Russell Defreitas: Terrorist or Political Prisoner? - by Stephen Lendman
Many hundreds of wrongfully convicted men and women languish unjustly in US federal and state prisons, victims of judicial unfairness, get tough on crime policies, a guilty unless proved innocent mentality, three strikes and you're out, and America's bogus war on terror, entrapping law-abiding people for political advantage, especially Muslim's, Washington's target of choice.
Russell Defreitas is one of many, victimized by what the Innocence Project (IP) calls "McJustice - the crisis of indigent defense," or in Defreitas' case, FBI entrapment. No wonder IP tries to free "the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."
Prosecutorial misconduct includes:
-- targeting the innocent;
-- using bogus charges to indict;
-- coercing false confessions;
-- intentionally lying or misleading jurors;
-- withholding or destroying exculpatory evidence;
-- using secret evidence withheld from defense; and
-- entrapping targets lawlessly with stings and/or criminals induced to cooperate for better treatment.
On June 3, 2007, New York Times writers Cara Buckley and William Rashbaum headlined, "4 Men Accused of Plot to Blow Up Kennedy Airport Terminals and Fuel Lines," saying:
"Four men," including Russell Defreitas, "a onetime airport cargo handler and a former member of the Parliament of Guyana, were charged yesterday...." One was arrested in Brooklyn and two others were detained in Trinidad, (while) the fourth man was still at large."
On June 2, Defreitas, a naturalized US citizen, was arraigned in federal court. New York assistant FBI field office director Mark Mershon said all four men had "fundamentalist Islamic beliefs of a violent nature," suggesting they were guilty of being Muslims in America at the wrong time.
On August 2, 2010, Times writer AG Sulzberger headlined, "2 Men Convicted in Kennedy Airport Plot," saying:
Ending a monthlong trial, "(a) federal jury found two Guyanese men (Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir) guilty....of conspiring to attack Kennedy International Airport (by) set(ting) off a series of explosions along a pipeline that cuts through New York City."