cities in the United States 
will 
receive a one-time scholarship stipend of $5,000 for pursuing education 
in 
the journalism and communications field.

CAIR will award scholarships to Muslim students in their junior year of 
college who demonstrate a willingness to pursue journalism or 
communications. Selection criteria includes a required minimum Grade 
Point 
Average of 3.0 and Muslim community activism. Awardees selected would 
be 
required to keep in good standing with their respective colleges and 
complete 200 hours of Muslim community volunteer service in the field 
of 
journalism and communications under the supervision of CAIR.

Applicants must reside near a CAIR Chapter and attend a certified U.S. 
college or university.

The postmark deadline for fall 2003 applications is May 31, 2003.

For more information, please contact CAIR-LA Development and Programs 
coordinator, Maryam Dadabhoy at Maryam@cair.com or 714-776-1847.

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FBI TO MUSLIMS: LET'S HELP EACH OTHER
H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times, 3/16/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mosques16mar16,1,3458465.story

FBI officials are meeting privately with Muslim leaders in Southern 
California, assuring them that hate crimes resulting from a possible 
war 
with Iraq will be vigorously investigated, and at the same time asking 
for 
help in the campaign against terrorism.

The agency's effort to forge a partnership with Muslim and other Middle 
Eastern communities is also intended to quell fears in the Iraqi 
American 
community, where FBI agents are questioning people to identify possible 
terrorists or sympathizers of Saddam Hussein as the United States 
inches 
closer to war with Iraq.

The meetings are a welcome change from the way the FBI went about its 
investigation after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Hussam 
Ayloush, head of the Anaheim-based Southern California chapter of the 
Council on American Islamic Relations.

"In 2001, the FBI looked at every one of us as suspects. They've made 
it 
clear to us that they want to view us as partners in our country's war 
against terrorism," Ayloush said.

"Prior to Sept. 11 there was a lot of misunderstanding on both sides. I 
think we've succeeded in clearing up these clouds of misunderstanding," 
said Ron Iden, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles division. He 
requires agents to attend seminars to learn "about the cultural 
differences 
that we need to understand to do our jobs."

Arab American leaders welcomed the FBI's offer to work together, but 
some 
still have sharp differences with the agency as it continues to knock 
on 
doors of Muslim families. Critics are still fuming over what they say 
is 
the FBI's practice of racial profiling.

Salam Almarayati, spokesman for the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public 
Affairs 
Council, said his organization has been willing to work with the FBI, 
but 
members remain angry by "the FBI's policy of targeting people because 
of 
their race and religion."

"That's what they've been doing since the attacks, and we don't know of 
any 
case that has resulted in the arrest, indictment or prosecution of a 
terrorist," he said…

Overall, Arab American leaders credit the FBI for its efforts.

Ayloush cites the sensitivity seminars that his group and others have 
conducted for the FBI. Complaints about the agency are down from a year 
ago, he said.

"We're glad the government is concerned about a backlash against Arab 
Americans if there is a war with Iraq. There is a segment in the larger 
community who thinks it's their patriotic duty to open another front 
here 
at home," said Ayloush.

SEE ALSO:

FBI CASTS WIDE NET TO BATTLE TERRORISM
Richard B. Schmitt, Greg Krikorian, Josh Meyer and H.G. Reza
Los Angeles Time, 3/16/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-na-terror16mar16001453,1,2361700.story

Fuat is just one of the untold numbers of citizens being questioned by 
government agents looking to root out would-be terrorists. In testimony 
before Congress this month, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said law 
enforcement 
officials have been tracking "hundreds and hundreds of suspected 
terrorists" in the United States in recent months. In some cases, the 
focus 
of the government's attention has become clear -- from the conviction 
of 
shoe bomber Richard Reid in Boston last year to the arrests and pending 
trials of alleged cell leaders in cities from Buffalo, N.Y., to 
Portland, Ore.

But who are the others? Is the country really infiltrated by legions of 
terrorists? If so, why isn't the government arresting more of them?

Interviews with law enforcement officials, federal prosecutors, defense 
lawyers and civil liberties groups reveal the breadth of the 
government's 
efforts…

Prosecutors, often without direct evidence of terrorism-related crimes, 
are 
having to dig up novel theories of law, like their mob-busting brethren 
of 
the 1960s and '70s, employing wire and mail fraud statutes in some 
instances.

What is also clear is that in a post-Sept. 11 world, where the Justice 
Department and the FBI are focused on preventing future terrorist acts, 
and 
not just prosecuting past crimes, the government is adopting an 
unusually 
broad view of who should be monitored.

Historically, terrorists were considered people who engaged in 
politically 
motivated violence against civilians. Now, for every Khalid Shaikh 
Mohammed, the Al Qaeda leader recently arrested in Pakistan, there are 
scores of far less menacing figures who are being questioned, and in 
many 
instances deported or put on trial. Last year, federal prosecutors in 
New 
Jersey took credit for handling more than 60 "international terrorism" 
cases, although the majority involved allegations that Arab American 
students were cheating on a standardized English language test.

"There has been a fundamental shift in proving whether someone is 
involved 
in terrorism," said Laura K. Donohue, an acting assistant political 
science 
professor at Stanford University and a visiting fellow at its Center 
for 
International Security and Cooperation. "We have started to name people 
as 
terrorists without them having to have engaged in terrorism or even 
conspired to have engaged in terrorism…"

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'NIGHTSTALKERS' TRACK TERROR SUSPECTS
Associated Press, 3/14/03
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/US/03/14/fbi.spy.planes.ap/

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI has a fleet of aircraft, some equipped with 
night surveillance and eavesdropping equipment, flying America's skies 
to 
track and collect intelligence from suspected terrorists.

The FBI will not provide exact figures on the planes and helicopters, 
but 
more than 80 are in the skies. There are several planes, known as 
"Nightstalkers," equipped with infrared devices that allow agents to 
track 
people and vehicles in the dark.

Other aircraft are outfitted with electronic surveillance equipment so 
agents can pursue listening devices placed in cars, in buildings and 
even 
along streets, or listen to cell phone calls. Still others fly 
photography 
missions, although officials would not describe precise capabilities.

The FBI, which has made counterterror its top priority since Sept. 11, 
2001, has sharply increased its use of aircraft…

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CITY'S POLICE WARN AGAINST BIGOTRY
David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune, 3/15/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0303160400mar16,1,4174637.story

In anticipation of a spate of hate crimes against Muslims if the United 
States goes to war with Iraq, Chicago police Friday called for 
tolerance 
and said bigotry would not be accepted.

"Targeting our neighbors with acts of hate is ignorant, misdirected and 
illegal," said Police Supt. Terry Hillard, who was flanked by leaders 
of 
the Muslim community.

Hillard pledged police would aggressively pursue allegations of hate 
crimes, and he urged Muslims and Arabs to not fear coming forward if 
they 
are victims.

Members of the Islamic community praised the city and Hillard for being 
outspoken about not tolerating hate crimes directed at Muslims.

Community leaders have urged Muslims not to be afraid of the Chicago 
police, said Kareem Irfan, chairman of the Council of Islamic 
Organizations.

In the year and a half since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Muslim 
and 
Arab communities in the U.S. have had a "highly stressed and charged 
atmosphere," Irfan said.

Fed by reports of Muslims being deported or detained for months without 
charges, many people fear the authorities, Irfan said. But he pointed 
out 
that Muslims and Arabs need to draw a distinction between local police 
and 
federal authorities…

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BAY AREA MUSLIM LEADERS DIALOGUE WITH FBI

(SANTA CLARA, CA) On March 12, 2003, more than 30 leaders of Bay Area 
Muslim community, representing 27 organizations, met with top officials 
of 
the FBI Northern California command at the MCA center in Santa Clara. 
The 
purpose of the meeting was to establish open communications between the 
FBI 
and the Muslim community.

At that meeting, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Board 
Chairman Omar Ahmad emphasized that American Muslims are just as 
concerned 
about the security of our country as any other minority community. He 
pointed out that the Muslim community suffered not only from the 
terrorist 
attacks of September 11, but subsequently continues to suffer from 
backlash 
and attacks on Islam. He further stated that the leaders of the Muslim 
community are ready to work with law enforcement authorities for the 
safety 
and security of our nation.

FBI Hate Crimes Division Coordinator Catherine Mannherd said both the 
FBI 
and the Muslim community should do "whatever it takes to break down 
barriers."

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ON TERROR, SPYING AND GUNS, ASHCROFT EXPANDS REACH
ERIC LICHTBLAU with ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times, 3/15/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/15/politics/15ASHC.html

WASHINGTON, In the bureaucratic reshuffling over domestic security, 
Attorney General John Ashcroft came out a winner. Mr. Ashcroft grabbed 
control of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and with it an 
issue 
dear to his conservative agenda, guns. And he shucked responsibility 
for 
two areas of law enforcement that had brought ridicule to the Justice 
Department, the color-coded threat alert system and immigration…

With the addition of nearly 5,000 law enforcement officials from the 
firearms bureau, Mr. Ashcroft has again expanded the policing authority 
of 
the Justice Department, a hallmark of his tenure as attorney general. 
And 
with the fight against terrorism as his soapbox, he has pushed the 
powers 
of federal law enforcement in directions few thought possible before 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks. His reach extends not only to counterterrorism, but 
also 
to issues like the death penalty and gun policy, which he attacks with 
equal aggressiveness. Despite a years-long effort as a senator from 
Missouri to shrink government, Mr. Ashcroft has significantly broadened 
the 
reach of the attorney general, legal scholars and law enforcement 
officials 
agree.

All of which has left his many critics increasingly worried.

Even some of his conservative peers complain that Mr. Ashcroft may have 
grown too powerful. To his critics, Mr. Ashcroft is a Big Brother 
figure: 
an attorney general whose expanding scope has allowed the Justice 
Department to use wiretaps, backroom decisions, and an expanded street 
presence to spy on ordinary Americans, read their e-mail messages, or 
monitor their library checkouts, all in the name of fighting terrorism. 
And 
the department's consideration of proposals that could give it still 
greater, secret counterterrorism authority has provoked a fresh round 
of 
concerns.

The former Republican congressman Dick Armey, on his way out the door 
last 
year as House majority leader, said he thought Mr. Ashcroft and the 
Justice 
Department were "out of control."

And Representative Jose E. Serrano, Democrat of New York, told Mr. 
Ashcroft 
at a hearing last week: "I fear some officials are so intent on 
fighting 
against terror that they forget what we are fighting for. People across 
the 
spectrum fear for our civil liberties…"

While the president has visited mosques to deliver a message of respect 
for 
Muslims, for instance, it was left to Mr. Ashcroft to orchestrate an 
unpopular program to register Middle Eastern immigrants. And after Mr. 
Bush 
last year announced that he wanted to enlist workers for a terrorist 
"tips" 
program, Mr. Ashcroft was dispatched to Capitol Hill to defend the 
unpopular idea…

In Mr. Ashcroft's seven months on the job before the attacks, some 
associates said he seemed adrift, almost bored. "He was still trying to 
find his niche," an aide said. There was even speculation -- vigorously 
dismissed by his advisers -- that he might try another run for the 
Senate.

But the Sept. 11 attacks energized him, some aides said.

Within days, he dispatched a top adviser, Viet D. Dinh, to develop a 
package of legislative proposals to give the F.B.I. broadened powers to 
wiretap suspects, use intelligence information in criminal cases and 
trace 
dirty money, among many other long-sought changes. After a brief but 
spirited tussle with some members of Congress who succeeded in putting 
in 
"sunset" provisions that capped the life of the changes, the package 
became 
the historic and controversial U.S.A. Patriot Act.

In the months that followed, Mr. Ashcroft would become a fixture at the 
F.B.I.'s terrorism command center and briefed the president almost 
daily as 
the Justice Department sought to deter the possibility of future 
attacks. 
Terrorism has so dominated his schedule that he even suspended his 
morning 
prayer meetings at the Justice Department -- a practice challenged by 
some 
critics as improper -- because they conflicted with his White House 
terror 
briefings…

Black civil rights leaders were once the group most critical of Mr. 
Ashcroft's record, and they have accused him of adopting a less 
aggressive 
posture toward issues like police misconduct, housing discrimination 
and 
workplace bias. But for all the criticism from blacks, Mr. Ashcroft's 
newfound pursuit of terrorists has now created a new and even more 
vigilant 
foe -- Arab-Americans -- and it has recast the debate over civil 
liberties 
to include a larger universe of immigrants and visiting foreigners.

"Since he's been in office, American Muslims have lost many of their 
civil 
rights," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, said in an interview.

"All Muslims are now suspects. We have to assume that every mosque in 
America is being bugged by the F.B.I., with the attitude that's 
prevalent 
today at the Justice Department."

Mr. Ashcroft's actions have created an odd alliance of opponents, as 
conservative civil libertarians have joined forces with Arab-American 
groups, human rights advocates and some members of Congress who say the 
department's counterterrorism tactics have threatened the civil 
liberties 
and due process rights of many thousands of people…

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MUSLIMS HOPE OPEN FAIR OPENS SOME EYES
Stephen Magagnini Sacramento Bee, 3/14/03
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/6271004p-7224953c.html

This Saturday, the many worlds of Islam will be on display at Masjid 
Annur 
Islamic Center across from Florin Mall.

American Muslims of Pakistani, Egyptian, Saudi, Jordanian, Palestinian, 
Malaysian, Libyan and Moroccan descent, among others, will re-create an 
international bazaar with an array of unique clothes, artwork, videos 
and 
foods.

Organizers of the free fair hope that each sweet bite of baklava (a 
honey-pistachio pastry) will serve as an antidote to the bitterness and 
mistrust that sometimes flare up in times of war and crisis.

There also will be food for thought: Two Muslim scholars will give 
brief 
lectures on Islam at noon and 3 p.m.

"Please come with an open mind, and realize that Muslims are like the 
rest 
of Americans," said organizer Tamer Ahmed.

"We basically want to live a peaceful life, raise our kids and co-exist 
with our American neighbors. We're inviting people to learn the basics 
of a 
great religion that is basically a continuation of the messages of 
Abraham, 
Moses and Jesus."

The FBI has warned American Muslims, including the 30,000 in the 
Sacramento 
area, that if America goes to war with Iraq, there is likely to be a 
surge 
in hate crimes against people perceived to be Muslim or Arab.

Rashid Ahmad, chair of the Sacramento Valley chapter of CAIR (Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations), said that recent incidents "make it look 
like 
the war has already started."

On Feb. 22, a group of about 20 people in Yorba Linda in Orange County 
nearly beat a Muslim teenager to death with baseball bats and golf 
clubs, 
Ahmad said. About a week later, a Santa Clara Muslim woman in 
traditional 
dress reported she was punched in the face while doing laundry in her 
apartment building…

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PAKISTANIS FLEEING U.S. SEEK REFUGE IN CANADA
Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 3/15/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-me-immig15mar15001445,1,1065881.story 


BURLINGTON, Vt. An exodus of Pakistanis seeking to leave the United 
States 
has overwhelmed Canadian immigration authorities and swamped shelters, 
mosques, churches and aid agencies along the northern border.

The surge of people seeking safe haven is the latest result of 
Washington's 
new mandate that men from 25 mostly Muslim nations register their 
whereabouts with federal officials and be photographed, fingerprinted 
and 
submit to questioning.

On Friday, the major immigrant-aid group in northern Vermont ceased 
direct 
relief to new arrivals denied entry to Canada and warned of a "human 
calamity" if the Canadian government did not take action to relieve the 
backup of asylum seekers on the border, many of whom have been detained 
by 
U.S. immigration authorities.

"It's not unfair to call this an immigration earthquake," said Asad 
Hayauddin, spokesman at Pakistan's embassy in Washington. The embassy 
estimates that the registration plan could affect more than 20,000 
Pakistanis in the United States -- by far the largest group impacted. 
"These people are really shook up…"

Resignation, not bitterness, seems the predominant mood among the 
Pakistanis, many still dazed at how their lives have come asunder. 
Their 
ranks include shopkeepers, cabdrivers, menial laborers and others 
concentrated in low-wage jobs. All have pulled up stakes, their 
families in 
tow.

"What can we do? They don't want us any more," said a sad-faced 
Chaudhry 
Roouf, who held his 20-month-old daughter, Rukhna, in his arms as he 
sat in 
a dining room at the Salvation Army here contemplating the end of his 
five-year sojourn as a convenience store clerk in suburban Atlanta.

"We all love America. But we can't stay anymore. It's over."

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JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS WORRIED ABOUT BACKLASH FOR IRAQ WAR
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 3/15/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27256-2003Mar14.html

American Jewish organizations, deeply divided over the wisdom of 
invading 
Iraq, are increasingly worried about an anti-Semitic backlash blaming 
Jewish officials in the Bush administration for any U.S. casualties.

Jewish groups voiced outrage yesterday over an article by conservative 
commentator and former presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan that 
says 
Jewish "neoconservatives" in the White House and the Defense Department 
are 
driving the United States toward war.

Buchanan's article, coming on the heels of similar remarks by Rep. 
James P. 
Moran Jr. (D-Va.), indicates that "it has now become in vogue to blame 
the 
war on Iraq on Jews," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon 
Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles…

Buchanan denies that his views are anti-Semitic and has not apologized 
for 
them. "We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek 
to 
ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's 
interests…What these neoconservatives seek is to conscript American 
blood 
to make the world safe for Israel," Buchanan wrote in the March 24 
issue of 
the magazine he edits, the American Conservative…

Among the officials that Buchanan cites by name are Deputy Secretary of 
Defense Paul Wolfowitz; Douglas J. Feith, the undersecretary of defense 
for 
policy; Elliott Abrams, director for Middle East affairs at the 
National 
Security Council; and Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's 
advisory 
Defense Policy Board.

Perle said in an interview that he sees a "sotto voce anti-Semitism" 
underlying "the assertion that those of us who hold the position I do 
about 
the right way to deal with Saddam Hussein are acting not in the best 
interest of the United States, but in the best interest of Israel."

"It is false, it is a vicious smear, and my public record -- and I 
think 
this is true of the others who are under similar attack -- is an open 
book 
and people can judge it for themselves," Perle said. "You will notice 
that 
when this charge is made, there are never any specifics. There is never 
a 
careful argument that the positions I have taken are out of character 
with 
my overall views and distorted for the purpose of somehow benefiting 
Israel."

Buchanan responded that, "Like a squid, Mr. Perle is emitting this inky 
fluid of alleged anti-Semitism to cover up his own tracks of 
warmongering. 
Let one and all read my 5,000-word article . . . and judge for 
themselves 
whether the charge against me is valid or Mr. Perle is an agent of 
influence of a foreign power."

SEE ALSO:

US TO STAY IN IRAQ '20-25 YEARS': US ENVOY
Malaysiakini, 3/14/03
http://www.malaysiakini.com/foreignnews/200303140111046662921.php

ISTANBUL - The US ambassador to Turkey hosted an elegant dinner party 
for 
Turkish lawmakers reluctant to approve US military cooperation in an 
Iraq war.

There was classical Turkish music and salmon, costly and difficult to 
obtain here. Also on the menu - some diplomatic fence-mending and words 
that Washington intends to reorganize the region and remain in Iraq for 
20 
to 25 years.

Ambassador Robert Pearson invited the justice minister and six members 
of 
parliament, which may vote again next week to permit 62,000 US combat 
troops on Turkish soil, opening a northern front in an Iraq war.

The Turkish population is overwhelmingly opposed to war and opposition 
politicians have called the government a slave to US interests.

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U.S. LACKS SPECIFICS ON BANNED ARMS
Walter Pincus, Washington Post, 3/16/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30601-2003Mar15.html

Despite the Bush administration's claims about Iraq's weapons of mass 
destruction, U.S. intelligence agencies have been unable to give 
Congress 
or the Pentagon specific information about the amounts of banned 
weapons or 
where they are hidden, according to administration officials and 
members of 
Congress.

Senior intelligence analysts say they feel caught between the demands 
from 
White House, Pentagon and other government policymakers for 
intelligence 
that would make the administration's case "and what they say is a lack 
of 
hard facts," one official said.

"They have only circumstantial evidence…nothing that proves this amount 
or 
that," said an individual who has regularly been briefed by the CIA.

The assertions, coming on the eve of a possible decision by President 
Bush 
to go to war against Iraq, have raised concerns among some members of 
the 
intelligence community about whether administration officials have 
exaggerated intelligence in a desire to convince the American public 
and 
foreign governments that Iraq is violating United Nations prohibitions 
against chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons and long-range missile 
systems…

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MASHING OUR MONSTER
MAUREEN DOWD, New York Times, 3/15/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/16/opinion/16DOWD.html

The Bush hawks never intended to give peace a chance. They intended to 
give 
pre-emption a chance.

They never wanted to merely disarm the slimy Saddam. They wanted to 
dislodge and dispose of him.

The president's slapped-together Azores summit is not meant to "go the 
last 
mile" on diplomacy, as Ari Fleischer put it.

If Mr. Bush really wanted to do that, he'd try to persuade some leaders 
who 
disagree with him; he'd confront the antiwar throngs in London, Paris 
or 
Berlin and not leave poor, exhausted Tony Blair to always make the 
case.

The hidden huddle in the Azores is trompe l'oeil diplomacy, giving Mr. 
Blair a little cover, making Poppy Bush a little happy. Just three pals 
feigning sitting around the campfire singing "Kumbaya," as the final 
U.S. 
troops and matériel move into place in the Persian Gulf and the 
president's 
"Interim Iraqi Authority" postwar occupation plan is collated.

The hawks despise the U.N. and if they'd gotten its support, they never 
would have been able to establish the principle that the U.S. can act 
wherever and whenever it wants to - a Lone Ranger, no Tontos.

Cheney, Rummy, Wolfy, etc. never wanted Colin Powell to find a 
diplomatic 
solution. They hate diplomatic solutions. That's why they gleefully 
junked 
so many international treaties, multilateral exercises and 
trans-Atlantic 
engagements.

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EX-CIA OFFICERS QUESTIONING IRAQ DATA
JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press, 3/14/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/5393854.htm


WASHINGTON - A small group composed mostly of retired CIA officers is 
appealing to colleagues still inside to go public with any evidence the 
Bush administration is slanting intelligence to support its case for 
war 
with Iraq.

Members of the group contend the Bush administration has released 
information on Iraq that meets only its ends - while ignoring or 
withholding contrary reporting.

They also say the administration's public evidence about the immediacy 
of 
Iraq's threat to the United States and its alleged ties to al-Qaida is 
unconvincing, and accuse policy-makers of pushing out some information 
that 
does not meet an intelligence professional's standards of proof...

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EDITORIAL: ANSWERS ABOUT TORTURE
Washington Post, 3/16/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31111-2003Mar15.html

The use of torture carries deep dangers for American society. Its use 
corrodes democratic values and governance. The administration's failure 
to 
instill confidence that it is not using torture augments the perception 
of 
American hypocrisy abroad: How can this country urge democratization in 
the 
Arab world if it simultaneously uses abusive Arab security services to 
manhandle its prisoners? Torturing enemy combatants also threatens 
American 
troops abroad by eroding the international norms of treatment for 
captured 
enemy soldiers.

It would be naive to expect that intelligence interrogations overseas 
will 
comport with the rules that govern law enforcement here at home. But 
the 
United States has signed international treaties forbidding torture, and 
forswearing such brutality is as fundamental a commitment of civilized 
government as exists. It is incumbent on the administration to clarify 
that 
the war on terrorism is not inducing barbarism of its own.

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WIFE OF TURKISH PM TRIES TO MAKE ISLAMIST HEADSCARF STYLISH
Thomas Seibert, Agence France-Presse, 3/16/03

ANKARA, March 16 (AFP) - Emine Erdogan would not dream of taking off 
her 
headscarf just because her husband, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has become 
the 
prime minister of Turkey.

But neither does she intend moving around Ankara with a demurely 
lowered 
head, seeking an impossible balance between her Islamic faith and the 
state's strong defence of its secular principles.

Ever since her husband's Justice and Development Party (AKP), a 
movement 
with Islamist roots, won the general elections in November, Emine 
Erdogan 
has drawn attention to herself with her individual style of dressing.

Her taste might not be to everybody's liking, but it is new for Turkey 
where headscarves are viewed either as part of traditional rural 
clothing 
or as a statement of support for political Islam.

By wearing elegant headscarves, strong colours and intricately- cut 
long 
dresses, Mrs. Erdogan, who at 54 is five years older than her husband, 
shows that religiously-influenced clothes are not necessarily 
unattractive…

So far it is still unclear how she will handle protocol problems which 
will 
undoubtedly occur as it is forbidden to wear the head cover, considered 
as 
challenge to the secular state, in public offices in Turkey.

Shortly after the elections, the wife of parliamentary speaker Bulent 
Arinc 
created a scandal by wearing a headscarf to an official function...

SEE ALSO:

MORE WORKERS COMPLAIN OF RELIGIOUS BIAS
AMBER VEVERKA, Charlotte Observer (NC), 3/16/03
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/5404616.htm

More than a year after the terrorist attacks, the federal agency that 
monitors workplace discrimination says more workers are claiming bias 
and 
harassment based on their national origin or religion.

The jump in Carolinas charges follows the national pattern. What's 
more, 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials say the number of 
workplace discrimination charges could grow as the Carolinas become 
home to 
increasing numbers of immigrants -- or if America goes to war.

"The (discrimination charge) numbers have traditionally been quite low 
and 
they're expanding rapidly," said Mindy Weinstein, EEOC regional 
attorney in 
charge of Carolinas litigation.

Weinstein blames two things for what she's calling "a huge jump" in 
charge 
filings: the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Carolinas' rapidly 
changing 
demographics. The attacks, she said, have spurred complaints by 
Muslims. 
Population changes in the Carolinas, she believes, are responsible for 
more 
claims by Latinos.''

None of the 2002 Carolinas charges in either category have yet wound up 
in 
court. It's early in the process, Weinstein said, and besides, most 
cases 
are settled without litigation.

That's what happened in the case of Karen Crisco. Crisco, 40, won a 
$35,000 
settlement from her former employer, a Wilmington medical clinic she 
said 
fired her because she converted to Islam and wore a head scarf to work.

Crisco was a nurse for three years in a Wilmington medical practice 
that 
treats kidney disease patients. On Sept. 8, 2001, she converted to 
Islam.

On Sept. 11, she watched along with her co-workers, horrified, as the 
terrorist attacks unfolded on television. In the following days, she 
said, 
colleagues began talking negatively about Islam and Crisco stayed 
silent. 
Then she decided to go public with her faith.

Crisco said she told her supervisor she wanted to begin wearing a 
long-sleeved lab coat instead of a scrub top, and a head scarf to cover 
her 
hair. Supervisors gave the OK, she said, and so she wore the new 
outfit.The 
day didn't go well. One patient reacted badly to Crisco's appearance, 
she 
said, and a doctor told her it was offensive. The next day, she said, 
two 
supervisors called her into an office and told her the scarf had to go.

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Deny Israeli Aid Request After Bulldozer Death Say Muslims

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

DENY ISRAELI AID REQUEST AFTER BULLDOZER DEATH SAY MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/16/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) tonight called for the denial of a new Israeli aid request 
following 
the death Sunday of an Olympia, Wash., woman crushed to death by an 
Israeli 
bulldozer as she protested the destruction of a Palestinian home.

[NEWS CONFERENCE: CAIR's Seattle office will take part in a news 
conference 
dealing with this incident at noon (Pacific) on Monday outside 
Evergreen 
State College's Daniel Evans Library, 2700 Evergreen Parkway N.W., in 
Olympia. Contact CAIR-Seattle representative Samia El-Moslimany at 
206-409-3407. The news conference is sponsored by Olympians for Peace 
in 
the Middle East and Students Educating Students About the Middle East. 
ACTION REQUESTED: Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ to e-mail 
President 
Bush and/or your elected representatives about this attack on an 
American 
citizen.]

Medical officials and witnesses say 23-year-old Rachel Corrie was lying 
on 
the ground in front of an Israeli army bulldozer demolishing a house in 
the 
Gaza Strip when she was crushed to death. Corrie, who was a member of 
the 
International Solidarity Movement, was taken to a local hospital where 
doctors said she died from severe skull and chest fractures.

"The bulldozer put sand on her and kept crushing her," said Nicholas 
Dure, 
a fellow member of the protest group in an interview with Reuters news 
agency. Another member of the group, Greg Schnabel of Chicago, told 
Associated Press, "She waved for the bulldozer to stop and waved. She 
fell 
down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled, 'Stop, stop,' and the 
bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run over her and then 
it 
reversed and ran back over her."

Another witness told Agence France Presse: "The bulldozer saw her and 
ran 
over her. She ended up completely underneath it. He [the driver] 
absolutely 
knew she was there." The State Department declined to condemn the 
incident, 
but called for an "investigation."

"In the next few days we may begin a war that proponents say is 
motivated 
by a desire to 'liberate' the Iraqi people from oppression. Yet today, 
an 
Israeli bulldozer subsidized by our taxpayer dollars crushes an 
American 
citizen to death with little or no repercussions," said CAIR Executive 
Director Nihad Awad. Awad suggested that a new $12 billion Israeli aid 
request be turned down as a result of the woman's death. He also 
reiterated 
his group's condemnation of attacks on innocent civilians by either 
side in 
the Mideast conflict.

