February 2007

By Jennifer Van Bergen Rawstory.com 2/16/07

Program in apparent violation of federal law

The US Department of Justice has implemented a secretive new prison program segregating “high-security-risk” Muslim and Middle Eastern prisoners, tightly restricting their communications with the outside world in apparent violation of federal law, according to documents obtained by RAW STORY. (more…)

Authorization for the CMU program Dr. Dhafir is being held under at Terre Haute FCI, Indiana is undocumented. See the email below from Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Watch:

The Bureau recently established a Communications Management Unit (CMU) at FCI Terre Haute, IN (D Unit). They have designated/transferred inmates to this unit (more…)

My departure to Scotland has been delayed due to the weather in Syracuse and I wrote this letter yesterday (see below). As we approach the fourth anniversary of Dr. Dhafir’s arrest and incarceration please consider sending the letter below to your local newspaper. I have sent it to the two Syracuse newspapers, the Post-Standard and the New Times. (more…)

By US Army Reserves Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright Truthout 2/13/07

George Bush is going to war again. We see it in the Bush administration’s rhetoric about Iran’s nuclear program. We see it in the Bush administration’s commentary on Iran’s reported role in training and equipping Iraqis (more…)

I’m leaving for Scotland tomorrow and will be away for 4 weeks. Like the last two years, before leaving, I have been reflecting on my involvement in Dr. Rafil Dhafir’s case. (Links to my thoughts from 2006 and 2005 can be found below.) (more…)

My February 12th, 2007 radio interview with Chris Cook of Gorilla Radio is available here: Atlantic Free Press

Katherine Hughes and the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir. And, David Swanson and an accounting of the 110th Congress of the United States of America in the second half. (more…)

“When my home was ransacked, one of the government’s main targets was my library. They nearly emptied it. What did they take? They took my Islamic books, they came looking for books of certain authors and took all these authors’ books. They took Quran recitation tapes even though these books and tapes are available at any book store.

“They didn’t touch my Encyclopedia Britannica, my Encyclopedia of the American History, none of the books of Richard Nixon or Henry Kissinger (more…)

[Katherine: This is an excellent article that I highly recommend. The author gives an in depth analysis of what is happening across the country in many of the so called terrorist prosecutions. It also specifically addresses Mulsims who are targeted for being Salafi.]

The United States is now prosecuting suspected terrorists on the basis of their intentions, not just their actions. (more…)

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