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EXCLUSIVE BROADCAST: Free Ziyad Yaghi!
Laila Yaghi holding a picture of her imprisoned son

Guest: Laila Yaghi, mother of Ziyad Yaghi – an innocent young American framed in one of the most absurd “terror” cases yet – which is saying something!
19-year-old Ziyad’s “crime”: He went to visit relations in Jordan. The FBI claimed he was plotting some kind of nebulous “terror attack.” Yet they couldn’t even hazard a guess as to who or what he was going to attack, how, or when.
The FBI followed Ziyad, wiretapped him, knew his every move – and found not a shred of evidence that he was even thinking of committing a crime of any kind. So they had to claim that when he discussed getting married, “getting married” was a code word for jihad. When he went to the beach in Egypt, they said “going to the beach” is code for jihad.
For thinking of getting married, and visiting the beach, Ziyad was sentenced to 31.5 years in prison.
In the eyes of the FBI, his real crime – like that of Tarek Mehanna – was refusing to tell the FBI the lies they wanted to hear. The FBI wanted Ziyad to be an informant, and to make up false accusations against men he (barely) knew. He refused to lie. So they ruined his life.
For more information, see: An Innocent Man Remains in America’s Gulag Today
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February 12, 2014
via Laila Yaghi: I wrote this poem a few days after my son lost his appeal to this evil system

Hell or Heavenly Hell?

Sometimes I wonder why the sun comes out everyday
Why the stars march out on the sky
In their bright uniforms
Scatter on a black field of glory
Contrasting sharply on an ocean 
Full of secrets
Of His signs

I wonder why death when it is inevitable
Doesn't seem to flash in front of the oppressors’ eyes?

I wonder when the moon crosses path with the sun
Do they dance? Or just shake hands?
Or kiss a kiss of death?

I wonder what the moon whispers to the sun
When the shadow of God
Encompasses their crossings

I’ve seen the moon hand a document to the sun
Full of evil deeds
Of judges and prosecutors
I’ve seen the stars hide behind the Earth
From fear
I’ve seen a candle lit of magnificent beauty
When the angels read
Prosecutors and judges on one side
Oppressed and the poor on the other side
A smile painted on my lips
Indeed A Just God

Humans in their limited thinking
Think they seem to not seize
But soon they seize to exist
Every one goes to their dwellings

At the end
You might sit on the moon
Or on the sun
Either one you choose
Hell or heavenly Hell
Frost bites from the cold moon
Compete with the scorching heat

You might dangle your feet
You might feel you are up in the air
But at the end everyone dies
And is accountable for their deeds

Has your life ever flashed before your eyes?
In a rapid speed
Have you ever had a near death experience?

That is your conscious indeed
Knocking on the door

Of your dead soul

©Laila Yaghi

Injustice Against Ziyad Yaghi Continues, Court Affirms Conviction
Appellate court ignores key points in appeal and reaffirms convictions, says attorney

DALLAS – February 14, 2014  Representatives at Muslim Legal Fund of America are saddened by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to affirm Ziyad Yaghi's conviction in United States of America v. Ziyad Yaghi (Appeal # 12-4063), in which appellate attorney Robert Boyle says Yaghi was convicted based solely on First Amendment activities.

Boyle said that the court failed to address the key issues raised in the appeal and seemed to move the law farther away from liberty in the security versus liberty debate.

"They avoided the legal issues, but what I find particularly disturbing is the undercurrent of Islamophobia in the decision,” Boyle said. “The court endorses the use of broad conspiracy laws to ensnare Muslim youth who are targeted and then prosecuted for debating issues affecting Muslims worldwide. Debates and political speech are activities that have long been held to be protected by the First Amendment and essential to our democracy."

Khalil Meek, Executive Director of MLFA, said that the court’s decision is a step back in America's commitment to freedom of speech.

“Just as we saw in the Sami Alarian case, prosecutors are now going after law-abiding community members for prosecution when they believe the speech will alarm jurors,” Meek said. “Sharing political or religious views should never be criminalized, no matter how distasteful some may find those views.”

Robert Boyle, Esq. is an attorney specializing in criminal appeals, civil rights and human rights litigation. He has represented several targets of government entrapment in alleged "material support" prosecutions.

The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation's civil liberties. To learn more about MLFA, visit their website at http://www.mlfa.org.

