• Muslim chaplain claims discrimination on United flight

    Source: CNN. A Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, Ahmad, 31, was traveling Friday from Chicago to Washington for a conference promoting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youths. She was wearing a headscarf, or hijab.For hygienic reasons, she asked for an unopened can of soda, she said. The flight attendant told her that she could not give her one but then handed an unopened can of beer to a man seated nearby. Ahmad questioned the flight attendant.”We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane,” she recalled the flight attendant telling her.

  • Sonali Sadequee, speaking about her brother Shifa, unjustly imprisoned

    Sonali Sadequee, speaking about her brother Shifa, unjustly imprisoned. An interview with Sonali Sadequee, sister of Ehsanul ‘Shifa’ Sadequee, a Bangladeshi-American currently incarcerated in Terre Haute, Indiana charged under the “material support” statute. Although he committed no act of violence, he is being held in the very restrictive Communication Management Unit where he is denied any contact visits with his family.

  • Aafia Siddiqui Press Conference

    Aafia Siddiqui Press Conference (1 hour 17 min.) The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) is calling for an independent medical investigation for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Aafia Siddiqui Press Conference (4/20/15): Steve Downs, Ex. Dir. of the NCPCF, spoke at the National Press Club regarding the case […]

  • U.S. authorities struggle to find a pattern among aspiring Islamic State members

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    Source: The Wall Street Journal. Federal authorities investigating suspected Islamic State supporters in all 50 states have found no clear pattern to the type of American inspired to try to join the militant group, complicating efforts to thwart terror recruiting. Some common threads exist, such as the fact that would-be recruits are often in their teens or early 20s and use social media to express support for Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. But overall, the group is broad, covering people who were raised Muslim and those who converted, married and single people, male and female, rich and poor, U.S.-born citizens and recent immigrants.

  • John Sugg, Journalist: Farewell to Dr. Sami al-Arian

    John Sugg, Journalist: Farewell to Dr. Sami al-Arian. January 17, 2015. John Sugg is speaking at the open mic session of a farewell to Sami Al-Arian days before Dr. Al-Arian’s deportation. The jury had found Dr. Al-Arian “not guilty” of terrorism charges in 2005.

  • Nahla al-Arian – What Happens to the Families?

    Multimedia, NCPCF Videos, Videos February 19, 2015 at 0 comments

    Nahla al-Arian – What Happens to the Families? – the families of the victims of the government”s “war on terror”, such as her husband Sami al-Arian. He was acquitted by the jury of any terrorism charge, but nonetheless spent 6 years in prison and another 6 years in house arrest.

  • Ron Santucci – The Juror Who Fought for Justice

    Multimedia, NCPCF Videos, Videos February 19, 2015 at 0 comments

    Ron Santucci – The Juror Who Fought for Justice. January 17, 2015. Ron Santucci, a juror for the Sami Al-Arian trial, speaks about his experiences in the jury room as he fought for justice. He also speaks about the importance of activism.

  • Sami Al-Arian – Farewell to Tampa (1 hour 28 min.)

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    Sami Al-Arian – Farewell to Tampa January 17, 2015 [1 hour 28 min.] Sami Al-Arian speaking at The First United Church of Tampa, January 17, 2015. to friends and supporters prior to his deportation.

  • Exclusive: Deported Palestinian scholar Sami Al-Arian on his chilling post-9/11 prosecution

    Interviews, Multimedia, Videos February 6, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Democracy Now! Days after his deportation from the United States, the Palestinian activist and professor Sami Al-Arian discusses the end of his ordeal as the target of one of the most controversial prosecutions of the post-9/11 era. Sami was accused of ties to a militant group, but a Florida jury failed to return a single guilty verdict on any of the 17 charges against him. After prosecutors refiled charges, Sami chose jail time and deportation rather than face a second trial. For much of the three years following his arrest in 2003, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement and reportedly abused by prison staff under conditions Amnesty International called “gratuitously punitive.” In a broadcast exclusive, Sami joins us from Turkey for his first broadcast interview since being deported. We are also joined by his daughter Laila Al-Arian, a Peabody Award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C.

  • McCain prepared to help Obama close Guantanamo

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    Source: CNN. An unlikely ally is offering a glimmer of hope that President Barack Obama can make good on his vow to close Guantanamo Bay before leaving office. Republican Sen. John McCain, a fierce critic of Obama’s foreign policy, is about to take the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. He says it’s still possible the war on terror camp in Cuba could be shut down — but warns that the administration will have to come up with a clear plan to overcome Republican opposition.