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Hasan Minhaj’s Brush with Counter-Terrorism in 2002

Hasan Minhaj: The King's Jester | Stifel Theatre

A few Sundays ago, my wife and I went out for an entertainment event for the first time since the pandemic lockdowns began in March of 2020. We bought the tickets to see comedian Hasan Minhaj (of PATRIOT ACT show fame) months ago. It was the first time we’d been in a crowd of any size; there were undoubtedly thousands at this very restrictive (vaccination / negative covid test required and cellphones bagged) event at the Long Center across from Auditorium Shores here in Austin.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the show and Hasan’s very personal stories about becoming a father at the same time as he was becoming a social media comedic-activist-icon.

Besides hearing about the dangers to his family’s safety resulting from his work on his PATRIOT ACT show – particularly his fears concerning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – he also described an incident from his childhood in 2002 that he says spurred his aspirations of becoming a comedian. 

Hasan related his childhood experience of with an extreme body-builder fellow who wanted to convert to Islam and joined the Mosque that his family attended. He told of how obvious it was that this non-Muslim was an infiltrating law-enforcement provocateur who was trying to spur young Muslim kids into confessing to wanting to commit acts of terrorism. Hasan went on to describe the police and anti-terror task force descending on he and his friends after he (Hasan) decided to prank the obvious government shill … all of which convinced Hasan of the power of humor to strike back against those who would abuse their power and influence as this infiltrator (and so many more, as it turns out) had done. 

He went so far as to show clips of the CNN news reports on these and other such FBI infiltration campaigns, including a report which specifically showed the body-builder agent~!

As someone who has reported for decades (with great concern for the implications for our country’s soul) about such FBI-entrapment efforts, this story was not surprising, and it made me very happy to know that someone directly effected by one of these ludicrous efforts had used it to turn his life towards a path of empowering himself and others against such discriminatory tyranny.

 – SMiles Lewis

 

For more on these types of FBI entrampment cases, see the links below.

For more on Hasan’s tour, visit: The King’s Jester with Hasan Minhaj

 

US citizens v FBI: Will the government face charges for illegal surveillance?

Muslim citizens are suing the FBI for subjecting them to undercover surveillance after 9/11 in violation of rights

by Ed Pilkington, Sunday 7 Nov 2021 / SOURCE: TheGuardian.com

 

See also:

Interviews with the author by Scott Horton:

 

 

KAB (Keep Austin Beautiful) DAY – April 13, 2019 –

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This past April we participated in KAB’s Annual Volunteer Day

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 / 1-2:30pm

My wife and I had wonderful time exploring and cleaning the Blunn Creek Nature Preserve. The weather cleared up and the temperature was just right to explore and clean various parts throughout this fantastic little park (that’s bigger than we realized).

Thankfully, the park really had very little trash to clean-up. Most of the trash and recyclables we collected were found in and along the creek; most of it freshly deposited from the recent rains; weather which delayed the initially scheduled cleanup time but whose sudden switcheroo gave us excellent cool temps – both down in the tropical feeling shaded creek and up to the sun exposed and blue-sky drenched north-eastern-most heights where you could look back across the preserve and see the beautiful castle-like St. Edwards University building on the horizon where green met blue with its white and orange palette.

This was an incredibly satisfying experience spent with my wife and nature.

– SMiles Lewis

 

Source: GivePulse – View Impact

KAB (Keep Austin Beautiful)

 

9-11 Ripple Effect event in Austin – Monday, November 19th

An Evening with
DAVE VON KLEIST
7-10 pm, November 19

www.mackwhite.com/911re.html

Dave von Kleist, Co-Host, The Power Hour (carried on Genesis Communications Network), will screen his new documentary 9/11 Ripple Effect. Afterwards, he will perform his latest songs and also discuss the many issues surrounding 9/11. Joining him will be Rev. Davidson Loehr, Ph.D., Senior Minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, and author of American Fascism and God.

Also on hand will be cartoonist Mack White and researcher SMiles Lewis, co-hosts of PsiOp Radio (carried on the Anomaly and Revere Radio networks). White, editor of the comics anthology The Bush Junta, will sign copies of his works exposing 9/11, Operation Northwoods, the assassination of John Lennon, and television mind control. In addition, members of local activist groups, including Vote Rescue, will be present with information on how you can take action to preserve our freedoms in these troubling times.

