Greens join critics of FBI harassment of Muslim community in Lodi terror probe; Camejo says ‘Christian Taliban' responsible
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Monday, June 20, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO (June 20, 2005) – Former Green Party gubernatorial candidate
Peter Camejo said this week a "Christian Taliban" is responsible for
attacks on the civil liberties of all Americans, and the harassment of the
Muslim community of Lodi during an ongoing probe of alleged terrorist links
Camejo, the Green Party candidate for governor in 2002 and the 2003 recall
election, joined the ranks of civil rights organizations who have charged
the FBI has intimidated the Muslim community during an investigation in Lodi.
The ACLU and other groups have said they are filing complaints against the
FBI, including one involving an 11-year-old girl who fainted when the FBI
broke the door down at her home, and then was denied medical treatment by
the FBI. She eventually was treated but the FBI initially wouldn't let her
go to the hospital.
Green Party members from Sacramento, San Francisco and other parts of the
state are participating in community forums and other events to support the
Muslim community, which feels "under siege" because of the intense FBI
Camejo, describing the government's crackdown on civil rights in Lodi and
via the USA Patriot Act during a talk at a civil rights workshop for the
Muslim community, said there is a "consciousness developing in America...a
new form of discrimination and hostility.
"Until Americans learn how to live and respect others, we will never be
free ourselves," said Camejo, who said the "challenge to our own civil
rights" has caused a real "crisis" in America.
He added that much of the blame on attacks on basic constitutional rights
in the U.S. can be blamed on the "extremist" wing of the Christian church,
a "Christian Taliban which taking over this country. The greatest danger in
America is coming out of the White House," said Camejo.
The Green Party of California
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Phone: (916) 448-3437