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Unjust Verdict Against Tarek Mehanna

All who have followed Tarek’s trial with a belief in the possibility of justice through the court system will be shocked to learn that today the jury found him guilty on all seven counts of the indictment. In the six weeks that the prosecution used to present its case, it presented no evidence linking Tarek […]

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The inquisition Comes to Boston by Richard Hugus

The Inquisition Comes to Boston by Richard Hugus December 22, 2012 The recent finishing off of the Bill of Rights in the National Defense Authorization Act was actually just a formality. The United States has been able to persecute and convict US citizens for a long time now whether they had a trial by jury […]

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First full day of jury deliberation: no verdict.

Tarek came into the courtroom today with a huge smile on his face—he wasn’t expecting the 23 supporters that filled the benches to be there on a day when there was nothing but waiting. Tarek was especially pleased to see a few friends and family members who had travelled far distances to be there today. […]

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Supporters packed the court for closing arguments! You can still support Tarek during jury deliberation!

We want to thank the ~150-175 supporters who came out for closing arguments! There were 2 overflow rooms needed in addition to the main courtroom to accommodate the large numbers that showed up! Amazing showing with just 2 days notice! Unfortunately the jury was unaware of how many people came, but Tarek, his family and […]

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Glenn Greenwald: The real definition of terrorism

The FBI yesterday announced it has secured an indictment against Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, a 38-year-old citizen of Iraq currently in Canada, from which the U.S. is seeking his extradition. The headline on the FBI’s Press Release tells the basic story: “Alleged Terrorist Indicted in New York for the Murder of Five American Soldiers.” The criminal complaint previously filed […]

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Boston Globe-Jurors to hear closing arguments in Mehanna trial Friday

By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff With closing statements in the trial of Tarek Mehanna set for Friday, defense attorneys for the Sudbury man accused of supporting Al Qaeda lashed out at federal prosecutors today, saying the government had infringed on Mehannna’s constitutional rights to free speech and to a fair trial. The heated exchange […]

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Day 33: Crash Course in Computer Forensics and English

Day 33: Crash Course in Computer Forensics and English Defense Witness Mark Spencer The defense put Mr. Mark Spencer on the stand today – a computer forensics expert with a BA in criminal justice and has taught numerous courses on civil cases and corporate litigation. He is the president of Arsenal Consulting, a computer forensics […]

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Day 32: “A Grave and Mistaken Understanding That Must Be Corrected.”

Janice Bassil (JB) Continued Direct Examination Mohamed Fadel (MF) JB continued to question MF today about whether Tarek’s writing was consistent with Al Qaeda’s (AQ) principles. JB asked about AQ’s view of martyrdom operations, and questioned MF about the Islamic position on suicide. MF explained that suicide by itself is considered a major sin, but […]

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Day 31: Carney: “Was there any evidence of Al-Qaeda Training Camps in Yemen From ’01-’06?” Yemen Expert “No.”

Day 31:  Prosecution’s cross on Yemen continues to go nowhere, Expert Mohamed Fadel puts Tarek’s statements into context. Jeffery Groharing Cross Examination of Gregory Johnsen (continued) This morning began with a continued desperate attempt by JG to get some information out of GJ’s testimony that may be of assistance to the government’s case. He told […]

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Day 30: Greg Johnsen: “No AQ in Yemen in ’04”

Before the jury came in the room today, Aloke Chakravarty (AC) disputed the defense’s use of new exhibits with a witness who is scheduled to testify tomorrow. Janice Bassil (JB) argued that the evidence is from the government’s discovery, and they only planned to used 5-6 Tibyan posts. JB argued that it was ridiculous to […]

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