After reading the article please sign this petition requesting President Barack Obama to Commute the 36 month sentence.
I'm currently traveling around the US on a speaking tour, and as I've written before, one of the prime benefits of doing that is being able to meet people and their families whose lives have been severely harmed by the post-9/11 assault on basic liberties. Doing that prevents one from regarding these injustices as abstractions, and ensures that the very real human costs from these government abuses remain vivid.
Such is the case with the treatment of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer who just began a three-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas penitentiary for the "crime" of sending sustenance money to his impoverished, sick, and suffering relatives in Iraq - including his blind mother - during the years when US sanctions (which is what caused his family's suffering) barred the sending of any money to Iraq.
Signed and passed on.
Sanctions never worked, they never have and they never will. I could be sent to jail for sending plant compounds to Iran that would enable farmers to defeat a blight. I would prevent many from going hungry, and would be thus accused of being a terrorist supporter, disgraced, my family's name tarnished, and jailed.
I posted the following under Human Rights, but thought I'd put it here too.
The Judge in the above article isn't following the spirit of the law. I suspect Islamophobia, or more accurately a prejudice against people from that region - Islamahatred (?)