Flex Their Muscles
Hamas, InfoCom, CAIR, FTMecca,
and the FBI in a Battle Royal?
A Muslim (or multiple Muslims?) writing under the pseudonym "drive_the_zionazis_into_the_sea" (AKA Capt'n Kook) posted the following to the Yahoo Club Islamic Community:
In a major civil rights violation of US civil rights, the FBI has teamed up with other agencies to gather information on Muslim businesses worldwide by raiding the corporate offices of Infocom Corporation, which provides website services to 500 companies worldwide. While the pretext was to investigate supposed connections of Infocom with the Holy Land Foundation (itself a target of unconstitutional FBI harassment), the obvious purpose of this particular unconstitutional raid is to bully contractors into withdrawing from and/or avoiding new business transactions with Muslim computer service providers. It is NO accident that this is happening while computer services in the zionazi entity are going belly-up. The Bush regime is working hard to protect the financial interests of the collapsing zionazi entity, and this is their latest effort.
Members of the FTMecca received
similar statements via email. If one excises the conspiracy theories about
hidden plots to cripple Muslim businessmen in the name of Zionism, the
incident is true. The Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down InfoCom
for two days to execute a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation
of a ring of Hamas-sympathizing organizations in Texas. They've frozen
some of InfoCom's assets, and taken away for at least six months its export
In a news
conference called by these organizations outside the InfoCom offices,
their alignment with Hamas is transparent. They merely seek to have the
Israelis cast as the terrorists, and the Islamic resistance portrayed
as heroes. The irony is that anti-democratic elements like Capt'n Kook
call for the presumption of innocence for InfoCom, and yet have no problem
presuming the FBI's guilt. Notwithstanding that nothing requires the court
of public opinion to presume innocence (OJ is guilty whatever the courts
decided), the protestations are all formulaic. Although we have no idea
if Capt'n Kook is a member of any of the organizations, his rhetoric is
the classic M.O. formulated by obstensive "Muslim Civil Rights"
organizations -- pretend you're a victim, tell off the meanies that don't
acknowledge your victimhood, and clothe your ideology in the sacrosanct
terms of American democracy. Get naive, moderate Muslims to aid your cause
by framing any criticism of the Islamist ideology and ideologues as evidence
of Islamophobia. This is, of course, the much more mild side of attack; there are other, more sinsiter forms of pressure that such characters impose on their perceived enemies.
Rather than attack the Dallas Morning News on its reporting of the topic that most raised the ire of the people behind InfoCom, the company and other Islamic groups waited for any story remotely related to Islam or Muslims that they could twist as the undoubted seed of a hate crime. Whenever a chance to proclaim the paper "Islamophobic" presented itself, the Mu'mineen went on the attack. On May 18th, 2000, the Dallas Observer published an article titled "War of Words," where the author, Mark Donald, chronicled a few such incidents as follows:
Two days after the McGonigle article, the Morning News compounded its problems when it wrote an editorial employing the phrase "useful idiots," a term Lenin had coined when referring to those who gave blindly to Communist causes without realizing who they were financing. By applying it broadly to those in the Muslim community who gave to the HLF, the newspaper stoked Muslim outrage. [...] When the paper ran a photo of the Saudi terrorist Osama bin Ladin standing in front of a mosque, a contingent from the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Southwest) met with editors to express their outrage. [...] When the imam of the Arlington mosque was identified as the religious advisor to a man who had links to bin Ladin, the Muslim community was upset by the mere mention of his status as a cleric. [...] In late February, after four more McGonigle articles reported continuing accusations of HLF's terrorist ties, many within the Muslim community felt so wronged by Morning News coverage that they again took to the streets. Muslims Against Defamation was organized to formulate a broader-based community response to the problem, says John Janney, who became part of its "team." But Janney was also a member of CAIR, and the head of CAIR was Khalid Hamideh, HLF's attorney. InfoCom allowed Janney, its employee, to create a protest Web site, dallasNOTnews.com, that mocked the News' own Web site. Oddly, in his original 1996 HLF article, McGonigle reported that the wife of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook had invested $250,000 in InfoCom, which was run by her cousin, Bayan El-Ashi, whose brother was the HLF treasurer and InfoCom's international marketing director. Connections such as these may just be coincidental, but they are the kinds of facts reporters are loath to dismiss and Muslims are quick to loathe.The article hit the issue quite squarely, alluding to the fact that there seem to be numerous intertwined connections between CAIR, Hamas, InfoCom and the sites that attack the Dallas Morning News. The site known as Dallas-NOT-News began with accusations that the Dallas Morning News was "Islamophobic". Among the litany of crimes? The paper had the audacity to refer to Islamic Militants as "Islamic Militants" in one of its articles. Dallas-NOT-News' original incarnation coupled such accusations with seemingly tendentious, unrelated and deliberately sensational stories about dead babies named Salam, who were the victims of media-induced anti-Islamic hate crimes. Dallas-NOT-News grasped at anything to make the dubious assertion that informing the public of the less than savory activities of charity/fronts is one step away from putting all American Muslims in concentration camps.
While Dallas-NOT-News was quite successful at whipping up Muslim hatred for the Dallas Morning News, it was never quite clear why the site was so vehemently opposed to this one periodical, other than the necessity of covering the radical's collective arses. We first learned of Dallas-NOT-News when we were forwarded a letter from their email list calling for the removal of FreethoughtMecca. Around that the time, the person who forwarded us the letter also sent an unpublished article titled "When S*** happens, write a Letter to the Editor." We recommend readers take a look at that piece, as it hi-lights the usual histrionics of Dallas-NOT-News. The article appears on Butrus Habeeb's site, Jihaad al-Kuffaar (The Infidel Jihad). It is ironic that the aforementioned site calling for FTMecca's destruction happens to list Mr. Habeeb's "Infidel Jihad" page TWICE as a site that must be "destroyed"; one time under its name (), and a second time as a mawqi' yaskharu mina l-qur'aan al-kareem (), or "Site making a joke out of the Qur'an."
