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Preemptive Prosecution
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Part 1 of a two part event that combines an educational element followed by an organizing session consisting of working groups who's themes were determined by the families of those incarcerated.
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Personal Stories of Preemptive Prosecution Part II: A Call to Action!
Thursday December 16, 2010
Furman Hall, NYU

The time for speeches is over! Join us for the 1st ever Town Hall meeting with family members of wrongly convicted terror-suspects post-9-11. Justice is still needed for these cases and this event will be for individuals wanting to learn what they can do to assist these families in receiving their constitutional rights. Each family will briefly discuss the current status of their loved one's case. As a grassroots coalition of affected families, solidarity activists/organizations, and concerned community members, we will then determine what efforts are needed for each case, and set action items to work as a community to respond to the injustice that comes with preemptive prosecutions, often perpetuated by FBI agent provocateurs.

This event is for you, your rights, your freedoms...
The time for feeling helpless is over,
it’s time to act,
get involved,
share resources,
and work to bring justice for all!

This will be a forum where all are welcome to collaborate and contribute to develop solutions.


Alicia McWilliams, aunt of David Williams, one of the Newburgh Four, the men charged with the attempted bombing of the Riverdale Temple.
Lejla Duka, 13 year old daughter of one of the Fort Dix 5
Fatin Shnewer, mother of Mohammed Shnewer of the Fort Dix 5
Marlene Jenkins, mother of Tarik Shaw of the martial arts case
Laila Yaghi, mother of Ziyad Yaghi from the Raleigh 7 case in North Carolina
Shirin Sadequee, mother of Shifa Sadequee who was kidnapped from Bangladesh in 2006 under the direction of the US government and handed over to the US on alleged charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism
Noor Elashi, Daughter of Ghassan Elashi of the Holy Land 5
Tamer Mehanna, brother of Tarek Mehanna who was charged with conspiracy in 2009 after refusing to become an FBI informant
Faisal Hashmi, brother of Fahad Hashmi, who has been charged with providing material aid to Al-Qaeda
Hesham El Meligy, family friend of Farooque Ahmed who was arrested in Virginia on material support charges
Shaheena Parveen, mother of Matin Siraj, convicted in 2006 in NYC
Lynne Jackson, a volunteer and one of the founders of Project Salam, an internet group that believes many innocent Muslims were targeted, prosecuted, and convicted in the hysteria following 9/11 and the Bush Administration’s violations of the US Constitution. The organization’s mission is to identify as many of these cases as possible, to advocate for their release, and to make sure that their names and the injustices against them are not forgotten.
Mauri Salakhaan, Director of Operations for The Peace and Justice Foundation - a Muslim led grassroots human rights organization based in Metropolitan Washington, DC
Dominick Calsolaro, Albany Common Council Member sponsored and help pass a resolution in the Albany, NY City Council entitled “Resolution Urging The U.S. Department Of Justice To Review The Convictions Of Muslims Who Were “Preemptively Prosecuted” To Ensure Their Fair Treatment Under The U.S. Constitution And Bill Of Rights.”

Videos for Part 1 of this series:
FBI Entrapment: Personal Stories of Preemptive Prosecution
25 March 2010, NYU

Endorsed by: WESPAC, Malcom X Grassroots Movement, DRUM, Project Salam, Justice for the Newburgh 4 Committee, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Preemptive Prosecution Coalition, The Peace Thru Justice Foundation, Families United for Justice in America, Al Awda-Palestine Right to Return Coalition-NYC

Sites of interest:

Project SALAM: Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims

WESPAC Foundation

The intelligence factory: How America makes its enemies disappear
Harper's Magazine
Petra Bartosiewicz

Democracy Now! 'Entrapment or Foiling Terror? FBI's Reliance on Paid Informants Raises Questions about Validity of Terrorism Cases'

FBI engineers terror plot, creates terrorist

The Violation of Human Rights: The “War on Terror” Continues at Home and Abroad

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