Confused why Peter King is putting American Muslims on trial? One answer might be to follow the money.

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Sociologist Charles Kurzman recently reported (PDF) a drop in attempted or actual terrorist activity by American Muslims from 47 perpetrators and suspects in 2009 to 20 in 2010. In addition, it turns out that when it comes to exposing alleged terrorist plots, “the largest single source of initial information (48 of 120 cases) involved tips from the Muslim American community.”

While this validates what many Americans, as well as American Muslims, have always suggested, unfortunately it will not make life any easier for American Muslims.

We American Muslims believe the obsession with Islam and Muslims is all about resources. Simply stated, the impetus for spreading fear about American Muslims is the billions of federal funds that have generated and sustained countless of anti-terrorism task force offices, centers, think tanks, and initiatives in every federal department including the Department of State, Labor, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Treasury, Justice, and even FDIC and Small Business Administration. Legions of counter terrorism centers have sprung across the country in small and large municipalities. It has even prompted colleges to offer Homeland Security programs and promote their  counter terror research and expertise.

Many Americans are making a killing under the banner of counter terrorism. Counter terrorism is a profitable endeavor that supports high earning jobs whose raison d’être is to spread fear and Islamophobia.

In fact counter terrorism funds are one of the few federal funding streams that have continued to expand despite our grim economy. Federal counter terrorism allocations are huge and numerous and support the employment of too many people to count.  Consider these two examples: The FBI receives $2.7 billion in counter terrorism funding which accounts for a third of its operating budget and employs a third of its workforce. The Department of Homeland Security’s budget is $54.7 billion, dispersing funds, offering grants and subsidies to every state and municipality, including the private sector for the purpose identifying, educating, training and communicating counter terrorism.
 
Counter terrorism is an industry that will likely lose much if we Americans are not often reminded of the next terror attack that might take place.
 
American Muslims living in the DC metro area encounter heavy FBI and Homeland Security intrusions. Almost 70% of our youth and adult community has been questioned and/or harassed. Federal agents daily intrude on our privacy, questioning our travels, activities and associations, faith practices, monitoring our phones, letters, electronic postings and e-mails with no regard to our constitutional rights and protections. Sadly we lament that these agents we have collectively encountered are only justifying their pay, and for that reason have made it a daily practice to harass as many of us as possible.
 
Following the money trail leads to Congress and the hefty federal counter terror allocations. It also sheds light on the many counter terror experts and commentators gracing our daily newspaper editorials and evening news ensuring these funds are generously awarded– as we American Muslims have come to understand too well. 
Meanwhile this stream of formidable funding is fueling a national campaign and discriminatory onslaught on our constitutional rights, integrity, our families, houses of worship, community, and our sense of belonging.
 
If you really want to have a better understanding of the incentives behind spreading Islamaphobia check out this site – a list of funding opportunities for law enforcement in counter terrorism.
 
Mai Abdul Rahman is a Palestinian American living in Washington D.C. She has founded the American Palestinian Women’s Association and is a Doctorial student at Howard University’s School of Education.

36 Responses

  1. annie
    March 10, 2011, 9:55 am

    excellent article. i’m right with you on this one. the industry of counter terrorism is replacing manufacturing in this country. oh wait..it is manufacturing..fear.

    • MRW
      March 10, 2011, 12:58 pm

      Dead on, annie, and Mai Abdul Rahman, you might be interested in these two pieces of proof:

      Jeff Helper interviewed in Seattle last year about Israel’s Security Politics sold worldwide, but mostly in the USA and Canada. He calls it one great consequence of the Palestinian occupation.

      Brian Michael Jenkins testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on November 19, 2009. He is considered thee terrorism expert in the USA.
      link to rand.org
      He said:

      Page 4:
      The plots show that radicalization and recruitment to terrorist violence is occurring in the United States and is a legitimate security concern. It has, however, yielded very few recruits. With roughly 3 million Muslims in America, although some estimates run much higher, 100 terrorists represent a mere 0.00003 percent of the Muslim population—fewer than one out of 30,000.
      .
      Terrorist violence is not a new phenomenon. Al Qaeda and its jihadist followers did not bring terrorism to the United States. Along with its immigrant communities, the United States has imported numerous terrorist campaigns. Cuban, Puerto Rican, Croatian, Serb, Palestinian, Armenian, Taiwanese, and Jewish extremists have all carried out attacks on U.S. soil, in addition to the homegrown terrorist campaigns of the far left and far right. In fact, the level of terrorist violence was greater in the United States in the 1970s than it is today.

