For Tarek Mehanna,Two Years in Solitary Before Trial and…Life in Jail for Praising Terrorists?

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Picture:  prisoner’s drawing of his cell.

Tarek Mehanna was born in Pittsburgh to Egyptian parents in 1982


Editor’s Note.    We are not authorities on this case, don’t know this man or the liklihood of his guilt, nor de we have expertise in these matters, but we suspect something is dreadfully wrong when  someone is in lock down 23 hours a day for two years BEFORE being convicted of anything.  What has become of the United States?  Why is there such determination to execute people who may be innocent ( Troy Davis) or lock them up for eternity?   What happened to speedy trials, bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, double jeopardy, innocent until proven guilty, trial by jury of one’s peers, no cruel or unusual punishment….you know, 9th grade high school civics ?

Many believed it was all because of George Bush.  But we have a constitutional law professor from Harvard in the White House now and things have only gotten worse.   Just this month an American Muslim cleric was assassinated by the U.S. Air Force on orders from the president.   Was this cleric dangerous and a threat to national security? Did he inspire others to harm Americans?  We are not qualified to say.  All we know is hearsay that reached us through the media.  But we DO know he was not indicted in a court of law, let alone convicted of so much as speeding.   Surely a man so dangerous as to warrant assassination has committed terrible wrongs and those wrongs can be spelled out by a jury….right?  Or does America just lock people up or take them out when it seems to be the correct thing to do?

Tarek Mehanna goes on trial in two weeks.  His lawyers are hampered by the 23 hour solitary of their client.   Fair trial?

Is the real point of these cases to show the public that the “War on Terror” is being won, regardless of guilt or innocence or the constitution?  So what is the point of the “War on Terror” if the constitution has already been shredded?  To keep us safe from abuse and violence of?  But isn’t that the point of the constitution?



Some of his political writing


A Drone Over the Skies of Madinah
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Friday, 03 December 2010 10:37 PM
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(The Final Crusade)

yourself: if the Prophet was with us today,
If he spoke the same
words and lived the same way,
If he returned with the same message to
How long would the forces of the world let him stay?

then, he taught humankind to: ‘Bow down to none,
No idol, no tyrant,
no oppressive nation,
Keep your heart and mind free from their
True power is with God, so don’t fear anyone!’

let him be so long as he was benign,
And to his message, they
thought that few would incline,
But when he preached openly, would
not bend his spine,
The state turned against him, for he had crossed the line;

At first, they rushed to him seeking some compromise,
give him the mic if he just ceased to chastise,
The ills around him
they feared he would neutralize,
But he would not clothe his words in
any disguise;

And he persisted in making more minds aware,
society’s false gods of which to beware,
Of the tyrants of Earth, so
the state could not bear,
And his “freedom of speech” vanished into
thin air;

Choking him as he prayed, they tried suffocation,
imposed three years of economic sanction,
Signed off authorizing his
He was hunted in his land, forced to migration;

track down this “radical”, the vast land they’d comb,
Abu Jahl led
the pack, his mouth frothing with foam,
Put him on a ‘Wanted’ list in
his own home,
Like Jesus Christ before him at the hands of Rome;

the Romes of today at whose hands we’re abused,
Who preach to us
values from which they’re self-excused,
How similar the tools of
repression they used,
The tyrants of past and present are ever fused;

he’d see us consumed by the same fires,
With the gods in our hearts
these worldly desires,
And the gods of the Earth nations and empires,
by killers and professional liars;

He laid siege to Qaynuqa’ for
one woman’s fear,
So what would he say to those who gang-raped
Muffled ‘Aafia’s screams as she shed tear after tear?
occupy Muslim countries year after year?

He’d come back to remind
us to: ‘Bow down to none,
No idol, no tyrant, no oppressive nation,
your heart and mind free from their domination,
True power is with
God, so don’t fear anyone!’

In a repeat of that reality uncouth,
he stood and struggled for the same truth,
And had the same impact
on society’s youth,
Would they not once again fight this man nail
& tooth?

Of course, they’d first test him to see what he’s
Would he stay true like before, or would he sell out?
fear of the state instill in his mind some doubt?
No doubt, he’d be a
mountain shaking off their clout;

In an era where his inheritors
The trust of their knowledge so their skins they would
He’d be and inspiration for every field slave,
Craving an
example of the fearless and brave;

Their think-tanks would
scramble to counter his appeal,
Find scholars for dollars with whom
to make a deal,
To persuade us: ‘The Prophet is just full of zeal,
injustices – quote – “perceived” and not real!’

