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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

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    Assalamu alaikum 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 20, 2002

      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



      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
      own lives."

      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
      Kirsanow's comments.

      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.

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