ACTION ALERT: Free Lynne Stewart and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
February 27, 2013
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression & The World Can't Wait
Lynne Stewart is a prominent civil rights attorney who, in 2005, was convicted of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism after she defended Omar Abdel Rachman, an Egyptian cleric framed and imprisoned on "terrorism" charges. Despite suffering from cancer, Stewart has been shackled and held in chains. The government also refuses to release Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a US-educated neuroscientist and a graduate of MIT, who was abducted from Pakistan along with her family in 2003.
ACTION ALERT: Support Lynne Stewart
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression & The World Can't Wait
(February 25, 2013) -- The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is asking supporters to write letters of support to Lynne Stewart who is battling cancer and injustice from inside FMC Carswell prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lynne Stewart is a prominent civil rights attorney, defending the poor, persecuted and hapless. She is a "People's Lawyer." In 2005 she was convicted on four counts of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism. The trial was a McCarthy-type, "war on terror" hearsay trial at which an intimidated judge allowed into evidence accusations that had absolutely nothing to do with the charges against Lynne.
Stewart defended Omar Abdel Rachman, the "Blind Sheik." Rachman is an Egyptian cleric framed up and imprisoned for life on "terrorism" charges. Today, the Egyptian president is demanding that the US release Rachman.
Stewart's conviction was mainly due to her issuing a press release on behalf of her client, Rachman. This is something lawyers do for their clients, especially those prosecuted for political reasons, but this act got her charged for aiding and abetting a terrorist.
Stewart was sentenced to 28 month in prison, but the government appealed and the judge increased it to 10 years. The US government sent a message to lawyers who defend their clients in "terrorism" cases.
Lynne Stewart entered prison at the age of 71, recovering from breast cancer, but with a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, the cancer has now returned. First doctors found a spot in one lung, but now on the other lung and upper back and bones.
Lynne Stewarts's daughter, Dr. Zenobia Brown, was initially barred from consulting with the Carswell doctors, but is now actively involved in the consultations and has informed the defense committee that, based on the radiographic evidence, Lynne's metastasized breast cancer is of the type that could kill her in a short time unless she is treated aggressively and immediately. Yet Carswell officials insisted that Stewart be placed on the facility's formal waiting list before further prison treatment.
Stewart is requesting an immediate transfer to her home in New York to be treated by the highly respected New York City hospital that treated her for the initial breast cancer. Although the Carswell prison has a "compassionate release" program, prison officials refuse to release Lynne Stewart for treatment.
Stewart, her hands and feet chained, as well as chains around her abdomen, is now receiving chemotherapy and related medical procedures at a Fort Worth area prison related hospital. Yet she remains optimistic and intent on fighting for and winning her petition for certiorari (request that the court hear her case) scheduled for submission to the US Supreme Court in late February 2013.
Lynne needs our solidarity. Letters to Lynne are more than welcome. She cherishes every letter from friends and supporters.
Please write to Lynne at:
Lynne Stewart #53504-054,
Federal Medical Center Carswell,
P.O. Box 27137,
Fort Worth Texas 76127.
Prison officials will take note of the large number of letters that she receives.
Also, please send donations for her defense effort to: Lynne Stewart Organization, 1070 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216.
For further information on Lynne's case, please contact her husband, Ralph Poynter at Ralph.Poynter@yahoo.com.
Tell US Govt: "Free Aafia Siddiqui"
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
(February 24, 2013) -- Dr. Aafia is a symbol of all that is wrong with the US government and its wars. Dr. Aafia is a Pakistani woman and mother, a US educated neuroscientist, and a graduate of MIT and Brandeis University. She was illegally kidnapped with her three young children in Karachi, Pakistan in 2003, and then taken to US custody in Afghanistan.
Dr. Siddiqui was held in secret detention and tortured for 5 years. In 2008, as news of her secret detention and torture by US forces in Afghanistan leaked out, it aroused national anger at press conferences and meetings across Pakistan. Then US officials suddenly claimed they had just found and arrested Dr. Siddiqui in Afghanistan.
US officials claim that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was shot and severely wounded during an interrogation by FBI agents in July 2008. The same FBI agents were responsible for guiding the investigation of the crime scene. They claimed this 90-pound woman attempted to murder US soldiers and FBI agents while in US custody. She is now imprisoned at FMC Carswell, Forth Worth,Texas.
FMC Carswell is where the US Empire holds its women political prisoners. Attorney Lynne Stewart and Colombian revolutionary Sonia -- Anayibe Rojas Valderrama, are also imprisoned in Carswell for standing against US war and injustice.
March 30, 2013 marks 10 years of unending brutal political imprisonment for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
CSFR is joining the "10 DAYS FOR 10 YEARS" campaign.
ACTION: Please Sign the IAC petition for Dr. Siddiqui.
The Peace Thru Justice Foundation is promoting three events you can participate in:
1. Friday, March 8, 2013, Rally to support Dr. Siddiqui, Embassy of Pakistan, 3517 International Court, Washington DC, 20008, 3PM to 5PM
2. Friday, March 29, 2013, Protest rally to demand "Free Aafia Siddiqui!" US District Court, 501 W. 10th Street, Fort Worth, Texas (10th and Lamar St., Burnette Park), 3PM to 5PM
3.Saturday, March 30, 2013, Protest March and rally "Free Aafia Siddiqui!" FMC Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas, 12 Noon
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