Petition to President of the United States
Disband The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF)
When is the ‘Trump Era’ administration going to do a complete and permanent ‘REVERSAL’ on the entire ATF itself, as he promised to do with feckless, useless, out of control, dangerous, money-wasting and redundant agencies? Why haven't they started repeals of illegal, unconstitutional gun-control laws? Let us start with the obsolete, Fascist 1934 National Firearms Act. Let's follow with the Totalitarian Gun Control Act of 1968. These laws are insidiously helping tyrannical regimes to quietly disarm the populace, by eventually enacting laws where targeted political opposition will become criminals, subjecting their weapons to confiscation, so these populations end up not capable of resisting an invasion of any sort; either that of a household or that of a state's police force.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) has not been a legitimate Law Enforcement Agency for some time:August 21, 1992, Incident at Ruby Ridge, which began with Randy Weaver, a white separatist, had been targeted by the federal government after failing to appear in court to face charges related to his entrapment sale of two 'illegal?' sawed-off shotguns to an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) informant. On August 21, 1992, after a period of surveillance, U.S. marshals came upon Harrison; Weaver; Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy; and the family dog, Striker, on a road near the Weaver property. A marshal shot and killed the dog, prompting Sammy to fire at the marshal. In the ensuing gun battle, Sammy and U.S. Marshal Michael Degan were shot and killed. A tense standoff ensued, and on August 22 the FBI joined the marshals besieging Ruby Ridge. Later that day, Harris, Weaver, and his daughter, Sarah, left the cabin, allegedly for the purpose of preparing Sammy’s body for burial. FBI sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi, waiting 200 yards away, opened fire. Horiuchi wounded Weaver, and the group ran to the shed where Sammy’s body was lying. When they attempted to escape back into the cabin, Horiuchi fired again, wounding Harrison as he dove through the door and killing Vicki Weaver, who was holding the door open with one hand and cradling her infant daughter with the other. In 1993, Weaver and Harris were acquitted by a federal court on murder, conspiracy, and other charges related to Degan’s death, but Weaver was convicted of failing to appear for trial on the firearms charge. In 1994, the two men filed federal civil rights cases against the FBI and U.S. marshals stemming from the siege, and in 1995 the government settled Weaver’s case for $3.1 million. (BATF & FBI weren't out of line? Horse-hockey!)February 28, 1993, Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas, prompting a gun battle in which four agents and six cult members are killed. The federal agents were attempting to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on information that the religious sect was stockpiling weapons. The agent could have arrested Koresh 2 hours earlier without incident, but chose not to, instead raiding the compound. The ensuing Waco siege, a 51-day standoff between Branch Davidians and federal agents ended in an assault on April 19, 1993. During the attack, a fire engulfed Mount Carmel Center. In total, 76 people died, including David Koresh.2009 - The project that became known as Fast and Furious began in November 2009 and took place out of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) office. Gun-buyers, many of whom the feds suspected were criminals, were permitted to take firearms purchased in the U.S. and walk into Mexico without interference from agents; the intention was that once the guns were sold to powerful drug cartels, the ATF would later trace the firearms. Whistleblowers and investigators, however, found no attempt to trace the guns.Some ATF agents became concerned the weapons were being used for crimes; e.g. on Dec. 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed during a gunfight. It was later learned that guns used in the shootout were involved in the Fast and Furious operation.More than 2,000 guns were sold to suspected criminals thought to be linked to Mexican drug gangs in the two years of the operation under the Obama presidency. A similar operation took place years before under the Bush administration. Called "Operation Wide Receiver," it also failed in tracking down gun and drug traffic.Agents came forward in 2010 to speak with Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa who was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley began to work with GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. ATF director Ken Melson, who would later be moved to a different position, began talking secretly with Grassley and Issa.Following moves by the White House to use executive privilege in an attempt to halt eMails related to the case, and contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder in 2012, many documents were finally handed over to Issa’s House Oversight Committee in November 2014.Emails from Holder reveal his contempt for the committee — he refers to Issa "and his idiot cronies," the Wall Street Journal reported.Emails released to Judicial Watch, a group that filed suit to obtain legal documents from the Justice Department, show Holder’s direct involvement with officials throughout the Justice Department and the ATF in how to handle congressional inquiries and ways to format talking points about Fast and Furious.The operation started to fall apart inside as U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who headed the Phoenix office, became angry with Special Agent John Dodson for reporting on the bungled program before Congress.Burke, who was later forced to resign in 2011, leaked information about Dodson’s activities in the operation to Fox News. An inspector general’s report cited Burke’s actions in violation of Justice Department policy.It has been alleged by the National Rifle Association and the New American that the killing of hundreds of Mexicans and even some U.S. law enforcement officers because of the Fast and Furious program was going to be used by the Barack Obama administration as an excuse for more gun control.In these events, and numerous others, involving BATF agents, as well as involving FBI agents, all involved not only escaped any kind of punishment, but were well compensated, highly decorated and subsequently fast-tracked to obviously undeserved promotions. BATF currently stands as a self-contained criminal enterprise on its own merit.
