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Do as I say, not as I do

The war on terror rages on with more gusto and illegality than we would like to believe. The change in language by Western governments seems to be just that - lip service. In the United States for example, the clandestine war against Iran - and those that do not cower to its demands - continues to receive money, intelligence and logistical help in ever increasing amounts.
Seymour Hersh’s recent article in the New Yorker epitomises this. In the article we are told how the CIA and other security services of America are actively funding proscribed terrorist organisations like the Mujahideen-e-Khalq. Hersh informs us that ‘The M.E.K. has been on the State Department’s terrorist list for more than a decade, yet in recent years the group has received arms and intelligence, directly or indirectly, from the United States.’
But the most revealing and to some extent what every Muslim knows - we all know how hypocritical and sinister the Bush administration is - were the links the US has with Al-Q…

Samina is vindicated!

Samina Malik has won an appeal against her conviction for collecting information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, under s.58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Indeed, many were appalled at the conviction of Samina and the conflation and confusion that surrounded her case. We had the Islamophobic elements of the media portraying (and in the process confusing all of us) Samina as a ‘wanna-be terrorist’, or more precisely the ‘Lyrical terrorist’. One that helped to build the persona that she was convicted because of her poetry. And on the other hand you had the prosecutors conflating the evidence against her for the jury to secure her conviction.
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips said “We consider that there is a very real danger that the jury became confused and that the prosecution have rightly conceded that this conviction is unsafe.”
Out of the 21 documents 14 of them did not fall in to the category Lord Phillips describes as “The jury was …

BUTT - I lied!

How many of you knew about the exposure of Hasan Butt? It seems he has finally been exposed for the fraudster that he is and the lies that he has told. Nick Cohen - the ardent Islamophobe must feel mortified knowing that he has to eat his words like "he did not simply leave the al-Qaeda training camps on the Pakistan-Afghanistan borders and write a few articles when he came home, but transformed himself into a tireless opponent of extremism. He has encouraged about a dozen others to quit al-Qaeda." and "Needless to add, he has been stabbed by his (and our) sworn enemies and lives with the knowledge that there are people out there who want him dead."

You're right Nick - Hasan did not leave the al-Qaeda camps - he's never seen one. He tells the police that he has never met anyone from Al-Qaeda, nor has he ever been to any of their camps! But it gets worse for Nick as he tells us how Butt was stabbed and that his life was in danger. Well guess what Butt says to…