Text by Henry David Thoreau, Drawing by Dr. Tarek Mehanna (2010): "I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up... I saw that if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through before they could get to be as free as I was. I did not for a moment feel confined, and the walls seemed a great waste of stone and mortar...The state never intentionally confronts a man's sense, intellectual or moral, but only his body, his senses. It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is strongest..."

Welcome to the only dedicated source of coverage and media in the Tarek Mehanna trial.

My brother Tarek Mehanna is currently on trial in Federal Court, where he is being charged with terrorism because of his religious and political beliefs.  Some may find the details of his case confusing, and this is not strange given the overwhelming degree of misinformation that has been proliferated by the government in conjunction with the mainstream media during the critical early phases of his arrest and incarceration.  Now that his trial is well under way, however, the truth is being isolated from the falsehoods, step by step.  Each day, more and more of the government’s claims about my brother are being stripped away by our courageous and tireless defense team, Carney & Bassil.  Through their progress and their ability to reveal the government’s testimony for what it is–a showcase of lies precipitated by a vindictive FBI bitter at Tarek’s refusal to become their informant–Carney and Bassil have demonstrated continuously to the jury and court audiences that this trial is not a bout terrorism, not by a long shot.  What it is about, however, is the Constitutional rights in the United States of America that protect Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religious Practice.

The full power of the Federal Government pushed Tarek to become an informant against the Muslim community, the same community that raised him and in which he learned to worship in the Islamic tradition; Tarek refused, again and again as the government repeatedly and aggressively sought to coerce him into agreement.  The charges against Tarek today are his punishment for persistent refusal and a conviction could result in a life sentence with no hope for parole.

We hope that as many members of the community as possible can continue giving up a day or two to attend the trial so that we can continue demonstrating our support for and solidarity with Tarek, his family and the United States Constitution.

Please bookmark this website [http://FreeTarek.wordpress.com/] and return daily to access the most up to date developments in Tarek Mehanna’s trial.  Thank you for your continued interest, and we are confident that as the trial progresses, truth will triumph over misinformation, prejudice and propaganda.  The trial is open to the public, and the Mehanna family invites anybody who is curious about the true facts behind Tarek’s case to attend without hesitation.

In parting, for those that are newcomers to this website or to the investigation against Tarek,  it is recommended that you visit the “Case History” tab, where the background of the case is laid out comprehensively.

Thank you,

Tamer Mehanna, the Mehanna Family, and the Free Tarek Campaign

3 Comments on “About”

  1. Ayub December 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Allah is the best disposer of affairs. They plan, and Allah plans, and I bear witness Allah is the best of planners.

    Allah protect him with such elegance that only He is capable.

  2. jose g. December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    you dont get charged for what you think- ” religious and political belief” or else half country would be locked up
    you get charged for ACTION

    while trip didnt do much, the later action to support AQ attacks is what the Jury heard and cared about.

  3. Diane Conti April 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Be strong brother and continue resisting unjust authority!

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