Witnesses said Corrie was wearing a brightly colored jacket when the 
bulldozer ran over her. She had been a student at Evergreen State 
College 
in Olympia and would have graduated this year.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #372

CAIR MUSLIM COMMUNITY SAFETY KIT
Step-by-step guide to community safety if America attacks Iraq

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/17/03) - As it becomes increasingly clear that 
America 
will attack Iraq in the next few days, CAIR has put together a "Muslim 
Community Safety Kit" for Muslims, Arab-Americans and those perceived 
to be 
"Middle Eastern" who may be targeted by religious or ethnic profiling 
or 
bias-related hate crimes. According to the FBI: "A U.S. war with Iraq 
or 
another terrorist attack could trigger a wave of hate crimes against 
Muslims and Arab-Americans in the United States." (Associated Press, 
3/12/03)

Dear Imam, activist, community leader, brother or sister:

As-salaamu alaykum. Peace be to you. This "Muslim Community Safety Kit" 
has 
been developed to assist you and your community in the event of a war 
against Iraq and any resulting anti-Muslim backlash. The 9-page kit is 
designed to better equip you with the knowledge necessary to protect 
against anti-Muslim or anti-Arab bigotry or attacks, and to secure your 
basic legal rights. Below are suggestions for pro-active steps you can 
take.

HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE KIT:

1. Read this kit carefully.
2. Circulate to your friends and family.
3. Photocopy relevant portions and post in your local mosque, Islamic 
center or organization.
4. Contact CAIR if you have any questions, or if you do not understand 
any 
part of this kit.

MUSLIM COMMUNITY SAFETY KIT TABLE OF CONTENTS:

* Report Suspicious Activity in Your Community
* Develop a Legal Contact List
* Developing Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies
* Meet with Elected Representatives to Discuss Community Concerns
* Building Coalitions with Interfaith and Minority Groups
* Meet with Local School Principals to Discuss Student Safety
* Building an Emergency Contact List
* Hold a Community Meeting to Inform Others of Safety Guidelines
* Build a Community Support Network
* Reacting to Incidents of Anti-Muslim Hate
* Reacting to Acts of Discrimination
* Your Rights as an Employee
* Your Rights as an Airline Passenger
* Your Rights as a Student
* Mosque Safety Guidelines
* Responding to Bomb Threats
* Bomb Threat Check List
* Suspect Letters and Packages
* Know Your Rights if Contacted by the FBI
* CAIR Local Chapters

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Muslims must do their part to ensure the safety and security of our 
nation. 
If anyone notes suspicious persons or activities in their community, 
they 
should report it immediately to the local Field Office of the FBI. SEE: 
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

DEVELOP A LEGAL CONTACT LIST

Develop a list of attorneys who are willing to be consulted by the 
Muslim 
community in response to backlash incidents. Ask Muslim attorneys to 
volunteer their services to community members during this time of 
crisis.

DEVELOPING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Community leaders should immediately coordinate meetings between 
representatives of the Muslim community and local state and national 
law 
enforcement agencies. These meetings should focus on ways in which the 
community can help national security and on how authorities can protect 
Muslims and Arab-Americans from harassment and discrimination.

MEET WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Delegations of Muslim representatives should schedule meetings with 
local, 
state and national elected representatives or their key staff to 
discuss 
community concerns. To find out who represents your area on the 
national 
level, go to: http://www.capwiz.com/cair/home/

BUILDING COALITIONS WITH INTERFAITH AND MINORITY GROUPS

Similar meetings should be coordinated with representatives of local 
interfaith and minority groups. These meetings should focus on building 
lines of communication and support, and hearing from these groups how 
they 
deal with discrimination and bigotry.

MEET WITH LOCAL SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO DISCUSS STUDENT SAFETY

Representatives of the Muslim community should meet with local school 
administrators to discuss safety plans for students and to sensitize 
the 
administrators to harassment of Muslim students.

Ask for a "zero tolerance" policy for harassment of Muslim students. An 
example of a letter that a school board might send to local school 
administrators may be found at:
http://www.cair-florida.org/ViewArticle.asp?Code=PR&ArticleID=73

Obtain copies of CAIR's "Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious 
Practices" 
by contacting CAIR or e-mailing: publications@cair-net.org

BUILDING AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST

Community leaders should develop emergency e-mail and phone contact 
lists 
to be used in case of an incident that threatens the community's 
safety. 
Local imams, Islamic center board members, and Muslim activists should 
be 
on the lists.

A second list should be developed containing contact information for 
all 
local law enforcement agencies.

HOLD A COMMUNITY MEETING TO INFORM OTHERS OF SAFETY GUIDELINES

Call for a meeting of the local Muslim community to discuss the 
information 
outlined in this kit. The meeting should take place at a local mosque 
or 
Islamic center and should be advertised using the emergency contact 
list.

ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY SUPPORT NETWORK

Establish a network of community members who can offer emotional and 
material support to those who may be the victims of hate crimes or 
discrimination. Victims should not be left alone to deal with the 
negative 
impact of such incidents.

REACTING TO INCIDENTS OF ANTI-MUSLIM HATE

If you believe you have been the victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime or 
discrimination, you should:

1. Report the incident to your local police station and FBI office 
IMMEDIATELY. Ask that the incident be treated as a hate crime. Ask 
witnesses to give you their name and contact information.
2. Inform CAIR even if you believe it is a "small" incident. Incidents 
may 
be reported online at: http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/ or TEL: 
202-488-8787,  FAX: 202-488-0833,  E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org
3. Document the incident. Write down exactly what was said and/or done 
by 
the offender. Save evidence. Take photographs.
4. Act quickly. Each incident must be dealt with when it happens, not 
when 
convenient.
5. Decide on the appropriate action to be taken. Consider issuing a 
statement from community leaders, holding a news conference, organizing 
a 
protest, meeting with officials, or starting a letter writing campaign.
6. Mobilize community support. Contact CAIR and a local mosque or 
organization.
7. Stay on top of the situation.
8. Announce results. When the incident is resolved, make an 
announcement to 
the same people and organizations originally contacted.

REACTING TO ACTS OF DISCRIMINATION

1. Remain calm.
2. Report the discrimination to the appropriate authorities and to 
CAIR.
3. Document the discrimination. Save memos. Keep a detailed journal. 
Note 
the presence of witnesses.  Keep copies of all correspondence. Create a 
"paper trail."
4. Ask witnesses to give you their name and contact information.
5. Consider contacting a lawyer.
Take steps to increase security of your local mosque, Islamic center or 
school.

YOUR RIGHTS AS AN EMPLOYEE

Federal law makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an 
employee on the basis of religion, race, or national origin. Title VII 
of 
the 1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees your right to:

1) Reasonable religious accommodation. The failure of an employer to 
reasonably accommodate your religious practices constitutes 
discrimination. 
"Religious practices" includes wearing a beard, hijab, prayer on the 
job, 
and going to Jumah prayer.
2) Fairness in hiring, firing, and promotions. Your employer is 
prohibited 
from considering religion when making decisions affecting your 
employment 
status.
3) A non-hostile work environment. Your employer must ensure that you 
are 
not subjected to anti-Muslim insults, harassment or unwelcome, 
excessive 
proselytizing.
4)  Complain about discrimination without fear of retaliation. Federal 
law 
guarantees your right to report an act of alleged discrimination. It is 
illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for your complaint.

WHEN FACED WITH DISCRIMINATION ON THE JOB

1) Remain calm.
2) Inform the offending party that you believe his/her actions are 
discriminatory.
3) Report the discriminatory action in writing to company management.
4) Begin documenting the discrimination by saving memos, keeping a 
detailed 
journal, noting the presence of witnesses, and making written 
complaints 
(keep copies). Create a "paper trail."
5) Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and local 
county or state civil rights agencies to educate yourself about legal 
options.
6) Contact an attorney to discuss your case.
7) DO NOT sign any documents or resign without an attorney's advice.
8) Ask to be transferred to another department or job site.
9) Ask for mediation.
10) Contact CAIR to file a report.

YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AIRLINE PASSENGER

As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and 
non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel. You have 
the 
right to complain about treatment that you believe is discriminatory. 
If 
you believe you have been treated in a discriminatory manner, 
immediately:

1) Ask to speak to a supervisor.
2) Ask if you have been singled out because of your looks, dress, race, 
ethnicity, faith, or national origin.
3) Ask for the names and ID numbers of all persons involved in the 
incident.
4) Ask witnesses to give you their names and contact information.
5) Write down a statement of facts immediately after the incident. Be 
sure 
to include the flight number, the flight date, and the name of the 
airline.
6) Contact CAIR to file a report.

YOUR RIGHTS AS A STUDENT

1. You have the right to inform others about your religion. You have 
the 
right to pass out literature or speak to others about Islam, as long as 
it 
is not done in a disruptive manner.
2. You have the right to wear religious clothing. You also have the 
right 
to wear clothing with a religious message, as long as other clothes 
with 
messages are allowed.
3. You have the right to organize student-led prayer on campus, as long 
as 
the service is not disruptive.
4. You may have the right to attend Friday prayer. The Supreme Court 
has 
upheld the right of states to allow students "release time" to attend 
religious classes or services.
5. You have the right to be excused from school for religious holidays. 
You 
should inform the school that you will be absent.
6. You have the right to be excused from class discussions or 
activities 
that you find religiously objectionable.
7. You have the right to form an extracurricular Muslim student group.

CAIR MOSQUE SECURITY GUIDELINES

Areas of Vulnerability:

* Mosques located in isolated areas.
* Mosques left unattended for extended periods of time.
* Mosques with unsecured doors and/or windows.
* Absence of a burglar alarm system.
* Heavy exterior vegetation (shrubs, etc.) in which criminals may hide.
* Absence of exterior lighting.

Take the following safety measures:

* Build good relationships with neighbors of the mosque. Invite them to 
visit your center.
* Try to have people attend the mosque as much as possible. Activity 
deters 
perpetrators.
* Make an appointment with the community relations officer of your 
local 
police department to tour your center and make suggestions on improving 
mosque security.
* Request additional police patrols in the vicinity of your center. 
Special 
attention should be paid to times of darkness and during prayers.
* Consider creating a security committee at your mosque.
* Post mosque members at entrances and parking areas during prayer 
times.
* Report suspicious packages to police. Do not touch them.
* Install perimeter floodlights outside the mosque.
* Install fire and burglar alarm systems.
* Replace hollow core doors with more secure solid doors.
* Install burglarproof bars on screens and large vents. (Note - 
Research 
local ordinances before beginning security renovations. For example, 
window 
bars should not limit evacuation in case of fire.)
* Trim shrubs and vines to reduce areas of concealment.
* Participate in neighborhood watch programs.
* Document descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles.
* Make duplicates of all important papers, computer disks and records.
* Remove potential fire hazards, such as trash and debris.
* Consider installing security cameras.

RESPONDING TO BOMB THREATS

1. Distribute written instructions on handling bomb threats.
2. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask that the 
message be 
repeated. Record or write down everything that is said.
3. Ask for the location of the bomb.
4. Inform the caller that the detonation of a bomb could hurt many 
innocent 
people.
5. Pay attention to background noises such as music, which may give a 
clue 
to the caller's location.
6. Listen closely to the caller's voice. Make note of accents, voice 
quality (calm, excited) or speech impediments.
7. Report the threat immediately to the local police, ATF and FBI. Have 
appropriate phone numbers listed in written instructions.
8. If the threat comes in the form of a letter, save all materials, 
including the envelope. Handle the letter as little as possible.
9. Search the interior and exterior of the mosque. Evacuate the 
building if 
a suspicious package or device is found.

Cautionary Notes

A. Do not approach or challenge a suspicious person or vehicle.
B. Do not pursue vehicles or suspects.
C. Observe and report. You have no police powers.
D. Conduct watch patrols in pairs.
E. Conduct watches in a random fashion.

BOMB THREAT CHECK LIST (Keep near phone in case of threatening calls.)

Time of call:
Date:
Exact words of caller:
Person receiving call:
Call Reported to:

Questions to Ask

When is the bomb going to explode?
Where is the bomb?
What kind of bomb is it?
What will cause it to explode?
Why did you place the bomb?
What is your name?

Caller's Voice

adult		male			female		child
calm		disguised		nasal		angry		stutter
slow		sincere			lisp		rapid		giggling		
deep		crying			loud		squeaky	excited
stressed	accent			slurred		normal

What were the background noises, if any?

SUSPECT LETTERS AND PACKAGES

* What to look for:
* Name and title of addressee are not accurate.
* No return address, or the sender is not known to the addressee.
* Handwriting is distorted.
* Unprofessionally wrapped, uneven, bulky, lopsided.
* Contains bulges or soft spots.
* Poorly wrapped package is marked "Fragile-Handle With Care," "Rush," 
or 
has unusual restrictions such as "Personal" or "Private."
* Excess amount of postage.
* Protruding wires or tin foil.
* Package makes a buzzing or ticking noise, a sloshing sound, or emits 
an odor.

What to do:

DON'T open the package or letter.
DON'T put it in water or in a confined space such as a drawer.
DO isolate the article and secure the immediate area.
DO open windows if possible to help vent potential explosive gases.
DO contact your local police department and Postal Inspector.

Suspect Description

Sex:
Race:
Age:
Height:
Weight:
Hair:
Glasses:
Complexion:
Scars/Marks/Tattoos:
Hat:
Clothing:
Shoes:
Auto type:
Auto color:
Auto license:
Direction of travel:

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IF CONTACTED BY THE FBI

American Muslims support strong law enforcement. We also treasure civil 
rights. Your right to be politically active or to hold different 
beliefs/views is protected by the Constitution. If you are visited by 
the 
FBI, remember:

1. Never lie or provide false information to the FBI.  Lying to an FBI 
agent is a crime.
2. You have no obligation to talk to the FBI, even if you are not a 
citizen. Refusing to answer questions cannot be held against you. It 
does 
not imply that you have something to hide.
3. You do not have to permit them to enter your home. FBI agents must 
possess a search warrant in order to enter your home. If they say they 
have 
a warrant, demand to see it before allowing them to enter. Even if they 
have a warrant, you are under no obligation to answer questions. ALWAYS 
have an attorney present when answering questions.
4. Contact CAIR and an attorney for advice.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/17/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE JUST WILL BE NEAR GOD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4796 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* RESOURCES: LATINO MUSLIM CONFERENCE
* ISLAMIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS TO ISSUE SAFETY RESOURCE KIT (AP)
	- Online Link to Community Safety Kit
* FBI HAS WAR PLANS TO MOBILIZE AGENTS (Washington Post)	
	- War May Fill Jail Coffers (York Sunday News)
	- Trial Set to Begin For Four Men Accused of Terror (NY Times)
	- Terror Plots, Not Actions, Go On Trial (LA Times)
* LOCAL PROTESTER DIES IN GAZA (Seattle PI)
	- No Independent Palestine, Sharon Insists (Guardian)
	- Israelis Join 'Secret Front' In Jordan (London Times)
	- Eleven Palestinians Killed In Gaza Violence (Reuters)
* BUSH HAS AUDACIOUS PLAN TO REBUILD IRAQ WITHIN YEAR (WS Journal)
	- Hawks Circling For New Targets (Sacramento Bee)
	- Senior British Official Resigns Over Iraq Policy (NY Times)
	- The War of Misinformation Has Begun (Independent)
	- Put Up or Shut Up, Richard Perle (Slate.com)
* IMMIGRANTS ON THE RUN HEAD FOR LIMBO AGAIN (Detroit Free Press)
	- Diplomats Protest Possible Deporting of Ally (Wash. Post)
	- Pakistani Deportations Continue (NCPA)
* DANIEL PIPES IS A LIGHTNING ROD IN POST-9/11 WORLD (Newhouse)
	- Who is Daniel Pipes?
* NY GROUP OF WOMEN ARE WORKING TO CHANGE THE WORLD (NY Times)
* HOMEFRONT CONFIDENTIAL (RCPF)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE JUST WILL BE NEAR GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Dispensers of justice 
will 
be seated on pulpits of light beside God... (They are) those who do 
justice 
in their rulings, in matters relating to their families and in all that 
they undertake to do."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 844

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4796 SPONSORSHIPS

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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RESOURCES: LATINO MUSLIM CONFERENCE
http://www.latinodawah.org/latino_conference.html

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ISLAMIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS TO ISSUE SAFETY RESOURCE KIT ONLINE
Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, 3/17/03

TAMPA, Fla. - A national Islamic civil rights group will e-mail safety 
information to mosques, community centers and others Monday in 
anticipation 
of anti-Muslim backlash from the impending war against Iraq. The 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said the 
information 
includes tips on how to handle bomb threats, violence and how to secure 
mosques.

"To the average American, they don't know the difference between Saddam 
Hussein or Osama bin Laden or American Muslims," said Ahmed Bedier, a 
spokesman for CAIR's Florida office. "They think that all Muslims are 
the 
enemy, and that's really unfortunate."

The information was to be e-mailed across the country and posted on its 
Web 
site hours before President Bush was expected to address the nation at 
8 
p.m. EST on the situation with Iraq…

SEE ALSO: ONLINE LINK TO COMMUNITY SAFETY KIT
http://www.cair-net.org/safetykit

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FBI HAS WAR PLANS TO MOBILIZE AGENTS AGAINST TERRORISTS
Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 3/17/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35147-2003Mar16.html

If U.S. forces invade Iraq, the FBI has plans to mobilize as many as 
5,000 
agents to guard against terrorist attacks, monitor or arrest suspected 
militants and interview thousands of Iraqis living in the United 
States, 
according to officials familiar with the effort.

The FBI operation, which would approach the scale of the investigation 
into 
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is a reflection of widespread 
fears 
among counterterrorism officials that the risk of attack will increase 
dramatically in the event of war. Although authorities said that most 
Iraqis living in the United States are not a threat, they are concerned 
Muslim extremists will retaliate for war with suicide bombings and 
other 
attacks, the sources said.

Many of the FBI's criminal surveillance operations would be temporarily 
suspended in order to focus on potential terrorism or espionage 
suspects, 
one top law enforcement official said. Any immigration violators found 
during interviews and sweeps would be detained, several officials 
said...

Working from an initial list of about 50,000 Iraqi nationals living in 
the 
United States, the FBI has winnowed that number down to about 11,000 
who 
would be targeted for interviews in the event of a war, a senior FBI 
official said...

SEE ALSO:

WAR MAY FILL JAIL COFFERS
Wendi Himmelright, York Sunday News, 2/16/03
http://www.yorksundaynews.com/

A war with Iraq could cost the federal government millions of dollars 
and 
cause the price of oil to skyrocket -- but it might be good business 
for 
York County, commissioners said this week.

County Commissioner James Donahue said he expects the government to 
detain 
more foreigners, especially Iraqis, if war is declared. That could 
result 
in more Immigration and Naturalization Service detainees at the York 
County 
Prison, he said.

"If we go to war with Iraq, there might well be a lot of Iraqi people 
brought in for questioning," Donahue said.

500 detainees: There are currently about 500 INS detainees at the 
county 
prison. That is 300 fewer than before a dispute arose over the daily 
rate 
the county charges the federal government.

The INS has agreed to keep at least 500 detainees at the prison through 
next month while negotiations continue. The agency can send more if 
there's 
a need, Donahue said, and he thinks a war with Iraq could create that 
need...

County Commissioner Shirley Glass also said there's been some 
discussion 
that a war in Iraq could result in a financial benefit to York County. 
But 
she hasn't given it a lot of thought.

"I hate to think of things like that, making money on the backs of 
people," 
Glass said. "It's kind of, I don't know, ironic."

Glass said detaining Iraqis wouldn't be the county's decision, "but if 
they 
have to be detained, I think they are taken care of extremely well in 
York 
County and it certainly helps with the revenue situation..."

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TRIAL SET TO BEGIN FOR FOUR MEN ACCUSED OF BEING IN TERROR CELL
Danny Hakim, New York Times, 3/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/17/national/17DETR.html

DETROIT - The government will try to convince a jury here this week 
that 
four Arab men were operating what it has called a "sleeper operational 
combat cell" from Chicago and Detroit.

Though other terrorism suspects, like Zacarias Moussaoui, have drawn 
more 
attention, the Detroit trial, beginning on Tuesday, will be the first 
significant courtroom test for the Justice Department in the wake of 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks...

Arab-American leaders here express reservations about the trial, which 
is 
expected to last as long as two months. And a lawyer who once 
represented 
one of the men said the case was based largely on the testimony of a 
man 
who had made a deal in exchange for favorable treatment on unrelated 
fraud 
charges.

"Based on what I saw, it was the thinnest of circumstantial evidence 
and 
guilt by association," said the lawyer, Kevin Ernst, who represented 
Farouk 
Ali-Haimoud, a 22-year-old Algerian, until last September when Mr. 
Haimoud 
switched to a public defender...

Haaris Ahmad, the executive director of the Michigan branch of the 
Council 
on American Islamic Relations, is skeptical that the men found at the 
apartment are terrorists.

"The community really thinks this is a setup," Mr. Ahmad said. "They 
think 
this is a case of railroading these guys to get P.R..."

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TERROR PLOTS, NOT ACTIONS, GO ON TRIAL
Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times, 3/17/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cells17mar17004429,1,117333.story

DETROIT - The ruins of the World Trade Center were still smoldering 
when 
armed federal agents knocked at a second-floor apartment in the middle 
of 
the night. They were looking for Nabil al-Marabh, a Syrian long 
suspected 
of fomenting terrorism.

He was not there. Instead, the FBI found three other men, along with a 
trove of suspicious material about Los Angeles International Airport, 
Disneyland and other potential terrorist targets.

Now, 18 months later, the raid in southwest Detroit has developed into 
the 
first showcase trial in which the U.S. government will seek to prove 
that 
terrorists have indeed been afoot in America.

The trial is set to begin Tuesday in a federal courthouse in downtown 
Detroit. It is the first of four terrorism cases -- similar trials are 
upcoming in Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Buffalo, N.Y. -- in which the 
defendants are charged with plotting terrorist acts, rather than 
committing 
them...

All four center on disaffected young Americans or recent immigrants 
drawn 
to the angry rhetoric of radical Islam, typical characteristics of Al 
Qaeda 
recruits. The government has presented evidence that all engaged in 
activity which, with the hindsight of Sept. 11, 2001, seems alarming...

Critics contend the government has indiscriminately arrested Arab 
Americans 
and Muslims without regard for the protections of the U.S. 
Constitution, or 
without distinguishing between serious terrorists and people who pose 
little threat...

The gravel road three miles east of town is chained off now, with two 
"No 
Trespassing" signs posted out front. Here, according to federal 
prosecutors, is where Earnest James Ujaama planned to build a terrorism 
training camp.

To many of the 500 people who live around Bly in southern Oregon, that 
claim seems preposterous.

"If all this crap was going to happen like the government says it was 
going 
to happen, somebody would have seen something. But nobody I talked to 
ever 
did," said Dean Lawrence, who runs the local Chevron station.

Jack Patzke, who inspects utility poles around Bly, added, "We tested 
all 
the poles out there. We didn't see anything there that remotely looked 
like 
training targets or target shooting..."

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LOCAL PROTESTER DIES IN GAZA
Heath Foster, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 3/17/03
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/112840_protestor17.shtml

OLYMPIA -- Evergreen State College senior Rachel Corrie arrived in the 
Gaza 
Strip in January determined to find pen pals among the Palestinian 
schoolchildren she had come to protect.

The 23-year-old peace activist believed that if children in her 
hometown 
elementary school learned what life was really like for kids in the 
war-torn town of Rafah, peace in the Middle East would stand a better 
chance.

Instead, Corrie became another victim of that intractable conflict 
yesterday, crushed as she tried to prevent an Israeli bulldozer from 
tearing down the home of a Palestinian pharmacist and his family...

"She tried to get up and get away in clear view of the driver, and she 
was 
carried under the blade of the bulldozer," activist Will Hewitt, 25, 
said 
in an interview from the International Solidarity Movement office in 
Rafah. 
"The bulldozer stopped, and then backed up over her..."

About two weeks after she arrived, she wrote home to friends and family 
members.

"I don't know if many of the children here have ever existed without 
tank-shell holes in their walls and the towers of an occupying army 
surveying them constantly from the near horizons," she wrote in the 
Feb. 7 
e-mail...

Yesterday evening, there was an impromptu candlelight memorial in 
Olympia 
for Corrie. Several hundred mourners, some weeping openly, held 
photocopied 
pictures of her and hand-lettered banners urging the United States to 
discontinue aid to Israel and avoid war with Iraq.

"Rachel shouldered the responsibility that her government would not 
bear," 
said Krissy Johnson, 24, a friend of Corrie's. "She was killed by a 
bulldozer paid for by U.S. tax dollars. In her name, we say: Stop the 
killing."

SEE ALSO:

To view photos of Rachel Corrie's last moments before her death and her 
last email to her family and friends, go to 
http://www.palsolidarity.org/

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NO INDEPENDENT PALESTINE, SHARON INSISTS
Chris McGreal, Guardian, 3/17/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,915690,00.html

Israel is to press George Bush to eliminate all reference to an 
"independent" Palestinian state from the US "road map" to a political 
settlement, which he promised on Friday to release soon.

Ariel Sharon's government has drawn up a list of amendments it wants 
made. 
They include the replacement of independence by "certain attributes of 
sovereignty".

It is not immediately clear what these are, but Mr Sharon has said what 
they do not include.

Israel, he says, will retain control of the Palestinian state's 
external 
security, borders, airspace, and underground water resources, and will 
have 
a veto over treaties with other countries.

Its security forces would be limited to a lightly armed police force.

The Israelis argue that Mr Bush made no mention of an independent 
country 
in the speech last June which has provided the working basis for the 
road 
map setting out the steps to achieving a Palestinian state within three 
years...

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ISRAELI SPECIAL FORCES JOIN 'SECRET FRONT' IN JORDAN
Ian Cobain and Stephen Farrellas, London Times, 3/17/03
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-613382,00.html

As hundreds of thousands of men and machines mass in Kuwait, a highly 
secretive military build-up is also under way on President Saddam 
Hussein's 
western flank.
Special forces from the United States and Britain have begun to conduct 
long-range reconnaissance missions from their bases along the 113-mile 
border between Iraq and Jordan, military sources have told The Times. 
Remarkably, Israeli forces are also said to be involved.

Jordan is highly sensitive about military activity in a swath of land 
50 
miles deep along its border with Iraq, where residents talk of the 
rumble 
of transport aircraft landing at remote airstrips...

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ELEVEN PALESTINIANS KILLED IN GAZA VIOLENCE
Dan Williams and Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, 3/17/03

NUSEIRAT, Gaza Strip - Eleven Palestinians including a four-year-old 
girl 
were killed in the Gaza Strip on Monday, most of them during Israeli 
swoops 
that touched off fierce battles with gunmen, witnesses said.

The bloodshed that killed 10 in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza 
and 
the town of Beit Lehiya in the north was a fresh blow to U.S. and 
British 
attempts to promote the prospect of Israeli-Palestinian peace as 
possible 
war in Iraq approaches.

Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said six other 
Palestinians 
were killed in the fighting, including a 13-year-old boy and a 
four-year-old girl, whose age medical officials initially put at two. 
At 
least 12 people were wounded.

"We were all squeezed into one room, hiding, because of the heavy 
fighting 
outside. Israeli tanks were near our house," said a relative of 
four-year-old Elham al-Assar.

"Elham stood inside the house with her brothers and cousins. A single 
bullet penetrated the house and hit her in the chest..."

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BUSH HAS AUDACIOUS PLAN TO REBUILD IRAQ WITHIN YEAR
Wall Street Journal, 3/17/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=808&ncid=808&e=5&u=/dowjones/20030317/bs_dowjones/200303170030000012

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's audacious plan to rebuild Iraq 
(news - web sites) envisions a sweeping overhaul of Iraqi society 
within a 
year of a war's end, but leaves much of the work to private U.S. 
companies, 
Monday's Wall Street Journal reported.

The Bush plan, as detailed in more than 100 pages of confidential 
contract 
documents, would sideline United Nations development agencies and other 
multilateral organizations that have long directed reconstruction 
efforts 
in places such as Afghanistan and Kosovo. The plan also would leave big 
nongovernmental organizations largely in the lurch: With more than $1.5 
billion in Iraq work being offered to private U.S. companies under the 
plan, just $50 million is so far earmarked for a small number of groups 
such as CARE and Save the Children...

SEE ALSO:

HAWKS CIRCLING FOR NEW TARGETS
David Westphal, Sacramento Bee, 3/17/03
http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/6284906p-7238632c.html

WASHINGTON - Even as President Bush struggles against robust 
international 
opposition to launch a regime-toppling invasion of Iraq, some of the 
strongest and earliest supporters of military action against Saddam 
Hussein 
are already looking ahead to the next target.

Some hawks outside the government are beginning to turn up the 
rhetorical 
heat against Iran and Syria, both of whom are Iraq's neighbors, and 
both 
known to be funneling aid to Middle East terrorist groups. Others are 
focusing on North Korea and its rapidly mobilized nuclear weapons 
program, 
or the North African country of Libya.

"Even after Mr. Hussein is gone, other tyrannies, such as North Korea 
and 
Iran, will continue to threaten world peace," said Max Boot, a scholar 
at 
the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Such tough talk reflects the fact that, despite Bush's rocky road 
toward 
his goal of regime change in Iraq, and despite the many questions about 
how 
it will proceed, some in Washington believe the Iraq conflict will mark 
only the beginning of U.S. resolve to exercise its military muscle...

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SENIOR BRITISH OFFICIAL RESIGNS OVER IRAQ POLICY
Warren Hoge, New York Times, 3/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/17/international/europe/17CND-BLAIR.html

LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair suffered the first political 
casualty of 
his hardline stance on Iraq today with the resignation from his cabinet 
of 
Robin Cook, the leader of the Commons and former foreign secretary.

