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Without a warrant, NYPD detectives and federal agents burst into the girl's home - no wonder they don't have time to look for Osama! - where they "searched her belongings and confiscated her computer and the essays that she had written as part of a home schooling program," say her family. "One essay concerned suicide...[that] asserted that suicide is against Islamic law." The family is Bangladeshi. They are Muslim. That, coupled with the mere mention of suicide bombing in her essay, was enough to put the fuzz on high alert.
Although she is conservative and devout, the girl and her parents vigorously deny that she is an Islamist extremist (not that such opinions are illegal), but this is post-9/11 America and post-9/11 America is out of its mind.
Based solely on an essay written by one of the two, the FBI says both girls are "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based upon evidence that they plan to become suicide bombers." But the feds admit that they have no evidence to back their suspicions. Nothing.
Thinking about(planning) any kind of criminal activity is illegal. Its called conspiracy to commit crime.
You can be indicted for such a thing. As it should be.
Would you rather let it happen and worry about what you should have done after the fact?
After people are dead?
These girls are not being held on conspiracy charges, they are being held because of their illegal status in the US. Which is itself a legit charge.
If I write a short fictional story about a suicide bomber, am I going to be subjected to assault, invasion of privacy? Will I be deprived of my freedom because I put pen to paper? Did I fall asleep in America and wake up in bizzaro world?
I suggest you read up on some of the cases concerning Neo-Nazi writes. They write books concerning fictional characters committing acts of terrorism against US federal buildings.
They have in the past been harassed by the US government, and have even been taken to court to stop the publication of their books. There’s a reason writing of this nature is not taken lightly, it can inspire the wrong type of people.
The difference is the intent. Have you got any evidence that this girl wrote her essay for the purpose of inciting others to commit violence?