New York Stands with Rasmea Odeh: ‘Supporting Palestine is not a crime! Hands off Rasmea!’ Picket at the Department of Homeland Security, October 20, 2014.

Photos by redguard

On October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security arrested Palestinian-American feminist, activist, educator and community leader, Rasmea Odeh in her home for alleged immigration fraud as part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them “terrorists.” Rasmea is facing trial on November 4, 2014 

On October 21, 2014 the Federal Court in Detroit will determine the admissibility of “Israeli evidence” — evidence obtained under torture decades ago inside the prisons of the illegal, colonial, occupying Zionist power.This is not the first time that U.S. Federal prosecutors have used such evidence against Palestinian Americans. 

National call-in Oct. 21: Drop the charges against Rasmea!

Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 9am-5pm Eastern Time: 
Call the prosecutors and tell them, ‘Drop the charges now!’

(1) Call Jonathan Tukel in Detroit at 313-226-9100
Chief of National Security Unit, U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Michigan

(2) Call Barbara McQuade at 313-226-9501
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

When you call say, “Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling from _________ to demand that U.S. Attorney McQuade drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh.” (First name pronounced Russ-MEE-yuh)

Make the calls!

If you can be in Detroit on Oct. 21, join us at the Court Hearing for Rasmea Odeh
Oct. 21 - 10am - Picket line outside the court building
231 W Lafayette Boulevard, in Detroit
(Google map: http://goo.gl/IUwYdq)

DHS places Weekly Standard writer/Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes on terrorist watch list


So, let me get this straight.  DHS completely missed the Tsarnaev brothers and the Oklahoma beheader, despite their rantings about jihad online.  But a Conservative journalist?  Definitely going on the terrorist watch list.

from Politico:

"When I went online to check in with Southwest, they wouldn’t let me. I figured it was some glitch," he explained. "Then I got to the airport and went to check in. The woman had a concerned look on her face. She brought over her supervisor and a few other people. Then they shut down the lane I was in, took me to the side, told me I was a selectee and scrawled [something] on my ticket."

"On my way back. the same thing happened," he continued. "I got pulled out, they closed down the lane, and did a full pat-down and looked in all parts of my luggage."

Things got slightly awkward on that return flight, because one of the TSA employees was a frequent Fox News viewer. “He knew I wasn’t an actual terrorist,” Hayes explained, “but it didn’t matter.”

Hayes finally contacted Southwest on Tuesday, ahead of another flight, to ask why he couldn’t check in. A customer service supervisor told him he wasn’t going to be able to get a boarding pass before arriving at the airport.

"So I asked if I was on the government’s terrorist watchlist, and she said ‘Yes.’"

read the rest

Hayes is hoping that he was flagged automatically because his recent travel itinerary, but he’s not the only Conservative journalist who has been repeatedly harassed by the TSA.

This whole episode should clue you in that Homeland Security is being run by a bunch in incompetent paper pushers.  Stupidity like this is most definitely not making the country safer.   

The right-wing media has persistently been pushing the conspiracy theory that ISIS tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border:

What began early this summer as an unsubstantiated claim from Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) that “people that are coming [across the U.S.-Mexico border] from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations,” (a claim PolitiFact Texas rated “Pants on Fire”), has morphed into a full-blown right-wing conspiracy theory. Conservative media and elected officials are hyping fears that members of the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group are utilizing the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the U.S. and launch terrorist attacks, a chorus that has only grown louder in the ensuing months to attack immigration reform

Luckily, the DHS refuted this false claim and set the record straight:

The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” said DHS spokesperson Marsha Catron. “DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.