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Project Salam Letters
to Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder

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Each Letter

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February 17, 2009 Letter

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November 16, 2009 Letter

March 8, 2010 Letter

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Yassin Aref

Aafia Siddiqui

Dr. Rafil Dhafir

Newburgh 4

Syed Fahad Hashmi

Sami Al-Arian

The Fort Dix 5

Other Cases

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List of Known Prisoners at
Terra Haute CMU

List of Known Prisoners at
Marion CMU


of Cases

Information on
the Albany, NYResolution
Asking for Justice
for Muslims

Muslim Solidariy Committee Booklet

Victims of America's Dirty Wars

Sponsoring Groups:
Muslim Solidarity Committee
(Yassin Aref & Mohammend Hossain)
Free Fahad (Syed Fahad Hasmi)
Dhafir Trial (Dr. Rafil Dhafir)
Lynne Stewart
Free the Fort Dix 5
Free Betim Kaziu
Free the Newburgh 4
Free Ziyad Yaghi

Recent Events

Solitary Confinement &
Isolation in Federal Prisons:
Cruel and Inhuman or Necessary?

Solitary Confinement


Stop FBI Repression Against Muslims
Philadelphia, 1/25/11


Personal Stories of Preemptive Prosecution Part II: A Call to Action!
Free Aref and Hossain


December 10th Forum & Discussion:
The Violation of Human Rights


Muslim Support Organizations Deplore Convictions of Newburgh 4


Rally to Support the Newburgh Four 10/22/10


Demonstration Against FBI Raids of Peace Activists Homes, 9/29/10


Mobilization For Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, 9/23/10


Get on the Bus & Say No to Racism and Bigotry!
September 11 Rally Against
Anti-Islamic Bigotry and Racism in NYC
Fort Dix 5


Rally In Support of The Fort Dix 5 Appeal of Convictions to be Filed Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Noon
Fort Dix 5


Rally and March In Support of
Muslims Targeted by
Preemptive Prosecution
Sunday, July 25, 2010, 1:00 PM
Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain


Rally for Justice for The Newburgh Four
July 21, 2010


Bail Denied to the Newburgh 4


Read Carl Strock's excellent column about the Newburgh 4, published in the Daily Gazette, June 21, 2010.


Prayer Vigil in Support of The Newburgh Four
Monday, June 14th, 8:30 A.M.
Federal Court House, 300 Quarropas Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Newburgh 4 Banner


Rally for the Fort Dix Five
Tuesday, June 1st,
Noon to 1:30 PM
Fort Dix 5


Vigil in Support of The Newburgh Four
Friday, May 28th, 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M.
Federal Court House, 300 Quarropas Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601


Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
A Human Rights Rally For Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Foley Square, New York City


Cancelled: Vigil At Federal Courthouse In Albany
for Fahad Hashmi
Listen here to Fahad Hashmi's brother Faisal explain plea on Democracy Now!


Press Coference: The Case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, and The Albany (NY) Resolution on Preemptive Prosecutions


Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain
Project SALAM issues Press Release: Amicus Brief Accepted By Court In Support Of Albany “Sting” Defendants, Who Were Preemptively Prosecuted


Whose Justice?
Middle Eastern Studies Program of Syracuse University presents:
April 21, 2010
Whose justice? Preemptive prosecution in the "War on Terror"


FBI Entrapment
Personal Stories of Preemptive Prosecution and FBI Entrapment
March 25, 2010






















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Purpose of Project SALAM

This web site is devoted to researching and documenting the likelihood that the United States Justice Department’s post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecutions and convictions have included a significant number of Muslims who were in fact innocent of any crime. Other cases were severely overcharged and/or over sentenced.  Read more . . .

Statement By Muslim Support Groups On Tragedy In Schoharie

We are members of the Albany-based Muslim Solidarity Committee, the national Project SALAM (Support And Legal Advocacy for Muslims), and the national Coalition for Civil Freedoms. We grieve with the families and friends Read more . . .

SoundCloud interview with Kathy Manley, Esq. regarding Shahed Hussain, the FBI informant and the tragedy in Schoharie, NY.