They’d wiretap
him as he said: ‘Bow down to none,
No idol, no tyrant, no oppressive
Keep your heart and mind free from their domination,
power is with God, so don’t fear anyone!’

Then they’d name him on
a federal indictment,
American court would charge him with
Through Surat at-Tawbah – marked ‘Criminal Statement’
bin al-Walid as his co-defendant;

They’d say he conspired from
the North to South Pole,
And seek a life sentence with no chance of
In a bright orange suit on lockdown in the Hole,
Such do
they treat those spirits they cannot control;

Like the rest of us
who have committed no crime,
But to be a proud Muslim at this point
in time,
As the war on his message has reached its full prime,
those who live by it more mountains to climb;

When they saw that
in this message he would persist,
They would designate him a global
And just like Quraysh, they would pound an angry fist,
placing his name on their own target list;

Over the skies of
Madinah, they’d send a drone,
Distribute ‘Wanted’ posters with his
bearded face shown,
Talk to local tribes, make the reward money
For those who capture or kill him and retrieve each bone;

study Badr and Uhud, learn his strategy,
And profile those who
pledged to him under the Tree,
Try to identify his ‘Number Two’ and
Is it Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, or ‘Ali?

To the
Prophet’s Mosque, they’d send an entire brigade,
To round up the
Ansar who had given him aid,
To kick down his family’s door in a
night raid,
To make him the target of their final crusade;

his message would still be: ‘Bow down to none,
No idol, no tyrant,
no oppressive nation,
Keep your heart and mind free from their
True power is with God, so don’t fear anyone!’

if the Prophet was with us today,
If he spoke the same words and
lived the same way,
If he returned with the same message to relay,
reserve him a cell at Guantanamo Bay …

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Tarek Mehanna

Monday     9th of Dhu al-Hijjah 1431/
of November 2010

Plymouth Correctional Facility, America
Unit – Cell #108

1.) Abeer Qasim al-Janabi, a
14-yr old Iraqi girl who was gang-raped,
beaten, shot, and burned
along with her parents and siblings by American soldiers in March of
2006, south of Baghdad. (May Allah have Mercy on them)
2.) Referring
to the hadith: “The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.”
Referring to the Pledge of Ridwan given under a tree on the day of
Hudaybiyah, as mentioned in Surat al-Fath, v.18.

Friday, 19 March 2010 12:04 AM

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– Timeless Words of Malcolm X –


This is a collection of quotations of Malcolm X, taken from a book
called ‘By Any Means Necessary,’ with my occassional commentary
below certain selections, if any. Each is timeless:



1) p.139: “… I’ve learned that
one cannot take things for granted and then cry when nothing
materializes. We must learn that we are masters of our own destiny, but
only when we exercise the maximum efforts to get things done. Take
nothing for granted in this world, and we will then be assured of


2) p.114: “… If you’re not for
that, you’re not for freedom. It means you don’t even want to be a human
being. You don’t want to pay the price that is necessary. And you
shouldn’t even be allowed around us other humans if you don’t want to
pay the price. You should be kept in the cotton patch where you’re not a
human being. You’re an animal that belongs in the cotton patch, like a
horse and a cow or a chicken or a possum, if you’re not ready to pay the
price that is necessary to be paid for recognition and respect as a
human being.”


3) p.115: “Didn’t you hear
Lyndon B. Johnson last week when he said that they’ll go to war in a
minute to protect their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness? Did
they say LBJ was violent? No, they said he was a good president. Well,
let’s you and I be good presidents.”


4) p.213: “Without education,
you are not going anywhere in this world.”


5) p.152: “… If we are
extremists, we’re not ashamed of it. In fact, the conditions that our
people suffer are extreme, and an extreme illness cannot be cured with a
moderate medicine.”


6) p.154: “I’d like to give you an example. No matter how fearless a dog is, you catch him out on the street, stamp your foot. He’ll run because you’re only threatening him. His master has never trained him how to defend himself. But that same dog, if you walk through the master’s gate, will growl and bite. Why will he growl and bite over there and not growl and bite over here? Over there, he’s growling and biting for the defense of his master and the benefit of his master, but when his own interests are threatened, he has no growl.”


7) p.42: “You’ll find that
there’s a tendency in the West to have the attitude towards any African
leader has the mass support of his people – usually the West classifies
him as a dictator… all of these people who are called dictators by the
West usually are classified by the West as anti-West, because the West
can’t tell them what to do.”


