Senator Harry Reid issued a statement on marriage equality that balances his religious beliefs with his liberal principles.
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The Associated Press has won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the NYPD spying scandal.
Following the revelation of intelligence gathering on Muslim students at Penn, three elected student leaders at the campus Hillel issued a statement in support of Muslim students at the school. … “Given the recent findings of the NYPD’s monitoring of Muslim students, we, as leaders of Hillel and Penn’s Jewish community, stand firmly in solidarity with our brethren,” the Hillel leaders wrote. “We hope that the university will work to further prioritize the security and rights of all religious students.” One of the statement’s signatories, Alex Jefferson, president of Penn’s Hillel, said that the gesture had already helped build bonds between the communities and that Muslim students and Muslim student leaders had expressed their appreciation.http://m.forward.com/articles/152241
A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying.http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_16026/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=pWphudFP
The French Police State: arresting a woman for wearing niqab (VIDEO)
The woman’s shrieks as she is manhandled by the police are heart-rending. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite
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“Those of us in law enforcement know all too well that terrorists continue to target the United States. We have seen the dangerous consequences take hold in places like Fort Hood, Texas, and Times Square in New York, and even reach here in Ohio, where our office and the FBI prosecuted a homegrown terror cell plotting to kill Americans abroad. Preventing these kinds of attacks is our top priority. Our enemies seek not only to kill our citizens and destroy our cities, they also want to attack the most fundamental American principle of all — our free, open and diverse society. We cannot and will not let them succeed. We find ourselves facing foreign-based terrorists, including al-Qaida, seeking to radicalize people here in the United States in new ways. Using sleek ad campaigns on the Internet, these terrorists try to recruit Americans to attack their neighbors. We must counter these efforts, but must do it wisely and without sacrificing our ideals.”Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney, http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/04/ohios_muslim_arab_neighbors_de.html
The DOJ is suing a school district over refusal to let a muslim teacher take 19 days off for hajj. The teacher resigned and went anyway.
This is a really problematic case. Absolutely horrible optics. I am not clear on why DOJ thought it wise to pursue, as it could do more harm than good.
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The ADL is looking to hire an “Islamic Analyst”.
Based in New York, this position will advance the mission of ADL’s Civil Rights Division, Center on Extremism, by conducting research and investigating extremism and anti-Semitism. Responsible for writing internal memorandum, public reports and articles; participate in strategizing and implementing programs and policy based on research findings.
There’s two ways this could go… but I have a feeling it’s not the kind of partnership I’ve called for in the past.
Some clarity on indefinite detention:
The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would formalize indefinite detention without trial for some detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but allow those detainees and their lawyers to challenge the basis for continued incarceration.
Fundamentally, this is the only way to proceed with goals like closing Gitmo. The only alternative is just to let everyone walk free.
Of course, some people seem to believe that *everyone* in Gitmo is just an innocent harmless person. There’s no bridging that gap, I guess.
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