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NCPCF                                               Vol. VII-Issue No. 543
NEWS DIGEST                               Friday, July 28, 2017

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“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu
Dr. Sami Al-Arian

IN THIS ISSUE

Al Aqsa Under Attack” Jummah Prayer and Protest in Front of the Israeli Embassy in D.C. TODAY 12:00-2:00 pm. 

A 13th Anniversary Commemoration of the Arrests of Yasin Aref and Mohammed Hossain 

The Passing of Meg Laughlin: a Journalist Who Truly Cared for Truth and Justice 

FBI alleges Berkeley High graduate, ISIS sympathizer, planned to set fires, plant bombs

Don’t release Uzbek terror suspect pending Denver trial, court says 

U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream

Can Muslim politicians survive in today’s USA?

Bipartisan Coalition Delivers Grassroots Signatures to Congress on Surveillance Reform  

Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying

This piece of pro-Israel legislation is a serious threat to free speech

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Upcoming Events

A 13th Anniversary Commemoration of the Arrests of Yasin Aref and Mohammed Hossain Friday, August 4, 2017 RALLY: 5:30 p.m. Masjid As-Salam Mosque, 280 Central Avenue, Albany MARCH: 6:00 p.m. to the First Unitarian Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave, Albany DINNER: 6:15 p.m. SPEAKERS: 7:00 p.m. All events free and open to the public. (Featuring NCPCF Legal Director, Kathy Manley and former Executive Director, Steve Downs) 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

Al Aqsa Under Attack” Jummah Prayer and Protest in Front of the Israeli Embassy in D.C. Friday, July 28, 12:00-2:00 pm. For more than two weeks, Palestinians in Jerusalem have protested the checkpoints by refusing to go through the metal detectors and by praying outside the gates. Join the American Muslims for Palestine as we hold our Friday prayers in front of the Israeli Embassy, followed by a rally. We will not remain silent while our beloved holy site is under attack.

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

Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America
CLCMA protects the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution through targeted civil litigation against the federal, state and local governments. Their attorneys work in the areas of: civil rights litigation, criminal defense, immigration, and other legal support.


Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

CounterPunch (7/14): Sami Al-Arian, The Passing of Meg Laughlin: a Journalist Who Truly Cared for Truth and Justice
Dr. Sami Al-Arian is a Palestinian academic and intellectual. He lived for four decades in the U.S. before relocating to Turkey in 2015. Because of his long activism for the Palestinian cause and defending human and civil rights, he was a political prisoner in the U.S. and spent over a decade in prison and under house arrest until the charges were dropped in 2014.
“Her exceptional coverage of the trial was a great relief from the incessant attacks, and the lies and deceit by the government and other media outlets. Shortly after the end of the trial, she was the only reporter who was able to reach the jury and confirm that the majority of the jury (10 to 2) were in favor of total acquittal on the deadlocked counts (the distinguishing feature of the two jurors who refused to deliberate the remaining counts was that they were avid readers of the Tampa Tribune, the paper that demonized us for years.”


Multimedia

AJ+ (7/26): Lawn-mowing While Black [Video: 1 min. 49 sec.]
Police stopped this college student for questioning while he was mowing lawns. Then tasered him. Then attacked him with a police dog.

 
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News Digest


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

Berkeleyside (7/27): FBI alleges Berkeley High graduate, ISIS sympathizer, planned to set fires, plant bombs
A 22-year old graduate of Berkeley High School who sympathized with ISIS planned to kill tens of thousands of people by detonating a car bomb near a San Francisco gay nightclub, placing backpack bombs around UC Berkeley dorms, setting a fire in the Berkeley Hills, and lacing cocaine with strychnine, according to federal officials. Amer Al-Haggagi, who graduated from Berkeley High in 2013, allegedly talked about those plans online with an undercover informant who worked with the FBI, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Waqar Hasib, who detailed the government’s findings at a Dec. 14 closed hearing.


The Denver Post (7/24): Don’t release Uzbek terror suspect pending Denver trial, court says

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a federal judge’s decision to release an Uzbek terror suspect on bond and instead ordered he be detained pending his trial. Jamshid Muhtorov, who has already been held for more than 5 1/2 years, will be detained until his trial in 2018, the appeals court has ruled. The 10th Circuit previously issued a temporary stay of Muhtorov’s release pending a formal review.Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Kane had previously ordered Muhtorov be released on bond with a list of conditions including that he be required to wear an ankle monitor. Muhtorov stands accused of providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union and is being held without bond at the GEO Aurora Detention Center, 3130 N. Oakland St. in Aurora. Muhtorov had sought his release claiming extraordinary trial delays violate his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.

 

Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Pew Research Center (7/26):U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream
Indeed, nearly two-thirds of Muslim Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. today. And about three-quarters say Donald Trump is unfriendly toward Muslims in America. On both of these counts, Muslim opinion has undergone a stark reversal since 2011, when Barack Obama was president, at which point most Muslims thought the country was headed in the right direction and viewed the president as friendly toward them.

Al Jazeera (7/25): Can Muslim politicians survive in today’s USA?
In a toxic political climate that teaches people to “demonise our fellow Americans”, voters are more focused on Abboud’s faith than on her policies for defending gays, immigrants and the right to have an abortion, she said. Abboud has only a slim chance of winning in a traditionally red state that helped Donald Trump become president. The attack on her was just the latest example of the uphill struggle Muslims face at the ballot box. “I track about 30 or 40 Muslim candidates in the US and every one of them is subject to such attacks,” Abdulkader Sinno, an Indiana University scholar and editor of the book Muslims in Western Politics, told Al Jazeera.

 

Community Action/Building Our Coalition

A bipartisan coalition of groups, including Demand Progress, ACLU, FreedomWorks, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Defending Rights & Dissent, delivered over 100,000 petition signatures today calling on Congress to overhaul Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act or, absent such reform, let it sunset.

 

Government Policies Under Scrutiny

The Hill (7/25): Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying
The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules. The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

Editorials/Opinions

Washington Post (7/24) This piece of pro-Israel legislation is a serious threat to free speech
The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation introduced in the Senate by Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and in the House by Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.), would make it a crime to support or even furnish information about a boycott directed at Israel or its businesses called by the United Nations, the European Union or any other “international governmental organization.” Violations would be punishable by civil and criminal penalties of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. The American Civil Liberties Union, where we both work, takes no position for or against campaigns to boycott Israel or any other foreign country. But since our organization’s founding in 1920, the ACLU has defended the right to collective action. This bill threatens that right.
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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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