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NCPCF                                                       Vol. VII-Issue No. 549

NEWS DIGEST                               Friday, September 8, 2017


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

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

The Intercept (9/3): The Unlikely Jihadi
The FBI Pressured a Lonely Young Man Into a Bomb Plot. He Tried to Back Out. Now He’s Serving Life in Prison.

News Digest


Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support
Chicago Tribune (9/1): Man arrested in Villa Park, charged with fundraising for ISIS fighters

A 31-year-old truck driver living in west suburban Villa Park was arrested by the FBI on Thursday on charges out of New York that alleged he raised money in 2015 to help send fighters from the U.S. to ISIS fronts in Syria. At a hearing in federal court in Chicago, prosecutors asked that Dilshod Khusanov, a native of Uzbekistan, be detained as a flight risk and danger to the community.

The Washington Post (9/6): Woman who sought to join Islamic State group gets 8 years
A Philadelphia mother who admitted to plotting to travel to Syria to aid the Islamic State group and spent years spreading the terrorist organization’s message online said she isn’t an evil person before being sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday. Authorities said Keonna Thomas lived a double life, one as a hardworking mother of two children, the other as an outspoken online personality who spread violent propaganda, took steps to travel to the Middle East and maintained close relationships with radicalized figures, including an Islamic State fighter who prosecutors said she married online.

Featured Stories
The New Yorker (9/11): The Trials of a Muslim Cop
Bobby Hadid joined the N.Y.P.D. after 9/11, to protect his new country. But when he questioned the force’s tactics, his life began to erode.

Prison Conditions and Abuse/CMUs

Miami New Times (9/5): ACLU Says South Florida Private Prison Giant Is Torturing Immigration Detainees
Boca Raton’s GEO Group is one of the most powerful private-prison companies in America — and a major player in state and federal politics. The American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that the company is torturing whistleblowers at its private immigration detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. GEO runs the facility on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to the ACLU, ICE agents at GEO’s 1,500-bed Colorado detention center are retaliating against Iraqi nationals who have joined an ACLU class-action lawsuit to stop the U.S. from deporting them. The ACLU says employees at the GEO facility are denying Iraqis food, water, and access to the restroom to intentionally make their lives a living hell.
Community Action/Building Our CoalitionSan Francisco Chronicle (9/4): How Muslim Americans are fighting Islamophobia and securing their civil rights

Spikes in anti-Muslim sentiments and hate crimes appear to correlate with elections cycles. This is not a coincidence. In recent years, politicians have increasingly relied on anti-Muslim rhetoric to mobilize voters. What was once considered unacceptable discourse by members of both parties has gradually been normalized, particularly among Republican candidates. Muslim Americans are responding through organizations that represent their interests, and are increasingly visible, engaged and assertive. For years, these organizations have encouraged and registered Muslim citizens to vote. More recently, they’ve begun encouraging them to run for office. They are also actively bringing their community’s concerns to the attention of elected officials.

Buzz Feed News (9/6): A Secret Weapon In The Fight Against Islamophobia
Pillars Fund, a Chicago-based charitable fund, whose name honors the five pillars of Islam, started seven years ago when a handful of wealthy American Muslims pooled their money and quietly began giving solely to nonprofit groups in the United States — no mosques, no overseas charities. Today, Pillars is emerging as a powerful, behind-the-scenes engine of Muslim activism, a secret weapon in the war against the multimillion-dollar “Islamophobia” industry.


Government Policies Under Scrutiny

MLive ((/5): Ann Arbor could join Supreme Court fight against Trump’s travel ban
Ann Arbor officials now want to take a formal position in the Supreme Court in defense of the preliminary injunction against Trump’s travel ban. The resolution on the City Council’s agenda Tuesday night notes a coalition of some of the largest municipalities in the U.S., including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia, are supporting the lower court’s position that the executive order violates the the establishment clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
No one is certain exactly how many Muslims are currently protected by DACA. Undocumented Muslim youth like Nayim Islam have been living for months under a government that can be as Islamophobic as it often is xenophobic. Now, facing the potential end of DACA, too, undocumented Muslims like Islam feel as if they’re under a unique kind of siege. “It means a lot of uncertainty,” Islam told me when asked what it’s like to be an undocumented Muslim in 2017. “It means you’re being attacked from multiple angles. It means having to constantly fight just to survive.”
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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