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News :: Human Rights
Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
20 Sep 2005
Romney, as well as scores of Republicans and Democrats alike, despite their various orientations, are fast scrambling to forestall an independent multinational class-wide movement especially after Katrina nakedly exposed before the whole world the utter uselessness of the capitalist system.

On September 14, speaking at the right-wing Heritage Foundation’s national office in Washington D.C., Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney declared, “How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from terrorist-sponsored states?” referring to international students who attend the 120 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. “Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them?”
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He added, “How about people who are in settings-mosques, for instance-that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror. Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what’s going on?” He also called for the “monitoring” and “tracking” of immigrants (www.boston.com).

Romney called for even more wholesale repression than current provisions in the Patriot Act which already allow the monitoring of international students and the violation of scores of civil liberties. Thousands of people of Middle Eastern origin, Muslims, South Asians and others have been harassed, imprisoned or deported under Patriot Act provisions often for a simple accusation of being a ‘terrorist.’ This continues daily across the United States resulting in families being torn apart, businesses destroyed, health problems and more (www.adc.org).

Thus Romney’s threats are very real and shouldn’t be taken as just conservative rhetoric.

A militant, courageous response

Furious over Romney’s racist, chauvinist and outrageous wholesale profiling proposal, the Muslim American Society immediately issued a press release denouncing Romney and called for a press conference at the governor’s office Sept. 16. The Boston chapter of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation sponsored the action with the Islamic Society of Boston, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Massachusetts Immigration Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Friends Service Committee (www.masnet.org).

“As religious, community, and student leaders, we expect far more from our elected officials. Your remarks have failed us,” said Caline Jarudi, director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, reading from a letter of protest signed by 21 organizations directed at Romney. The letter demanded an apology and a public retraction of his profiling statements.

A Romney spokesperson accepted the letter from the delegation but told them the governor refuses to retract his comments.

Romney himself repeated this throughout the Sept. 16 weekend at various press conferences and other events. He even appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” Sept. 16.

“When it comes to protecting our citizens, there is no place for political correctness,” Romney said at an unrelated press conference. “We should be doing more in terms of intelligence and counterterrorism in the state to protect ourselves from terrorists. We spend a lot of our resources thinking about response, but response can't protect us. We have to be able to prevent attacks.”

This most recent declaration of war by Romney follows on the heels of scores of attacks against progressive individuals and organizations during his term and before.

Romney supports the death penalty, mandatory and so-called “three strikes” sentencing, voucher schools, welfare ‘reform,’ pro de-regulation, is anti-abortion and viciously anti-union.

Romney, in his zeal to abolish same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, the only state to legalize this legal and human right, works closely with organizations such as Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.

He has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security and repressive agencies of the state and federal governments to build a “fusion center,” in Framingham, Massachusetts where a high percentage of Afro-Brazilians reside. This “center” is a clearinghouse where all forms of local, state and national repressive agencies work in tandem to terrorize the working class and oppressed through eavesdropping, wiretapping, video monitoring and the like.

A similar command center was built before the 2004 Democratic National Convention in downtown Boston at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority with the full complicity of the Democratic Party.

The Romney’s

Willard “Mitt” Romney is a blue-blood son and a proud member of the neo-conservative wing of the capitalist class.

His father, George Wilcken Romney, now deceased, was a politically-connected capitalist powerhouse for decades.

Romney Sr.’s “heritage” began in the 1930s when he was a Washington D.C. lobbyist for Alcoa. Proving his mettle to the ruling class, he was then appointed to the lead the Automotive Council for War Production during WWII. After the war he worked as an executive for Nash-Kelvinator which merged with Hudson to become American Motors Corporation in 1954. Romney Sr. became chair of AMC.

From 1963-69, a time of mass rebellions in Detroit’s (and other Michigan cities) streets and industries especially automotive where Black workers in organizations such as DRUM led scores of militant actions, he was Michigan governor.

After an attempted presidential run in 1968, Romney Sr. was appointed Housing and Urban Development Secretary in 1969 by Richard Nixon and left this position in 1973 whereupon he worked for various corporations until his death in 1995. Like his son, Romney Sr. was a lifelong member of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (http://en.wikipedia.org).

Mitt Romney, an aspiring 2008 Republican presidential candidate, is a graduate of Brigham Young and Harvard universities and from 1978 to 1984 he was a Vice President of Bain & Company, Inc., the Boston-based management consulting firm.

In 1984 Romney Jr. founded Bain Capital, a now $17 billion venture capital and investment company that has founded, acquired or invested in hundreds of companies including UniSource Worldwide, the leading marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment with one of largest private trucking fleets (2,000 trucks) in North America with over 100 distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Other Bain investments include low-wage super-exploitative corporations that employ majority people of color and women such as Dominos, Toys R’ Us, Burger King, Staples, and various “Dollar” stores.

From 1999-02 Romney was also CEO of the Salt Lake Organzing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics (www.mass.gov).

Build the multinational, class-wide independent movement!

It is no coincidence that Romney and other Heritage Foundation protégé’s like Edwin Meese III are now increasingly whipping up racist and chauvinist hysteria just at a time of increasing unity between the working class and nationally oppressed in the wake of Katrina and the building movement against the U.S. war against Iraq and domestically.

Heritage is the most well funded right-wing think tank receiving most of its capital from the Bradley Foundation and is the most politically connected to the White House and Congress (www.bradleyfdn.org). The Foundation’s blueprint for the “reconstruction” of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area reads like a capitalist vulture’s wildest dreams (www.mediatransparency.org) (www.heritage.org).

In order for these parasites to profit off the misery, death and destruction of millions of working class and oppressed people in this country and internationally they must sell fear, sow division and fracture any unity and solidarity that exists for an independent multinational class-wide people’s movement to arise and consolidate.

