Families & Victims

  • Kicked off Match.com, Guantánamo lifer is worried about his weight

    Families & Victims February 2, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: AlJazeera America. “What the hell!!! Fox news pulled the plug on my match.com profile?” wrote Guantánamo prisoner Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani to his lawyer, Carlos Warner, on Dec. 16, 2015, in a letter seen by Al Jazeera. His “ready to mingle” account on Match.com, a popular dating website, was suspended last year, although there’s no reason to believe Fox News played a role in the decision. Ever the optimist, Rahim told Warner, “Maybe their anchor women will write to me.” Rahim is a platinum prisoner, one of 15 men held at Guantánamo Bay’s Camp 7. It’s a top-secret lockup run by a U.S. Army unit once said to have be called Task Force Platinum. The place is reserved for high-value detainees, former CIA prisoners previously held in black sites, including the men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks. Rahim has not been charged with any crime.

  • What it’s like to be trapped in an experimental unit within a U.S. prison

    Families & Victims January 25, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Center for Constitutional Rights. An interview with Abdul-Ali (aka Avon Twitty) about his experiences at the federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP’s) Communications Managements Units (CMUs). The CMUs are experimental prison units that impose severe restrictions on prisoners’ communications, both within the prison and with the outside world.

  • I was the target of Jeb Bush’s vicious political dark side: exploiting the politics of 9/11

    Families & Victims January 25, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. Dr. Sami Al-Arian is a Palestinian academic and intellectual. He lived for four decades in the U.S. before relocating to Turkey in 2015. Because of his long activism for the Palestinian cause and defending human and civil rights, he was a political prisoner in the U.S. and spent over a decade in prison and under house arrest until the charges were dropped in 2014.

  • Last incarcerated member of ‘NATO 3’ may die in prison

    Families & Victims January 22, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Shadow Proof. Jared Chase is the last member of the “NATO 3,” who remains in prison. Chase suffers from Huntington’s disease and faces additional charges for alleged aggravated battery against a prison guard. He is set to go on trial in April. If convicted, there is a significant chance Chase could die in prison because of how his imprisonment has compounded the effects of this neurodegenerative disease. In May 2012, Chicago hosted a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting to discuss policies in the Afghanistan War. A number of activists traveled to the city to protest NATO, including Chase, Brian Jacob Church and Brent Betterly. They became known as the “NATO 3” after they were targeted by undercover Chicago police and arrested on May 16. The state of Illinois accused the “NATO 3” of making explosives.

  • My experience by Mohamed Shnewer

    Source: Justice for Shifa. “I survive day to day by first keeping my faith in Allah, and my connection through prayer and any good I can do. If it wasn’t for this strong bond and faith I have and the hope for a better future to come I don’t know how I’d survive this ordeal.” Mohamed Shnewer, one of the Fort Dix five, was entrapped by the FBI and is currently serving a life sentence in a Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, IN.

  • ‘Just let them go home’: Ex-Gitmo detainees beg Obama to close camp once and for all

    Families & Victims January 11, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Vice News.Of the 103 men still detained at Guantanamo Bay, more than 40 have been cleared for release, many since 2009.

  • Shaker Aamer and the future of Guantanamo

    Families & Victims November 2, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Waging Nonviolence. The texts and tweets started flying early in the morning of October 30 with the news: Shaker Aamer, as reported by the BBC, was on a jet plane from Guantanamo to London and to life as a free man. Detained since 2002, Aamer was the last U.K. resident held at the notorious prison. Charismatic, hyper-articulate and defiant, he was a leader among the detainees. Former prisoners speak near-reverentially about Aamer’s ability to bring a miserable cell block to life and his tenacious defense against the petty cruelties of camp administration. Aamer paid heavily for his protest, suffering hideous abuse according to ex-prisoner and lawyer accounts. The wounds have been both physical ailments and post-traumatic stress. An ambulance met him at the tarmac.

  • Aafia’s daughter Maryam’s letter to Maryam Nawaz Sharif

    Families & Victims October 30, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Justice for Aafia Coalition. “Maryam Aapi, my name is Maryam too, but I am Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s daughter. I was 3 years old when my mother was snatched away or rather I was snatched away from her. Do you know how it feels spending years in a dungeon alone without a mother? ” (Dr. Siddiqui is being held in solitary confinement in a federal prison in Carswell, Texas. Her release date is 2083.)

  • An American family saved their son from joining the Islamic State. Now he might go to prison.

    Source: The Washington Post. To the FBI, Asher Abid Khan is an unknown risk, and one that is best mitigated through prosecution. The case is emblematic of the American approach to confronting the Islamic State. While some European countries have decided to treat young radicals returning from Syria as prodigals in need of a deradicalization program of counseling, education and employment, the United States treats Islamic State recruits, even those who make it no further than an airport, as terrorism suspects.“Think of these charges as insurance,” said a senior U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, referring to Khan. “We don’t know what he’s going to do. This guy may be on the path to deradicalization. We err on the side of caution.”

  • Christie’s Conspiracy. The real story behind the Fort Dix Five terror plot

    Source: The Intercept. Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka were arrested in the spring of 2007, but not brought to court until the fall of 2008. In the interim, the brothers were held in pretrial solitary confinement at the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center. On December 22, 2008, after six days of deliberation, the jury found the Duka brothers and their two friends guilty of conspiracy to kill members of the U.S. military at Fort Dix. Years later, the Duka brothers still look back with incredulity at the events that led to their present situation. The needy friends exposed as government informants, the high-profile arrests and terrorism charges, and finally the life sentences that permanently altered the course of their lives. “We had plans for the future, we were expanding our business just weeks before, our families were growing,” Shain says. “Now, suddenly, we have been buried alive.”