Democracy Now! report on the tragedy in Schoharie, NY and the FBI informant, Shahed Hussain.

Learn more about the wrongful prosecution of Yassin Aref by listening to the podcasts, Terror Talk.

Project SALAM supporteds the clemancy for these seven prisoners in 2016:

Seven men deserving of clemancy

Clemency for Yassin Aref

Clemency for Khalifa Al-Akili (released)

Clemency for Tarik Shah (released)

Clemency for Rezwan Ferdaus

Clemency for Shahawar Matin Siraj

Clemency for Mohammed Saleh

Clemency for Mohammed Hossain


Find out more about their cases by clicking here





Khalifa Al-AkiliHelp Khalifa Al-Akili by signing a petition
in support of commutation of his sentance

Lynne Jackson

Help Tarik Shah by signing a petition in support of commutation of his sentance


The Fort Dix Five Support Committee and
Project SALAM invite you to

Fort Dix 5 Defendents


Join the Dukas in Court

Wednesday, January 6
Hold a Banner vigil - 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM
Attend the Appeal Hearing - 9:00 AM

Download Media Advisory

Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse, 4th & Cooper Streets, Camden, New Jersey

Who are the Dukas? They are three brothers who Read more . . .

Albany County Legislature Issues Proclamation
Standing with Our Muslim Neighbors


The Fort Dix Five Support Committee and
Project SALAM invite you to

Fort Dix 5 Defendents

Hold a Banner for the Dukas

Wednesdays, December 30
from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, January 6 from
8:00 AM to 8:45 AM
Join the Dukas in Court at 9:00 AM

Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse, 4th & Cooper Streets, Camden, New Jersey

Who are the Dukas? They are three brothers who Read more . . .

Past events . . .

The Fort Dix Five Support Committee and
Project SALAM Presents

Fort Dix 5 Defendents

An Evening in Support of the
Fort Dix Five

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA

Screenings of two documentary films
“The Newburgh Sting” and “Entrapped”

Read more . . .

Aref-HossainSupporters Observe Eleventh Anniversary Of Aref-Hossain Arrests

Monday, August 3, 2015

With Rally, Speakers, Dinner, March, And Movie

RALLY, SPEAKERS, DINNER: 5:30 pm Masjid As-Salam Mosque
MARCH: 6:45 pm to the Linda, 339 Central Avenue, Albany
MOVIE: 7:00 p.m. at the Linda, 339 Central Avenue, Albany

Read more . . .

Lynne JacksonPetition for Tarik Shah

Tarik’s case is an example of preemptive prosecution: a law enforcement strategy, adopted after 9/11, to target and prosecute individuals or organizations whose beliefs, ideology, or religious affiliations raise security concerns for the government.

Support the efforts of Tarik’s family and supporters for commutation of his sentence and sign the petition. . . Read more

Lynne JacksonInventing Terrorists

The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution

A study by Project SALAM and National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. . . Read more

Aref-HossainSupporters Observe Tenth Anniversary Of Aref-Hossain Arrests

Monday, August 4, 2014

With Rally, March, And Staged Reading

RALLY: 4:30 pm Washington Ave. Armory, corner of Lark & Washington
MARCH: 5:00 pm to the Masjid As-Salam Mosque,
READING: 5:30 pm at Masjid As-Salam Mosque, 280 Central Avenue, Albany

Read more . . .

For information and stories about Muslims and others
who have been preemptively prosecuted:

Download Project SALAM's booklet -
"Victims of
America's Dirty Wars."

Journey for Justice Presentation

Lynne Jackson

Lynne Jackson will speak about last summer's

Journey for Justice
A 133-mile walk for
Yassin Aref in July 2013

Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:30 PM
At the Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Read more . . .

Yassin Aref in Loretto, PA prisonPress Conference

Will Detail Impact Of New Policy About Nsa Surveillance Evidence On Albany “Sting” Case

Tuesday, December 3, 11:00 AM
280 Central Avenue, Albany, NY

The Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM, and the Aref-Hossain/Albany chapter of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) invite all media to a press conference on Tuesday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the new section of the Masjid As-Salam, 280 Central Avenue in Albany. Read More . . .

