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(updated Oct 20, 2006)
...FOUR YEARS, NINE MONTHS AND FORTY-THREE DAYS AND COUNTING...
$ingapore's original 13 ISA detainees were arrested between Dec 9 and Dec 24 2001. A couple have been released since then but the majority remain jailed without trial for FOUR YEARS, NINE MONTHS AND FORTY-THREE DAYS*. Of the 13 suspects, the only one to have admitted involvement in an Al-Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in $ingapore is Mohamed Nazir. Nazir is also the only one who is represented by a lawyer. No one is asking the $ingapore government to substantiate its claim in court. Neither have any applied for Habeas corpus.
Altogether, there are now 30 plus $ingaporeans locked up under the Internal Security Act. Another 12 are under "restriction orders". Another 30, "marginally involved in JI activities" have been warned to cease their links with terrorist groups. None have been charged in court for any crime. No one has ever asked to hear their side of the story.
* As on October 20, 2006.
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The nation-builder press, Jan 15, 2004.
There are now
37 $ingaporeans locked up under the Internal Security Act. Another 12 are under
"restriction orders". Another 30, "marginally involved in JI activities" according
to a nation-builder report Jan 15, 2004, have been warned to cease their links
with terrorist groups. None have been charged in court for any crime. No one
has ever asked to hear their side of the story.
Imagine if ALL had been detained under the ISA. Then $ingapore would have to explain how a small country with no history of terrorist activities can suddenly have 79 detained for terrorism within two years. Malaysia is holding around 90 suspected Islamic militants, many of them allegedly members of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah.
According to the U.S. State Department, which issues an annual survey of human rights conditions around the globe, the ISA has been applied sparingly over recent years. "No one was detained under the ISA from 1989 through to the end of 1996. Two persons were detained in 1997, and four in 1998, all for alleged espionage. Of these six, two remained in detention at the end of 1998. There were no reports of any new detentions under the ISA during ," the 2000 survey said.
AFTER SEPT 11, GENERAL LEE SAID THIS
The nation-builder press, Sept 23 2001.
It has never
been explained why it was initially broadcasted that $ingapore was free of Osama
links. Now we have 79 people who are allegedly involved in some kind of "terrorist
activity" linked to al-Qaeda.
SINGAPORE ENGINEER DOWN
"A $ingapore Technologies Aerospace engineer was killed after two US Marine Corps helicopters collided at the Paya Lebar Air Base July 17 2002. Flying debris from the collision struck the lower torso of Mr Mohamed Ruslan Radin, 41, who was in the hanger about 75 m away. He died in hospital..." - The nation-builder press, July 17 2002.
only reported $ingaporean victim of post Sept 11 was an innocent bystander in
a military airbase here."
- The "accident-prone" Mirror of Opinion, July 17 2002.
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The nation-builder press Dec 19, 2003.
ISA GROWS STRONGER & STRONGER IN $INGAPORE
The above report by nation-builder Helmi Yusof said: "Two young $ingaporeans who were being groomed to be leaders of militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and had the potential of playing a role in Al-Qaeda operations, have been detained by the $ingapore Government.
"The two men, Muhammad Arif Naharudin, 20, and Muhammad Amin Mohamed Yunos, 21, were trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan to be part of the next generation of JI leaders and operatives, skilled in handling weapons and explosives and conducting espionage and urban warfare."
Both have joined the 33 Muslim $ingaporeans still held under the Internal Security Act [ISA]. Nation-builder Helmi Yusofs report did not say whether the two men had undergone national service in $ingapore. Every $ingaporean male must undergo a minimum of two years compulsory military training which includes handling weapons and urban warfare.
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The nation-builder press, July 12 2001.
$INGAPORES WHISTLE-BLOWER ACT [aka It pays to be QUIET Act]
The provisions of $ingapores Official Secrets Act was extended to 21 statutory boards including CPF, EDB, MAS and the National Heritage Board. Any $ingaporean "who is reasonably suspected of having committed such an offence, can be arrested without a warrant." The offence is defined as "the use of information in a manner prejudicial to $ingapores interest." Two years jail and a $2,000 fine awaits the offender.