(A politically incorrect, apolitical, political comedy satire)
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Sean Hannity, Tuned in to America, Hannity.com, at http://www.hannity.com/ forum/ showthread.php?t=24289 (Oct. 2004). Sean Hannity, a famous Fox News pundit, creatively disrespected millions of Shiia Muslims by saying, “The Shiite hits the fan in Southern Iraq.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> USA Today, U.S. R ejects idea that Iraq near Civil war, Usatoday.com, at http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-04-10-iraq-civilwar_x.htm (Apr. 10, 2006). The United States deflecting criticism that Iraq will erupt in a civil war following the invasion.
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<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Michelle Malkin, End Sanctuary for Illegal Immigrants, Townhall.com, at http://www.townhall.com/opinion/ columns/michellemalkin/2002/09/13/164296.html (Sep, 13, 2002). Another gem by Malkin where she tries to connect Al-Qaeda terrorists with porous Mexican borders. This analogy tries to equate illegal immigrants with terrorism, thereby making an appeal for more stringent border patrol and security measures.
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<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Irshad Manji at http://www.muslim-refusenik.com/. The character of Izod Mangee is based on the brilliant self promoter Irshad Manji, author of “The Trouble with Islam,” and a self proclaimed lesbian feminist Muslim refusenik.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> BBC News, 1990: Iranian leader upholds Rushdie fatwa (Dec. 26, 1990). Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial “The Satanic Verses,” received the biggest career boost of all time with a fatwa by Khomeini himself.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> 60 Minutes: Legal Torture (CBS Television broadcast, Sep. 20, 2002). Alan Dershowitz, noted lawyer who defended O.J. Simpson and self proclaimed civil libertarian, has been making the rounds advocating a legal method of “torture” to extract information from potential terrorist suspects.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Stop the ACLU at http://www.stoptheaclu.com/. The Civil Liberties Coalition represents The American Civil Liberties Union, a group which has a history of being maligned by politicians and interest groups seeking to quash dissent, such as Joe McCarthy during the Communist Witch Hunts.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Salahuddin Ayyubi at http://www.crusades.org/salahuddin.htm. A famous historical figure and renowned “hero” in Muslim lands due to his chivalry, bravery, and piety during the Crusades. His “Christian” foil is Richard the Lionheart.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Milton Vorst, Ayatollah Khomeini, Time.Com, at http://www.time.com/ time/time100/ leaders/ profile/ khomeini.html (Apr. 13, 1998). “Bull” simply uses any popular culture Muslim or Arab to mock and deride the character of “Emanon,” whose name spelled backwards is “No Name.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong, The Atlantic Monthly, at http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/ prem/ 200201/lewis (Jan. 2002). Bernard Lewis, a non Muslim, Jewish, white historian preserved at Princeton, is the “go-to” expert on all things Middle Eastern, Muslim, or Islamic in America. The title of this article also served as a title for his similarly themed book which takes an Orientalist, generalized view of “what went wrong with the Islamic empire.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> The Telegraph, Innocent religion is now a message of hate (May 9, 2004) at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/09/05/wosse605.xml. “It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Wikipedia, List of Terrorist Organizations at http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ List_of_terrorist_organisations. The old saying goes one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Moreover, Wikipedia is arguably not a neutral site. Regardless, many consider Stern Gang (Israeli Jews), IRA (Irish Catholics), and Tamil Tigers (Sri Lankins) as groups that engage(d) in acts of terrorism thereby making the deadly activity universal and not solely limited to Muslims.
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<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Sarah Downey, Who Is Zacarias Moussaoui?, MSNBC.com, at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ id/3067363/ (Dec. 14, 2001). The verbal jab connects Emanon to the recently convicted Al-Qaeda sympathizer/co-conspirator.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Three Strikes You’re Out information at http://www.threestrikes.org/. This is the draconian California legislation that prefers life imprisonment after three felonies.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> See source cited supra note 67.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> CAIR, About Islam and Muslims Americans, Cair-net.org, at http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=aboutIslam. Currently, the data suggests there are about 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide making it the second largest religion in regards to number of adherents.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> President Mumar al Khadafi of Libya.
( commentator)#On_Africa. (May 6, 2002). “I’ve been to Africa three times. All right? You can’t bring Western reasoning into the culture. The same way you can’t bring it into fundamental Islam”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> See source cited supra note 68.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Mohamed Elmasry, Islam Needs No Defense Against Manji’s Book, But Perhaps Muslims Do, Diversity Watch.Com, at http://www.diversitywatch.ryerson.ca/media/cache/manji_cic_oct10.htm (October 10, 2003). The release of Manji’s book was sensationalized in certain press media as a potential hailstorm of fatwas reminiscent of Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses” controversy. Unfortunately for Manji, she did not benefit from a global fatwa condemning her book.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Islam online.net, The World Shocked at Le Pen Win (April 2002), at http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2002-04/22/article13.shtml. John Marie Le Pen, the outspoken, controversial and arguably racist extreme right wing President of France, once remarked, “Fortunately, there will never be Islamic unity. They’re all different from one another and hostile to each other, thank God.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Ann Coulter, Journalism: Where even the men are women, TownHall.Com, at http://www.townhall.com/ opinion/columns/anncoulter/2003/01/02/168893.html (Jan. 2, 2003). Ann Coulter said on the Today show: “As for converting them (Muslims) to Christianity, I think it might be a good idea to get them on some sort of hobby other than slaughtering infidels. I mean, perhaps that’s the Peace Corps, perhaps it’s working for Planned Parenthood, but I’ve never seen the transforming effect of anything like Christianity.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Ann Coulter, Live and Let Spy, TownHall.Com, at http://www.townhall.com/ opinion/ columns/ anncoulter/2005/12/21/180063.html (Dec. 21, 2005). Ann coulter wrote in her column, “I have difficulty ginning up much interest in this story inasmuch as I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Hamdi v. Rumsfeld 542 U.S. 507 (2004)
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Geoffrey R. Stone, Why the NSA Surveillance Program Is Unlawful, HuffingtonPost.com, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-r-stone/why-the-nsa-surveillance-_b_13522.html (Jan. 1, 2006). Fourteen constitutional scholars wrote a letter condemning the NSA surveillance program as being unconstitutional.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–>William Banks, NSA Eavesdropping and the Fourth Amendment, Jurist: Legal News and Research, at
http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/03/nsa-eavesdropping-and-fourth-amendment.php (Mar. 8, 2006). An article describing the legal problems with the NSA eavesdropping specifically related to 4th amendment enumerated rights protecting a citizen’s freedom from unreasonable search and seizures.
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<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Sean Hannity Show. (ABC. 3 Jan. 2006). Sean Hannity defended Bush during his January 3, 2006 broadcast saying that Americans should be thankful that the president was doing his job and protecting the country. “What are we supposed to do if Osama bin Laden calls the United States?” he states, and says that the president is just upholding his oath of office by protecting the nation. He ends by asking, “If Osama calls America, should we listen in or worry about his civil liberties?”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–>The Wall Street Journal, Thank You for Wiretapping (December 20, 2005), at http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110007703. However, The Wall Street Journal praised Bush’s move and called on his critics to “please stop stripping the Presidency of its Constitutional authority to defend America.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> U.S. Department of Justice, Legal Authorities Supporting the Activities of the National Security Agency Described by the President (Jan, 19, 2006) at http://www.bordc.org/resources/nsa2.pdf.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–>Barton Gellman, Dafna Linzer and Carol D. Leonnig, “Surveillance Net Yields Few Suspects – NSA’s Hunt for Terrorists Scrutinizes Thousands of Americans, but Most Are Later Cleared“, The Wash. Post, Feb. 5, 2006, pp. A01. “Those who devised the surveillance plan, the official said, ‘knew they could never meet that standard — that’s why they didn’t go through'” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Bruce Fein on The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU (Dec.19 2005), at http://www.wamu.org/ programs/dr/05/12/19.php. Fein, a former assistant attorney general deputy under Regan, said, “On its face, if President Bush is totally unapologetic and says I continue to maintain that as a war-time President I can do anything I want – I don’t need to consult any other branches – that is an impeachable offense. It’s more dangerous than Clinton’s lying under oath because it jeopardizes our democratic dispensation and civil liberties for the ages. It would set a precedent that … would lie around like a loaded gun, able to be used indefinitely for any future occupant.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> See source cited supra note 94. “Fewer than 10 U.S. citizens or residents a year, according to an authoritative account, have aroused enough suspicion during warrantless eavesdropping to justify interception of their (purely) domestic calls, as well. That step still requires a warrant from a federal judge, for which the government must supply evidence of probable cause”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Ann Coulter, Newsweek dissembled, Muslims dismembered!, TownHall.Com, at http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/anncoulter/2005/05/18/15458.html (May 18, 2005). “Bumper sticker idea for liberals: News magazines don’t kill people, Muslims do.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Salman Rushdie, Islam and the Response to Terror, The New York Times, November 2, 2001. In an op-ed piece, Rushdie writes, “This paranoid Islam, which blames outsiders, “infidels,” for all the ills of Muslim societies, and whose proposed remedy is the closing of those societies to the rival project of modernity, is presently the fastest growing version of Islam in the world.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Id. Rushdie writes, “For a vast number of “believing” Muslim men, “Islam” stands, in a jumbled, half-examined way, not only for the fear of God — the fear more than the love, one suspects — but also for a cluster of customs, opinions and prejudices that include their dietary practices; the sequestration or near-sequestration of “their” women; the sermons delivered by their mullahs of choice; a loathing of modern society in general, riddled as it is with music, godlessness and sex; and a more particularized loathing (and fear) of the prospect that their own immediate surroundings could be taken over — “Westoxicated” — by the liberal Western-style way of life.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Irshad Manji, My Faith is a Mess, Belief.Net, at http://beliefnet.com/story/139/story_13970_1.html. In an interview, Manji generalizes the 1,400 year history and civilization of 1.2 billion Muslims with the following words: “What I am pointing out is that only within Islam today is literalism the mainstream. The reason it is mainstream is that we Muslims, even in the West, are routinely raised to believe that because the Qur’an comes after the Torah and the Bible, it is the final and therefore perfect manifesto of God’s will, not given to being interpreted or analyzed, never mind questioned. And this is dangerous because when–not if–abuse happens under the banner of our faith, most of us, including those of us who are “well-educated professionals” have no clue how to debate, dissent, revise, or reform because we have not been introduced to the virtues of critical thinking.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Kimberly Winston, Rumi: A Passionate Heart Still Beats, Beliefnet.com, at http://www.beliefnet.com/story/79/story_7968_1.html. “Jalalu’ddin Rumi, usually referred to by his last name alone, is on his way to becoming a household name. Publishers Weekly magazine called him the best-selling poet in America.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Irshad Manji, The Sunday Times Review, Times Online, at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ article/0,,2092-1696968_2,00.html. Manji says in the interview, “Muslims, adds Manji, must find positive role models rather than jihadists: “Martyrs are the rock stars of the Muslim world, shown on the internet against a background of funky music. They feed on the self-esteem crisis of young Muslim.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Jonathan Weiseman and Michael Fletchers, Bush May Widen National Guard Patrols at Border, The Washington Post, May 13, 2006, pp. A01. “Administration officials are exploring ways to allow governors to deploy troops across state lines to help seal the porous border with Mexico.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> See source cited supra note 66.
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Brainy Quote, John Le Pen Quotes, Brainyquote.com, at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/ jeanmarie247603.html. Le Pen’s actual quote: “They are strengthened demographically both by natural reproduction and by immigration, which reinforces their stubborn ethnic segregation, their domineering nature. This is the world of Islam in all its aberrations.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Update 25: Senate OKs Border Fence, Backs Citizenship, Forbes.Com, at
http://www.forbes.com/home/ feeds/ap/2006/05/17/ap2755015.html The Senate agreed to give millions of illegal immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship and backed construction of 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border…”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Clive Coleman, Why ticking-bomb torture stinks, The Times, at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ article/0,,1072-1970538,00.html (Jan. 05, 2006). “The only democracy that has experimented with the ticking-bomb scenario is Israel. It sanctioned the use of “moderate psychological and physical force” in such cases. The experiment proved unsuccessful and illustrates an insidious danger. Torture can grow. Israel found it impossible to limit torture to the terrorist alone and ended up applying force to those it believed knew or could lead security forces to the terrorist. Eventually the Israeli Supreme Court found that the exceptional use of torture in ticking-bomb cases wasn’t working, it was an exception that was becoming commonplace and the court put an end to it.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Harvey A. Silverglate, Torture warrants?, Boston Phoenix, at http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_ features/other_stories/multipage/documents/02042267.htm (Dec. 6, 2001). “Alan Dershowitz published an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times on November 8, arguing that “if we are to have torture, it should be authorized by the law” and that the authorities should be required to apply to judges for “torture warrants” in each case.”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> Newsmax, Dershowitz: U.S. Needs Improved Torture Tactics (May 22, 2004), at http://email.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/5/22/132018.shtml. “The top legal thinker recommended that the U.S. should unabashedly tell the world that torturing high-value terrorist suspects is justified “because of the war that has been thrust upon us. As long as we do it in a way that we can be proud and hold our heads up and say, yes, we did this,” he told MSNBC. “But we have to be smart and we have to have accountability. The world’s terrorists, he said, have “put us in a position where we have to defend our civilians. And that’s the highest calling of democracy, to defend its civilians against guilty murderers that are out there trying to kill our grandchildren and kill our children…”
<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–><!–[endif]–> CNN Crossfire w/ Tucker Carlson (CNN Television Broadcast, Oct. 27, 2001.)