Jeanne Theoharis is the author of an April, 2009 article in The Nation, entitled "Guantanamo At Home," which focuses on the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of US citizen Syed Hashmi in a New York City prison with Guantanamo-like conditions. Theoharis holds the endowed chair in women's studies and is an associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Syed Hashmi's trial will begin in New York City
on December 1. The website www.freefahad.com
explains that: "Syed Hashmi, known to his family and friends as Fahad, was born
in 1980, the second child of Syed Anwar Hashmi and Arifa Hashmi. Fahad
immigrated with his family to America
when he was three years old. His father said 'We knew there would be many
opportunities for us here in the United States.
We came here to find the American dream.' The large Hashmi family settled in Flushing, New
York and soon developed deep
roots throughout the tri-state area. Fahad graduated from Robert F.Wagner High School in 1998 and attended SUNY Stonybrook University.
He transferred to Brooklyn College,
where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2003. A devout
Muslim, through the years Fahad established a reputation as an activist and
advocate. In 2003, Fahad enrolled in London Metropolitan University in England
to pursue a master's degree in international relations, which he received in
On June 6, 2006, Fahad was arrested in London Heathrow airport by British police based on an American indictment charging him with material support of Al Qaida. He was subsequently held in Belmarsh Prison, Britain's most notorious jail." For more information on the Hashmi case, also visit: www.educatorsforcivilliberties.org.
3 News: Can you please give us background on the arrest and
prosecution of Syed Hashmi? For example, what are the charges against him? What
is their evidence?