Everything here points to the fact that many of the Muslims mentioned above are very much against freedom of speech. Fortunately they do not have the power to silence those who criticize or expose their actions. Unfortunately, they are showing an increasing tendency to bully opponents into submission by the only means available to them besides hacking: hurling vehement accusations of bigotry. We here at the FTMecca are grateful, however, to know that the internet will be to Islamic Fundamentalists what Viet Nam was for the United States Military.
To further immerse ourselves in this mess, and subject ourselves to further attacks, the FTMecca is now speaking out on the FBI raid on InfoCom headquaters. The Yahoo Club post that was mentioned at the start of this article cites the incident as a being part of a "Zionazi" conspiracy. However, such rabid hatred for the Jews is not just the sentiments of kooks and wierdos. Even on CAIR's site, the following was written:
American Muslims view yesterday's action as just one of a long list of attempts by the pro-Israel lobby to intimidate and silence all those who wish to see Palestinian Muslims and Christians free themselves of a brutal Apartheid-like occupation. We believe the genesis of this raid lies not in Washington, but in Tel Aviv.Such asinine thinking stems from the fact that even the educated Muslims working for CAIR erroneously view the world through the tint of their mu'mineen vs kuffaar lenses. Of course, this has nothing to do with any Jewish plot. Instead, CAIR is trying to heap all the blame on the Jewish boogey man to deflect any talk about illegal ties.
To set the record straight, the FBI believes InfoCom has ties to Abu Marzook and Hamas. If this is true, it would not be uncommon for the FBI to put a tight grip on the group and even confiscate properties. This has nothing to do with any Jewish conspiracy, and this fact can be demonstrated by contemplating similar matters taking place between the FBI and American businesses that are connected with Jewish terrorist groups. One example took place last January when the US revoked the visa of former Kach leader Baruch Marzel, as part of a crackdown on Kach, Kahane Chai, and other Jewish terrorist groups. That same month the FBI raided NY businesses connected with Marzel, confiscating computers, documents, and videotapes. Why? Because they had reason to believe they were connected with a Jewish terrorist group.
Thus, it is not out of the ordinary if the same tactics are used against an American business that is believed to be connected with a group (Hamas) that is seen by the US as an Islamic terrorist group. The US government will even encourage (or bully) businesses to avoid contact or sever ties with percieved terrorist groups (last January Amazon.com, under government pressure, rejected some wealthy Kahanist group's bid to become a partner of some sort). In short, there is no Jewish conspiracy behind Federal anti-Terrorism laws. Unfortunately, the theists need to be on the winning team, and this sends them scrambling to find a scapegoat when they're losing.
Of course the Muslims, in this instance, are the ones in the role of the losing theist. The bullies behind InfoCom and the Holy Land Foundation are facing a much tougher foe this time, and they won't be very succesfuly at bullying the Federal Government. At this point, all they are left with are attempts to motivate their respective deity to destroy the FBI. This could be seen in another post from the "Islamic Community" Yahoo Club mentioned at the outset. The post read as follows:
Last year, while the same FBI team was investigating the Holy Land Foundation, a tornado soared down from the sky and destroyed the offices of the FBI housing the investigators. All their records were blown onto the street. There were many photos of the event. Other nearby buildings suffered only minor damage. Let us give thanks to Allah (S.W.T.) for what He has already done to the FBI and now let us make vigorous du'a to Allah (S.W.T.) that He will again strike these vermin and their zionazi masters, this time taking them down for the count.So there you have it folks! Let us all pray to our respective idols that the Federal Government suddenly becomes tornado proof! Let us also pray for the strength and unity needed to stand up to the bullies who aren't going to settle for just prayer as a weapon against the critics.
In closing, we would like to make one final note on censorship and bullying. The Freethought Mecca has been banned from the Islamic Community Yahoo Club mentioned at the beginning of this article. We were not banned because of any promotion of this site or use of language that promotes kufr; rather we were banned because we had the audacity to criticize a post by the aforementioned Capt'n Kook.
The post was titled "BREAKING NEWS STORY!" and claimed that it had information on the FBI fabricating stories about InfoCom. As evidence, the post directed readers to another post in another club. If one followed the link, they were taken to a yet another post by Capt'n Kook, only in this one he states his claim about the FBI's fabricated story. A person who had access to FTMecca's Yahoo account posted a response. The post pointed out that the evidence backing up the claim that the FBI was fabricating stories was wholly circular. The Muslim made the claim, and backed it up by citing himself! Furthermore, the cited "evidence" was itself filled with hasty conclusions about the FBI's story. InfoCom had received additional accusations of being connected with Muslims in Syria and Libya. Capt'n Kook argued that no Muslim would ever be connected with the regimes of these nations. The FTMeccan pointed out that the relevant articles never mentioned the Libyan or Syrian governments. Such a discussion on the poor argumentation of Capt'n Kook was going too far, and we were subsequently banned from the club.
In closing, we would like to offer the following bit of trivia:
Not conclusive evidence, but very interesting. In fact, we'd say this bit of information is as interesting as the fact that Bin Laden was one of the financers of Keith Moore's embryology dawaganda. We, the flies, continue to become more aware of the web around us.