The website of the Cageprisoners human rights organization beloved by Amnesty International and supported by Quaker charities, is by proud definition, an apologist and advocate for terror. Today, as the UK’s leftwing anti-terror site Harry’s Place points out, Cageprisoner’s researcher Ayesha Kazmi deplores the King hearings, the anti-Islam “witch-hunt” going on at the King hearings, and other cliches.
But Ms. Kazmi’s attitude is novel to US ears - at least since the decline of the KKK. While assuring us that all plots are imaginary, she admits that “The facts are true. American Muslims accused and imprisoned because of their alleged involvement in planning terrorist plots, such as Tarek Mehanna, were tipped off by members in their own community.”
This is not a good thing, for her. “This is hardly a phenomenon to be applauded and encouraged, particularly in light of the fact that the American media is now increasingly criticised for promoting and spreading misinformation to an American public that has, in turn, become increasingly misinformed.” And she goes on to recite charges about how Islamist terror is a mere bagatelle compared to the threats US security faces from other groups.
But Ms. Kazmi is not content merely to dissuade Americans of the Muslim faith from succumbing to a scare - which of course it is her right to do. She demands action from the American Muslim community as a whole: “what is more alarming is the permissiveness with which American Muslims treat the whistle-blowing taking place within their communities and inside their mosques.”
What can Ms. Kazmi be suggesting? “Nightwatchman” (who wrote the piece at Harry’s Place on this article) says that Ms. Kazmi “does not think American Muslims should be reporting Muslims to the police for acts of suspected terrorism.”
If that were only all.
To my ears, the suggestion that American Muslims should not treat informers “with permissiveness” has greater resonance. Nobody charged organizations like the IRA or the KKK with permissiveness towards informers. And no one complains of the permissiveness with which Hamas, Hezbollah or the Al Aqsa Brigades treat those denounced as “Zionist informers” (who in their commendable passion to see that justice is done are said occasionally to omit the formality of a trial for those they torture and kill).
I’m sure that whatever solution Ms. Kazmi has in mind for American Muslims who dare to report crimes to the police will be an implicit rebuke to the American justice system, of which Cageprisoners is so critical.