Resources and Information

Information pertaining to Ziyad Yaghi: http://www.freeziyadyaghi.info/

TrueTalk show with Laila Yaghi, regarding her son: http://www.arabvoicesspeak.com/blog/2012/08/25/saying-pizza-and-beach-can-land-you-in-prison-for-32-years-if-you-are-muslim/

Facebook Support Group "Please Support Ziyad Yaghi": https://www.facebook.com/groups/212624343942/

And lastly, do not forget to donate to this very important cause. Donate and share below:
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by Laila Yaghi



Ziyad Yaghi: Sentenced to 31.5 years in prison
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan: Sentenced to 15 years in prison


Please take a few minutes out of your time to write to them:

Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056) 
Federal Correctional Complex-USP-2
P.O. Box 1034Coleman, FL 33521-0879
USA
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Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan #51769-056 
USP Coleman IU.S. Penitentiary
P.O. BOX 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
USA
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I want people to understand how corrupt our system is and how it is solely designed to keep the rich rich and the poor poor and how it has no conscious what so ever! Its goal is money and to use people as scapegoats to fulfill their political goal
My son, Ziyad Yaghi, was only a teenager when he and his friend Omar Hassan (originally from Egypt) and Ziyad originally from Palestine and Jordan went to visit the country of their origin! All what they did was go sightseeing and visit family members and were looking for a future bride. Nothing out of the ordinary took place overseas in Jordan and in Egypt and after two years and a half of my son and his friend coming back from overseas the FBI decided to arrest them! 
On July 27th, 2009 our apartment complex was invaded by armed FBI agents and a SWAT team who arrested my twenty-one year old son from the pool! 
They made it seem like they were arresting a “terrorist”! This big hype for the media so who ever wants to get elected will claim that they arrested a “terrorist” to help keep our country “safe”
Safe from what? When my son has not done one thing wrong or hurt as much as a hair on anyone’s head! He was refused a speedy trial based on there was “secret evidence” and remained in jail for over two years till his trial took place by a very biased jury who were not of my son’s peer and fill asleep during the trial and most of them were older people, some who could barely walk! The trial was very unfair and very unclear tape recordings of “The Ring leader” were played filled out by the prosecutors in a transcript given to the jury was used against my son who was not in any of these tape recordings! Of course even though there was not any evidence against my son, and even though the “ring leader” when basically forced under duress to testify against my son, when cross examined said that he never conspired with my son, Ziyad Yaghi, to do anything!!! Yet the jury convicted my son and the Judge gave him 31.5 years!

The judge also allowed biased material in court that had nothing to do with my son like video tapes of people beheading other people and so on which of course scared an ignorant jury!

This entire ordeal has caused us so much grief, depression and sadness. Many days I wake up crying or go to sleep crying or have to leave my job because all of a sudden I burst out crying while I am at work and cannot stop!
I am constantly spaced out because I keep thinking about my son and the situation that he is in! He is in (Special Housing Unit) which is even worse than solitary confinement! Not only that, they fined us, because they wronged us, $8200 which will be taken out of the money that I send him for commissary!
The assistant manager at our apartment complex said that she never saw a more gentleman than my son!
My son who did not like me killing any insects in our apartment now is convicted of material support and conspiracy to kill and maim people!!! We still don’t know material support to whom since my son did not give any money to anyone and to kill who since he never even thought of hurting anyone!!!
Just because some people want to be promoted or get elected we have to suffer! Our family has been shattered our lives interrupted from people with no conscious!
Muslims are being discriminated against, oppressed and denied any rights in America!!!
A country that I was born in took our rights from us and discriminated against us just because we are Muslims 
It is you who can us help when you speak out, when you stand by us the oppressed. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” Desmond Tutu 

Please help Ziyad!
I need ALL of you to do this. If you have already done so, PLEASE take a few minutes to pass it along and urge others to do the same?
• Share my story with your friends
• If you know any great lawyer who will take my son’s case (pro-bono) let me know
• Sign the petitions and write letters to the people in charge. Come on, just think about it. What would you do if this was your own child?
• Speak about the injustices and the discriminations that are going on against Muslim people and the unfair targeting of the FBI towards Muslim people
• Don’t vote for Presidents/Congressmen who encourage this type of discrimination or who stay quite while these kind of injustices are taking place under their reign 

