Families & Victims

  • June 20, 2017 – This morning my dad was released from prison.

    Families & Victims June 20, 2017 at 0 comments

    June 20, 2017 – As of 7:00 am this morning my dad was released from prison. My brother and mom are driving him to Michigan from Pennsylvania! Alhamdulilah alhamdulilah alhamdulilah! Thank God, thank God, thank God! It has been a long 13ish years of struggle and pain.

     
  • Rasmea Odeh accepts a plea agreement with no prison time

    Families & Victims March 23, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Rasmea Odeh, the 69-year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured and sexually assaulted by the Israeli military in 1969, is bringing to a close her battle to win justice from the U.S. legal system. Under this current, racist political climate, and facing 18 months or more of imprisonment, as well as the possibility of indefinite detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Rasmea has made the difficult decision to accept a plea agreement. She will plead guilty to Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, lose her U.S. citizenship, and be forced to leave the country, but will exit the U.S. without having to serve any more time in prison or ICE detention, a victory, considering that the government had earlier fought for a sentence of 5-7 years.

     
  • NCPCF Portraits of Injustice – January 17, 2017

    Families & Victims January 17, 2017 at 0 comments

    NCPCF Portraits of Injustice –Because President Obama has only a few days to act, this special issue calls attention to the huge number of preemptive prosecutions of young Muslims in America, and the politically-driven, unwarranted prosecutions of other Muslims, such as Dr. Sami Al-Arian and the Holy Land 5 post 9/11 by the Bush and Obama administrations. These politically-driven prosecutions have frequently involved excessively brutal sentences, such as that of Masoud Khan who received a life sentence for what could best be characterized as a thought crime.

     
  • If President Obama doesn’t commute her sentence, Chelsea Manning won’t survive

    Families & Victims January 12, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. Reports suggest that imprisoned transparency advocate Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s “shortlist” for a possible commutation.If President Obama fails to act now, he is condemning Chelsea to a gruesome fate, and his legacy as an advocate for LGBTQ rights will be forever tarnished. Chelsea Manning is a transgender woman who has already served 7 years of a 35 year sentence in an all-male military facility. Her crime? Releasing documents that revealed the impacts of war on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     
  • Portraits of Injustice – Narseal Batiste

    Families & Victims December 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Portraits of Injustice – Narseal Batiste. The last of the Liberty City Seven, Narseal Batiste, is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2018. The Liberty City Seven was an early entrapment project by the FBI in which two highly paid FBI informants created a plot and offered these seven men $250,000 to participate. According to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, they were preparing to fight a “full ground war against the United States.” The jury did not buy this story, and refused to convict any of the defendants. On the third trial they were finally able to get convictions of five of the men. Narseal Batiste was considered to be the leader of the group, and so he got the longest sentence – 13 years.

     
  • 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.