The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tue, 17 June 2003 -- 7:55 (#792)
The Internet Anti-Fascist: Tuesday, 17 June 2003
Vol. 7, Number 55 (#792)
The Republican Right's Denial of Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes:
02) Larry Mefford (FBI: Assistant Director of Counterterrorism),
"Inside the FBI: FBI's Counterterrorism Unit," Washington Post, 12
Conviction and Qcquittal in Migrant Beating Case:
03) KGTV San Diego, "Gruesome Details Revealed During Migrant-Beating
Trial," 5 Jun 03
04) KGTV San Diego, "Verdicts Differ In Migrant-Beating Case," 11 Jun
Rightwing Qiote of the Week:
05) Michelle Malkin, "Myth of the Muslim hate crime epidemic," 8 Jun
03 (net posted)
THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT'S DENIAL OF ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIMES:
Recently some Republican ideologues have launched a campaign against the
various "lying liberals" who claimed that hate-crimes against perceived
Muslims in the US had increased. We reprint one example of these rants as
story five, below. Immediately, below this introductory note, however is a
statement by Larry Medfford, one of the FBI's counterterrorism managers who
gives the figure of 173 convictions. Please note that this is number is
only for convictions, not for reports, acquittals after trial in a
atmosphere of anti-Muslim hysteria, or equally anti-Mulsim officials who
simply declined to prosecute the criminals.
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02) Inside the FBI: FBI's Counterterrorism Unit
Larry Mefford (FBI: Assistant Director of Counterterrorism)
12 Jun 03
Larry Mefford: The FBI has the dual mission of combatting terrorism and
protecting the rights of all inhabitants, including Arab/ Muslim-Americans.
The terrorist acts of 9/11 were committed by a handful of terrorists and is
not reflective of Islam or our Arab/Muslim citizens. The Director has met
with Arab/Muslim leadership on numerous ocassions, and the FBI is forming
partnerships with Arab/Muslim communities nationwide. Since 9/11, the FBI
has investigated 484 "backlash hate crimes" against Arab/Muslim citizens.
To date, the FBI in concert with state and local authorities have convicted
173 subjects responsible for those heinous "backlash hate crimes." With the
support of all Americans, including the Arab/Muslim community, the FBI will
continue to successfully combat terrorism and protect the rights of all
CONVICTION AND ACQUITTAL IN MIGRANT BEATING CASE:
03) Gruesome Details Revealed During Migrant-Beating Trial
KGTV San Diego
5 Jun 03
The details of the migrant-beating case are gruesome. Prosecutors said two
teenagers, accused of putting a brick in a man's mouth and stomping on the
back of his head, are racists who were looking for kicks.
San Diego Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick said, "The attack was
brutal ... they intended to kill."
The prosecution's case against 18-year-old James Grlicky, (pictured, left),
is mostly taken from his own statements to police.
Grlicky and a friend found 42-year-old Jose Luis Cisneros hiding from the
border patrol. Prosecutors said the teens either coaxed or chased him from
his hiding place and then stomped and kicked Cisneros into unconsciousness.
"The victim suffered a complex skull fracture and his nasal bones were
turned to dust," Patrick said.
The deputy district attorney said the teens are skinheads and white pride
racists who were hunting for a "beaner" that they could mess with.
Prosecutors believe Grlicky held the victim while 18-year-old Waylon Kennel
pounded his boot into Cisneros' skull.
Patrick said the teens beat Cisneros, (pictured, right) for fun.
Grlicky is being tried alone. A separate jury is hearing a similar case
Grlicky's defense is that he did not strike the blows and was not part of a
Defense attorney William Burnell said, "He's young. He's stupid. He's not
out there hunting for someone because he wanted to hurt them."
Burnell told jurors that at one point in the evening of Sept. 24 Grlicky
and his friends may have been looking for Mexican migrants. However, the
defense claimed that Grlicky believed they were going to turn the man over
to the border patrol.
"There's no intent. There's no premeditation. Mr. Grlicky was (a) laughing,
stupid 17-year-old at the time this took place," Burnell said.
The districy attorney said Grlicky and Kennel could be looking at life in
prison if the jury finds them guilty.
Cisneros is still recovering from injuries.
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04) Verdicts Differ In Migrant-Beating Case
KGTV San Diego
11 Jun 03
Two different verdicts were announced Wednesday in the trials of two
teenagers who beat an undocumented Mexican immigrant, 10News reported.
James Grlicky, 18, was convicted of attempted murder and hate crime
allegations in the beating last fall of 42-year-old Jose Luis Cisneros in
Boulevard. His co-defendant, Waylon Kennell, 18, was found not guilty.
Grlicky faces up to 14 years in state prison when he is sentenced July 8.
Grlicky was also convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery,
assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with
serious bodily injury.
The jury determined that Grlicky beat and robbed Cisneros because he was an
undocumented Mexican immigrant.
Cisneros, who lives in Tijuana, suffered a fractured skull, lacerated brain
and broken bones in his face during the attack last September.
