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April 9, 2010


Alas, It Is Tuesday In March; Monster Whelps; Arguments = 4.


Scan the Arch of the World. Take Arg World = 1. Let Bot construct a group
of Niger-Congo languages spoken primarily in southeastern Mali and
northern Ghana. Construct a Whelp. Let Art Whelp = 0. Construct a Tree of
Whelps on a True Trek that Tore Arg = 1; Whelps Try to Toe the Line, Are
in Ire in Tyre, Ere Ore is found and foundered. Do not Tire Whelps! =
equivalents "An injunction that Whelps should keep on with their task,
True and untiring" = "To an imaginary second person: Do not Tire Whelps,
but give them True support on Their Doughty Trek." We get caught on acro-
nyms with Dict, leading to ACR: Anonymous Call Rejection = Whelps do not
answer. On the other hand, several Whelps with Arg = 0 < W < 1, one
requires ACR: Attenuation to Crosstalk Ratio. How do we know this? Think
of ACR: Automatic Call Recording -

[6;1H 0: elk
[7;1H 1: ilk An Elk of that Ilk had no Whelps.
[6;1H00: arc The Arc of the Arch of the World = Arg = 2.
[7;1H01: Mac
[8;1H02: mar
[9;1H03: march Whelps March, Mar Arc and Arch Arg's 2.
[10;1H04: Marcy
[11;1H05: mare
[12;1H06: mark A Mare pulls Elks and Whelps; Whelps Mark Ore.
[13;1H07: mars Ore Mars Whelps.
[14;1H08: mart In Mart.
[15;1H09: Marx
[16;1H10: Mary Marx against Mary: Dialectics of Whelps Arc and Arc.
[3;1Hjlk Dialects of Arg 0, 0 < x < 1, 1, 2.
[6;1H00: cur
[7;1H01: fur Whelps = Young Curs with Fur.
[8;1H02: GUI
[9;1H03: gum
[10;1H04: gun Koalas in Gum Trees with Guns = Untiring Whelps.
[11;1H05: guru I am the Guru of Whelps, Acknowledged by None.
[12;1H06: Gus
[13;1H07: gut
[14;1H08: guy The Art of the Cyanobacteria Gut Guy,
[15;1H09: our Our friend in
[16;1H10: ur Ur.
[6;1H 0: CMU
[7;1H 1: nm
[6;1H 0: nmu
[7;1H 1: nm ur
[8;1H 2: nm-ur
[6;1H 0: els
[7;1H 1: f's
[8;1H 2: flu
[9;1H 3: fly Bulletin: Whelps have Flu, are Flown (Fly) home.
[6;1H00: are
[7;1H01: ere
[8;1H02: ire
[9;1H03: ore Their Ire over Ore Ere cures Are found!
[10;1H04: pre
[11;1H05: re Re-cured Whelps or Pre-cured Whelps:
[12;1H06: tee
[13;1H07: the
[14;1H08: tie To a Tee, The Whelps, Tired of Niger-Congo languages,
[15;1H09: tire Toe Swahili lines; koala Whelps Tore through Trees
[16;1H10: toe on their Trek to the True-Real World Arg = 1.
[17;1H11: tore = 1.
[6;13H12: tr
[7;13H13: tree = 1.
[8;13H14: trek = 1.
[9;13H15: true = 1.
[10;13H16: TRW
[11;13H17: try Try Arg = 0.
[12;13H18: Tue = 0.
[6;1H00: ace
[7;1H01: acer An Acer Aces; Automatic Call Rejection results in
[8;1H02: ACM Acronym-Carrying-Monster Whelps, Acre and Acre, Acting
[9;1H03: acre
[10;1H04: act
[11;1H05: air on Whelp-Trek in Air, Arg = 3.
[12;1H06: arc = 3.
[13;1H07: car May the Cars that crush Whelp Trees Carry Automatic Call
[14;1H08: NCR Recording.
[15;1H09: UCR = 3.
[16;1H10: VCR Recording = 3.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 21:34:39 -0400
From: moderator@PORTSIDE.ORG
To: PORTSIDE@LISTS.PORTSIDE.ORG
Subject: Not Just Guantanamo: U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-trial Detainee in NYC

Not Just Guantanamo: U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-trial
Detainee in New York City

By Bill Quigley.
Published by portside
April 9, 2010

Bill is Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional
Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New
Orleans. You can reach him at quigley77@gmail.com

Today in New York City, the U.S. is torturing a Muslim
detainee with no prior criminal record who has not even
gone to trial.

