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NY Planned Parenthood to Remove Founder’s Name from Flagship Office over Support for Eugenics

NY Planned Parenthood to Remove Founder’s Name from Flagship Office over Support for EugenicsPlanned Parenthood of Greater New York announced on Tuesday that it would remove the name of founder Margaret Sanger from its Manhattan clinic because of Sanger's support for eugenics.Sanger founded the first abortion clinic in the U.S. in 1916 in Brooklyn, and in 1921 established the American Birth Control League, which subsequently changed its name to Planned Parenthood. While Sanger is regarded as a pioneer by pro-choice advocates, she was also a supporter of eugenics, including the sterilization of disabled people who could not be treated.The Margaret Sanger Clinic will be renamed the Manhattan Health Center."The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color,” Karen Seltzer, Board Chair at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, said in a statement. “Margaret Sanger’s concerns and advocacy for reproductive health have been clearly documented, but so too has her racist legacy.  There is overwhelming evidence for Sanger’s deep belief in eugenic ideology, which runs completely counter to our values at PPGNY. Removing her name is an important step toward representing who we are as an organization and who we serve."Various institutions across the U.S. have chosen to rebrand following massive demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Princeton University has decided to rename its Woodrow Wilson Hall, citing the progressive president's racism, while the Washington Redskins football team announced it would change its name following corporate pressure.Planned Parenthood has defended Sanger from charges of racism in the past, releasing a fact sheet touting her ties to black leaders including W.E.B. DuBois. The fact sheet also condemns Sanger's support for "placing so-called illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, and dope fiends on farms and in open spaces as long as necessary for the strengthening and development of moral conduct."

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FBI Accidentally Reveals Name of Saudi Diplomat Suspected of Supporting 9/11 Hijackers

FBI Accidentally Reveals Name of Saudi Diplomat Suspected of Supporting 9/11 HijackersThe FBI has accidentally revealed the name of a Saudi diplomat who is suspected of directing support to two of the September 11, 2001, plane hijackers.In a federal court filing by Jill Sanborn, the assistant director of the FBI's counterterrorism division, the diplomat's name was redacted in all instances except one. In that instance, Sanborn's document refers to a diplomat formerly stationed at the Saudi embassy in the U.S. as "Jarrah," Yahoo News reported on Tuesday.The name refers to Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah, who served at the Saudi embassy from 1999 to 2000. Al-Jarrah "was responsible for the placement of Ministry of Islamic Affairs employees known as guides and propagators posted to the United States, including Fahad Al Thumairy," according to a declaration by former FBI agent Catherine Hunt, who has assisted some of the families of 9/11 victims.Al-Thumairy is a Saudi cleric who served as imam of a Los Angeles mosque. FBI reports released in 2012 revealed that Al-Thumairy and another individual were suspected of being "tasked" with aiding two 9/11 hijackers, although agents could not prove the suspicion conclusively.Some families of 9/11 victims have seized on the disclosure as hard evidence that the Saudi government had some level of involvement in the attacks."This shows there is a complete government cover-up of the Saudi involvement," Brett Eagleson, a spokesman for the families, told Yahoo. Eagleson noted that the Justice Department had informed families of al-Jarrah's identity in September 2019, it had done so while forbidding the reporting of al-Jarrah's name to the public.The U.S. maintains an alliance with Saudi Arabia that has deepened in recent years as the two countries have placed pressure on Iranian forces throughout the Middle East. The Saudi government has repeatedly denied that any of its representatives were involved in the 9/11 hijackings.

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