Mr. Cook disclosed his decision to quit in a letter made public shortly 
before Mr. Blair held an emergency meeting of his cabinet to plot 
strategy 
to gain the public's backing for a war against Iraq. The British public 
is 
deeply skeptical over today's decision to call time on its diplomatic 
campaign and to join United States-led military intervention in Iraq...

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THE WAR OF MISINFORMATION HAS BEGUN
Robert Fisk, Independent, 3/17/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=387592

Here's a few guesses about our coverage of the war to come. American 
and 
British forces use thousands of depleted uranium (DU) shells - widely 
regarded by 1991 veterans as the cause of Gulf War syndrome as well as 
thousands of child cancers in present day Iraq - to batter their way 
across 
the Kuwaiti-Iraqi frontier. Within hours, they will enter the city of 
Basra, to be greeted by its Shia Muslim inhabitants as liberators. US 
and 
British troops will be given roses and pelted with rice - a traditional 
Arab greeting - as they drive "victoriously" through the streets. The 
first 
news pictures of the war will warm the hearts of Messrs Bush and Blair. 
There will be virtually no mention by reporters of the use of DU 
munitions.

But in Baghdad, reporters will be covering the bombing raids that are 
killing civilians by the score and then by the hundred. These 
journalists, 
as usual, will be accused of giving "comfort to the enemy while British 
troops are fighting for their lives". By now, in Basra and other 
"liberated" cities south of the capital, Iraqis are taking their 
fearful 
revenge on Saddam Hussein's Baath party officials. Men are hanged from 
lamp-posts. Much television footage of these scenes will have to be cut 
to 
sanitise the extent of the violence...

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PUT UP OR SHUT UP, RICHARD PERLE
Jack Shafer, Slate, 3/14/03
http://slate.msn.com/id/2080100/

"I'm gonna punch you in the nose" is a serious threat. "I'm gonna punch 
you 
in the nose tomorrow … or the day after" carries much less urgency. But 
the 
stipulative warning "I'm gonna punch you in the nose next week in 
England, 
where I'm looking to hire a professional nose-puncher to inflict the 
punishment" is the sort of statement only a grandstanding pantywaist 
would 
make.

A grandstanding pantywaist like Richard N. Perle.

Perle threatened yesterday to sue investigative reporter Seymour M. 
Hersh 
for libel-specifically, for things Hersh wrote about him in this week's 
New 
Yorker. The article examines the potential conflict of interest posed 
by 
Perle's dual roles as official Bush adviser (in the form of non-paid 
chair 
of the Defense Policy Board) and as managing partner at Trireme 
Partners, a 
venture capital firm. Trireme appears to invest in businesses that deal 
in 
enterprises "that are of value to homeland security and defense," 
according 
to Hersh's piece. As a special government employee, Perle is subject to 
a 
federal Code of Conduct, Hersh writes, and "[t]hose rules bar a special 
employee from participating in an official capacity in any matter in 
which 
he has a financial interest..."

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IMMIGRANTS ON THE RUN HEAD FOR LIMBO AGAIN
Tamara Audi, Detroit Free Press, 3/17/03
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/flee17_20030317.htm

It was a strange place to abandon a dream, but Zulfiqar Ahmed had no 
choice. This is where it was ending, the American life he had imagined, 
in 
an icy Dearborn parking lot with Friday morning traffic rushing along 
Michigan Avenue.

His 12-year-old son -- the one who was supposed to become the rich and 
famous New York heart surgeon -- put the last suitcase in the big white 
Ford van that would take them to Canada. His daughters -- whose own 
children would have been born U.S. citizens and one day vote for the 
most 
powerful man in the world -- already had their seat belts buckled.

His wife -- the future mistress of a proper home with a yard and big 
kitchen -- was moving her lips in constant, silent prayer, her eyes red 
from crying all night...

Like millions of immigrants, the Ahmeds had lived and worked in the 
United 
States illegally -- but undisturbed -- for years. That changed this 
year, 
when Pakistan became the latest country whose citizens are required to 
register with immigration officials in the United States, or face 
detention 
or deportation...

SEE ALSO:

FORMER SOMALI GENERAL TOLD TO LEAVE U.S.
George Lardner Jr., Washington Post, 3/17/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35146-2003Mar16.html

To the many U.S. diplomats who have worked with him, 76-year-old Gen. 
Mohamed Abshir Musse is a courageous Muslim ally who was kept in 
solitary 
confinement for nine years by a Soviet-backed dictator and later helped 
save American lives during the vicious fighting in Somalia in the early 
1990s.

But to the Bush administration, he is one of thousands of foreign 
visitors 
to the United States who hail from 25 countries suspected of being 
havens 
for terrorism, a man who faces deportation because officials refused to 
extend his visa...

"People should go to bat for their friends," said Washington lawyer 
Martin 
R. Ganzglass, who worked for Abshir as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 
1960s 
and remains a close friend. "The United States has made friends around 
the 
world for decades. It's not good policy to write them off."

"He helped save American lives, but he's just one more [Muslim], 
right?" 
said Robert B. Oakley, the U.S. ambassador to Somalia from 1982 to 1984 
and 
a special envoy there from 1992 to 1994, after President George H.W. 
Bush 
sent U.S. troops to protect United Nations relief supplies in the 
war-torn 
country...

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PAKISTANIS LEFT US WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY
Press Release, National Council of Pakistani Americans, 3/17/03

(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/17/03) - A spokesman of the Embassy of Pakistan in 
Washington said that 103 Pakistani detainees returned from various 
detention centers in the US to their homes with honor and dignity on 
March 
13, 2003.

The Embassy, as follow up to the Foreign Minister's meetings in 
Washington 
during his last visit, was seeking the return of detainees who had 
exhausted all judicial appeals and had approached the Embassy to 
facilitate 
their early return to Pakistan. The Embassy was also repeatedly 
approached 
by the friends and relatives of the detainees requesting their speedy 
departure for Pakistan.

The spokesman said that it has always been the endeavor of the Embassy 
and 
the Government to repatriate such nationals to Pakistan. It is 
important 
that they are reunited with their families who are waiting anxiously 
for 
their return. Since commercial airlines have placed new restrictions on 
travel of detainees, the return of the detainees was arranged through a 
chartered flight.

The spokesman said that the average time a Pakistani detainee spent in 
the 
US prisons was about four months. It is significantly less then the 
average 
time spent by detainees from other Asian and African countries, which 
in 
most cases is 14 to 18 months. The spokesman said this fact alone 
showed 
the concern the
Government of Pakistan had for its citizens and is one of the positive 
outcomes of the Foreign Minister's visit to the United States. He said 
the 
Embassy continued to follow up on the Foreign Minster's meetings with 
the 
senior US officials which were largely focused on the issues of welfare 
of 
Pakistani citizens in the US...

For more information: 721-R 2nd Street NE, Suite 216, Washington, DC 
20002
Tel: 202-210-7514 e-mail: media@ncpa.info Website: www.ncpa.info

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WRITER DANIEL PIPES IS A LIGHTNING ROD IN THE POST-9/11 WORLD
Mark O'Keefe, Newhouse News, 3/14/03
http://www.newhouse.com/archive/okeefe031403.html

He has been called an Islamophobe, an attack dog for the New 
Inquisition 
and a voice the Western world ignores at its peril. Author Daniel Pipes 
has 
become a lightning rod in America's struggle to contend with the 
post-9/11 
world...

"Pipes is the premier Muslim basher," said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim 
Hooper. 
"I hate to use that term, but for him it really fits. It's basically 
his 
job to smear an entire community and to create fear, apprehension and 
suspicion toward a religious minority in the United States for his own 
political, and apparently religious, agenda."

"An Islamist is someone who says whatever the problem, Islam is the 
solution," Pipes said. "In America, it would be someone who wants to 
replace the Constitution with the Quran. Islamism is a radical, utopian 
movement that has much in common with fascism and Marxism-Leninism."

CAIR devotes an expanding page of its Web site to quotes from Pipes' 
critics, who characterize him as an agenda-driven polemicist. CAIR also 
posts contentious comments from Pipes, including:

-- A call for religious profiling of Muslim government employees 
because of 
potential "connections to terrorism."

-- A worry that "the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, 
and 
enfranchisement of American Muslims" will "present true dangers to 
American 
Jews."

-- A question whether Western European societies are ready to accept 
Islamic immigrants because "Muslim customs are more troublesome than 
most..."

While the CAIR-Pipes feud has gone on for years, Pipes took on new foes 
when the Middle East Forum established "Campus Watch" last September. 
According to its Web site, Campus Watch "reviews and critiques Middle 
East 
studies in North America with an aim to improving them." Initially, 
that 
included "dossiers" on individual professors, based on reports by 
students.

One target was Douglas Card of the University of Oregon, whom Pipes 
accused 
of calling Israel "a terrorist state" and Israelis "baby-killers." He 
also 
alleged that on Card's sociology exam, students had to agree with the 
view 
that Israel "stole land."

Card said he was not contacted before the allegations were published, 
and a 
university spokesman said a school investigation found nothing to 
substantiate the claims.

"I'm 67," Card said in a telephone interview. "I know what McCarthyism 
is 
like and this is the worst thing I've ever seen since the 1950s..."

SEE ALSO: WHO IS DANIEL PIPES?
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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IN SYRACUSE, A DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN ARE WORKING TO CHANGE THE WORLD
New York Times, 3/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/17/nyregion/17WOME.html

SYRACUSE - The 40 Christian, Muslim and Jewish women meeting here 
recently 
had been scheduled to talk about death and dying. But after three local 
Arab-American men were charged with illegally funneling money to Iraq, 
the 
topic changed from the hereafter to the here and now.

The women, members of a group set up after the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks 
to promote friendships between Muslim and non-Muslim women, shared 
their 
feelings about the Feb. 26 arrests and about another potentially 
divisive 
topic, the brewing threat of war with Iraq.

"We wanted a format that would allow each woman to share what was most 
important to her in a safe and respectful setting," said Nancy Riffer, 
a 
Quaker and one of the group's members.

The women's group was formed about a week after Sept. 11, when Ms. 
Wiggins, 
an Episcopalian, found herself worrying that local Muslim women would 
be 
harassed in the wake of the attacks. She called the city's main mosque, 
the 
Islamic Society of Central New York, to see if there was anything she 
could do.

The imam there put her in touch with Danya Wellmon, an American who 
converted to Islam from Christianity 10 years earlier. The two met at 
Ms. 
Wiggins's home and spent the next several hours discussing their 
faiths, 
families and visions for a safer world...

"If you're Muslim, you're guilty by association, guilty by religion," 
she 
said. "It's frustrating. When I advocate for children with 
disabilities, I 
don't ask, 'Are they Jewish or Christian or Muslim?' I just want to 
make 
sure those kids have the best education ever..."

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HOMEFRONT CONFIDENTIAL

"How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the 
Public's 
Right to Know" - a report by the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of 
the 
Press is available at http://www.rcfp.org/homefrontconfidential/

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ASYLUM DETENTION POLICY NEEDS CLARIFICATION SAY MUSLIMS
Policy seems to call for indefinite detention of legal asylum seekers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/18/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today asked the Department of Homeland Security to clarify a 
government policy revealed this morning that would seem to call for the 
indefinite detention of legal asylum seekers in the United States.

The policy is part of "Liberty Shield," a national plan announced by 
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and designed to "increase 
protections 
for America's citizens and infrastructure." The part of Liberty Shield 
relating to asylum seekers states:

"Asylum applicants from nations where al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda sympathizers, 
and 
other terrorist groups are known to have operated will be detained for 
the 
duration of their processing period. This reasonable and prudent 
temporary 
action allows authorities to maintain contact with asylum seekers while 
we 
determine the validity of their claim. DHS and the Department of State 
will 
coordinate exceptions to this policy."

SEE: 
http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/press_release/press_release_0115.xml

"This policy announcement raises several important legal and moral 
questions. Will all asylum seekers who are in this country legally now 
be 
detained indefinitely? Will their families, including children, be 
detained 
as well? Will only Muslim and Arab asylum seekers be detained? If this 
policy only applies to new asylum applicants, will it result in the 
elimination of asylum requests from Muslim countries? These are 
questions 
that must be answered before the policy can be implemented without 
violating long-standing American values of equal justice and openness 
to 
those fleeing oppression," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad said the policy is eerily similar to Australia's "Pacific 
Solution" 
program, which relegated seaborne asylum seekers to impoverished 
Pacific 
islands while their claims were processed. That policy has been widely 
condemned by human rights groups.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/18/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK REFUGE WITH GOD
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* INCITEMENT WATCH: MD PAPER MOCKS BULLDOZER DEATH OF AMERICAN
* REGISTER NOW FOR CAIR-FLORIDA FUNDRAISING BANQUET
* CAIR-CAN COMMENDS CANADA'S DECISION TO SAY NO TO WAR
* ATTACKS ON U.S. MUSLIMS RISING AHEAD OF WAR -GROUP (Reuters)
	- Many Worried--But Ready For War (Chicago Tribune)
	- Fla. Man Sentenced For Mosque Sign Fire (AP)
* BAY AREA FBI AGENTS ASK MUSLIM COMMUNITY FOR HELP (Mercury News)
* GUILT BY ASSOCIATION (St. Petersburg Times)
* WAR IN THE RUINS OF DIPLOMACY (NY Times
	- War Is Not In U.S. Interest (USA Today)
	- Arab World Sees the Conflict in Religious Terms (LA Times)
	- Floridians Watch President Deliver Ultimatum (AP)
* ROLE OF RELIGION IN BUSH'S POLICIES (Christian Science Monitor)
* FRIENDS SAY ACTIVIST'S DEATH MAKE HER A MARTYR FOR PEACE (AP)
	- Activists Say Protester Killed Deliberately (Independent)
      	- Rachel's War (Guardian)
	- Send Condolences to Rachel Corrie's Parents
* JURY GETS DOCTOR'S BIAS CASE (Newsday)
* RESOURCES ON UNITED STATES VISA REQUIREMENTS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK REFUGE WITH GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say: "O God! I seek 
refuge 
with You from worry and grief, from incapacity and laziness, from 
cowardice 
and miserliness, from being heavily in debt and from being overpowered 
by 
(other) men."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 38:

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

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INCITEMENT WATCH: MD PAPER MOCKS BULLDOZER DEATH OF AMERICAN
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/Diamondback/archives/2003/03/18/cartoon.html

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For background, see articles at the end of this news brief.

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WHAT: CAIR Florida's Annual Banquet: A Vision For Our Future

Confirmed Speakers:

Omar Ahmed, Chairman of Board, Keynote Speaker, CAIR-National
Jason Erb, Governmental Affairs Director, CAIR-National
Derrick Daniels, Director, Florida Commission on Human Relations
Imam Musri, Islamic Society of Central Florida
Mark Schlakman, Program Director, Center for Advancement of Human 
Rights, 
Florida State University

Bonus Attraction: Concert by Zain Bikha, Recorded over 30 Islamic songs 
including those with his mentor Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

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CAIR-CAN COMMENDS CANADA'S DECISION TO SAY NO TO WAR
Muslims urge Canada to "continue to exercise moral leverage"

(OTTAWA, CANADA) ­ A prominent Canadian Islamic advocacy organization 
today 
praised Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's announcement that Canada will 
not 
support a US-led attack on Iraq in the absence of a United Nations 
Security 
Council authorization.

In a statement released today, the Canadian office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) wrote:

"Canadian Muslims commend Canada for its courageous decision not to 
join a 
unilateral attack on Iraq, especially when such a decision comes in the 
face of tremendous pressure from the United States.

"The Prime Minister's decision is a victory of the Canadian democratic 
process.  Polls indicate that most Canadians oppose a war on Iraq in 
the 
absence of clear authorization by the United Nations.

"We urge Canada to continue to exercise its moral leverage in calling 
for a 
mediated settlement to the current crises."

					-END-

CONTACT:  Riad Saloojee at 613.254.9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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ATTACKS ON U.S. MUSLIMS RISING AHEAD OF WAR -GROUP
Reuters, 3/18/03

WASHINGTON - Hate crimes against Arab-Americans have increased in the 
run-up to a possible war with Iraq, said a group that has begun 
distributing to Muslim communities across the country safety lists that 
include tips on how to deal with bomb threats.

"People are scared out there," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations, said on Tuesday. "There have already 
been a 
number of attacks on Muslims and Islamic centers."

Among other incidents, projectiles were shot at a mosque in Chicago, 
shattering a window while people were praying, and a Muslim father and 
his 
sons were attacked in New Jersey by people who shouted, "go home 
terrorist," Hooper said.

"We've really seen an increase in these kind of things since the 
pro-war 
rhetoric has really heated up," he said. "Add to that the existing 
anti-Muslim rhetoric and the combination is really volatile."

The FBI last week warned U.S. law enforcement officials that hate 
crimes 
against Arab-Americans could increase if the U.S. went to war with Iraq 
or 
if there was another attack on the United States...

SEE ALSO:

MANY WORRIED--BUT READY FOR WAR
Deborah Horan and Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune, 3/18/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0303180328mar18,1,1123212.story

Across the Chicago area's large and sprawling Arab and Muslim 
communities,
Bush's ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein drew mixed reactions.

 From Iraqis opposed to Hussein's rule, there was satisfaction that his 
days in power may be numbered.

But also from those familiar with the difficulties faced by Iraqis 
during 
Hussein's years in power, there was concern that average Iraqis will 
pay 
the price with their blood for his misdeeds.

Many felt that the president had not clearly laid down the reasons for 
taking the U.S. to the brink of war. And many feared that Arabs and 
Muslims 
will again feel the sting of an angry backlash as Americans see their 
troops bloodied in Iraq.

"Clearly our president has made a decision that a war will go on and as 
Americans we fully support our troops and our president. That goes 
without 
saying," said Kareem Irfan, head of the Council of Islamic 
Organizations of 
Greater Chicago...

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FLA. MAN SENTENCED FOR MOSQUE SIGN FIRE
Associated Press, 3/18/03

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A judge sentenced a man to 20 days in jail for 
setting fire to a sign announcing construction of a mosque.

George Aboujawdeh, 46, pleaded guilty to the anti-Islamic hate crime 
and 
was also sentenced to nine months probation and 100 hours of community 
service, at least half to be performed with a non-Christian religious 
group. Aboujawdeh, a native of Lebanon, is a Christian.

He also must pay restitution for the sign, write a letter of apology, 
attend an anger-management course and watch an anti-discrimination 
video...

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BAY AREA FBI AGENTS ASK MUSLIM COMMUNITY FOR HELP
Sean Webby, San Jose Mercury News, 3/18/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5418922.htm

On the verge of a likely war against Iraq, FBI agents in the Bay Area 
are 
engaged in a delicate task. Like their counterparts around the country, 
they are interviewing hundreds of Iraqis to harvest information that 
could 
help the U.S. during war and fight terrorism.

At the same time, they're trying to ease the worries of Arab-American 
groups who fear being victimized by authorities and others because of 
who 
they are.

So when FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Mark Mershon and his command staff 
met 
privately last week with 30 Muslim-American leaders at the Muslim 
Community 
Association Center in Santa Clara, he put it plainly to them: we can 
help 
you and you can help us.

"We are actually going out with hat in hand saying, 'Please can you 
help 
us?'" Mershon told the Mercury News. "We are asking, not demanding, 
assistance. I don't think it's an abuse whatsoever."

The Muslims, in turn, made a few requests of their own.

They asked agents to protect them from hate crimes; to avoid visiting 
them 
on Fridays at their mosques, and to arrange to speak with them at their 
homes -- not at work.

"Look, this is Silicon Valley," said Helal Omeira, executive director 
of 
the Northern Californian branch of Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. 
"You don't need a reason to lose your job these days."

Bureau agents were receptive, Omeira said...

However, critics of the interviews, such as the American Civil 
Liberties 
Union, have likened the effort to racial profiling and point out that 
some 
Iraqis contacted by the FBI were being detained for immigration 
violations...

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GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
St. Petersburg Times, 3/18/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/03/18/Opinion/Time_has_come_for_Ame.shtml
(Scroll down.)

Mary Jacoby's poorly researched and wholly one-sided piece Friends in 
High 
Places (March 11) begs clarification and correction. Among her numerous 
and 
clumsy attempts at assigning guilt by association, Jacoby claims that 
"conservatives were suspicious" of my service with the administration 
because my late father was an "imam" at a mosque in California where 
"Osama 
bin Laden's second in command" was once allegedly hosted.

If Jacoby had bothered to contact me and check her facts, she would 
have 
learned that my late father was neither an imam nor did he ever know or 
host any such terrorists. The fact is some individuals on the fringe, 
who 
have largely been ignored by the mainstream, have viciously attempted 
to 
vilify the vast majority of American Muslims making a host of false and 
inaccurate claims. They truly believe that Americans of the Muslim 
faith 
are a threat to our nation, and some have gone as far as to question 
the 
loyalty of American Muslims and to even call for the barring of all 
American Muslims from public service. This is only giving in to the 
terrorists - demonstrating to our enemies that we are willing to 
respond to 
hate with hate, and to succumb to fear and prejudice with our own. Like 
the 
terrorists, these voices twist the truth to perpetuate their own 
hateful 
political agenda. Their bigotry, like the hate of the terrorists, must 
together be defeated.

Suhail A. Khan,
Washington, DC

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WAR IN THE RUINS OF DIPLOMACY
New York Times, 3/18/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/18/opinion/18TUE1.html

America is on its way to war. President Bush has told Saddam Hussein to 
depart or face attack. For Mr. Hussein, getting rid of weapons of mass 
destruction is no longer an option. Diplomacy has been dismissed. Arms 
inspectors, journalists and other civilians have been advised to leave 
Iraq.

The country now stands at a decisive turning point, not just in regard 
to 
the Iraq crisis, but in how it means to define its role in the 
post-cold-war world. President Bush's father and then Bill Clinton 
worked 
hard to infuse that role with America's traditions of idealism, 
internationalism and multilateralism. Under George W. Bush, however, 
Washington has charted a very different course. Allies have been 
devalued 
and military force overvalued...

This war crowns a period of terrible diplomatic failure, Washington's 
worst 
in at least a generation. The Bush administration now presides over 
unprecedented American military might. What it risks squandering is not 
America's power, but an essential part of its glory...

SEE ALSO:

WAR IS NOT IN U.S. INTEREST
Justin Raimondo, USA Today, 3/18/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2003-03-17-oppose_x.htm

President Bush hasn't done a good job of selling this war because he 
has 
tried to sell us a pig in a poke. But when the truth comes out, as it 
will, 
Americans are going to start asking the following questions:

* Where does it end? Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has laid out 
the 
road map, with Iran, Libya and Syria next on the list: "These are 
irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass 
destruction," 
he told visiting U.S. congressmen, "and a successful American move in 
Iraq 
as a model will make that easier to achieve..."

* How does this war serve America's vital interests? The president says 
Iraq "threatens its neighbors," but only one of those neighbors wants 
war. 
As Patrick Buchanan succinctly put it: "For whose benefit are these 
endless 
wars in a region that holds nothing vital to America save oil, which 
the 
Arabs must sell us to survive? Who would benefit from a war of 
civilizations between the West and Islam? Answer: one nation, one 
leader, 
one party. Israel, Sharon, Likud."

Our troops will be fighting a proxy war in Iraq, and beyond, not to 
protect 
U.S. citizens from terrorist attacks, but to make the world safe for 
Israel. When the dead are buried, let the following be inscribed on 
their 
tombstones: They died for Ariel Sharon...

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ARAB WORLD SEES THE CONFLICT IN RELIGIOUS TERMS
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 3/18/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-crusade18mar18001438,1,5598229.story

DOHA, Qatar - The caller to one of the Arab world's most popular 
phone-in 
television programs was angry.

"How can the umma [Islamic nation] not answer back to this peacock?" he 
asked, referring to President Bush with a commonly used image of 
arrogance. 
"He is an aggressor who has aggressed the umma and Muslims around the 
world..."

Across the Arab world, from U.S. allies like Qatar and Saudi Arabia to 
the 
militant refugee camps of the Gaza Strip, cries for jihad, holy war in 
all 
its forms, are growing in response to the Bush administration's likely 
invasion of Iraq. A volatile overtone, however, has been the religious 
cast 
given this impending war by both sides.

Bush's use of religious rhetoric and the evocation of his Christian 
faith 
to attempt to justify a widely unpopular war has played into the hands 
of 
Muslim fundamentalists who see the looming battle as a "crusade" 
against 
Islam...

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FLORIDIANS ACROSS STATE WATCH PRESIDENT DELIVER ULTIMATUM
Alex Veiga, Associated Press, 3/17/03

MIAMI - Floridians crowded around television sets Monday evening to 
watch 
President Bush tell the nation that a U.S.-led military invasion of 
Iraq 
would begin unless Saddam Hussein and his sons relinquish power...

Ryan Amundson, 25, of Springfield, Mo., was in Miami for an antiwar 
rally 
held over the weekend and watched Bush's speech from Sports Cafe on 
trendy 
South Beach. He said he listened with an open mind, but came away with 
his 
opinion unchanged.

"I can't tell you how much I wanted to agree with my country," said 
Amundson, whose brother, Army Spc. Craig Amundson, died at the Pentagon 
during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "I liked what Bush said 
about the war not being against the people of Iraq, but against their 
leader. But the reality is that it's the Iraq people who will suffer 
the 
most."

Altaf Ali, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations for Florida, said he found nothing new in Bush's remarks, 
which 
he said were simply a reiteration of past contentions regarding Iraq, 
Hussein and disarmament.

"The only thing I thought was different was his message to the Iraqi 
people," Ali said. "I guess what my concern is at this point is the 
amount 
of lives that are going to be lost on both sides..."

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NEW SCRUTINY OF ROLE OF RELIGION IN BUSH'S POLICIES
Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor, 3/17/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0317/p01s01-uspo.html

President Bush has never been shy about injecting his faith into the 
public 
arena - his campaign remark that Jesus Christ was his "favorite 
political 
philosopher" was an early signal. But his rising use of religious 
language 
and imagery in recent months, especially with regard to the US role in 
the 
world, has stirred concern both at home and abroad...

Yet among those who share his evangelical Christianity, the 
satisfaction of 
having a born-again believer in the White House doesn't necessarily 
preclude an uneasiness with some of his rhetoric and policies.

Forty evangelical leaders, for instance, wrote the president last 
summer 
seeking an "evenhanded US policy" toward Israel and the Palestinians 
and 
rejecting "the way some have distorted biblical passages as their 
rationale 
for uncritical support" for Israel. Some evangelical groups are close 
allies of the Sharon government and work in the US to build support...

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FRIENDS SAY ACTIVIST'S GAZA DEATH MAKE HER A MARTYR FOR PEACE
David Ammons, Associated Press, 3/18/03

OLYMPIA, Wash. - American peace activist Rachel Corrie's death in a 
Palestinian refugee camp could be a catalyst for change in U.S. policy 
toward Israel, friends and professors on Corrie's college campus say.

Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on Sunday 
while 
protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes. Her death makes her a 
martyr to the cause of justice, acquaintances and fellow activists said 
Monday.

"She was the heart and soul of the local resistance (movement) and a 
light 
of inspiration in an unjust world," said Therese Saliba, a professor at 
The 
Evergreen State College and a fellow activist in Olympians for Peace in 
the 
Middle East.

"She was killed by a bulldozer paid for by U.S. tax dollars. We will 
not 
let her sacrifice be swept away. In our sadness over Rachel's death, we 
need to continue her work."

Corrie's parents headed to the Gaza Strip to bring back her body to 
Olympia, said Colin Reese, 23, who read a sorrowful letter from the 
parents 
and a recent e-mail from Corrie about her "peacekeeper" work in the 
troubled region...

SEE ALSO:

PEACE ACTIVISTS SAY PROTESTER WAS KILLED DELIBERATELY
Ibrahim Barzak, Independent, 3/18/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=388278

A group of international peace activists has disputed a claim by Israel 
that an American who was trying to block the path of an Israeli 
bulldozer 
in a Gaza refugee camp was crushed accidentally.

The International Solidarity Movement said yesterday that Rachel Corrie 
was 
in the line of vision of the bulldozer's driver on Sunday as she stood 
in 
his path to try to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the 
Rafah camp.

"When the bulldozer refused to stop or turn aside she climbed up on to 
the 
mound of dirt and rubble being gathered in front of it ... to look 
directly 
at the driver who kept on advancing," the group said in a statement...

Ms Corrie's parents are travelling to Rafah, where she will be 
cremated, 
said Charles Smith, a member of the International Solidarity Movement. 
Her 
father, Craig Corrie said: "Rachel was proud, and we are proud of 
Rachel 
that she was able to live with her convictions. Rachel was filled with 
a 
love and sense of duty to our fellow man, wherever they lived, and she 
gave 
her life trying to protect those that could not protect themselves..."

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RACHEL'S WAR
Guardian, 3/18/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,916299,00.html

This weekend 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was 
crushed 
to death by a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the Israeli army 
destroying 
homes in the Gaza Strip. In a remarkable series of emails to her 
family, 
she explained why she was risking her life...

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Send condolences to Craig and Cindy Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie, 
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JURY GETS DOCTOR'S BIAS CASE
Robin Topping, Newsday, 3/18/03
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-likahn183178955mar18.story

Citing testimony of a former hospital official who said a listing of 
medical residents at what was then-Nassau County Medical Center "looked 
like a Karachi phonebook," the attorney for fired Dr. Faroque Khan 
asked a 
jury yesterday to find that his client was a victim of discrimination.