  2. bagpuss
    March 10, 2011, 10:21 am

    King used to be the IRA’s biggest supporter in Congress. I guess that makes him a terrorism expert…

    • Avi
      March 10, 2011, 12:46 pm

      Yesterday, a CNN reporter asked him why he wasn’t investigating Irish Americans given the fact the IRA has killed hundreds if not thousands of people throughout the years.

      King’s response was a complete dodge. In fact, his response had nothing to do with the question that was asked.

  3. DICKERSON3870
    March 10, 2011, 10:32 am

    COME ONE, COME ALL! THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!
    Radicalization in the U.S. Muslim Community
    Featuring The (Not So) Honorable Peter King
    “Dedicated to giving Irish Americans a really bad name.”
    LIVE Airing Time: 9:38:06 AM – 12:30:00 PM
    link to c-spanvideo.org

    P.S. Peter King’s Bowel Bloat Remedy (PNG image) – link to sadlyno.com

  4. Chu
    March 10, 2011, 10:42 am

    Added to this problem is the issue of entrapment of domestic citizens to make the counter-terrorism wheel rotate.
    In May 2009, the synagogue bomb plot in Riverdale (NY) involved the capture of 4 Newburgh men who are now in prison. This story shows how they were set up in an FBI sting, seeking to lure these men into a jihad plot.
    One could argue the facts, but it’s clear they were set up by FBI informant, Shahed Hussein, who encouraged them to try and blow up this synagogue. The article argues they were small-time hustlers trying to make some dough and cheat Hussein out of this 250,000 sum they were promised. It borders on entrapment.
    link to villagevoice.com

  5. Kathleen
    March 10, 2011, 10:48 am

    Just sent this. You could copy and send or ask your own questions. Hundreds of thousands of people listen to this program

    There is a very interesting piece at the Nations middle east website Mondoweiss about the King hearings. The article written by Maj Abdul Rahman a Palestinian woman living in Washington D.C. is titled ”
    “Confused why Peter King is putting American Muslims on trial? One answer might be to follow the money.”

    She claims
    “We American Muslims believe the obsession with Islam and Muslims is all about resources. Simply stated, the impetus for spreading fear about American Muslims is the billions of federal funds that have generated and sustained countless of anti-terrorism task force offices, centers, think tanks, and initiatives in every federal department including the Department of State, Labor, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Treasury, Justice, and even FDIC and Small Business Administration. Legions of counter terrorism centers have sprung across the country in small and large municipalities. It has even prompted colleges to offer Homeland Security programs and promote their counter terror research and expertise. Many Americans are making a killing under the banner of counter terrorism. Counter terrorism is a profitable endeavor that supports high earning jobs whose raison d’être is to spread fear and Islamophobia.”

    What do your guest think about money being one of the reasons for this focus…fueling the fear to access resources?

    Kathleen
    Athens Ohio

  6. Chu
    March 10, 2011, 10:55 am

    Dana Priest and William Arkin have an interactive
    regarding these counter-terrorism agencies.
    Top Secret America

  7. DICKERSON3870
    March 10, 2011, 11:00 am

    RE: “If you really want to have a better understanding of the incentives
    behind spreading Islamaphobia check out this site*.” – Rahman * link to goo.gl
    ~
    MY SNARK: There’s millions in it. There’s gold in them thar shills!
    ~
    Dahlonega, Georgia – link to en.wikipedia.org
    M. F. Stephenson – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      March 10, 2011, 11:55 am

      P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA, The Trail of Tears :

      “(excerpts)…In 1838, the Cherokee Nation was removed from their lands in the Southeastern US to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the Western US, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 Cherokees. In the Cherokee language, the event is called Nunna daul Isunyi—“the Trail Where They Cried”. The Cherokee Trail of Tears resulted from the enforcement of the Treaty of New Echota, an agreement signed under the provisions of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which exchanged Native American land in the East for lands west of the Mississippi River, but which was never accepted by the elected tribal leadership or a majority of the Cherokee people.
      Tensions between Georgia and the Cherokee Nation were brought to a crisis by the discovery of gold near Dahlonega, Georgia, in 1829, resulting in the Georgia Gold Rush, the first gold rush in U.S. history. Hopeful gold speculators began trespassing on Cherokee lands, and pressure began to mount on the Georgia government to fulfill the promises of the Compact of 1802…
      …With the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the U.S. Congress had given Jackson authority to negotiate removal treaties, exchanging Indian land in the East for land west of the Mississippi River. Jackson used the dispute with Georgia to put pressure on the Cherokees to sign a removal treaty.[26]
      Nevertheless, the treaty, passed by Congress by a single vote, and signed into law by President Andrew Jackson, was imposed by his successor President Martin Van Buren who allowed Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama an armed force of 7,000 made up of militia, regular army, and volunteers under General Winfield Scott to round up about 13,000 Cherokees into concentration camps at the U.S. Indian Agency near Cleveland, Tennessee before being sent to the West. Most of the deaths occurred from disease, starvation and cold in these camps. Their homes were burned and their property destroyed and plundered. Farms belonging to the Cherokees for generations were won by white settlers in a lottery. After the initial roundup, the U.S. military still oversaw the emigration until they met the forced destination.[27] Private John G. Burnett later wrote “Future generations will read and condemn the act and I do hope posterity will remember that private soldiers like myself, and like the four Cherokees who were forced by General Scott to shoot an Indian Chief and his children, had to execute the orders of our superiors. We had no choice in the matter.” [I.e., “We were just following orders.” – J.L.D.]
      …In the winter of 1838 the Cherokee began the thousand mile march with scant clothing and most on foot without shoes or moccasins…

      SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

      Elizabeth “Betsy” Brown Stephens, a Cherokee Indian who walked the Trail of Tears. (1903) [jpeg image] – link to en.wikipedia.org
      Portrait of Marcia Pascal, a young Cherokee woman. (1880) [jpeg image] – link to en.wikipedia.org
      Principal Cherokee Chief John Ross. (late 1800s) [jpeg image] – link to en.wikipedia.org

  8. fuster
    March 10, 2011, 11:41 am

    King’s hearings have no good purpose, but if people wish to believe that efforts to counter terrorism didn’t spring from a desire to thwart very real threats from very real terrorists very publicly proclaiming that their actions are undertaken on behalf of the people of Islam, then they might deserve the crap that King will produce.

    • Avi
      March 10, 2011, 1:53 pm

      Do you really think that opening with an agreeable sentence and then transitioning into garbage reasoning and lies is not transparently obvious?

      In the last 10 years alone, there have been far more terrorist attacks on Muslims and their property than have been plots concocted by the FBI to scare Americans of the threat Muslims allegedly pose.

      But, attacks on Muslims go unreported in the mainstream media, while alleged plots by Muslims get wall to wall TV coverage.

      It seems that in the absence of Lieberman and his Hasbara, King stepped in to fill the gap. Someone has to carry the torch, right?

      • fuster
        March 10, 2011, 9:39 pm

        Avi, it’s only one sentence.

        thank you very much.

        anyway.

    • Chu
      March 10, 2011, 2:08 pm

      What a very passive aggressive comment! :D
      Fuster, are you Yoni going incognito again?
      Because Yoni has disappeared
      and by this point, he usually shows up.

      • fuster
        March 10, 2011, 7:38 pm

        Chu, Yoni is the screen name for a male????

      • Potsherd2
        March 11, 2011, 8:07 pm

        Yonira

        Claims to be male.

    • tree
      March 10, 2011, 7:13 pm

      if people wish to believe that efforts to counter terrorism didn’t spring from a desire to thwart very real threats from very real terrorists very publicly proclaiming that their actions are undertaken on behalf of the people …

      That’s why we had all those hearings on Christian terrorism after the Oklahoma bombing, the abortion clinic bombings and the Olympic bombing in Atlanta, right? Oh wait…. we haven’t had any such Congressional hearings have we?

      • fuster
        March 10, 2011, 7:57 pm

        tree, there were long Congressional hearings after the Oklahoma City bombing and our own terror groups were investigated.

      • IranContraClanDidNineEleven
        March 10, 2011, 10:00 pm

        “tree, there were long Congressional hearings after the Oklahoma City bombing and our own terror groups were investigated.”

        By “our own” who do you mean exactly?
        These gentlemen?:

        Dorom Bergerbest-Eilom
        Yakov Yerushalmi
        Andreas Strassmeir
        Daniel Spiegelman
        Avi Lipkin
        William Northrop

        Actually, nevermind, it’s probably nothing anyway. We’re allies right?

    • thetumta
      March 10, 2011, 9:00 pm

      fuster is witty isn’t he.

      • annie
        March 10, 2011, 9:08 pm

        are you feeding him???

