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Please take a few minutes and learn more about Adel Hamad, detainee number 940 held in extrajudicial detention at the United States Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.  Mr. Hamad has been imprisoned for five years without trial. During Mr. Hamad’s Combatant Review Status Tribunals hearing, one dissenting member of the Tribunal called his detention “unconscionable.” I cannot disagree.  When you are finished reading this diary, I beg of you to take some action on behalf of this man.  I will list some very simple things you can do, none of which may lead to his immediate release, but all of which will show some awareness and solidarity with a fellow human being.  

Adel Hamad was a teacher of elementary school orphans, a hospital worker, and someone who coordinated the delivery of food, medicine and blankets to refugees. He has been imprisoned for 5 years and classified as an enemy combatant, despite the lack of any allegations or evidence that he ever acted against the U.S. or its allies, or even had political sympathies for those who did. His friends and colleagues describe him as a funny, apolitical man who loved charity work and ping-pong.

One simple act of conscience would be to visit the Project Hamad website and learn more.

Project Hamad is what you might call a “Good Samaritan” organization. It is a small group of friends that heard of this man’s plight and decided to do something. Their goal is to raise awareness.

Project Hamad was created by David Naimon, Laura Moulton and Ben Parzybok. We're a physician, teacher and web developer, respectively, living in Portland, Oregon.

Another act of conscience would be to watch this video. You can also watch the video on the Project Hamad site, but I suggest you go to YouTube for two reasons.  One is to rate the video.  The second is to read this comment:

pilotkev55 (3 hours ago)

you dumbasses will beleive anything, fuck you scumbag liberals, you should be at guantanamo also

Got that, you scumbag liberal dumbass?  

What about the charges:

  1. The hospital Adel Hamad worked for was run by a charity (World Assembly of Muslim Youth or WAMY) that may support "terrorist ideals"

WAMY is not a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) according to the State Department's own watch list.

WAMY worked regularly with the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the World Food Program.

In fact, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees wrote: "UNHCR wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to WAMY for the humanitarian assistance, most notably, the commendable primary health care it provided to the Afghan refugees in Old Bagzai camp, Kurram Tribal Agency."

The U.S. Army Major, who dissented in his case, concurred: "Even if elements of certain NGOs provide support to terrorist ideals and causes that is insufficient to declare an employee of said NGO an enemy combatant; to do so would lead to unconscionable results: one would have to declare all physicians, nurses and aid workers of any suspect NGO as enemy combatants; the ramifications of such logic would lead to unforeseen and unconscionable results."

What unforeseen and unconscionable results? Does violating the Geneva Convention mean nothing to the Bush Administration?  

Article 20 of the 4th Geneva Convention states: Persons regularly and solely engaged in the operation and administration of civilian hospitals, including the personnel engaged in the search for, removal, and transporting of and caring for wounded and sick civilians, the infirm and maternity cases, shall be respected and protected.

That is rhetorical question.  We all know how little regard the Bush administration has for the Geneva Conventions and international law.

  1. In the course of his work with refugees Adel Hamad may have come into contact with Al-Qaeda or Taliban members

The dissenting Army Major in Adel Hamad's Administrative Review at Guantanamo states: "The fallacy of logic that seeks to classify Hamad as an enemy combatant because he many have come in contact with al Qaida member in the course of providing aid to refugees, or teaching at a school, would also provide support that a local merchant who 'came in contact' with al Qaida members could be detained as an enemy combatant."

Can the bar for classifying someone as an enemy combatant be set any lower?  If coming in contact with a member of a terrorist organization qualifies you as an enemy combatant, then Donald Rumsfeld is a former member of Saddam Hussein’s government.

  1. Adel Hamad is an Enemy Combatant

Adel Hamad was not captured on a battlefield. Instead he was arrested in the middle of the night from his own home. He had a valid passport and work visa and Pakistani intelligence found nothing incriminating in his place of residence.

No allegations have been made against Adel Hamad that he engaged in terrorism, acts supporting terrorists, violence against the United States or any belligerent act.

Interviews with his employers, his colleagues, his brother-in-law, and his landlord all describe Adel Hamad as a family man with a good sense of humor, a man who never spoke of politics, who was not a radical or an extremist.

The most damning evidence against him consists of Hamad having been member of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1986 and there are conflicting accounts of him having a pamphlet from the Muslim Brotherhood in his possession when he was arrested.

Another simple act of conscience would be to join Project Hamad, which is basically signing a petition of interest.

You can share Mr. Hamad’s story with family and friends by passing along the Project Hamad links.  

You can write letters to your local print media and elected representatives about the Hamad case and the need to overturn the Military Commission Act, which eliminates the writ of habeas corpus for anyone who offends our war criminal president. If you are pressed for time, you can find a well-constructed letter on the Project Hamad site at this link.

