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Vol. VII-Issue No. 541
Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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Family Conference

f802ce4d-3486-47f6-9d6c-e7ab1ee3a5a4-1Dear friends,

​For the past decade and a half, preemptive prosecution of hundreds of Muslim prisoners in the US has been a cruel fact of life. NCPCF is an organization I co-founded in 2010 to lend support to the families of the victims in of preemptive prosecutions – targeting in many cases political activists and innocent Muslims because of their faith or association.
Every year NCPCF organizes a family conference to bring together the families of the victims to share experiences, bond together, and show spiritual and moral support. 

NCPCF needs to raise $10,000. 

We need to find 100 generous people with each donating $100 before July 25 to send to NCPCF by clicking here. Thank you.

Below is an illuminating talk describing such experience by my daughter Leena Al-Arian, the NCPCF Deputy Executive Director, given at the Left Forum 2017, in New York City on June 3, 2017. It can be seen here.

In this video ​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.

In solidarity,
Dr. Sami Al-Arian



Upcoming Events

A Farewell to Rasmea Odeh, Saturday, August 12, 7:00 pm. International Union of Operating Engineers hall, 2260 S. Grove Street, Chicago. An evening of music, culture, and struggle to honor Palestinian icon Rasmea Odeh. Keynote address by former political prisoner Angela Davis.

Action Items

Prisology. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is currently seeking public comment on what its priorities should be for the 2018 Guideline amendment cycle. Prisology has crafted a new idea that, if implemented, would further reduce overly harsh federal sentences. If you support sentencing reform, please go to this site and fill out the form before July 31.

Website of the Week

The Rosenberg Fund for Children
The Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, public foundation that makes grants to aid children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. It also assists youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities.


Huffington Post (7/5): Muslim Slam Poet: ‘If You Need Me To Prove My Humanity, I’m Not The One Who’s Not Human’ [Video: 3 min. 1 sec.]

WNYC News (7/12): Muslim New Yorkers Now Have Someone Watching the Cops Who Watch Them [Audio: 6 min.]
Muslim leaders in NYC sued in federal court in 2015 to prevent the kind of religion-centered investigations undertaken in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.. This spring they settled with the NYPD.


News Digest

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

NBC News (7/10): FBI: US soldier pledged loyalty to Islamic State group

An active duty soldier based in Hawaii pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group, helped purchase a drone for it to use against American forces and said he wanted to use his rifle to “kill a bunch of people,” according to an FBI affidavit. Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, was arrested Saturday on terrorism charges. Kang’s court-appointed defense attorney, Birney Bervar, said it appears his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. Bervar declined to elaborate. He said Kang was “a decorated veteran of two deployments” to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Terrorism Industry


SPLC (7/11): Islam-Bashers Blast Civil Rights Activist Linda Sarsour, Twisting Her Use of the Word `Jihad’
The organized anti-Muslim movement — from fringe activists to those who fraternize with President Trump — are unified in their outrage over recent remarks by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, falsely arguing that she was inciting violence against President Trump. Sarsour’s use of Arabic word “jihad” is clearly what threw the anti-Muslim world into a tizzy. The term is one of many Arabic words co-opted by the anti-Muslim movement to push an agenda linking Islam to violence and a “takeover” of Western civilization. Phrases like “civilization jihad,” a conspiracy theory claiming it is a goal of Muslims to take over the United States from within, and “creeping Shariah,” which suggests Islamic law is usurping the U.S. Constitution, are used ad nauseam by key anti-Muslim spokespersons. But Sarsour’s use of the term “jihad” which translates to “the struggle” has much different connotations to the predominately Muslim audience she uttered it to.



Minnesota Daily (7/13): Two Minneapolis groups get federal funding to fight radicalization
Two Minnesota groups are receiving more than $700,000 in federal funds to fight radicalization with community efforts that have left many divided. Heartland Democracy and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office were part of 26 community outreach programs and law enforcement organizations chosen to get money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism recruitment in their neighborhoods. The money comes from the controversial Countering Violent Extremism program, a federal effort which “aims to address the root causes of violent extremism by providing resources to communities to build and sustain local prevention efforts,” according to the DHS website. The CVE program has faced criticism in the past from the Cedar Riverside community for pushing negative stigma and profiling.

Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Associated Press (7/12): Iranian cancer researcher detained in Boston airport sent back to Iran
An Iranian cancer researcher who was detained at Boston’s Logan International Airport has been sent back to his home country. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman Stephanie Malin said Mohsen Dehnavi and his family were put on a return flight shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Dehnavi was arriving in the U.S. to start work at a prominent Boston hospital. Boston Children’s Hospital said in a statement earlier Tuesday that Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife and three young children despite holding a J-1 visa for visiting scholars.

Civil Freedoms Under Threat

The Washington Post (7/6): Judge rejects Hawaii bid to exempt grandparents from Trump’s travel ban
U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson wrote that he would not “usurp the prerogative of the Supreme Court,” and if those suing over the ban wanted relief, they should take their claims there. That means the government, at least for now, can use the travel ban to block citizens of the affected countries if they are the grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law of people in the United States. Officials can also block refugees with a formal assurance from a resettlement agency.


Vogue (7/11): Banned Grandmas Shows Some of the Real Victims of Trump’s Muslim Ban
Soon after the ban’s reinstatement, the hashtag #grandparentsnotterrorists started trending on Twitter, along with hundreds of pictures posted by users of their eldest family members, now excluded from coming to the U.S. Online, the reactions were swift. Middle East analyst Holly Dagres says she “was one of the few who had posted my grandparents’ photo not knowing it was going to go viral.”

Just Security (7/12): The Trump Administration Provides One More Reason to Discontinue CVE
CVE has three principal weaknesses, all of which have become pretty much impossible to ignore in the Trump administration. First, CVE programs often use a disproven approach of trying to identify individuals vulnerable to “radicalization” in order to divert them to more productive paths than terrorism. A related problem with CVE is its almost exclusive focus on Muslim communities. Finally, Muslim communities – which have been the target of extensive surveillance by law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks, including under the guise of community outreach programs – were understandably concerned that CVE was just another intelligence-gathering exercise. 

The Nation (7/12): What the Senate Should Ask FBI Nominee Christopher Wray
“In the same testimony, Wray cited as an example of the Patriot Act’s success the indictment of Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian’s initial indictment under the Patriot Act led to protracted legal wrangling that continued well into the Obama era and was little more than a political persecution meant to punish an outspoken member of the Muslim community. In spite of an attempted rehabilitation of Bush, in order to portray Trump’s own Islamophobia and authoritarianism as sui generis, Bush’s war on terror included a domestic assault on Muslim civil society. A number of people within Trump’s orbit support such a policy, meaning that properly vetting the next director of the FBI must include getting him on the record about how he feels about using the FBI as a vehicle to destroy Muslim civil society.”


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.
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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