CCF                                                    Vol. VIII-Issue No. 570
NEWS DIGEST                                    Friday, February 9, 2018

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Upcoming Events

Author Events with Miko Peled: Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.  Five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were given very lengthy sentences—for “supporting terrorism” by donating to charities in Palestine that the U.S. government itself and other respected international agencies had long worked with. The five men, now all well over 50 years old, are serving multi-decade sentences in some of the US penal system’s worst long-term prisons. Peled traveled to those prisons to interview the men. Those interviews along with interviews with the lawyers and family members form the basis of his powerful story.

Bethlehem Public Library. Saturday, February 10, 2 PM – 4 PM EST,  451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY. Miko Peled, author of “The General’s Son”, will discuss his new book- Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Busboys & PoetsThursday, February 15, 7 – 9 PM, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington , DC., Miko Peled will will trace the labyrinthine course of the case of the Holy Land Foundation Five, presenting a terrifying picture of governmental over-reach in post-9/11 America. Copies of the book will be available in the bookstore. Co-sponsored by NCPCF.



Wake Up Call for Civil Liberties – Prisons, Profiling & Preemptive Prosecution [Video: 1 hr. 56 min. 53 sec.]
An NCPCF event featuring Sh. Omar Suleiman as keynote speaker,  as well as family members of political prisoners. [Apologies for the incorrect link last week.]


News Digest


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

The Intercept (2/5): “I Refused to Secretly Spy” — An Iranian-American Turned Down the FBI and Wound Up With a Prison Sentence
The FBI asked Sheikhzadeh “to cooperate with the government and to spy on his employer even though the charges against him did not include anyone else employed at the Mission,” according to court documents. When Sheikhzadeh refused, he was charged with falsifying his tax returns, followed by other, more serious accusations, including money laundering and conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran.


New York Post (2/7): Boston cops used social media to spy on black, Muslim protesters: ACLU
The Boston Police Department used a social media surveillance system to keep tabs on black and Muslim protesters — gathering thousands of posts about political and social activism, religious issues, and other personal matters “irrelevant to law enforcement concerns,” according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. The data mining program, dubbed Geofeedia, was run by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center between 2014 and 2016. “This system explicitly targeted users’ First Amendment protected speech and association,” explained the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Islamophobia and Civil Rights

Foreign Policy (2/5): Draft DHS Report Called for Long-Term Surveillance of Sunni Muslim Immigrants
If the report’s recommendations were implemented, it would represent a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s policies aimed at many Muslim immigrants, extending vetting from those trying to enter the United States to those already legally in the country, including permanent residents.
Prison Conditions and Abuse/CMUs
Associated Press (2/5): 9/11 conspirator sues Trump, claims ‘psychological torture’
Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is suing President Donald Trump over conditions at a federal prison, where he alleges he experiences “psychological torture” while kept in total isolation. Moussaoui’s petitions seek an end to prison guidelines that he says “keep me in total isolation without access to a lawyer to break me psychologically…”.  He is serving a life prison sentence at the Supermax federal penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.

The Intercept (2/6): Citing U.S. Prison Conditions, British Appeals Court Refuses to Extradite Accused Hacker Lauri Love to the U.S.
A British appeals court on Monday rejected demands from the U.S. government for the extradition of an accused British hacker, Lauri Love, citing the inability of U.S. prisons to humanely and adequately treat his medical and mental health ailments. In sum, concluded the court, the way in which U.S. prisons “treat” inmates with mental illnesses and suicidal impulses — with segregation, isolation, and a lack of ongoing medical and mental health care — almost certainly means that extradition to the U.S. would worsen Love’s health and create a very high likelihood of driving him to suicide.



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