Following the verdicts, jury foreman Joe Nestor stood in the jury box and
read a letter to Grlicky's parents, admonishing them for a poor job raising
"We felt very strongly that the parents let the kid down in the first
place. We really wanted to address the parents to take more responsibility
in the upbringing of their children," Nester said outside the courtroom.
Defense lawyers objected to the reading.
"I've never seen that. I objected to the reading, but I understand why the
jury wanted to do that and respect them for that," defense attorney William
Burnell told 10News he plans to appeal, adding that one of the witnesses
for the prosecution "outright lied" on the stand.
In the next courtroom, a separate jury acquitted Kennell of attempted
murder, robbery, conspiracy, torture and hate crime charges, but found him
guilty of assault and battery.
He faces four years in prison when he is sentenced.
Nestor said he was shocked by the verdicts handed down by the Kennell jury.
"I think we're all very, very disappointed, to be honest with you," the
Grlicky foreman said outside the courthouse.
The Grlicky jury reached its verdicts Friday, but had to wait until the
Kennell jury reached verdicts before both sets of decisions were unsealed.
After the verdicts against Grlicky, that jury came back into the courtroom
to hear the verdicts announced against Kennell.
The two juries heard much of the same evidence against the defendants,
prosecutor Wendy Patrick said.
"I have faith in our jury system and the jury has rendered their verdicts.
Inconsistent as they may be, you know, I think that's why we have the jury
system," Patrick said.
Cisneros said he still has faith in the American justice system, but is
confused by the conflicting verdicts, according to 10News.
A third defendant, Justin Smith, is scheduled to stand trial later this
RIGHTWING QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
05) Myth of the Muslim hate crime epidemic
8 Jun 03 (net posted)
Do you believe that a "post-September 11 backlash" has resulted in a
nationwide wave of violence and bigotry against Muslims in America? The
hype artists and book-cookers at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC) want you to think so. The group's new report purports to
document "a massive increase" of hate crimes targeting Arab-Americans.
But in order to concoct a Muslim hate crime epidemic, the ADC report lumps
together faulty citations, dubious anecdotes and grossly overinflated
As an example of a typical post-September 11 campus hate crime, the ADC
report highlights an alleged incident in Tempe, Ariz., where "a Muslim
student was pelted with eggs at Arizona State University." Where did the
information about the incident come from? The ADC refers to a student op-ed
piece in the Sept. 17, 2001, edition of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, which
attributes the egg-pelting incident to a "National Public Radio report."
What the ADC is not telling you: Of two egg-pelting incidents involving ASU
students logged by campus police, one was a complete hoax and the other was
a non-racial, non-religious juvenile prank.
As I reported in a column back in October 2001, ASU student Ahmad Saad
Nasim lied to cops about being assaulted and pelted with eggs in a parking
lot while assailants screamed "Die, Muslim, die!" Nasim confessed to
fabricating the attack when cops interviewed him after he attempted a
second hate crime hoax -- in which he locked himself in a library restroom
with the word "Die" written on his forehead, a plastic bag tied over his
head and a racist note stuffed in his mouth.
Bill Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, told
me last week that Nasim recently pled guilty to two counts of providing
false information to police. His punishment? A measly one year's probation,
50 hours of community service and an order to seek psychological
The other egg-pelting incident at ASU involved two 18-year-olds and two
juveniles who threw an egg at an unidentified, 31-year-old ASU student. ASU
spokeswoman Nancy Neff told me it was never classified as a hate crime by
police. No racial or ethnic slurs were allegedly uttered, according to a
police account. "It was a bunch of guys on a joy ride," Neff said.
The ADC researchers' approach to creating the myth of the Muslim hate crime
epidemic is simple: throw in everything plus the kitchen sink. The ADC
report trivializes a few truly heinous, violent attacks -- such as the
post-September 11 murder of Sikh gas station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi in
Mesa, Ariz. -- by mixing in unverified reports by school kids who say
classmates made fun of their Arabic names, gave them "dirty looks" or
pulled off their head coverings. Obnoxious behavior, for sure. But "hate
The report cites a female student complaining that someone told her to "go
back to wherever she came from." I get one or two idiotic e-mails
expressing the same sentiment every week. Small-mindedness can sting. But
should it be a reportable physical offense?
To further pad the hate crimes report, the ADC decries the "hostile
commentary" of Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, terrorism expert Steven
Emerson, syndicated columnists Mona Charen, Jonah Goldberg and Ann Coulter,
Washington Post columnists Richard Cohen and Charles Krauthammer, the Wall
Street Journal editorial page, the Weekly Standard, National Review, and
jewishworldreview.com, not to mention talk radio and the entertainment
industry, as part of an orchestrated "campaign of racism."
The ADC report suggests that every expression of support for law
enforcement profiling, every analysis of how the Muslim terrorist network
infiltrated American universities, mosques, prisons and charities, and
every condemnation of radical Islam, qualifies as "defamation" that leads
to widespread anti-Muslim crimes.
Herein lies the real agenda of the ADC and other apologists for Islamic
extremism: to liken outspoken critics to murderers, to equate speech with
violence and to exploit victimhood status in a cynical attempt to distract
attention from the true sources of terror in America.
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