Rabih Haddad, a leader of the Ann Arbor Muslim community, was arrested on Dec. 14 by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on charges of overstaying his tourist visa. Since then he has been detained and has been denied bond on two separate occasions, the latest reasons proferred by the court being risk of flight and danger to society.
Haddad has visited the U.S. off and on for more then a decade and in that time has founded the Global Relief Foundation, taught at a local Islamic school, served as assistant to the leader of Ann Arbor's mosque and applied for permanent residency.
While it is within INS jurisdiction to arrest or detain visitors for overstaying visas, the elements of secret evidence, racial profiling and inconsistency indicate justice is not being served in this case…
…While the government warns that terrorism will undermine democracy and freedom, it should take care to uphold the civil liberties that are fundamental to those values.
Join Jim Dempsey and David Cole for a discussion of the war on terrorism and the future of civil liberties in conjunction with the publication of their newly revised and expanded "Terrorism and the Constitution:
Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security" (First Amendment Foundation, 2002).
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2002, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Dempsey and Cole's book, originally published in 1999, discusses the dangers of granting unchecked powers to the federal government in the war on terrorism. This new edition is fully revised, including a new chapter on the government's domestic response to the events of September 11. It argues that much of the government's response is not only unconstitutional, but likely to be counterproductive in the war on terrorism.
David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Jim Dempsey was former assistant counsel to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and is now deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
For more information about the book, contact Kit Gage at 202-529-4225.
A population equivalent to a small town is expected to trudge through the Fulton County courtroom during this week as lawyers begin picking jurors in the high-profile trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.
A total of 1,500 people have been summoned for jury duty --- a number several lawyers said is the most they could remember being called for a criminal case in Fulton County.
"I've been doing this for well over 20 years, and I've never seen this number of jurors called before . . . Not in Georgia," said Michael Mears, director of the Multi-County Public Defender Office. Al-Amin is on trial
for his life on charges of murdering a deputy sheriff. He was once known as the 1960s militant H. Rap Brown --- who sparked legions of admirers and critics --- and now is a prominent Muslim cleric. The case against Al-Amin was scheduled for trial in September, but was postponed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because of fears of a backlash…