Bush appointees on the civil right commission say Arabs could end up in conentration camps if there is another terrorist attack - ININ predicted this just a few weeks after 9-11
We hate to be proven right regarding this topic, and we were accused of
ever-reacting at the time, but ININ said a few weeks after 911 that
conentration camps for Arabs and Muslims were coming in America, it is
only a matter of time. No one is safe even if you don't go to mosque and
change your name to Chris or Mike, or take off your Hijab and call
yourself Suzie. It will only take some fanantic fringe group (either some
Jewish fanatic zionist cult or evengelical Christian Bible thumpers, both
of which constitute a fifth column in Amercia) to launch an attack - even
if they are not Muslims- and that will be it for the Muslim community in
America. America has turned into a Nazi like state with a witch-hunt
social climate. The Muslim community is merely living on borrowed time,
and the great Nakba for our community is going to be heaped upon us. Tens
of thousands will die. Many more will be deported- even if they were born
Arabs in U.S. could be held, official warns
Rights unit member foresees detainment
July 20, 2002
BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
A member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said in Detroit on Friday he
could foresee a scenario in which the public would demand internment camps
for ArabAmericans if Arab terrorists strike again in this country.
If there's a future terrorist attack in America "and they come from the
same ethnic group that attacked the World Trade Center, you can forget
about civil rights," commission member Peter Kirsanow said.
The reason, he said, is that "the public would be less concerned about any
perceived erosion of civil liberties than they are about protecting their
Kirsanow, who was appointed to the commission last year by President
George W. Bush, said after the session that he personally doesn't support
such camps and the government would never envision them. He said he was
merely saying public opinion would so strongly favor the idea that it
would be difficult to prevent. There would be a "groundswell of opinion"
for the detainment, he said.
The remarks came during a raucous commission hearing in Detroit in which
Kirsanow and another conservative member, Jennifer Braceras, defended U.S.
antiterrorism efforts after Sept. 11.
"They had their own political agenda," said Kary Moss, executive director
of the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, referring
to Braceras and Kirsanow.
A White House spokesman said Friday night that he could not respond
specifically to Kirsanow's comments without seeing a full transcript of
them, but said that the possibility of Arab internment camps has never
been discussed at the White House.
"The president has said repeatedly and often that this is not a war
against Arabs or Islam, this is a war against terror," White House
spokesman Scott Stanzel said. "We have very close allies in the Arab world
who are integral partners in the war against terrorism. . . . The
president has said that ours is a war against evil and extremists and that
the teachings of Islam are the teachings of peace and good."
Stanzel said that as of Friday he was "still looking into the matter" of
The seven-member commission, based in Washington, D.C., was at the Omni
Hotel in Detroit for its monthly meeting, and heard testimony from
Arab-American leaders who said the government abused civil rights
following Sept. 11.
"It's becoming really ugly," said Imad Hamad, regional director of the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, during his testimony.
Hamad and others expressed concern about mass interviews of Arab men,
secret immigration hearings and profiling of drivers and airplane
Kirsanow was unmoved, arguing that Arab and Muslim Americans should accept
the country's new antiterrorism laws and complain less about infringements
to their civil rights.
If there's another attack by Arabs on U.S. soil, "not too many people will
be crying in their beer if there are more detentions, more stops, more
profiling," Kirsanow said.
"There will be a groundswell of public opinion to banish civil rights. So
the best thing we can do to preserve them is by keeping the country safe."
At one point during the hearing, Roland Hwang, a Lansing attorney,
recalled how Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II and said
this country needs to prevent that from happening again.
It was at this point that Kirsanow broached the possibility of a rising
public sentiment for internment camps if the U.S. were attacked again.
Braceras, another Bush appointee, said:"There's no constitutional right
not to be inconvenienced or even embarrassed."
Kirsanow, a Cleveland labor attorney, is the former head of the
conservative Center for New Black Leadership.
After the meeting, Hamad said he felt insulted by some of the commission's
Braceras said she didn't intend to upset the Arab-American community of
metro Detroit, the largest concentration in the United States. "I was
trying to be a devil's advocate," she said.
Contact NIRAJ WARIKOO at 734-432-6501 or warikoo@....
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