The Crescent Report

March 13, 2008

Call for End to Manipulation of Justice System as Dr. Sami Al-Arian Enters Day 9 of Hunger Strike

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 2:28 am

MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), has learned that on the 9th day of a hunger strike that began on Monday, March 3, 2007, he was moved to a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina on March 4, where his condition has continued to deteriorate. Dr. Al-Arian has reportedly lost more than 20 pounds, and, as a diabetic, his condition has been deemed as ‘grave’ with irreversible renal failure looming on the horizon – all under the watchful eyes of the Bush “Justice” Department.

“Apparently, “legal black holes” like Guantanamo can be created without having to set-up a special overseas prison, if domestic law can be sufficiently manipulated. And the Bush administration is very, very good at manipulation, both legal and otherwise,” stated Al-Arian’s attorney, Peter Erlinder, in his March 11, 2008 article, “The Torture of Sami Al-Arian“.

“The government, after years of incarcerating Dr. Al-Arian and spending millions of the taxpayers’ dollars, was unable to get a single conviction by a federal jury in this case, yet they’ve used every trick in the book to persecute Dr. Al-Arian and his family. Through this ordeal, Dr. Al-Arian has endured being subjected to such things as inhumane periods of 23-hour lock-down; being deliberately, improperly dressed while forced to walk in sub-freezing weather, and sporadically threatened with abuse from guards and U.S. marshals. Clearly outrageous displays of government corruption and abuse of power. In spite of an agreement intended to resolve his case once and for all, the government has continued to harass Dr. Al-Arian and mire him further in legal purgatory,” added MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray.

This is Dr. Al Arian’s third hunger-strike during his 5 years of imprisonment.

During the first hunger-strike in 2005, Dr. Al- Arian took only liquids for 140 days, before he was permitted to retain lawyers of his own choice.

In early 2006 he drank only water for 60 days when the court refused to require the Bush-administration to honor their earlier “no grand jury cooperation” promise to (a) drop all charges; (b) release Dr. Al-Arian in 30 day; and (c) assist in deporting him to the country of his choice, immediately upon release – this in lieu of the death penalty or life imprisonment.

In this third hunger-strike Dr. Al-Arian, after the passage of the promised April 7, 2008 release date, he is refusing all food and liquids. And although he has been transferred to a prison medical facility, he is reportedly not getting necessary medical treatment.

Dr. Al-Arian has vowed to continue his hunger-strike until the government ends its vindictive campaign against him fulfills its prior promises.

As a community we must continue to insist that the government end its manipulation of the U.S. Judicial System and to demand the release of Dr. Al-Arian.

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