Friday, December 9, 2011

President Obama Must Veto Indefinite Detention without Trial


Understand the Gravity of Situation:

Muslim Peace Coalition recently approached the editorial departments of New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and New York Daily News, urging them to take a stand. Two of them  came out with their editorials on Dec 8th:

Hobbling the Fight Against Terrorism

Don't limit terrorism trials

Also read:

Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans

Please download the pdf of this action alert here to print and distribute

Assalamu Alaikum

The nation standing up for the Bill of Rights

Muslim Peace Coalition USA organized two conference calls last week to develop responses to stop the indefinite detention of civilians worldwide and the American citizens in the USA. The first call was attended by 20 national and regional Muslim organizations and the second was attended by 32 peace, justice, and interfaith groups.

Here are the decisions:

  • All organizations will use their email lists to issue action alerts asking congress to vote against the bill and asking president Obama to veto it if it contains those provisions
  • Organize press conference in all cities to bring media attention to the issue
  • Make full use of Dec 15th, an officially designated "Bill of Rights" day to oppose indefinite detention bill
  • Explore forming a high profile coalition inclusive of the right and the left on this issue

List of Attendees

Br. Nihad Awad, Executive Director, CAIR
Br. Sulieman Muhammad, President Islamic Council of New England
Br. Naim Baig, Vice President Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Br. Ghalib Begg, Michigan Muslim Council
Imam Khalid Griggs, Islamic Center of Winston Salem NC
Dr. Shaik Ubaid, Muslim Peace Coalition, NY
Sr. Seemi Ahmed, Muslim Peace Coalition, NY
Br. Mazhar Quraishi, Boston, MA
Br. Zahir Adil, Muslim Peace Coalition, NY
Sr. Huda Al-Shashtawi, MPAC, Washington DC
Br. Amjad Taufiq, Islamic Shura Council, Atlanta
Br. Maqsood Ahmed, Council of Islamic Organizations of Kentucky
Br. Anwar Kazmi, Boston
Sr. Eleanor Ommani of American Iranian Friendship Committee
Sr. Ahlam Jabara, Director, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)
Br. Ashfaq Taufique, President Alabama Muslim Society, Birmingham, AL
Imam Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Majlis AsShura of New York

Time Sensitive:

Time is critical because the secret Congressional negotiators hope to jam the bill through Congress within a week or so.

The Background:

The Senate has passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes a dangerous provision authorizing the U.S. military to pick up and imprison civilians — including Americans — without charge or trial, anywhere in the world, including in your own backyard. The provisions were negotiated by a few senators — in secret — and without proper Congressional review.

The House of Representatives earlier passed its own version of the NDAA that authorizes worldwide war, and worldwide indefinite detention, even within America itself. And now, the House and Senate are meeting in secret to write a final version and find a way to rush this outrageous affront to our constitutional rights to President Obama's desk.

Action Requested:

1) Ask President Obama fulfill his promise by vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012 if it includes provisions to detain civilians and citizens indefinitely without a trial.

2) Tell your members of Congress to vote NO on the NDAA if it contains indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Call & Email President Obama
Call the President: 202-456-1111
Email: Click here
Mail Organizational letter on your letterhead:
The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

Call Your Senator & Congressperson to ask the President to Veto it:
Call & Email Your Senators: (202) 224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you with your Senator
Email: Click here

Call & Email Your Representative in Congress: 
(202) 224-3121, ask for your representative
Email: Click here

Links to Understand the Issue Better:

Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans

Hobbling the Fight Against Terrorism

Don't limit terrorism trials

Please download the pdf of this action alert here to print and distribute

Muslim Peace Coalition, USA
Muslim Peace Coalition USA
The Muslim Peace Coalition USA is a grassroots alliance that has spread to 14 states since its inception. The Coalition's mission is to work closely with the peace movement and civil rights organizations to oppose war, terrorism and Islamophobia.

Shahzad Afzal

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