In summations in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, attorney Charles 
Bach of Manhattan said members of the board of managers of the 
hospital, 
now known as Nassau University Medical Center, dismissed Khan, a 
department 
chairman, in 1999 because they were concerned he was attracting too 
many 
international medical school graduates. Bach cited the termination of 
four 
other foreign doctors around the same time as evidence that the 
hospital 
was trying to change the ethnic makeup of its staff.

Khan, 60, a Muslim from Kashmir, was dismissed after serving 12 years 
as 
chairman of the Department of Medicine and is asking for $3 million in 
economic damages in addition to other damages based on a claim of 
racial, 
religious and ethnic discrimination...

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developments.

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Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 13:28:26 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Register Online for CAIR Training Conference in DC

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Limited Seating, Sold Out Last Year!

CAIR ACTION ALERT #373

DEVELOP KEY SKILLS AT CAIR'S APRIL 25-27 TRAINING CONFERENCE

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/19/03) - Online registration is now available for 
CAIR's Fourth Annual Leadership Training Conference scheduled for 
Friday, 
April 25, to Sunday, April 27 in Washington, D.C. SEE: 
https://www.cair-net.org/conference

This year's conference, headlined "A ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS: VISION AND 
ACTION," is designed to address the social and political situation 
currently facing American Muslims in this time of crisis and conflict. 
The 
conference features intensive workshops on media relations, lobbying, 
civil 
rights advocacy, defending Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, coalition 
building, and political empowerment.

Workshop presenters include Muslim congressional staffers, professional 
leadership trainers, representatives of national civil liberties 
advocacy 
organizations, media representatives, and CAIR experts. One 
not-to-be-missed workshop will offer a critical assessment of Muslim 
groups, leaders and institutions based on their reaction to the 9/11 
terrorist attacks.

Examples of other conference workshops include:

* ADVANCED MEDIA RELATIONS
This session will focus on how to prepare for a crisis before it hits, 
how 
to write a news release, how to conduct a news conference, and learning 
the 
"dos and don'ts" of interviewing.

* REPEALING THE PATRIOT ACT; PREVENTING PATRIOT ACT II
Many organizations have developed tools to help local communities 
introduce 
and pass resolutions opposing civil liberties violations resulting from 
implementation of the USA Patriot Act and from the anticipated Patriot 
Act 
II. This workshop will offer guidance on how to introduce a resolution 
supporting civil rights in your community.	

* GRANT WRITING
Many communities miss opportunities to start or expand projects due to 
lack 
of funding. Learn how to approach and get funds from different 
corporations 
and institutions.

* RESPONDING TO ATTACKS ON ISLAM AND THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD
Learn how to defend Islam and the Prophet Muhammad from the rising tide 
of 
Islamophobic rhetoric in our society. The workshop will examine the 
most 
common attacks and the best responses to offer.	
Other workshops and lectures will focus on:

* CREATING A MUSLIM VOTER BLOC FOR THE 2004 ELECTIONS
* NEW POST 9-11 REALITIES FOR THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
* CIVIL RIGHTS LESSONS FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT

The conference will also include a Saturday night banquet with national 
Muslim leaders.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (Seating is limited. Last year's conference 
was 
sold out.)

1) Go to https://www.cair-net.org/conference to register online.

2) Registration materials may also be requested by emailing 
register@cair-net.org.

Conference cost: $129/person for 3 days, $119/person for 2-5 
individuals in 
a group for 3 days, $99/person for Sat. & Sun. programs only. Fees 
cover 3 
meals per day and conference materials.

3) Become a conference volunteer by emailing irahman@cair-net.org.

CONFERENCE LOCATION: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg 
Pike, Vienna, VA 22182 Tel: 703-448-1234 . Hotel rates: $89/night 
single/double occupancy. Make sure to ask for the "CAIR Conference 
Rate." 
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Even a Quick War Has Negative Consequences

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EVEN A QUICK WAR HAS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES SAY MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/19/2003) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group today said the impending attack on Iraq by the 
United 
States could result in long-term negative domestic and international 
consequences, even if the conflict unfolds as planned.

The statement by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) said: "As we approach the start of a war with Iraq, we should 
all 
pause to examine the potential negative and unintended consequences 
that 
may arise from even a quick and successful attack.

"In the international arena, any attack on Iraq will almost certainly 
lead 
to the unnecessary death of Iraqi civilians and American military 
personnel, further destabilize an already unstable region, harm 
long-standing international alliances and treaties, and set a dangerous 
precedent for unilateral intervention in the affairs of other nations. 
The 
chaos caused by a war could also provide cover for even greater Israeli 
oppression of the Palestinian people.

"An indefinite occupation of Iraq will fuel anti-American sentiment and 
would thereby harm our nation's image and interests in the Middle East 
and 
around the world. Such an occupation could quickly turn into a 
political 
and military quagmire.

"On the domestic front, a war and occupation will drain much-needed 
financial resources from our struggling economy and could fuel a 
backlash 
against innocent American Muslims, Arab-Americans and those perceived 
to be 
'Middle Eastern.' A conflict could also be used to justify further 
erosions 
of our civil and religious rights.

"No one in the American Muslim community supports the brutal 
dictatorship 
currently imposing itself on the long-suffering people of Iraq. But 
distaste for the Iraqi regime's murderous policies is not sufficient 
justification for an invasion of that country.
	
"Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons constitute a serious threat 
to 
humanity. The possible use of such weapons by Iraq, North Korea, 
Israel, 
and other nations is of great concern to all Americans. But the 
elimination 
of banned weapons possibly held by Iraq should be dealt with through 
the 
United Nations, not through precipitous unilateral action by the United 
States.

"It is clear that America has decided how it will prosecute the war, 
but it 
is less clear that our nation has determined what policies will be 
pursued 
on the day after the conquest of Iraq. Real and lasting change in any 
society can only come from within. Democracy cannot be imposed at the 
point 
of a gun."

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR-National, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, 
E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 
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E-MAIL: hhassan@cair-net.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/19/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: REFRAIN FROM DOING EVIL
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4817 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* PARTICIPATE IN CAIR'S SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT CAIR-NEW JERSEY
* MEDIA REQUEST: CONTACTS IN MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES
* TAMPA COALITION SEEKS LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN
* RIGHTS GROUPS BLAST POLICY TO DETAIN ASYLUM SEEKERS (LA Times)
	- Plan to Detain Asylum-Seekers Draws Criticism (Star Telegram)
	- Rights Groups Protest Jailing of Asylum Seekers (Wash. Post)
* BAY AREA MUSLIMS FEEL PRESSURE BUILD (Contra Costa Times)
	- Muslim Communities Dread Next Few Weeks (Orlando Sentinel)
	- Group Issues Safety Guide for Muslims (Miami Herald)
	- Muslims in Metro Area Fear Backlash (Atlanta Journal)
* DANIEL PIPES: CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS SYNAGOGUE SPEAKER (Mercury News)
* US TO USE DEPLETED URANIUM (BBC)
	- U.S.'S Image Fast Eroding with War Plans (AP)
	- US Firms Get $1.5bn Deal to Rebuild Iraq (Guardian)
	- Potential U.S.-Israel Rift After War (JTA)
	- Floor Remarks by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks on Iraq (U.S. Newswire)
* RACHEL CORRIE PUT A LOCAL FACE ON FARAWAY SUFFERING (Seattle PI)
	- Editorial Cartoon Insensitive (Diamondback)
* SENSITIVITY TRAINING AT AIRPORT UNLIKELY DURING WAR (SF Chronicle)
* PAKISTANIS FIND COOL RECEPTION IN CANADA (Washington Post)
* FRENCH MUSLIM LAW STUDENT IN HEADSCARF ROW (Reuters)
* MUSLIM STEEL WORKERS WIN SETTLEMENT IN DISCRIMINATION CASE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: REFRAIN FROM DOING EVIL

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "For every Muslim there 
is 
(compulsory charity)." The people then asked the Prophet: "What if 
someone 
has nothing (to give)?" He replied: "(Then) he should work with his 
hands 
so he may benefit himself and give in charity." The people said: "What 
if 
he cannot work or does not work?" The Prophet replied: "Then he should 
help 
an oppressed person (by word or action or both)." They again asked: 
"And if 
he does not do that?" The Prophet said: "Then he should enjoin what is 
good." They asked finally: "If he does not do that?" The Prophet 
replied: 
"Then he should refrain from doing evil, for that will be considered 
for 
Him as (charity)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 51

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CAIR SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

CAIR is seeking applicants for its summer internship program. The 
program 
is open to Muslim College or University Students age 18 and older who 
have 
legal status in US to receive monthly stipend. CAIR's internship 
program 
provides first hand experience and training in Community Outreach and 
Chapter Development, Governmental Relations, Lobbying, Public and Media 
Relations, Legal and Civil Rights, Research and Leadership Training. 
Activities included research, organizing grassroots activities, writing 
information guides and pamphlets, and learning the art of effective 
media 
and public relations.

The application deadline is April 28, 2003. Interested and qualified 
applicants should go to our website at 
https://www.cair-net.org/asp/internship.asp to download the application 
and 
information package or call 202 488 8787 or email 
internship@cair-net.org

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT CAIR NEW JERSEY

CAIR New Jersey is currently accepting applications for the following 
position:

Job Title - Executive Director
Location - Woodbridge/Edison area

Job description: This person will be responsible for all 
communications, 
activities, and programs emanating from the CAIR-NJ regional office.

Duties shall include but are not limited to the following:

Interaction with the local Muslim community on an ongoing and regular 
basis.
Media watch and dealing with the media on an ongoing basis.
Meetings with corporate and government officials as needed.
Communication/coordination with CAIR National.
Day to day operation of the office including supervising staff.
Fund raising for the chapter.

Qualifications:  The candidate must be a US citizen or legal resident. 
It 
is desirable for the candidate to have the following:

- University degree.
- Superior communication skills in both verbal and writing.
- Good organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Computer literacy.
- Solid understanding of Islamic issues; and an outgoing and proactive 
disposition.
- Two-year of working experience in a related field with NGOs.

Training: CAIR National will provide a two-week training period at 
National 
office, and also some on-the-job training at the NJ chapter office.

Please send resume as an application to jobs@cair-nj.org by 4/30/2003

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MEDIA REQUEST: CONTACTS IN MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES

A national newspaper is looking for individuals in Northern Iraq, Syria 
and 
Jordan who can give first person accounts of how the war is affecting 
their 
lives. This would include mood on the street, is there concern about 
food 
or water supplies, influx of refugees, are they able to keep in contact 
with relatives and friends, etc. This would be a great chance to have 
another perspective and to let folks know how war affects people who 
are 
living in the shadow or in the midst of conflict.

CONTACT: spoole@ajc.com or call (404)526 -5414.

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TBCJP: SEND LETTERS IN SUPPORT OF DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN TO JUDGE MARK PIZZO
Pres release, Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace

IMMEDIATE ACTION ALERT:

The bail hearing for Dr. Sami Al-Arian will be held on March 20, 2003. 
In 
the meantime, we ask all justice-seeking individuals to write letters 
urging the judge to release Dr. Al-Arian on bail. We must explain that, 
as 
a leader, academic, father, etc. in our community, he poses absolutely 
no 
risk to Tampa or to the American public. Do not be afraid to be 
specific in 
your letters, the more detailed and personal they are, the more impact 
they 
will have on the judge's decision.

It is important to note that he does not pose a flight risk, and so it 
is 
only right that he is freed on bail in order to assist his lawyers in 
his 
defense. We cannot underestimate the importance of these letters. The 
judge 
will be encouraged to release him because of your letters. Please urge 
others to do so as well.

Below are talking points and the address to mail your letter. Thank 
you!

Talking points:

1. Dr. Sami Al-Arian is not a threat to the community.
2. Dr. Al-Arian is not a flight risk.
3. If he is free on bail, he will be much more capable of defending 
himself. This is an integral part of the constitutional right of due 
process of law.
Please letters address to:

Honorable Mark A. Pizzo
United States Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court
Middle District of Florida

Please mail your letter to Dr. Al-Arian's attorney,
Mr. Nick Matassini at 2811 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33609.
Questions? Email tampabayjustice@yahoo.com

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RIGHTS GROUPS BLAST POLICY TO DETAIN ASYLUM SEEKERS
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Los Angeles Times, 3/19/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/homefront/la-war-homeland19mar19,1,1028248.story

WASHINGTON -- Human rights and immigrant advocates Tuesday condemned a 
new 
policy from the Department of Homeland Security that calls for extended 
detention of individuals from mainly Muslim countries who are seeking 
political asylum in the United States.

Amnesty International called the policy "Orwellian."

The detention order is part of Operation Liberty Shield, a series of 
domestic security measures announced Monday by the Department of 
Homeland 
Security intended to make it harder for terrorists to strike here in 
reprisal for any U.S. attack on Iraq.

"Operation Liberty Shield denies liberty to the victims of human rights 
abuse who come to our country seeking freedom," said William F. Schulz, 
executive director of Amnesty International USA. "To name an operation 
that 
denies liberty to asylum seekers 'Liberty Shield' is Orwellian..."

"Programs that single out particular population groups -- based on 
their 
religion, ethnicity or national origin -- are wrong, shortsighted and 
only 
provide the illusion of security," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy 
(D-Mass.). 
"Targeting asylum seekers who are fleeing human rights abuses betrays 
our 
tradition as a protector of the oppressed..."

"At the same time our president is announcing liberty and freedom for 
the 
Iraqi people, we're going to be jailing them here," said Wendy Young of 
the 
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

Young said she had obtained a list of some of the places affected and 
they 
include the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank, 
Afghanistan, 
Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, 
Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Oman, Morocco, 
Pakistan, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Uzbekistan 
and 
Yemen...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. PLAN TO HOLD ASYLUM-SEEKERS IN CUSTODY DRAWS CRITICISM
Diane Smith and Jack Douglas Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/19/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/5427715.htm

FORT WORTH, Texas - People seeking asylum in the United States after 
fleeing Iraq, Iran and other countries known to harbor terrorism will 
be 
held in government custody as part of new security measures announced 
on 
Tuesday.

The asylum measure was mentioned in a description of Operation Liberty 
Shield released by the Department of Homeland Security this week and 
discussed by Secretary Tom Ridge on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the measure evolved into an area of deep concern for civil 
rights and Muslim groups...

One national group - the Lawyers Committee for Human Right's Asylum 
program 
- said the latest effort makes a mockery of shielding liberty.

"The human consequence of this detention plan will be severe," said 
Eleanor 
Aver, director of the committee. "Asylum seekers from the countries 
that 
are singled out will be jailed for months, and in some cases years..."

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RIGHTS GROUPS PROTEST JAILING OF ASYLUM SEEKERS
John Mintz, Washington Post, 3/19/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47098-2003Mar18.html

Civil-rights groups and immigration advocacy organizations are 
protesting 
one element in the government's security procedures announced yesterday 
in 
anticipation of war in Iraq--a decision to jail asylum seekers from 
dozens 
of mostly Muslim nations while officials check out their claims of 
persecution in their home countries.

"It's a shocking development," Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the 
Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil-rights group, said of the 
asylum 
policy. "Many asylum applications can take years. It seems unfair to 
put 
people in jail who are escaping persecution and who have done nothing 
wrong 
just because they are from certain countries..."

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BAY AREA MUSLIMS FEEL PRESSURE BUILD
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 3/19/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/5427525.htm

The bad news keeps coming for Agha Saeed and millions of other 
Muslim-Americans.
 From Chicago arrive reports that unknown assailants fired shots into a 
mosque while worshippers prayed inside. Conservative pundits and 
religious 
leaders daily label Islam a religion of terror. Pakistanis, Saudis and 
other Middle-Easterners are required to report to government 
authorities or 
face deportation.

To Muslim-Americans, the message is clear, said Saeed who heads the 
East 
Bay-based American Muslim Alliance: All Muslims are suspect, and an 
impending U.S. attack on Iraq will only heighten tensions.

"The whole sense of America being a land of laws is gone," Saeed said. 
"We 
believe that giving a person the right to say 'He's my enemy' without 
any 
proof and to deny him rights is to flush all of democracy down the 
toilet..."

"How we act toward Muslim-Americans will tell a lot about what kind of 
country we are," said Laurence Michalak, past vice chairman of the 
Center 
for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. "It'll determine whether 
equality and tolerance are just lip service or whether they really 
reflect 
American values."

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MUSLIM COMMUNITIES DREAD NEXT FEW WEEKS
Kelly Brewington, Orlando Sentinel, 3/19/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecsafety19031903mar19.story

As the Department of Homeland Security ratcheted up the terror alert 
this 
week, a Muslim civil-rights group warned Muslims, Arab-Americans and 
anyone 
"perceived to be Middle Eastern" to prepare for another kind of attack 
-- 
hate crimes.

For Muslim and Arab-American communities nationwide, the impending war 
with 
Iraq and the increased terror threat has only raised the fear of a 
backlash. It's a worry many Muslims have felt since the Sept. 11 
terrorist 
attacks.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued a "Muslim 
Community 
Safety Kit" advising American Muslims to seek attorneys and to meet 
with 
local law enforcement and school principals in case of a backlash. The 
kit, 
an eight-page list of precautions and resources, is available on the 
organization's Web site at www.cair-net.org.

"It's like two different realities," said Hodan Hassan, a spokeswoman 
for 
the council. "There are steps that people need to take to protect 
themselves from a terrorist attack, and Muslims need to take those same 
steps. But unfortunately, a possible backlash is something in addition 
that 
people have to worry about. We hope for the best but prepare for the 
worst..."

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GROUP ISSUES A SAFETY GUIDE FOR MUSLIMS TO FACE BACKLASH
Michael A.W. Ottey, Miami Herald, 3/19/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/5424800.htm

America's looming war with Iraq has prompted a national Islamic 
organization to issue a "Muslim community safety kit" for "Muslims, 
Arab 
Americans and those perceived to be Middle Eastern," in anticipation of 
a 
new wave of hate crimes against those individuals.

Muslims and Arab Americans have been the targets of sporadic harassment 
since the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, but the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations in Washington, D.C., expects there will be an increase once 
war 
in Iraq starts.

The organization's website, www.cair-net.org

Altaf Ali, executive director of the organization's Florida chapter, 
said 
in the past couple of days Muslims and Arab-Americans have been the 
victims 
of hate crimes around the country, including Florida...

Ali expressed pessimism that hate crimes against Muslims and Arab 
Americans 
will drop to pre-Sept. 11 numbers anytime soon. "The future looks very 
bleak," he said. "We're not only being attacked by lay people, but 
we're 
being targeted by religious leaders and talk-show hosts that have made 
it 
part of their daily agenda to bash Muslims..."

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MUSLIMS IN METRO AREA FEAR BACKLASH
Shelia M. Poole, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 3/19/03
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/

For six months, Fasal Khan has been planning a voter registration drive 
and 
picnic at Lake Lanier for metro-area Muslims.

But with the United States apparently just days from war, Khan decided 
to 
postpone the event for a few weeks. "Hopefully things will calm down," 
he said.

Like many Muslims in the area, Khan is worried that when the bombs 
start 
falling in Iraq and U.S. casualties mount, there could be a backlash 
against the Islamic community in America...

Such incidents may be on the rise, according to the Washington-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The organization recently began distributing a "Community Safety Kit" 
for 
Muslims, Arab-Americans and anyone else who may be targeted for 
religious 
or ethnic reasons...

But concerns are not limited to physical safety. Many Muslims, 
particularly 
Iraqis, fear increased scrutiny by law enforcement. The FBI has said 
that 
if war breaks out it will monitor any Iraqis it feels may be agents of 
Saddam Hussein.

At the same time, agents are asking Iraqis whether they know of people 
still in Iraq who would be "willing to help . . . in the event of 
hostilities," said Ed Cogswell, an FBI spokesman in Washington...

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DANIEL PIPES: CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS SYNAGOGUE SPEAKER
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News, 3/19/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5427382.htm

Daniel Pipes, whose prolific and controversial writings on Middle East 
issues have been embraced by Jewish leaders and attacked by Muslim 
leaders, 
is coming to the Bay Area to speak Thursday in Saratoga.

Pipes will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth David, 19700 
Prospect 
Road, about "Jewish Responses to the Growth of Muslim anti-Semitism." 
Muslim leaders say they are confounded and appalled that a man they say 
espouses hatred for Muslims is given any legitimacy when talking about 
their community.

What has drawn their ire are Pipes' views, such as his statements that 
15 
percent of Muslims are "killers" and "barbarians" because of their 
fundamentalist beliefs and that Danish Muslims rape non-Muslim women 
and 
"consume" welfare at a higher rate than the rest of the Danish 
population.

But Pipes is not a fringe extremist. He writes for publications such as 
the 
National Review and serves on a Pentagon task force.

Nonetheless, some Muslims say his remarks are reminiscent of what Nazis 
said about Jews before World War II.

"He has played a considerable role in attacking Islam and begetting 
intolerance in this country," said Agha Saeed, president of the 
American 
Muslim Alliance, based in Newark...

Ibrahim Hooper, director of communications for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said Pipes "is the point man for the 
pro-Israel 
lobby in their attempts to marginalize the American Muslim community 
and to 
keep it from having any influence either now or in the future on the 
debate 
about the conflict in the Middle East…"

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US TO USE DEPLETED URANIUM
BBC News, 3/19/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/2860759.stm

A United States defence official has said moves to ban depleted uranium 
ammunition are just an attempt by America's enemies to blunt its 
military 
might.

Colonel James Naughton of US Army Materiel Command said Iraqi 
complaints 
about depleted uranium (DU) shells had no medical basis.

"They want it to go away because we kicked the crap out of them," he 
told a 
Pentagon briefing.

If war starts, tonnes of depleted uranium (DU) weapons are likely to be 
used by British and American tanks and by ground attack aircraft...

Cancer surgeons in the southern Iraqi port of Basra report a marked 
increase in cancers which they suspect were caused by DU contamination 
from 
tank battles on the farmland to the west of the city...

SEE ALSO:

U.S.'S IMAGE FAST ERODING WITH WAR PLANS
Associated Press, 3/18/03
http://www.abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030318_1784.html

Dan Vlasin, a 23-year-old teacher in Romania, has no doubts that the 
world 
would be better off without Saddam Hussein. But he's just as certain 
that 
America doesn't have the right to overthrow the Iraqi leader.

"America is acting as if it were God," says Vlasin, from the city of 
Cluj 
in Transylvania. "Saddam Hussein is a paid assassin, but it's up to the 
Iraqi people to get rid of him."

Donna Wright, a massage therapist in London, is sensing more 
anti-American 
feeling these days. "I'm not anti-American people, I'm anti-American 
administration," she says. "I don't agree with what they're doing."

Both Romania and of course Britain, America's staunchest ally, support 
a 
U.S.-led war against Iraq. Vlasin and Wright disagree with their 
governments, and they're not alone.

 From a legal consultant in Rome to a housewife in Hungary to a 
businessman 
in Madrid, the message is the same: The image of America is fast 
eroding, 
and people are concerned about the way the world's lone superpower is 
throwing around its weight...

For much of the world, "the issue is not so much about disarming Saddam 
as 
about how the United States is using its power," says Gideon Rose, an 
analyst at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations...

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US FIRMS GET $1.5BN DEAL TO REBUILD IRAQ
Oliver Burkeman, Guardian, 3/18/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,916508,00.html

The United States plans to transform the infrastructure of Iraq within 
a 
year of a war ending, but has sidelined aid agencies by allocating 
almost 
all the funds available to private American firms.

Non-governmental organisations and the UN would get just $50m, a tiny 
fraction of the $1.5bn being offered to private companies, according to 
more than 100 pages of confidential contract documents leaked to the 
Wall 
Street Journal.

In the Azores at the weekend, President George Bush emphasised the need 
for 
a significant UN role in a postwar Iraq, a stance the administration 
considers essential to maintaining some degree of multilateral backing 
for 
military action and its aftermath.

But Washington's plan - backed by a request for cash that the White 
House 
is expected to submit to Congress soon - envisages a rapid 
reconstruction 
process led by US corporations, repairing Iraq's infrastructure and 
reforming its educational, healthcare and financial systems, with many 
results evident before a year has passed.

US administration officials would act as "shadow ministers", keeping a 
close eye on Iraq's new government...

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DIFFERENCES ON 'ROAD MAP' PRESAGE POTENTIAL U.S.-ISRAEL RIFT AFTER WAR
Leslie Susser, JTA, 
3/19/03 
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=%26%238216%3BRoad+map%26%238217%3B+%3D+roadblock+for+Israel+and+U%2ES%2E%3F&intcategoryid=1 


JERUSALEM - As soon as the dust settles in Baghdad, President George 
Bush 
and his good friend, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, could be 
heading 
for a showdown.

The looming bone of contention is the "road map" toward 
Israeli-Palestinian 
peace prepared by the diplomatic quartet of the United States, United 
Nations, European Union and Russia.

Bush wants to use the road map to break the current impasse between 
Israel 
and the Palestinians, but Sharon fears the plan may offer the 
Palestinians 
rewards without ensuring real change in their approach to Israel...

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FLOOR REMARKS BY REP. GREGORY W. MEEKS ON IRAQ
U.S. Newswire, 3/19/03

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) a member of the 
International Relations Committee released today his written remarks 
from 
last night on the House Floor regarding Iraq:

"Mr. MEEKS of New York. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman of the 
Congressional Black Caucus for his leadership in bringing us to the 
House 
floor to speak to the American people tonight about the Bush 
administration's decision to choose war as the best way to make the 
American people safe. It is a choice which I believe is wrong...

As our President prepares to unilaterally and preemptively use military 
force against a nation which is not an imminent threat to us, we may be 
on 
the verge of threatening the very international laws and norms which 
are 
the foundation of global stability. Many of the consequences of such 
actions have already become known. America is more isolated than ever 
and 
anti-American sentiment is rising globally. However, it is the unknown 
consequences of this administration's choice for war which will likely 
be 
even more dangerous. My single greatest fear is that this war will 
jeopardize the help we receive from moderate Muslim nations in 
successfully 
bringing to justice those who directly attacked us on 9-11 and prevent 
attacks against Americans at home and abroad against known imminent 
terrorist threats...

Contact: Mike McKay, 202-225-3461 or Candace Sandy, 718-949-5600 or 
917-714-3275, both of the office of U.S. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks

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RACHEL CORRIE PUT A LOCAL FACE ON FARAWAY SUFFERING
Robert L. Jamieson Jr., Seattle Post Intelligencer, 3/19/03
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/113128_robert19xx.shtml

The real terrorist was an Israeli.

His weapon was not a bomb, but an army bulldozer.

And Rachel Corrie of Olympia, just 23, was the victim, run over and 
killed 
by bone-crushing steel, made in the USA.

You could certainly sum up Sunday's tragedy in the Gaza Strip that way. 
That's in sharp contrast to how Israel is often portrayed in this 
unending 
Middle East conflict: As the bigger victim of an inexcusable 
Palestinian 
terror.

Try telling that to Rachel's family and friends.

Tell that to her colleagues in the International Solidarity Movement, 
who 
believe in non-violent opposition to the Israeli occupation of the West 
Bank and Gaza Strip.

Tell it to the Palestinians who suffer brutality and injustice at the 
hands 
of Israel's government...

The relative silence of the United States government on Rachel's death 
is 
appalling, especially since American tax money cascades into coffers of 
the 
Israeli government and allows the military to obtain bullets, and 
Caterpillar bulldozers...

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL CARTOON INSENSITIVE TO MEMORY OF AMERICAN STUDENT ACTIVIST
Diamondback (University of Maryland), 3/19/03
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/Diamondback/archives/2003/03/19/commentary2.html

Tuesday's editorial cartoon by Daniel Friedman was both factually 
inaccurate and morally reprehensible. The cartoon, which mocks the 
death of 
an American college student crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer 
March 
16, distorts facts and insults the memory of a woman who fought for 
justice 
and equality.

The woman, Rachel Corrie, was a 23-year-old activist with the 
International 
Solidarity Movement, an organization that engages in non-violent civil 
disobedience to oppose the illegal military occupation of Palestinian 
territories. Corrie and other international activists were attempting 
to 
block the demolition of Palestinian homes. She was dressed in a 
fluorescent 
jacket and had been communicating with the driver of the bulldozer with 
a 
bullhorn. Despite her repeated attempts to signal the driver to stop, 
he 
deliberately ran over Corrie. Corrie now joins thousands of 
Palestinians 
who have died fighting for their basic human rights...

Shane Dillingham
Junior
Government and politics and history

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SENSITIVITY TRAINING AT AIRPORT UNLIKELY DURING WAR
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/19/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/19/BA40623.DTL

With the likelihood of war raising fears of an anti-Muslim backlash in 
the 
Bay Area, you might think it would be a good time for some sensitivity 
training out at the airport.

No way. Not this time around.

They did it once -- and it blew up big time, sending shock waves all 
the 
way to the mayor's office...

The class -- which was put on with the help of the Arab Cultural Center 
-- 
began with a slide show juxtaposing shots of heavily armed Israelis 
with 
photos of the bullet-riddled bodies of young Palestinians.

The handout also took aim at U.S. involvement in Iraq, pointing out 
that 
during the Gulf War, "U.S. aircraft alone dropped 88,500 tons of 
explosives 
on Iraq, the equivalent of 7.5 Hiroshima nuclear blasts..."

In fairness, we should point out that much of the Arab Cultural 
Center's 
booklet is devoted to the positive teachings and contributions of the 
Arab 
world and Muslim culture. The authors also distinguish between the 
Zionist 
movement they oppose and the "rich moral and scholarly tradition" of 
Judaism...

