NCPCF                                                         Vol. VII-Issue No. 558

NEWS DIGEST                                Friday, November 10, 2017


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

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Website of the Week

Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR)
Interfaith Action for Human Rights is a mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities that seeks to change the culture, policy or practices that cause torture or violate human dignity. The guide is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the wisdom of our respective faiths.

Multimedia

Youtube (11/7): Miko Peled on “Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five” [Video: 10 min. 27 sec.]
Mike Peled, author of The General’s Son, discusses his new book, to be released in early 2018. “It’s a story that most people would not believe. . .  If you told them what happened here in the United States to these five men, most people would shake their heads in disbelief.”

Democracy Now! (11/2):“Send Him to Gitmo”: Trump Urges Execution of Saipov After Defending “Both Sides” in Charlottesville [Video: 10 min. 40 sec.]
The sentencing is extremely harsh, because we have sentencing guidelines that add a massive enhancement for terrorism crimes. And we have mandatory minimums in a lot of different cases in the federal system, not necessarily here, but the sentences that are available are very long, whereas in the military commissions a lot of people have gotten off basically with time served, after convictions. And then the conditions of confinement are horrible for terrorism cases.

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News Digest

 

News From NCPCF and Coalition Members

On Wednesday November 8th, NCPCF’s Program and Communications Coordinator, Reem Jayyousi attended Ibrahim Mohammad’s bond hearing in Ohio.

Sitting in the courtroom, I felt the room heavy with emotions. Everyone was so eager beforehand and hopeful – the support was overwhelming. The judge ruled that he will be making the decision on the bond request within the next few days. I remember the night before I left for the hearing in Ohio, I checked the petition and it was at 5k. Then in the morning I checked it again and it was almost at 7k. By the time I got home it was 10k. As I write this, the petition sits at 12k. Imagine being a part of this movement. Giving a man who is in prison for over 2 years without a case or a single shred of evidence — he was torn away from his four young children and his wife — giving them a chance to attempt to live a normal life after this trauma that they have been forced to endure simply because they are Muslim in America post 9-11. ~Reem Jayyousi

 

Profiling

Daily News (11/5): De Blasio’s weak stop-and-frisk fix: Despite the mayor’s boasts on the policing reform, his NYPD has miles to go

While the absolute number of stops has declined from the all-time high of 687,000 in 2011, the data strongly suggest that racial bias continues to plague the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices.  The racial composition of a neighborhood continues to be a significant predictor of NYPD stop activity, so that officers continue to make many more stops in majority black neighborhoods than they do in white neighborhoods, and that this disparity cannot be accounted for by differing crime rates. This was the very same finding that the federal court made in its landmark 2013 ruling.

Government Policies Under Scrutiny


The Washington Post (11/9): Twin legal challenges in one week to latest version of President Trump’s entry ban

The Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit announced this week it would consider the third iteration of Trump’s travel order sitting with a full complement of judges on Dec. 8. Those arguments will come two days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is set to hear a separate challenge to the restrictions on U.S. entry before a three-judge panel in Seattle. The third version of Trump’s policy bars certain travelers who are citizens of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela.

 

Editorials/Opinions

Huffington Post (11/2): Here’s What You Need To Know About The Phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’
“Allahu akbar” is an Arabic phrase that translates to “God is greater.” In the wake of a deadly attack in New York on Tuesday, this inherently spiritual phrase is being used in a different context: to signify a link to political terrorism. To hear a spiritual phrase that Muslims use in their everyday lives twisted in this violent way is incredibly frustrating, said Rabiah Ahmed, director of media and public affairs at the Muslim Public Affairs Council. ″[Allahu Akbar] has been used in traditional Muslim prayers for centuries and is used as a peaceful reminder of their religious commitment. They are also the opening words of the Adhan (Islamic call to prayer) and is also often used in approval in the same way Christians say Amen.

The Intercept (11/2): When an Attacker Is Muslim, Mental Health Questions Rarely Seem To Get Raised
Following the tragic terror attack in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, the news media has focused on various characteristics of suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. But what isn’t being asked by most commentators is the question that pops up after so many other mass shootings and killings: What about his mental health? Of course, the question of a shooter’s mental health is itself a sensitive matter, and loose speculation is unhelpful. But it’s notable that if a shooter is Muslim, the question seems less likely to be asked at all — even if the attacker, in this case, emerges from a truck waving a BB gun and paintball gun, an act that displays a dubious tethering to reality.

 

Miami Herald (11/7): If the gunman is white, we’re OK with mass murder. No, really, we are.
Why are we OK with this? Not you and me as individuals, perhaps. But America, as a corporate body? It seems ever more obvious that for all the lip service we pay to “thoughts and prayers,” for all the candles we light and tears we weep, this is a thing we accept. As opposed to Islamic terror, which we don’t. You can read the distinction starkly in Donald Trump’s tweets. 

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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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