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Abusive Treatment of Dr. Al-Arian Continues:Details of 36-hour Ordeal (4/13)


Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
April 13, 2008
Subject: -[TBCJP]- Abusive Treatment of Dr. Al-Arian Continues
Details Emerge of 36-hour Ordeal


As reported on Friday, Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred that day
into the custody of immigration authorities, in compliance with a
plea agreement that promised his deportation. He was placed in the
special housing unit (SHU) of the Howard County Detention Center in
Jessup, Maryland, where he has been held in isolation and denied
medical treatment and visits with his family. New details have
emerged on Dr. Al-Arian's ordeal over the past 36 hours.

On the morning of Friday, April 11, Dr. Al-Arian was taken to the
federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia and placed in a holding
cell for three hours. He was then moved to the Alexandria Detention
Center where he remained for three hours until immigration officers
took him to an office in Fairfax, Virginia, for processing. At 10 PM,
he arrived at the Howard County Detention Center and was placed in
the general population in accordance with standard procedure. Several
hours later, however, Dr. Al-Arian was placed in the isolation wing
of the facility, surrounded by six empty cells. He has been placed
under 23-hour lockdown.

On the 41st day of his hunger strike, Dr. Al-Arian, for the first
time, was under no medical monitoring. For the previous 40 days, he
was housed either in the medical unit at Northern Neck Regional Jail,
or at the Federal Medical Center in Butner.

*What is more alarming, concerned citizens who have called
authorities at the Howard County Detention Center, have been misled
and lied to by the officials. Contrary to their statements, Dr. Al-
Arian's treatment is not standard procedure. Dozens of inmates arrive
to the facility daily, and none are subjected to these harsh
measures. In fact, Dr. Al-Arian had already been processed and
classified prior to his removal from the general population to the
isolation unit.

*Dr. Al-Arian remains on his hunger strike, despite what the prison
officials are telling concerned callers. In fact, Dr. Al-Arian
repeatedly complained of dizzy spells and headaches, while medical
personnel at the facility refused to treat him. It was only after 8
hours of pleading that he was given pain medication.

*Officials have also passed on to callers a phone number that
allegedly belongs to INS, a government agency that no longer exists.
No one answered that number.

*Dr. Al-Arian was handcuffed on all four occasions he was taken to
medical personnel and forced to walk long distances and up and down
stairs, though he is in a vastly deteriorating state of health. At
the previous facility, he was given a wheel chair, or medical
personnel were brought to his room. Dr. Al-Arian has lost 34 pounds
since he began his hunger strike on March 3. He drank no water for
the first 18 days of the strike.
Basic Information about Special Housing Unit at Howard County
Detention Facility:
Dr. Al-Arian has been denied the following rights that were available
to him at Northern Neck and FMC Butner:

Reading materials
Writing materials
Radio
Ice water
Qur'an
Religious services
Medical monitoring
Regular access to telephone
Regular visitation
Shower

Based on the punitive treatment of Dr. Al-Arian, it is clear that the
intentions of the authorities are to break his will. This reflects an
expressed desire on the part of government officials to end the
hunger strike he began to protest his indefinite detention. There has
been no indication that the Department of Justice intends to honor
its agreement and allow him to leave the country. The abuses Dr. Al-
Arian has suffered during the past two days are also punishment for
his refusal to testify before a grand jury. He has repeatedly
asserted that he will not violate his principles or the terms of his
plea agreement.

TAKE ACTION:

1) All concerned citizens are requested to contact the facility and
call for Dr. Al-Arian to be treated humanely, and given adequate
medical attention. The authorities should be requested to uphold
their basic protocol regarding detainees, and not subject Dr. Al-
Arian to any punitive treatment. The number is (410) 313-5200.

2) We also ask that all concerned citizens contact their
congressional representatives and senators with the following request:
* That Dr. Al-Arian be treated humanely and given adequate
medical attention, since he has surpassed 40 days on hunger strike.
* That the government respects its obligations under the plea
agreement and allow his expeditious deportation.
* That they contact the Department of Homeland Security's
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to request Dr. Al-Arian's
immediate deportation
* That they conduct an inquiry into the abusive practices by
prosecutors in the Eastern District in Virginia, including
illegitimate use of the grand jury process, and the punitive
treatment in Dr. Al-Arian's detention.

If only 25 concerned citizens in every district call or visit their
member of Congress, we can make a difference.

END.

