Islamofacist Blue Triangle Network accuses Militant Islam Monitor of distressing Muslims and potential terrorists
The Blue Triangle Network - Islamofacists use Nazi symbolism to show their true colors
Peaced Off : The Blue Triangle Network
MIM: How reassuring that The Blue Triangle Network states that they "stand firmly in support" of Saudi funded Hamas front group CAIR, and "other groups" . The BTN calls the American government a Nazi regime, raises money for the defense of Sami Al Arian, ( the head of Islamic Jihad in North America), and supports CAIR, (which is a defendant in a 9/11 terrorism lawsuit) while crying that MIM has published "dangerously misleading information" linking them to terrorism !
The BTN also decries the shutting down of the Holy Land Foundation and neglects to mention that one of the directors, Ghassan Elashi(who was convicted along with his brothers of being 'terrorist money men') was the Texas founder of CAIR, the organisation which they so "firmly support".
If the BTN "steering committee" had read the text which they quote they would have seen that MIM noted that the list of affiliates who were organising a "retreat" with the BTN were Saudi funded and that their participation was evidence that Saudi funding is finding it's way to the BTN. The BTN lists among it's links the Arab American Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) which was just promised several million dollars for their new building by Saudi Prince Walid Talal Al Saud. The billionaire prince, (who started a holding company for this purpose) .In addition to funding the new ADC headquarters (whose legal advisor, Karem Shoura, works with BTN and the MV) the billionaire prince also specifially mentioned funding for two BTN affiliates, the AAI, and CAIR . http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/671
MIM: In May 2005 Prince Walid Bin Talal Al Saud told an audience at the ADC convention that:
"...Needless to say, we are more than prepared to work with organizations such as ADC, CAIR, Arab-American Institute, to name only a few, and to provide needed support. What we have before us will not be easy, but I am convinced that with your help, and the help of others, God willing, we will eventually succeed. Rest assured that I for one will spare neither effort nor treasure in reaching our common goals. Thank you..."
MIM: Members of the Blue Triangle Network lobbied Russ Feingold and Diane Feinstein on Capitol and Hill and said they were "stunned" to hear that her office had not received any reports of abuse of the Patriot Act: Sahima Fundas of the American Muslim Voice appears "distressed".
A delegation from California participated in the annual national conference of Grassroots America Defends the Bill of Rights from Oct 17 to 21st in Washington DC. The participants were: American Muslim Voice, Blue Triangle Network, South Alameda County Peace and Justice Committee, Silicon Valley for Civil Rights and Justice for New America. On the second day of the conference, members of the California delegation went to the Capitol Hill for lobbying and met Senators Diane Feinstein and Russ Feingold. The delegation was stunned by Senator Feinstein's remarks that there is no evidence or testimony of abuse of the Patriot Act and that her office had received no calls complaining of abuse by the Patriot Act. http://www.amvphoto.amuslimvoice.org/html/dc_meeting-2_oct_2003.html
Steering Committee Statement on Attack by Right Wing Website MilitantIslamMonitor.org
It has recently come to our attention that on July 14, 2004, a far-right web site, MilitantIslamMonitor.org, published dangerously misleading information about the Blue Triangle Network and several Muslim and Arab groups and individuals.
We continue to stand firmly in support of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), American Muslim Voice (AMV) and American Muslim Perspective (AMP) and other groups which are trying to protect and enhance the dignity of Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants in the U.S. They act to create friendship and understanding between Muslims and Americans of other traditions. We welcome the increased diversity their perspectives bring to the American people.
Among other unsubstantiated and deceptive statements, MilitantIslamMonitor implied that the Blue Triangle Network receives Saudi funding. It says, "…information about the 2003 BTN retreat with a list of affiliates including the ADC, MAS, AAI. The inclusion of these groups indicates Saudi funding behind the BTN."
