Saturday, April 12, 2008

USA's war on "terror" : Free Sami al-Arian

"Documentary USA vs. Al-Arian"

This revealing documentary presents a close portrait of an Arab-American family facing terrorism charges leveled by the U.S. government.

In February 2003, the FBI arrested university professor and political activist Sami Al-Arian in Tampa, Florida. Charged with supporting terrorism, he was placed in solitary confinement for 2 1/2 years before he received a trial.

The film follows Sami, his wife Nahla and their five children through the 6 month long trial and the difficult period after the verdict. It is a personal story of a family, who like many Muslims in the USA today, are fighting against increasing stigmatization and discrimination in a post 911-climate.

The film deals with themes of freedom of speech, and the right to a fair trial. It also shows how the media influence public opinion and how the USA`s fear of and fight against terrorism can threaten civil liberties.

40 Days of Hunger Strike, Dr. Sami Lost Over 30 Pounds


ACTION: Write to Judge Gerald Lee asking for better medical care for Dr. Al-Arian and an end to the government's abuse of the grand jury process to continue to detain him. more