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NCPCF                                                  Vol. VII-Issue No. 548

NEWS DIGEST                                  Friday, September 1, 2017


“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Montesquieu
Steve Downs: Terrorism most exaggerated threat in nation today

IN THIS ISSUE

Trump’s Agents Are Trying to Deport a Stateless Man with Nowhere to Go

Holy tabouli! Shawarma Law – not sharia law – is taking over Dearborn

Almost all news coverage of the Barcelona attack mentioned terrorism. Very little coverage of Charlottesville did.

PA Court Hears Not-Guilty Plea From Accused Jihad Recruiter

Queens Man Is Charged With Trying to Enter Syria to Join ISIS

Man arrested by FBI terror team to stay behind bars

The Public Has a Right to Know About Atrocities Happening Behind Prison Walls

Appeals Court Appears Inclined to Exempt Relatives From Travel Ban

‘What universe does that come from?’ Judges criticize travel ban weeks before it heads to Supreme Court

FBI Paid Informant + Mentally Ill Man = Another Fake Terror Plot

Three Questions You Should Ask When You Hear About a ‘Foiled Terrorist Plot’

Terrorism the most exaggerated threat in nation today

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Website of the Week

Detention Watch Network
Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to expose and challenge the injustices of the United States’ immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.

Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

Vice: (8/28): Trump’s Agents Are Trying to Deport a Stateless Man with Nowhere to Go
Mamadu Balde, a 44-year-old Uber driver who has lived in the United States since fleeing ethnic violence in Sierra Leone in 1999, is in immigration limbo—a repeat of a nightmare he faced under the Obama administration.

Multimedia

Detroit Free Press (8/26): Holy tabouli! Shawarma Law – not sharia law – is taking over Dearborn [Article & Video: 40 sec.]
In recent months, a satirical movement known as “Shawarma Law, not sharia law” has gained momentum in Dearborn as activists seek to educate the public about their community through Middle Eastern food. Specifically, Shawarma dinner parties are taking place at local restaurants in a building-bridges effort that seeks to wipe out false stereotypes about Muslims and inform folks about what Metro Detroit’s Middle Eastern community is all about.

The Washington Post (8/31): Almost all news coverage of the Barcelona attack mentioned terrorism. Very little coverage of Charlottesville did. [Article & Video: 1 min. 16 sec.]
Our research on these attacks — as well as the Orlando shootings by Omar Mateen and the Charleston church shootings by Dylan Roof — shows that news coverage framed these shootings very differently. Only the attacks perpetrated by Muslims were routinely called terrorism.

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

Accused of plotting to kill a Swedish artist, the first suspected terrorist to be extradited to the United States under President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges. Handcuffed and wearing a green inmate jumpsuit, Ali Charaf Damache appeared somber as he read his plea to U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter. Algeria-born Damache was charged in a 2011 indictment with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

The New York Times (8/29): Queens Man Is Charged With Trying to Enter Syria to Join ISIS
A 22-year-old Queens man was charged on Tuesday with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, after he flew from New York to Saudi Arabia this spring with the intention, federal prosecutors said, of entering Syria to join the terrorist group. The man, Parveg Ahmed, flew to Saudi Arabia in early June with a friend, the prosecutors said, ostensibly to celebrate the fasting holiday of Ramadan. But according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, the two men actually planned to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State, or ISIS.

The Detroit News (9/29):  Man arrested by FBI terror team to stay behind bars
An Ypsilanti man arrested by the FBI’s counterterrorism team consented to detention Tuesday during an emotional federal court hearing that, for now, keeps secret any possible terrorism ties. Yousef Mohammad Ramadan, 28, agreed to stay in jail pending a possible indictment in the latest national security-related case in Metro Detroit.

 

Interviews
 

Truthout (8/25): The Public Has a Right to Know About Atrocities Happening Behind Prison Walls
An interview with Heather Ann Thompson, who teaches at the University of Michigan in the Afro-American and African Studies and History departments and the Residential College. “But throughout American history, we’ve really hidden, at least, the institution of prisons, while we have made very public supposedly the archetypal prisoner. So we’ve seen the prisoner on a chain gang, or we’ve seen the prisoner working beside the road, picking up trash, often marked by a certain uniform or a certain way in which we know that they must have done something wrong, but we have absolutely no sense of, what are these institutions they return to? And we really never have. And so there have been various legal fights to try to get the public aware of what’s happening inside, primarily because what’s happening is brutal, and, indeed, the public needs to know that, because that’s what they’re paying for, right? It’s not just a confining of somebody, but often an abuse of someone, a torture of someone.”

 

Government Policies Under Scrutiny
 

The New York Times (8/28): Appeals Court Appears Inclined to Exempt Relatives From Travel Ban
In the latest arguments over President Trump’s travel ban, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in Seattle indicated on Monday that it would continue allowing grandparents and other relatives of United States residents to travel here from six predominantly Muslim countries. But the judges were less forthcoming about their views on exceptions to a second part of the ban, suspending the nation’s refugee program.

Los Angeles Times (8/29): ‘What universe does that come from?’ Judges criticize travel ban weeks before it heads to Supreme Court
A panel of U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges heard arguments Monday in Seattle over how broadly President Trump’s travel ban can be enforced, and seemed inclined to uphold exemptions that let U.S. residents’ relatives continue to arrive from banned countries. But the judges were less critical of the refugee ban, which has blocked most refugees from resettling in the country since the it went into place this summer.

Editorials/Opinions

Defending Rights & Dissent (8/24): FBI Paid Informant + Mentally Ill Man = Another Fake Terror Plot
We’ve actually seen it before — usually targeting young Muslims or idealistic activists. This time, the target was Jerry Drake Varnell, a 23 year-old who was supposedly a right-wing extremist. The cases follow a pattern: the informant befriends a vulnerable young person, plying them with drugs or money or other favors, usually badgering, cajoling, or otherwise goading the target to express extreme views, then leading them along in a plot to blow something up.

Vice (3/10): Three Questions You Should Ask When You Hear About a ‘Foiled Terrorist Plot’
Since the mass murder of September 11, 2001, more people have been killed in America by non-Muslim so-called “domestic terrorists” than by Muslim-identified actors. But for those cases that do involve Muslims in America, always touted with great fanfare as “disrupted terrorist plots,” there is a simple test that anyone can apply from the safety and comfort of their own home to decide if they should take what the government is dishing with a grain of salt. 1. Was there an informant or undercover agent actively involved?  2. Does the defendant suffer from any mental health issues, dysfunctions, or deficiencies?  3. Would the defendant have undertaken whatever they are accused of if not for the government’s involvement?

Times Union (8/28): Terrorism the most exaggerated threat in nation today
Often, the defendants [in terrorism cases] were framed, or entrapped, or accused of “supporting” terrorism in some technical or minor way or had mental illnesses. Most of the defendants were not violent or dangerous in the first place, and now are far less likely to engage in crimes after being released. While Associated Press recently reported that hundreds of convicted terrorists in American prisons will soon be released, focusing only on possible recidivism in terrorism is misleading and calculated to generate unwarranted fears. Convicted terrorists have been regularly released in recent years after serving their sentences, and there have been no cases of recidivism. [By Steve Downs,  former Ex. Dir. of NCPCF]

 
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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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