While we have the greatest respect for the people of Saudi Arabia and all Arab countries, the BTN has received no funding from the government of Saudi Arabia, nor any foreign source, governmental or otherwise. The BTN is a low budget grassroots organization, supported through contributions by individuals, and small domestic grants. The BTN, as an organization, has no paid staff. All of our work to date has been done by volunteers committed to the defense and protection of the rights of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.
Stories such as the one appearing on this site falsely imply that we receive funding from a foreign government. This can lead to unjust legal harassment or attacks by agents of the U.S. government. In the current political climate of "accuse first" and try to discover the truth later, we cannot rest without refuting the lies and incorrect statements on this site. Such so-called "facts" in a report or story can be repeatedly quoted in other stories, as if they really are true. Then prosecutors step in and use such false "facts" as the basis to investigate, seize assets, or prosecute individuals for allegedly "aiding terrorism."
The U.S. government has said it will go after the finances of groups it unilaterally names "terrorist" or those it claims "support" terrorists. These unsupported accusations are then used in attempts to justify going after the assets of recognized and legitimate Muslim charities. Global Relief Foundation and other charities had their assets seized and were shut down because of false and misleading charges concerning the use of their funds. http://archives.cnn.com/2002/LAW/01/28/inv.charilty.lawsuit/ In these cases, the U.S. government refused to offer proof of wrongdoing yet seized these assets before holding full and open hearings. Bush administration and legal officials have made a mockery of the fundamental principle that people are innocent until proven guilty. Prosecutors must not be allowed to bring unsupported charges against people simply because of their religion or because they happen to be of Arab or South Asian descent.
False and misleading accusations about Arab, Muslim, and South Asian individuals in the U. S., similar to those found on MilitantIslamMonitor have been used in the recent past to bring questionable charges against people, accusing them of "terrorist" activity. The majority of these prosecutions have fallen apart because they were based on groundless, hysteria-driven accusations. In one case, convictions were vacated because of prosecutorial misconduct (see, "Federal judge drops Detroit terrorism charges, Justice Department admits widespread prosecutorial misconduct" the Associated Press Updated: 4:29 p.m. ET Sept. 2, 2004 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5880004/ . Even though the convictions were vacated, those accused spent almost two years in prison and were defamed in the process.
Another such case is that of Prof. Sami Al-Arian who faces criminal charges based partly on political statements in support of the Palestinian people's struggle (protected free speech) and based on secret foreign intelligence wiretaps that until post-9-11 changes in law were not allowed to be used for criminal charges.
The MilitantIslamMonitor.org represents just that kind of anger and hate-filled approach which leads to the persecution of Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants in the U. S.
We urge the people of the U. S. not to be misled by groundless accusations and we ask the news media not to pass along fearful, or anger-driven, unsubstantiated accusations.
As a network we reaffirm the original Mission of the BTN, as voiced in the Mission Statement developed on May 18-19, 2002 in Dearborn, Michigan. The statement begins as follows: "Since September 11, 2001, in the name of the war against terrorism, vicious attacks have been launched against the basic human rights of Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in the United States from the highest levels of government. (see full statement at http://www.bluetriangle.org/mission.html) The BTN is not a "front group" for anyone and has no other mission than that stated in our Mission Statement.
Many groups apart from the BTN have documented the full extent of the persecution of Muslim Arab and South Asian immigrants in the U. S. For example, on December 8th, 2004 the American Civil Liberties Union issued a report: "Worlds Apart: How Deporting Immigrants After September 11 Tore Families Apart and Shattered Communities, which "shares the stories of 13 men who filed a complaint with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention charging that they were unfairly arrested and imprisoned by the United States". http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=17163&c=206
False and misleading information such as that found in the MilitantIslamMonitor has already led to deep suffering and distress among Muslim people in the U. S.A. and we urge all people of good will not to be misled in this current heated political climate. Despite the hysteria that has recently arisen, we the Blue Triangle Network will continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians living in the U. S. A.
The Blue Triangle Network Steering Committee