For Tarek Mehanna,Two Years in Solitary Before Trial and…Life in Jail for Praising Terrorists?
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
|Friday, 19 March 2010 12:04 AM|
??? ???? ?????? ??????
– Timeless Words of Malcolm X –
This is a collection of quotations of Malcolm X, taken from a book
1) p.139: “… I’ve learned that
2) p.114: “… If you’re not for
3) p.115: “Didn’t you hear
4) p.213: “Without education,
5) p.152: “… If we are
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
8) p.184: “… We are against them
9) p.198: “It is impossible for
10) p.211: “… By ‘violence’,
(Today, you need only to replace
11) p.213: “Any time you throw
12) p.156: “I hope that no one
13) p.183: “… Whichever one of
14) p.192: “I don’t go along
15) p.186: “Never let anybody
16) p.72: “I’m going to tell it
17) p.82: “A man doesn’t know
18) p.136: “… One of the worst
19) p.218: “Back during slavery,
There were two kinds of Negroes.
The house Negro could afford to
If the master got hurt, he’d
That was the house Negro.
But then you had some field
And today, you still have house
I mentioned at the start that I’d make some comments. However, my
Isolation Unit – Cell #108
Plymouth Correctional Facility
27th of Rabi’ al-Awwal “1431
13th of March 2010
- Loading ...