Sunday, April 10, 2005

'Schoolgirl Terror' Jailings Outrage Teachers, Classmates

US federal agents in New York reportedly arrested two 16-year-old girls last month on suspicion they intended to become suicide bombers. One is a Guinean girl who entered the United States with her family in 1990 on a visitor visa, when she was two-years-old. The other, a Bangladeshi entered the country in 1994 and her mother unsuccessfully applied for asylum.

Adem Carroll, a community activist with the Islamic Circle of North America, said the case appeared to be "an investigation that's gotten out of hand, like a lot of other so-called terror investigations":
The Guinean tenth-grader (described by the FBI as "an imminent threat to the security of the United States") is a student at Heritage High School in East Harlem.

"She is, yes, an orthodox Muslim, but completely integrated into this school," Jessica Siegel, an English teacher at the school, told The New York Times. "She's a wonderful, wonderful girl."

"I just can't fathom this,"” said Kimberly Lane, her art teacher. She has repeatedly visited the detention center but was not allowed to speak to the girl, who has no lawyer.

"This is a girl who's been in this country since she was 2 years old,” Ms. Lane said.

"She's just a regular teenager - like, two weeks ago her biggest worry was whether she'd done her homework or studied for a science test".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid this is going to have to stop some time soon. Unfortunately people don't care about anything that dosen't effect their own personal peace and comfort. Sad state of affairs.

12:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop, and stop soon it must.

3:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the DHS leave a note on the door suggesting the long lost brothers come out from under the stairs?

These super-patriot homeland heros are some real cowardly pieces of shite. Not even searching the school locker of "this grave threat to national security." Homeland heros, my arse.

3:34 am  
Anonymous nikto said...

Just another step down the slippery slope to dictatorship and the nullification of the U.S. Bill Of Rights.

All Bush needs is another terrorist attack (either authentic, or set up by administration operatives), and the fate of America will be sealed.

Bush would then use the fear and acquiescence generated to shred the U.S. Constitution like an Enron document, and deliver the final death blows to American freedoms.

Most Americans are praying there won't be another attack.

Bush and his people are surely praying, wishing & hoping FOR another attack, because that will elevate them politically and allow them to finish the job of converting America into a corporate dictatorship.

4:20 am  

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