Muzzammil Hassan

Muzzammil Syed Hassan known as Mo Steve Hassan, is a Pakistani-American, former CEO of Bridges TV. Bridges TV was the first American Muslim television network broadcast in English, he resigned from the position in February 2009. On February 7, 2011, Hassan was found guilty of second degree murder for beheading his wife of eight years, Aasiya Zubair. Muzzammil Hassan came to the United States from Pakistan at age 17 graduating magna cum laude with an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester in 1996, he went on to become a successful banker in New York. In 2004, his wife Aasiya prompted him to develop "an American Muslim media where her kids could grow up feeling strong about their identity as an American Muslim." Hassan expressed belief that some moderate Muslims could not identify with the extreme stereotypes depicted in Hollywood productions and said that such Muslims "think they are not portrayed" and that "Bridges TV gives American Muslims a voice and will depict them in everyday, real life situations."

"Every day on television we are barraged by stories of a'Muslim extremist, terrorist, or insurgent,'" Hassan said in the 2004 release. "But the stories that are missing are the countless stories of Muslim tolerance, diversity and excellence that Bridges TV hopes to tell." The Hassans received an award for this effort from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 2007. In February 2009, Hassan was charged with beheading his estranged wife Aasiya Zubair. According to Orchard Park police, Hassan came to the police station at 6:20 pm on February 12, 2009, the day of the killing, reported his wife dead, her body was found at the TV station. Police had visited the Hassans' home in response to domestic incidents, they were most called to the residence February 6, 2009, the day Hassan was served with divorce papers and an order of protection, where it is reported he was banging on doors and broke a window. Hassan said in an interview after his arrest that he "felt an incredible amount of relief" after he killed his wife.

"I felt like I had escaped from an Al Qaeda terrorist camp and the safest place was the Orchard Park Police Station. I felt safe and secure with them." Hassan's sister-in-law, the victim's sister in South Africa, said that Asiya was abused, feared for her life. The divorce petition cited "violence and inhuman treatment" as the reason. Police reports indicated that Zubair stated her husband's abusive and controlling behavior had begun at least six years earlier. Muzzammil Hassan was arraigned before Village Justice Deborah Chimes and sent to the Erie County Holding Center. Sources claimed to be close to the case said. Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Hassan, stocky and over 6 feet tall, bought two hunting knives less than an hour before the attack parked his SUV out of view at the station, hid in wait inside the station to await his wife; when Hassan's wife walked through the door, he stabbed her more than 40 times in the face and chest and decapitated her, some of, caught on surveillance video.

Their 4- and 6-year-old children, plus a teenage son from one of his two previous marriages, were left buckled into car seats outside in a van during the murder. Hassan, who dismissed four defense attorneys and acted as his own lawyer during the trial, used his two-hour closing remarks telling the jury how he was a slave to his wife's rages. However, Hassan never produced any witnesses or evidence to that substantiated his abuse claims, while prosecutors cited numerous police reports filed by his wife and her medical records which testified to her being the battered spouse; the New York state jury convicted Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan of second-degree murder after an hour of deliberation. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said the sentence was the maximum amount that could be imposed under state law, that Hassan will not be "eligible to talk to the parole board" for 25 years. "The chances of him getting out before his sentence is completed is not going to happen." A protection order on behalf of Hassan's two children was issued by Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk.

Shortly after the arrest, Bridges TV posted the following notice on their website: Bridges TV is shocked and saddened by the murder of Aasiya Hassan and subsequent arrest of Muzzammil Hassan. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victim. We request. At the Muslim Community Center in Amherst, New York, more than 200 gathered for early morning prayers and a funeral service for Ms. Hassan, active at the center's mosque. "She was more of a practicing Muslim" than her husband, said attendee Hassan Shibly to the New York Times, who worked for the television station with the Hassans prior to enrolling in law school. "She believed in the cause, wanting to present her faith in an accurate light and now people are blaming her faith for her death."The victim's sister, 42-year-old Asma Firfirey of the vicinity of Cape Town, South Africa, said she and her husband Amier talked to Aasiya Hassan the day of the murder. According to Asma Firfirey, she heard her sister tell Muzzammil Hassan to "calm down" and that they "could talk the following day about the divorce".

According to Asma and her husband, they described hearing what sounded like her sister struggling to breathe before the telephone connection ended. Asma Firfirey has said that Hassan, whom she calls "the fat man with the evil eyes," will be more dangerous when he is released on bail. Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western N

Tony Gibson (psychologist)

Hamilton Bertie Gibson known as Tony Gibson, was an English psychologist and model. He became known for his objection to Great Britain's involvement in World War II and his subsequent imprisonment for being an unregistered conscientious objector. In 1939, while working as a life model for art students, he was selected to model for Brylcreem advertisements. During the Battle of Britain he was depicted wearing an RAF uniform, despite the fact that by he was in prison as a conscientious objector. After serving three sentences he agreed to work as an ambulance driver and as an agricultural labourer. In the 1950s he studied sociology at the London School of Economics and psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, following which he undertook research at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge. During the period at Cambridge, he developed the Spiral Maze, a psychomotor test, able to distinguish between normal boys and those who were maladjusted or delinquent; this test has been found to be useful in assessing psychomotor impairment due to drugs.

In 1970 he founded the Psychology Department at University of Hertfordshire which he headed until 1976. He was the first president of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In 1981 he published a biography of Hans Eysenck, with whom he had worked at the Institute of Psychiatry in London Tony Gibson page Daily Bleed's Anarchist Encyclopedia Michael Heap's memoir of Tony Gibson