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Vol. VII-Issue No. 539
Thursday, June 29, 2017


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

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IN THIS ISSUE

Trump Travel Ban Starting Thursday Evening U.S. Time, Source Says 

U.S. prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspect

Bronx Man Accused of Trying to Join ISIS Is Arrested at J.F.K.

The Trump Administration Is Pulling a Grant From a Group That Combats Neo-Nazis

Stepsister, Yes; Grandma, No: U.S. Sets Guidelines for Revised Travel Ban

Refugee advocacy groups slam ‘Muslim Ban’ ruling

Flimsy Evidence and Fringe Sources Land People on Secretive Banking Watchlist

Judge Suspends All Iraqi Deportations from U.S. for Two Weeks

Another Violent Ramadan

Think the Supreme Court Isn’t Inching Us Toward Trump’s Muslim Ban? Think Again

The US supreme court offers Muslims protection – and discrimination – at once

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Website of the Week

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally.  Through  detailed research and determined campaigning, AI helps fight abuses of human rights worldwide. Bringing torturers to justice. Changing oppressive laws. And freeing people jailed just for voicing their opinion.

 

Multimedia

NCPCF Youtube (6/25): Preemptive Prosecution and Muslim Prisoners ~ Leena Al-Arian. [Video: 26 min. 55 sec.]
Left Forum 2017, New York City, June 3, 2017. Leena Al-Arian describes her experiences when her father Dr. Sami Al-Arian, was charged with terrorism. Although acquitted of terrorism charges by the jury, he did not gain his freedom for eleven years.

WHOtv (6/22): National Muslim Organization Makes Iowa Home To Impact Politics [Video: 2 min 1 sec.]
Effective immediately, new chair of the American Muslim Alliance,  Representative Abdul-Samad has moved the organization`s headquarters from Washington D.C. to Des Moines.  

Bloomberg (6/29): Trump Travel Ban Starting Thursday Evening U.S. Time, Source Says  [Video: 2 min. 25 sec.]

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News Digest

News From NCPCF and Coalition Members

NCPCF presented a panel at Left Forum 2017 in New York City on June 3 on the topic Preemptive Prosecution and Muslim Prisoners The entire session can be viewed here.

 


Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support

Reuters (6/27): U.S. prosecutors seek to halt pretrial release of Uzbek terror suspect
Federal prosecutors appealed against a U.S. judge’s order on Tuesday allowing the release of Jamshid Muhtorov, who has been held for more than five years while awaiting trial on charges of providing support to a suspected Islamist group in his native Uzbekistan. The motion came four days after U.S. District Judge John Kane granted a motion by Muhtorov for his release pending his trial, which is set for early next year. In agreeing to set bond conditions, Judge Kane said that, while Muhtorov’s purported jihadist views are “abhorrent,” he will have already spent six years in prison by the time he goes on trial, about the same amount of time he would likely serve if convicted. He faces a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted.

The New York Times (6/22): Bronx Man Accused of Trying to Join ISIS Is Arrested at J.F.K.
The Bronx man said he had quit his job and paid off his debts, all in preparation for flying to Europe and making his way to Syria to join the Islamic State, the authorities said on Thursday.mBut the man, Saddam Mohamed Raishani,  was arrested at Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday night. Mr. Raishani, 30, was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and was detained pending further proceedings in Federal District Court in Manhattan.


Profiling

Mother Jones (6/23): The Trump Administration Is Pulling a Grant From a Group That Combats Neo-Nazis
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it is restarting a $10 million grant program for “Countering Violent Extremism” but will no longer fund Life After Hate, a group dedicated to countering neo-Nazis and white extremism. The new list of grantees announced today by Trump’s DHS includes groups that combat Al Qaeda and ISIS and leaves out organizations primarily focused on countering white supremacists and other far-right hate groups.

The New York Times (6/28): Stepsister, Yes; Grandma, No: U.S. Sets Guidelines for Revised Travel Ban
The State Department issued new guidelines Wednesday night to American embassies and consulates on applying a limited travel ban against foreign visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. Enforcement of the guidelines will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

Islamophobia and Civil Rights
AlJazeera (6/26):  Refugee advocacy groups slam ‘Muslim Ban’ ruling
Refugee advocacy groups have raised concerns after the US Supreme Court partially reinstated the Trump administration’s ban on travellers from six predominantly Muslim countries – commonly known as the “Muslim ban” – and all refugees, until it reviews the policy in October.  The ban takes effect 72 hours after the injunction was lifted – Thursday morning in the US. It places a 90-day freeze on visas to travellers from Syria, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen – as well as a 120-day freeze on the nation’s refugee programme. The court made an important exception, saying the ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”.


Civil Freedoms Under Threat

The Intercept (6/23): Flimsy Evidence and Fringe Sources Land People on Secretive Banking Watchlist
A corporate database used by banks and other institutions to screen clients for crimes such as money laundering and terror financing has labeled dozens of U.S. citizens as connected to terrorism on the basis of outdated or unsubstantiated allegations. An analysis of a 2014 copy of the database, which is known as World-Check, also indicates that many thousands of people, including children, were listed on the basis of tenuous links to crime or to politically prominent persons. The database relied on allegations stemming from right-wing Islamophobic websites to categorize under “terrorism” people and groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, several mosques, and national and regional Islamic organizations.


Government Policies Under Scrutiny

Associated Press (6/26): Judge Suspends All Iraqi Deportations from U.S. for Two Weeks
A federal judge on Monday temporarily suspended the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals in the U.S. while he determines whether his court is the proper place to consider their fears of physical harm if they’re kicked out of the country. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith took a decision from last week, affecting 114 mostly Iraqi Christians rounded up in the Detroit area, and stretched it across the U.S. for the next 14 days.


Editorials/Opinions

Huffington Post (6/25): Another Violent Ramadan
While Muslim Americans comprise just one to two percent of the entire U.S. population, the minority faith community is confronting grossly disproportionate levels of religious discrimination at work, in schools and the public square. But, now that you know this, what are you going to do in response? In fact, amid growing Islamophobia, Americans have only one winning choice: stand united with your Muslim neighbors, classmates and co-workers against the forces of hatred and division that threatens who we are as a nation.

Daily Beast (6/27): Think the Supreme Court Isn’t Inching Us Toward Trump’s Muslim Ban? Think Again
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday reinstating a portion of President Trump’s Muslim ban is an alarming step to legitimizing anti-Muslim bigotry and possibly even one day legalizing discrimination against American Muslims. If you have any doubt, just check out Twitter, as self-professed Trump supporters cheered what they saw as being a first step on the way to Trump’s declared goal of a “total and complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States.”   But why wouldn’t they rejoice, considering 65 percent of GOP primary voters support Trump’s call for a total Muslim ban? Yet we are told time and time again that Trump voters were motivated by “economic anxiety” not bigotry. It’s hard to even write that line without laughing.

The Guardian (6/27): The US supreme court offers Muslims protection – and discrimination – at once
On Tuesday, six justices of the US supreme court reached a compromise on Donald Trump’s travel ban, making fine distinctions about who he can and cannot ban from the US. Trump can’t ban people from the six Muslim-majority countries if they have a close relationship to a person or entity in the US, the court said, but he can ban people if they don’t. Many commentators have suggested that this is essentially a complete win for those who oppose Trump’s travel ban. In practice, however, fine distinctions can open the door to vast discrimination – the very object of Trump’s campaign of animus against people of the Muslim faith, which drove the lower courts to take a more complete approach to blocking his executive order.

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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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