Stung: Exposing Manufactured Terror Cases
The Brennan Center for Justice presents:
Stung: Exposing Manufactured Terror Cases
Reporter and Producer, Informants
Author, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism
Producer, The Newburgh Sting
Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lipton Hall, NYU School of Law
108 West Third Street (between MacDougal St. and Sullivan St.)
New York, NY 10012
6:00 p.m. Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m. Program
On May 20, 2009, four Muslim men from upstate New York were arrested by the FBI and charged with plotting to bomb two Jewish synagogues and shoot missiles at military supply planes. The FBI and NYPD claimed they caught the men red-handed, but as HBO’s recent documentary The Newburgh Sting later revealed, the men were guiltier of greed than they were terrorism. In fact, the FBI has a history of using informants to entice young men into fake terror plots. Al Jazeera’s documentary Informants tells the story of three such FBI informants who posed as Muslims and searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI.
Join the producers of these two groundbreaking documentary films, alongside advocates and a former FBI agent, for a discussion about how communities are impacted by law enforcement’s use of informants. What happens when law enforcement officials suppress the exercise of religion and political expression in a community? What steps are advocacy groups taking to expose the targeting of entire communities in the name of counter-terrorism?
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Sally Eberhardt, a researcher with Educators for Civil Liberties, tells IPS these monthly vigils began in 2009 to highlight legal irregularities in the case against Fahad Hashmi, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen who was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2005 and became the first citizen to be extradited to the U.S. under new laws passed after 9/11.
Hashmi spent three years in solitary confinement at the MCC before ever being charged with a crime. He accepted a government plea bargain of one-count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorist groups and, in 2010, began a 15-year sentence at the federal “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado.
Weekly vigils held in the autumn of 2009 through Hashmi’s sentencing gradually attracted civil liberties groups, including Amnesty International, the Council on Arab-Islamic Relations and the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), along with family members of other incarcerated Muslims, who have now coalesced into a movement known as the No Separate Justice (NSJ) campaign.
Read More Here: Inter Press Service News Agency
Prevailing liberal analyses of the War on Terror have tended to focus on its overseas injustices, missing the experiences and targeting of Muslims in the US. While recent revelations on the NSA’s massive data collection have elicited outrage, the sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing, surveillance, and criminalization of Muslim communities and the pattern of rights abuses in federal terrorism prosecutions have drawn less scrutiny. This panel attempts to explore the ways that racialization and Islamophobia are central to the national security state at home, looking at the flawed ideas of “radicalization” that underpin it and the rights abridgment that characterizes the domestic War on Terror.
Arun Kundnani is the author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror (Verso Books, 2014). Born and bred in London, he moved to New York in 2010 on a fellowship with the Open Society Foundations. His first book The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st century Britain (Pluto Press, 2007) was selected as a New Statesman book of the year. A former editor of the Journal Race & Class, he currently teaches at New York University and John Jay College.
Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College and co-founder of Educators for Civil Liberties. She is author or co-author of seven books, including the recent, award-winning biography The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. She has written extensively on rights abuses and the domestic War on Terror for The Nation, Slate, the Progressive and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Copies of Arun Kundnani’s The Muslims are Coming! will be available for sale.
Co-sponsored with Educators for Civil Liberties
Free & Open to the Public