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    IS A FAIR TRIAL POSSIBLE FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN? Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 10/6/03 After a brief vacation at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa (where
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      IS A FAIR TRIAL POSSIBLE FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN?
      Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 10/6/03

      After a brief "vacation" at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa (where he
      was
      allowed to see some of the evidence), Sami Al-Arian has been moved
      back to
      the federal prison at Coleman, Florida.

      Coleman is not designed to hold pretrial detainees. All the prisoners
      except Sami Al-Arian and co-defendant Sameeh Hammoudeh have been
      convicted
      of serious crimes. Al-Arian and Hammoudeh are held in the maximum
      security
      wing along with the most serious offenders and people with
      psychological
      problems. Normally, prisoners are there for a maximum of a few weeks,
      but
      Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have already been there for SIX months.

      Although they have not yet been tried, Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have
      fewer
      privileges than the other prisoners. For example, the other prisoners
      can
      have contact visits with their families, but Dr. Al-Arian cannot. His
      children can no longer hug their father.

      This kind of treatment does not make any sense. It is extremely
      punitive
      for someone who will not even go to trial until 2005. He can not
      possibly
      prepare a defense from the Coleman federal prison. Indeed, it will be
      very
      difficult for him to even maintain his sanity.

      Given the international attention this case is receiving, it is very
      important that Dr. Al-Arian receive a fair trial. However, under these
      conditions, this cannot possibly happen. Please write to:

      The Honorable Thomas B. McCoun III
      Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
      801 N. Florida Ave., #223
      Tampa, Florida 33602-3800
      (E-mail messages can be sent to his attention at )

      The Honorable James Moody
      Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
      801 N. Florida Ave.
      Tampa, FL 33602-3800

      Ask that Dr. Al-Arian be moved to the Orient Road jail or released.

      If you would like to contribute to Dr. Al-Arian's legal defense fund:
      National Liberty Fund (NLF), P.O. Box 3568, Alexandria, VA 22304.

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      From: Dwight Lawton (dlawton2@...)
      Date: Oct 20, 2003

      The abusive situation at Coleman Prison for Dr. Sami Al-Arian and
      Sameeth Hammoudeh worsens.

      Judge McCoun has refused to allow any visits by attorneys and seems
      to
      waiting for instructions from the Justice Department.

      Judge McCoun is not willing to discuss his positive assessment of the
      prison conditions as compared to those of the internationally
      respected Amnesty International (AI) which stated, in part, "placing
      two men 23 hours a day in a 70-square-foot cell does not meet
      American
      Correctional Association guidelines of "at least 80 square feet of
      total floor space per occupant" when confinement exceeds 10 hours a
      day." ..."the circumstances of their recreation inside these fairly
      small cages when compared to that available to convicted inmates on
      the nearby open-air recreation yards stands in stark contrast."

      AI concludes, "The prolonged cellular confinement, lack of
      exercise, frequent shackling and other deprivations imposed on
      Al-Arian and Hammoudeh are inconsistent with international standards
      and treaties." This is a pattern that is becoming very familiar as
      this administration and the justice department sacrifice human rights
      in the largely unsuccessful search for terrorists. There is no
      possible way the detainees can get a fair trial as long as they are
      held in the abusive conditions of the Coleman gulag.

      There are reports that Judge McCoun did not visit the detainees
      but conferred only with the prison authorities. AI did visit with
      them
      in a more thorough examination of this situation.

      Judge Moody has refused access to the evidence by the media and
      therefore the public is not able to ascertain the nature and
      credibility of the reports released by the government. The penalties
      established by Judge Moody for anyone who is in violation of his
      orders creates an impediment for the defense. While Al-Arian is
      allowed to see the evidence, neither he nor any potential witness is
      allowed to talk about the evidence. The only explanation we can think
      of for this is that there is no evidence against him, and the
      government does not want us to know that.


      There is little effort by the media to demand access to the evidence.
      Apparently, there is still great fear of being cut-off from
      government
      generated news on which they rely.

