İslam inancını sıkmabaşa hapsederek mutlak iktidar peşinde koşan Vashington bağlantılı AKP hükümeti, ne Filistin, ne Irak, ne Afganistan halklarının ve ne de kendi insanlarının uğradıkları ırkçı-ayrımcı şiddet ve baskılar karşısında sesini yükseltmektedir. İktidarın başındaki faşist tabiatlı din tüccarı karakterlerin Müslümanlıkları, sıkmabaşın sınırlarını aşamamaktadır. Bunun en somut kanıtlarından biri şudur: İsveç yönetimi, göçmen bir Müslüman vatandaşını Guantanamo'dan kurtarmak için yeri yerinden oynatırken, aynı konumdaki vatandaşı için Türkiye Cumhuriyeti yönetimi sessizliğini korumuştur. Sözkonusu Türk, İsveç vatandaşından çok sonra Guantanamo'dan kurtulabilmiştir... Aynı gerçeğin son kanıtlarından biri, hiçbir alakası olmadığı halde 11 Eylül provokasyonu ile ilgili olarak tutuklanıp işkence gören İbrahim Türkmen'in İslam tüccarı hükümet nezdinde sahipsizliğidir. Türkiye'de İbrahim Türkmen'den kimsenin haberi bile olmazken, ABD'nin Anayasal Haklar Merkezi (Center for Constitutional Rights) bu Türk insanına sahip çıkmıştır... İbrahim Türkmen'in savunması ile ilgili video görüntüsü ve olayla ilgili ingilizce metin, sözkonusu merkez tarafından Sinbad'a yollanmıştır. Metni çevirecek zaman olmamıştır ama, görüntülerin biri aynızamanda türkçe sözlüdür. İyi izlemeler dileğiyle- Yusuf Küpeli, 2008-02-19

Supporter,
Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights went to court to fight the Bush administration's post-9/11 racial profiling and round-ups of hundreds of immigrant Muslim, Arab, and South Asian men in the New York area.

Click here to watch a video of CCR attorney Rachel Meeropol and lead plaintiff Ibrahim Turkmen talking about the case...

 

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Supporter,

Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights went to court to fight the Bush administration's post-9/11 racial profiling and round-ups of hundreds of immigrant Muslim, Arab, and South Asian men in the New York area.

Click here to watch a video of CCR attorney Rachel Meeropol and lead plaintiff Ibrahim Turkmen talking about the case.

We argued the appeal in our case,
Turkmen v. Ashcroft, which is an important legal challenge to the government's abuse of power in fighting the so-called "war on terror."

In actions reminiscent of the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in the months after 9/11 our government rounded up and detained hundreds of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrants to determine whether they had any ties to terrorism.

Held on the pretext of minor immigration violations, these men were kept in super-maximum security confinement and abused for months as their deportation was delayed so that the FBI could investigate them.

Often the men were picked up on evidence no more specific than a phone call to the authorities in which someone said, "my neighbor is an Arab and keeps strange hours."

Click here to read more about the abuse they suffered while detained and other details of the case.

The men weren't detained because there was evidence connecting them to terrorism—they were swept up and detained because of their race, religion, and ethnicity. Because they were Arab and Muslim men of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent, they were presumed guilty of terrorism until proven innocent.

In 2002, we filed Turkmen v. Ashcroft, a class action suit on behalf of the men held in New York and New Jersey, against the United States and 31 government officials and employees, including then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and former INS Commissioner James Ziglar.

A lower court judge ruled in our favor on many of the charges, including keeping the high-level officials on the hook for what happened, so last Thursday's arguments were a cross appeal by both sides.

More than five years after the case was filed, and long after all the men have been deported to their home countries, CCR continues to demand accountability for the racial profiling and indiscriminate detentions that followed in the wake of 9/11.

We await a ruling from the panel of judges and hope that it will bring our clients one step closer to justice. Please go here  to watch a video and learn more about this important case.

Sincerely,

Vincent Warren

CCR Executive Director

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