NCPCF                                                          Vol. VII-Issue No. 561
NEWS DIGEST                                  
Friday, December 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
Leena Al-Arian and Reem Jayyousi at the AMP Conference in Chicago
Action Items
The Entrapment Trial of Nicholas Young. December 5, 10:00am. Alexandria Federal Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, VA, Room 600. The trial is expected to last two weeks. Please come out any day, for however long you are able to stay, and sit with his sister Ashley Young behind her brother’s side of the courtroom in a show of solidarity. Courtroom support sends a message to the judge, the jury, and the media that people care about the issues involved in this case.

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Portraits of Injustice/Voices of Victims of Repression

 

Youtube (11/21): Interview with Umaima Jafri about her husband Ibrahim’s detention [Audio: 48  min. 7 sec.]
Heather Gray and Cliff Albright interviewed Umaima Jafri on November 20, 2017 on WRFG-Atlanta’s “Just Peace” program about the detention of Umaima’s husband Ibrahim Mohammad. He has been detained for 2 years without bond or trial.
 

Multimedia
Democracy Now! (11/28): J20 Trial: 200+ Inauguration Protesters, Journalists & Observers Face Riot Charges From Mass Arrest [Video: 17 min.]


Special Reports

Penn Law Legal Scholarship Repository (2017): The Legal Story of Guantanamo North

This article provides a factual background and context for the CMUs, details the Final Rule promulgated in January 2015, and analyzes legal and policy problems with the units’ continued employ and existence through the lens of the most recent decision in the on going case, Aref v. Lynch.

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News Digest

Pre-Crime Reports/Pre-emptive Prosecutions/Thought Crimes/Entrapment/Material Support
 
The Washington Post (11/29): This police officer is accused of being an ISIS-supporting neo-Nazi. He says he just has a dark sense of humor.
Nicholas Young is the only U.S. police officer to ever face terrorism charges — a case brought after he was under FBI surveillance during six of the 13 years he patrolled the D.C. Metro system. At a trial set for December in Alexandria, federal prosecutors plan to pursue a novel argument. They will paint Young as a violent-minded believer in an alliance between Islamist and white supremacist terrorism at a time when both are sowing fear across the country. The alleged crime for which he was arrested in the summer of 2016 was nonviolent; he is accused of lying to the FBI about someone he thought had joined the Islamic State and sending that person $245 in mobile messaging cards. There was no threat to the Metro transit system, officials emphasized at the time.Young says his historical enthusiasms and dark sense of humor have been distorted to wrongly portray him as man with long-standing terroristic proclivities. His only crime, he contends, was trying to help a friend who turned out to be an FBI informant. His defense team argues he was entrapped.

 

Terrorism Industry
 

The Guardian (11/25): Anti-Muslim online surges driven by fake accounts
A global network of anti-Muslim activists is using Twitter bots, fake news and the manipulation of images to influence political discourse, new analysis reveals. Many have recorded significant growth in their social media followings over the past year, co-ordinating to push the message that Islam is an “imminent threat” to western society. Researchers from the anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate found that the impact of tweets from one controversial US activist, Pamela Geller, who is banned from the UK, is magnified by 102 bots, automated or semi-automated accounts that automatically tweet or retweet their content. Geller, described by critics as a figurehead for Islamophobic organisations, produces the Geller Report, which doubled its viewers to more than two million people each month between July and October.Huffington Post (11/30): How Those Anti-Muslim Videos Probably Got Into Trump’s Twitter Feed
How did the president of the United States come to retweet three anti-Muslim videos to his 43 million followers early Wednesday morning? Based on the Twitter accounts he follows and the surge in anti-Muslim activity on the social media platform this year, here’s one possible scenario.

 

Islamophobia and Civil Rights
 

The Washington Post (11/29): Trump retweets inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos
President Trump on Wednesday shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on Twitter posted by a far-right British activist, drawing backlash from across Britain, including a sharp rebuke from the British prime minister’s office. The videos — whose authenticity could not be independently verified — were first shared by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, which bills itself as a political party but has been widely condemned as an extremist group that targets mosques and Muslims.

Government Policies Under Scrutiny

 
Reuters (11/28):  Hawaii, ACLU ask U.S. top court not to allow full Trump travel ban
The state of Hawaii and the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to allow President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban that would bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect after it was partially blocked by lower courts.
 
Black lawmakers met with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Capitol Hill on Wednesday over concerns about a bureau report targeting “Black Identity Extremists.” Wray elaborated on the origin of the report and said that it was not written during his administration, but that Wray owned up to it. He reiterated that the title, “Black Identity Extremists” is very concerning. The CBC sent a letter to Wray in October requesting a meeting to discuss the report citing the bureau’s “troubling history” of utilizing its broad investigatory powers to target black citizens and said it is similar to COINTELPRO, a DOJ surveillance program that infiltrated and disrupted civil rights, anti-war, and political opposition groups.
 

A White House communications staffer on Wednesday gave opponents of President Donald Trump’s amended travel ban ammunition to fight the ban in court. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah was asked about Trump’s retweets of inflammatory anti-Muslim videos Wednesday morning, and whether Trump thinks Muslims are a threat to the United States. “The president has addressed these issues with the travel order … he issued earlier this year, and the companion proclamation,” Shah told reporters aboard Air Force One as Trump traveled to Missouri for a speech on tax reform.
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