Romney, as well as scores of Republicans and Democrats alike, despite their various orientations, are fast scrambling to forestall this type of movement especially after Katrina nakedly exposed before the whole world the utter uselessness of the capitalist system.

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See also:
http://www.adc.org
http://www.troopsoutnow.org

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Re: MA Governor to Spy on Jewish terrorists
19 Sep 2005
Romney stated, "How about people who are in settings - synagogues, for instance - that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror," he said.
''Are we monitoring Zionism? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what's going on in Palestine?"

He also said, "How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from the terrorist Israeli state?", referring to foreign students who attend universities in Massachusetts. ''Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them? "
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
20 Sep 2005
well Zim Israeli Navigation did pack up and run from the World Trade Centers after 30years in the building on september 6th, breaking thier lease which would concern me that they were the ones who packed the buildings with explosives.
A top Israeli hijacking comando from was on flight 93 among the "hijackers" which would concern me that he was part of the plot. Israeli companies such as odigo were warned to clear out before the demolitions, a courtesy only extended to top brass CEOs, israelis and Coni Rice.
Mossad agents have a long history(to long to fit in here) of blowing up people, planes and buildings and framing arabs for it.
I have actually sceen them do this and some day you will realize that you have to.
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
20 Sep 2005
Plus a top Israeli hijacking commando boarding, buckeling up, taxiing and taking of in an airplane with 5 arab hijackers on it is IMPOSSIBLE.

If youve ever been to occupied Palestine you would understand.

It would be like me boarding a jet airplane missing all of its windows and taking off in it. "Um stewardess its a little chilly in here could you close a few windows?"
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
21 Sep 2005
Your "top Israeli commando" has a name: Danny Lewin.

Mr. Lewin co-founded Akamai and was a computer science graduate student at MIT.

He was on the plane because he had a business trip on the west coast.

He had military training because, guess what, it's mandatory for all Israeli citizens.

Anyone who posits that he was an Israeli agent activated to hijack a plane is a fucking moron.

Die trolls.
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
22 Sep 2005
The kind of bigoted rants about arabs and muslims one hears these days are in NO WAY, I repeat NO WAY different from the hatred that has previously been directed at Jews by real anti-Semites (meaning people who dislike Jews because they are Jewish, not people who dislike Israel and Zionism because those are racist.)

Instead of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, they use the 95% fictional report of the Kean/Zelikow 9-11 Commission to justify provoking mass hysteria and hatred against a group of people.

Never again? How about guess again--just pick a new scapegoat and keep on hatin' folks, just like your G-- commands you to, right? Eye for an eye, etc...? :)
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
23 Sep 2005
What Israelis call "business" most people on earth call murder. Thanks for the details on this guy who trained in camps in the middle east on the hijacking of airplanes. If as you say every Israeli has military training then we should begin survaillence of every Israeli now.
We should start monitoring that corporation and the synagogue that hijacking commando belonged ASAP.
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
23 Sep 2005
I think Mormon Temples ought to be surveiled as well.

Who knows what goes on in them? Remember the Mountain Meadows Massacre? And the polygamists still living openly in the Utah outback?

Theirs is a program of world spiritual domination! Or it might be. We better wiretap them all to find out!

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
23 Sep 2005
Wire taps for everybody!
Who knows. If we had been spying on the catholic churches, maybe we could have prevented hundreds if not thousands of children from being raped and molested.
(Yes, that was sarcasm for those who can't tell)
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
24 Sep 2005
since mormons and catholics havn't been blowing people up and commiting other terrorist acts, it may be a waste of time to wire tap them. however since 99.9 percent of all terror acts are commited by muslims, it may be prudent to keep an eye on them, don't ya think? course that's just common sense which is not found in moonbats who write shit like this article.
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
24 Sep 2005
"since mormons and catholics havn't been blowing people up and commiting other terrorist acts, it may be a waste of time to wire tap them. however since 99.9 percent of all terror acts are commited by muslims, it may be prudent to keep an eye on them"

I call bullshit.

Northern Ireland? Plenty of Cathloic terrorism there, and plenty of Protestant terrorism in response.

Mark Hofmann was a Mormon terrorist. Eric Robert Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh were Christian terrorist.

The Basque? The Tamils? Non-muslims.

Get your facts straight.
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
24 Sep 2005
Non of the groups that you mentioned are targeting Americans. Only Muslims are targeting Americans. Therefore, Muslims and the evil rhetoric of death and destruction of innocents that emanates from their mosques should be kept under close supervision. When Catholics Basque's, etc start targeting Americans then it will be time to watch them too.
Better Idea
25 Sep 2005
I suggest wiretapping all politicians offices. Subject them to the same scrutiny the rest of the country must suffer. You'll find more criminals, and save more money than chasing al-CIAduh.
" 99.9 percent of all terror acts are commited by jews, it may be prudent to keep an eye on them"
26 Sep 2005
"Only Jews are targeting Americans. Therefore, Jews and the evil rhetoric of death and destruction of innocents that emanates from their synagouges should be kept under close supervision."
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
27 Sep 2005
Dont feed the trolls. Anyone who uses the term "moonbat" is a freerepublic neo-con and therefore a super-troll. Ignore under all circumstances.
Mitt Is Shit!
02 Oct 2005
What Mitt says...Means Nothing. Mitt is a corporate whore that has no clout. The Demos run the show in Massachusetts.
Mitt supports dubya. Crooks support crooks.
If the Shit wants to impress mainstream media? He should give us all state run medical and dental. And eliminate the insurance companies!
Bet he won't!
Re: Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
12 Nov 2005
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907