The Case for Ahmed Al’Uquaily

#media_2007;right# Fifty years after the McCarthy witch trials, we are seeing a new reign of error on the part of our judicial system. Here is how it works: First, you criticize Bush. Second, you get accused of aiding and abetting terrorists. And, if you happen to be Arab, then you get deported, go to jail, or…worse. These are the facts. On May 17, 2004, longtime Nashville resident Ahmed Al’Uquaily protested against the torture of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib in downtown Nashville. His protest was eloquent, and constitutionally protected. #media_2006;left# Just don’t tell that to the government. Security agents, following in the goose steps of the East German Stasi, their secret police, “questioned” Ahmed about his views afterward. An Iraqi refugee, Ahmed’s two brothers and mother were killed during the Gulf War; his father was jailed in Saddam’s Iraq. In October 2004, Ahmed was jailed in Bush’s America. A fantastic tale concocted by the same police who had questioned him and the FBI claimed that Ahmed had threatened to “go jihad,” and had attempted to purchase guns from a man who was actually an undercover agent. He was sentenced to 57 months in prison.


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