If you are willing to risk getting on the radar of our government, you can write a letter to Mr. Hamad to show him that not all Americans are evil, just the ones running the country at the moment:

Adel Hamad
Camp Delta
P.O. Box 160
Washington DC 20053

You can send an email to the wonderful people at Project Hamad that have taken the plight of this man to heart so he will not be forgotten.

projecthamad at gmail dot com

Please do something.  What we do for others in need is our legacy to future generations.  Thank you for reading.

Originally posted to DWG on Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 01:34 PM PST.

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  •  Tips for social justice (14+ / 0-)

    Recommend this diary only because I want to make sure as many caring people hear about this case as possible.  Otherwise, thanks for stopping by.

    A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

    by DWG on Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 01:30:35 PM PST

  •  Wonderful diary - (4+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle, DSPS owl, kurt, DWG

    Can the bar for classifying someone as an enemy combatant be set any lower?

    Yes.  Congress did that very thing in the MCA.  The specifically legislated that without regard to the underlying facts, ANYONE that the President had said or any Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) had said, was an enemy combatant prior to the date of the legislation --- is one.

    There is so much more than the decaptitation of habeas that is wrong with the MCA and that is just one of the many.

    The victims are many and the sad thing is that once the mistakes were made in rounding up and transporting/torturing so many innocent people, the military put on whiteface and became mimes in a box.  Because admitting that anyone, even one person, that they took to GITMO was a "mistake" makes them war criminals under the Geneva Conventions and other legal authority.

    So they can't ever admit any of them were mistakes.  Even the worst of Bush's lawyers in DOJ never ever ever ever argued that the kidnap/torture methods were "legal" for those who were either "legal" enemy combatants or simply innocents or citizens, "protected persons" under the conventions.

    And because no lawyers, even the Bybees, Addingtons and Yoos, were shameless enough to claim the legal right to kidnap and torture innocent people - any mistakes would have been and remained war crimes, even under their theories and memos, atrocious as they are.

    And so Congress, including so many Democrats it makes you ill, lowered that bar even further.  Congress via the MCA (McCain, Warner, Graham - the "white knights" legislation) made it clear that, as long as the President or a Kangaroo tribunal (one that knew it would be passing a sentence of war crimes on the US military if it allowed anyone to be found anything other than an enemy combatant) ever whispered the words "enemy combatant".  

    That's the lowest the bar goes - if a President mutters the words, they become the reality.  Bush didn't go there by himself.  Congress, including Democrats like Sherrod Brown, carried him there on their shoulders.  

    The American whistleblower in Iraq, Vance, who was working with the FBI has been caught in the same problem.  He "associated" with terrorism "suspects" (suspected, bc he turned them in) and the military has used that to justify his detention.  Then, of coure, he had to be "found" to be a threat -- or the detention was illegal from the beginning.

    It's a bad situation all around, but you and your friends are the good guys for taking on one person as your cause and working like this for them.

    You're leaving a tremendous legacy.

    •  You are absolutely correct (5+ / 0-)

      If just one person is unfairly imprisoned in Guantanamo, then it is a tragedy.  However, everything I have read suggests that less than 20% of the detainees have clear evidence of taking up arms against United States.  The rest are cases where bounty hunters turned them over to US custody.  

      Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but it seems to me that a truly great nation seeks to demonstrate a good faith attempt to uphold the highest standards of international law.  What do we have to fear from giving these people a fair hearing with competent legal representation in an open court?  Better yet, what do we have to fear from turning over suspected international criminals to the international court, apart from not wanting to recognize the ICC.  

      Let's hope that caring people can reverse the MCA, close Gitmo, stop rendition, and recognize the ICC.  I want to be proud to be an American again.

      A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

      by DWG on Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 03:12:57 PM PST

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      •  probably far less than 20% (2+ / 0-)
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        AllisonInSeattle, DSPS owl

        of the detainees held at Gitmo over the years have anything like actual evidence (however thin) that could be held against them. Only 45% of them had any allegations whatever leveled against them in their military tribunals; the average number of allegations among that 45% was only 2; and many such allegations were inane "charges" that they were associated somehow with others who were (allegedly) truly "bad" people. A typical allegation would be: "He owned a Casio watch." or "He owned a rifle." or "He has stayed overnight at guest houses."

        I wrote a similar diary not long ago about another detainee whom the US has offered half-heartedly to release back to Britain:

        Detainee # 902: Bisher al-Rawi

        I plan to return to the subject of his detention soon. Thanks for writing about Hamad.

  •  Lock'em Up (4+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle, DSPS owl, Mary2002, DWG

    and provide them with all the rights under the Geneva Conventions, a fair and speedy trial and justice.

    Anything less simply wont do.

    Great diary, DWG!

  •  Fantastic essay, thanks for (1+ / 0-)
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    DWG

    making this real by putting the face of one person on it.

    Truly horrible to lock this person up.

    Be good to each other. It matters. [me] --o-- Odd Republican politician: Bill Sali

    by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 10:02:54 AM PST

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