The legislation that will be used to intimidate and imprison members of the Muslim community has been introduced

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A bill to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization has now been introduced in Congress. It is important to note that this is an exceptional move. If this bill passes and the Muslim Brotherhood is declared a terrorist organization, that determination will be a political act, not an act based on the advice, review, and findings of the U.S. officials responsible for making these decisions within the State Department and Security Services.

This will mean that politicians can declare any group they do not like terrorists for ideological reasons (not that this isn’t already the case to a certain extent). The impact of such a move is terrifying. Members of these groups will be subject to assassination and imprisonment. Other countries will use this as an excuse for political repression and military action. People will be tortured, killed, and disappeared.

In the US this law will be used to sweep up and act against groups in the Muslim Community. Groups like CAIR, the Muslim Student Association, and American Muslims for Palestine will be some of the first groups attacked, even if there are no provable links to the Muslim Brotherhood. The political right has attacked these groups and others for years by accusing them, without proof, of being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and similar groups. This action against the Muslim Brotherhood is about political repression in this country, not just abroad.

And don’t think that evidence is needed to act against US citizens. Just look at the case of the Holy Land Five. In that case the leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were convicted and imprisoned for supposedly funding Hamas. Yet the charities that they supported did not appear on the list of organizations noted as having links to terrorism, the list used by humanitarian agencies to vet their partners, when they gave their grants. Not only that, during the period when the Holy Land Foundation provided its assistance to these organizations, the U.S. government through USAID was providing funds to the same groups and Hamas had not yet been declared a terrorism organization. Don’t think that political trials can’t happen. They have happened. They are happening.

Concerned about a Muslim Registry? This is the registry. This is what will be used to intimidate, silence, and imprison members of the Muslim community. This is what needs to be opposed. This is when resistance action is needed. It is easy to say you will support your Muslim brothers and sisters, but when they start screaming terrorism will you still stand in support? That is when you are really needed.

About Michael Merryman-Lotze

Mike Merryman-Lotze works with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia as their Palestine-Israel Program Director. He has been involved in activism on Palestine since 1996. From 2000 through 2003 Mike worked as a researcher with Al-Haq in Ramallah and from 2007 through 2010 he worked with Save the Children UK as their Child Rights Program Manager in Palestine with responsibility for programs in both the West Bank and Gaza.

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  1. Bumblebye
    February 3, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Dear USA,

    welcome to 1933.

    yours,

    History

    • Theo
      February 4, 2017, 1:41 pm

      Yes, and we already have a Leader!
      After all Hitler was not all bad, he built the german Autobahnen, (expressways), and full employment building weapons for the coming war.

      • Mooser
        February 4, 2017, 2:38 pm

        “Yes, and we already have a Leader! After all Hitler was not all bad, he built the german Autobahnen, (expressways), and full employment building weapons for the coming war.”

        Spoken like a true son-of-a-Reich, “Theo”!

      • Theo
        February 5, 2017, 8:32 am

        Mooser

        Your intelligence and knowledge is overrated, above text was written as an irony, a farce!! Real dumb persons come out of those elite schools, like you and Trump!
        I hope you don´t plan to rearrange my facial features, as you did a few years ago?

      • Mooser
        February 5, 2017, 1:02 pm

        “I hope you don´t plan to rearrange my facial features, as you did a few years ago?”

        I wouldn’t think of it! On you, the little mustache looks good.

  2. Keith
    February 3, 2017, 5:31 pm

    MICHAEL MERRYMAN-LOTZE- “This action against the Muslim Brotherhood is about political repression in this country, not just abroad.”

    Of course it is about political repression in this country, just like the Patriot Act Obama extended.

  3. JWalters
    February 3, 2017, 6:42 pm

    The Likud party definitely belongs on the list of terrorist organizations. Perhaps this lawsuit will put it there.
    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/02/slamming-hardhearted-palestinian/#comment-869278

  4. Pretext
    February 3, 2017, 11:20 pm

    “This will mean that politicians can declare any group they do not like terrorists for ideological reasons … Members of these groups will be subject to assassination and imprisonment.” – That’s an sensational claim to make without providing at least some kind of qualification. Should we expect SJP members or BDS supporters to be imprisoned or assassinated once Congress labels them for ideological reasons?

    • JustJessetr
      February 4, 2017, 7:04 pm

      I don’t know about assasinated, but being banned is a great start!!

      http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/360305/fordham-bans-students-from-joining-pro-palestinian-campus-group/

      Fordham is tossing out the SJP: “Fordham has no registered student clubs the sole focus of which is the political agenda of one nation, against another nation,” the statement read. “The narrowness of Students for Justice in Palestine’s political focus makes it more akin to a lobbying group than a student club. Regardless of the club’s status, students, faculty, and staff are of course free to voice their opinions on Palestine, or any other issue. There is also no pro-Israel student group at Fordham. There is a Jewish students’ club, but its description does not mention Israel.”

