Prisoners in the land of the free

13 August 2006 |

Better be careful if you are in the US and want to buy a ciggy lighter. You could be arrested for conspiring to detonate the nuclear arsenal the US has been piling up over the years.

America's attitude towards anyone with a Middle Eastern origin is not too shocking. In Chinua Achebe's wonderful piece of writing 'Things Fall Apart' -- there is a passage where African tribal men sit around eating and drinking, contemptuously referring to white men, comparing their white skin to lepers’ white skin.

One can understand the ignorance of the African tribals; they thought all white men are lepers! If America as a nation is as ignorant as the African tribals were 100 years ago... it is time to salvage their souls from the dark depths of ignorance. UN should set up an Educational Aid programme to help the ignorant and ill-educated American population, which includes the President of the US.



3 Texas men arraigned on terror charges

CARO, Mich. — Three Texas men were arraigned Saturday on terrorism-related charges after police found about 1,000 cell phones in their minivan, and prosecutors say they believe the men were targeting a bridge connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.

But two of the men said they were only trying to buy and sell phones to make money, and one said the money was intended to help pay for his brother's college education.

A magistrate set bond at $750,000 for each of the men, who are charged with collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and surveillance of a vulnerable target for terrorist purposes. No pleas were made at the arraignment at a District Court in Caro, about 80 miles north of Detroit.

Officials have not said what they believe the men intended to do with the phones, most of which were prepaid TracFones. But Caro's police chief said cell phones can be used as detonators, and prosecutors in a similar case in Ohio have said that TracFones are often used by terrorists because they are not traceable.

"All we did is buy the phones to sell and make money," Louai Abdelhamied Othman told the magistrate. He said authorities had previously stopped the group in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"We've been checked by the FBI before," he said. "They even gave us their card and everything."

Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark E. Reene told The Saginaw News that investigators believe the men were targeting the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge. He declined to say what led investigators to that belief.

Reene and the FBI did not return phone messages Saturday to The Associated Press.

Othman and Maruan Awad Muhareb, both of Mesquite, Texas, and Adham Abdelhamid Othman, of Dallas, were stopped before dawn Friday after they purchased 80 cell phones from a Wal-Mart in Caro. Police said they found about 1,000 cell phones in their minivan.

Adham and Louai Othman are brothers and are in their early 20s. Muhareb, 18, is their cousin. All are being held at the Tuscola County Jail, Caro police said.

Muhareb told the magistrate: "This is a misunderstanding." He said he was selling the phones to earn money to help pay for his brother's college education.

Louai Othman's wife, Lina Odeh, said the men were buying the phones to sell to a man in Dallas for a profit of about $5 per phone. She said they were in Michigan because so many people in the Dallas area are doing the same thing that the phones are often sold out.

"I just want everyone to know that they're innocent and they shouldn't be locked up in jail without any evidence," she told The Associated Press.

The arrests in Caro came three days after two men were arrested in Marietta, Ohio, where police said they aroused suspicions when they acknowledged buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio.

Ali Houssaiky and Osama Abulhassan, both 20 and from Detroit suburb of Dearborn, have been charged with two felonies - money laundering in support of terrorism and soliciting or providing support for acts of terrorism - and misdemeanor falsification. A preliminary hearing on the felony counts was set for Tuesday.

Defense lawyers said Houssaiky and Abulhassan planned to resell the phones simply to make money. They say the men were targeted only because they are of Arab descent.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The full story is not out yet

How big a markup can it be
to re-sell phones when anyone
can go to Wall Mart and by them ...

Its time for Muslim Americans to
stop whining ... either cooperate
of leave ... the US owes you nothing.

What has the Muslim community done
for the USA ???

How many Mulims died fighting
for the USA in World War 2 ??
how many in Korea?? ... in Vietnam??
in kicking Saddam out of Kuwait ???

How many Muslim families are raising their children to be patriotic Americans ???

The fact is there are millions
of people from Africa/India/Asia
Eastern Europe who can replace the Muslims here ...you are NOT Needed

President John Kennedy said this many years ago ... and I feel the
Muslim Americans should read it carefully ...

"... ask not what your country can do for you ... ask what you can do for your country ..."

Muslim Americans need to stop crying about being profiled ...
Security is a limited resource ..
it has to be used properly
and not wasted ...

How many white Americans ride around with a thousand untraceble
cell phones in there cars ???

Cooperate or imigrate to Lebanon ...
The country which has just scored
a huge victory over the Jews

Sans said...

"How many white Americans ride around with a thousand untraceble
cell phones in there cars ???"


What are white Americans doing in America anyway?
Anonymous, whoever you are -- you are a racist.

If you are going to classify Americans as White, Black, Muslim and whatnot -- it goes to show how dirty your mind is.

Is there a White, Black, Brown and Yellow God too?

America has now become the land of the white settlers?

Your understanding of history or humanity is bare minimal.

For the record, I am not a Christian or a Muslim.

Mr. Smarterthanyou said...

White americans are not mass murdering, primative scum like arabs and muslims.

It is the left that want's to classify everyone by color-to make sure that whites are held back and minorities are advanced /their crimes ignored.

But when we notice that blacks commit more than 50% of the murders in the us, we are called racist. When we notice that ragheads are a bunch of murdering animals, we are called racist. Name a civilized nation NOT built by white people.

Anyone who thinks that the ragheads with the 1000 cellphones are not terrorists is an idiot. BUt I suspect that most people know this, but the sympathise.

Mr. Smarterthanyou said...

Oh yes, if I am racist for calling muslims ragheads, what are they for calling me an infidel and saying that enslaving me is OK?

hint: read up on Dhimmitude

So what religion are you mediasans, another self-loathing jew? Do you hug the leg of the people that would kill you, hoping that if you collaborate, you will be spared?

Sans said...

Mr. Smarterthanyou:

Not only are you ignorant about history of this world, you are also myopic about civilizations.

If they are rag-heads, how different are you? You speak in the same language of the ragheads.

I am glad that there are civilized nations in this world that was not built by your kind of 'white men.'

If you think 'white man' has a monopoly over being civilized (wonder what you mean by civilized) - God bless you.

I am intelligent enough to live without the comforts of the herd mentality that drives all these pathetic religions.

Ragheads call you an infidel. You think non-whites are infidels.

I don't want you to publish racist nonsense as comments in my blog.

If you want to discuss anything meaningful, you are most welcome.

I have a zero-tolerance towards racism.