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For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.
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Lift the SAMs and Solitary Confinement of Syed Hashmi

Statement of Concern

Syed Fahad Hashmi is a Muslim American citizen being held in a federal jail on two counts of providing material support and two counts of making a contribution of goods or services to Al Qaida. As his case goes to trial, we wish to register our concern about the conditions of his detention, constraints on his right to a fair trial, and the potential threat his case poses to the First Amendment rights of others. . . . Read more.

The Statement of Concern has been signed by more than 500 scholars and writers including Norma Alarcon, Bettina Aptheker, Seyla Benhabib, Marshall Berman, Wendy Brown, Susan Buck-Morss, Judith Butler, Kathleen Cleaver, Noam Chomsky, Joshua Cohen, David Cole, Angela Davis, Mike Davis, Jodi Dean, Michael Dawson, Michael Denning, Jigna Desai, Lisa Disch, Ariel Dorfman, Martin Duberman, Lisa Duggan, Thomas L. Dumm, Susan Faludi, Kathy E. Ferguson, Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Todd Gitlin, Michael Hardt, Tony Judt, Ira Katznelson, Duncan Kennedy, Jill Lepore, Wahneema Lubiano, Manning Marable, Kirstie M. McClure, Ali Miller, Mark Crispin Miller, David Montgomery, Carlos Munoz, Cary Nelson, Anne Norton, Christian Parenti, Charles Payne, Rosalind Petchesky, Frances Fox Piven, Katha Pollitt, Gyan Prakash, Adolph Reed Jr., David Roediger, Andrew Ross, Saskia Sassen, Anna Marie Smith, Neil Smith, Rogers M. Smith, Philippa Strum, Mark Lewis Taylor, Joan C. Tronto, Martha Vicinus, John R. Wallach, Lawrence Weschler, Melissa S. Williams, Richard Wolin and many more. See signatories.

About the Case

Syed Fahad Hashmi is a 29-year-old Muslim American citizen.  He has spent the past two years in solitary confinement awaiting trial at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. He is charged with two counts of providing and conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda and two counts of making and conspiring to make a contribution of goods or services to Al Qaeda. His trial is set for September 2009.  If convicted, he faces seventy years in prison.  His case raises concerns about the conditions of his detention, his ability to receive a fair trial, and threats to the First Amendment rights of him and others.. . . . Read more.


None at this time.

Other Organizations of Interest

Free Fahad

Center for Constitutional Rights

Council of Peoples Organizations

Desis Rising Up and Moving

Media Coverage

Jeanne Theoharis: The Legal Black Hole in Lower Manhattan

Bill Quigley: Not Just Guantanamo

William Fisher: Feel Safer Now?

Treatment of New York Detainee Is "Legalised Torture"

Amitava Kumar: Kidnapped by the State

Grit TV with Laura Flanders, Wallace Shawn, and Kathleen Chalfant

Chris Hedges: One Day We'll All Be Terrorists

Leonard Lopate Show: Underreported: The Trial of Syed Fahad Hashmi

Paul Craig Roberts: First Circle: Liberty has been Lost

Los Angeles Times: Terrorism trial in New York carries few risks for government

Playbill: Irwin, Chalfant, Shawn and More Set for THAW Vigils

indymedia: The Arrest and Torture of Syed Hashmi in New York City

Ethan Heitner: NYC Gitmo (graphic piece)

Mother Jones: A Thousand Little Gitmos

The Progressive: This July 4th, let’s be true to our principles

Democracy Now: Guantánamo at Home

The Nation: Guantánamo at Home

Village Voice: A Brooklyn College Grad Experiences the Constitution in a Cage

Village Voice: Caged Citizen Will Test President Obama

New York Times: Restrictive Terms of Prisoner’s Confinement Add Fuel to Debate

Chronicle of Higher Education: Academics Protest Jailing of Muslim Student

More about "material support" laws

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