It wasn't long before high-powered delegates from the Jewish Community 
Relations Council (including Cissie Swig, Don Friend, Amy Friedkin, 
Natalie 
Berg and Rabbi Doug Kahn) were delivering their opinions to Mayor 
Willie 
Brown at a meeting...

Bottom line -- the mayor's office has since sent out a letter calling 
for 
all copies of the guide to be rounded up and destroyed, and asking that 
any 
mention of the city's financial contribution be stricken from any 
future or 
revised booklets that might be printed...

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PAKISTANIS FIND COOL RECEPTION IN CANADA
DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post, 3/19/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49923-2003Mar18.html

TORONTO - Two years of working a minimum-wage job in Brooklyn, sharing 
a 
one-bedroom apartment, carrying an expired visa and an order from the 
U.S. 
government to register, be fingerprinted and photographed has brought 
Waseem Ahmed to this place: a cold street in Toronto's Little India 
neighborhood.

Here he sits in a restaurant with a document from the Canadian 
government 
that confirms he has applied for refugee status and must report for a 
hearing. "I destroyed everything I had in New York. I threw out all the 
things," Ahmed said. "You live two years in one place, you make stuff 
for 
your baby. I don't carry -- if you come on bus, you carry one bag..."

When applicants do finally get an appointment with an immigration 
office, 
Canadian officials document their identity, take photographs and 
fingerprints, and cross-reference photos and fingerprints with the FBI. 
Claimants are interviewed quickly. They must convince border officials 
that 
they have a well-founded fear of persecution or face cruel and unusual 
punishment at home...

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FRENCH MUSLIM LAW STUDENT IN HEADSCARF ROW
Reuters, 3/19/03

PARIS - A trainee lawyer of Muslim faith may be barred from continuing 
her 
studies in France after she refused, during an oath-taking ceremony, to 
swap her headscarf for the traditional black cap worn on such 
occasions.

In the latest of a string of rows over Muslim headgear in the public 
domain 
of what is a strictly secular state, a court in the northeastern town 
of 
Nancy ruled this week the student could not take the obligatory secrecy 
vow 
wearing her scarf.

"(France) is a secular state. Its motto is to avoid any discrimination 
between citizens," Nancy public prosecutor Gilles Lucazeau was quoted 
as 
saying by Le Figaro daily on Wednesday.

"This student lawyer wants to appear different. And it is not a good 
thing 
to show those on trial the presence of a person who could show signs of 
affiliation or allegiance."

Countries like France, a mainly Roman Catholic nation that is home to 
five 
million Muslims, have shown less tolerance for Islamic customs since 
the 
September 11, 2001, attacks which led some people to associate ordinary 
Muslims with extremist groups...

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STOCKTON STEEL TO PAY $1.1 MILLION TO PAKISTANI-AMERICAN WORKERS IN 
HARASSMENT SETTLEMENT WITH EEOC
Press release, EEOC, 3/19/03

San Francisco, California - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission (EEOC) today announced the $1.11 million settlement of a 
harassment lawsuit against Stockton Steel, a subsidiary of Herrick 
Corporation. This resolves a EEOC lawsuit filed in federal court in 
January 
2000, charging that Pakistani-American employees were repeatedly 
harassed 
due to their national origin and Muslim religion, at Herrick's steel 
plant 
in Stockton, California. The workers alleged harassment that included 
being 
ridiculed during their daily Muslim prayer obligations and derogatory 
name-calling such as "camel jockey" and "raghead".

Through an interpreter, former machine operator Abdul Rehman stated, "I 
felt that we were humiliated and given the worst assignments simply 
because 
of where we were born and our religious beliefs. But we are Americans, 
and 
with the assistance of the EEOC, I have found that the American laws 
[against discrimination] protect us too..."

CONTACT: William R. Tamayo, Regional Attorney    (415) 356-5084
Jonathan T. Peck, Supervisory Trial Attorney    (415) 356-5085
Linda Ordonio-Dixon, Senior Trial Attorney      (415) 356-5056

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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 08:19:21 -0500
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN AND ILLINOIS
Women verbally assaulted, father and son refused service, mosque 
threatened

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/20/2003) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
group announced today that several anti-Muslim incidents have been 
reported 
recently in California, Michigan and Illinois. The Washington-based 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) attributes these incidents to the 
pro-war rhetoric leading up to last night's attack on Iraq and called 
on 
President Bush to once again speak to the issue of anti-Muslim bias.

In California, four Muslim women from the northern part of that state 
visiting a Venice restaurant on Sunday say they were verbally assaulted 
by 
another patron who made references to raping Muslim women and 
threatened 
them with physical assault.

The women, all wearing Islamic head scarves, say a white male began 
playing 
a guitar and singing after they entered the restaurant. His song 
allegedly 
contained lyrics such as: "Those goddamn Muslim terrorists attack our 
country....They wear ugly robes that are so stinky...And they rape 
their 
women all the time...but since their women like it, they don't need to 
get 
it over there, we can give it to them here."

After the Muslim women reported the man's actions to the restaurant 
manager, he became even more upset and threatened the women with 
physical 
harm. The man was later arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. 
CAIR 
and the women's civil rights attorney are calling on local law 
enforcement 
and the FBI to treat the incident as a hate crime and to prosecute the 
alleged perpetrator to the full extent of the law.

In Michigan, a Muslim father and son report that they were refused 
service 
at a Meijer store in Fraser, Mich. The store's cashier allegedly 
refused to 
accept credit card payment for gas, saying, "We don't take credit 
cards…We 
closed the machines," and shouted, "You Arabs get out of here…We don't 
want 
to serve you guys…Go back to your country…Dirty Arabs." Another 
customer 
also joined in the abuse. The victims' attorney is considering a 
lawsuit 
against Meijer. (There is a surveillance camera videotape of the 
incident.)

In Illinois, a Glendale Heights Islamic center received a phoned bomb 
threat Tuesday and was burglarized Saturday. The center has called for 
increased police protection and is in the process of installing 
security 
cameras and window grills. Local FBI agents are working with the center 
on 
the case.

"There should be zero tolerance for anti-Muslim bigotry in our society. 
We 
urge swift apprehension and vigorous prosecution of anyone who targets 
other Americans base on their religion, ethnicity or national origin. 
At 
this time of crisis, our nation should be unified in standing against 
the 
forces of division," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad 
noted 
that his group recently distributed a "Community Safety Kit" to help 
protect Muslims in North America. SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/safetykit He 
also called on President Bush to once again condemn anti-Muslim hate.

Awad noted that just last week, projectiles were fired at another 
Chicago-area mosque and death threats were made against Muslim students 
at 
San Jose State University in California. Other anti-Muslim incidents 
were 
reported to CAIR within the past month. Physical assaults against 
Muslims 
have been reported in Northern California, Southern California, 
Georgia, 
New Jersey, and South Carolina. One incident in Yorba Linda, Calif., 
left a 
Muslim teenager badly beaten by a group that allegedly included white 
supremacists.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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CONTACT: CAIR-N. California, Helal Omeira, 408-476-7843; CAIR-LA, 
714-776-1847; Banafsheh Akhlaghi, attorney in Venice case, 
415-553-7100; 
CAIR-Michigan, Haaris Ahmad, 248-569-2203; Majed Moughni, attorney in 
Michigan case, 313-581-0800; CAIR-Chicago, Omar Haydar, 312-922-4720, 
312-735-3662; CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 
202-744-7726, 
E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org; Ms. Hodan Hassan, 202-488-8787 or 
202-439-1441, 
E-MAIL: hhassan@cair-net.org

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
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issues of importance to our society.

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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 16:15:04 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Pro-Israeli General to Oversee Iraq Construction

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/20/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT DELAY CHARITY
* REGISTER FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4817 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* PRO-ISRAEL GENERAL TO OVERSEE IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION (Forward)
         - U.S. To Give Israel $9b in Loan Guarantees (Ha'aretz)
         - Acting with Impunity (BBC)
* FBI GETS POWER OVER IMMIGRATION CHARGES (AP)
         - CAIR Official Discusses FBI Policy on CNN
         - Immigration Advocates Protest Registration (AP)
         - War Means Rights May Be Scaled Back (AP)
         - Sign-Up, Asylum Rules Worry Muslims (Orlando Sentinel)
         - Iraqis Being Voluntarily Questioned (Post-Gazette)
         - Registration Program Problems Cited (Washington Post)
         - Rules on Detention Widened (Washington Post)
         - Some Nations Getting Fewer Visas (Miami Herald)
* AMERICAN MUSLIMS PREPARE FOR BACKLASH (Newhouse)
         - Muslims Prepare For Increase in Discrimination (AP)
         - Muslim Institutions Focus on Legal Matters (Wash. Post)
         - Justice Dept Resources on Civil Rights
* IRAQ WAR PROMPTS CONCERNS AMONG FLORIDIANS (AP)
         - Anti-War Protests Sweep Globe (AFP)
         - Muslim-American Anti-War Activists Face Challenges (AP)
         - Heads in the Sand (NY Times)
         - Ready for the Peace? (NY Times)
         - Religious Leaders to Discuss War and Peace in NYC
* UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND STUDENTS PROTEST CONTROVERSIAL CARTOON

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT DELAY CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Give charity without 
delay, 
for it stands in the way of calamity."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 589

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REGISTER FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

You can now register online for CAIR's 4th Annual Leadership 
Conference, "A 
Roadmap for Success: Vision and Action" at www.cair-net.org/conference.

Last year's conference was a sell-out so those interested in attended 
are 
urged to register as soon as possible.

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4817 SPONSORSHIPS

Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to, inshallah, send accurate and 
objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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PRO-ISRAEL GENERAL WILL OVERSEE RECONSTRUCTION OF POSTWAR IRAQ
Alana Newhouse, Forward, 3/20/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.03.21/news8.html

With the United States poised to invade Iraq, attention has turned to 
retired army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the man set to govern the country in 
the 
event of an American military victory.

Garner is said to maintain ties with the Jewish Institute for National 
Security Affairs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening 
American foreign and defense policy. In 1998, he visited Israel for the 
first time on a trip sponsored by JINSA...

In October 2000, shortly after the outbreak of the intifada, Garner was 
one 
of 26 American military leaders to sign a staunchly pro-Israel 
statement 
released by JINSA condemning the escalating violence. The statement, 
titled 
"Friends Don't Leave Friends on the Battlefield," lauded the Israeli 
army 
for exercising "remarkable restraint in the face of lethal violence 
orchestrated by the leadership of a Palestinian Authority," and called 
into 
question the Palestinian commitment to peace...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. TO GIVE ISRAEL $9B IN LOAN GUARANTEES, $1B IN MILITARY AID
Aluf Benn and Nathan Guttman, Ha'aretz, 3/20/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/274731.html

The United States will give Israel $9 billion in loan guarantees over 
four 
years and $1 billion in military aid, the American administration 
decided 
Wednesday. The aid package still requires congressional approval...

Pro-Israel lobbyists in Washington managed to muster the support of 
leaders 
of both parties in Congress for the aid request. A joint letter written 
by 
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senate Minority Leader Tom 
Daschle 
stated that Israel is facing severe challenges in both the economic and 
security spheres, and that, given the decline in the Israeli economy 
over 
recent years, the United States should provide support.

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ACTING WITH IMPUNITY
BBC, 3/20/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/correspondent/2841377.stm

Israel never confirms or denies claims that it has nuclear, chemical 
and 
biological weapons. The country positions itself outside international 
treaties, which would make it subject to inspection. For 40 years, most 
Israelis have been content with this policy - known as "nuclear 
ambiguity"...

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FBI GETS POWER OVER IMMIGRATION CHARGES
Curt Anderson, Associated Press, 3/20/03

WASHINGTON - Several dozen Iraqis in the United States believed to pose 
a 
wartime threat will be detained by the FBI using new powers to arrest 
people on immigration violations ordered by Attorney General John 
Ashcroft.

The order took effect Feb. 28, the last day the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service and its enforcement laws fell under Justice 
Department jurisdiction. The INS ceased to exist the next day, when it 
was 
folded into the Homeland Security Department...

The ACLU and Muslim groups have been highly critical of several 
government 
antiterrorism efforts. These include the forced registration of 
thousands 
of mostly Muslim men and boys with U.S. immigration authorities and the 
FBI's tallying of mosques as one way to determine investigative 
priorities 
in local areas.

In addition, the U.S. government will detain anyone from 33 countries 
where 
terrorism has a presence, including Iraq, who seek to claim asylum in 
the 
United States on grounds of political persecution. Those people 
previously 
were freed pending the outcome of their asylum claims...

SEE ALSO:

IRAQ STANDS DEFIANT IN FACE OF U.S. DEADLINE
Wolf Blitzer Reports, CNN, 3/19/03

Partial transcript:

BLITZER: Charles Feldman -- thanks very much, Charles, for that report.

The government is also planning to detain several dozen Iraqis in the 
United States whom it says may have ties to Iraqi intelligence. And the 
FBI 
wants to question thousands more Iraqi nationals.

Our justice correspondent, Kelli Arena, has details.

KELLI ARENA: CNN has confirmed the FBI this week will detain about 
three 
dozen Iraqis in the United States who are said to be sympathetic to 
Saddam 
Hussein. Officials say they are all guilty of visa violations. There is 
some concern these individuals may have a connection to the Iraqi 
intelligence service, an outfit, according to an FBI advisory, capable 
of 
assassinations, hijackings and bombings.

But the advisory also describes Iraqi agents as -- quote -- 
"inconsistently 
competent." And the FBI says al Qaeda remains the bigger threat...

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Knowing that 
you've 
done nothing wrong, that you're not connected to terrorism in any way, 
yet 
having the FBI come to your place of work, go to your neighbors, do all 
of 
these things, it's a very intimidating process.

ARENA (on camera): FBI officials say they've done a lot to reach out to 
the 
Arab-American community to try to build a better relationship, but they 
say 
they will continue to use every means possible to protect Americans.

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IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES PROTEST REGISTRATION OF MALE ALIENS
Tara Burghart, Associated Press, 3/19/03

NEW YORK - Two days before a deadline for male visitors from Pakistan 
and 
Saudi Arabia to register with U.S. immigration authorities, a group of 
immigrant advocates called the practice discriminatory and a waste of 
money.

About 15,000 males age 16 or older from the two countries have until 
Friday 
to be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed at local immigration 
offices.

"Why would anyone who was a genuine terrorist show up?" Margie McHugh, 
executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said 
Wednesday. 
"Time that could be spent processing visas and citizenship applications 
is 
instead going into this black pit of special registration."

The registrations will harm relations with immigrant communities and 
make 
anyone who knows anything about terrorist activity less likely to 
report it 
to authorities for fear of being deported, said Kevin James, director 
of 
governmental relations for the New York chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations...

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WAR MEANS RIGHTS MAY BE SCALED BACK
Associated Press, 3/20/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-scalia-rights.story

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The government has room to scale back 
individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution, 
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday.

"The Constitution just sets minimums," Scalia said after a speech at 
John 
Carroll University in suburban Cleveland. "Most of the rights that you 
enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires."

Scalia, one of the court's most conservative judges, was responding to 
a 
question about the Justice Department's pursuit of terrorism suspects 
and 
whether their rights are being violated...

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SIGN-UP, ASYLUM RULES WORRY MUSLIMS
Kelly Brewington, Orlando Sentinel, 3/20/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecmuslimfears20032003mar20214518.story

As the United States went to war in the Middle East, Muslims throughout 
the 
country worried about increased scrutiny prompted by two federal 
policies.

These policies come at a time when many Muslims are bracing themselves 
for 
a possible backlash in the wake of war with Iraq.

Friday is the deadline for males 16 and older from Pakistan and Saudi 
Arabia to register with the federal government. It's part of an 
antiterror 
mandate from the Justice Department requiring visitors and nationals 
from 
25 countries to be fingerprinted, photographed and interrogated. That 
policy has incited fear and confusion, while more than 1,000 have been 
detained and some deported for infractions that civil-rights advocates 
say 
are minor.

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week Operation 
Liberty 
Shield, a policy to detain asylum-seekers from Iraq and 33 other 
countries 
with ties to al-Qaeda. Typically upon entry, asylum-seekers are 
interviewed 
and allowed to apply for refuge at the discretion of an immigration 
officer. This policy, however, would mean automatic detention. 
Civil-liberties groups criticized the policy, saying it would hurt only 
those seeking refuge from persecution.

Civil libertarians and Muslim community advocates said these policies 
couldn't come at a worse time for Muslims in America as well as for the 
nation's war on terrorism...

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IRAQIS BEING VOLUNTARILY QUESTIONED
Lillian Thomas, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, 3/20/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20030320warlocaliraqis2.asp

FBI agents today will begin questioning 397 Iraqis in Western 
Pennsylvania 
and West Virginia about conditions in Iraq and fellow countrymen here, 
part 
of a nationwide effort to gather information about the country and 
potential terrorists in the United States.

On Tuesday, the special agent in charge, Kenneth T. McCabe, and others 
from 
the local FBI office met with members of the Islamic Council of Greater 
Pittsburgh to discuss their plans.

The FBI said it will ask U.S. citizens and non-citizens of Iraqi 
descent to 
submit to voluntary questioning. Agents also will step up efforts to 
protect Muslims, particularly Iraqis, against possible hate crimes in 
the 
wake of armed conflict in Iraq...

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Ashcroft order will further 
the 
impression among many U.S. Muslims and Arab-Americans that the 
government 
is singling them out...

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REGISTRATION PROGRAM PROBLEMS CITED
George Lardner Jr., Washington Post, 3/20/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55994-2003Mar19.html

With a Friday deadline looming for thousands of Pakistani and Saudi men 
to 
appear for registration and questioning by immigration officials, 
critics 
of the controversial government program said yesterday they are 
encountering repeated instances of lawyers being barred from 
investigative 
interviews.

The American Civil Liberties Union protested that top immigration 
officials 
in Washington have not issued a nationwide directive to local offices 
to 
cease interfering with the legal representation of immigrants who must 
submit to questioning.

"The failure to provide clear and explicit directions to local 
immigration 
officials is inexcusable given the absolute right to legal counsel," 
said 
Lucas Guttentag, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. He 
charged that the "foot-dragging" could be explained only by a 
reluctance to 
dig into the matter before the registration deadlines have passed...

But Tampa immigration lawyer Myra Kallo said "what they call booking is 
much more than that." She said three clients, two from Tunisia and one 
from 
Morocco, were subjected to routine questioning in her presence in late 
January and early February, but then were called into another room. On 
each 
occasion, she said, she was prohibited by the adjudication official 
from 
accompanying them.

"Each time, I said, 'My client has a right to counsel,' and each time 
the 
officer said, 'Not here he doesn't,'" Kallo recounted yesterday.

She said her clients later told her they were closely questioned in an 
apparent search for intelligence information. "Basically it was, 'Do 
you go 
to a mosque? What mosque?' and so forth," Kallo said. One of her 
clients, 
who did attend a mosque, was asked "whether he knew this person or that 
person and whether so-and-so spoke at the mosque..."

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RULES ON DETENTION WIDENED
Dan Eggen, Washington Post, 3/20/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56948-2003Mar19.html

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has issued orders that allow FBI 
agents 
and U.S. marshals to detain foreign nationals for alleged immigration 
violations in cases where there is not enough evidence to hold them on 
criminal charges, according to Justice Department officials and a copy 
of 
the rules.

The regulations, issued in December but not announced publicly, 
significantly breach the wall that has long separated federal law 
enforcement agents from immigration officers, who previously were the 
only 
personnel authorized in most circumstances to detain people in the 
country 
illegally.

Several immigration advocates condemned the change as the latest in a 
series of federal counterterrorism tactics that have unfairly targeted 
immigrants. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department 
has 
conducted a dragnet that ensnared hundreds of immigrants, launched an 
effort to arrest more than 300,000 who have ignored deportation orders, 
and 
is photographing and fingerprinting visitors from 25 countries, almost 
all 
of them predominantly Muslim.

"It's part of a pattern that we're seeing in which what may be minor 
violations of immigration law are used as a pretext for preventive 
detention," said Bill Frelick, an immigration policy expert at Amnesty 
International...

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SOME NATIONS GETTING FEWER VISAS
Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, 3/20/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/5424784.htm

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the number of visas issued to 
nationals from five Middle Eastern and Asian nations, including Saudi 
Arabia, Pakistan and the Philippines, where al Qaeda or its 
sympathizers 
are believed to operate has dropped significantly, according to State 
Department figures released this week.

U.S. officials say the decline is partly due to more rigorous 
background 
checks that have led to many more visa applicants being rejected as 
security risks or because they might stay in the United States after 
their 
visa expires...

But many nationals from those countries say that's because new U.S. 
immigration policies intended to better protect the country make them 
afraid to come. They say the United States is unfairly scapegoating 
everyone from countries viewed as terrorist hotbeds.

"The hidden agenda must be 'let's get everybody from the Middle East 
out of 
here,'" said Mazen Sukkar, a South Florida immigration attorney.

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS PREPARE FOR BACKLASH
Mark O'Keefe, Newhouse News, 3/20/03
http://www.newhouse.com/archive/okeefe031903.html

American Muslims are bracing for an Iraq war, deeply concerned that 
fellow 
Muslims will be killed overseas and that they could become victims of 
harassment at home.

"If it's a quick war where not a lot of people get killed, we may be 
all 
right; but if it goes badly and lots of people are dying on both sides, 
all 
bets are off regarding an anti-Muslim backlash," said Ibrahim Hooper, a 
spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.

While a majority of the American public supports military action 
against 
Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein, Hooper said, "there's almost universal 
opposition to this war in the American Muslim community..."

Pramila Jayapal, who after the Sept. 11 attacks founded the 
Seattle-based 
Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington, said the mood is similar in the 
Pacific Northwest...

"In addition to worrying about hate crimes, there's a real fear in this 
community of whether they're going to be targeted by the government," 
said 
Jayapal. "This is their home, but they don't feel safe here. There's a 
tremendous amount of anxiety. People are basically retreating, going 
into 
hiding. They don't want to be noticed at a time when they have so many 
emotions to express. So this is a difficult time..."

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE INCREASE IN DISCRIMINATION
Gene Johnson, Associated Press, 3/19/03

SEATTLE - If the bombs start falling, Samia El-Moslimany doesn't expect 
the 
backlash to be far behind.

El-Moslimany is vice chairwoman of the local chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, an organization that this week began 
sending 
e-mails warning mosques and Muslim community leaders about possible 
discrimination or hate crimes in the event of a U.S.-led war with Iraq.

"There are things we expect to come from the uninformed and the 
ignorant," 
El-Moslimany said Tuesday. "This has happened before."

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a man poured gasoline 
on 
cars parked at the Idris Mosque in north Seattle. Cab drivers in 
Seattle 
and SeaTac were assaulted by passengers who accused them of being 
terrorists. Muslim women were harassed as they walked down the street 
or 
waited for a bus.

The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations has 
issued 
a nine-page guide for dealing with ethnic profiling. It says mosques 
should 
develop a list of lawyers willing to consult with them if problems 
arise 
and meet with local principals to make sure schools have zero-tolerance 
policies when it comes to discrimination...

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MUSLIM INSTITUTIONS FOCUS ON LEGAL MATTERS
Nurith C. Aizenman, Washington Post, 3/20/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42809-2003Mar17.html

Friday prayer services at the Prince George's Muslim Association 
Community 
Center in Lanham have always been followed by a series of cheerful 
public 
announcements -- the start of a new Arabic class, an upcoming feast to 
celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, another sale at a local 
halal grocery store.

But recently, the list is just as likely to include a more serious type 
of 
event -- the latest seminar on how to stand up for your rights as a 
Muslim 
in America.

There have been many to choose from. Faced with several new immigration 
and 
security laws that the government maintains are needed to prevent 
terrorism 
but that critics charge unfairly target thousands of innocent Muslims, 
Arab 
and South Asian residents, mosques and community groups across Prince 
George's County are increasingly expanding their mission...

"A lot of families in our community are feeling very apprehensive . . . 
and 
immigration lawyers tell us it's only going to get worse," said Minhaj 
Hasan, editor of Muslim Link, a monthly newsletter published by the 
Dar-us-Salaam mosque in College Park...

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JUSTICE DEPT RESOURCES ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Press Release, 3/20/03

Since the September 11th attacks, some houses of worship and other 
high-profile community institutions have been the targets of 
bias-motivated 
arson, vandalism, and other attacks.  With the onset of war with Iraq, 
religious and community institutions may wish to consider enhancing 
security.  For guidance, please consult the National Church Arson Task 
Force's Threat Assessment Guide for Houses of Worship, which can be 
found 
at www.atf.treas.gov/pub/threat/index.htm or 
www.atf.treas.gov/pub/gen_pub/report2000/threat.pdf.  You may wish to 
contact your local law enforcement agency for further guidance.

Responding to hate crimes:

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, you 
should 
contact your local police department and your local FBI field office as 
soon as possible (see the following website to locate your local FBI 
field 
office:  www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm). You should provide the name(s) 
of 
the victim(s), any witnesses, and the perpetrator(s) (if known); a 
description of the events; and whether any physical injuries or 
physical 
damage were incurred.  For more information on responding to hate 
crimes 
and other incidents of discrimination, please see the website of the 
Initiative to Combat the Post-9/11 Discriminatory Backlash: 
www.usdoj.gov/crt/nordwg.html.

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IRAQ WAR PROMPTS CONCERNS AMONG FLORIDIANS, SUPPORT FOR TROOPS
Coralie Carlson, Associated Press, 3/20/03

MIAMI - The first U.S. military strikes against Iraq in the latest Gulf 
War 
prompted concern among Florida's political leaders and some residents 
about 
the possible repercussions...

Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations in 
Florida, said Muslims have a particularly high level of anxiety over 
action 
in Iraq.

"The Muslim community feels anxiety due to the backlash and the feeling 
that they're being targeted by the government," he said...

SEE ALSO:

ANTI-WAR PROTESTS SWEEP GLOBE FOLLOWING LAUNCH OF STRIKES IN IRAQ
Agence Presse France, 3/20/03

ATHENS - Anti-war protests erupted across the globe Thursday following 
the 
start of the US-led war against Iraq, with hundreds of thousands 
expected 
to march to demand a quick end to air strikes on Baghdad.

Between 80,000 and 100,000 demonstrators thronged central Athens in 
response to the launch of targetted strikes against Iraqi targets, 
according to initial police estimates, but organizers put the figure at 
least 200,000.

"It's unprecedented. People continue coming," said Vera Michailidou of 
the 
leftist anti-globalization group Action 2003, as protestors marched 
past 
the British embassy to the US mission, both heavily guarded by riot 
police...

In Australia, thousands took to the streets just hours after the first 
air 
strikes against Iraqi targets, with more than 10,000 protesting in 
central 
Sydney and 20,000 in the country's second city Melbourne...

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ARAB, MUSLIM-AMERICAN ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS FACE SPECIAL CHALLENGES
Deborah Kong, Associated Press, 3/20/03

SAN FRANCISCO - With America at war against Iraq, many anti-war 
activists 
feel a sense of frustration. But few have faced the difficulties that 
Arab 
and Muslim activists say they've encountered in making their voices 
heard.

Though their reasons for opposing the war are generally the same as 
those 
of other activists, many say they're viewed with suspicion because of 
their 
ethnicity and faith.

"Our motives are questioned to a certain degree because of our 
connection 
with that part of the world," said Obeidat, a member of American 
Muslims 
Intent on Learning and Activism, a Northern California advocacy group.

"Somebody might look at us and say, 'Well you're unpatriotic,' but 
also, 
'You're Muslim. You're Arab. You're suspect. Somehow maybe you're a 
fifth 
column in this country, maybe you're actually doing this with sinister 
motives..."'

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HEADS IN THE SAND
New York Times, 3/20/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/20/opinion/20THU2.html

The biggest wartime secret fiercely kept by the White House seems to be 
the 
estimated dollar cost to the nation's taxpayers of invading, pacifying 
and 
rebuilding Iraq, from first shot to last. Congress is now flailing 
through 
a budget debate without this vital chunk of information on the public 
books...

Wartime patriotism, not rational disclosure, is being invoked as a 
motive 
for blindly approving a budget plan that even without the war costs 
factored in, will slash critical domestic programs, allow upper-bracket 
Americans another big tax break and greatly compound Bush deficits that 
already stretch across the next decade...

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READY FOR THE PEACE?
Bob Herbert, New York Times, 3/20/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/20/opinion/20HERB.html

But the fact that a war may be quick does not mean that it is wise. 
Against 
the wishes of most of the world, we have plunged not just into war, but 
toward a peace that is potentially more problematic than the war 
itself.

Are Americans ready to pay the cost in lives and dollars of a long-term 
military occupation of Iraq? To what end?

Will an occupation of Iraq increase or decrease our security here at 
home?

Do most Americans understand that even as we are launching one of the 
most 
devastating air assaults in the history of warfare, private companies 
are 
lining up to reap the riches of rebuilding the very structures we're in 
the 
process of destroying...?

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO DISCUSS WAR AND PEACE IN NYC

WHAT: "From Winning the War to Winning the Peace: Jewish, Christian, 
and 
Muslim leaders discuss conflict with Iraq." A panel discussion at the 
Cathedral of St. John the Divine with networking opportunities to 
follow.
Speakers include:

Dr. Robert Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches 
& 
former U.S. Congressman

* The Right Reverend Mark Sisk, XVth Bishop of the Episcopal
Diocese of New York

* Sheikh Tosun Bayrak, The Jerrahi Order of America

This event is free to the public.
Contact: cbreyer@cathedralnyc.org or (212)316.7474

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CARTOON INCITES ALL-NIGHT PROTEST
Jason Flanagan, Diamondback, 3/20/03
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/Diamondback/archives/2003/03/20/news1.html

More than 60 students rallied against The Diamondback yesterday and 
staged 
a sit-in protest planned to last into today in front of the newspaper's 
office, demanding a public apology for a controversial editorial 
cartoon 
about the death of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie.