      Thank you, Fordham!

      And the MB most certainly is a terrorist organization. Arch-fundamentalists who want another repressive Islamist government that will attempt to smother women’s rights, gay rights, Christian and Jewish safety, and drag Egypt into a pointless war with Israel. Even MW agrees, or at least the smarter posters like Walid do.

      http://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/revolution-huntingtons-civilizations/#comment-575061

      I certainly hope that the vast majority of Muslims in this country (who also make up 25% of the African American community) who are law-abiding aren’t going to be targeted. They need to hold massive demonstrations making their peaceful intentions clear.

      • Mooser
        February 5, 2017, 1:52 pm

        “They (Muslims) ” need to hold massive demonstrations making their peaceful intentions clear.” “Justjessetr”

        You want to know who cares about Muslims? Jesse T. Rosenfeld, that’s who!

        I can’t think of any reason why Muslims shouldn’t take your advice, and come back for more. You have their best interests at heart, don’t you?

      • traintosiberia
        February 12, 2017, 2:39 pm

        Who makes rules in Fordham? Is it a good argument that there was none ,no registered clubs that have sole focus on politics ? It is not . It is stifling of new ideas and new activities on the campus . How the heck it is a lobbying group? Asking to stop violence and prevent exploitation without being paid is not lobbying . In that case asking for forgiveness for slavery is also lobbying In that case asking to stop wars in Vietnam was lobbying . Asking to reduce nukes is lobbying .

        It seems tomorrow if Fordham gets an idea from Zionist camp , it will call it a great innovative transformative idea without ever blinking an eye .Then it will put the idea into works. May be taht was the reaosn behind banning SJP

        BTW does the Jewish club promote travel to the eternal capital of Judaism without mentioning Israel?

  5. CigarGod
    February 4, 2017, 10:51 am

    Round up the usual sponsors, lobbyists, donors and attornies.

  6. Ossinev
    February 4, 2017, 12:34 pm

    Are you now or have you ever been a Muslim ?

    • amigo
      February 4, 2017, 3:18 pm

      “Are you now or have you ever been a Muslim ?”0ssinev

      And when all the Muslims have been expelled or imprisoned under the new US,S ” Administrative Detention ” laws the next group will be asked ,

      Are you now or have you ever aided and abetted a Muslim.

  7. Theo
    February 4, 2017, 1:36 pm

    Where are the democrat members of the congress or those republicans who so vehemently opposed Trump? Laying low, because in less than two years we have mid-term elections and they want to be reelected again?
    Trump will cause great problems and damages to the USA, just in two weeks he made more eenemies than other presidents in years. Impeaching him would be a solution, however do we want Pence and the 50 million born again religeous zealots in the WH?

    • Mooser
      February 4, 2017, 2:47 pm

      “Where are the democrat members of the congress or those republicans who so vehemently opposed Trump? Laying low…”

      ….and giving Federal Judges a crack at the Trump Administration first.

      • Theo
        February 5, 2017, 8:40 am

        Not judges, but a single one, and his order will be overturned by the appealls court. He cannot forbid the president to care for the safety of this nation.
        Thanks for your careful information and advice, however I am ahead of you on important informations.

      • MHughes976
        February 5, 2017, 12:40 pm

        Salus populi suprema lex. That may be true, Theo, but surely there has to be extreme caution about invoking this kind of supreme law. They knew that in Roman Republican times, where the chief magistrate had to obtain the Senatus Consultum Ultimum in order to take such action as he saw fit against a threat to the safety of the state defined by him, as Cicero did against the terrorist conspiracy, as he regarded it, of Catiline – and as Trump is doing now. Even then there was legal comeback. If you allow the magistrate to escape these restrictions there isn’t a state, that is an entity defined by laws, to defend.

      • Mooser
        February 5, 2017, 1:06 pm

        “Not judges, but a single one, and his order will be overturned by the appealls court”

        The court order was upheld.

        Say, “Theo” did you get a load of Trump defending Putin?

      • Theo
        February 6, 2017, 7:24 am

        MHughes976

        Thanks, I always like your informative comments. I am not a lawyer, however what would happen when a federal judge simply can stop decisions made by the president.
        Letters and arguments must be presented and a higher court must decide.

      • Theo
        February 6, 2017, 8:00 am

        Mooser

        Don´t knock Putin, only uninformed and uneducated persons do that.

        I know Wladimir since his days in E. Germany as a KGB agent, I was defending our values on the other side! We used to meet in Berliner Tiergarden, he brought a few bottles of finest vodka, I brought the best american baloney. He just loved our baloney!
        I called him Wlady, he me MG, that is short for my god, as he new Theo means god to the greeks. We drank and talked, watched the beautiful german girls and imagined what would happen to them if we pushed the wrong botton.

