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Re: bomber gets probation

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    Dear Eric, You are correct to note that we should not expect the government to do our fighting for us, but if the families and institutions involved were
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 26, 2003
      Dear Eric,

      You are correct to note that we should not expect the
      government to do our fighting for us, but if the
      families and institutions involved were Jewish or
      even Negro Christian, the sentences would be far
      more severe.

      Comradely,

      Kevin

      >Dear Kevin,
      >
      >Here's an interesting case. The news story itself
      >comes from the Uncle Tom CAIR organization and was
      >sent to a group list that I'm on. (I don't get CAIR
      >stuff.)
      >
      >I am not enthusiastic about asking the government to
      >prosecute anybody for anything, particularly under
      >so-called terrorist legislation or hate crime laws.
      >
      >But the sentence in this Illinois does seem
      >extraordinarily light. I suppose it was demonstrated
      >in court that nobody was endangered or hurt by the
      >bombing.
      >
      >But if we are to struggle against so-called hate crime
      >and terrorism legislation, it is good to keep
      >instances of apparent double standard avaialable.
      >
      >Comradely,
      >
      >Eric
      >
      >------------
      >
      ><http://www.cair-net.org>
      > Islamic Civil Rights Group Calls for
      >Terrorism Charges
      > Following Light Sentence
      >
      > WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago
      >office of the
      >Council on
      >American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a
      >news conference
      >today to
      >demand that federal terrorism charges be brought
      >against an Illinois
      >man
      >who
      >got off with just two years probation and 'anger
      >management' classes
      >after he
      >bombed a Muslim family's van.
      >
      > WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 1 p.m. (Central)
      > WHERE: In front of the Dirksen Federal
      >Building, 230 S.
      >Dearborn,
      > Chicago, Ill.
      > CONTACT: 312-922-4720 or 708-415-7927
      >
      > Eric K. Nix, 24, was sentenced last week in the
      >5th District of
      >Cook
      >County Circuit Court (case 03CR0945401) after being
      >charged with arson,
      >criminal damage to property and committing a hate
      >crime. In March, Nix
      >threw
      >an explosive device into the van of a Burbank, Ill.,
      >Palestinian Muslim
      >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.
      > Nix will be on probation until September 15, 2005.
      >He previously
      >served a
      >30-day sentence for throwing a brick into an Arab
      >furniture store in
      >suburban
      >Chicago two days after the 9/11 attacks.
      > "It is unfathomable that a perpetrator of two
      >anti-Muslim hate
      >crimes,
      >including a terrorist bombing, would be let off with a
      >slap on the
      >wrist
      >and
      >'anger management' classes," said CAIR National Board
      >Chairman Omar
      >Ahmad. "It
      >goes without saying that the result would have been
      >much different had
      >the
      >perpetrator been Muslim or Arab. If the Justice
      >Department wants to
      >prove that
      >it is serious about combating anti-Muslim hate, it
      >must take up this
      >and
      >similar cases at the national level."
      > Ahmad cited a Florida case in which a man was
      >sentenced to just 12
      >years
      >in prison for plotting to attack some 50 Islamic
      >institutions in that
      >state,
      >including a school, as another example of light
      >sentencing for
      >anti-Muslim
      >terrorism.
      > Since the beginning of this year, CAIR has
      >received a number of
      >reports of
      >physical assaults against American Muslims (or those
      >perceived to be
      >Muslim)
      >and Islamic institutions. Those incidents included a
      >recent arson
      >attack
      >on a
      >Georgia Mosque, a cross burning at a Maryland Islamic
      >school, the
      >kidnapping
      >and beating of a Massachusetts pizza delivery man
      >whose attackers
      >thought he
      >was Muslim, and the shooting of a Sikh man in Arizona
      >who may have been
      >mistaken for an Arab. Similar incidents have been
      >reported in a number
      >of
      >other states. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil
      >liberties group, is
      >headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices
      >nationwide and in
      >Canada.
      >
      >
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