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Posted on 08/21/2006 7:12:46 PM PDT by ChessExpert
The controversial Czech TV documentary I, A Muslim, in which a reporter used a hidden camera to record inside mosques, has been posted (with English subtitles) at Google Video by LGF reader Abu Kafir: I, a Muslim
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Very creative. This is some ggod video - it builds suspense at the beginning: At first I thought that guy was an Islamic jihadi terrorist standing by an ambulance for cover (like those Red Crescent ones in the Palestinian sector) strapping on a bomb.
What a world we live in!
I think you do a great disservice to menstruating thirteen-year-olds.
My daughter just turned 13 this month, and in the past year her body started cranking up into womanhood. So she qualifies for your description. Yet, she displays far less hysterical behavior, and far more self-control, wisdom, prudence, and maturity, than nearly every group of pissed-off Muslims I've seen or read about.
OTOH, I can't vouch for 13-yr-old girls in general, only my own; your mileage may vary.
Could have been better IMO.
I'd have rather heard a lot more out of the Islamic leaders that would condemn themselves than listening to others talk about what they think.
Why doesn't the spell checker report this type of error? I obviously misspelled "not" as "".
Iran is going to get the bomb.
Nobody is stopping them.
the day they test is the day we need to hit them
As the only "religion" that worships murder, they should be considered as dangerous as any Jim Jones type cult and treated accordingly.
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(Muslim) Informants in American Service
The Strategy Page ^ | June 4, 2006 | The Strategy Page
Posted on 06/05/2006 7:56:30 AM CDT by Little Ray
A recent terrorist trial, and conviction, of an Islamic terrorists in New York City brought out the extent to which police have infiltrated Moslem communities in order to uncover terrorist plots. While most of this counter-terrorist activity within Moslem communities is kept secret, enough information has leaked out to make it clear that it's no accident that the United States has not suffered another terrorist attack since September 11, 2001.
There is an extensive informant network within Moslem communities all over the United States. The FBI was pleasantly surprised right after September 11, 2001, by the number of calls they got from American Moslems, reporting suspicious events in their communities, or volunteering to keep an eye on things. It turned out that there was a substantial number of American Moslems, most of them recent immigrants (legal and illegal) that were pro al Qaeda. These attitudes had been causing distress among American Moslems since the 1990s.
Thanks for that link. You bet it is bookmarked.
So many times I have wanted to save one, but THIS one especially.
Just wait. By the time she's fifteen you'll take the Arabs.
| ČTV documentary angers Muslims
Critics cite hidden camera in mosque, biased editing
By Brandon Swanson
Staff Writer, The Prague Post
A Czech Television (ČTV) documentary is threatening to raise tensions within the country's Muslim population to a level not seen here during weeks of recent global unrest over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Ambassadors to the Czech Republic from Arab nations and members of the Czech Muslim community say they are outraged by a documentary aired on ČTV last fall that used hidden camera footage of conversations in a Prague mosque and spliced it they say unfairly with images of terrorism.
"The reaction is usually immediate, while in this case it took a month for any reaction to appear and two months for it to grow," says Jiří Ovečka, the documentary's producer. "It was the same with the Muhammad cartoons."
Protests came just weeks after dozens of European publications, including several in the Czech Republic, printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad considered blasphemous in Islam. Riots over the cartoons in the Muslim world resulted in more than 100 deaths.
In its own way, the cartoon controversy rekindled anger over the documentary.
The Council of Arabic Ambassadors to Prague is now renewing its protest about the undercover footage first aired Oct. 7 in the documentary I, Muslim on the public station ČT2.
Members of the Muslim community first filed a complaint with the Czech Radio and Television Broadcasting Council (RRTV) that month, claiming the program is biased, provokes fear and manipulates footage to promote false stereotypes.
"It was made in a confrontational style," says Vladimír Sáňka, head of the Islamic Center in Prague. "We see it as a one-sided documentary, which evokes a distorted look at Islam in the eyes of the Czech public."
RRTV spokesman Petr Bartoš says the complaint is on the RRTV's agenda, but it has yet to debate the issue. If found guilty, ČTV would face a fine of up to 10 million Kč ($416,000).
ČTV declined to comment, saying it is waiting for the RRTV to rule.
The footage in I, Muslim shows a reporter pretending to be someone interested in converting to Islam. He conducts several conversations with members of the mosque, located in Černý Most, about Islam, Europe, terrorism and the role of women.
Ovečka says he stands behind his choice to use the hidden camera footage.
"I wanted to get real opinions of the local Muslim community on the issue find out what the differences are between Czech and foreign Islam," he says.
One Muslim in the documentary compares Islamic terrorists to Jan Palach, the Czech student who committed suicide by setting himself on fire in protest of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Another says Islamic law should be implemented in the Czech Republic, including the death penalty for adultery, Ovečka says.
"I have to say with 100 percent certainty that by using hidden camera I have learned things that I would never have learned otherwise," he says. "The result was alarming, and if not for the hidden camera, I would have never had any of this footage."
The documentary's editing is drawing the most criticism.
Marek Čaněk, a project coordinator with the Prague Multicultural Center, says the documentary was edited in such a way that it fed into pre-existing xenophobia.
Opponents of the documentary cite its footage of the mosque, intercut with images of terrorist attacks, without any proven connection between the two.
They also say the use of a hidden camera makes it seem as though such discussions in mosques are secretive, when in fact anyone can film inside a mosque with permission.
"I consider it a scandal that it has been produced and broadcast by public television," Čaněk says. "It fits in the general frame of fear of Islam and Muslims coming to us from other parts of Europe. People are afraid without knowing what exactly they fear."
Ovečka says that any xenophobia the documentary created was not the result of anything he did.
"It's like this: During official shooting they were peaceful, nice," he says. "Hidden camera footage showed something else aversion, hatred toward Europe, the entire world, and a mild attitude toward terrorism."
History of bias
Czech public television is "marred by excessive politicization," according to an independent report released by the European Union Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) Feb. 20.
Eva Rybková, the EUMAP reporter for the Czech Republic, says she has not seen the I, Muslim program, but did say that the station has faced several cases of sanctions for biased reporting in the past.
"ČTV editors are aware of what impartial and balanced news content should look like, and it tries to give space to both sides of the dispute," she says. "But this doesn't mean that ČTV broadcasts were never biased."
Rybková says the situation has improved since the protests against managerial changes at the station in 2001 and the arrival of new general director Jiří Janeček in July 2003, but she adds that there is still the need to distinguish ČTV from its commercial counterparts.
"The content on ČTV is still the station's attempt to compete with commercial stations," she says.
Shocking, perhaps, but not for most of us here.
I was very surprised that the man who went undercover let his face be seen later in the video. I don't think that was a good idea. He probably has a hit on him.
Lets hope he has changed his appearance.... drastically.
I do believe you owe an apology to the menstruating thirteen-year-old population.
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