MRAPStop the Militerization of The Albany County Sheriff's Department

Oppose the Acquisition of an MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Classification One vehicle

Speak out at the Albany County Legislature on Thursday, December 5 at 6:15 PM. Read More . . .

Justice for Lynne Stewart

Rally for Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart

Tuesday, October 9, 2013
Noon at the Federal Building
1 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY

Read more . . .

Would you like to volunteer? Email Lynne Jackson at lynnejackson@mac.com or Jeanne Finley at finlandia@nycap.rr.com

You are Cordially Invited to Hear

Lynne Jackson speaks about the Journey for Justice

Lynne Jackson speak about the

Journey for Justice —
A 133-mile walk for Yassin Aref

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:00 PM Dinner — 7:00 PM Presentation
85 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY 12210

Read more . . .

Elliot Adams and Tarak

Veterans Will End Fasts on
August 4 at Albany Mosque

7:15 PM, Sunday, August 4
Masjid As-Salam, 280 Central Avenue

Everyone is invited to attend, read more . . .

Journey for Justice

Walk from Albany to Binghamton, July 12 to July 23

Yassin Aref holds his daughter during a rare prison visit
Yassin Aref holds his youngest daughter during a rare prison visit.

A Victim of Mistaken Identity

Sign a petition to the judge in Yassin Aref's appeal.

Come to a Rally and March for Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain on Friday, July 12 at 6:00 PM at the Masjid As-Salam

The Journey for Justice will deliver the petition by walking from Albany, New York to the judge's home court in Binghamton, New York.

Quick Links to:
Please sign the Petition for Yassin Aref - A Case of Mistaken Identity
Come to the Rally and March - Friday, July 12, 6:00 PM, Albany, NY
Journey for Justice - Deliver petition to home court of the judge by walking from Albany to Binghamton, NY
Notes on conditions of the walk
Become a walk sponsor
Walk Route - List of beginning and ending locations for each day, July 12 to July 23
Information about what walkers should bring
Press packet and suporting documents
Follow the Journey for Justice on the blog
Follow the Journey for Justice on twitter
Read media reports on the appeal motion and the Journey for Justice

Read Yassin Aref's 2255 Petition

Preemptive Prosecutions

Targeting Muslims Was Not the Beginning
Bradley Manning is Not The End

The War on Due Process Before & After 9/11

Sunday, June 9, 2013 • 5:30 to 7:30 pm

At the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island, NY 10301. Free and open to to the public.

Read more . . .

Free the Newburgh 4Scapegoated and Buried Alive

The NCPCF Campaign To Free Political Prisoners

Friday, May 3, 2013 • 3:30 to 5:30 pm

in front of the U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • Washington, DC

Support our Muslim sisters as they protest how the Justice Department turned their relatives into political prisoners and buried them alive in federal prisons.

Read more . . .

Free the Newburgh 4Victoria Brittain author of Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror

Victoria Brittan reads from her new book and speaks on the issues. Book signing follows. Thursday, April 11, 2013 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, Free and open to all Read more . . .

Free the Newburgh 4Vigil outside the court house prior to the Oral Argument for the Appeal of the Newburgh 4

A press conference and vigil will be held outside the court house beginning at 8:30 AM. Monday, November 5 at 10:00 AM at the Federal Court House, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY.

The four men from Newburgh, New York, were entrapped in a sting operation by the FBI, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Read more . . .

Joe Lombardo and others greeted by the Free Aafia movement in PakistanRead the Report on the CodePink delegation to Pakistan by Joe Lombardo, UNAC co-coordinator. Joe Lombardo describes his trip to Pakistan and his meeting with the Aafia Siddiqui movement in Pakistan. Read Joe Lombardo's report.



Civil Rights and Wrongs:
Targeting and Entrapment of Muslims and the State of Civil Liberties Today

Vegetarian and vegan lasagna dinner, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM at 85 Chestnut Street, Albany. Read more . . .