The group, which included members of the Peace Forum and the Muslim 
Student 
Association, protested the March 18 editorial cartoon by Daniel J. 
Friedman 
that labeled Corrie as having "stupidity" for "sitting in front of a 
bulldozer to protect a gang of terrorists." Corrie was killed while 
trying 
to avert an Israeli Army bulldozer from razing a house in Gaza.

The protesters listed three demands: a formal apology printed in the 
newspaper, an article honoring Corrie's life and a statement detailing 
The 
Diamondback's editorial procedure.

Diamondback Editor in Chief Jay Parsons addressed the crowd, which at 
times 
became unruly and loud despite MSA public relations officer Raef 
Haggag's 
effort to quell them. Flanked by two University Police officers, 
Parsons 
read a statement defending Friedman's cartoon as an expression of free 
speech and described the editorial process...

The cartoon has sparked global outrage, as close to 2,000 e-mails and 
hundreds of phone calls have flooded The Diamondback, most condemning 
the 
cartoon and the newspaper, though a few were supportive of the 
newspaper...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/21/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TIMES OF DISTRESS
* REGISTER FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* PENN. MUSLIM RECEIVES SETTLEMENT OVER HARASSMENT
* RESOURCES: SCHOOL PROGRAM TO PREVENT HATE
* MUSLIMS BRACE FOR FALLOUT AFTER U.S. ATTACK (Wash. Post)
	- Muslims Work with Authorities (NY Times)
	- Arizona Muslims Fear Backlash, Take Precautions (AP)
	- Bay Area Muslims Call for Prayer, Peace (Mercury News)
	- At North Jersey Mosques, Mood is Somber (Bergen Record)
	- Boston Muslims Face Fear of Backlash (AP)
	- Muslims, Sikhs Fear Another Wave of Backlash (AP)
	- Muslims Say War Has Not Increased Discrimination (Tampa Trib)
	- Texas Muslims Express Concerns (Star-Telegram)
* MOSQUE HELPS FBI AS INTERVIEWS OF IRAQIS BEGIN (Phil. Daily News)
	- FBI Interviews Raise Hackles of ACLU (Tampa Tribune)
	- Feds Prepare to Arrest Iraqis in U.S. Illegally (Miami Herald)
* AN EMPTY PLEDGE TO CIVILIANS? (New York Times)
* MD UNIVERSITY BLASTS BULLDOZER DEATH CARTOON (Diamondback)
	- Response to Controversy Over Editorial Cartoon
	- Diamondback Needs a Higher Standard of Decency, Says Provost

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TIMES OF DISTRESS

WHAT THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH) SAID DURING TIMES OF DISTRESS:

1) "If anyone continually asks pardon, God will appoint for him a way 
out 
of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide 
for 
him from where he did not reckon." Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 599

2) "May I not teach you phrases which you utter in distress? (These 
are), 
"God is my Lord, I do not associate anything as partner with Him." 
Sunan of 
Abu-Dawood, Hadith 603

3) "No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor 
distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a 
thorn, but that God expiates some of his sins for that." Sahih 
Al-Bukhari, 
Volume 7, Hadith 545

4) The Prophet also used to invoke God at times of distress, saying: 
"None 
has the right to be worshipped except God, the Forbearing. None has the 
right to be worshipped except God, Lord of the Throne. None has the 
right 
to be worshipped except God, Lord of the Heavens." Sahih Al-Bukhari, 
Volume 
8, Hadith 357

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

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GOOD NEWS: PENN. MUSLIM EMPLOYEE RECEIVES SETTLEMENT OVER HARASSMENT

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/21/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) reported today that a Muslim employee of Judge Scientific 
working on 
an assignment at a Merck & Co. facility in West Point, Penn., received 
a 
monetary settlement over allegations of harassment by fellow workers 
following the 9/11 attacks.

The alleged harassment included Merck employees telling the Muslim 
worker 
he looked like Osama Bin Laden and asking to him let them know when he 
will 
declare "Jihad." The African-American Muslim worker's patriotism was 
also 
questioned when he was asked which side he was on, "American or 
Muslim," 
and was advised to go to Canada if he could not make up his mind.

"It is important, particularly at times of crisis, for employees to 
report 
harassment or discrimination based on religion, ethnicity or national 
origin," said CAIR Civil Rights Advisor Khadija Athman.

TO REPORT ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS, E-MAIL: jsalaam@cair-net.org

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RESOURCES: SCHOOL PROGRAM TO PREVENT HATE
http://www.ing.org/prevent_hate/default.asp

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REGION'S MUSLIMS BRACE FOR FALLOUT AFTER U.S. ATTACK
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 3/21/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1348-2003Mar20.html

As U.S. bombs fell on Baghdad more than 6,000 miles away, Washington 
area 
Muslims watched the long-distance drama with a sense of dread, 
expressing 
sorrow about expected casualties in Iraq, fear of an anti-Muslim 
backlash 
here and skepticism about the U.S. government's rationale for the war.

"It's a very stressful situation for us because we feel this is 
creating a 
rift between the United States and its allies, the people of the Middle 
East and the people of the world," said Nabeel Yousef, president of the 
Muslim Student Association at Georgetown University, where he is a 
sophomore. "As Muslims, we're praying for the people of Iraq and hoping 
for 
a quick, painless war; we're praying that not many people get killed…"

Muslim advocacy groups are concerned about what they see as growing 
anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, partly because of outspoken 
remarks against Islam by some political and religious leaders and 
partly 
because of the increased focus on Muslims in the U.S. war against 
terrorism.

"We hope that President Bush would come out with some kind of statement 
challenging the rise in anti-Muslim incidents we've seen in the run-up 
to 
the war," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. The advocacy group recently sent mosques 
and 
Islamic centers a list of suggested precautions they should take…

SEE ALSO:

RESENTFUL OF TREATMENT, MUSLIMS STILL WORK WITH AUTHORITIES
LAURIE GOODSTEIN, New York Times, 3/21/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/21/international/worldspecial/21MUSL.html

PITTSBURGH, Wednesday night, moments after he watched television 
coverage 
of the first bombs striking Baghdad, Clifton Omar Slater, the president 
of 
the Islamic Council of Pittsburgh, received a call on his cellphone 
that he 
did not expect.

It was an F.B.I. official, calling to invite local Muslim leaders to 
appear 
with law enforcement officials at a news conference at the bureau's 
regional headquarters the next morning to demonstrate the fledgling 
efforts 
at cooperation between Muslims and the F.B.I.

Mr. Slater accepted, and so this morning he and the president of a 
local 
mosque stood shoulder to shoulder with Federal Bureau of Investigation 
and 
police officials here as the government announced plans to interview 
the 
397 Iraqis identified as living in Western Pennsylvania.

In return, bureau officials have pledged to protect American Muslims 
and 
their mosques from the type of hate crimes and bias attacks that both 
sides 
expect now that the United States is at war with a predominantly Muslim 
nation.

"The Muslim community has cooperated to the max with the F.B.I.," Mr. 
Slater said in an interview.

While many prominent Muslims resent the government's focus on Muslims 
and 
Arabs and regard it as religious and ethnic profiling, they have agreed 
to 
act as a bridge between their communities and law enforcement 
officials…

The Muslims here, and elsewhere, have other reasons to feel under 
suspicion. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (now known as the 
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has for months required 
tens 
of thousands of men from predominantly Muslim countries to register 
with 
their local I.N.S. office or face possible arrest and deportation. Some 
here have been detained on immigration violations, though no one in law 
enforcement could say how many. No Muslim in this region has been 
arrested 
on terrorism charges, F.B.I. officials said…

There were reports from around the country of a recent increase in 
anti-Muslim incidents, according to the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, a Washington advocacy group. A mosque in Glendale Heights, 
Ill., 
received a death threat and was burglarized…

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ARIZONA MUSLIMS FEAR BACKLASH, TAKE PRECAUTIONS
MICHELLE BEAVER, Associated Press, 3/21/03

TEMPE, Ariz. - For 13-year-old Huthaifa Shquirat, it seems like ages 
since 
the last time he played outside and felt safe.

"My mom, she lets us invite kids over but we all have to stay inside or 
in 
the backyard," Huthaifa said. "If the ball goes out of the yard, we 
can't 
go get it. My dad has to get it."

Shquirat's family, like other Muslims in Arizona, is taking 
precautions. 
They and others worry about a possible backlash from people who may 
blame 
Muslims for the war in Iraq.

"All the emotion that stems from Sept. 11 makes us feel very 
threatened, 
especially now that we're at war," said Deedra Abboud, executive 
director 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Arizona.

Arizona Muslims have already seen the consequences of the anger that 
can be 
directed against immigrants and minorities in times like these.

In the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a Sikh gas station owner was 
killed 
in suburban Mesa by a gunman who according to police later said that 
"all 
Arabs had to be shot" and that he wanted to "slit some Iranians' 
throats."

Balbir Singh Sodhi was neither Muslim nor from the Middle East, but 
authorities say he was singled out by the gunman because Sodhi wore a 
turban as part of his faith…

"We all remember what happened to Sodhi," said Abboud. "We definitely 
have 
fear in our community, but not just because of that killing."

Because of the concerns, Abboud's group is launching a program called 
Operation Safe Haven. They are working in conjunction with churches and 
synagogues to make certain that Muslims have a place to stay if they 
feel 
threatened.

Abboud and other Muslim leaders in Arizona recommend that Muslims not 
walk 
alone, that they always tell someone where they are going and carry a 
cell 
phone…

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BAY AREA MUSLIMS CALL FOR PRAYER, PEACE
Jessie Mangaliman, Karen de Sa and Nerissa Pacio, San Jose Mercury 
News, 
3/20/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/5441815.htm

A day after the bombs started falling on Baghdad, Bay Area Muslims 
gathered 
in prayer, some moved to tears, while at the same time expressing fears 
about possible hate crimes as a backlash of war.

Muslims have already been on edge since the Sept. 11 attacks, and the 
start 
of the U.S.-led campaign against Iraq brought new concerns.

"We pray for the safety of innocent Iraqis and our troops," said Helal 
Omeira, executive director of the Northern California chapter of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, as the noonday call to prayer 
sounded in the background.

Omeira joined about a dozen religious and civic leaders Thursday 
morning 
during a news conference at the Muslim Community Association in Santa 
Clara, in view of the worship room…

Omeira said mosques, Islamic centers and schools, and other places 
where 
Muslims gather, are proceeding with their normal schedule, but like the 
rest of country, are on a heightened alert.

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AT NORTH JERSEY MOSQUES, MOOD IS SOMBER
JOHN CHADWICK, Bergen Record, 3/20/03
http://www.bergenrecord.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MzU2Mjgy

The mood in North Jersey mosques was somber Wednesday as Muslims braced 
for 
a military strike against Iraq.

Fearing a war could destabilize the Mideast or spark a backlash against 
foreigners in America, Muslims said they are making special prayers for 
peace and hoping for a quick end to the violence.

"We are holding our breath," said Nabil Abbassi, president of the 
Islamic 
Center of Passaic County, a Paterson mosque. "The outcome could be much 
uglier than we perceive."

A national Muslim group is distributing "community safety kits" - a 
nine-page bulletin informing Muslims of their civil rights, and also 
urging 
them to report suspicious activity in their community to the 
authorities. 
The Council on American Islamic Relations said it began distributing 
the 
kits after recent attacks on Muslims in the United States.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR, said his organization has 
received 
about six reports of assaults or threats against Muslims over the last 
month.

"The only thing we could figure is that it was the pro-war rhetoric 
getting 
people fired up," Hooper said. "The kits give people something to do 
rather 
than just wait for events to overtake them."

For American Muslims - who number an estimated 5 million to 7 million, 
and 
include a broad range of nationalities - opposition to the war is 
"almost 
universal," Hooper said…

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AREA MUSLIMS FACE FEAR OF BACKLASH AS AMERICA ATTACKS IRAQ
BIPASHA RAY, Associated Press, 3/21/03

BOSTON - Jasmina Delic's sense of security has been shattered - again.

The 22-year-old Bosnian Muslim escaped war and devastation in her 
homeland 
10 years ago and came to America hoping to live in peace. But as U.S. 
troops advance into Iraq, she says her old nightmares and hellish 
memories 
are returning.

"Every time I hear airplanes, my first instinct is to run to the 
basement, 
even now," the Northeastern University junior said. "I guess there 
isn't a 
real threat of bomber planes here, but when you have lived through war, 
the 
paranoia sets in right away.

"You start looking at people a different way," she said. "You wonder if 
the 
water's been contaminated, you wonder how many people are going to 
die."

Even among area Muslims who haven't lived through the terror of war 
like 
Delic, the fear of hate crimes and civil rights violations is 
ever-present.

Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, president of the Islamic Council of New England 
in 
Quincy, says many members of his congregation have been feeling anxious 
and 
tense…

He says many fear a backlash in Arab and Muslim communities, much like 
they 
saw after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Some in his congregation have been stopped, frisked and had their bank 
accounts shut down in the past two years, he said. Next week, the FBI 
plans 
to interview Iraqi expatriates from his congregation in hopes of 
gaining 
intelligence information about possible terrorist activity…

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MUSLIMS, SIKHS FEAR ANOTHER WAVE OF BACKLASH
MATT VOLZ, Associated Press, 3/21/03

JACKSON, Miss. - An increase in hate crimes against people of Arab 
descent 
has Muslims and Arabs in Mississippi hoping outreach programs help them 
avoid local backlash as the nation wages war against Iraq.

"Possible retaliation taking place on some of them here in the country 
- 
that's the major fear," said Imam Yusuf Sadiq of Masjid Muhammad in 
Jackson.

After the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the FBI 
recorded a 
jump in the number hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and others who 
might 
have been mistaken as being of Arab descent.

Last week, the FBI sent a bulletin to 18,000 state and local law 
enforcement agencies that said a U.S. war with Iraq or another 
terrorist 
attack could trigger a wave of hate crimes against Muslims and 
Arab-Americans.

Like they did after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the Jackson mosque 
and 
its members will hold outreach programs with different religious groups 
to 
remind others "who we are and what we stand for," Sadiq said.

There are about 2,000 Muslims in Mississippi. After Sept. 11, there 
were 
reports of harassing phone calls, Muslims being pelted with food and 
one 
Pakistani student beaten in a Wiggins jail by inmates…

Sikhs, who are of Indian origin, were also harassed and threatened 
after 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In one incident, a Sikh man was shot 
and 
killed outside his Mesa, Arizona, gas station. Prosecutors said his 
killer 
shot him because of his turban and beard...

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MUSLIMS PREPARE, BUT SAY WAR HAS NOT INCREASED DISCRIMINATION
MICHELLE BEARDEN, Tampa Tribune, 3/21/03
http://tampatrib.com/News/MGA3RVXQJDD.html

An anticipated anti-Muslim backlash to the U.S. invasion of Iraq has 
yet to 
materialize, a national Islamic organization reported Thursday. And Bay 
area Muslims say they are going about their business with no 
disruption.

"We haven't seen an outbreak yet. The anxiety is not as high as the 
days 
after 9/11,' says Hodan Hassan, a spokesman for the Washington-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil-rights organization. 
"But 
that depends on a lot of variables, like if the war drags on or whether 
we 
suffer terrorist attacks in this country…"

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TEXAS MUSLIMS EXPRESS CONCERNS AS THE WAR BEGINS
By Patrick McGee and John Gutierrez-Mier, Star-Telegram, 3/21/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/5446951.htm

Local Muslims said the war to oust Saddam Hussein has them worried 
about 
innocent civilians in Iraq -- and in the United States.

Some Muslims are cautiously expressing disagreement with the war. 
Others 
decline to comment, and many say they fear that war overseas will spawn 
hate crimes at home.

About 30 Muslim leaders from Fort Worth-Dallas met Sunday with FBI 
agent 
Guadalupe Gonzalez, who heads the Dallas field office.

"We talked about our security and our security concerns from 
backlashes, 
and what measures the government is taking to protect their American 
Muslim 
citizens," said Jamal A. Qaddura, a member of Dar El Eman, a south 
Arlington mosque.

Participants in the meeting said they were satisfied with Gonzalez's 
assurances that the FBI will prosecute hate crime offenders to the full 
extent of the law.

Nonetheless, many Muslims are keeping a low profile. The few who 
expressed 
opinions about the war said they oppose Saddam and support the United 
States.

"I think we should have given more time to diplomacy and the 
inspections," 
said Rashid Khan, a Colleyville resident and native of Pakistan. "I 
care 
and worry about innocent people…"

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MOSQUE HELPS FBI AS INTERVIEWS OF IRAQIS BEGIN
RON GOLDWYN, Philadelphia Daily News, 3/21/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/5445029.htm

The FBI has begun interviewing members of the Philadelphia-area's small 
Iraqi community, with an unusual assist from an Arab-American mosque.

The agents are carrying a letter - in Arabic and English, on the 
letterhead 
of Al Aqsa Islamic Society - which spells out ground rules, advises 
interviewees of their rights and where to get help.

The interviews began yesterday, said Marwan Kreidie, spokesman for Al 
Aqsa 
and head of the Philadelphia Arab-American Association. He said the 
first 
of about 90 such interview subjects turned out to be a Palestinian, 
whose 
name he would not disclose.

Kreidie praised the FBI for agreeing to carry the letter. But he said 
the 
chance of agents getting useful information about terrorism or the 
Iraqi 
regime was "zero. Anyone who's Iraqi here, it's because they fled 
Saddam."

FBI spokeswoman Linda Vizi would not discuss the sessions, citing 
"respect 
for the individuals we are interviewing." But the bureau announced 
Monday 
it would soon start voluntary interviews and that none of the subjects 
are 
"considered to be terrorists..."

SEE ALSO:

FBI INTERVIEWS OF IRAQIS IN U.S. RAISES HACKLES OF ACLU
CASSIO FURTADO, Tampa Tribune, 3/21/03
http://www.tampatrib.com

TAMPA - The FBI is interviewing thousands of Iraqis who live in the 
United 
States, hoping they will provide leads to prevent terrorist attacks on 
American soil.

Nationwide, the FBI will interview as many as 10,000 Iraqi-born 
nationals 
out of the estimated 50,000 living in the United States, according to 
reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Chicago Tribune quoting agency 
officials.

The interviews are part of Operation Liberty Shield, an antiterrorism 
plan 
announced Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Tampa FBI spokeswoman Sara Oates declined to say how many of the Iraqis 
to 
be questioned live in Florida and Tampa.

Oates said the interviews would not be interrogations, but attempts to 
gather information to help prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. soil as 
the 
war in Iraq takes place…

Ahmed Bedir, a spokesman for the Council on American- Islamic Relations 
in 
Florida, said the operation was "singling out people because of their 
religion and ethnicity" while providing "an illusion of security."

Oates said the FBI wants the Muslim community to feel at ease with the 
interviews.

"By no means do we want this community to feel targeted," Oates said.

Heads of FBI field offices across the country will meet with Muslim 
leaders 
and assure them that the effort isn't singling out Muslims…

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FEDS PREPARE TO ARREST IRAQIS ILLEGALLY IN U.S.
ALFONSO CHARDY, Miami Herald, 3/21/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/5444018.htm

Citing wartime security concerns, teams of federal agents fanned out 
Thursday across the United States to arrest Iraqis who are in the 
country 
illegally.

Between 3,000 and 7,000 Iraqis nationwide, including an unknown number 
in 
South Florida, are targeted for arrest, according to a federal 
government 
source.

About 300,000 Iraqis live in the United States, mostly in California 
and 
Michigan. South Florida is home to a few thousand Iraqis, according to 
local immigration attorneys.

There were no immediate reports of arrests in Miami-Dade or Broward 
counties, but Tammy Fox-Isicoff, a prominent immigration attorney, said 
FBI 
agents showed up at a Broward County legal aid office Thursday 
afternoon 
demanding an Iraqi national's South Florida address.

The announcement of the roundup came hours after the U.S. Department of 
Justice confirmed that Attorney General John Ashcroft has given FBI 
agents 
and U.S. marshals power to arrest foreign nationals on immigration 
violations.

The order significantly broadens their authority; previously, only 
immigration officers had arrest powers in immigration cases.

It is the latest in a string of federal policies the administration 
says is 
needed to protect Americans but many civil libertarians say are sowing 
fear 
and anger among Muslims.

"This is just the latest…put forward by this administration and 
Ashcroft 
that single out Muslims and Arab Americans for special treatment," said 
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, D.C…

In November, the Justice Department ordered immigration offices around 
the 
country to fingerprint, photograph and interview male Iraqis and male 
visitors from more than 20 Asian countries.

Since then, hundreds of nationals have been arrested on immigration 
violations when they showed up to register and are facing deportation. 
The 
deadline for male Pakistanis and Saudis to register expires today.

Earlier this week, the Homeland Security Department announced that 
people 
who request asylum from countries where al Qaeda and other terrorist 
groups 
operate will be detained until their case is decided.

On Thursday, the department said it would begin arresting Iraqis 
identified 
using a range of intelligence information.

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AN EMPTY PLEDGE TO CIVILIANS?
SARAH SEWALL, New York Times, 3/21/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/21/opinion/21SEWA.html

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In an effort to assuage public concern over civilian 
casualties in Iraq, President Bush has pledged that America will do its 
utmost to "spare innocent lives."

The military has shown similar concern, publicly detailing for the 
first 
time its significant efforts to limit what it calls "collateral 
damage." 
Officials are briefing reporters about collateral damage simulations, 
ordnance and delivery options and stressing their intentions to avoid 
harming noncombatants.

Despite these reassuring statements, and the fact that the United 
States 
has the technology and the sensibility to fight the cleanest war in 
town, 
the Pentagon does not study how military force actually affects 
civilians. 
For all of its computer simulations and painstaking planning, the 
Department of Defense has never undertaken a systemic evaluation to 
determine whether its efforts to spare lives succeed or fail - or what 
might be done to improve them…

A complete collateral damage assessment would include fully 
investigating 
serious incidents during the conflict and following up with a public 
postwar survey of the campaign's impact on civilians. The Department of 
Defense should integrate civilian collateral damage into the formal 
"lessons learned" process, so that it can refine planning, training and 
weapons requirements - something that it has never done before. 
Civilian 
casualties are not just a political issue, they are an operational 
challenge.

We can't claim good intentions and leave it at that. If humanitarian 
groups 
exaggerate civilian deaths, the Pentagon needs to answer them with the 
facts. If the military is serious about limiting civilian casualties, 
it 
needs to dissect the causes and develop new tools and policies to 
protect 
noncombatants. When it does that, the United States may be able to 
claim 
the humanitarian high ground in its conduct, if not always its choice, 
of war.

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ADMINISTRATION BLASTS DIAMONDBACK CARTOON
Jason Flanagan, Diamondback, 3/21/03
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/Diamondback/archives/2003/03/21/news3.html

University officials, student leaders and a U.S. congressman blasted 
The 
Diamondback yesterday for publishing an editorial cartoon about the 
death 
of American pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, calling the cartoon 
tasteless and the newspaper an embarrassment to the university.

Officials were outraged by the March 18 editorial cartoon, which 
depicted 
Corrie, who was killed Sunday in Gaza after a bulldozer ran her over, 
as 
showing "stupidity" for protecting a "gang of terrorists."

Their opinions reflect most of the approximately 2,000 e-mails and 
hundreds 
of phone calls The Diamondback received in the last three days. 
Students 
staged an overnight sit-in protest Wednesday and returned yesterday to 
demand a printed apology, as well as an article honoring Corrie, before 
they moved to Washington to protest the war in Iraq…

SEE ALSO:

RESPONSE TO CONTROVERSY OVER YESTERDAY'S EDITORIAL CARTOON
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/Diamondback/archives/2003/03/19/news0.html

First, I want to thank all of you who showed up outside our offices 
today 
and the thousands of you who e-mailed comments. Our campus lacks enough 
people of your courage and values. In our staff editorials, we've 
repeatedly begged students to take stands on this generally apathetic 
campus, but to little avail. I've received close to 2,000 e-mails and 
hundreds of phone calls, most of which expressed outrage -- a few 
making 
threats -- at our decision to publish the editorial cartoon. I've also 
received requests from other papers to reprint the cartoon, requests I 
have 
denied.

OUR POLICY
The Diamondback employs two editorial cartoonists. At the end of last 
semester, we had one opening and one applicant. That applicant was 
Daniel 
J. Friedman. Our policy on editorial cartoonists is to allow them a 
rectangular box on page 4 to express their views, so long as those 
views do 
not threaten individuals and the content is not libelous. I have 
discussed 
the cartoon with The Diamondback's lawyer, who assured me no legal 
issues, 
including libel, arise from the drawing.

WHY WE PUBLISHED IT
Friedman's cartoons are often jarring and controversial, but clearly 
this 
one went further than any other. When he submitted his cartoon Tuesday 
evening, several editors and I had a brief discussion and some voiced 
disagreement with Mr. Friedman's viewpoint. But ultimately, this 
decision 
was not about a viewpoint. The decision was about freedom of speech, 
and 
that made the decision easy. Though the cartoon represents a radical 
view, 
The Diamondback's editorial board believes whole-heartedly in freedom 
of 
speech. We would be hypocritical to revoke any speech on the grounds of 
radicalism. Neither this cartoon or any other represents the opinions 
of 
myself, the editorial board or The Diamondback staff. As a newspaper, 
we 
are beneficiaries and guardians of the First Amendment -- the very same 
First Amendment that guarantees anyone the right to protest in front of 
our 
offices and question our judgment. As many of you know, we have largely 
steered clear of the Middle East conflict, focusing instead on our 
campus 
and leaving international issues to the major media. The Diamondback 
has 
not taken a stance on the conflict, nor do I plan to during my tenure 
as 
editor in chief.

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THE DIAMONDBACK NEEDS A HIGHER STANDARD OF DECENCY, SAYS PROVOST
http://www.inform.umd.edu/News/Diamondback/archives/2003/03/21/commentary2.html

The Diamondback committed a serious error of editorial judgment by 
publishing the offensive cartoon about the death of Rachel Corrie in 
the 
March 18 issue. I share the disgust of many at this callous, tasteless 
and 
crude pretense of political satire, which I assume was the cartoonist's 
intent.

The editors of The Diamondback have proclaimed their right under the 
First 
Amendment to publish whatever they want as long as it is not libelous. 
The 
paper's constitutional right to publish this cartoon is not at all in 
question. Nor is the cartoonist's right to hold and express his 
opinion. 
Our judicial system has correctly ruled time and again that these 
rights 
are virtually absolute, and I agree.

The editor of The Diamondback stated in an online column on March 20 
that 
the paper will publish any cartoon "so long as [the cartoonists'] views 
do 
not threaten individuals and the content is not libelous." That is a 
dangerously low standard, which is precisely what led to the 
publication of 
this offensive, insensitive and hurtful cartoon. Are editors not also 
responsible for ensuring a degree of fairness, good taste and 
sensitivity? 
Indeed, publications that have endured and earned respect over the 
years 
are those that enforce a higher standard for publication, not only in 
their 
news columns but also on their opinion pages. An editor's job, at least 
at 
a publication that wishes to be considered high quality, must include 
more 
than the lowest goal of protecting the paper against libel or 
individuals 
against harm.

The editors of The Diamondback insist that blocking publication would 
have 
been an act of hypocrisy and censorship. On the contrary, rejecting 
that 
cartoon would have been an act of editorial responsibility. One must 
hope 
that The Diamondback's editors will adopt a higher standard for 
publication 
and apologize publicly for this result of the existing low standard. 
Until 
they do, The Diamondback will continue to shame itself.

William Destler
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

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HEADLINES:

* REGISTER FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* FLORIDA OFFICIALS SAY ANTI-MUSLIM HATE NOT TOLERATED
* COMMENTARY: BRACING FOR A BACKLASH (Washington Post)
	- Family Says Arab heritage Led to Search (Boston Herald)
	- Arabs, Muslims Protect Themselves from Backlash (AP)
	- U.S. Muslims Benefit From Ties With Neighbors (LA Times)
	- An Age of Discrimination? (Newsday)
	- Plans for Muslim Camp Reveal Iowa Town's Fears (Wash. Post)
* WHERE ARE IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION? (Washington Post)
* THIS IS THE REALITY OF WAR. WE BOMB. THEY SUFFER (Independent)
* VOICES FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD
	- Al-Jazeera Images of Iraqi Civilian Casualties
	- Pork to be Fed to Iraqi POW's (Arab News)
* DEMOCRACY BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (Washington Post)
* RELIGIOUS LEADERS SPEAK OUT ON THE WAR (Los Angeles Times)
* PERLE'S PLUNDER BLUNDER (New York Times)
* EDITORIAL: WHOSE NATIONAL INTEREST? (Toledo Blade)
* PEACE ACTIVIST RACHEL CORRIE REMEMBERED ON HOME CAMPUS (AP)

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FLORIDA OFFICIALS SAY ANTI-MUSLIM HATE NOT TOLERATED

(MIAMI, FL) - Florida's office of the Washington-based Council on 
American 
Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) has thanked state officials for challenging 
anti-Muslim hate and offering protection to the Islamic community.

