Families & Victims

  • Portraits of Injustice – Mohamed Alessa

    Families & Victims December 6, 2016 at 0 comments

    Mohamed Alessa was under surveillance by the FBI since 2006, when he was 16 years old. He was befriended by an older man, known as Bassem, who was actually an undercover officer from the New York Police Department. His new “friend” talked to him about killing nonbelievers overseas, and secretly recorded their conversations. After four years of friendship with undercover agents directing and recording the conversations, Mohamed was arrested at the airport as he attempted to fly to Egypt.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Serdar Tatar

    Families & Victims November 15, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Serdar Tatar. The fifth member of the Fort Dix Five was Serdar Tatar. In order to be a conspiracy charge, there have to be conspirators, and so Shnewer was under a great deal of pressure from the informants to involve others in the plot the informants were creating. He implicated another friend, Serdar, by asking him for a map of Fort Dix.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Mohamad Shnewer

    Families & Victims November 8, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Fort Dix Five – Mohamad Shnewer. During the course of he entrapment in the Ft. Dix Five case, the primary target of one of the informants was Mohamad Shnewer. He was young and vulnerable when Mahmoud Omar befriended him, and he wanted to please his new friend. Although the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, Mohamad Shnewer was sentenced to life in prison, not for anything that he did but for things that he said.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Holy Land Five and Ghassan Elashi

    Families & Victims November 1, 2016 at 0 comments

    November 1, 2016 The Holy Land Foundation was the nation’s largest Islamic charity. In 2007, five men connected with this charity received prison sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years. Did they commit some horrendous crime? No,  None of them stole anything. None of them killed anybody. None of them were even […]

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

    Families & Victims October 25, 2016 at 0 comments

    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman and U.S. educated neuroscientist, was visiting her parents in Pakistan when she and her three young children disappeared in 2003. Human rights groups say she was taken into U.S. custody in Afghanistan, where she was held in secret detention and tortured for 5 years. Please read the letter below which was sent to the Vatican by by Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, Aafia’s. She is appealing to the Pope for his assistance in getting Aafia repatriated to Pakistan.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Duka Family

    Families & Victims October 4, 2016 at 0 comments

    October 4, 2016 Since 2001, many lives have been ruined by the government’s overly-agressive and misguided “war on terror”, which has been conducted under the assumption that  it is better to put 99 innocent people in prison than let one terrorist go free. And so rather than being considered innocent […]

     
  • New Guantánamo intelligence upends old ‘worst of the worst’ assumptions

    Families & Victims September 30, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Miami Herald. The “Dirty 30” probably weren’t all Osama bin Laden bodyguards after all. The “Karachi 6” weren’t a cell of bombers plotting attacks in Pakistan for al-Qaida. An Afghan man captured 14 years ago as a suspected chemical weapons maker was confused for somebody else. An ongoing review shows the U.S. intelligence community has been debunking long-held myths about some of the “worst of the worst” at Guantánamo, some of them still held today.

     
  • PA Judge orders immediate release of Arthur Johnson from solitary confinement

    Families & Victims September 21, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Democracy Now! “During my over 36 years in solitary confinement, my cell has been about 7 feet by 12 feet, smaller than many cages used to hold animals at zoos. … [M]y cell has been lighted 24-hours per day, with no break during day or night. … I have been allowed at most one hour of time outside, five days a week, in a fenced-in exercise cage that is slightly larger than my cell. … I have been forced to eat all of my meals alone in my cell. Each time I leave my cell I am forced to undergo a mandatory strip-search. … I have not been accused of any serious disciplinary infraction in more than 25 years.” -Arthur “Cetewayo” Johnson

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – The Family of Dr. Kifah Jayyousi

    Families & Victims September 20, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Family of Dr. Kifah Jayyousi. The Jayyousi family is one of many living not the American dream, but the American nightmare! The U.S. government’s “war on terror” is frequently a “war” on its own citizens. Caught up early in the “war”, Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was an upstanding member of the community until his arrest in 2005. He was placed in solitary confinement for a year until he was granted bail by a judge who repeatedly cited the lack of evidence as her reason. In a previous issue, Dr. Jayyousi’s daughter Reem wrote about a recent visit with her father in prison. This issue features Reem’s reflections about visiting her father in the CMU, written when she was 16 years old.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Sami Osmakac, Entrapped and Destroyed

    Families & Victims September 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Even though the FBI viewed Sami Osmakac as a “retarded fool”, they proceeded with the entrapment and sting operation against him. Paid informants involved Sami in a plot to blow up a bar, a plot he could not have carried out on his own – since the informant provided every detail of the plot and even had to lend him the money to buy the weapons.

    Many of the FBI targets in the “war” on terror are mentally ill, and Sami was one of them. He was a very easy target, since he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder (including by a court-appointed psychiatrist). At the trial, the key witness was the well-paid FBI informant who testified from behind a screen and under a pseudonym. Not even the defense attorney knew his true identify. Following this very strange trial, Sami was convicted and sentenced to 40 years.