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Sen. Dick Durbin Chairs Hearing on Hate Crime

21 September 2012 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Sen. Dick Durbin Chairs Hearing on Hate Crime

by Garibaldi

In light of the terrorist attack on the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois chaired a Senate hearing on hate crimes. The hearing revolved around what is being done to chronicle, catalogue and respond to hate crimes, as well as failures by law enforcement and government agencies to prevent attacks like the one in Oak Creek.

It was an informative hearing, with some interesting highlights.

The most touching portion of the hearing came from the testimony of Harpreet Singh Saini who lost his mother Paramjit Kaur Saini in the terrorist attack. He recounted how after the attack he and his brother ate the final “rotis” (flatbread) that their mother had prepared the night before her life was tragically taken by White Supremacist Wade Michael Page.

“She had made the rotis (flatbread) from scratch the night before she died,” 18-year-old Harpreet Singh Saini recalled. “Along with the last bite of our food that Tuesday came the realization that this was the last meal, made by the hands of our mother, that we will ever eat in our lifetime.”

Saini urged law enforcement to start tracking hate crimes against Sikhs.

The testimony of Daryl Johnson was quite revealing for several reasons. He was the leading analyst on Domestic Terrorism and Extremism until that department was downsized from five full time analysts to one because of “right-wing pressure.”

Johnson also revealed that many in the DHS read Islamophobe Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism when he cited it as a source in his testimony.

Intriguingly, Johnson emphasized a crucial point, the quantity and lethalness of the arsenal found in the possession of the Hutaree Christian militia, a group planning attacks on law enforcement, was greater than the cumulative arms from the 230+ Muslims charged in the U.S. since 9/11 (most of the arms were provided by the FBI in such cases, which many consider borderline or outright entrapment).

It is also important to note that eight members of the Hutaree, an extremist militia in Michigan, acquitted this year of plotting to kill police officers and planting bombs at their funerals, had an arsenal of weapons at their disposal that was larger than all 230+ Muslim plotters and attackers charged in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks combined.

Read the following written testimonies submitted to the Hate Crime hearing:

Harpreet Singh Saini

Roy L. Austin Jr.

Michael A. Clancy

James B. Jacobs

Scott McAllister


  1. Sure. US law and order could break down, we could develop militias to kill muslims, just as they have done to kill Christians and shia, amadi, etc. in muslim lands.

  2. It will always be difficult to predect and stop a crime committed by one individual who does not share his plan with others.

  3. @anon,
    these people are sikhs and not muslims, for the empteenth time, get some education before you spew hatred, its ignorance such as yours about the right to exist as humans is what get people killed, not bigotry.

  4. It should be obvious to you by now, jabegail, that everyone is a potential target. It is muslims dragging shia off the bus, burning Christians and their churches, and murdering Amadis, but savagery and disorder are not the exclusive preserve of muslims.

  5. The attack on the Gurdwara was really atrocious, but more criminalization isn’t really going to change much.

  6. Ha! just in from Dawn, the cleric has been charged with blasphemy after all in the case of Rimsha Masih. Wonder what’ll happen to him.

    I bet she will probably still be killed by zealots if they set her free.

  7. “Saini urged law enforcement to start tracking hate crimes against Sikhs.” they don’t do that already? how would it be classified as a hate crime if the victims weren’t identified by race, religion, creed or sexual orientation?

    “than all 230+ Muslim plotters and attackers charged in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks” there have been 230 “plus” muslims charged since 9/11. wow, that’s alot of terrorist. are we to assume the plus means it is less than 240?

  8. I meant to say the cleric was judged guilty of blasphemy wonder what they will do to him. Kill her anyway though.

  9. One thing the human race can be counted on to be is intolerant.

  10. One thing the human race can be counted on to be is intolerant.

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