        We also played games. I moved NATO troops into all countries belonging to the Warshaw Pact, set up missiles and did military excercises only a few miles from the Russian border. Did naval excercises on the Black and East Sees close to shores, so their population can admire our great naval force and the skill of our pilots landing and taking off.

        In return he built two new airports on Cuba, put in two squadrons of their best fighter planes and a slew of those famous missiles they have, set up radar and missile sites in the Bahamas, in Jamaica, on Bermuda, built a huge military base in Tijuana with 30,000 soldiers, 1,000 armored vehicles, airborn troops and a pass for them, so they can visit San Diego for fun.
        It seems I did a better job, all my plans came true, but none of his.

        I got a call yesterday and was asked if I was interested in a position of cultural attaché in Moscow, knowing that once I knew Putin. However, I retired with grace, he shot up into the blue yonder like a MIG29, that can, after takeoff, go vertical up to 15,000 feet, or until the pilot throws up into his helmet. I cannot call him Wlady anymore, what should I say, Tovarish President? Besides, at my age I just cannot handle all that vodka anymore and would President Putin swallow all that baloney we dish out for him? He is there to serve the interests of his country, not ours!

      • Mooser
        February 6, 2017, 11:54 am

        “I am not a lawyer, however what would happen when a federal judge simply can stop decisions made by the president.”

        You are right, “Theo”! Rule-of-law violates the holy Führerprinzip! Maybe Trump could learn to write a legal …oh forget it.

        “I know Wladimir since his days in E. Germany as a KGB agent, I was defending our values on the other side! We used to meet in Berliner Tiergarden, he brought a few bottles of finest vodka, I brought the best american baloney.”I got a call yesterday and was asked if I was interested in a position of cultural attaché in Moscow, knowing that once I knew Putin.” “Theo”

        Tell us another one, Unca Scrooge!

        BTW, “Theo” you are joining with millions to adulate Trump.

      • Mooser
        February 6, 2017, 12:07 pm

        “Theo” that post is timestamped “8:00 am”!!!

        No waiting ’til the sun is o’er the yardarm’ for you, huh?
        You like the “wake and slake” routine.

      • Theo
        February 7, 2017, 1:19 pm

        Mooser

        Which elite school did you attend?
        8 AM in the USA is already at least 2 PM in Germany, every 6 years old here knows that. Just another example of your superior intelligence!

      • Theo
        February 7, 2017, 1:35 pm

        Again Mooser

        You are just like a Jumping Jack, one has to push the right botton and you react!
        So you liked my fairy tale, ( I am sure Hemingway would be envious), however it is also a parable, it also contains something you should know, however in your arrogance not even noticed.

        Let me tell you something, you are ruining a once respected political blog, the MW!! Clowns belong to the circus, but not here, I have friends who visited the site for years, however don´t do it anymore, because they are tired of those stupid remarks coming from you!
        Other blogs I visit have 200-300 comments within 24 hours, MW has 20-30, half coming from you, unless I put in something that you personally don´t like and you start insulting me. Perhaps Weiss should think about this.

        Now I have other things to do, a great bottle of red wine is waiting for me, so so long, fetass!!
        It is 7:36 PM here, since you have problems with different times!

      • Mooser
        February 7, 2017, 1:51 pm

        “8 AM in the USA is already at least 2 PM in Germany,”

        Well, there you go, “Theo”! I couldn’t have written that at 2 AM, in America.

      • Mooser
        February 7, 2017, 2:05 pm

        “Which elite school did you attend?”

        Naturally, I attended Jewish Day Schools, and then Yeshiva.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    February 4, 2017, 7:21 pm

    RE: “Concerned about a Muslim Registry? This is the registry. This is what will be used to intimidate, silence, and imprison members of the Muslim community. This is what needs to be opposed. This is when resistance action is needed. “ ~ Michael Merryman-Lotze

    #NotNormal
    RESIST ! ! !

    • To order “RESIST” bumper strips – http://www.commondreams.org/resist

  9. katemaya445
    February 5, 2017, 2:08 am

    why you are worry about it?
    http://www.howtocode.pk/

  10. TiffinyKaye
    February 5, 2017, 5:02 pm

    “Concerned about a Muslim Registry? This is the registry. This is what will be used to intimidate, silence, and imprison members of the Muslim community. This is what needs to be opposed. This is when resistance action is needed. It is easy to say you will support your Muslim brothers and sisters, but when they start screaming terrorism will you still stand in support? That is when you are really needed. ”

    So what do you want the collective “us” to do? Hold protests about this particular piece of legislation, or write/call our elected officials to vote against it?

    This is an honest question–I want to be as helpful as I can.

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