Posted by troublemaker on January 2, 2012
The United States Department of State maintains a list of designated “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” (1). Advocating or otherwise promoting any organization on that list is illegal in the United States. This is why Jubair Ahmad was arrested for “providing material support” to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) after uploading a video to YouTube. We cannot tell you what was in that video because it has been removed from Youtube. But we can tell you that the FBI’s sworn affidavit (2) seems to indicate the video was a collection of images which detail abuses at the U.S. detention camp Abu Ghraib, images of vehicles being attacked by road side bombs, and Muslim prayer segments. Jubair Ahmad, a legal immigrant to the United States, pled guilty (3).
Javed Iqbal, who has lived in New York for 26 years, was arrested for making the Al Manar TV channel available to customers of his satellite TV Company HDTV Ltd. The US Treasury declared Al Manar a terrorist organization claiming it participated it “supported Hezbollah’s fund-raising and recruitment activities.” (4) Both Al Manar and Hezbollah are on the list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (1), so although Javed Iqbal said he did not support Al Manal via personal ideology; offering that TV station in a package for his satellite TV Company amounted to material support. Iqbal pointed to the fact that his company also sold Christian and adult programming. He was sentenced to almost six years in prison.
Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK) is another organization named on the designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations list just like Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Al Manal, and Hezbollah. So you would imagine supporting MEK would bring criminal charges as well. Evidently not if you are part of the elite.
“Ed Rendell, Andrew Card and John Bolton are openly advocating for MEK and are in many cases receiving significant sums of money for doing so.” (4)
Ed Rendell (D) – Former governor of Pennsylvania who is married to Federal Judge Marjorie Rendell. (5)
Andrew Card (R) – Former CEO of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association. Former White House Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush. Also served during the George H Bush administration. (6)
John Bolton (R) – Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations who has served under several administrations. He is currently a commentator for Fox News and contributor for the Wall Street Journal. (7)
I am a strong advocate for First Amendment rights. That said, I have no worthwhile education when it comes to the organizations on that list. I would like to believe the United States Department of State has a very good reason for each organization to appear on that list. I would like to believe the U.S. Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies has a very good reason to seemingly ignore the First Amendment with respect to people like Jubair Ahmad and Javed Iqbal. I say I would like because so long as powerful people like Ed Rendell, Andrew Card, and John Bolton are not prosecuted alongside people like Jubair Ahmad and Javed Iqbal I have to wonder what is really going on in the United States.
How is it the rich and powerful (1%) have First Amendment rights but those same rights are no longer applicable to those of less wealth and power (99%)?
- US Department of State: Foreign Terrorist Organizations
- Wikipedia on Ed Rendell
- Wikipedia on Andrew Card
- Wikipedia on John Bolton