Petition to Gerald Seligman
Calling on the Country Music Community to Support Gun Control
After yet another massacre, this one in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, during a country music festival, we call on the country music community to join us in demanding such rational, moderate gun control measures as the following: A total ban on all assault weapons. Full legal, medical and psychological background checks for all gun purchases and mandatory wait periods before issuing permits. Ending gun show loopholes and the banning of online sales and shows that do not perform full background checks. The banning of guns in public places, especially during protests and demonstrations. The denial of guns to anyone convicted of domestic violence. We ask you, as a community, to organize a joint response to America's unacceptable gun crime and to support these measures to rein in the catastrophic gun culture that leads directly to so many deaths.
Petition to The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Terrorism Charges for Vehicle Attack in Charlottesville
America needs to take a stand against all forms of domestic terrorism. The ISIS-inspired use of vehicles as weapons in Charlottesville is clearly an act of terrorism and needs to be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. As citizens of the United States, we're demanding that the Department of Justice bring terrorism charges against the driver of the vehicle and all accomplices who assisted in the crime. Furthermore, any organization or group that was involved must be charged with providing material support to terrorism. We stand united with the victims of this attack and ask the attorney general, the FBI and the Department of Justice to act swiftly and decisively on this matter.
Petition to Andrew Bailey (Financial Conduct Authority), Jay Clayton (Securities and Exchange Commission)
No Saudi Blood Oil on our Stock Exchange
Saudi Arabia, notorious for its political repression and religious extremism, gets its money from its huge oil company, called Aramco. Now the Saudis want to list Aramco on the London or New York Stock Exchange. This would be the biggest stock deal in history, so some banks are lobbying hard for it. But if this stock deal goes ahead, most of us with a pension or retirement fund will end up investing in a country that is responsible for so much suffering in Yemen, and for spreading extremism worldwide. We can stop the savings of millions of ordinary people from going to fund war and torture, while jihadis attack us here. Want more information? It's on the campaign website. ساهم في إيقاف تمويل الاٍرهاب وانتهاكات حقوق الانسان، ومنع شركة أرامكو السعودية من استلام ١٠٠ مليار دولار من أسواق الأسهم في لندن ونيويورك، انضم الى اساتذة الجامعات الرصينة والخبراء المتمرسين في توقيع العريضة. (Arabic) AUTHOR OF THE PETITION Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King's College London LEAD SIGNATORIES Kristen Breitweiser, 9/11 widow and activist, September 11th Advocates Mindy Kleinberg, 9/11 widow and activist, September 11th Advocates Monica Gabrielle, 9/11 widow and activist, September 11th Advocates Lorie Van Auken, 9/11 widow and activist, September 11th Advocates Elizabeth Anderson, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan Owen Barder, Director for Europe, Center for Global Development Larry Diamond, Stanford University, author of In Search of Democracy Dale Jamieson, New York University, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy Jeff McMahan, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy. University of Oxford Michele de Nevers, former Head of the Environment Program, World Bank Rob Reich, Stanford University, Director of the Center for Ethics in Society Henry Shue, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford Peter Singer, Princeton University, author of One World
Petition to Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg
Improve Facebook's enforcement of Community Standards
Dear Mark and Sheryl, Facebook has given us an unprecedented connection to friends, relatives, and the world. It is my preferred platform for marketing and for getting the word out to people. It is also where I've seen some of the most ugly behavior. For example, promotion of terrorism is a serious problem on Facebook. To make matters worse, when reported, Facebook's initial response is to often leave the offending material online. The reviewer will say that it didn't violate Community Standards when it clearly did. Having to complain at least twice is the norm for me to stop pro-terrorism posts, specifically against Israel, on Facebook. As a Jewish man, I find this concerning. As Jewish people yourselves, this should be very concerning. While the offending content violates Community Standards, it is not being properly reviewed and enforced, resulting in a perception (whether correct or not) that Facebook does not care about the problem. I recommend you to announce a comprehensive review and change in enforcement policies that will effectively resolve this issue. Israeli people (and all people, for that matter) deserve to feel safe and cared for on Facebook! Signed,Josh
