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Military Resistance 10E5: Blackmail

Military Resistance 10E5: Blackmail

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Military Resistance: thomasfbarton@earthlink.net 5.13.12 
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Military Resistance 10E5 
 
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, A U.S.Citizen, Blackmailed By FBI:
“He Was Offered A Deal: If He HelpedThe FBI As An Informant, His NameWould Be Removed From The No-FlyList
May 10, 2012 By JOEL MILLMAN, Wall Street Journal [Excerpts]
PORTLAND, Ore.—A case challenging the use of the federal government's "no-fly"list, set to be heard here Friday, will raise the larger issue of whether Muslims aresingled out for harassment by authorities.
A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that members of the U.S.Muslim community were put on the no-fly list of potential security risks without a means
 
to correct their status, depriving them of freedom to travel. The 15 plaintiffs also allegethat current federal rules deprive them of means to get off the list.One of the plaintiffs is the imam of Portland's largest and oldest mosque, the Masjed As-Saber Islamic Center."The system is so opaque, they give no information to people denied boarding," saidNusrat Jahan Choudhury, the ACLU attorney arguing for the plaintiffs. Ms. Choudhurysaid two plaintiffs were asked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to serve asinformants in exchange for removal from the no-fly list.The Portland case alleges similar instances where American Muslims learn they havebeen put on the no-fly list, which has seen its numbers roughly double since the so-called underwear bomber was apprehended in 2009. It also is the latest skirmish in twoyears of litigation that the ACLU has launched arguing that no-fly measures have beenabused.In the case being argued in Portland on Friday, all 15 plaintiffs said that, beginning in2010, they learned they had been barred from air travel as "too dangerous to fly, but tooharmless to arrest," according to the ACLU's complaint.In March 2010, for instance, the mosque's imam, Sheikh Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye,a U.S. citizen, booked a Delta Air Lines flight from Portland to Amsterdam, en route toDubai, according to the complaint. Though he said he had made a similar trip withoutincident in October 2009, a Delta employee told the cleric at the airport that he was on agovernment list.Mr. Kariye said two Portland police officers and a U.S. Marshal escorted him from theticket counter, but they wouldn't explain why he had been added to the no-fly list. Hesaid he filed an official complaint with the Department of Homeland Security.More than two years later, Mr. Kariye doesn't know how he got on the list, the evidenceagainst him, or know how to persuade federal authorities to remove his name, accordingto the complaint.Mr. Kariye said he wasn't asked to become an informant, but others who are plaintiffs inthe suit said they were.
In April 2010, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ibraheim Mashal tried to board a flightfrom Chicago to Spokane, Wash., when the then-30-year-old son of a Palestinianimmigrant learned he was on the no-fly list, he said in the complaint.Two federal agents who asked to question him identified themselves as from theFBI, he said.Nearly two months later, Mr. Mashal, also a U.S. citizen, said he met with theagents at a suburban Chicago hotel. There, Mr. Mashal said, he was offered adeal: If he helped the FBI as an informant, his name would be removed from theno-fly list. He said he declined and subsequently joined the ACLU complaint.
 
Another plaintiff, Nagib Al Ghaleb of Oakland, Calif., learned he was on the no-fly list inFebruary 2010, in Frankfurt, Germany, during a stopover on his return flight fromYemen, according to the ACLU complaint. He said in the complaint that an FBI officerlater told him he would be taken off the no-fly list if he would agree to become aninformant "in the California Yemeni community."
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
U.S. Soldier Killed, 2 More Injured ByAfghan Soldier
May 12, 2012 By DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE REPORTSAn attacker wearing an Afghan National Army uniform shot dead a U.S. soldier andwounded to more in the country’s east.
Foreign Occupation “Servicemember”Killed Somewhere Or Other InAfghanistan Friday:Nationality Not Announced
May 11, 2012 APA foreign servicemember died following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistantoday.
Foreign Occupation “Servicemember”Killed Somewhere Or Other InAfghanistan Saturday:Nationality Not Announced
May 12, 2012 APA foreign servicemember died following an improvised explosive device attack insouthern Afghanistan today.

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