By Ray Hanania
New York Attorney Stanley Cohen said he would continue to stand up and defend the rights of American Arabs and Middle East Arabs who have been falsely accused of terrorism or complicity in terrorism charging that Arabs and Muslims are targeted by American racism.
Cohen also provides some inside information on the murder of American humanitarian Peter Kassig who was murdered by ISIS/ISIL terrorist in November 2014.
But Cohen noted that he will be surrendering on Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 to serve prison time after be falsely accused and wrongly convicted of trumped up charges of failing to properly report income taxes, a charge he says is intended to punish him for his longstanding representation of innocent individuals targeted in America’s “war on terrorism.”
“They can put me behind bars, but they won’t take my freedom,” said Cohen, who is American Jewish and has criticized Israeli policies.
“A lot of people talk about truth. A lot of people talk about justice. And a lot of people talk about equality. … When it comes to Israel and when it comes to the Middle East and when it comes to US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, it forces people to challenge the cornerstones, the foundations of this government and its reliance on a system of surrogate states in the Middle East including fundamentally Israel, of course, Egypt, Jordan and increasingly the Gulf. They serve as surrogates. They target people. They have black holes that are prisons. That torture people. They rendition people at the behest of the United States so that now Obama, who I call ‘I have a Drone’ — who by the way I have just used his name for the first time in years — relies on a policy of drobnes, assassination and the slaughter of thousands of civilians.”
Cohen said many people are intimidated and bullied by the U.S. Government into silence and not standing up for principle, the Rule of Law and the Constitutional rights of free speech.
Cohen was the guest on Friday Jan. 2, 2015 on “Talk of the Town” radio on 1450 AM radio in Chicago and simulcast online at Yahala Voice radio www.YahalaVoice.com.
“Due process and justice is fine for a drug case. Due process and justice is fine for a burglary case. Due process and justice is fine for a sex abuse case of some sorts. But, when it comes to the so-called war on terrorism which is a fancy way of saying a US Attack on people of the Middle East, Islamophobia, on Arabs, on people from South Asia, when it comes to people that are accused of engaging in what is otherwise protected speech and protected activity and association, the Rule of Law goes out the window, especially since 9/11,” Cohen said during the interview.
Cohen said the terrorism attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 has allowed fanatics in the United States to use the attacks as an excuse to curtail freedoms and suppress individual rights, and increase the militarization of our country.
You can listen to the entire interview by going online to http://RayHanania.Podbean.com or by playing the podcast using the player here. Cohen’s interview begin’s during the half hour mark of the hour long program. The first interview in the segment is with Ziad Asali, president of the American Task Force on Palestine.
Cohen also blasts President Barack Obama as a hypocrite saying more African Americans are in prison today during his administration than during prior administrations.
Cohen also discusses the death of American humanitarian aid worker Peter Kassig who was beheaded in November 2014 by ISIS terrorists. Cohen was involved in trying to help free Kassig. Cohen blames Obama and says they are partially responsible for Kassig’s death.
Cohen’s Website is www.iStanleyCohen.org where supporters can sign a petition to urge his release from prison.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter, host of Talk of the Town Radio, and managing editor of The Arab Daily News www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Reach him at email@example.com.)