It's the little things we do that can make a difference.
Every society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate amongst them. If you feel that you can just sit back and read about Ziyad and do nothing to repel this injustice and that it can never happen to you, think again.
Donate generously because his appointed lawyer barely defended him just watched my son sink. I need to get him a private lawyer so he won’t spend the rest of his life in jail
Also sign this petition to stop torture and solitary confinement 
http://www.nrcat.org/%20www.aclu.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=429&Itemid=3

DONATE : http://widget.chipin.com/widget/id/554ba4325ae49540

Also read this article
http://freedetainees.org/14668
Also visit: http://www.FreeZiyadYaghi.blogspot.com/

Read the Indictment for yourself: 
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20090728_terror_indictment.pdf

If you don’t like sending money through PayPal you can always send me a money order to my address. In box me and I will give you my address or the lawyer’s address and you can send him directly.




by Laila Yaghi (Note from author: I wrote it before the sentencing took place but did not publish it until today)
As sentencing is nearing for my son and two of his co-defendants, as a mother of one of the co-defendants, Ziyad Yaghi, I can’t begin to fathom the enormous injustice that our country has done to us just because of our religious belief.

I begin to reiterate that my son only went overseas to get married and visit family members hence most of the Yaghi family live in Jordan.  Moreover, Muslim people get married at a young age to avoid fornicating which is one of the major sins in Islam
Many of my son’s peers are either married or are looking for a wife.  This is the tradition in Islam to marry at a young age to avoid fornicating and having illegitimate children.
So why then has my son been accused of conspiracy and material support?  Why would a young man who was seeking to please his Lord and fulfill his obligations towards his deen (religion) be prosecuted?

I began to research about all the cases that are similar to my son’s case and found that most if not all these young men had a few things in common.  One of the characteristics that these young men shared was that they spoke against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan except that my son really did not speak against the war. He was too young and immature but his co-defendant did

So now we know why many of these men are accused of conspiracy and material support.  Their crime that the FBI concocted had no basis; material support, to whom?  How is my son convicted of material support when he did not spend any money on anything illegal or any terrorist organization?  How is he convicted of conspiracy when there hasn’t been a crime that has taken place or even a plan to commit a crime?
Even when his co-defendant, Daniel Boyd, “the ring leader” as the prosecutors called him plead guilty so he can save his home from being repossessed by the government and have his sons get out of jail in no time, admitted when cross examined that there wasn’t any agreement between him and my son to conspire to kill or maim people abroad or anywhere else for that matter.  Moreover, he stated that he and the co-defendants never had a plan to do any kind of harm to anyone!

So how then did my son get convicted?
Well for one thing, the trial was set two and a half hour away from where all his friends and community members live.  In addition, the jury consisted of mostly elderly people whom most of them as stated to the questions asked to them by the judge, did not leave New Bern (the city where the trial took place).  Moreover, many of them had family members in the military.  On top of that, the prosecutors manipulated them into thinking that these young men are jihadist.  How did the prosecutors manipulate them?  Well for one thing, they provided endless hours of boring unclear tape recordings of Boyd, “the ring leader”.  Pay attention; unclear tape recordings that the prosecutors then handed the jury some transcripts with words filled in by the prosecutors.  Then, even though my son was not in any of these tape recordings, the prosecutors kept bringing up his name and showing his picture while the tape recordings were being played, while the jury were reading a fabricated filled in transcript by the prosecutors
So an uninformed not well educated, not traveled and elderly people who some of them mind you, can barely walk and keep awake, were anxious of getting this ordeal over and in favor of whom, of course, the well convincing prosecutors
Not only that, the prosecutors kept showing pictures of jihadist beheading and killing people.  And they brought this so called expert, Evan Kohlman, to testify against the co-defendants.  His testimony had no basis since he does not even know the co-defendants.  His fabricated fantasy to portray Muslim people as violent, worked well with an uneducated, uninformed Jury.   Whereas if you look at the statistics here in United States where the most populated Muslim cities are, the less crime and violence there is
In fact, Dearborn Michigan is one of the safest cities to live in the US!  So how then was Evan Kohlman so convincing?  Because the mind of the jury is pre-set based on how Muslims are portrayed post 9/11.  Not only that, the media and how it constantly portrays Muslims plays a huge affect on how people are stereotyped
So now an innocent young man lies in jail for a simple trip he took overseas.  Families have been ripped apart, destroyed and shattered.  A country that feeds off of putting innocent people in jail! United States is the only country that loves putting its citizens in jail.   How is God going to bless this country if it is oppressing its own people? 
And 99 percent of these cases get convicted even though there is not any evidence of anything and remember not any crime has taken place
It is as if the prosecutors either scare the Judges to comply with what they want or they will lose their jobs or more likely work together in conspiring to kill and maim the truth.  There is something going on behind the scenes that no one knows but God
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2010-10-05-federal-prosecutor-immunity_N.htm
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/saccov/redscare.html
http://www.newworldorderreport.com/Default.aspx?tabid=266&ID=8143
http://vmaestro.webhost4life.com/background-ID.htm