Senate Hearing on Solitary Confinement
The Missing Piece

By Melva Underbakke  

In June of 2012, the first ever and long over due hearing on solitary confinement was held in front of the Senate Judicial Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Read more . . .

Carl Strock, of the Daily Gazette, wrote "Albany cops probe Muslims and friends" on September 2, 2012:

Here is a situation to think about regarding the monitoring and profiling of Muslims, or the war on terror, or whatever you want to call it.

About a week and a half ago two Albany men active in defending the rights of Muslims — Steve Downs, a retired state lawyer, and Shamshad Ahmad, read more . . .

Stephen Downs The Albany Speech Police

by Stephen Downs

On August 21, 2012 I had my first encounter with the Albany Speech Police. I was hosting lunch in an Albany, New York restaurant with Dr. Shamshad read more . . .

Watch slideshow of Candlelight March and Dinner on YouTube

Read media reports on Candlelight March and Inter-faith Dinner In Support of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain

Marching on Central Avenue

Download Fact Sheet on the Yassin Aref/Mohammed Hossain Case here

Yassin Aref and Mohammend HossainCandlelight March and
Inter-faith Dinner

In Support of

Yassin Aref and
Mohammed Hossain

Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The candlelight march will begin at Townsend Park and end at the Masjid As-Salam, 278 Central Avenue, Albany. Read more . . .

Download Fact Sheet on the Yassin Aref/Mohammed Hossain Case here

People's Summit in Chicago Workshop: The Post-9/11 Targeting of Muslims: Naming the Victims, Naming the Repression

presented by Lynne Jackson and Cathy Callan. Read more and viewlinks to reports. . .


The Muslim Solidarity Committee of Albany; Project SALAM (Support And Legal Advocacy for Muslims, http://www.projectsalam.org), based in Albany; and the University at Albany Muslim Student Association strongly protest surveillance of Muslim students by the NYPD. The Associated Press has revealed that from 2006–2009, the New York Police Department was carrying out illegal surveillance of Muslim students . . . Read more

Current Events:

Ziyad Attend the trial of Ziyad Yaghi

Monday, September 19 - New Bern, North Carolina

Innocent Muslims are being targeted and convicted for crimes they have not committed. On September 19, 2011, a trial is scheduled to take place in New Bern, North Carolina––that accuses a number of individuals of terrorism, including twenty-one-year-old Ziyad Yaghi. We believe that only by observing these trials can fair-minded people decide whether the trials are just and the defendants guilty or innocent. . . . Read and download complete letter asking people to attend the trial . . .

Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain Arts Against Repression

Friday, August 5, 2011

7th Anniversay Commemoration of the Arrests of Yassin Aref & Mohammed Hossain
In Solidarity with all Victims of Preemptive Prosecution

GATHER: 5:30 pm Masjid As-Salam Mosque, 278 Central Avenue, Albany
MARCH: 6:15pm to Grand Street Community Arts (GSCA) 68 Grand Street
PERFORMANCES: 7-10 PM at GSCA featuring: Taina Asili & Gaetano Vaccaro
of the Banda Rebelde, Antoine Dowdell, NYC jazz musician and brother of prisoner Tarik Shah, Sybil Allyson & Roots of Change with Roger Mock Read more . . .

To catch a Terrorist
The FBI hunts for the enemy within

By Petra Bartosiewicz, Harper's Magazine, August, 2011

In June 2008, I attended a meeting in Albany organized by the FBI and designed to quell the growing fury over the arrest and prosecution of two local Mus lim immig r ant s , Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain. The previous year Aref and Hossain, both leaders at a local mosque, had been sentenced to fifteen years in federal prison in connection with their role in a terrorism scheme that the press had dubbed the Albany “missile plot.” Read the rest . . .

'Little Gitmo'

By Christopher S. Stewart, Published Jul 10, 2011 in New York Magazine

When an upstate imam named Yassin Aref was convicted on a suspect terrorism charge, he was sent to a secretive prison denounced by civil libertarians as a Muslim quarantine.

Read the article online at New York Magazine, published on July 10, 2011

Just Published -
"Victims of Ameria's Dirty Wars"

Victims of America's Dirty Wars"Victims of America's Dirty Wars" begins with the story of the FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO program of the 1960s, which targeted the Black Power and anti-war movements, and ends with the government’s attack on and repression of innocent Muslims in particular, but also peace activists, civil rights proponents, union organizers, environmentalists, animal rights advocates, and immigrant communities after 9/11. The story shows how the last decade has seen a dramatic increase in profiling read more . . .

Entrapment or Foiling Terror? FBI’s Reliance on Paid Informants Raises Questions about Validity of Terrorism Cases

Democracy Now! half-hour program. See the video - read the transcript.

United National Peace March to Mosque

The United National Peace Conference concluded with a solidarity march to the Albany Mosque. The activists marched in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters who have been charged, found guilty and are serving jail terms for terrorism. The cases of the Albany 2, the Fort Dix 5 and Lynne Stewart were brought to light during the rally. The peace groups reiterated their opposition to the preemptive prosecution techniques used by the FBI. It was a moving conclusion to an inspiring weekend.

Muslim Solidarity Handbook Published

The Muslim Solidarity Committee in Albany, New York (supporting Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain) has now become the local “chapter” of Project SALAM. But the committee was founded in October 2006, and Project SALAM grew directly out of the committee’s four-year advocacy for Aref and Hossain. Here is a history of the Muslim Solidarity Committee, written for the United National Peace Conference in Albany on July 23–25, 2010, in the form of a downloadable booklet. Read about who we are, why we began, the background of the Aref-Hossain case, other Muslim prosecutions in Albany, and the committee’s activities year by year––and use it as a handbook for Muslim justice in your own community.

Read Carl Strock's excellent column about the Newburgh 4, published in the Daily Gazette, June 21, 2010.

The Albany City Council Passes the Resolution Asking for Justice for Muslims!

Read reports on this historic report and watch a video of the event.


Free Aref and Hossain banner

Preemptive Prosecution Case Summaries

ReadProject SALAM's newest analysis of preemptive prosecution

Preemptive Prosecution Amicus Brief

Project SALAM asked for permission to file the first Amicus (Friend of the Court) brief in the case of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, Muslims entrapped by the FBI in Albany, New York. Click here to read the papers Project SALAM filed.

Read about Shamshad Ahmad's new book on the Aref/Hossian FBI sting and entrapment case, "Rounded Up, Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment after 9/11"

See the new review of Rounded Up featured on Truthout.org.

Click here to sign
Seventh Letter to President Obama and
Attorney General Eric Holder

(Please note: the petition is hosted by iPetitions.
No donation is necessary to sign the petition)

Please sign the seventh letter to President Obama and Attorney General Holder. This letter requests that the Justice Department deal with the serious issues of misconduct and illegal behavior in which the Justice Department has been engaged, including the failure of the Office of Professional Responsibility to discipline lawyers such as Yoo, Bybee, and Bradbury who committed serious professional misconduct in authorizing torture, and the Offices failure to discipline lawyers who fail to disclose exculpatory information (the Stevens case).  

Also discussed is the failure of the Department of Justice to take appropriate action in the cases of the CIA Agents convicted in Italy; the failure to turn over exculpatory information in the Samueli and Ruehle cases; the dismissal of charges in the Blackwater prosecution; the “loss” of 22 million emails from the White House; the cover-up of prisoner murders at Guantanamo; the manufacturing of emergencies to by-pass warrant requirements; the continuing torture program of the Obama Administration; the killing of Imam Luquman Ameen Abdullah, and the implementation of the Total Information Awareness system in violation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Please add your signature as well. The truth is coming out about how the Bush Administration broke the law, lied about it, and covered it up on a massive scale. We know that justice was twisted and that innocent Muslim were convicted as a result. Soon the whole world will know. Please be part of this effort to force the Obama Administration to address the injustices that stain our nation's honor.