No Separate Justice: Advocates & Families Impacted by the “War on Terror” Launch New Campaign Challenging Prosecutorial Overreach & Unjust Incarceration

[NEW YORK, NY]   On January 7, 2014, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Educators for Civil Liberties, CUNY School of Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) Project, and Amnesty International USA will host a panel discussion to launch  “No Separate Justice: A Post-9/11 Domestic Human Rights Campaign.” This new campaign aims to shed light on and end a pattern of human rights and civil liberties abuses in “War on Terror” cases in the criminal justice system.

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A focal point of this new effort will be monthly vigils held outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan, a federal detention center where people accused of terrorism-related offenses have been held in solitary confinement for years, even before they have been tried.

The panel will include discussion of the case of Syed Fahad Hashmi, who is currently serving a 15-year sentence at the federal “supermax” prison in Colorado on material support charges, after three years of pre-trial solitary confinement and Special Administrative Measures at the MCC in New York. It will highlight efforts by the Center for Constitutional Rights and allies to challenge Fahad’s inhumane conditions of confinement, and show how Fahad’s treatment is part of a pattern of rights violations in other “War on Terror” cases, based on extensive research into terrorism prosecutions. Family members of other federal terrorism prisoners will also participate on the panel.

This January 7 campaign-launch event dovetails with a year-long series, “America After 9/11” – a collaboration between The Nation and Educators for Civil Liberties – which features monthly articles examining facets of the domestic “War on Terror.”

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE

liliannaLiliana SeguraSpecializing in the prison industrial complex and harsh sentencing Liliana is a former editor at The Nation magazine and is currently a founding partner at Glenn Greenwald’s new public service journalism venture, First Look.

PardissPardiss Kebriaei
Pardiss is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center Constitutional Rights, which she joined in 2007. Her work focuses on challenging government abuses post-9/11, including in the areas of “targeted killing“ and unjust detentions at Guantanamo and in the federal system. Pardiss represents Fahad Hashmi.

TamerTamer Mehanna
Tamer’s brother, Tarek Mehanna, was convicted under broad allegations of “material support to terrorists” for 1st amendment protected activities, and is currently imprisoned at the Federal Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, IN.

sonaliSonali Sadequee
Sonali’s brother, Ehsanul “Shifa” Sadequee, was held for three years in pre-trial solitary confinement while charged under the “material support” statute and is currently incarcerated at the Federal Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, IN. As a member of the Sadequee family and Free Shifa Campaign, Sonali organizes and speaks publicly to expose the inherent injustices of the War on Terror and the prison complex.

sarahSarah Khasawinah
Sarah is a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a friend of the Abu-Ali family and will be speaking on behalf of Ahmed Abu-Ali (sentenced to life in prison based on a confession he maintains was coerced through torture while in a Saudi prison). Since 2005 Ahmed has been in held in solitary confinement. He is currently at the federal “supermax” prison in Florence, CO.

Tarek2Tarek Ismail
As a fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute Tarek develops research and policy at the intersection of human rights and U.S. counterterrorism policies, with a particular focus on issues affecting Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities in the United States, including racial profiling, selective prosecution, and the use of informants and sting operations.

faisalFaisal Hashmi
Co-founder of the Muslim Justice Initiative. Faisal’s brother, Fahad, was accused of providing material support to Al-Qaeda. He is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Federal “Supermax” Prison, ADX-Florence, Colorado.

WHAT: Panel Discussion & Launch Event
WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | 7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Judson Memorial Church | 55 Washington Square South, New York 10012
INFO: Facebook RSVP | media RSVP andy@sparrowmedia.net

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To arrange an interview with any of the speakers & presenters please email or text Andy Stepanian at andy@sparrowmedia.net or 631.291.3010.

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  1. Jim Evanhoe,

    the real terrorists in America, the USA, is the “Society of Deliberate Chaos”
    Their Deliberate Domestic Terrorism:
    Elizabeth Windsor:
    HSBC laundering drug cartel funds for 30 yrs, Owned in part by Elizabeth Windsor, the so-called queen of England…. for making cartels successful for 30 yrs, which destroyed how many families in the USA and though out the Global…..millions….the Windsor made billions. See the book: “World Banking World Fraud” by John Cruz and articles by “Rollingstone” writer Matt Taibbi and comments by me over the last 7 years.
    Goldman-Sachs Lloyd Blankfein and Henry Paulson with Dan Cook the III:
    the deliberate Collapse the Tech Boom, bringing GW Bush to power then the full scale ripoff by Goldman-Sachs 2002-2007-8 The largest global financial fraud in history YET Obama does nothing!??? to these Terrorists
    George HW Bush and Colin Powell:
    Illegally invading Panama, killing 100s and 100s of Civilian, said to be clear out drug corruption, George HW Bush then President was actually silencing Noriega and then enlarged drug cartel operations and money laundering in Panama FACT
    Geroge W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell:
    the illegal invasion of Iraq…killing 100,000s of Civilians in Iraq based upon complete fraud.
    These are the real terrorists Global Terrorism, and Domestic US Terrorism.
    ITS time to put them on trial, convict them and put them to death..that is my opinion!
    History will show they were the real criminals, the real terrorists who set upon America their perversion and crimes.

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