It’s Not Getting Better For Muslims In America
It keeps getting worse…
No. not really.
The common myth embraced by most Muslims is, if Muslims keep their heads down, do nothing bad, tell everyone how much they love America, wear flag lapel-pins and sing songs of gratitude for being allowed to be in America, then MAYBE, they will be left alone….
…until someone decides to take you down and then all that has to be said is that you are suspected of sympathizing with terrorism or, Al-Q or, helping those who are planning to attack the US or its “coalition friends”.
Some years ago John Ashcroft, a one-time US Attorney-General, floated the idea that if someone is caught trying to support terrorism (Muslim, of course) then he is in effect, renouncing his US citizenship.
The logic went thus: You would not plan to attack this country unless you hated it and you would not hate it unless you had no intention of being a citizen of this country and therefore, you had in effect, renounced your citizenship when you planned on taking part in violence against this country. So, we will revoke your citizenship.
There was some traction, especially among the Republicans and especially when they figured out that the idea would actually hurt the “Muzlems“, but it died because at the time, even in the pitched hysteria of King George The Worst regime, it was too much to pass a law stripping someone of his citizenship.
What was that again?
“Objects in the mirror are larger than they appear“
CE 2012. First we get a brief provision (Section 1021) in the National Defense Appropriations Authorization Act (NDAA).
Brief but deadly….almost got lost in the details of the massive bill that renews defense expenditures for another year, who would have thunk that the NDAA could have such a deadly poison for Muslims in it?
Section 1021 says that ANYONE who is suspected of providing support or actually participating in violence against the US or its “Coalition Partners, WILL be held in prison, without charges or trial, by the military, for as long as the “War!” against “terror” lasts.
Of course, this defines the punishments almost exclusively for Muslims and they may be kept in prison by the military…forever!
And we thought that the NDAA was bad?
The ink hasn’t yet dried on the NDAA when another bill is being proposed, H.R. 3166 and S. 1698.
Called “The Enemy Expatriation Act“, US CITIZENS can lose their citizenship if they are seen to have been “engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States” or,
“engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States“.
“For purposes of this section, the term `hostilities’ means any conflict subject to the laws of war.’.”.
It does not take much in brains, in fact, it takes just a little bit of the current, growing paranoid anti-Muslim fantasy, to accuse some “Muzlem” of any of the above and ‘Poof!’ no more US citizenship.
Well, for someone like me, it could mean deportation “back to where I came from” with an all-expenses-paid, long stay at Hotel Gitmo with hundreds of US soldiers standing in wait for me.
Regular showers, stretching exercises, pummeling massages, diet food, bright lights…NOTHING is too much for guests at this hotel!
What about someone like my son, who was born in this country and has no understanding of nationhood other than the US?
Like the Uighurs in Gitmo, he too (and any others like him), will be destined to remain there…as long as he lives.
The United States. Where no one is innocent until proven guilty; the shadow of suspicion is all that is needed to slam a minority into an ultra-patriotic oblivion!
Today, the minority is the Muslim for whom nobody seems to care.
Who will it be tomorrow when we are done with?