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Rallies of Misinformation

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  • In the months leading up to the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, conservatives, right-wing media, and Republican lawmakers have led a campaign of misinformation, paranoia, fear, and anger toward Muslims.
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  • News Bias' and the Media Battle over the Meaning of 9/11
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The Progress Report, Think Progress

In the months leading up to the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, conservatives, right-wing media, and Republican lawmakers have led a campaign of misinformation, paranoia, fear, and anger toward Muslims, sparked by the recent hysteria over a hate pastor's plan to burn the Quran (which he thankfully never carried out) and outrage over an organization's plan to build a mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero in Manhattan. A recent Washington Post poll found that a plurality of Americans now have an unfavorable view of Islam, "the most negative split on the question" since Oct. 2001.

Commemorating the 9/11 attacks, President Obama urged tolerance toward Muslims. "As Americans we are not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam," he said. "It was not a religion that attacked us that September day -- it was al Qaida, a sorry band of men which perverts religion." Yet rhetoric from conservatives who gathered this weekend in New York City to protest the Park51 community center, and in Washington, D.C. for the Tea Party "9/12" rally was steeped in Islamophobia and general misinformation about the President, leading Democrats, and their policies.

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News Bias' and the Media Battle over the Meaning of 9/11, Rory O'Connor,  RoryOConnor.org, in AlterNet

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  • Nine years after 9/11, the battle over the meaning of what happened to our city, our country and our world on that fateful blue-crystal morning continues unabated.
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  • Media rife with anti-Muslim bigotry in lead up to 9-11 anniversary
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The Bleaker Truth of Anti-Americanism: Torture, Rendition, and Guantánamo

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On the 9th Anniversary of 9/11, A Call to Close Guantánamo and to Hold Accountable Those Who Authorized Torture

Andy Worthington, Common Dreams

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

On the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001 that prompted the launch of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror,” the closure of Guantánamo and calls for accountability for those who instigated torture and established secret prisons and imprisonment without charge or trial remain as important as ever.

This is especially true because, on this particular anniversary, the crimes and injustices initiated by the Bush administration are, arguably, less in the public eye than at any time in the last six years. In 2004, after the Abu Ghraib scandal first alerted US citizens to a culture of torture and abuse that was sanctioned at the highest levels of government (however much the administration tried to brush it off as the work of “a few bad apples”), the US Supreme Court intervened, in Rasul v. Bush, to raise awareness of the lawless plight of the prisoners at Guantánamo by granting them habeas corpus rights, allowing lawyers to visit the men and to begin to puncture the veil of secrecy in which Guantánamo had been shrouded for the first two and a half years of its existence.

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Summary: Immigration Reform: Week of September 12

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  • Principles for Immigration Reform
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  • Misconceptions Behind the Immigrant Scare
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Monte Wolverton

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Principles for Immigration Reform, Marshall Fitz , Angela Maria Kelley, Center for American Progress

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  • Our broken immigration system undermines core national interests and must be reformed. The public demands it. Our security requires it. Global competitiveness and economic reality compel it. Our identity as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws depends on it.
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  • Read the full report (pdf)
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  • Download the executive summary (pdf)
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AZ GOP utility commission candidate wants to cut off all utility services to homes with undocumented immigrants, Sean Alfano, NY Daily News | NY

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  • One Arizona politician has made a vow to make illegal immigrants powerless — literally.
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  • Guidelines for Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
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  • Obama: Immigration plan 'cannot pass without Republican votes'
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Misconceptions Behind the Immigrant Scare, Scott Horton, Harper's

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  • A major independent study shows that the actual number of illegal immigrants in America is declining, sharply.
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  • A brief history of immigration
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  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!
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Misconceptions Behind the Immigrant Scare

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  • A major independent study shows that the actual number of illegal immigrants in America is declining, sharply.
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  • A brief history of immigration
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  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!
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Scott Horton, Harper's

America, we are told by breathless voices on the political right, faces a horrible crisis from illegal immigrants, particularly from Mexico. These histrionics recently helped drive Arizona legislators and Governor Jan Brewer to enact SB 1070, under which the state’s law enforcement officers are authorized to stop anyone they suspect of being “foreign” and demand to see their documentation. But how sound are the premises of the fear campaign that drives this movement? As the New York Times reports, a major independent study shows that the actual number of illegal immigrants in America is declining, sharply:

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The number of illegal immigrants in the United States, after peaking at 12 million in 2007, fell to about 11.1 million in 2009, the first clear decline in two decades, according to a report published Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center. The reduction came primarily from decreases among illegal immigrants from Latin American countries other than Mexico, the report found. The number of Mexicans living in the United States without legal immigration status did not change significantly from 2007 to 2009. Some seven million Mexicans make up about 60 percent of all illegal immigrants, still by far the largest national group, the Pew Center said.

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A brief history of immigration, Frances Symes, Congress.org

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  • Fights over immigration law have been going on in the U.S. since the 1790s.
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  • Democrats unveil immigration proposal
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Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act! Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI), in Change.org
Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI) supports higher education for all students both documented and undocumented; however, we denounce the military component of the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, this deadly component is strategically excluded from the debate by many Democrats and organizations who support the DREAM Act.

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