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Say no to Pataki’s Presidential Aspirations

Say no to Islamapobia, Persecution of Activists

Join Dhafir and St. Pats 4 Supporters

Protest Cities
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Ithaca--Clare Grady to post.
Syracuse--Federal Bldg, 5 PM day of
Utica--Christine Shahin to Post.


We are opposed to outgoing New York State Governor Pataki’s Presidential bid. Join the St. Patricks 4 and Dr. Rafil Dhafir supporters and others that have felt the wrath of Pataki’s political opportunism. We will be holding protests/press conferences in cities across NY State the day Pataki makes his Presidential bid announcement (expected in January 2007).

"Pataki, who is trained in the law, should stick to the facts and not contribute to the climate of fear."
"Fear and Dhafir", Editorial Syracuse Post Standard, Aubust 8, 2004

Pataki has politicized 9-11 and is now looking to reap the benefits by running for President. New York State has seen a disproportionate number of political prosecutions for terrorism (Dhafir & other Help the Needy defendants, Aref, Hossain,...) unprecedented high profile cases to intimate dissent (Lynne Stewart, The St. Patricks 4) and Pataki has publicly slandered defendants (Dhafir) weeks before their trials, preventing them from having a fair trial. He has abused his office, ruined the lives of countless individuals and their families, trampled on the civil rights of New Yorkers. Not only is he wrong for President he epitomizes everything that is wrong with the way Domestic War on Terror is being waged. The paranoia in the defense of liberty has got to cease

New Yorker’s know that they have had more than their fair share criminal prosecutions of terrorism. Marnie Eisenstadt of the Syracuse Post Standard notes such in “What’s going on Upstate?” (August 6, 20004):

“Three Upstate New York communities with three different, high-profile federal cases that involved the arrests of Muslims.
Authorities have made no links between the cases, and - in the case of Help the Needy - prosecutors have not made a direct link to terrorism.
But New Yorkers, including the governor, are considering the connections...
But why Upstate New York?

"Gov. George Pataki unfairly smeared a Central New York doctor Thursday when he linked Rafil Dhafir and his charity for Iraqis to terrorist organizations. Pataki's public remarks seemed to confirm what Dhafir and his supporters have been saying all along - that the federal case against Dhafir is a political prosecution as well as a criminal one. "Fear and Dhafir", Editorial Syracuse Post Standard, Aubust 8, 2004

New York State has been a battleground state for the Justice Department in trying to intimate dissent and send a message to others across the country. The prosecution of Lynne Stewart sent a chill into the legal community and had many lawyers wondering whether it was worth it to defend those charged with terrorism by the government. To send a chill into the activist community the Justice Department reached deep into its playbook and charged the St. Pats 4 with Federal conspiracy charges.

Weeks before Dr. Rafil Dhafir was to be tried for providing humanitarian aid to Iraq during the sanctions Pataki took to his soapbox and slandered him and Imam Aref in Albany.

"We saw with the arrest in Syracuse of money laundering efforts to help terrorist organizations. And today, we see here again in the capital region those among us who seek to help terrorists to conduct horrible acts against the people of America and against our freedom."

Dr. Dhafir’s lawyer Devereaux Cannick cried fouled and said that Pataki was preventing his client from have a fair trial. The Syracuse Post Standard’s Editorial Page (Sunday August 8, 2004; “Fear and Dhafir”)commented:

“Gov. George Pataki unfairly smeared a Central New York doctor Thursday when he linked Rafil Dhafir and his charity for Iraqis to terrorist organizations. Pataki's public remarks seemed to confirm what Dhafir and his supporters have been saying all along - that the federal case against Dhafir is a political prosecution as well as a criminal one.
But prosecutors have been careful not to allege that Dhafir, who was born in Baghdad, or his charity assisted terrorist organizations.
That didn't stop Pataki, a loyal Bush Republican eager to point to successes in the War on Terror. When a federal sting operation busted two men in Albany Thursday for their alleged willingness to aid in a fabricated terrorist plot, the governor stepped up and proceeded to undermine Dhafir's right to a fair trial.
Pataki, who is trained in the law, should stick to the facts and not contribute to the climate of fear.

Join us and help send a message to Pataki and all of the other 2008 Presidential Hopefuls. They need to hear that the targeting and persecution of Muslims and Arab Americans is wrong, that suppressing dissent and silencing critics is un-American, that the inhumane treatment of prisoners whether it be at home Quantanamo Bay or in Iraq is wrong and defies the prophetic teachings and most of all they need to be told that there is a more humane way to deal with terrorism!

If you are interested in holding an action in your city contact us. All we need is a location and media contact.

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