The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

"Terror" with Faked Up Evidence

Sep 13, 2004

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors in Detroit requested that the convictions of three Moroccan immigrants on terrorism-related charges be thrown out. Two of the men, Karim Koubriti and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi, had been convicted in June 2003 of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, and the third, Ahmed Hannan, had been convicted of document fraud. The prosecutors acted to prevent the judge, Gerald Rosen, from exposing this government frame-up in open court.

Prosecutors had withheld evidence from the defense that would have caused any responsible jury to acquit the defendants. Prosecutors prevented the defense from obtaining notes from interviews with their star witness against the men, Youssef Hmimssa. Hmimssa was promised a reduced sentence on his own charges of credit card fraud in exchange for his testimony. The prosecution withheld a letter from a friend of Hmimsaa, Brahim Sidi, who was ready to refute the accusations. The government then deported Sidi before he could testify.

The prosecution also kept from the defense a letter from a cellmate of Hmimssa attacking Hmimssa’s credibility.

The prosecution’s withholding of evidence was no simple technicality or mistake. It was part and parcel of a frame-up–aimed at convicting innocent men. This case was the highlight of a whole offensive to make the U.S. population believe the government is protecting it from terrorists.

Since 9/11, the government has detained and deported 13,000 Arabs and Muslims. While charges of "terrorism" are continually floated, these 13,000 were deported for visa violations, which are a common occurrence in this country, with its millions of immigrants. The ruling class, in fact, wants to keep a class of immigrants whose situation is not legalized, so they can be forced to work for very low wages.

When the government wants to pick up illegal immigrants and charge them with something, they are not hard to find.

In this whole propaganda campaign, only 300 people were charged with anything, and only 179 people were convicted. Most of those were only for document and credit card fraud or immigration violations. Only in the Detroit case was someone actually convicted of terrorism.

And now it has been tossed out, shown to be a frame-up.

This is nothing but a good old smear campaign–aimed at making the population fall in lock step behind every repressive twist and turn of the government.

There is someone using terror here all right, the U.S. government!