Xenophobia At Its Worst

Date Put forth on January 13, 2007 by XicanoPwr
Category Posted in Canada, Deportation, Immigration, Xenophobia

Not my usual write up, I did get the flu. Yuk! But I couldn’t let these stories go by since Homeland security has taken its job a bit to far in protecting US from terrorists. (Just a small warning: Post is written in a semi-medicated stated. :( Sorry about that.)

The day after [tag]Shahwar Matin Siraj[/tag], 24, was convicted for conspiracy to blow up Herald Square subway station, his family was rounded up detained and will soon be deported back to Pakistan.

Terrorism Convict’s Family Held for Deportation

A day after a man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to bomb Manhattan’s Herald Square, his parents and sister were detained by federal immigration officials seeking to deport them.

Shahwar Matin Siraj, 24, was sentenced Monday afternoon for plotting to blow up a subway station in the Midtown shopping district known for its Macy’s store. Early Tuesday morning, his family was arrested at its home in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Police officials hailed the sentencing of Siraj, a Pakistani immigrant, as a victory against homegrown terrorism.

Siraj never obtained explosives, nor made a timetable for an attack. He has no known connection to any terrorist organization.

His family has lived in the United States since 1999 and has been seeking asylum since 2003, said their attorney, Mona Shah.

But why are they being deported? According to the New York Times, ICE’s spokesperson said that Siraj’s father, Siraj Abdul Rehman, 54, was arrested because there was a “final deportation order had been filed against him” and Siraj’s mother and daughter were “arrested and detained on immigration violations.”

According to the family’s attorney, [tag]Mona Shah[/tag], the reason for the deportation charges is to silence them up from protesting.

“It’s not American, to punish one person and the next day arrest the entire family,” Shah said. “This is basically silencing them.”

Looks like Amerikkka has decided to throw out the 1st Amendment. Even worse, this facist government is sending them to their death, while their son will probably be tortured for 30 years. Think I am exaggerating that the US is sending them to their death. According to Shah

…. all members of the family are Ismaili Muslims, a sect that she said has been mistreated in Pakistan. She said family members had been robbed and attacked several times. “They would be subject to torture and harassment if they returned,” she said.

It gets even worse, Desis Rising Up and Moving ([tag]DRUM[/tag]) asking for your help because the father and the mother have ongoing and severe medical conditions, and the mother was only allowed to take two days of medicine at the time of the arrests.


CALL ICE [tag]Deportation[/tag] Officers at 973-645-3666 (Ext.0, Ext.5101, or Ext.5017), or fax at 973-645-6124
1. Demand that the Siraj family be released on recognizance or a reasonable bond for all three (ICE officials have stated that that the father was picked up because his asylum case appeal was denied, but in fact his appeal is still pending)
2. Demand that [tag]ICE[/tag], NYPD, and other enforcement agencies stop targeting immigrant communities, in particular Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians

CALL Warden Charlotte Collins at Elizabeth Detention Center at 908-352-3776
1. Demand that Elizabeth Detention Center and ICE officials provide urgent medical care and medication for the mother and father for their ongoing, severe medical conditions
2. Demand that the Siraj family be kept together, and in particular the Mother and daughter not be separated
3. Demand that the family be able to directly communicate and visit their son, Matin, who is being held at Metropolitan Detention Center, and both detention facilities pro-actively facilitate direct communication between members of a traumatized family

From the NY Times, it looks like the [tag]Pentagon[/tag] is upset that the detainees in Gitmo are getting adequate representation from their lawyers and would like them to stop representing them. However, the lawyers them to FUCK OFF. Well, not in those words, but close.

The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’ corporate clients should consider ending their business ties.

The comments by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, produced an instant torrent of anger from lawyers, legal ethics specialists and bar association officials, who said Friday that his comments were repellent and displayed an ignorance of the duties of lawyers to represent people in legal trouble.

I don’t know, if I remember what I learned in civics class, the United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights provides people the due process of law, equal protection, equal protection of the law and other terms construed to mean right of counsel. Right of counsel explicitly is found only in the Sixth Amendment, but since a basic principle of the federal constitution was that civil justice was to be done in the states, it was understandable that these provisions were not included. The Ninth Amendment states: “the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

It looks like the King George, his Court Jester Al “Torture Guy” Gonzales, and his new War Czar, Robert Gates, are trying to distance themselves for Mr. Stimson little faux paux.

In an interview on Friday, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said he had no problem with the current system of representation. “Good lawyers representing the detainees is the best way to ensure that justice is done in these cases,” he said.

Neither the White House nor the Pentagon had any official comment, but officials sought to distance themselves from Mr. Stimson’s view. His comments “do not represent the views of the Defense Department or the thinking of its leadership,” a senior Pentagon official said. He would not allow his name to be used, seemingly to lessen the force of his rebuke. Mr. Stimson did not return a call on Friday seeking comment.

So we have the Pentagon and ICE who would like to throw out the Constitution.

Last on the xenophobic list, it does look [tag]Canada[/tag] is pretty sinister after all according to Homeland Security. CNN just reported that the US will begin patrolling US airspace along Canadian border this fall with unmanned drones.

The propeller-driven drones, called Predators, will begin patrolling U.S. airspace along the border with Canada by September and will fly day and night, said Scott Baker, chief patrol agent of Customs and Border Protection, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

Baker recently took over the job in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and is responsible for guarding the 850-mile (1,368-kilometer) stretch of the border between Lake Superior and Montana.

“Just one of the wrong people getting through, driving through our border area, could spell catastrophe,” Baker said. “So, it is a concern.”

U.S. lawmakers repeatedly have voiced concerns that terrorists could exploit the remoteness of the northern border with Canada.

I guess we just have to keep those Canadian spy coins outta hear I guess. If one comes through, the Canadian invasion will begin.

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  1. Gravatar Icon The insomniac gringo Jan 13th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Hey, look on the bright side, X… maybe the Minutemen and Border Protection (racket) yo-yos will go camping up in Montana or Buffalo, NY instead of making pests of themselves down our way.

    After all, I hear those Canadians are even more sinister than Latin Americans… can’t let folks with univeral health care and gay marriages in. Even scarier… some of them speak FRENCH!

  2. Gravatar Icon XicanoPwr Jan 14th, 2007 at 5:46 am

    I thought I was bad insomniac, we are about the same. How is the weather out there, you guys did get hit with the Arctic blast right?

    We don’t need any of that French influence around here, people might become liberal and want universal health care and gay marriages. You know those Canadian Frenchies must have had an influence in Coahuila.

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