CAIR-FL received a letter from Florida Department of Law Enforcement 
(FDLE) 
Commissioner James T. Moore stating that law enforcement authorities 
will 
not tolerate hate crimes against Muslims.

In his letter to CAIR, Moore wrote: "FDLE will not tolerate hate crimes 
of 
any nature. We will continue, as we have done in the past, to work 
aggressively to investigate and prosecute all individuals who commit 
hate 
crimes…FDLE is committed to protecting Muslims and Arab-Americans…We 
want 
to continue to make Florida a safe place for both its citizens and 
visitors, and your help is vital."

To view a full text of Commissioner Moore's letter visit:
http://www.cair-florida.org/fdle_letter.htm

Earlier, Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced: "We have assured Islamic 
leaders that any actions against them because of who they are or what 
their 
religion is will absolutely not be tolerated."

The Florida Commission of Human Relations (FCHR) also notified CAIR-FL 
that 
his office is in the process of releasing radio public service 
announcements (PSA) reinforcing Governor Bush's call for 
"zero-tolerance" 
of hate crimes.

In a March 18, 2003, to Governor Bush, Commissioner Moore and Derick 
Daniels of the FCHR, CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali had urged 
Florida's leaders to speak out clearly against any backlash on Muslims.

"It is certainly refreshing to see our state's leaders initiate 
pro-active 
steps to prevent any anti-Muslim incidents," said CAIR-FL Board 
Chairman 
Parvez Ahmed.

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CONTACT: Altaf Ali TEL: 954-298-8214, EMAIL: altaf@cair-florida.org; 
Ahmed 
Bedier, Communications Director, CAIR-FL, TEL: 813-731-9506 EMAIL: 
abedier@cair-florida.org;

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COMMENTARY: BRACING FOR A BACKLASH
Mona Eltahawy, Washington Post, 3/23/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8068-2003Mar21.html

Two days before the war against Iraq began, I printed out the "Muslim 
Community Safety Kit" that arrived in my e-mail in box.

The nine-page kit is designed for Muslims, Arab Americans and those 
perceived to be Middle Eastern for use if there is a backlash resulting 
from the war against Iraq. It comes from the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) and includes advice on developing a legal contact 
list, 
reacting to anti-Muslim hate and bomb threats, and reporting suspicious 
behavior to the FBI.

CAIR's examples of several recent anti-Muslim assaults show how handy 
the 
kit can be. Three days before the first volley in this war was fired, 
the 
organization reports, four Muslim women in California said another 
patron 
at a restaurant they were visiting in Venice made references to raping 
Muslim women and threatened them with physical assault.

In Michigan, a Muslim father and son reported that they were refused 
service at a store in Fraser. "You Arabs get out of here. . . . We 
don't 
want to serve you guys. . . . Go back to your country. . . . Dirty 
Arabs," 
they reported the store's cashier as saying. Another customer also 
joined 
in the abuse.

The day before the war began, an Islamic center in Glendale Heights, 
Ill., 
received a phoned bomb threat. Local FBI agents are working with the 
center 
on the case.

In the six weeks before the start of the war, death threats were made 
against Muslim students at San Jose State University in California, and 
physical assaults against Muslims were reported in California, Georgia, 
New 
Jersey and South Carolina. In Yorba Linda, Calif., a Muslim teenager 
was 
badly beaten by a group that allegedly included white supremacists.

It is no wonder the FBI has said, "A U.S. war with Iraq or another 
terrorist attack could trigger a wave of hate crimes against Muslims 
and 
Arab Americans in the United States…"

We pray there isn't another terrorist attack here or anywhere else. 
Besides 
obvious fears for safety, many Muslims worry that we will be rounded up 
en 
masse in the case of such an attack.

A Muslim woman told me recently: "After September 11th, I started 
thinking 
if anything like this ever happens again and we're rounded up, at least 
my 
son will be okay. He has blond hair and can call himself Zak instead of 
Zaki. He'll pass for white and no one will ever suspect otherwise."

In the face of these worries, how do we hold on to the 
life-affirming?...

SEE ALSO:

FAMILY SAYS ARAB HERITAGE LED TO SEARCH
LAUREL J. SWEET, Boston Herald, 3/22/03
http://www.bostonherald.com

Restaurateurs Ali and Najah Ali are renowned for their steak bombs, but 
the 
more than half-dozen people with badges who searched their Everett home 
Thursday morning were not looking to eat, said the elderly couple.

"We're Muslim," Ali Ali, 76, pointed out, "and they're after Muslim 
people…"

The affable grandparents, in business for nearly half a century, are 
native 
Palestinians, but have been U.S. citizens for decades - Ali Ali since 
1952 
and Najah Ali, 65, since 1963.

But at 7 a.m. Thursday, they and their son, Hisham, 26, were awakened 
by 
pounding on their front door and an incessantly ringing bell.

Ali Ali said he padded downstairs in his pajamas and slippers thinking 
the 
caller was a neighbor who needed him to move his car. Instead, he found 
himself face to face with a badge and a man who said he was "from 
immigration" - what is now Homeland Security.

Ali Ali said he invited at least "seven or eight men" and one woman 
into 
his house, whereupon they demanded to see his family's passports and 
proof 
of citizenship.

Najah Ali said she was still in bed when four men presented themselves 
to her.

"I said, 'What's this?' They said, 'Get up. We're from immigration. 
Just 
get us the passport.' I didn't say anything. I was shocked…"

"They told me, 'You have to get dressed and come downstairs.' I was in 
my 
underwear and they stood there and watched me get dressed."

The family said they were never shown a search warrant, yet the 
intruders 
wandered through their house peeking in closets.

"I just kept on asking them, 'What's the reason for this?'" Hisham Ali 
said. He said he was told his father wasn't "in the computer," but no 
further explanation was given…

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ARABS, MUSLIMS TRY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM BACKLASH
DEBORAH KONG, Associated Press, 3/22/03

Feeling singled out in a nation at war, Arab- and Muslim-Americans are 
taking steps large and small to prevent a feared backlash against their 
communities.

Security was beefed up around mosques for prayers Friday; lawyers are 
being 
recruited to help those questioned by the FBI; and some with family 
roots 
in the Middle East are watching what they say in public.

Many feel the mistrust cast on Arabs and Muslims since the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks has worsened with the start of the war, and there's 
widespread anxiety about backlash violence. In the year that followed 
the 
attacks on New York and Washington, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations received hundreds of complaints of violence and 
discrimination 
against Muslims.

"The American public sees the policies and practices of this 
administration 
that target and criminalize Arabs, Muslims and South Asians and it 
sends a 
strong message to the average American that these people are criminals, 
these people are suspect," said Dalia Hashad, an advocate for the 
American 
Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU has been drafting volunteer attorneys to assist people 
interviewed 
by the FBI for a massive, nationwide effort to prevent terrorist 
attacks by 
Iraqi operatives or sympathizers.

Meanwhile, some mosques increased security on Friday, the Muslim day of 
congregational prayers. At the Manassas Mosque in Virginia, four 
volunteer 
"worship watchers," members of the congregation, were on the lookout 
for 
unfamiliar faces among the crowd.

Most major mosques in the Detroit area posted volunteers outside, said 
Haaris Ahmad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations in Michigan. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department stationed 
deputies outside four large mosques...

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U.S. MUSLIMS BENEFIT FROM STRONGER TIES WITH NEIGHBORS
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 3/22/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-war-lamuslim22mar22,1,7681585.story

With a beard and black turban marking his Islamic faith, Imam Moustafa 
Al-Qazwini made a conspicuous target for harassment after the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks. Then, the Islamic leader says, people routinely 
called 
him a "terrorist," made vulgar gestures and once tried to attack him 
while 
he spoke in a church.

Since U.S. forces opened war with his native Iraq this week, however, 
Al-Qazwini says he has not encountered a single act of hostility.

"It was hysterical then," Al-Qazwini said Friday. "This time, it's much 
more peaceful. People have been educated about American Muslims and 
understand the difference between the perpetrators and the innocent…"

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has dispensed "safety kits" 
to 
mosques around the country with instructions on reporting suspicious 
activity and asserting one's rights as an airline passenger, as well as 
tips on increasing security and improving lighting around mosques.

The council's Anaheim chapter also met with local FBI officials Monday 
to 
discuss its concerns about hate crimes.

The meeting exemplified the closer ties that Muslim community leaders 
have 
forged with public officials since the terrorist attacks.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Islamic council received complaints 
about 
FBI behavior: agents making predawn visits, for instance, or treating 
people as suspects, according to Hussam Ayloush, executive director of 
the 
council's Anaheim office.

As a result of the widespread complaints, the Islamic council asked to 
meet 
with FBI agents. They were subsequently invited to conduct a 
"sensitivity 
training" seminar with 150 agents in Orange and San Bernardino 
counties. 
Agents were also invited to mosques and town hall meetings to meet 
American 
Muslims, Ayloush said.

"That really helped," Ayloush said. "It humanized the community as 
people 
who care and worry about the same things they do…"

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AN AGE OF DISCRIMINATION?
Carrie Mason-Draffen, Newsday, 3/23/03
http://www.newsday.com/business/printedition/ny-bzcov233186011mar23,0,1747690.story

The backlash against Muslims was so intense after Sept. 11 that the 
EEOC 
conducted outreach workshops with civil-rights groups to inform them of 
their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which 
prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace.

One of the groups, the Manhattan office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, had received a wide range of complaints from Muslims after 
Sept.11.

For example, three women were fired because they refused to remove 
their 
traditional Muslim head scarves, said Noera Ayaz, CAIR's civil rights 
coordinator. Others were harassed about praying, which devout Muslims 
do 
five times a day. Still other Muslims were hauled into their bosses' 
offices and peppered with questions about their beliefs…

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PLANS FOR MUSLIM CAMP REVEAL IOWA TOWN'S FEARS
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 3/23/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12067-2003Mar22.html

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa -- A bald eagle circles overhead as Jalel Aossey 
makes 
his way through a sloping cedar grove toward the water's edge, pointing 
out 
the places where he envisions a cluster of cabins, a sandy beach and 
lots 
of kids clambering into canoes.

He describes a summer camp much like any other, with swimming and 
hiking, 
marshmallows and singing, but with one difference. Most of the kids 
would 
be Muslims.

So far, nothing exists of the Muslim Youth Camps of America except the 
name 
and some preliminary sketches of a main lodge with a domed prayer hall. 
Yet, the proposal to build a $2 million Islamic summer camp in Iowa has 
become a kind of Rorschach test -- a hazy picture in which supporters 
and 
opponents see all their hopes and fears for future generations of 
Muslims 
in the American heartland.

The camp is the brainchild of a handful of families in Cedar Rapids, 
home 
to one of the oldest mosques in the United States and a small Muslim 
community that dates back more than a century. They may soon gain a 
powerful backer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is 
considering 
whether to lease a former Girl Scout campground to the nonprofit group 
for 
$1 a year.

As the United States invades Iraq and mounts a worldwide campaign 
against 
al Qaeda terrorists, however, the Corps of Engineers has been deluged 
with 
angry letters, e-mails and phone calls. Many imagine a terrorist 
training 
camp -- on federal property in the small town of North Liberty, no 
less.

"The mood of the residents in this area, and the people of the U.S. in 
general, is not too fond of Muslims right now," one North Liberty 
resident 
said in a letter to the Corps. "Many Muslims hate us and I don't trust 
them 
to have a camp with easy access to our water supply," another wrote.

Such virulence may be familiar to new immigrants from Islamic 
countries, 
but it came as a shock to the camp's would-be founders…

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WHERE ARE IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?
Mike Allen and Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 3/23/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12217-2003Mar22.html

Bush administration officials were peppered yesterday with questions 
about 
why allied forces in Iraq have not found any of the chemical or 
biological 
weapons that were President Bush's central justification for forcibly 
disarming Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's government.

Officials said they are certain such weapons of mass destruction will 
be 
located. But the officials warned that the weapons may have been 
dispersed 
in small batches and could be hard to find.

The Iraqi government has not used gas or germs to try to repel invading 
forces, or loaded such weapons of mass destruction onto missiles that 
have 
been fired into Kuwait, raising questions about the size and 
functionality 
of Hussein's arsenal.

Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the war's commander, opened his news conference 
in 
Qatar yesterday by saying that the location and destruction of weapons 
of 
mass destruction, and the collection of information about them were 
among 
the administration's eight objectives in Iraq. But during questioning, 
Franks acknowledged that finding them "is work that lies in front of us 
rather than work we have already accomplished…"

A scarcity of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq would 
have 
the potential to create both relief and concern for the administration. 
Though it is unmitigated good news that such weapons have not been used 
against U.S. troops, the absence of such weapons would raise questions 
about the rationale for war.

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THIS IS THE REALITY OF WAR. WE BOMB. THEY SUFFER
Robert Fisk, Independent, 3/23/03
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=389918

Donald Rumsfeld says the American attack on Baghdad is "as targeted an 
air 
campaign as has ever existed" but he should not try telling that to 
five-year-old Doha Suheil. She looked at me yesterday morning, drip 
feed 
attached to her nose, a deep frown over her small face as she tried 
vainly 
to move the left side of her body. The cruise missile that exploded 
close 
to her home in the Radwaniyeh suburb of Baghdad blasted shrapnel into 
her 
tiny legs ­ they were bound up with gauze ­ and, far more seriously, 
into 
her spine. Now she has lost all movement in her left leg.

Her mother bends over the bed and straightens her right leg which the 
little girl thrashes around outside the blanket. Somehow, Doha's mother 
thinks that if her child's two legs lie straight beside each other, her 
daughter will recover from her paralysis. She was the first of 101 
patients 
brought to the Al-Mustansaniya College Hospital after America's blitz 
on 
the city began on Friday night. Seven other members of her family were 
wounded in the same cruise missile bombardment; the youngest, a 
one-year-old baby, was being breastfed by her mother at the time.

There is something sick, obscene about these hospital visits. We bomb. 
They 
suffer. Then we turn up and take pictures of their wounded children. 
The 
Iraqi minister of health decides to hold an insufferable press 
conference 
outside the wards to emphasise the "bestial" nature of the American 
attack. 
The Americans say that they don't intend to hurt children. And Doha 
Suheil 
looks at me and the doctors for reassurance, as if she will awake from 
this 
nightmare and move her left leg and feel no more pain.

So let's forget, for a moment, the cheap propaganda of the regime and 
the 
equally cheap moralising of Messrs Rumsfeld and Bush, and take a trip 
around the Al-Mustansaniya College Hospital. For the reality of war is 
ultimately not about military victory and defeat, or the lies about 
"coalition forces" which our "embedded" journalists are now peddling 
about 
an invasion involving only the Americans, the British and a handful of 
Australians. War, even when it has international legitimacy ­ which 
this 
war does not ­ is primarily about suffering…

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VOICES FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD

AL-JAZEERA SHOWS IMAGES OF IRAQI CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/3/3-22-26.htm

Jazeera says 50 dead in Basra, shows casualties

KUWAIT, March 22 (Reuters) - Al-Jazeera television, quoting Iraqi 
medics, 
said on Saturday that 50 people had been killed in U.S. bombing around 
the 
southern Iraqi city of Basra and it aired grisly footage of dead and 
wounded civilians.

Among the scenes, beamed across the Arab the world by the Qatar-based 
satellite channel, were a child with the back of its head blown off -- 
it 
was unclear if it was a boy or a girl -- and bloodied people being 
treated 
on the floor of a hospital.

"It's a huge mass of civilians," one angry woman told al-Jazeera, 
standing 
among the wounded. "It was a massacre…"

Jazeera quoted hospital sources as saying a total of 50 people were 
killed 
-- including one entire family and a Russian citizen -- when U.S. F-16 
warplanes planes bombed the city.

The station's images of wounded men, women and children lying bleeding 
in 
the seemingly poorly equipped Jumhuriya hospital and what appeared to 
be 
bodies wrapped in blankets, were beamed into the homes of millions of 
viewers, many of whom are already angry at the U.S.-led war on fellow 
Arabs.

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PORK TO BE FED TO IRAQI POW'S
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24074

In a disturbing revelation a US newspaper has quoted an army captain as 
saying that Iraqi prisoners of war will be fed on meals containing 
pork. 
The Kansas City Star in a March 11, 2003 report quoted US Capt. Jeff 
Searl 
of Camp Virginia in Kuwait as saying that "prisoners will eat what US 
soldiers do. That could mean meals-ready-to eat, the vacuum sealed food 
packs that often include some form of pork, which observant Muslims 
aren't 
supposed to eat."

"We found in the Gulf War they ate them anyway. They were glad to have 
the 
ham slices," he added.

In another report published in The Scotsman a US soldier based in Camp 
Matilda in Kuwaiti desert talked about what to do when prisoners or 
refugees turn aggressive when offered foods containing pork. "We've 
learnt 
that if we give a ration pack containing pork to an enemy prisoner of 
war 
or refugee they may become aggressive. If that happens we are to make 
conciliatory gestures and say 'Salaam'," said Lance Corporal Chris 
Lucio.

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DEMOCRACY BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
Youssef M. Ibrahim, Washington Post, 3/23/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8222-2003Mar21.html

There were two striking results in an opinion survey conducted earlier 
this 
month by Zogby International in six Arab countries -- Saudi Arabia, 
Egypt, 
Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

One was that a huge majority of people in those countries said that, if 
given the choice, they would like their Islamic clergy to play roles 
bigger 
than the subservient ones currently prescribed by most Arab 
governments.

Equally impressive, less than 6 percent of those polled believed that 
the 
United States was waging its campaign in Iraq to create a more 
democratic 
Arab or Muslim world. Close to 95 percent were convinced that the 
United 
States was after control of Arab oil and the subjugation of the 
Palestinians to Israel's will. The survey, commissioned by University 
of 
Maryland professor Shibley Telhami, also showed that overwhelming 
margins 
said that terrorism was going to increase, rather than decrease, as a 
result of the U.S.-led invasion.

President Bush has said that the invasion of Iraq, and the 
establishment of 
a new government there, would be a "catalyst" for change in the region. 
But 
what kind of change? Rather than leading to liberal, pro-Western 
democracy, 
as Bush suggests, the war in Iraq is likely to bring only more radical 
Islamic fundamentalism. After all, the Islamic fundamentalist parties, 
grouped under the big tent of the Muslim Brotherhood, are the only 
forces 
with the organization, capability and ambition to take power if 
democracy 
were to become an option in the Arab world…

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS SPEAK OUT ON THE WAR
Prayers go out for civilians and for the U.S. troops in Iraq. But some 
from 
various denominations oppose Bush's actions.
Los Angeles Times, 3/22/30
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-religreact22mar22,1,1448777.story

With the onset of war between the United States and Iraq, numerous 
American 
religious organizations have stated positions on the fighting. What 
follows 
is a selection of statements from across the nation representing 
various 
religious and ideological positions.

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Washington:

In the international arena, any attack on Iraq will almost certainly 
lead 
to the unnecessary death of Iraqi civilians and American military 
personnel, further destabilize an already unstable region, harm 
long-standing international alliances and treaties and set a dangerous 
precedent for unilateral intervention in the affairs of other nations. 
The 
chaos caused by a war could also provide cover for even greater Israeli 
oppression of the Palestinian people. On the domestic front, a war and 
occupation will drain much-needed financial resources from our 
struggling 
economy and could fuel a backlash against innocent American Muslims, 
Arab 
Americans and those perceived to be "Middle Eastern." A conflict could 
also 
be used to justify further erosions of our civil and religious rights. 
No 
one in the American Muslim community supports the brutal dictatorship 
currently imposing itself on the long-suffering people of Iraq. But 
distaste for the Iraqi regime's murderous policies is not sufficient 
justification for an invasion of that country.

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PERLE'S PLUNDER BLUNDER
MAUREEN DOWD, New York Times, 3/23/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/23/opinion/23DOWD.html

It's Richard Perle's world. We're just fighting in it.

The Prince of Darkness, a man who whips up revelatory soufflés and 
revolutionary pre-emption doctrines with equal ease, took a victory lap 
at 
the American Enterprise Institute on Friday morning.

The critical battle for Baghdad was yet to come and "Shock and Awe" was 
still a few hours away. (The hawks, who are trying to send a message to 
the 
world not to mess with America, might have preferred an even more 
intimidating bombing campaign title, like "Operation Who's Your 
Daddy?")

Yet Mr. Perle, an adviser to Donald Rumsfeld, could not resist a little 
pre-emptive crowing about pre-emption, predicting "a general 
recognition 
that high moral purpose has been achieved here. Millions of people have 
been liberated."

His conservative audience at the Reagan shrine's "black coffee 
briefing" 
(they're too macho for milk and sugar) was buzzed that their cherished 
dream of saving Iraq by bombing it was under way.

The chesty "you repent, we decide" Bush doctrine was cooked up 
pre-Bush, 
fashioned over the last 12 years by conservatives like Mr. Perle, Mr. 
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Scooter Libby, Douglas Feith and 
Bill Kristol.

Now Mr. Perle, who urged America to war with moral certitude, finds 
himself 
subject to questions about his own standards of right and wrong.

Stephen Labaton wrote in The Times on Friday that Mr. Perle was 
advising 
the Pentagon on war even as he was retained by Global Crossing, the 
bankrupt telecommunications company, to help overcome Pentagon 
resistance 
to its proposed sale to a joint venture involving a Hong Kong 
billionaire.

The confidant of Rummy and Wolfy serves as the chairman of the Defense 
Policy Board, an influential Pentagon advisory panel. That's why Global 
Crossing agreed to pay Mr. Perle a fat fee: $725,000. The fee structure 
is 
especially smelly because $600,000 of the windfall is contingent on 
government approval of the sale. (In his original agreement, Mr. Perle 
also 
asked the company to shell out for "working meals," which could add up, 
given his status as a gourmand from the Potomac to Provence, where he 
keeps 
a vacation home among the feckless French.)..

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EDITORIAL: WHOSE NATIONAL INTEREST?
Toledo Blade, 3/18/03
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=TO&Date=20030318&Category=OPINION02&ArtNo=103180065

For half a century there has been a wrongheaded effort to label 
anti-Semitic any criticism of anyone or anything Jewish, including 
Israel. 
Fear of the hateful tag inhibits open discussion, minimizes honest 
criticism, and blocks informed decisions...

Stanley Heller, American and Jewish, has tried to keep his 
co-religionists 
honest for 20-odd years. In a Feb. 20 article at www.antiwar.com, he 
cited 
"rabid neocons" - some of whom, "like Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and 
David Wurmser, actually worked for Israeli think tanks writing grand 
papers 
for (Likud) Prime Minister Netanyahu on how the U.S. and Israel should 
take 
apart and reconstruct the Middle East," and who now hold key roles in 
shaping U.S. foreign policy

Though Mr. Heller ascribes most war zeal to oil, empire dreams, and 
weapons 
testing, he says "We owe it to Americans to tell them the whole truth, 
that 
part of the war drive is being fueled by a wacko militarist clique from 
Israel and its interlocking bands of American Jewish and Christian 
supporters."

He's not alone. In the Feb. 23 (London) Observer Ed Vulliamy, and in 
the 
March 3 San Diego Union-Tribune, James O, Goldsborough, speak in the 
same 
vein - of America's first religious war and proponents' visions of 
empire.

Mr. Vulliamy takes on the empire theme. In 1992, he says Paul Wolfowitz 
wrote a blueprint for America's 21st century foreign policy that seems 
a 
play book for this administration. It talks of using "nuclear, 
biological, 
and chemical weaponry, pre-emptively 'even in conflicts that do not 
directly engage U.S. interests.'"

Is this what Americans want? Does Israel have too strong a hand in our 
foreign policy, or do its interests merely coincide with ours? 
Americans 
won't know without open discussions free of political repercussions and 
stifling accusations.

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PEACE ACTIVIST RACHEL CORRIE REMEMBERED ON HOME CAMPUS
DAVID AMMONS, Associated Press, 3/23/03

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) - Mourners said prayers in the Muslim, Jewish 
and 
Christian fashion as they remembered an American student and peace 
activist 
who was killed last week in a Palestinian refugee camp.

More than 1,800 family, friends and faculty attended the memorial for 
Rachel Corrie at The Evergreen State College, from which the 
23-year-old 
senior had been on leave.

Corrie was an international observer and activist for the International 
Solidarity Movement, a Palestinan-led group that uses nonviolent 
methods to 
challenge the Israeli occupation.

She died March 16 when a bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier ran 
over 
her as she protested in front of a Palestinian home he was demolishing…

At a news conference, Cindy and her husband, Craig, displayed photos 
they 
described as 286 children who have died in Israel and the disputed 
occupied 
territory in the past two years. They deserve as much notice as Corrie 
on 
the morning news, she said.

Evergreen President Les Purce spoke of a world divided, a nation at war 
and 
a woman who will be remembered.

"For people all over the world, Rachel's loss has become a powerful 
symbol, 
spiritually, politically and emotionally," said Purce. "Rachel's loss, 
Rachel's life, were personal to many of us. It was an extraordinary 
life."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

			- NEWS CONFERENCE -

EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DESTROYS ILLINOIS MUSLIM FAMILY'S VAN
CAIR offers reward for info about possible war-related hate crime

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) will hold a news conference today to call on federal authorities 
to 
treat an explosion in a Chicago-area Muslim family's van as a possible 
war-related hate crime. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy group will also announce the offer of a reward for information 
leading to the apprehension and conviction of the perpetrators.

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: Outside the Burbank Police Department, 5650 West 75th Place, 
Burbank, Illinois

CAIR has learned that a "Class B" explosive device was thrown into the 
van 
of the Burbank, Ill., Palestinian Muslim family at about 11 p.m. on 
Saturday, March 22. (Class B explosives are used in commercial-grade 
fireworks.) According to the family, the van's door was blown off, 
shattered glass was thrown up to 30 feet away and a hole was punched in 
the 
vehicle's floor. They believe the incident is related to the ongoing 
war 
with Iraq. Family members say they also experienced hostility from 
neighbors following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"This incident could have resulted in serious injury or even loss of 
life. 
Local and national law enforcement authorities must treat this crime 
with 
the seriousness that it deserves in order to reassure the American 
Muslim 
community that these types of attacks will not be tolerated. 
International 
events should never be allowed to divide our nation along religious or 
ethnic lines," said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Omar Haydar.

He said CAIR is offering a $2000 reward for information that results in 
the 
perpetrators being brought to justice. Haydar noted that his group 
recently 
distributed a "Community Safety Kit" to help protect Muslims in North 
America during the war with Iraq. SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/safetykit

A number of similar incidents have been reported recently across the 
United 
States. CAIR attributes these incidents to the pro-war rhetoric leading 
up 
to the attack on Iraq, coupled with existing levels of anti-Muslim bias 
in 
American society.

In other Illinois incidents, an Evanston resident received a mailed 
death 
threat, a Glendale Heights Islamic center received a phoned bomb threat 
and 
projectiles were fired at a mosque in Villa Park. In California, four 
Muslim women from the northern part of that state visiting a Venice 
restaurant on Sunday say they were verbally assaulted by another patron 
who 
made references to raping Muslim women and threatened them with 
physical 
assault. Death threats were made against Muslim students at San Jose 
State 
University in Northern California. In Michigan, a Muslim father and son 
report that they were refused service at a Meijer store in Fraser, 
Mich.

Physical assaults against Muslims have been reported in Northern 
California, Southern California, Georgia, New Jersey, and South 
Carolina. 
One incident in Yorba Linda, Calif., left a Muslim teenager badly 
beaten by 
a group that allegedly included white supremacists.

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada. Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has defended the civil 
and 
religious rights of all Americans.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/24/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KIND TREATMENT OF PRISONERS
* REGISTER FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4853 SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT CAIR-DFW
* U.S. STEPS UP SECRET SURVEILLANCE (Washington Post)
	- How "Patriot II" Would Erode Checks on Gov. Power (ACLU)
* AREA MUSLIMS REPORT DEATH THREATS (Chicago Sun-Times)
	- FBI Tries to Reassure Muslim Children (Star-Telegram)
	- Teenagers Charged in Firebombing of MO Temple (AP)
       	- War Stirs Worries Among Area Muslims (Pioneer Press)
	- Wyoming Muslims Say U.S. Lost Credibility (Tribune-Eagle)
	- Arab Community Braces for Backlash (Chicago Tribune)
* THE WAR ON IRAQ
	- Forces Leave Instability in Wake (Washington Post)
	- Border Town Seethes As Bombs Fall (Toronto Star)
	- Air Raids Wreck Civilian Homes in Baghdad (Reuters)
	- ICRC Warns Both Sides in Iraq War on Prisoners (Reuters)
       	- Iraqis Express Hostility Towards Coalition Forces (ABC)
	- Bush to Ask Congress for $80 Billion (Washington Post)
	- Hypocrites of America Crying Foul (Mirror)
* RICHARD PERLE'S CONFLICT (NY Times)
	- Ideologues Reshape World Over Breakfast (Financial Times)
* ISRAELI LOAN DEAL CLAIM IRRITATES U.S. (Guardian)
	- Israel Stalls Over New 'Roadmap' (Independent)
	- Timing of AIPAC Conference Raises Concern (JTA)
* D.C. MUSLIM STUDENTS TO HOLD TOWNHALL ON WAR BACKLASH

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KIND TREATMENT OF PRISONERS

A prisoner of war without a shirt was brought to the Prophet Muhammad 
(peace be upon him). The Prophet looked for a shirt to give him. It was 
discovered that the shirt of one of the Prophet's companions would fit 
the 
prisoner, so the Prophet let him wear it. The Prophet then took off his 
own 
shirt and gave it to his companion [to replace the one given to the 
prisoner].

