Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free Ziyad Yaghi Tribute by CCTJP





This video tells the story of a young man I have been pan pals with for four years.

If I did not fully believe he is innocent, I would never never tell his story, let alone be in contact with him.

But he is innocent!

This is nothing more than an FBI witch hunt and a judicial system that is broken. The Patriot Act and NDAA have taken over and common sense has been lost.

In hundreds of hours of video and audio taped evidence, Ziyad was never on any of it. He had no weapons, no plans for any attack. The man who did have those things, Daniel Boyd, was given a light sentence in exchange for his testimony.

At trial, Boyd said under oath that Ziyad was no part of his group, was not in on any plot, had nothing to do with any of it.

Yet the jury, convinced by the prosecution that Ziyad could be a terrorist in some unknown future plan, convinced that because he is Muslim he must be a radical, convicted him with no evidence.

The judge sentenced Ziyad to over thirty years in prison.

Boyd, who did have a cache of weapons and a terror plan found in his home, got off with four years.

What is wrong with this picture?? Plenty!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Message from Veterans For Peace: Honor All Soldiers and Civilians Who Died in War Heal the Wounds, Work for Peace

Memorial Day Message from Veterans For Peace: Honor All Soldiers and Civilians Who Died in War Heal the Wounds, Work for Peace



Veterans For Peace is an outstanding organization, exposing the costs of war and healing the wounds of war. That is the mission-as well as working to end armed conflict around the world.

You do not need to be a veteran to join. Many supporters are associate members.

Groups are organized locally but chartered by the national organization.



This was all begun by military veterans themselves. They understand better than anyone what war inflicts on humans-soldiers and civilians alike.

Please take the time to check them out and find a group near you. You'll be glad you did.

Spoken Word: Expressions Of An Angry Muslim!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rights Groups Send An Open Letter to President Obama and Ashton Carter: Free the 57 Guantánamo Prisoners Approved for Transfer

Rights Groups Send An Open Letter to President Obama and Ashton Carter: Free the 57 Guantánamo Prisoners Approved for Transfer



Another Memorial Day is upon us. A time to remember our troops, living and dead.

Will we also remember these men? They have spent one more year in captivity, one more year away from their families, one more year having not been charged with any crime.



A couple of years ago, I organized a protest against the indefinite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. We held it on the fourth of July, across from our federal courthouse. We donned orange jumpsuits and held signs. My sign had the photo of a prisoner who died waiting to be released. He was never charged with terrorism or any other crime.

As our group stood there on the corner, a car stopped at the intersection. A man yelled "Communists!"

A woman from our group yelled back "Fascist!"

I called to the man "Locking people up indefinitely without trial is what communists do! We are supposed to be better than that!"

He turned his attention back to his driving, saying nothing more.



How odd that we assume the people at Guantanamo Bay are "the bad guys" and the ones who have tortured them are "the good guys". How does THAT work?? How is it that I am "unpatriotic" because I think those who have been cleared for release should actually be set free?



Terrorism is not my worst fear. More than this, I fear that my children could grow up in a country where even they could be detained indefinitely, without charge, having never committed a crime.



That should scare the hell out of us all!