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Release of a book authored by Shamshad Ahmad, president of Masjid As-Salam‏


A book by Shamshad Ahmad dealing with post 9-11 era of entrapment of muslims nationwide, is being released. details are below (also,attachment). The book tells the Muslim side of the story behind such entrapment. It also tells the American public what Muslims, their  mosques and their communities actually are. After reading this book an American's perception about Muslims will never be the same. Rounded Up will be available for sale in local bookstores and online at both Amazon.com and the Troy Book Makers. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Aref Education Fund, established by the author for the educational needs of Yassin Aref’s four children.

Order From Amazon.com or from the author (ahmad@albany.edu) at a slight discount price.


Quotes from Rounded Up:
“I invite you to think: there are more than six million Muslims in   this country, and eight years have gone by since 9/11, yet not a single Muslim terrorist has ever been found here. We are not terrorists. We are part of this society, we share its concerns, and we want to share in its success and prosperity.” About the sting tape of November 20, 2003:  “The FBI has provided a transcript that contains only the first one-third of the discussion in this meeting. Perhaps their mission was completed when the camera recorded the picture of Malik [informant] holding the SAM on his shoulder, with Hossain looking at it. Very few will bother to investigate what actually went on during the rest of this meeting.   Any honest soul will feel sorry for a person who expressed his views as Hossain did, and who was subsequently entrapped and convicted for promoting terrorism.”


“In his testimony, Agent Coll said, ‘On numerous times, he [Aref]   said, “I understand you want to legalize your money and it is good   for you and good for him, you should both have the benefit, it is   part of the faith.”’ But in the entire fifty hours of tape recordings, I found a discussion about legalizing money only once…  [Aref] had the impression that Malik [informant] was claiming some   kind of business tax credit by such transactions––the same way people   giving to charities get tax deductions. ‘I had no clue of any
illegality of the loan arrangement,’ Aref told us. ‘How can I say money laundering is a part of our faith? Our faith forbids even interest.’



Sign Petion for Yassin Aref and Musharaf.
Salaam Everyone,

  Please sign--if you haven't already--the Change.org petition to Judge Thomas McAvoy regarding Yassin Aref's new appeal: 


The petition asks Judge McAvoy to give serious consideration to Yassin's 2255 motion, which will be filed in mid-July. The appeal is based on new and dramatic evidence that the FBI originally misidentified Yassin as an Al-Qaeda operative (who was killed in 2011), and thus calls into question the reason he was targeted in the first place.  See http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/New-trial-sought-for-ex-imam-4624795.php#photo-4842387 for a recent article about the appeal and our upcoming events.
 Lynne Jackson of Project SALAM is undertaking a 10-day, 133-mile walk (with as many supporters as want to join) from Albany to Binghamton beginning on Friday, July 12 to hand-deliver the petition signatures to Judge McAvoy's home court in Binghamton. We would like to come as close to our goal of 1,000 signatures as possible by the time the "Journey for Justice" arrives in Binghamton on Tuesday, July 23. The more signatures, the more the judge will see the depth and breadth of support for Yassin and his appeal. Remember that in October 2006, right after Yassin and Mohammed's convictions in the Aref-Hossain case, the Muslim Solidarity Committee began a petition to the same judge for leniency in sentencing. We delivered just about 1,000 signatures to him by the time of the men's sentencing in March 2007--and Judge McAvoy said publicly that the number of letters written on behalf of the men, *as well as the petition signatures,* led to his decision to cut their sentences in half. So public support is extremely important, it *does* make a difference--and your signature makes a difference. Please sign, ask your friends and colleagues to sign, circulate the petition address, and let's get behind the goal of 1,000 signatures by mid-July, since now we have much less time to get that same number of signatures. 


Information on the Journey for Justice: http://www.projectsalam.org/walk/walk.html
Information on the rally on July 12 preceding the Journey for Justice:  http://projectsalam.org/events/07-12-13.html

Justice for Yassin Aref


Yassin Aref is a Kurd from Iraq. He was a resident of Albany, New York. He was unfairly accused of supporting terrorists and sent to a special prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. The purpose of this site is to tell you who Yassin Aref really is and his interesting story; his struggle as a Kurd in Iraq, how he survived the Anfal genocide, his struggle for freedom, his journey to America with his family; and above all, how he ended up in prison. To learn of his story and about the Kurdish struggle for rights and liberty, Yassin wrote for you his life's story, Son of Mountains.


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Waiting for Mercy
is a new documentary by Ellie Bernstein.


Visit the Waiting for Mercy website.


Waiting for Mercy tells the story of a fabricated FBI sting operation that took place in Albany, New York during the winter, spring and summer of 2004. The complex operation was designed to entrap Yassin Aref, 37 (a refugee from Kurdistan in northern Iraq) and Mohammed Mosharref Hossain, 51, a United States citizen and an immigrant from Bangladesh.


The Albany Counter-Terrorism Task force, the Justice Department, local police, and IRS agents, organized the entrapment scheme, which was planned to portray these 2 men as “potential terrorists” who knowingly participated in a (fictitious) plot to send a shoulder fired missile to New York to attack the Pakistani Ambassador. As an end result of this long sting operation, involving hundreds of work hours, a convicted criminal informant, and many thousands of dollars, both men were arrested in 2004 and charged with money laundering and material support of terrorism.



In 2006, the two defendants were convicted of material support for terrorism and were each sentenced to 15 years in prison. Using the actual material, recorded over many months by the FBI informer, a Pakistani criminal, the documentary shows the documents and the lawyer’s responses to the charges and asks the audience to judge for themselves.

Visit the Waiting for Mercy website for more information and to donate.

Make a donation to support this film. Send checks to
Ellie Bernstein PO Box 9174 Albany, New York 12209