- toys, not tanks;
- peace, not terror;
- liberty, not poverty;
- hope, not despair;
- love, not hate; (and)
- life, not death.
So we ask: If (militarized occupation) shatters lives, while charity builds them and charity feeds children, while occupation kills them, why is a charity organization - not occupation - paying the price?"
After 15 years and two trials, five HLF principles were wrongfully convicted of all charges on November 24, 2008. It became one of many US days of infamy. Sentences ranged from 15 - 65 years.
Prosecutors used hundreds of documents; bank and wiretap records; suspect, bogus and secret evidence; hidden witnesses; juror intimidation; and other ruthless tactics to convict. Justice never had a chance.
Prosecutors called November 24 "a great day" in America. Attorney Greg Westfall compared it to denying Dred Scott his day in court, rounding up Japanese civilians during WW II, Red Scare witch hunt trials, murdering the Rosenbergs, and other egregious instances of US injustice.
He added that HLF was a faith-based organization of the "wrong faith."
Family members, friends, and numerous supporters were outraged. One observer put it this way:
"Grateful to live in a country where bankers who rape our entire economy receive 100s of billion of dollars in thanks while humanitarians who feed starving children are sent to jail."- Advertisement -
The ACLU said:
"The government's actions".violated the fundamental rights of American Muslim Charities and has chilled American Muslims' charitable giving in accordance with their faith, seriously undermining American values of due process and commitment to First Amendment freedoms."