City of Roses
|All which Gore was speaking of wasn't only chronicled in the Arab media for years, it has been in our press as well.
1) Knight Ridder: June 15, 2003
"Even some government officials are worried. In a secret meeting of top Justice Department officials hours after the attacks, then-immigration chief James Ziglar rebuked those in the room for proposing a “roundup” of Arabs and Muslims. “I’m not going to be part of this if we’re going to do things that blatantly violate the law,” Ziglar declared, according to people there."
2) The Chicago Tribune: November 16, 2003
83,310: Number of foreign visitors from 24 predominantly Muslim nations who registered with the government after U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft required them to do so. (North Koreans also required to register.)
13,740: Number of those 83,310 who were ordered into deportation proceedings.
0: Number who were publicly charged with terrorism, although officials say a few have terrorism connections.
3) Associated Press: January 17, 2002
"The United States was cited for detaining more than 1,100 people, mostly Arab or Muslim men, as part of an effort to round up potential terrorists. “Only a small number of those in custody were believed to have links to terrorism,” the [Human Rights Watch] report said."
4) CBS: January 8, 2002
"More than 1,000 people have already been rounded up for questioning and Attorney General John Ashcroft has made no apology for the aggressive tactics. … But none of the people detained since the attack have been indicted for terrorism."
I just wanted to share that here, and it is also why I agree with the latest United Nations report in either charging all the detainees at Guantanamo of crimes connected to terrorism, or if they can't be connected to have them moved elsewhere, as well as having a full investigation of the prison and seeking interviews with both those operating the prison and detainees.
Clarity of exactly what's happening will only help us all, for Guantanamo is already an infamous facility as it is with many pictures and accounts of torture there, and if we don't seek resolve to these kinds of issues, it'll only encourage prolonging discomfort and rage among Arabs and Muslims and places like Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib will be seen worldwide as so much that America truly isn't.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"