8) p.184: “… We are against them
because of what they do to us and because of what they do to others.
All they have to do to get our good will is to show their good will and
stop doing all those dirty things to our people. Is that understood?”


9) p.198: “It is impossible for
capitalism to survive, primarily because it needs some blood to suck.
Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it’s more like a vulture.
It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody’s blood whether they
were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the
vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations
of the world free themselves, then capitalism has less victims, less to
suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker.”


10) p.211: “… By ‘violence’,
they only mean when a black man protects himself against the attacks of a
white man. This is what they mean by ‘violence’. They don’t mean what
you mean. Because they don’t even use the word ‘violence’ until someone
gives the impression that you’re about to explode. When it comes time
for a black man to explode, they call it violence. But white people can
be exploding against black people all day long, and it’s never called
violence. I even have some of you come to me and ask me, am I for
violence? I’m the victim of violence, and you’re the victim of violence. But
you’ve been so victimized by it that you can’t recognize it for what it
is today.”

(Today, you need only to replace
‘black’ with ‘Muslim’)


11) p.213: “Any time you throw
your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the
government, and that party can’t keep the promises that it made to you
during election time, and you’re dumb enough to walk around continuing
to identify yourself with that political party, you’re not only a chump,
but you’re a traitor to your race.”


12) p.156: “I hope that no one
will get the impression that because I raise my voice from time to time
that it is out of disrespect. It’s not. It’s just that it’s the only way
I can emphasize how deplorable the situation, which has continued so
long, really is. And one of the best ways you can help us in the States
is to watch the problem very closely. And when they grab us and arrest
us, let them know, well, that they shouldn’t have done it.”


13) p.183: “… Whichever one of
you acts all right with me, you’re all right with me, as long as you act
all right. But if you don’t act all right, you’re not all right. All
you’ve got to do to be all right with me is act all right.”


14) p.192: “I don’t go along
with anyone who wants to teach our people nonviolence until someone is
at the same time teaching our enemy to be nonviolent.”


15) p.186: “Never let anybody
tell you and me that the odds are against us – I don’t even want to hear
that. Those who think the odds are against you, forget it. The odds are
not against you. The odds are against you only when you’re scared. The
only thing that makes odds against you is a scared mind. When you get
all of that fright off of you, there’s no such thing as odds against


16) p.72: “I’m going to tell it
like it is. I hope you can take it like it is.”


17) p.82: “A man doesn’t know
how to act until he realizes what he’s acting against.”


18) p.136: “… One of the worst
slaps in the face that the black man in this country has received was
when the State Department had the audacity last week to admit that
American pilots were bombing defenseless Africans in the Congo. And not
one outcry was made among our people. The Negro leaders are too busy
talking about rowdyism on the subways. Pick up on that. Rowdyism among
Negroes on the subway, and black people are being torn limb to limb by
American bombs dropped by American pilots from American planes.”


19) p.218: “Back during slavery,
when people like me talked to the slaves, they didn’t kill them. They
sent some old house Negro along behind him to undo what he said. You
have to read the history of slavery to understand this.


There were two kinds of Negroes.
There was that old house Negro, and the field Negro. And the house
Negro always looked out for his master. When the field Negroes got too
much out of line, he held them back in check. He put them back on the


The house Negro could afford to
do that because he lived better than the field Negro. He ate better, he
dressed better, and he lived in a better house. He lived right up next
to his master – in the attic or basement. He ate the same food as his
master and wore his same clothes. And he could talk just like his master
– good diction. And he loved his master more than his master loved
himself. That’s why he didn’t want his master to get hurt.


If the master got hurt, he’d
say: “What’s the matter boss, we sick?” When the master’s house caught
afire, he’d try and put out the fire. He didn’t want his master’s house
burnt. He never wanted his master’s property threatened. And he was more
defensive of it than his master was.


That was the house Negro.


But then you had some field
Negroes, who lived in huts, had nothing to lose. They wore the worst
kind of clothes. They ate the worst food. And they caught hell. They
felt the sting of the lash. They hated their master. Oh yes, they did.
If the master got sick, they’d pray that the master would die. If the
master’s house caught afire, they’d pray for a strong wind to come
along. This was the difference between the two.


And today, you still have house
Negroes and field Negroes…”


I mentioned at the start that I’d make some comments. However, my
only comment is that no comment is necessary, as the parallels are


Tariq Mehanna


Isolation Unit – Cell #108

Plymouth Correctional Facility

27th of Rabi’ al-Awwal “1431

13th of March 2010


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