The Crescent Report

October 22, 2007

3 Strikes and You’re Out

Filed under: Press Releases — Tags: , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 12:49 pm

MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS) has learned of today’s announcement that the Dallas, TX jury has returned a “not guilty” verdict for the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) defendants. While there remains a mixture of verdict response on some charges, a mistrial on most of the remaining defendants has been reached.

MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray, who has shuttled repeatedly between Washington and Dallas for the HLF trial and coordinated the Dulles-based Hungry for Justice Coalition stated, “This is a good day for the rule of law. A jury of Dallas citizens has rejected the government’s outrageous overreach in this case and has made it crystal clear that in America, free speech is protected and feeding hungry children is not a crime – and that includes Palestinian children as well.”

“They tried it in Florida, they tried it in Chicago, and they tried it in Texas, as they say in baseball; three strikes and you’re out” Bray proclaimed.

Central to many in the Muslim community is the unprecedented use of designating over 300 individuals, including many major Muslim organizations, as “unindicted co-conspirators.” MAS Freedom has strongly protested this and continues to fight this abuse by the US government. “Use of the wholesale designation “un-indicted co-conspirator” smears the reputation of well-respected Muslim organizations and their leaderships and it cannot be allowed to continue,” stated Bray.

“The government needs to stop wasting the money of taxpayers with all of these legalized fishing expeditions. They tried it in Florida with Dr. Sami al-Arian and failed, they tried it in Chicago with Dr. Abdul-Halim al-Ashqar and Mohamed Saleh and failed, and now the government has failed in their efforts in Texas to connect anyone from the Holy Land Foundation with international terrorism and it should be three strikes and your out for the government.” Bray said.

MAS Freedom will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.

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