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LAPD Plan to map Muslims opposed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A plan by the counterterrorism bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department to create a map detailing the Muslim communities in this city, an effort described as a step toward thwarting radicalization, has angered civil-rights groups, which say it is no better than racial profiling. At least three major Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Thursday to top city officials raising concerns about the plan. “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 ACLU 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 counterterrorism bureau, testified before a U.S. Senate committee 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. The estimated 500,000 Muslims living in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange and Riverside counties, make it the second-largest concentration of Muslims in the United States, after New York City. Not all Muslim groups in the area object to Downing’s idea. “There has been a lot of discussion on the issue of ghettoization and counterghettoization,” said Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which is considering being the Police Department’s partner in the project. Marayati said his group supported anything that would help integration as long as it safeguarded civil liberties. Among those interviewed, whatever their position on the project, Downing was given high marks for his community-policing efforts, and the letter to city officials suggested that the groups opposed to his idea meet with him to discuss it. Those signing the letter included Muslim Advocates, a national association of Muslim lawyers, and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an organization for mosques. The groups were particularly angered that in his Senate testimony, Downing, discussing the possibility of Muslims’ radicalization, seemed to suggest looking at such factors as exposure to the puritanical teachings of the Wahhabi sect, instability in countries of origin and where they get their news. He also suggested that the study would result in helping amplify the voice of Muslim moderates who could counter fanatics. Definitions a concern “Who is going to decide who are the moderates?” asked Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for the Los Angeles area, who also signed the letter. “Are Muslims who criticize the war in Iraq moderate?” The groups’ letter coincided with the release Thursday by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and other city and law enforcement officials of an FBI report that al-Qaida might be planning to strike at shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago during the Christmas season. But the FBI report itself characterized the information as uncertain. The groups involved in protesting the mapping plan said any threat from al-Qaida, even a tenuous one, underscored their point that limited police resources should be directed at investigating real crimes rather than at what they characterized as treating the entire Muslim community with suspicion. “Al-Qaida has always operated outside the United States,” Ayloush said, “and has miserably failed to gain any support or sympathy among the American Muslim population.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img In his testimony, to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Downing said the project would determine the geographic distribution of Muslims in the sprawling Los Angeles area and take “a look at their history, demographics, language, culture, ethnic breakdown, socioeconomic status and social interactions.” The idea, Downing said in an interview Thursday, would be to determine which communities might be having problems integrating into the larger society and thus might have members susceptible to carrying out attacks, much like domestic cells in England and elsewhere in Europe. “There are people out there who believe in extreme violent ideology who present a threat to the American people, and that is what we are trying to prevent,” he said. “This could be called another prevention strategy.” The civil-rights groups argue that contrary to what has been found in Europe, the scattered cases exposed in the United States have involved individuals with no clear ties to international terrorism groups. 500,000 Muslims in area last_img
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Fishing the North Coast: Banner North Coast opener for Dungeness crab

first_imgThe sport Dungeness crab season kicked off this past Saturday, Nov. 3, and those who ventured offshore reported the crabs were plentiful and good-sized, and much meatier than last year at this time. Captain Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing set gear south of the entrance this week in 90 to 120 feet of water and reported 18 to 25 keepers per pot following an overnight soak.“The reports were similar for boats fishing south of the entrance as well as those who dropped pots right outside the …last_img read more

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Over 15 Maoists killed in Bastar

first_imgThe Chhattisgarh police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Wednesday claimed that they had gunned down more than 15 Maoists in the insurgency-hit Bastar region of the State.However, the security forces could not recover the bodies.According to the Inspector General of Police of Bastar (range), Vivekanand Sinha, the CRPF along with the Special Task Forces and the District Reserve Guard of the Chhattisgarh police had launched a massive three-day-long anti-Maoist operation on the border of Sukma and Bijapur district of Bastar on May 13.“There was heavy firing on the evening of May 14 and at 11 pm. The input we are getting from our own and independent sources is that more than 15 Maoists may have been killed. But no body has been recovered. The operation is over now and the forces have returned to their base camps,” Mr. Sinha told The Hindu.Two injuredThe IG said one jawan died during the operation. Two others suffered injuries and were undergoing treatment at a hospital. The three-day long operation is being seen as a retaliation by the security forces after the Maoists killed 25 CRPF men in Sukma district on April 24.last_img read more

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Selectors faced with Sehwag dilemma ahead of team selection

first_imgDashing opener Virender Sehwag’s availability will be the bone of contention when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to select the Test squad for the cricket tour of England.While Sachin Tendulkar (rested from the ongoing tour of the West Indies), Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir (recovering from injuries) will be back to bolster the squad, there hasn’t yet been any concrete information about the status of Sehwag’s injured shoulder that underwent a surgery in May.A source close to Sehwag said that the opener may just struggle to get fit in time for the first Test as “he is yet to get back the desired strength in his shoulders.”The first Test starts from July 21 at the Lord’s. India are scheduled to play four Tests and five ODIs during the tour of England.”We have no information as of now on the status of Sehwag’s injury. We will only get to know once we are in Chennai. We have heard that Gautam and Zaheer are fit,” said a selector.There is speculation that selectors may just take a gamble by including Sehwag in the team and wait for him to get fit by the time the second Test starts in Nottingham from July 29.Asked about the poor show by Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund in the three innings so far, the selector retorted, “These two (Vijay and Mukund) are the best available replacements for Viru and Gauti. We don’t have too many options in opening. Only Parthiv can be another option.”advertisementParthiv is a certainty as a second wicketkeeper.If Sehwag fails to make it then Vijay, by sheer experience of having a longer stint in the team, may get another international lifeline.While the other places in the batting order are almost sealed after Raina’s back-to-back 50s, the extra middle-order batsman’s slot may be a three-way battle between Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and senior-pro Yuvraj Singh.While Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma have sealed their places after impressive show in the West Indies, the young Abhimanyu Mithun may have to battle it out with S Sreesanth for the fourth pacer’s slot.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Deer gets into Edmonton thrift shop breaks china escapes through window

first_imgEDMONTON (CITYNEWS) – You’ve heard of a bull in a china shop, but what about a deer in a thrift store? One West Edmonton business is assessing the damage after a wildlife encounter.John Francis, the manager of Mission Thrift Store says if it weren’t for security video of what happened just after opening on June 26, he might not have believed his employee’s claim.“I was getting to the stations and getting the day started,” he says. “The deer trotted through pretty quickly, right onto the sales floor.”It took advantage of an open back door, slipping past volunteers unnoticed, skipping the racks of clothing and shelves of books, when its eyes fell on the china.“It jumped straight ahead right through the shelving, busted a bunch of dishes, took the plate glass out immediately, kind of landed on the sidewalk, got up and trotted across the road,” Francis says.The non-profit now has to replace the window, but they say they are impressed the deer seemed unharmed, with no blood or fur left behind as it went trotting off down the busy street.“This neighborhood gets more interesting every day I’m here,” Francis adds.And he says the deer is welcome to come back, the staff just it hope it leaves through the front door.last_img read more

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