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 252

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REGISTER FOR CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

You can now register online for CAIR's 4th Annual Leadership 
Conference, "A 
Roadmap for Success: Vision and Action" at www.cair-net.org/conference.

Last year's conference was a sell-out so those interested in attended 
are 
urged to register as soon as possible.

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 4853 SPONSORSHIPS

Our goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 16,000 public libraries.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT CAIR-DFW

CAIR-DFW is currently accepting applications for the following 
position:

Job Title - Executive Director Location - Dallas/Fort Worth area

Job description: This person will be responsible for all 
communications, 
activities, and programs emanating from the CAIR-DFW regional office.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen or legal resident. 
It is 
desirable for the candidate to have the following: - University degree 
- 
Superior communication skills in both verbal and writing - Good 
organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills - Computer literacy 
- 
Solid understanding of Islamic issues; and an outgoing and proactive 
disposition - Two years of working experience in a related field with 
NGOs.

Please send resume as an application to info@cairdfw.org or call 
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U.S. STEPS UP SECRET SURVEILLANCE
Dan Eggen and Robert O'Harrow Jr., Washington Post, 3/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16287-2003Mar23.html

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department and FBI have 
dramatically increased the use of two little-known powers that allow 
authorities to tap telephones, seize bank and telephone records and 
obtain 
other information in counterterrorism investigations with no immediate 
court oversight, according to officials and newly disclosed documents.

The FBI, for example, has issued scores of "national security letters" 
that 
require businesses to turn over electronic records about finances, 
telephone calls, e-mail and other personal information, according to 
officials and documents. The letters, a type of administrative 
subpoena, 
may be issued independently by FBI field offices and are not subject to 
judicial review unless a case comes to court, officials said.

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has also personally signed more than 
170 
"emergency foreign intelligence warrants," three times the number 
authorized in the preceding 23 years, according to recent congressional 
testimony...

But some civil liberties and privacy advocates say they are troubled by 
the 
increasing use of the tactics, primarily because there is little or no 
oversight by courts or other outside parties. In both cases, the target 
of 
the investigation never has to be informed that the government has 
obtained 
his personal records or put him under surveillance.

"When this kind of power is used in the regular criminal justice 
system, 
there are some built-in checks and balances," said David Sobel, general 
counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which is 
suing 
the Justice Department for information about its secretive 
anti-terrorism 
strategies. "The intelligence context provides no such protection. 
That's 
the main problem with these kinds of secretive procedures..."

SEE ALSO:

HOW "PATRIOT ACT 2" WOULD FURTHER ERODE THE
BASIC CHECKS ON GOVERNMENT POWER
http://www.cair-nj.org/PatriotActII/aclu-3-20-03.html

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AREA MUSLIMS REPORT DEATH THREATS
Cathleen Falsani, Chicago Sun Times, 3/24/03
http://www.suntimes.com/output/iraq/cst-nws-relreax24.html

As war rages on in Iraq, the Chicago area Muslim community and its 
approximately 80 mosques and Islamic centers are bracing for more 
anti-Muslim backlash.

In the days leading up to the U.S. military attack on Iraq last week, 
members of the Muslim community received two death threats, one by 
mail, 
one by phone, said Kareem Irfan, chairman of the Council of Islamic 
Organizations of Greater Chicago.

An Evanston resident who is a Muslim received a death threat in the 
mail on 
March 18, Irfan said.

''We're working with the police and the FBI in terms of the 
investigation 
and there's no room for complaint," he said. "We feel the law 
enforcement 
agencies are cooperating and particularly understand the significance 
of 
these times."

The Muslim Society Inc. in Glendale Heights, a mosque and Islamic 
center, 
received a telephone death threat March 17, a few days after an attempt 
to 
break into the mosque, Irfan said.

''We're telling member organizations to be extra vigilant, to add 
security, 
better lighting and to use more care in dealing with prayer services 
when 
they come in early in the morning and leave late at night," he said...

SEE ALSO:

FBI TRIES TO REASSURE MUSLIM CHILDREN
Darren Barbee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/24/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/5468577.htm

It had all the banter of a playground tiff but with ugly undertones.
"Are you a Muslim?" the boy asked.

"Yes," the 10-year-old girl replied.
"Muslims will probably kill Christians."

"No they won't, because I'm Muslim," the girl said.

At the Islamic Association of the Mid Cities on Sunday, FBI special 
agent 
Stan Strauss apologized to the girl, who wore a white abaya, a head 
covering.

"There's a lot of fear running through this country right now," Strauss 
said. "In your heart of hearts, know they don't speak for everyone."

More than three dozen children heard from Strauss, who investigates 
hate 
crimes for the Dallas office of the FBI. As the war in Iraq continues, 
some 
Muslims are concerned that they could become victims of harassment and 
hate 
crimes similar to ones that occurred during the first gulf war…

For about an hour Sunday, Strauss and Dallas police officer Truly 
Holmes 
told the children to inform parents and teachers if they are victims of 
harassments by other students. Strauss said the police should be called 
first if a crime is committed.

In 1991, leading up to the first U.S. action in the Persian Gulf, 
Muslims 
at a Fort Worth mosque reported having rocks thrown at them, and a 
woman's 
car was rammed at a Mesquite shopping mall…

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TWO TEENAGERS CHARGED IN FIREBOMBINGS OF HINDU TEMPLE
Associated Press, 3/24/03

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - Two teenagers are charged with firebombing attacks 
at a 
Hindu temple in suburban St. Louis, investigators said Monday.

Both of the 17-year-old suspects, Paul Laird and Nathaniel Conner, both 
of 
Ballwin, live near the temple in a well-to-do area of west St. Louis 
County. They face two charges each of second-degree arson and criminal 
possession of a weapon. Both were being held in the St. Louis County 
jail 
on $75,000 bond.

A news release from St. Louis County police did not specify a motive. 
Officials at the temple had wondered if the attacks were crimes were 
committed by ill-informed people who thought they were attacking a 
Muslim 
mosque.

A police spokesman would say only that the case would be the subject of 
a 2 
p.m. news conference. County police, the FBI and the federal Bureau of 
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms worked together in the investigation.

No one was hurt in either pre-dawn firebombing, both of which involved 
Molotov cocktails - crude bombs made of bottles filled with a flammable 
liquid, often gasoline, and ignited.

In the first attack that occurred either late Feb. 22 or early Feb. 23, 
the 
firebomb struck a massive metal door and caused little damage.

In the second, the Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window, but 
flame-retardant carpeting limited damage to the window, the window 
frame 
and the carpet. A surveillance camera showed the firebomb coming 
through a 
window shattered moments earlier by a brick, setting off the temple's 
security alarms. Then, a large fireball ensued…

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WAR STIRS WORRIES AMONG AREA MUSLIMS
Mara H. Gottfried, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 3/24/03
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/special_packages/iraq/5466517.htm

Aida Wazwaz moved to America from Jerusalem when she was 5. She's 
always 
felt blessed to be here, but since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist 
attacks -- 
and especially since the war in Iraq began last week -- she and others 
in 
the Muslim community are afraid.

There are people who fear uttering simple religious sayings in Arabic 
out 
loud or taking out a prayer rug in a public place or walking down the 
street, the Fridley woman said.

More than 100 people gathered Sunday to talk about the fear of physical 
harm, verbal attacks and other discrimination against Muslims and 
Arab-Americans as war is waged in Iraq.

"A lot of people I know are scared out of their mind," Wazwaz said. 
"This 
is not the America I know. I cry at night, I cry at night because I 
think, 
'God, what happened to this country?' "

Local police departments, FBI, U.S. attorney's office and faith 
community 
representatives, along with elected officials, came to the Islamic 
Center 
of Minnesota in Fridley to urge the people there to report hate crimes 
so 
action can be taken.

"I can't take your fear away," said Deborah Pierce, special agent in 
charge 
of the FBI's Minneapolis office. "I can do the best I can ... to ensure 
your freedoms are protected."

The Twin Cities metro area is home to an estimated 20,700 people whose 
country of origin is predominantly Muslim, according to one analysis of 
census data, although some estimates put the figure at 60,000 or 
more...

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MUSLIM-AMERICAN SAYS U.S. LOST ITS WORLD CREDIBILITY
Michael Zamora, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 3/24/03
http://www.wyomingnews.com/more.asp?StoryID=6210

CHEYENNE -- As the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq continues, local 
Muslim-Americans are speaking out against the war and bracing for 
possible 
shock waves at home.

"I did not see any reason for this war," Dr. Mohammed Mazhar, president 
of 
the Islamic Center of Cheyenne, said. "I did not see any reason to 
hurry 
into it now. Even before it began I thought it was unjustified..."

Arshi Nisley, a Pakistan-born Muslim-American, said people should pray 
for 
a peaceful resolution for the sake of all of those involved. She said 
while 
Iraqis may be labeled the enemy, they are human and have families too.

"I know I personally am very respectful of troops. I think they do a 
tremendous job," she said. "They're working hard. So are Iraqi troops. 
If 
they don't follow their leaders they're not going to be 
court-marshaled, 
they're going to be killed, and their families are going to be killed."

But while fighting intensifies, the possibility of retaliation against 
Muslims in the United States grows as well...

Nisley has heard first-hand how churches can misuse information. She 
recently attended a local Christian service when she heard Islam would 
be 
discussed, and she was surprised to hear how her religion was 
characterized.

"Islam was portrayed in the worst light possible," she said.

She said verses of the Quran were picked out and presented in a way 
where 
fighting and violence seemed to be encouraged.

"It was very negative, and I was the only Muslim there," she said. "I 
didn't want to argue and fight, that's not our way. We don't all just 
strap 
bombs to ourselves. For the most part we are very peaceful..."

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ARAB-AMERICAN COMMUNITY BRACES FOR FEARED BACKLASH
Tim Jones, Chicago Tribune, 3/24/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0303240211mar24,1,2372982.story

DEARBORN, Mich. -- The sense of dread had been building for months, and 
even before the attack against Iraq began, residents in this 
more-than-century-old Arab-American community hunkered down last week 
for a 
political siege, an unwelcome return to the weeks and months following 
Sept. 11.

First came the FBI, which started the week by interviewing more than 
300 
Iraqi immigrants in hopes of gathering information about possible 
terrorist 
attacks. Then came the targeting of hundreds of Iraqi men in Michigan 
who 
are considered threats to national security. By week's end, immigration 
agents had arrested about a dozen men and were searching for more.

Once again the fabric of blue-collar Dearborn, home of the nation's 
largest 
concentrated Arab-American community, is being tested.

"We feel more comfortable here than in other communities, but the war 
is a 
setback. There is a state of fear," said Muthanna Hanooti, an 
Iraqi-American and president of Focus on American and Arab Interests 
and 
Relations.

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FORCES LEAVE INSTABILITY IN WAKE
Susan B. Glasser and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post, 3/22/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11924-2003Mar22.html

SAFWAN, Iraq, March 22 -- Screams echoed even before the two white 
pickups 
pulled up. In the first truck, an Iraqi woman lay bleeding with a 
shrapnel 
wound in her leg. In the second were two dead bodies and a sobbing 
woman 
who said the bodies were those of her father and brother.

"The Americans did it," said an angry Iraqi from the crowd of onlookers 
in 
Safwan, a U.S.-controlled town just north of the Kuwaiti border. A 
British 
military policeman dressed the woman's wound. Amid the shrieks, it was 
impossible to determine what had happened to the Iraqis before they 
drove up.

U.S. military convoys rumbled by, meanwhile: truckloads of Patriot 
anti-missile batteries, supplies for the invasion force charging north, 
mini-Humvee convoys off to the Basra front. They did not pause to 
contemplate the scene playing out here as they hurried on to military 
objectives farther forward. They did not stop to meet the sullen stares 
of 
the Iraqi men standing on the roadside in clusters of threes and 
fours...

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BORDER TOWN SEETHES AS BOMBS FALL
Mitch Potter, Toronto Star, 3/24/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1035779709692

ABU KAMAL ON THE IRAQ-SYRIA BORDER - The people on this particular edge 
of 
the war in Iraq fumed in silent fury last night as the final prayer of 
the 
Muslim holy day was answered with an unprecedented bombardment of their 
beloved Baghdad.

By nightfall, as the ferocity of the air strikes beyond the eastern 
horizon 
mounted with each passing minute, residents of this frontier town were 
glued to televisions and radios, each taking the attack as a personal 
tragedy.

"Why? Why is this happening?" asked Khalil Mohammed, 32, a lawyer, as 
he 
sat transfixed with a dozen men watching the devastation on Al-Jazeera 
TV.

"When the Americans hit Baghdad, they are hitting us. In this part of 
Syria, we think of ourselves as Iraqis. Because we once were - until 
the 
Sykes-Picot Line was drawn on the map, we were Iraq," he said, 
referring to 
the 1916 agreement that divided the Middle East into areas of influence 
for, among others, Britain and France...

Amid the rage, paradoxically, a lesson in breathtaking hospitality. The 
entire town seems now to know the nationalities of the two foreigners 
in 
its midst, and refuses to allow them to spend money. Whether for sweet 
chai 
tea, thick Arabic coffee or restaurant meals, offers of payment are 
firmly 
refused. "You are our guest. We cannot take your money."

That hospitality did not fade with last night's salvo over Baghdad, but 
the 
mood of the town grew darker still...

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AIR RAIDS WRECK CIVILIAN HOMES IN BAGHDAD
Hassan Hafidh, Reuters, 3/23/03
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=focusIraqNews&storyID=2430905

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - When Shafa Hussein returned from taking her sick 
son to 
a Baghdad hospital, she found her home in ruins, destroyed in 
U.S.-British 
air strikes.

Her house in the Qadissiya residential area of central Baghdad was 
reduced 
to rubble and all her belongings, including money, food and furniture, 
were 
buried under heaps of concrete.

"Thank God that my husband, my child and myself were not hurt," said 
the 
distraught 39-year-old woman.

Five other houses were demolished and 12 damaged in the raid, which 
residents said took place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. They said several 
people had been wounded and taken to the nearby Yarmouk hospital, but 
no 
one had been killed...

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ICRC WARNS BOTH SIDES IN IRAQ WAR ON POW TREATMENT
Reuters, 3/24/03

KUWAIT - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on 
Monday 
all parties to the war in Iraq were obliged under international 
humanitarian law not to allow pictures of prisoners to be broadcast.

An ICRC spokeswoman in Kuwait said pictures shown on television 
networks 
and in newspapers of Iraqi prisoners surrendering to U.S. and British 
forces and of U.S. soldiers captured by Iraqis were both prohibited by 
the 
convention.

The ICRC has started approaching relevant authorities to seek access to 
all 
those taken prisoner.

"The Geneva convention completely prohibits publishing pictures of 
prisoners of war, as has been happening," Tamara al-Rifai, told 
Reuters. 
"It applies to all parties. For us, the law is clear, and all the 
parties 
involved in this war were signatories..."

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IRAQIS IN THE TOWN OF SAFWAN EXPRESSED HOSTILITY TOWARD THE COALITION 
FORCES, THE UNITED STATES AND PRESIDENT BUSH
John Donvan, ABC News, 3/24/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/World/iraq_safwan030322.html

Safwan, Iraq, - They were unforgettable images: Residents of this 
southern 
Iraqi town openly welcoming coalition forces. They danced in the 
streets as 
a picture of Saddam Hussein was torn down.

That was yesterday. Traveling unescorted into Safwan today, I got a far 
different picture. Rather than affection and appreciation, I saw a lot 
of 
hostility toward the coalition forces, the United States and President 
Bush.

Some were even directed towards the media. (It was the first time I 
heard 
somebody refer to me as a "Satan.")

To be sure, conversations with people on the street here begin 
relatively 
calmly. But the more they talked, the angrier they got.

In part, much of their discontent stems from the unknown. In speaking 
with 
them, the newly-liberated Iraqis ask the same questions that seem to 
nag 
many outside Iraq.

Why are you here in this country? Are you trying to take over? Are you 
going to take our country forever? Are the Israelis coming next? Are 
you 
here to steal our oil? When are you going to get out...?

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BUSH TO ASK CONGRESS FOR $80 BILLION
Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, Washington Post, 3/24/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12214-2003Mar22.html

WASHINGT0N -  President Bush plans to tell congressional leaders on 
Monday 
that the war in Iraq will cost about $80 billion, administration 
officials 
said, three days after both chambers of Congress passed budget plans 
and 
authorized tax cuts without an estimate of the war's cost from the 
administration.

For weeks, White House officials refused to provide a cost estimate, 
saying 
they could not account for the various war scenarios. But officials 
said 
yesterday that on Monday, Bush plans to tell congressional leaders he 
will 
ask for additional funding of about $80 billion. The figure, which has 
ranged between $70 billion and $90 billion in last-minute 
deliberations, 
includes about $60 billion for combat and the first months of 
reconstruction, with the rest going to foreign aid, homeland security 
and 
humanitarian relief...

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HYPOCRITES OF AMERICA CRYING FOUL
Paul Routledge, Mirror (UK), 3/24/03
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12770615&method=full&siteid=50143

Nothing more clearly illustrates the cruel hypocrisy of America's war 
against Iraq than Washington's reaction to the news that GIs have been 
captured.

Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld screamed "Geneva Convention! Geneva 
Convention!" at the Iraqis for showing footage of US soldiers taken on 
the 
battlefield.

He thundered that the film was "video propaganda" which violated their 
rights as prisoners of war under international law.

How two-faced can you get?

Rumsfeld is the warmonger who ignored international legalities when the 
UN 
refused to back the invasion of Iraq.

And he ruled that PoWs captured by the Americans in Afghanistan more 
than a 
year ago have NO rights, and can be caged like animals at Camp X-Ray in 
Guantanamo, Cuba.

Footage of 300 PoWs airlifted out of Kabul - with bags over their heads 
and 
chains on every conceivable part of their body - was jubilantly shown 
on 
American TV. The pictures were posted on the Pentagon's website...

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RICHARD PERLE'S CONFLICT
New York Times, 3/24/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/24/opinion/24MON3.html

As chairman of the Defense Policy Board, Richard Perle has been an 
influential architect of the Bush administration's Iraq policy and war 
plans. At the same time, it turns out, he has signed on to represent a 
major telecommunications company that has a strong financial interest 
in 
lobbying the Defense Department. This is a conflict pure and simple, 
and 
Mr. Perle should immediately drop one of his two roles.

Mr. Perle, who served as an assistant defense secretary under President 
Reagan, is indisputably an important part of the current Defense 
Department. His position as chairman of the policy board, to which he 
was 
appointed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is unpaid. But he is 
nevertheless considered a "special government employee" and is subject 
to 
federal ethics rules...

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IDEOLOGUES RESHAPE WORLD OVER BREAKFAST
Guy Dinmore, Financial Times, 3/22/03
http://search.ft.com/search/article.html?id=030322001128

Billed as a "black coffee briefing on the war on Iraq", yesterday's 
breakfast for the influential hawks of the American Enterprise 
Institute 
was more of a victory celebration.

With a few words of caution - that the war to oust Saddam Hussein was 
not 
yet over - the panel of speakers, part of the Bush administration's 
ideological vanguard, set out their bold vision of the postwar agenda: 
radical reform of the UN, regime change in Iran and Syria, and 
"containment" of France and Germany...

The war was going well, said Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's 
Defence Advisory Board. There were more anti-war demonstrators in San 
Francisco than Iraqis willing to defend their leader. The "coalition of 
the 
willing" was growing.

The fall of Mr Hussein would be an "inspiration" for Iranians seeking 
to be 
free of their dictatorial mullahs, Mr Perle said...

Michael Ledeen, a former Reagan administration official and author of 
The 
War Against the Terror Masters, said this conflict was part of a 
"longer 
war" and such terrorist-sponsors as Iran and Syria knew that. France 
and 
Germany insisted on "shoring up tyrannical regimes". Anti-war 
demonstrators 
had reached "new lows of disgustingness".

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ISRAELI LOAN DEAL CLAIM IRRITATES U.S.
Chris McGreal, Guardian, 3/22/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,919563,00.html

Israel has irritated the US by revealing private assurances from 
Condoleezza Rice to Benjamin Netanyahu that the White House has 
approved 
$10bn (£6.4bn) in aid before it was formally announced in Washington.

In a phone conversation on Wednesday, Ms Rice, the US national security 
adviser, told Mr Netanyahu, Israel's finance minister, that the White 
House 
was willing to provide $9bn in loan guarantees to prop up Israel's 
sinking 
economy and another $1bn in military aid.

Mr Netanyahu announced the deal to the Israeli press...

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ISRAEL STALLS OVER NEW 'ROADMAP'
Justin Huggler, Independent, 3/23/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=389806

The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has scheduled talks with the 
Israeli Foreign Minister amid mounting concern that international 
pressure 
to push forward the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians 
is 
faltering.

With all eyes on the US and British invasion of Iraq, the fact that the 
"road map" international peace plan has not been released, as President 
Bush promised it would be by now, has gone largely unnoticed.

Meanwhile, the Israeli government has thrown up new objections to the 
peace 
plan, calling for all references to an "independent" Palestinian state 
to 
be dropped. Some European diplomatic sources are already raising fears 
that 
the "two-state solution" promised by George Bush may be in danger...

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TIMING OF AIPAC CONFERENCE RAISES CONCERN OF HOW TO FRAME MESSAGE
Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 3/23/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=AIPAC+refining+message+ahead+of+conference&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON, March 23 (JTA) - For months, Jewish groups have been 
working 
tirelessly to separate the Iraq issue from Israel, lowering their 
voices of 
support for the war.

But next week, close to 5,000 pro-Israel activists - many of whom 
strongly 
support the U.S.-led war on Iraq and its benefits to Israel's security 
- 
will meet in the nation's capital for the annual policy conference of 
the 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

It's likely that they won't want to keep quiet any longer. But the fact 
that the March 30-April 1 conference is taking place in wartime 
presents 
uncomfortable dilemmas about how to discuss aspects of the Bush 
administration's Middle East policy...

Some figures have suggested that American Jews, and especially Jewish 
neoconservatives in the Bush administration, were pushing the country 
toward war.

As a result, many in the Jewish world have been trying to keep their 
support for the Bush administration's agenda, in Iraq and in Israel, to 
a 
whisper...

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MSA GW HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING TO ADDRESS BACKLASH

(Washington, D.C.) The Muslim Students' Association (MSA) of the George 
Washington University, along with many other student organizations, 
will 
hold an emergency town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 25th at 8 PM in 
the 
Marvin Center Amphitheatre (tentative).

In light of the growing crisis in the Middle East and the current 
United 
States war against Iraq, the Arab and Muslim-American communities at 
GWU 
are requesting the university to be prepared to take proactive steps to 
address possible hate backlash against innocent students on campus. 
This 
request is because of the historic pattern of hate crimes, abuse and 
discrimination faced by the Arab and Muslim-American communities during 
the 
1991 Gulf War and in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist 
attacks.

This event is an opportunity for students to share their concerns with 
members of the University Police Department, university administration, 
faculty and the student body. Each panelist will be given five minutes 
to 
speak. This will be followed by a question and answer question.

This event is NOT to debate the war on Iraq. Rather, it is a forum for 
students to get their questions answered and their concerns about 
campus 
safety assuaged.

CONTACT: Amna Arshad, President, MSA: 703-431-9169, amna@gwu.edu
Tarek Elgawhary, MSA: albasha@gwu.edu

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/25/2003

HEADLINES:

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROVISION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
* CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: ADVANCED MEDIA RELATIONS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 333 NEW SPONSORSHIPS
* CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN
* MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIME (AP)
	- Hate-Crime Probe Under Way (Chicago Sun-Tribune)
	- War Doesn't Justify Bigotry (LA Times)
	- Muslim Kids' War Anxiety Compounded (SF Chronicle)
	- Zero-Tolerance on Hate Crimes (Mercury News)
	- Police Investigate Complaints of Harassment (AP)
	- War Changes Doubters' To-Do Lists (Atlanta Journal)
* FBI, ARABS MEET IN ACCORD (Miami Herald)
	- Arab Leaders Urge Public to Assist FBI with Manhunt (Orlando 
Sentinel)
	- FBI Seeks Help Locating Terrorism Suspect (Sun-Sentinel)
	- FBI: 5,000 Iraqis in U.S. Interviewed (AP)
	- Oppose the New Airline Passenger Profiling System (ACLU)
* MARINES LOSING THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS (Guardian)
	- Australian Pilot Refuses U.S. Bombing Order (NZ Herald)
	- Search at Najaf Yields No Sign of Chemical Weapons (FT)
	- Troops Fail To Create Corridor for AID (Guardian)
	- Seymour Hersh: Who Lied To Whom? (New Yorker)
	- The Misplaced Patriotism of Richard Perle (Antiwar.com)
	- Pat Buchanan Takes Columnist to Task (Washington Times)
	- Conservatives' Uncivil War Over Iraq (Washington Post)
	- Boycott of US Goods Over Iraq War Gains Pace (Reuters)
	- U.S. Is Assembling A Civilian Team to Run Iraq (NY Times)
	- Pro-Israel General to Oversee Iraq Reconstruction (Forward)
	- Israeli Weapons Part of Iraq Attack (JTA)
	- The Middle East: Imperial Dreams (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
* REAPING A RELIGIOUS WHIRLWIND (Sun-Sentinel)
* NYSE REVOKES CREDENTIALS FOR AL-JAZEERA (AP)
	- Al-Jazeera Launches Site In English (Wall Street Journal)
* LAYING DOWN 'THE WHITE WOMAN'S BURDEN' (Fox News)
* D.C. FILM SCREENING ON GUJARAT DOCUMENTARY

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROVISION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told a person about to leave 
on a journey: "May God grant you the provision of righteousness...and 
may He make it easy for you to do virtuous deeds, wherever you may be."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 235

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CAIR'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: ADVANCED MEDIA RELATIONS

Now than more than ever, local community organizations and activists 
need to develop basic media relations skills. At CAIR's 4th Annual 
Leadership Conference, "A Roadmap for Success: Vision and Action," there will 
be several sessions devoted media relations such as:

ADVANCED MEDIA RELATIONS SKILLS: Improving the media skills you already 
have is a high-yield investment. Learn about news release success 
factors, advanced interview skills, developing talking points, and dealing 
with tough questions while on the air.

You can now register online for the conference at: 
www.cair-net.org/conference

Last year's conference was a sell-out so those interested in attended 
are urged to register as soon as possible.

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 333 NEW SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's Library Project has received 5191 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Take part in this first-of-its-kind campaign by sponsoring an 18-item 
"library package." Our goal is to send accurate and objective information 
about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

TO SPONSOR A LIBRARY PACKAGE, GO TO: www.libraryproject.org
OR CALL: 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST IN LA TO HATE CRIME TARGETING MUSLIMS
Associated Press, 3/25/03

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man accused of singing about the rape of Muslim 
women has pleaded no contest to a hate crime charge.

Murray Gurfein, 54, of Marina del Rey was sentenced to 36 months 
probation and ordered to serve 60 days in county jail or perform 60 days of 
Caltrans work.

"This conviction sends a powerful message that hate crimes in the city 
of Los Angeles will not be tolerated," City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo 
said Monday.

Gurfein was charged with one misdemeanor count of a hate crime stemming 
from the incident outside a cafe in Venice on March 16, three days 
before the war began with Iraq. He pleaded no contest on March 21 and was 
immediately sentenced, Delgadillo said…

Deputy City Attorney Michele Anderson said a group of women of Middle 
Eastern descent became uncomfortable after they overheard the song.

"After the management requested Gurfein stop singing, he became 
belligerent, pointing out the women, calling them terrorists and threatening 
to 'cut off their fingers' and have 'snipers shoot them when they 
leave,"' Anderson said.

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HATE-CRIME CASE PROBE UNDER WAY
Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune, 3/25/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0303250175mar25,1,5557936.story

Federal authorities are investigating as possible hate crimes an 
explosion in a van parked outside the Burbank home of a Palestinian Muslim 
family and several other incidents in recent weeks, an FBI agent said 
Monday.

The explosion, which shattered the van's windows and blew out a door 
but caused no injuries, occurred about 11:30 p.m. Friday. It was the 
latest of what community leaders insist are crimes linked to the war with 
Iraq.

"In Chicago in the past couple of weeks, we've seen an increase in 
these types of crimes," said FBI Special Agent William H. Billings, who 
attended a news conference Monday outside the Burbank Police Department.

At the end of February, rocks were thrown through the window of a 
Tinley Park home where a man lived who had been charged with allegedly 
belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The FBI has investigated a March 11 glass-breaking incident at a mosque 
in Villa Park and a March 19 shooting at a car driven by a Muslim in 
Chicago near Diversey and Austin Avenues. No one was injured in either 
incident.

This week, authorities added two more cases to the list: a letter 
containing death threats mailed to a home in Evanston and a bomb threat in 
Glendale Heights. Both happened last week.

"[We] attribute these incidents to the pro-war rhetoric leading up to 
the attack on Iraq, coupled with existing levels of anti-Muslim bias in 
American society," said Omar Haydar, executive director of the Chicago 
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy 
group...

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WAR DOESN'T JUSTIFY BIGOTRY
Los Angeles Times, 3/25/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-hate25mar25,1,2243441.story

As the war in Iraq began last week, state and local leaders put police 
forces and emergency workers on alert against terrorist attacks. In Los 
Angeles, they also announced they would beef up their investigation and 
prosecution of hate crimes, a clear message that homeland security 
extends to Muslims and Arab Americans.

The Los Angeles area has the largest population of Arab Americans in 
the country, a demographic feature that went little noticed in this 
polyglot region