  9. DICKERSON3870
    March 10, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:38:32 -0500
    From: link to jewishvoiceforpeace.org
    Subject: Today in the United States, scapegoating Muslims

    (excerpt) U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY), who once said 85% of American Muslim community leaders are “an enemy living amongst us,” is set to hold hearings today to investigate “the extent of radicalization of American Muslims.” The idea of hearings that single out one ethnic or religious group in the United States is profoundly offensive to me as a Jew, a Rabbi, an American, and a human being. These hearings come on the heels of a string of shockingly racist attacks and campaigns against Muslims in the United States including:
    • Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly in Orange County, who called a fundraiser for womens’ shelters sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA(ICNA) “pure unadulterated evil” and said, “I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.”
    • Efforts to stop the building of mosques and Muslim community centers around the country.
    • The District Attorney’s unprecedented criminalization of Muslim students in Orange County for engaging in a garden-variety student protest.
    It is painful to see some Jewish groups promoting this hatred and fear because they mistakenly believe it will help Israel. It is also deeply distressing to see this disturbing trend of scapegoating Muslim-Americans being echoed at the highest levels of our government… ~ Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak – Member, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinic Council / Founder, Jews On First

  10. gazacalling
    March 10, 2011, 1:53 pm

    What an awesome article! This is why you gotta read Mondo every day, or you’ll miss gems like this.

    The primary reason for the existence of the Defense Department is the hard, dirty job of justifying the spending of the Defense Department. And now it seems we could say the same thing for federal law enforcement.

    Meanwhile economically hard-hit communities like the one I live in don’t have the resources to investigate the local crimes that really do matter to people’s quality of life.

    The federal government’s job is to fight wars, whether they be on imaginary enemies abroad or at home. It’s too expensive.

    • annie
      March 10, 2011, 10:03 pm

      This is why you gotta read Mondo every day

      everyday is right!

      economically hard-hit communities like the one I live in don’t have the resources to investigate the local crimes that really do matter to people’s quality of life.

      no they do not, and for economic reasons they focus on the fed funds who want to direct local energies towards ioslamophobia. these funds have infested (invested) our communities and it’s disgusting.

  11. Justice Please
    March 10, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Great article, and right on the money (pun, sorry). It’s an industry, just like selling weapons to the military. The think tanks are not much more than marketing departments.

    By the way, this report about Muslim terrorism even counts stuff like this under “alleged plot” and still comes up with such low figures:

    “Arrested in Yemen” (That’s a plot now?)

    “Incited terrorism in the United States and Yemen”

    “Joined al-Qa’ida in Yemen” (Very plotty)

  12. DICKERSON3870
    March 10, 2011, 2:07 pm

    FROM WIKIPEDIA:
    New York’s 3rd congressional district [Peter King’s Long Island district]
    Ethnicity – 94.2% White, 2.1% Black, 0.8% Asian, 2.3% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% other
    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • MRW
      March 10, 2011, 6:29 pm

      How many Jews? ;-) Aren’t all the Zionist trolls here constantly proclaiming that Jews are a race who must maintain their ethnic purity; hence, the reason why Israel can act with the impunity it can? So why don’t they break it down like that in King’s district? It would certainly underscore the political cast of his racial edema.

    • thetumta
      March 10, 2011, 9:16 pm

      Well DICKERSON3870,
      The demographics don’t explain it. What could it be? Cash? Who’s?
      Hej! Tumta

      • annie
        March 10, 2011, 10:05 pm

        you have to ask? of course it is money. the cash comes flowing in from interest groups. do you really think peter king thought of this all on his own? think again!

  13. Taxi
    March 10, 2011, 6:42 pm

    There’s only one KING to listen to in this land and that be Martin Luther King.

  14. Les
    March 10, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Who is paying what to Henry Kissinger for his support for clemency for Jonathan Pollard?

    link to consortiumnews.com

    • thetumta
      March 10, 2011, 9:21 pm

      For some time American Intelligence has been looking for the Coordinator of various operations over the last 40 years. Who could it be? To step out in pubic would seemingly be very dangerous, brazen? I guess that tells you where they think their at. Don’t even have to hide their motivation anymore. Hopefully a black swan will be their undoing. Otherwise our goose is cooked!
      Hej Tumta

  15. fuster
    March 11, 2011, 6:24 pm

    France, probably also totally controlled by Zionistes

    link to bbc.co.uk

  16. Taxi
    March 12, 2011, 2:24 am

    Hey folks, anyone else around here notice the ‘timing’ of Peter kings’ hearing?

    I mean after all the GLOBAL and FREE and POSITIVE press that Arabs have been getting for the last two months, undermining therefore the decades and BILLIONS of dollars the American zionists have spent on damaging the image of the Arab in the eyes of the yank – I mean of course them ziocash-loving politicians have to drag out the specter of muslim extremism in usa RIGHT NOW in an attempt to destroy all the positive PR that the Arabs/moslems seem to be currently and organically accumulating and enjoying.

    My observation: just like rust, the evils of zionism never sleep.

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