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Jews Against Islamophobia, photo at CAIR's Facebook page

Jews Against Islamophobia, photo at CAIR’s Facebook page

Two days ago the 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened to the public, and the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition held a protest of the museum’s exhibits. Michael Smith, co-author of Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, was there. –Ed.

You asked me how the Coalition against Islamophobia’s event went Wednesday. It was super. We all showed up with signs inside the plaza. A lot of uniform cops and three nonuniform cops told us we couldn’t be there with signs. Why? Because it was private property. The same ruse they used against us at Occupy. We were told we could not display the signs or we would be arrested. The museum, in fact the whole goddamn thing, is an evidently successful effort at boosting. Nationalism and super patriotism.
The specific thing that we were protesting was a six-minute video blaming 9/11 on Muslims. The museum is a misuse of 9/11. The first misuse after 9/11 was the war against Afghanistan, the second, the war against Iraq, the third was the use of torture, renditions, avoiding habeas corpus, and setting up Guantánamo. The fourth was the construction of an even larger surveillance state.

This museum is the Fifth Misuse of 9/11, but its effect will be to carry forward the rationale for the other four.

We have made the point on our radio show (Law and Disorder) with the interviews of Deepa Kumar and Arun Kandanati, that the ideology in the United States is that the Muslim religion tends towards fanaticism. It is the Muslim culture that is at fault, they say. The truth is otherwise. There were real political reasons for the assault of 9/11, but those have never been discussed. This museum perpetuates that suppression.

So we all marched in a group holding Signs so they could be seen and walked out of the plaza and onto the street. There we stood on two different levels while reporters and photographers took photos of us and interviewed us. I was able to make a point to the Daily News reporter how ironic it was that in this plaza, which was supposed to stand for freedom which America pretends to support, we were not even allowed to hold up signs and were evicted under the pretext that the plaza was private property. This is a project that relied on a lot of public funds, is continually supported by public funds, and patrolled by police officers paid with public funds. Truly, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

Michael Smith

Michael S. Smith is a lawyer, author and radio host. He can be heard on "Law and Disorder." http://lawanddisorder.org/.

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  1. just on May 23, 2014, 12:51 pm

    “The museum is a misuse of 9/11. The first misuse after 9/11 was the war against Afghanistan, the second, the war against Iraq, the third was the use of torture, renditions, avoiding habeas corpus, and setting up Guantánamo. The fourth was the construction of an even larger surveillance state.

    This museum is the Fifth Misuse of 9/11, but its effect will be to carry forward the rationale for the other four.”

    “There were real political reasons for the assault of 9/11, but those have never been discussed.”

    Many thanks for this. These may be the truest words I’ve read about 9/11.

  2. concernedhuman on May 23, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Thank you very much , beautiful people in the pic , thanks a lot michle

  3. jon s on May 23, 2014, 5:33 pm

    When terrorists murder innocent people, I, for one, lose interest in whatever “real political reasons” they supposedly had. I don’t care if they are Moslem, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, atheist or whatever, once they commit wholesale murder, their “reasons” are of interest only as a means towards apprehending them or -better yet- preventing their attacks.

    • Woody Tanaka on May 23, 2014, 5:59 pm

      hmmm. Yet you go on and on and on trying to explain all about the Zionist terrorists (the state, I”D”F and the settlers). Typical hypocrite.

    • just on May 23, 2014, 6:16 pm

      What say you about Israeli terrorism?

      • jon s on May 24, 2014, 3:24 am

        I included all terrorists , from wherever: Mohammad Atta and his 9/11 cohorts, Baruch Goldstein, Timothy McVeigh, the London Tube bombers, the Unabomber, the Boston Marathon bombers, the Palestinian suicide/homicide bombers, the “Jewish Underground”, Boko Haram…it’s a long list , unfortunately.
        Terrorists usually come up with some dumbass “political reason” for killing people. Who cares?

    • Rooster on May 23, 2014, 6:57 pm

      So US drone strikes that execute individuals without trial in public places resulting in predictable civilian casualties… You’re saying there are no “real political reasons” to justify those actions? I agree!

    • The JillyBeans on May 23, 2014, 8:14 pm

      how do you fight a civil war without a military?

    • talknic on May 23, 2014, 8:14 pm

      jon s “their “reasons” are of interest only as a means towards apprehending them or -better yet- preventing their attacks”

      One way of preventing their attacks might be to stop meddling in their countries

  4. Daniel Rich on May 23, 2014, 8:50 pm

    @ jon s,

    Ever flown a ‘heavy?’

    • jon s on May 24, 2014, 12:59 pm

      Daniel Rich,
      Please explain, I don’t know what you mean.

  5. John Douglas on May 23, 2014, 10:01 pm

    The attack upon the World Trade Center resulted in one of the greatest tragedies in U.S. history, second certainly to the war between the states and perhaps some others. Of course it created horrible personal misery for the families of the victims. But the national tragedy was its use as cover to create a bogus “war on terror” and the consequent loss of liberty and privacy and rule of law that has been inflicted upon American citizens and others, equally by the Bush and Obama presidencies, in the name of protecting the nation state. Let’s be clear. The threat to U.S. citizens of terrorist activities is miniscule in comparison to the threat posed by drunk drivers, medical malpractice, back yard swimming pools or cigarette advertisers. The collapsing twin towers, with all its horror and drama, provided an opening for a monstrous increase in state power and the politicians fell all over themselves in rushing through that door.

  6. rpickar on May 24, 2014, 2:42 am

    The situation is worse than a misuse, regarding 9/11. I won’t go into any detail myself, as per the listed rules for commenting. I will leave this link for your perusal.
    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9/11:Israel_did_it

  7. Citizen on May 24, 2014, 8:44 am

    @ talknic
    Do you mean not meddling, or not settling? Just asking.

  8. jon s on May 24, 2014, 2:06 pm

    Breaking news: apparent terrorist attack in Brussels.

    • just on May 24, 2014, 6:30 pm

      There’s also an apparent terrorist attack in Santa Barbara…

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