MUSLIMS WELCOME REMOVAL OF LAPD’S MAPPING PROGRAM
(Los Angeles, CA, – 11/15/2007) – The controversial Muslim ‘Mapping’ plan of the Los Angeles Police Department is now “dead on arrival” according to Chief William Bratton.
“It is over and not just put on the side,” said Chief Bratton in a meeting with the Muslim leadership of Southern California on Thursday, November 15th. The meeting was moderated by Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Arif Alikhan and attended by Deputy Chief Mike Downing.
Chief Bratton acknowledged the hurt and offense caused to Muslims and greed to send a letter to the Muslim community announcing the official ttermination of the ‘mapping’ plan.
A major reason for the termination of the ‘mapping’ plan was the Muslim ommunity’s vociferous opposition and active civic engagement in making hemselves heard beyond Los Angeles. Muslim organizations demonstrated a strong unity of purpose and message on the issue of ‘mapping’ that led to a position of strength for Muslims in the meeting.
“When the starting point for a police investigation is ‘let’s look at all Muslims,’ we are going down a dangerous road,” Peter Bibring, a lawyer with the A.C.L.U. of Southern California, said in an interview. “Police can and should be engaged with the communities they are policing, but that engagement can’t be a mask for intelligence gathering.”
The objections started after Michael P. Downing, a deputy Los Angeles police chief who heads the counter terrorism bureau, testified before a United States Senate committee on Oct. 30 that the Police Department was combining forces with an unidentified academic institution and looking for a Muslim partner to carry out the mapping project. He emphasized that he wanted the process to be transparent.
Eyes Wide Open? History repeating itself!
The Holocaust started by “little and simple acts” that the world ignored yet led to the demise of 6 million Jews. By World War II, nearly all Jewish companies had either collapsed under financial pressure and declining profits, or had been forced to sell out to the Nazi-German government as part of the “Aryanization” policy inaugurated in 1937. As the war started, large massacres of Jews took place. Pogroms were also encouraged by the Nazis, especially early in the war before the larger mass killings began. The first of these pogroms was Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany, often called Pogromnacht, in which Jewish homes were ransacked in numerous German cities along with 8,000 Jewish shops, towns and villages, as civilians and SA stormtroopers destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in smashed windows — the origin of the name “Night of Broken Glass.” Jews were beaten to death; 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps; and 1,668 synagogues ransacked with 267 set on fire. In the city of Lvov, Ukrainian nationalists organized two large pogroms in July, 1941 in which around 6,000 Jews were murdered. In Lithuania, anti-Soviet partisan groups engaged in anti-Jewish pogroms on July 25 and 26, 1941, before Nazi forces even arrived, killing about 3,800 Jews and burning synagogues and Jewish shops. Perhaps the deadliest of these Holocaust-era pogroms was the Iaşi pogrom in Romania, in which as many as 14,000 Jews were killed by Romanian citizens, police, and military officials.
Today, in Europe and the U.S. especially, Mosques are getting ransacked, hate crimes are on the rise and people who are suspected of being Muslims (like Sikhs) are being attacked.
Luckily, the world has a bigger heart and most people on both continents refuse the idea of labeling Muslims. True, some bad apples exist in every religion and every society. But as I wrote here and contine to, Blackwater for example, does not represent America. Bush and Condom-liza do not either. The average American is someone with compassion, logic and understanding. Maybe sometimes ignorant to some details because of what we’re fed, day in and day out on the news, but when we uncover the truth, we stand by what is right.
This is America.