Documents & Releases

Statement of Chairs of American Muslim Task-Force on Civil Rights and Elections  (AMT) and  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Howard Zinn Statement on Professor Al-Arian

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March 2000

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To be patriotic is to be able to question government policy in times of crisis.
To be patriotic is to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in times of uncertainty and insecurity.
To be patriotic is to  speak up against the powerful in defense of the weak and the voiceless.
To be patriotic is to be willing to pay the price to preserve our freedoms, dignity, and rights.
To be patriotic is to
challenge the abuses of the PATRIOT Act.
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A new compilation of all relevant articles to be released soon by the National Liberty Fund

Selected Poems
by Sami Al-Arian

We Shall Rise

To Maya Angelou
Like the dream of the slave
You rise
And with the scream of the brave
I shall rise
In honoring the memory of your ancestors
You rise
With my stateless brothers and sisters
I shall rise
Like dust in the sunlight
You rise
And as ashes in a fiery night
I shall rise
You offend
Because of your existence
And I
For my resistance
You upset them
Recalling their past
And I
By holding steadfast
They may trod you in dirt
May cause me all the hurt
Inflict upon you excruciating pain
While they shut me up and detain
By they won't see you broken
Neither would my faith be forsaken
As you've never bowed your head
And never lowered your eyes
I'll continue to raise my fist
And hide my mother's cries
They may shoot you with their words
Cut me up with their swords
They may insult you with their eyes
Denigrate me with their lies
Trying to kill you with their hate
Bury me alive to seal my fate
But they'd certainly
Be shamed and fail
As the free chant and sing
On their march to prevail
So keep your head held high
As I follow you and try
And keep your beautiful smile
As I walk my first mile
They'll pressure and blame
Throw us in prison to control and tame
They'll exile and defame
Lynch us all or shoot and maim
Burn crosses with no shame
Target our children in a dirty game
By why is that a surprise?
Despite their evil and terror
Their falsehood and lies
You shall rise
And I shall rise
You're the black ocean
Leaping and wide
I'm the Mediterranean
With a stormy tide
Staying together
Side by side
It's no surprise
We shall rise
Surely shall rise
We together shall rise
No Longer Afraid
For us to feel "secure"
What price is being paid?
If living in freedom
Why are we afraid?
Fear is everywhere
All around
Perhaps irrational
But without any bound
You can see it on our faces
Sense it in our eyes
You can hear it in our whispers
Feel it in our cries
More>>No Longer Afraid
The Bird and The Vulture
The bird was chirping
In a house on a tree
But the vulture was angry
Because it was free
When the bird is singing
The vulture ain't safe
More>>The Bird and The Vulture
The Smile of Freedom
He looked like
A body-builder
Tall, tough, and full
All muscles and no fat
His mind was simple
Suited to follow orders
No questions asked
Acting mean and mechanical
Like any bureaucrat
More>>The Smile ...
In the Name of Freedom
In the name of freedom
We shall rule the world
To spread democracy
And set you free
In the name of freedom
We’ll descend on you
To make you civilized
Modern and orderly
More>>In the Name ...
The Accused: Franz Kafka Meets George Orwell in 21st Century America
Act I: The Mother of all Evidence
Act II- Weapons of Mass Deception
Act III: Silencing of the Lambs
Act IV: Attacks of the Wolves
Act V: Occupied Territory
Act VI: Police State
Act VII: Official Obituary
Act VIII: A Close Encounter of the Scariest Kind
Act IX: The Inquisition
Act X- Conspiracy Theory
Act XI- Secret Trials
Act XII- Silent Pain and Teary Eyes
Act XIII- True Patriot Acts
Do Not Sign
Rights are not for sale
History is not kind
On those who sell their people out,
Betray their cause,
Surrender their land
To tow the line
Do not sign
More>>Do Not Sign
Rachel Corrie: Daughter of Palestine
The most gentle
Amongst all honorable
Women
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
Eden
More>>Daughter of Palestine
Ole Jerusalem
O Ole Jerusalem
I feel your pain
I hear your cries
The light thunder
In the darkness
And the heavy rain
I see the steady bleeding
Of your wound
With its mark and stain
More>>Ole Jerusalem
Patrick Henry
A revolutionary
At heart
A patriot
From the start
Loved by his country
To the core
Defended freedom
Even more
Hated arrogance
In shape and tone
Fought tyranny
With every bone
He was the conscience
Of his people
Striking fear in the enemy
And made it feeble
More>> Patrick Henry
Injustice
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Emptiness
Hopelessness
Helplessness
Sadness
Madness
Of hatred and rage
Trapped in a cage
Disappointment and anger
Continuing to linger
Wounding of dignity
Violating your virginity
More>> Injustice
Political Riddles
He sees the world as black and white
His solution to every quandary is fight with might
The economy will not stimulate
Because he can’t articulate
While jobs are gone
He says, “bring ‘em on.”
Who is he?
He likes to be called the General
The head of an agency that’s federal
If you spit on the sidewalk
He’ll send the Incredible Hulk
He hates to cite truth or fact
Because he’s busy promoting his unpatriotic act
He frequents TV cameras with a smash
The first part of his last name sounds like trash
Who is he?
He is the ideal dutiful poodle they say
From an empire where the sun did not set one day
He adores his cowboy friend and considers him a fan
And insists: I’m nobody’s yes-man
When the cowboy says no, I say no
Who is he?
More>>Political Riddles