Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Mosque Members in California Fearful of Business Security Camera
Members of a Mosque in Freemont California (not far from where I used to live) are frightened by the appearance of a security camera mounted on an auto parts store across the street. The degree of paranoia is amazing - ``We don't know who is doing it,'' Agha Saeed, a respected member of the Bay Area's Muslim community and national chairman for the American Muslim Alliance, told IA. ``But they're obviously targeting the religious community. And that just is vicious McCarthyism and Stalinism.''http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/13632398.htm?source=rss&channel=mercurynews_local
Perhaps, Mr. Saeed ought to look around at the local 7-11 or even glance at the freeway. The odds are that a camera might be pointed at him. As I stated before in the article about CAIR joining the ACLU in bringing suit against the Feds, I would pose a similar question to Mr. Saeed, "What are you hiding?"
But who is Mr. Saeed and why is he so worried? A search of Mr. Saeed leads one to several sources where he is referred as a "Professor of Political Science at California State University, Hayward". http://pakistanlink.com/Community/2002/July/26/01.html. The truth according to CSU's website is a bit less impressive, listing Mr. Saeed as a "lecturer" in the department of "communications". http://webapps.csueastbay.edu/public/staffdir/index.cfm?Name=Saeed%2C%20Agha&Fuseaction=ShowDetails&MAXRECS=10. Perhaps someone was confused?
Anyhow, here's another link on Mr. Saeed and his "activism" http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/1297/9712023.html.
Mr. Saeed is no stranger to controversy and unusual things seem to happen to those around him. Take for instance this alleged shooting aimed at his wife, http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=2228. And who could forget the threatening phone calls linked to an article criticizing his organization,
Do I sense a cross between Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

Good idea. Lots of material.
Good idea. Lots of material.
I find this a bit hilarious- I used to live in Fremont until last year, and I spent many a lunch hour at the Jack-in-the-Box directly across the street from this mosque (a relatively small single story building) sitting in my car and watching these guys mill around the parking lot- trying to learn to ride bikes in their jilbab dresses, etc. I have driven past the place to point out the "women's only" entrance to friends who refuse to believe that this could actually be the case in these United States. Honestly, this part of town is not the most savory and I do not believe security cameras are a rare occurence at all. I don't know why he would pick on Kragen, when the carwash and the Jack in the Crack are much closer in proximity...... However, I can only hope that in some small way I have increased his feeling of paranoia with my drive-bys and finger pointing- one can dream, can't they?

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