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SAVE THE DATE: Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Symposium June 21, 2003
excerpted from today's New York Times :

Terrorism Task Force Detains an American Without Charges

PORTLAND, Ore., April 3 For the last two weeks, Maher Hawash, a 38-year-old software engineer and American citizen who was from the West Bank and grew up in Kuwait, has been held in a federal prison here, though he has not been charged with a crime or brought before a judge.

Mr. Hawash, who is known as Mike, has yet to be interrogated and is being kept in solitary confinement, his supporters say.

Federal officials will not comment on Mr. Hawash, though they have been pressed by Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, and by a group of supporters led by a former Intel vice president, for basic information about why he is being detained.

In a statement after his arrest, the F.B.I. said he was being held as a material witness in an "ongoing investigation" by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Federal search warrants in the case are sealed.

The case has drawn the attention of civil liberties groups nationwide, who say Mr. Hawash's case is an example of how the Bush administration is holding a handful of American citizens without offering them normal legal protection.

Although at least two American citizens are being held without normal legal rights as "enemy combatants," Mr. Hawash has not been categorized as such. As a material witness, he is being held to compel testimony. But supporters say he has not been told anything about what the government may want from him.

Civil liberties groups say material witness statutes are being abused by the Bush administration to hold people like Mr. Hawash indefinitely. "The government doesn't have and should not have the power to arrest and detain someone without charging them," said Lucas Guttentag, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants Rights Project. "If this kind of thing is permitted, then any United States citizen can be swept off the street and locked up without being charged."

Attorney General John Ashcroft has defended the tactic, saying it is "vital to preventing, disrupting or delaying new attacks."

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Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign that drew enormous support and media coverage around the world and was featured on the TV program 60 Minutes. As the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice (1983-1998) Bruce has worked on space issues including the largest peace protest in Florida history in 1987 when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II missile. Project Censored (from Sonoma State University, CA) named a story on Space weaponization by Bruce as the 8th Most Censored story in 1999. Bruce has traveled to and spoken on space in England, Germany, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, Greece and throughout the U.S.
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Please join hundreds and thousands of your fellow citizens to protest peacefully against this War waged in our names with our Tax $$$ to kill innocents men, women and children in Iraq. Let us say loud and clear: Stop the Bombing immediately, return to the UN Security Council for a Peaceful Resolution, and bring the troops home.

Peace Vigils Every Week until War Stops: Fridays: Indian Hill/Arrow, Claremont, 5 PM; Fridays: Bristol/Anton,Costa Mesa, in front of South Coast Plaza, 5 PM; Saturdays: Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, 5 PM & 11 AM; Fridays: Tyler Mall, Riverside, 5 PM; Fridays: West Covina Mall, 5 PM; Fridays: Federal Building, Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 5 PM; Saturdays: Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, 5 PM & 11 AM; Saturdays/Sunday: Imperial/Brea, Brea, 12 Noon; Thursdays: Foothill Blvd/ D Street, La Verne, 5 PM

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The next protest in LA on Sunday April 13th at Hollywood and Vine at 12 noon. It will be part of a weekend of protests worldwide. Let us try to make the action in LA to be as big as possible.
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2003-04-05 Sat 17:42ct