Targeting Younas Abdullah Muhammad
Washington's war on Islam
by Stephen Lendman
American disparagement of Muslims is longstanding. In his book " Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People ," Jack Shaheen said they've been denigrated throughout decades of cinematic history.
From silent films to recent ones, they advance prejudicial attitudes. They reinforce malicious stereotypes. They foster notions of Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.
Post-9/11, the gloves came off. Fear-mongering replaced reason. It's used for political advantage. Muslims are maliciously targeted. They're characterized as gun-toting terrorists.
Rule of law principles don't matter. Innocent victims are persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, activism, and charity. Guilt by accusation is policy.
Some of America's best and brightest are targeted, hunted down, rounded up, falsely charged, detained, isolated, denied bail, tortured, restricted in their right to counsel, tried on secret evidence, convicted on bogus charges, and given long sentences for being Muslims in America at the wrong time.
They languish in America's gulag. It's the world's largest by far. It operates globally. It's a prison industrial complex. It spurns equity and justice.
It's the shame of the nation. Mass incarceration is policy. It has nothing to do with national security or controlling crime.
Muslims and others targeted are victimized by judicial unfairness, get tough on crime policies, guilt by accusation, three strikes and you're out, racist drug laws, poverty, social justice advocacy, challenging repressive state policies, and praying to the wrong God.
Muslims are public enemy number one. They're spied on covertly. They're stereotypically vilified and targeted. They're exploited as war on terror scapegoats.
Media scoundrels hype fear and hate. They regurgitate spurious allegations. They influence public opinion. The same pattern repeats. Hundreds of innocent victims are harmed.
Younas Abdullah Muhammad is one of the best and brightest. He was arrested on bogus charges. He was pressured to accept plea bargain terms.
They're sought or accepted for lesser sentences. Innocent victims take them. They know the alternative against hardball prosecutorial malfeasance.