Monday, March 17, 2008

Two Minutes for Dr. Al-Arian

It's day 14 of Dr. Al-Arian's hunger strike, he's lost 25 pounds and he isn't getting the medical attention he needs. Oh and did you forget that he's imprisoned despite a jury's inability to find him guilty of anything?

You've got your wedding dress and jacket ready? Your party menu is set? Your sinuses got you down? You ready for finals?

I don't know. If I had to weigh the questions I'm scared of being asked on the day of judgment, none of the above really frightens me. The one that does:

Did you do EVERYTHING you could?

Do yourself a favor, and do something for Dr. Al-Arian.

Two ideas to get you started:

1. Please call the Butner Medical Center today and inquire about Dr. Al-Arian's health. Ask why they haven't taken any steps to give him an IV to make sure he survives. Their number is (919) 575-3900.

2. Send a letter. We've got the form, all you have to do is personalize and hit send:

To: The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (; Senator Patrick Leahy (; U.S. Department of Justice (

To whom it may concern:

My name is xxx, and I am one of the many United States citizens who are concerned about the health of this country's democratic apparatus. One striking example of the numerous miscarriages of justice, is that of Dr. Sami Al-Arian. I am deeply concerned for the health of Dr. Sami Al-Arian who currently remains incarcerated, despite the fact that he has been acquitted of all serious charges brought against him by the U.S. government. Dr. Sami Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike now for over ten days, and has been refused adequate medical care (as simple as an IV!) He is close to dying from starvation.

In the spirit of our constitution and all that it contains pertaining to the civil rights of U.S. citizens, I beseech you to take an initiative in the immediate end to Dr. Al-Arian's suffering, and to responsibly care for his deteriorating health.


Go on, do something. We can all spare a few minutes from Grey's and Eli Stone to help a brother out.


Huda Shaka` said...

As usual, jazaks for sounding the alarm Zahra. I happened to randomly flick on to the documentary this weekend...a must-watch for those who havent seen it yet.

Also, more articles on Dr. Al-Arain's struggle here:

SJ said...


1- Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 299-3339

2- Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Fax Number: (202) 307-6777

E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to

3- Complain about the Prosecutorial Misconduct and Grand Jury Abuse in Dr. Al-Arian's Case:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Professional Responsibility
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

4- House Judiciary Chair:
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5126
(202) 225-0072 Fax

5- Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510