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Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11 Paperback – 2009
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"I invite you to think: there are more than six million Muslims in this country, and almost eight years have gone by sine 9/11, yet not a single Muslim terrorist has ever been found here. We are not terrorists. We are part of this society, we share its concerns, and we want to share in its success and prosperity." –Shamshad Ahmad In 2004, the FBI raided the Masjid As-Salam, a working-class mosque in Albany, New York, and arrested two of its members on charges of supporting terrorism. The government's subsequent case against Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain garnered international publicity, shocked the city, and terrified the Capital District's Muslim community. Now, from his insider's perspective as president of the mosque, Shamshad Ahmad gives the only comprehensive account available of the fictional FBI sting that entrapped the two men, and offers some behind-the-scenes information, including transcriptions of the actual sting tapes, that has never been made public. Dr. Ahmad's careful examination of the evidence, and his unique observations as a Muslim, leave no doubt that the case was just a frame-up designed to advance the post-9/11 war on terror and intimidate the Muslim community -- and that community support and activism have made a difference throughout this tragic miscarriage of justice. All proceeds from the sale of this book --if purchased new from the Troy Book Makers --will go to the Aref Education Fund, established by the author for Yassin's four children.
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Rounded Up by Shamshad Ahmad is the true testimony by someone who witnessed everything and saw the entire drama of the Aref-Hossain case unfold. He does not just tell you what happened, rather he explains how it happened and why. Further, he tells you what he and others think and felt about the entire situation. The credibility of this witness is that no one brought him in and forced him to testify. He is not receiving any financial benefit from this book, and he is not a politician who is looking for any political achievement.
This book, and its author's message, is to convey the truth. It is a sad story, but Shamshad narrates it to you in a beautiful, interesting way and helps you understand what happened.
Thank you, Shamshad, for asking the serious questions about the case and its issues that many people have in their minds but are afraid to ask. I, my family, the American people, and Muslims throughout the world need to know the answers. President Obama promised to "change course" and build a new era. Now the world is waiting, and asking:
-when will the Justice Department review the cases of hundreds of Muslims who have been targeted, prosecuted, and imprisoned by the Bush Administration for political reasons, and who received long prison sentences for crimes they did not commit?
-when will America put the 9/11 tragedy and the Bush era behind them to build good relations with the world in all humanity's interest of peace, justice, and saving lives and the planet?
-when will Guantanamo and all secret prisons be closed?
-when will prisoners be treated fairly and receive their rights, especially in Bagram, Abu Ghraib, the ADX, and the CMUs?
-when will the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end?
-when will the Palestinians live in peace in their land and have their state?
-when will the discrimination against Muslims in the United States stop, and when will the government remove surveillance on their mosques and schools and stop targeting and setting up their kids?
Shamshad's book is an honest and clear view that tells the world how Muslims feel and what's in their minds and hearts, what they need and what their concerns are. I know he raises hundreds of necessary and serious questions about me being targeted, persecuted, and imprisoned, and about my trial and the verdict, but he also asks many other important questions and brings up many doubts about the fairness of the trial and its judgment. Shamshad's book is necessary for anyone who needs to know what happened and what went wrong, why America transferred from the "land of freedom" into a "police state," and how it changed from the "country of dreams" to an "empire state."
My hope is that people will read this book with open minds and clear intentions to understand the problem, and then they will do all they can to fix it, because, as they say, "Discovering and knowing the disease is half of the cure."
Shamshad again proves he is an honest man, a brave leader, faithful and smart, one who tells the truth, speaks loud, and asks the right questions--not to deepen the wound, not to build hate, rather to seek the truth and a solution. In this book he will tell you what you are never going to hear from hypocrites or from fearful Muslims or their corrupted politicians and leaders.
Dear Shamshad, thank you for writing the book. I am glad that you are back home. I was really moved by your closing words: "No place is better than home." I do believe so too! But like all homeless immigrants, I don't know where we should return to, or where we can stay.
**Yassin Aref is one of the defendants in the Aref-Hossain case, which is the subject of Rounded Up. He wrote this review from the Communication Management Unit at the federal prison in Marion, Illinois, where he is incarcerated.
"Rounded Up" tells of an FBI instigated fake terrorist plot that not only terrorizes a whole community, but also sends two members of the Albany, New York, Muslim community to prison for 15 years each. Ahmad's perspective is unique because of the many vantage points he occupies simultaneously as, Muslim, immigrant, U.S. citizen, mosque president, and professor of physics.
Government press conferences, political photo-ops, and news flashes about "terrorists" are juxtaposed with community disbelief and impotence to counter the effects of a frenzied media circus feeding on duplicity and omission. Initial feelings of impotence are ultimately overcome by two bold initiatives from a diverse Albany community that has come together through tragedy: the Muslim Solidarity Committee, which gives direct support to the two convicted men and their families, and Project SALAM (Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims) which addresses the wider context of what is happening nation wide.
Not to be missed - and perhaps to be read first - are the appendices. Taking samples from government transcripts of sting tapes, Ahmad illustrates how lack of context, omission, and mistranslation contribute to distortions of reality that are then fed to an eager press in the "war on terror." Thank you to Shamshad Ahmad for documenting this individual case of a cruel, tragic, scenario that is, unfortunately, being played out over and over again in cases across the country.
I bought the book on Friday and started to read. I could not put it down until I was done. The book is so readable, it just kept me turning the pages. Even the appendixes in the back are so compelling, I had to read to the very end.
After all of the information I had gathered about this case, I thought I knew everything about it. Dr. Shamshad Ahmad's book has shown me there was a lot of facts I did not know. The FBI's tactics in this case are far worse than I understood.
The book makes me even more sad, more angry than I had been before at this injustice done to the two innocent men, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, who are now serving 15-year prison sentences.
It is very hard to believe that in my country, the United States of America, based on the rule of law, that the government can just pick two innocent men off the streets and imprison them - solely because of their religion. But, that is what has happened.
This book explains, in a very compelling manner, about the wrongful prosecution of innocent Muslims in America.
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