For the last almost three years, Syed Fahad Hashmi has
been kept in total pre-trial isolation inside in a
small cell under 24 hour video and audio surveillance.
He is forced to use the bathroom and shower in full
view of the video. He has not seen the sun in years.
He takes his meals alone in his cell. He cannot see any
other detainees and he is not allowed to communicate in
any way with any prisoners. He cannot write letters to
friends and he cannot make calls to anyone but his
lawyer. He is prohibited from participating in group
prayer. He gets newspapers that are 30 days old with
sections cut out by the government. One hour a day he
is taken into another confined room where he is also
kept in total isolation.

Children are taught that the U.S. Constitution protects
people accused of crimes. No one is to be punished
unless their guilt or innocence has been decided in a
fair trial. Until trial, people are entitled to the
presumption of innocence. They are entitled to be
defended by an attorney of their choice. And the
Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits
cruel and unusual punishment.

The punishment of Mr. Hashmi has been going on for
years while he has been waiting for trial. In addition
to the punitive isolation he is subjected to today, he
was denied the attorney of his choice. He was allowed
only counsel investigated and pre-approved by the
government. He is not allowed to look at any
translated documents unless the translator is pre-
approved by the government. He is not allowed any
contact with the media at all. One member of his
family can visit through the heavy screen for one hour
every other week unless the government takes away those
visits to further punish him. The government took away
his family visits for 90 days when he was observed
shadow boxing in his cell and talked back to the guard
who asked what he was doing.

If the Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual
punishment, what is the impact of forced isolation?
Medical testimony presented in his case in federal
court concluded that after 60 days in solitary people's
mental state begins to break down. That means a person
will start to experience panic, anxiety, confusion,
headaches, heart palpitations, sleep problems,
withdrawal, anger, depression, despair, and over-
sensitivity. Over time this can lead to severe
psychiatric trauma and harms like psychosis, distortion
of reality, hallucinations, mass anxiety and acute
confusion. Essentially, the mind disintegrates.

That is why, under international standards for human
rights, extended isolation is considered a form of
torture and is banned. The conditions and practices of
isolation are in violation of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, the U.N. Convention against Torture,
and the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination.

In 1995, the U.N. Human Rights Committee stated that
isolation conditions in certain U.S. maximum security
prisons were incompatible with international standards.
In 1996, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture
reported on cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in
U.S. supermax prisons. In 2000, the U.N. Committee on
Torture roundly condemned the United States for its
treatment of prisoners, citing supermax prisons. In May
2006, the same committee concluded that the United
States should "review the regimen imposed on detainees
in supermax prisons, in particular, the practice of
prolonged isolation."

John McCain said his two years in solitary confinement
were torture. "It crushes your spirit and weakens your
resistance effectively than any other form of
mistreatment." The reaction of McCain and many other
victims of isolation torture were described in a 2009
New Yorker article on isolation by Atul Gawande.
Gawande concluded that prolonged isolation is
objectively horrifying, intrinsically cruel, and more
widespread in the U.S. than any country in the world.

Who is this man? Syed Fahad Hashmi grew up in Queens
and attended Brooklyn College. He became an outspoken
Muslim activist. He moved to London and received a
master's degree in international relations there.

Yet the federal judge hearing his case continues to
approve of the forced isolation and the rest of the
restrictions on this presumably innocent man.

The reason that this is allowed to continue is that
Hashmi is accused of being involved with al Qaeda.

Mr. Hashmi is accused of helping al Qaeda by allowing
rain gear (raincoats, ponchos and socks) that were
going to Afghanistan to be stored in his Queens
apartment, he allowed his cell phone to be used to
contact al Qaeda supporters and he made post-arrest
threatening statements.

Supporters of Fahad have demonstrated outside his jail,
set up a website - www.freefahad.com and have worked
for years to alert the public to his torture. Articles
by Amy Goodman, Chris Hedges and Jeanne Theoharris have
been written over the past several years documenting
and protesting these human rights violations.

But, once accused of connections with terrorism or al
Qaeda, apparently, the U.S. constitution and
international human rights apparently do not apply.
Torture by the U.S. is allowed. Pre-trial punishment
is allowed. The presumption of innocence goes out the
window. Counsel of choice is not allowed.
Communication with news media not allowed.

The trial of Syed Fahad Hashmi is set for April 28,
2010 in New York. Till then he will continue to be
tortured by the U.S. government whose star spangled
banner proclaims it to be the land of the free and the
home of the brave.

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