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The U.S. Attorney Investigative Line-up Card

Investigations here, investigations there, investigations of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales everywhere. You almost need a lineup card to keep track of all the investigations targeting the growing scandal at the Justice Department.

So, like a baseball manager handing in his batting order at the start of the game, Capitol Briefing presents a lineup card laying out the ongoing investigations of the Justice Department, those that have been proposed and those that might come down the pike. This summary focuses solely on those probes spawned by the congressional investigations into Justice's sacking of the nine U.S. attorneys last year.

1 - OSC. The Office of Special Counsel
-- an obscure investigative unit that focuses on enforcing prohibitions against federal employees from doing partisan political work -- is investigating White House officials using e-mail accounts based out of the Republican National Committee. An offshoot of that investigation is examining the firing of David C. Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico. Justice Department officials have testified that Iglesias was fired because he was an "absentee landlord," giving his deputies too much responsibility. But Iglesias is a member of the military reserves, requiring him to be away for 30 to 40 days a year, and it's illegal to fire a federal employee because of his or her enlistment in the reserves.

2 - IG-OPR. Justice's Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility are conducting a joint probe into the U.S. attorney firings, allegations that Gonzales's top aides politicized the hiring process of career prosecutors and immigration judges, and whether Gonzales tried to steer the congressional testimony of one of his top aides in a conversation she has described as "uncomfortable." This is not a criminal probe, but the internal investigators could issue a ruling that requests one. Congressional Democrats consider this investigation the most important unknown element of the six-month-and-counting scandal.

3 - IG perjury. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) plans to request Justice's inspector general investigate whether Gonzales lied under oath in multiple appearances on Capitol Hill. In a brief interview with Capitol Briefing Wednesday, Leahy said he will give Gonzales a week to revise his testimony about a March 2004 White House meeting - which conflicts with several Democrats who were present, as well as FBI Director Robert Mueller - or else he'll request an IG perjury probe. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), ranking member on Judiciary, opposed this route because he said this office is designed to look at internal ethics questions, not potential crimes.

4 - Special Prosecutor. Four Senate Democrats yesterday wrote to Solicitor General Paul Clement asking him, as acting attorney general because Gonzales has recused himself from decisions related to this investigation, to appoint an outside prosecutor similar to the prosecution of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby by Patrick J. Fitzgerald. The senators believe Gonzales's testimony this week, and in prior appearances, constituted perjury and should be prosecuted. But they want it done by someone from outside of main Justice to avoid the inherent conflicts of interest. For now such recommendations from Democrats probably carry little weight. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was the first lawmaker to call for a special counsel in the Libby-CIA leak probe, but it took more than five months before Fitzgerald was appointed . So this where the IG-OPR report could be critical. Should the IG-OPR probe say laws were likely broken, it may be impossible for the White House and Justice Department to avoid appointing a special prosecutor to examine the case. It's unknown how long it will take for the internal Justice investigation to be completed.

5 - Grand jury investigation. The House Judiciary Committee approved a contempt-of-Congress citation this week against White House Chief of Staff Joshua A. Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers for refusing to cooperate with its subpoenas in the panel's investigation. If no agreement is reached in coming weeks over West Wing testimony, the full House will vote and likely approve the criminal contempt charges in September. This will send the matter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who by law "shall" convene a grand jury to consider criminal charges against Bolten and Miers. However, the Justice Department has said the White House's claim of executive privilege is valid and no U.S. attorney would prosecute a case based on a valid claim, short circuiting the process and keeping it out of federal courts.

6 - Domenici ethics. The Senate Ethics Committee, since early March, has been investigating Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) for his role in the Iglesias firing. Iglesias testified he received a call from Domenici in late October 2006 in which the senator asked if the prosecutor would bring a case against local Democrats before the election. Iglesias said no and Domenici hung up on him, and a week later Iglesias's name appeared on a firing list for the first time in the two-year process of drawing up the dismissal charts. Domenici has apologized for making the call but denied he said anything about the November elections. In private and public testimony, Gonzales and other Justice officials have repeatedly stated Domenici's lack of support for Iglesias - which was based solely on his lack of prosecutions of Democrats - as the main reason Iglesias was fired.

