Posted on 29 October 2008 by 'UnitedUmmah Webteam'
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu:
October 23rd hearing update
During the hearing it was confirmed that the government did spy illegally on Dr. Ali Al-Timimi and failed to turn those calls before the trial as required by the law. However, the judge surprisingly and mistakenly ruled against Dr. Al Timimi regarding these conversations in the following manner:
1- She said she would not de-classify the calls thereby allowing Dr. Al Timimis’ attorneys to show that they would have been useful in his defense.
2- The judge herself declared that these conversations would have not helped him.
However though at the end of the hearing the judge did order the government to search again for five calls that Dr. Al Timimis’ lawyers have identified. The lawyers have provided the government with telephone numbers involved, date of the calls, time, and length, as well as thet content.
The question that remains: will the government honestly search: the NSA, FBI, CIA, and the Department of Defense for these calls, as ordered by the judge, or will it continue to hide them from Dr. Al Timimis’ attorneys like what it did with his other phone calls before the trial?
The lawyers said all we can do now is pray that the government complies with the judge’s order and tells the truth.
Finally, let us not forget that Dr. Al Timimi has been unjustly sentenced to life plus seventy years in prison!
Please distribute this widely especially to legal blogs.
May Allah reward you.
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Posted on 14 October 2008 by 'UnitedUmmah Webteam'
The following is a forwarded message from Sister Ziyana al-Rawahi, Shaykh ‘Ali at-Tamimi’s wife:
Inshallah you had a nice Ramadan and Eid holiday with your families.
I would like to let you know that there is a hearing on Ali’s behalf on October 23 Inshaallah. As the lawyer stated there will be two classified motions to address and the Judge will have to will have to decide whether she is going to order serious relief in the case. The hearing will be closed to the public.
Please spread and make dua.
You can learn more about the Shaykh and his case here: http://freeali.wordpress.com/
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Posted on 12 October 2008 by 'UnitedUmmah Webteam'
| Chicago Tribune reporters
October 12, 2008
Tensions that had been boiling at Elmhurst College spilled over this week amid reports that a Muslim student had been physically assaulted by a masked gunman.
The 19-year-old sophomore said she was hit with a gun in a bathroom in the college’s science center Thursday night, authorities said. Anti-Muslim graffiti was written on the wall, authorities said, similar to a threat written on the same student’s locker the week before that said: “Die Muslims, Rid us of your filth.”
As officials at the private college affiliated with the United Church of Christ on Friday called the incident a hate crime, hundreds of students rallied to show solidarity with their Muslim peers, who are about 25 of the school’s 3,300 students.
Elmhurst police are investigating, but declined to comment. Friends said the student had hired a lawyer, who did not return calls for comment.
A college spokesman said authorities have not found any witnesses of the attacker, who was described by the woman as a 5-foot-8 male wearing a mask and gloves.
The woman’s father said Friday that she said the gunman asked her: ” ‘Now who is going to protect you?’ ” He said his daughter replied: ” ‘God will protect me. . . . You can kill me, but you cannot take my soul.’ “
Students have reported tensions on campus since students held a Sept. 18 rally to protest the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, and several witnesses reported that three female Muslim students, including the woman who reported the attack, were harassed and verbally threatened.
Since then, “it’s all kind of spiraled out of control,” said Soofia Ahmed, president of the Muslim Students Association.
After students were outraged by the graffiti on the woman’s locker, they staged a second rally Thursday, and the woman read a poem she had written about the events. Afterward, she said she was attacked.
“This is a blow against our entire community,” Elmhurst College President Alan Ray told students at Friday’s rally.
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