Location:
Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas
Kleberg Building

To Find the Building:

On the south side of campus, turn from South Congress onto Elizabeth Street. Enter campus through the Elizabeth Street gate. Take the first right. The Kleberg Building is the first building on the left. There will be signs to help you find the building and the meeting room.

For more information about this event, please call Evelyn at 512-799-6677
or Laura at 512-293-1948

9/11 Ripple Effect

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

NEW from producers William Lewis & Dave von Kleist.

Lewis and von Kleist take you behind the scenes on the morning of September 11, 2001, using photographs and live video feeds. Pilots, military personnel, and 9/11 researchers assist in frame-by-frame analyses of some of the most shocking footage ever uncovered.

FEATURING: Fred Fox, Glen Stanish, Russ Wittenberg, Gen. Albert Stubblebine, Col. George Nelson, Maj. Glen MacDonald, Maj. Doug Rokke, Kevin Barrett, Jim Fetzer, Phil Jayhan, Jim Marrs, William Rodriguez, and hosted by Dave von Kleist.

911 Ripple Effect Official Website

Blind Chinese Rights Activist Defiant After Prison Beating

For those unfamiliar with Chen’s plight, please check out these links to past Elfis Network coverage of his valient efforts to end inhumane enforcement of China’s old one-child policies.

– Miles

Blind Chinese Rights Activist Defiant After Prison Beating

By Maureen Fan Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, June 23, 2007; Page A14

BEIJING, June 22 — A blind legal activist imprisoned after angering local officials in Shandong province went on a three-day hunger strike this week to protest being beaten while in custody, lawyers and supporters said Friday.

Chen Guangcheng, 35, who was sentenced last August to more than four years in prison for damaging property and disrupting traffic, has said he was wrongfully convicted. Last Saturday, Chen objected when other prisoners tried to shave his head in accordance with prison rules. When Chen refused, six or seven other inmates pushed him to the floor and beat and kicked him, Chen’s wife told his lawyer Li Jinsong after visiting her husband Tuesday.

“She saw that his mood was unhappy, that his knees and ribs were red, injured and swollen,” Li said in a telephone interview Friday. “She was afraid one of the ribs might be broken. He began rejecting food and water after the beating.”

Chen’s case attracted international attention after he documented complaints that Linyi city officials had tried to enforce birth control regulations by illegally forcing farmers to undergo late-term abortions and sterilizations. Chen, blinded by a childhood illness, taught himself the law and helped farmers prepare a class-action lawsuit.

He and other rights activists have suffered recently as Chinese leaders have cracked down on dissent in advance of the 2008 Olympic Games and an upcoming Communist Party congress. China’s top security chief has branded Chinese rights activists a threat to stability and Communist Party rule and said they are influenced by overseas interests.

Although Chen received support for his campaign from national family planning officials — who acknowledged that their policies ought to be legally enforced — he was detained in Beijing by embarrassed local officials. He was returned to Shandong province, placed under house arrest and brought up on what his attorneys described as trumped-up charges.

The case has been marked by irregularities, including the beating and detention of Chen’s defense attorneys, who are now seeking to appeal the conviction.

Hu Jia, a rights activist who is under house arrest but able to speak with the media, said Chen’s wife, Yuan Weijing, called him in tears on Tuesday. She told him her husband had not had anything to eat or drink for the 76 hours between the beating and her visit with him. Chen could stand up only very slowly, she said.

Yuan went to the prison again Thursday to see her husband and was told by officials that he had undergone a medical examination and was found to be uninjured. He had also resumed eating and drinking after the checkup, lawyer Li said.

“I personally think that it was not the revenge of prison officials. It’s more likely that it’s just the misbehavior of the other prison inmates,” Li said.

Amnesty International said in a statement Friday that the group believes Chen’s life is in danger “and that he is at risk of further torture and ill-treatment.”

www.washingtonpost.com

Don’t Tag Texas Rally Pics

www.Dont-TagTexas.com 

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