Preemptive Prosecutions: Report Spotlights How the US Government Manufactures ‘Terrorism’ Cases

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions. The report comes just over a month after a mostly ignored [...]

One of More Chilling Post-9/11 Political Prosecutions, Case of Sami Al-Arian, Appears to Have Ended

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:49 pm

A political prosecution against a Palestinian-American activist and University of South Florida professor, which began in February 2003, appeared to come to an end on June 27 as the United States government announced it was dropping all charges against him. Sami Al-Arian’s family declared in a statement, “We are glad that the government has finally [...]

‘Inventing Terrorists’ Study Offers Critical Examination of Government’s Use of Preemptive Prosecutions

By: Monday June 9, 2014 11:05 am

Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “directly examine and critique preemptive prosecution and its abuses.” The study is called “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive [...]

New Evidence Suggests Muslim Convicted of Terrorism Charges Was Falsely Identified as Al Qaeda Agent

By: Monday July 15, 2013 11:27 am

Yassin Aref was convicted of terrorism charges that included conspiring to aid a terrorist group, providing support for a weapon of mass destruction, money-laundering and material support for a foreign terrorist organization after being arrested in an FBI sting operation in Albany, New York in 2006. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in [...]

Lawyers for NATO Protesters Charged with Terrorism Obtain Copy of Indictments

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Lawyers representing three individuals who came to Chicago in May to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit and who were indicted just over a week ago on terrorism-related charges  have obtained a copy of the indictments. The lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) had expected to see official indictments when the three [...]

CPD, FBI & Secret Service Claim NATO 3 Came to Chicago to Commit ‘Terrorist Acts of Violence’

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 7:38 pm

Three Occupy activists raided on May 16 and disappeared for a period of time by Chicago police were brought before a bond judge this afternoon and officially charged with material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of explosives or explosive or incendiary devices. The State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez asked for bail to [...]

Federal Judge’s Injunction Finds NDAA Is Worse Than Material Support Law

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:52 am

(update below) Activists and journalists who brought a lawsuit against a Homeland Battlefield Act provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed in Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last December are celebrating this morning as a federal judge ruled yesterday that the provision likely violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the [...]

What Law & What Process for Muslims in America?

By: Monday May 14, 2012 7:11 pm

(update below) Ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago, hundreds gathered for a People’s Summit hosted by Occupy Chicago. Various speakers discussed how NATO perpetuates policies of war abroad. A number of speakers also described the war at home that includes austerity measures and a culture of fear that violates the [...]

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