      I encourage you to write both judges:

      Honorable Thomas B. McCoun III and Honorable James Moody

      U.S. District Court, 801 North Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 33602

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      IS A FAIR TRIAL POSSIBLE FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN?
      Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 10/6/03

      After a brief "vacation" at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa (where he
      was
      allowed to see some of the evidence), Sami Al-Arian has been moved
      back to
      the federal prison at Coleman, Florida.

      Coleman is not designed to hold pretrial detainees. All the prisoners
      except Sami Al-Arian and co-defendant Sameeh Hammoudeh have been
      convicted
      of serious crimes. Al-Arian and Hammoudeh are held in the maximum
      security
      wing along with the most serious offenders and people with
      psychological
      problems. Normally, prisoners are there for a maximum of a few weeks,
      but
      Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have already been there for SIX months.

      Although they have not yet been tried, Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have
      fewer
      privileges than the other prisoners. For example, the other prisoners
      can
      have contact visits with their families, but Dr. Al-Arian cannot. His
      children can no longer hug their father.

      This kind of treatment does not make any sense. It is extremely
      punitive
      for someone who will not even go to trial until 2005. He can not
      possibly
      prepare a defense from the Coleman federal prison. Indeed, it will be
      very
      difficult for him to even maintain his sanity.

      Given the international attention this case is receiving, it is very
      important that Dr. Al-Arian receive a fair trial. However, under these
      conditions, this cannot possibly happen. Please write to:

      The Honorable Thomas B. McCoun III
      Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
      801 N. Florida Ave., #223
      Tampa, Florida 33602-3800
      (E-mail messages can be sent to his attention at )

      The Honorable James Moody
      Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
      801 N. Florida Ave.
      Tampa, FL 33602-3800

      Ask that Dr. Al-Arian be moved to the Orient Road jail or released.

      If you would like to contribute to Dr. Al-Arian's legal defense fund:
      National Liberty Fund (NLF), P.O. Box 3568, Alexandria, VA 22304.


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      IS A FAIR TRIAL POSSIBLE FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN?
      Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 10/6/03

      After a brief "vacation" at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa (where he
      was
      allowed to see some of the evidence), Sami Al-Arian has been moved
      back to
      the federal prison at Coleman, Florida.

      Coleman is not designed to hold pretrial detainees. All the prisoners
      except Sami Al-Arian and co-defendant Sameeh Hammoudeh have been
      convicted
      of serious crimes. Al-Arian and Hammoudeh are held in the maximum
      security
      wing along with the most serious offenders and people with
      psychological
      problems. Normally, prisoners are there for a maximum of a few weeks,
      but
      Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have already been there for SIX months.

      Although they have not yet been tried, Al-Arian and Hammoudeh have
      fewer
      privileges than the other prisoners. For example, the other prisoners
      can
      have contact visits with their families, but Dr. Al-Arian cannot. His
      children can no longer hug their father.

      This kind of treatment does not make any sense. It is extremely
      punitive
      for someone who will not even go to trial until 2005. He can not
      possibly
      prepare a defense from the Coleman federal prison. Indeed, it will be
      very
      difficult for him to even maintain his sanity.

      Given the international attention this case is receiving, it is very
      important that Dr. Al-Arian receive a fair trial. However, under these
      conditions, this cannot possibly happen. Please write to:

      The Honorable Thomas B. McCoun III
      Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
      801 N. Florida Ave., #223
      Tampa, Florida 33602-3800
      (E-mail messages can be sent to his attention at )

      The Honorable James Moody
      Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
      801 N. Florida Ave.
      Tampa, FL 33602-3800

      Ask that Dr. Al-Arian be moved to the Orient Road jail or released.

      If you would like to contribute to Dr. Al-Arian's legal defense fund:
      National Liberty Fund (NLF), P.O. Box 3568, Alexandria, VA 22304.


      *********************************************************************

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