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U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN CALLS FOR SAUDI ARABIA TO RELEASE IMPRISONED BLOGGER, THREATENS TO "QUARANTINE" SAUDI ARABIA IF THE SAUDI REGIME DOES NOT STOP DENYING HUMAN RIGHTS AND DUE PROCESS OF LAW TO ITS CITIZENS.
"TAKE YOUR OIL AND SHOVE IT," SAYS ANDY MARTIN
(CHICAGO)(January 1, 2008) U. S. Senate candidate and international human rights activist Andy Martin will hold a January 1st telephone news conference to demand that the Saudi Arabian regime immediately release imprisoned blogger Fouad al-Farhan.
"Saudi Arabia has learned nothing from its terrorist attack on New York on 9/11. By denying Saudi citizens due process of law and free speech, Saudi Arabia exports its terrorism to other countries in the Middle East as well as on 9/11 to the United States. Saudi jihadists are in Iraq killing American troops. This is unacceptable. I hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the 9/11 attacks and for the loss of every American life in Iraq. Saudi Arabia finances madrassas that teach hatred and foment terror.
"Saudi citizens from Osama Bin Laden on down to the lowliest jihadi have consistently been the instigators in terrorism and anti-Americanism. The Saudi government has to stop creating conditions at home that export terrorism abroad.
"It is time for the era of human rights to dawn in Saudi Arabia. A first step would be to release imprisoned blogger Fouad al-Farhan. Thereafter the government should guarantee full free speech rights to Saudi citizens, as well as due process of law. Access to the Internet, free speech and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention are basic human rights.
"I am sick and tired of the Saudis running a repressive police state and exporting all of their fanatics to Iraq, where they kill Americans, and to New York where they killed New Yorkers on 9/11. Enough already.
"I promise the people of Illinois that unless Saudi Arabia completely ceases being a terrorist incubator state and a state that violates the human rights of its own citizens, I will fight to enact a U. S. policy that quarantines the regime. They can take their oil and shove it. Their dollar-crooked hands have caused the loss of thousands of American lives; this slaughter of the innocents by crazed Saudis has to end.
"Imprisoning critics of the Saudi regime, and imprisoning people who want to assemble and associate to demand human rights, is the wrong way to go. Saudi citizens should enjoy the same human rights and due process rights as we do.
"I first went to Saudi Arabia in 1971, 37 years ago. Conditions have not improved significantly since then. The people are repressed, the Saudi regime encourages fanatic religious police, women are abused, and young Saudis turn on their own country by killing innocent Americans. This is ridiculous.
"The day I enter the U. S. Senate will be the dawn of a new era for every American. If Saudi Arabia cannot conform its behavior to international standards of human rights and due process, then we need to cut off our expansive relationship and restrict ourselves to minimum contacts. I am not going to the Senate to coddle a regime that wages terror against its own citizens, and that creates conditions which are so abhorrent the majority of attackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens," Martin will state.
"It is time for a U. S. Senator who will stand up to the Saudis and stand up for America, for human rights and for due process of law. Everywhere. We have coddled the Saudi regime too long. Dick Durbin and the other U.S. 99 Senators are virtually Saudi patsies.
"For myself, I have this to tell the Kingdom: either respect your citizens and stop human rights abuses, or take your oil and shove it.
"You can start by freeing Fouad al-Farhan."
NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:
WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
WHERE: Telephone news conference:
Toll-free call-in number: (866) 295-5950
Worldwide number: (978) 964-0031
Participant code: 2090340
WHEN: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 3:00 P.M. (CST)
WHAT: Andy Martin demands that Saudi regime
release imprisoned blogger, respect human rights
CONTACT: (866) 706-2639; (312) 440-4124
WEBSITES: AndyforUSSenator.com; ContrarianCommentary.com
Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has 37 years of experience in the Middle East, and is America’s most respected independent foreign policy and intelligence analyst. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Remarks are also posted at AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com and AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com. See also ContrarianCommentary.com.