Petition to The Prime Minister of Canada, The Senate of Canada, The House of Commons of Canada
Ban Religious Face Covering in Canada
We, the undersigned petitioners, hereby demand to immediately ban the wearing of the Islamic headdresses (Niqab and Burka) in ALL PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES of Canada. These forms of headdress are both confrontational and intimidating to many people in Canada. By wearing the above headdresses persons demonstrate their belief of not integrating with the Canadian society, not accepting our culture and lifestyle. It's also a disruptive element within the normal administration of our country, in particular in regards to national security. We live in a country where demonstrating your face to everyone is a part of culture. We believe that newcomers have to adapt to our culture, not vice versa. ***** Support this petition! We will use your donation to promote this campaign. This petition has been created by Anti-Islamic Defense League.See all petitions and choose your country.
Petition to Montel Williams
Will you withdraw your support from terrorist-connected CAIR?
An open letter to Mr. Montel Williams from Middle East Forum: Dear Mr. Williams, We would like to thank you for opening a conversation with your condemnation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations- New York’s (CAIR-NY) behavior in attacking law enforcement on behalf of Akayed Ullah’s family. We support the comments you expressed in your initial tweet. We were saddened, then, to see that tweet deleted because, it seems, you thought the support of an anti-Islamist organization is less palatable than holding groups such as CAIR to account. We think you are mistaken in this case, and we are keen to discuss this matter frankly with you. We hope this letter will explain our outlook and work regarding Islamism, justify our concern about CAIR, and serve to encourage further constructive conversation between us. The Middle East Forum shares your belief in confronting bigotry wherever you find it. It is because of this commitment that we work to study and challenge Islamism, and champion moderate and reformist Muslim voices. We believe that there is a vast difference between Islam, a religion that emphasizes prayer, charity, and self-reflection, and Islamism, a totalitarian political ideology that justifies violence and promotes hatred towards Jews, Christians, the LGBT+ community, and minority Muslim sects. We believe CAIR is a key example of a nonviolent Islamist organization. While CAIR claims to be a civil rights group that advocates on behalf of American Islam, in reality, it is an un-elected Islamist body, with little mandate from American Muslims. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, around 88% of American Muslims did not say that CAIR represents their interests. From its very beginning, CAIR has been linked to terrorism and threats to America’s national security. CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officials of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which was later found to be a front for the terror group Hamas during the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial. During that trial, federal prosecutors designated CAIR as an “unindicted co-conspirator.” Since the trial, the FBI has banned outreach with CAIR. In addition, six senior CAIR officials (Randall “Ismail” Royer, Ghassan Elashi, Bassem Khafagi, Rabih Haddad, Nabil Sadoun, and Muthanna Al-Hanooti) have been arrested, convicted, or deported for terrorism-related crimes. And in 2014, the United Arab Emirates—itself a pious Muslim country—designated CAIR as a terrorist organization because of its Islamist links. Beyond these ties to terrorism, many of the group’s current staff and officials espouse fundamentally illiberal ideas. The Anti-Defamation League believes CAIR is a key promoter of anti-Jewish sentiment. Indeed, during the early 1990s, when CAIR executive director Nihad Awad ran IAP, the organization distributed a pamphlet (stamped with its logo) called “America's Greatest Enemy: The Jew! And an Unholy Alliance!” Awad allowed the pamphlet to be distributed at the December 1994/ January 1995 Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA) conference in Chicago—which, incidentally, was the same conference at which Muhammad Siyam, a high-ranking Hamas official, told the crowd, “Finish off the Israelis! Kill them all! Exterminate them! No peace, ever!” And, in 2004, a federal judge even ruled that IAP was among three organizations that are legally responsible for the Hamas murder of a Jewish teenager in Israel. CAIR also employs and partners with Islamist preachers and activists who incite hatred against the LGBT+ community. Siraj Wahhaj, for example, is a former member of CAIR’s advisory board and one of CAIR’s most regular speakers (he was a keynote speaker on December 9 at CAIR’s annual banquet in Santa Clara). Wahhaj has said: “I don't believe any of you are homosexual. This is a disease of this society. … You know what the punishment is, if a man is found with another man? The Prophet Mohammad said the one who does it and the one to whom it is done to, kill them both.” In 1992, Wahhaj threatened to burn down a LGBT-friendly mosque in Toronto. Other regular CAIR speakers include Suhaib Webb and Omar Suleiman, who have respectively described homosexuality as “an evil inclination” and a “repugnant, shameless sin.” CAIR’s Florida branch director, Hassan Shibly, is one of CAIR’s most prominent national figures. He has described homosexuality as “evil” and among “quick ways to earn God's wrath...” Just a few weeks ago, Shibly also endorsed Khatme Nubuwwat, a violent international Islamist network entirely dedicated to inciting violence against Ahmadiyya Muslims, a peaceful and much-persecuted Islamic sect. In fact, those Muslims who do not fit into CAIR’s narrow box are liable to be cast out and smeared. In 2015, Sumayyah Dawud claimed that CAIR-Arizona dropped her as a client after learning of her transgender status. And Muslim women seeking to raise the issues of honor killings, female genital mutilation, and women’s second-class status in the Middle East were disrupted in their efforts to screen Honor Diaries, a documentary CAIR opposed and labeled “Islamophobic.” In contrast, the Middle East Forum partners with moderate Muslims and supports their work. Our friends at the Quilliam Foundation, for example, are pluralistic Muslims who oppose Islamist groups, work to challenge the growing problem of radicalization, and support the separation between mosque and state. There are many such progressive Muslim groups that care just as much as any other American about protecting the rights of minorities and adhering to the rule of law. The Muslim Reform Movement, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, and the American Islamic Congress, are all admirable groups that foster peaceful Muslim thought and oppose the radicals and enablers of hate speech within their faith. Mr. Williams, we understand that your concern with these matters is driven by a deep patriotism. You are right to challenge anti-Muslim sentiment—it is un-American to demonize a people because of their faith. But by supporting CAIR, we believe you are not helping Muslims; you are inadvertently legitimizing Islamists, to the detriment of truly moderate Muslims everywhere. We ask that you cease your support for CAIR and work with reformist Muslim groups instead. We hope this is the beginning of a productive conversation. We are keen to discuss these matters further with you and introduce you to some of the wonderful Muslim organizations and activists in this country working to free their faith from the grip of Islamism. We look forward to hearing from you.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Put a stop to unstable gun holders—not the guns themselves
For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons. Let’s face it: when it comes to gun control, people tend to have a strong opinion on it. With no side willing to give in, nothing is being done about the continuingly increasing mass shootings here in the U.S. So why don’t we attack this issue in a different way? I was recently informed that the number of guns in the U.S. is about the same as the number of people (despite this, only about 1 in 3 households actually possess one as of research found in 2015). With so many guns already in the U.S.—and the more in the making to fit the increasing demand—it’s unreasonable to completely ban guns. Besides, banning guns doesn’t mean getting rid of them. Not only will it cause a riot, but the vast amount of guns already existing will be hard to retrieve and could remain in circulation for the next 300 years alone. On the other hand, NOT banning them doesn’t prove to be the best idea either, according to the many recent mass shootings. But there’s a solution. Instead of following the unending path of whether we should ban guns or not, we should focus more on the bearers of the guns themselves. There’s a trend with most of the recent mass shootings—all of them had warning signs of some sort. The Texas shooter showed signs of instability, yet no report of some sort was filed to keep him from obtaining a gun. Other shooters all showed signs of instability which friends and family took notice to—one’s parents took the car batteries out of his car every night for this reason—but no one spoke out. So instead of questioning the law, how about we question the mental health of people before they can obtain such devastating weapons, then offer some some sort of reform or therapy to fix the problem? I don’t think I’m the only one in the U.S. that cares about this matter, especially because it concerns the safety of my family, peers, and myself. For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons.