Democrats Won, But Arabs in America Still Suffer from Bush's War on Terrorlink here: http://www.alternet.org/rights/45100/
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig. Posted December 6, 2006.
Victimized by outrageous attempts in U.S. courts to tie him to terrorists groups, Sami Al-Arian, a tenured Palestinian professor who was fired from the University of South Florida, has spent many months in prison even after a jury failed to convict him.
U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced Dr. Al-Arian to the maximum 57 months. In referring to Al-Arian's contention that he had only raised money for Palestinian Islamic Jihad's charity for widows and orphans, the judge said acidly to the professor that "your only connection to orphans and widows is that you create them." "The cards were stacked against us," said the defendant's daughter, Laila Al-Arian. "The prosecutors showed gruesome videos of suicide bombings in Israel and tried to tie my father to them. He had nothing to do with these attacks. He has always condemned the killing of Israeli and Palestinian civilians. The trial was Orwellian. The government prosecutors would take events and statements that had nothing to do with my father and attempt to connect them to him. This was all about silencing a Palestinian activist, not combating terrorism."
How can people stand by idly while our government commits wrongs like this? I'll tell you, it's because we're duped and drugged. We are duped into thinking that everything is okay by a failed media system and drugged, often by that same media system - primarily television. We are also drugged by the culture of consumption, which has created an American populous afflicted, all too often, with tunnel-vision and a startling lack of concern for anything other than basic desires. Americans are saying, "give me food and TV and don't make me think! Don't challenge me to think outside the box. Life is great."
I'm truly saddened by this lack of concern on the part of mainstream Americans for the grievous injustices that are being committed in our names. Our actions, or lack thereof, will inevitably be taken into account.