Families & Victims

  • Portraits of Injustice – The Family of Syed Haris Ahmed

    Families & Victims August 23, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – The Family of Syed Haris Ahmed. In the era of preemptive prosecution (before a crime has been committed), the charge is frequently “conspiracy to provide material support” to a terrorist organization. So what constitutes “material support”? Can donating money to a charity be considered material support? What about giving advice to resolve differences peacefully? Or translating books? Or donating used clothes to a refuge camp? Or posting statements on Facebook in support of Palesinian self-determination? Or even posting photographs from a trip? Yes, our government has considered all of these acts to be providing material support to terrorism, and people have gone to prison – often for years. One of these people is Syed Haris Ahmed.

  • Portraits of Injustice – Reem Jayyousi writes about visiting her father in prison

    Families & Victims August 16, 2016 at 1 comment

    Portraits of Injustice – Reem Jayyousi writes about visiting her father in prison. When Dr. Kifah Jayyousi was arrested, he left behind a wife and five children to fend for themselves. Dr. Jayyousi was a respected professor at Wayne State University, but he was critical of U.S. foreign policy. He also was part of a small charity to benefit victims of the war in Bosnia and Chechnya. In a case that even the judge noted was “very light on facts”, Dr. Jayyousi was convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim overseas and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The years have passed, the family has grown up without their father, but Dr. Jayyousi still has more than a year in prison left to serve. Reem Jayyousi, the middle child and oldest daughter, was 14 years old when her father was arrested. She has recently returned from a rare visit with her father. In the essay below, she reflects on her experiences.

  • Portraits of Injustice – Leena Al-Arian on “Being Palestinian in the Diaspora”

    Families & Victims August 9, 2016 at 0 comments

    Pre-emptive prosecution is the prosecution of people who have committed no crime but have beliefs that our government does not like. This unjust treatment is not only devastating to the innocent target of prosecution, but also to the family. The families are often forgotten and shunned, at times even by their own community.
    One such case is that of the family of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, whose wife and five children faced a very difficult time when he was indicted. In this issue, Dr. Al-Arian’s daughter, Leena, reflects on her experiences since the time of her father’s arrest.

  • An act of kindness goes viral on Facebook

    Families & Victims July 30, 2016 at 0 comments

    An Act of Kindness Goes Viral on Facebook. This Jewish man felt compelled to assure Leena Al-Arian and her children that most Americans do not hate people like them. This is part of Leena’s response.

  • Portraits of Injustice – Shahawar Matin Siraj

    Families & Victims July 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    Clemency for Shahawar Matin Siraj. Shahawar Matin Siraj is a young Muslim man from New York City who was preyed upon by an FBI informant who took advantage of his intellectual deficits and inflamed him with images of atrocities against Muslims. The informant later told a Washington Post Reporter that he was so good at manipulating people “to get them to the point” of committing a crime that he should have been paid more than the $100,000 the FBI gave him. Matin was sentenced to 30 years and his sentence should be commuted.

  • ‘Guantánamo Diary’ author cleared for release

    Families & Victims July 20, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Miami Herald. The multi-agency U.S. federal parole board has cleared “Guantánamo Diary” author Mohamedou Ould Slahi for release, in part, because of his “highly compliant behavior” during nearly 14 years of detention without charge. Slahi has spent years in segregation in a special detention site called Camp Echo, apart from nearly all of the other 75 captives currently at the Navy base’s sprawling prison complex. He has never been charged with a crime and won an unlawful-detention suit.

  • Portraits of Injustice – Rezwan Ferdaus

    Families & Victims July 19, 2016 at 0 comments

    Clemency for Rezwan Ferdaus. The FBI took advantage of Rezwan’s delusions and mental illness in order to entrap him. When he finally got help, they swooped in and arrested him. Please commute his sentence.

  • Portraits of Injustice – Mohammed Hossain

    Families & Victims July 12, 2016 at 0 comments

    Mohammed Hossain was a trusting person. When the FBI informant befriended him and offered to help him out with a loan, Mohammed believed that the informant really wanted to help him. Now he is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

  • Portraits of Injustice – Tarik Shah

    Families & Victims June 28, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Tarek Shah. Tarik Shah committed no violent act – or any act at all other than speech – but he has been in prison for ten years on terrorism charges. When he was first arrested, he was threatened with the PATRIOT Act, with rendition, and the thought of never seeing his family again.

  • Tarik Shah – In His Own Words

    Families & Victims June 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    The Story of Tarik Shah. Tarik Shah is a famous jazz bassist who played at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and was also a martial arts instructor. The FBI deployed two agent provocateurs to entrap him. Tarik is serving a sentence of fifteen years. What follows is his story in his own words.