Source: WUNC. Lawyers are preparing for a case in November that involves a highly respected Muslim woman from Raleigh. She was arrested earlier this year for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to murder an FBI informant. The government’s case rests largely on Facebook activity and confidential informants.
Families & Victims
Source: The Express Tribune. Dr Maria Douglas, a spokesperson for Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas where Dr Siddiqui is serving her prison sentence, vehemently denied rumours and said that it was absolutely false that Dr Siddiqui had passed away, adding that no medical emergency has arisen.
Link: Pacific Free Times. What was the result of Feb 26, 2003 besides imprisoning of innocent people? Scores of innocent elderly American cancer patients died needlessly, innumerable tens of thousands of Iraqi needy (children, women and men) died, and more than that suffered malnutrition and the humiliation of poverty.
Source: The Guardian
America’s ‘detainee 001′ – the persecution of John Walker Lindh by Frank Lindh.
Father of ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh, explains in a detailed article why his son is an innocent victim of America’s ‘war on terror’. My hope and prayer is that at some point rational, fair-minded officials in the American government will see the wisdom in releasing John from prison, rather than making him serve the entire 20-year sentence. His continued incarceration serves no good purpose. Releasing John from prison would help restore America’s image in the world, and particularly among Muslim people, as a humane country committed to the rule of law.
Source: New York Times Magazine. ‘Little Gitmo’ by Christopher S. Stewart.
When an upstate imam named Yassin Aref was convicted on a suspect terrorism charge, he was sent to a secretive prison denounced by civil libertarians as a Muslim quarantine.
How intelligence is gathered from CMU inmates. How the FBI was able to pursue Aref.
Source: Amnesty International/Human Rights Now. The Winter of Human Rights by Elaine Scarry.
David Cole’s three legal claims – that Mr. Ashcroft and his co-defendants had contributed to acts of torture, conspiracy to torture, and obstruction of access to the courts – were not even denied by the defense lawyers. How could they be, given the stark record of events that had taken place?
The sentences I repeat to myself each day are Amnesty International’s: “How many people does it take to stop torture? One. You.”
Source: New York Times. Frank Lindh: Bin Laden’s Gone. Can My Son Come Home?
John’s case was never about evidence. It was based purely on emotion — shock and anger over 9/11, compounded with a deep frustration that Bin Laden was able to escape from American forces.
Source: The Committee to Stop FBI Repression. U.S. Attorney Escalates Attacks on Civil Liberties of Anti-War, Palestinian Human Rights Activists.
The U.S. government froze the bank accounts of Hatem Abudayyeh and his wife. Abudayyeh is one of 23 activists from Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in Chicago, and his home was raided by the FBI in September of last year. Neither Abudayyeh nor his wife have been charged with any crime.
Source: The Muslim Observer. Imam Yassin Aref Transferred from CMU by Karin Friedemann.
“We are separated because of our nationality and religion. Of course they deny that, but the reality in the CMU proves this segregation is the whole point of a CMU. Otherwise what did I do? Why am I classified as a high risk inmate? How can it be dangerous if they allow me to hug my children? Why do they need to limit my communication? Who I am going to call besides my family?
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Story of Syed Fahad Hashmi and the use of SAMs. by Jeanne Theoharis.
We hear little of the government’s evidence or of the treatment of suspects within the federal system. We have missed the broader devolution of rights in the federal system and the ways our terrorism policies follow from a larger history of policing dissent and difference.