NCPCF
NEWS DIGEST


Vol. VII-Issue No. 529
Friday, May 12, 2017


“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
~Montesquieu~

Ahmed Abu Ali

IN THIS ISSUE

Islam and Preemptive Incarceration [Video] 

CAIR: Dramatic surge in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016

Guantánamo detainee to testify on ‘unspeakable torture’ by CIA agents

West Virginia journalist arrested after asking HHS Secretary Tom Price a question

President Trump’s lawyers on revised travel ban repeatedly asked about campaign promises

White Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss

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Website of the Week

The Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center (NEIPJC)
The Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc. (NEIPJC) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides space for education and networking.  We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

Ahmed Abu Ali
Based solely on a confession obtained under torture, Ahmed Abu Ali was convicted and is currently serving a life sentence in solitary confinement. For more about his story, watch the video in the Multimedia section Islam and Preemptive Incarceration.

 

Multimedia

Youtube(5/9):  Islam and Preemptive Incarceration [Video: 1 hr. 10 min. 15 sec.]
If you missed the NCPCG presentation at Luther College on May 3, you can watch it here. Mariam Abu Ali and Ikraan Abdurahman each have a brother who has been unjustly incarcerated, and they tell their stories very eloquently.  Kathy Manley, NCPCF Legal Director, discusses other cases.

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News Digest

 
Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Al Jazeera (5/9): CAIR: Dramatic surge in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016
The number of anti-Islam bias incidents in the United States saw a dramatic rise last year, according to a Muslim advocacy group. A report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Tuesday found 2,213 such incidents in 2016, a 57 percent increase from 2015. Incidents increased 5 percent from 2014 to 2015. CAIR’s accounting includes a wide variety of bias incidents, from assaults and street harassment, to employment discrimination, to what the group considers inappropriate targeting or questioning by the FBI. The report details a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes to 260 in 2016, up 44 percent from 180 a year earlier.

Prison Conditions and Abuse/CMUs

The Guardian (5/10):  Guantánamo detainee to testify on ‘unspeakable torture’ by CIA agents

Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian, has indicated that he is prepared to discuss in detail the conditions that he personally endured at Camp 7. “He is prepared to testify to all issues, including the sights, smells, sounds and other conditions within Camp 7,” Denbeaux writes. But the prisoner also wants to address the US government’s failure to charge him after holding him captive for 15 years. He claims that that the US government is fearful that if it did so it would expose the creation and extent of America’s torture program.

Civil Freedoms Under Threat
 

The Washington Post (5/10): West Virginia journalist arrested after asking HHS Secretary Tom Price a question
As Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price walked through a hallway Tuesday in the West Virginia state capitol, veteran reporter Dan Heyman followed alongside him, holding up his phone to Price while attempting to ask him whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under the Republican bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system. When he didn’t answer,  Heyman  persisted. Then, an officer in the capitol pulled him aside, handcuffed him and arrested him.

Government Policies Under Scrutiny

The Washington Post (5/9): President Trump’s lawyers on revised travel ban repeatedly asked about campaign promises
How quickly the 4th Circuit will rule is not known. But the court took the unusual step of bypassing the traditional three-judge panel and heard the case as a full group of 13. President Trump’s political statements trailed him on Monday in court, where ­judges seemed skeptical his revised travel ban was based on national security concerns rather than his campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

 
Editorials/Opinions

TeenVogue (5/9): White Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss
America has been reticent to label white male mass shooters as domestic terrorists, and there’s a hesitation from politicians, law enforcement agencies, and society as a whole, to investigate what animates the brutal actions of these attackers, who are mostly white and male, and whose actions are often rationalized. “There were over 300 mass shootings [in which four or more people were injured] in the United States in 2015, and less than 1 percent of them were committed by Muslims,” Arsalan Iftikhar, a U.S. human rights lawyer and author, said in an interview last year. Since 9/11, American citizens are seven times more likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist than a Muslim attacker. Yet, when we speak about the two in comparison, even elected officials refuse to relay that reality to the public.

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NCPCF Mission
Established in October 2010, the NCPCF is a coalition of national and local organizations as well as prominent individuals, whose mission is: To educate the public about the erosion of civil liberties and political freedoms in society; to provide legal advocacy and support for prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system and their families targeted after 9/11; and to defend and preserve the rights of all people according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Geneva Conventions.
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Member Organizations
Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) – Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) – Desis, Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) – Friends of Human Rights (FHR) – International Action Center (IAC) – Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) – Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) – National Lawyers Guild (NLG)  – The Aafia Foundation  – Project Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims (Project SALAM) – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

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