Families & Victims

  • Low-Hanging Fruit

    Source: London Review of Books. Francis FitzGibbon on the show trial of the Holy Land Foundation.
    Zakat, the Quranic obligation on Muslims to give alms for the relief of poverty, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Holy Land Foundation (HLF), founded in 1988 by American citizens of Palestinian heritage, raised money for distribution by zakat charitable committees in Gaza and the West Bank. Most of it went to buy food, clothes and education for children. Between 1992 and 2001 the foundation raised at least $56 million. On 3 December 2001 the US Treasury Department decreed that the HLF was a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ (SDGT), and the next day, without informing the foundation of this decision, the FBI closed down its offices. Five staff members and the HLF itself were charged in 2004 with a variety of terrorism offences, on the basis that the money the organisation raised was ultimately going to fund Hamas.

     
  • Prison dispatches from the war on terror: Ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou speaks

    Source: The Intercept. John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter.

     
  • A shocking report on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

    Source: Peace Through Justice Foundation. This report (based on eyewitness testimony) reveals some of the torture visited upon Dr. Aafia Siddiqui when she was a secretly held prisoner overseas in Afghanistan from 2003-2008; and it serves as a reminder of why there is so much rage felt toward the United States of America and its global allies.

     
  • A special report on Dr. Aafia Siddqui

    Families & Victims November 25, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Peace Thru Justice Foundation. The tragic story of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is mired in layers upon layers of cover-up – from the time she was targeted for a rendition operation (i.e., secret kidnapping, detention and torture) in her native Pakistan, based on nothing more than the “suspicion” of being a high ranking female functionary for al-Qaeda, to being brought back to the U.S. five years later (2008) and charged with “attempting to murder U.S. personnel” in Afghanistan. The question arises, is Aafia now embroiled in yet another cover-up? The former “ghost prisoner” at Bagram (Afghanistan) who’s frequent sobbing and haunting screams – from missing her children and from what was being done to her – would sometimes keep the male prisoners awake at night. A countrywoman arrives to facilitate a telephone call that she hasn’t had in MONTHS, and the person identified as Aafia turns her back and refuses to cooperate?!

     
  • ‘Cruel and unusual’ – Leaked prison letter from hunger striker Mohamed Soltan

    Families & Victims November 16, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: Middle East Monitor. US citizen Mohamed Soltan has been in an Egyptian jail for over a year, and on hunger strike for nearly all of that time. He has smuggled a letter out of prison to mark his 27th birthday.

     
  • American jailed in Yemen, Sharif Mobley, has disappeared and is in danger, his lawyers say

    Families & Victims April 11, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. Yemeni authorities failed to bring an American who has been held for nearly five years to a scheduled court appearance for the seventh successive time on Wednesday, according to his lawyers. Sharif Mobley, a father of three from New Jersey, has effectively disappeared in Yemen’s judicial system.

     
  • Najmeh Vahid: A letter to friends and family regarding our plea deal.

    Najmeh Vahid: A letter to friends and family regarding their plea deal. “For America’s sake, I pray that the government will one day take proper steps to correct its wrongs, not only towards our family, but, more importantly, towards the thousands of other imprisoned and deported innocent Muslim Americans”

     
  • Muslim Community Reacts to Local Terrorism Trials

    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.

     
  • Dr Aafia still alive: US prison spokesperson

    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.

     
  • Convicted for Compassion: The Ongoing Trials of the Good Doctor Rafil Dhafir

    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.