 


After thinking for over two years about what is happening to my son, me, and a lot of innocent people in the same situation, I concluded that there are a lot of people in positions of power who are simply evil.

It began when a SWAT team arrested my son on July 27, 2009, for a simple trip he took overseas. Everything that happened, including the arrest, was all preplanned.

Everything prior to the arrest until this day has been preplanned by the FBI, the media, and who ever works at the top.

A SWAT team came to arrest my son who was an innocent young man swimming at the pool in our apartment complex. At the time, he was contemplating which college to go to.

Now you might ask, why a SWAT team would come for an unarmed young man! But because everything was pre-staged, even the media also (who is in on it) portrayed it in a way that will send shivers down your spine to create a scare for an audience of uninformed people.

People who have never learned from their past mistakes like the Red Scare that created fear in the hearts of all Americans to justify the evil things the government had done.

Now it is a different scare that they are using; the Muslim scare, i.e. Islamophobia!

This young man, Ziyad, my son went overseas to get married and to visit family members and was accused of material support and conspiring to kill and maim people abroad! Just think, this young man has family members living in Jordan and Jordan is one of the most peaceful countries. Further, Jordanians do not practice or support Jihad!

If you think a little bit more, why would a person suspected of committing a terrorist act or Jihad, come back to the US and resume a normal life? This in fact shows you how things are pre-staged, and how the FBI desperately wants to convince people that these young men, my son and his codefendants, are in fact guilty. So the FBI went ahead and arrested an acquaintance of my son, a young man who is illegally in America, scared him and threatened to deport him, then paid him to write lies against some of these accused young men.



To make it worse also for the defendants, the trial was set in September to remind people of September 11th. As if this is not enough, because these young men are innocent, it was decided to accuse a young man named Jude of coming to the US to commit an act of terrorism on US cities! Jude is no more than 22 years old. He is overseas and the FBI is looking for him yet he was supposed to miraculously come back to the US, mind you at the time of the trial, knowing that he will be arrested if he comes back to the US in spite of all the heightened security, to do an act of terrorism!

These ugly lies that have been created by the FBI have destroyed innocent lives! I wonder how these people can sleep at night! I wonder how some people will destroy innocent lives just so they can get paid!

I began to learn of the ugly reality of human greed at an early age and saw how many people will do so much harm and damage to others just for money! But I never imagined that my own country would betray my son and me. But since money is the root of all evil, evil seems to always prevail.
-Laila Yaghi


Additional Info: http://www.projectsa...s/09-19-11.html


Trial Set to Begin September 19th, 2011 


Write to Ziyad Yaghi

Write to Ziyad Yaghi:
Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056)
Federal Correctional Complex-USP-2
P.O. Box 1034
Coleman, FL 33521-0879
USA
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Write to Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan:
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan #51769-056
USP Coleman I U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. BOX 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
USA

Important Information

Via Friends of Human Rights: Support Ziyad Yaghi. He lost his appeal, and will continue serving an outrageous 31-year sentence for a crime the government thought he might commit sometime in the future! The charge was conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and to maim and murder people overseas. Who, where and when were not specified. The evidence, which basically was speech, showed he was not involved in any conspiracy. And in turning down the appeal, the judge apparently felt that the First Amendment does not apply to Ziyad. Also, the judge saw nothing outrageous with a 31-year sentence for a crime that hasn't happened. If you want to show the prison that you support Ziyad, and let Ziyad know that he is not forgotten, you can write to him at this address: Ziyad Yaghi (51771-056) USP Coleman 2 P.O. Box 1034 Coleman, FL 33521

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