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NCPCF                                                      Vol. VII-Issue No. 547

NEWS DIGEST                                      Friday, August 25, 2017

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

Website of the Week

Youth for Human Rights
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights. The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI has now grown into a global movement, including hundreds of groups, clubs and chapters around the world.

Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

Counter Punch (8/20): Another Palestinian-American Deported: the Case of Rasmea Odeh
Rasmea Odeh’s departure marks the end of a bizarre life, one that can evoke admiration. As a young Palestinian, Odeh fought against Israeli oppression. Now after a valiant legal battle in this country, her new homeland, she is departing (by force). Rasmea Odeh’s treatment is a troubling reminder that this happens to US citizens who have never committed a crime in this country and never threatened anyone in the US.


Huffington Post (8/21): ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ Bassem Youssef Introduces ‘Muslim Morning After Kit’ [Video: 3 min. 23 sec.]
For the morning after one of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world is involved in a terror attack.



News Digest

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

Federal authorities want a judge to partially close his courtroom when a confidential FBI witness testifies this fall against the accused ISIS sympathizer David Daoud Wright prosecutors say threatened to behead the witness if he squealed to law enforcement. Wright is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 18 on indictments charging him with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and obstruction of justice.
Fox News (8/18): Conviction upheld in Tampa terror plot
A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction and 40-year prison sentence of a man convicted in a plot to carry out terror attacks in the Tampa Bay area.  Along with supplying the car bomb, the undercover agent also provided non-functional grenades, an AK-47 automatic rifle and a suicide vest. The appeal focused, in part, on whether Osmakac had been improperly denied access to materials related to the FBI surveillance. Prosecutors did not provide some FISA materials to Osmakac’s attorney because the documents contained classified information, Friday’s ruling said. See also: The Sting. How the FBI Created a Terrorist
Orlando Sentinel (8/16): Broward man admits synagogue bomb plot, expected to serve 25 years and get treatment
A Broward man admitted Wednesday that he planned to bomb an Aventura synagogue during Passover last year. But James Gonzalo Medina, 41, of Hollywood, has been diagnosed with a “spider-like” brain cyst that may have affected his conduct, according to the defense. Family members said he had a long history of mental health problems. Under an uncommon agreement between the prosecution and defense, Medina is expected to be locked up for 25 years and will spend at least the first portion of that in a prison medical ward where he can get treatment for the cyst and his mental health. Medina admitted he plotted with an undercover informant to bomb the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. He told the judge in court that he felt he had been “manipulated” in the undercover sting.


Government Policies Under Scrutiny

The Salt Lake Tribune (4/18): Mormon scholars take challenge to Trump’s proposed travel ban to U.S. Supreme Court
A group of Mormon scholars has filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, joining in the wider challenge to the Trump administration’s proposed ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. Signed by 21 LDS historians, the brief filed Thursday harks back to government crackdowns on Mormon immigration in the 19th century and asks the high court for a stringent review of what critics perceive as religion-based discrimination.
Courthouse News (9/24): Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records
Federal agencies must start producing records on President Donald Trump’s travel ban to avoid a court order that would require a speedier release of documents, a federal judge said Thursday.


The Intercept (8/17):  Hospitals in Trump Country Suffer as Muslim Doctors Denied Visas to U.S.
Since March 17, Dozens of Pakistani physicians had their J-1 applications denied in Islamabad and Karachi, said Shahzad Iqbal, a Pakistani-American physician in New York. Without foreign doctors, the U.S. healthcare system would simply collapse, with the pain felt most acutely in rural areas. U.S. medical schools don’t produce anywhere near enough graduates to meet the needs of the country, particularly in places where people are reluctant to move to.
Independent (8/23): I was detained for protesting against Donald Trump. Here’s what the US Secret Service asked me
In the end, I couldn’t stop wondering why they were devoting so much time to me when they could be pursuing neo-Nazis. I was treated as a national security threat when all I’d done was exercise my First Amendment right to free expression. This isn’t normal, and it shouldn’t be how nonviolent protesters are treated by armed agents of the government.
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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