7 - Wilson ethics. There's no way for outsiders to know whether the House ethics committee is running a parallel investigation into the Iglesias dismissal, but there is ample evidence it could be doing so. Domenici's phone call came about 10 days after Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) called Iglesias and, according to the former prosecutor's testimony, asked about "sealed indictments". (She acknowledges the call, but denies making comments about indictments, which are the legal world's equivalent of classified intelligence.) Wilson had been attacking her opponent, a former state attorney general, for not vigorously prosecuting corrupt local Democrats and wanted the federal indictments against the same Albuquerque politicians as another attack on the state prosecutor. It was one of the closest races in the nation in 2006, with Wilson spending more than $4 million on a race she won by less than 900 votes. Top lawmakers on House ethics have declined to comment on whether they are examining whether Wilson, along with Domenic, improperly tried to pressure Iglesias for political gain.

By Paul Kane  |  July 27, 2007; 12:44 PM ET
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While our government has to focus on investigations on the unethical procedures happening in our own government, we miss out on contributing to the world. We could be fighting global poverty and putting and end to that terrible statistic: every 3.6 seconds another person dies from starvation [Borgen Project].

Posted by: Erica | July 27, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I once supported President Bush. I voted for him. When there were no weapons of mass destruction, I still supported him.
This just convinces me more that the president is hiding something. No elected official should be exempt from answering questions in matters concerning our nation. This is not a matter of "National Security", and he is not the king.
Last week he gave a speech on the war in Iraq that angered me. He said that we had to stay in Iraq so Al Qaeda does not come here, but read the following:

Al-Queda planning to use underground secret tunnels from Mexico to America?
Staff Reporter
February 04, 2005

According to some published media reports, Mexican federal agents have found a tunnel in Tijuana, less than a mile from the nearest official border crossing, through which undocumented foreigners and illegal narcotics could enter the San Isidro area near San Diego in southern California, officials said. The tunnel is an underground concrete drainage pipe, 80 feet long and five feet across.

There are many indications that Al-Queda is looking for entering the America using the secret paths used by illegal migrant workers and drug dealers. The Federal Agents in America is also aware of the same and are taking all possible precautions to neutralize these terrorists right at the inception level.

The Mexican authorities are also cooperating knowing very well the only possible way to smuggle a dirty bomb or nuke of any sorts is through Mexico into America through the drug dealers' secret paths and illegal migrant workers traditional paths in the porous border areas.

Al-Queda will try all means to create another nine eleven of larger proportion. That fact is well known but what every one is trying to pinpoint is how they will enter given the efficiency of the homeland security department.

The Mexican border has many secret entry points. That is how the illegal workers come and go from and to Mexico. And Al-Queda may be using these tunnels and secret paths to smuggle their people and equipments and create sleeping cells.

Here is another:
Congresswoman: Three Al Qaeda Caught in U.S. After Crossing Border with Mexico
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 | Kristinn
Posted on 11/09/2005 4:49:04 PM PST by kristinn

let slip a bombshell disclosure at a news conference today to announce a bill targeting states that allow illegal aliens to get drivers licenses.

During the Q&A with reporters, Myrick gave as a reason for proposing the bill the recent capture of three al Qaeda terrorists at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A check of Google News turned up no references to this incident, yet Myrick stated this was a 'given fact.'

No reporter asked her about this revelation, but it was noted at the end of a Charlotte Observer article by Tim Funk.

Two Representatives from North Carolina, Virginia Foxx (R) and Patrick McHenry (R) stood with Myrick at the press conference. Neither commented on her matter of fact statement.

Rep. Myrick's remarks can be heard online at her Congressional Website here. the statement is made at about 8:45 into the press conference.

A call placed to Myrick's office in D.C. was not answered as the office is closed for the evening.


"Our main concern is, who's in our state? I mean this is a critical issue today. I mean they just arrested down on the border, what a couple of weeks ago, three al Qaeda members who came across from Mexico into the United States. I mean that's a given fact. They were holding them in the jail down there."

There is no way to know how many have succeeded in crossing from Mexico into the U.S. Mexico has flourishing muslim communities. Mexico also has free trade agreements with Pakistan. And we all know al Qaeda is in various countries in North America. When 80% of the American citizens refused his immigration bill, he attended a Latino committee and told them to call their Senators. He was talking to legal and illegal Latinos.
All of these things and much more, are happening during Bush's term. If he was concerned for safety, he would secure our borders. He is aware of Al Qaeda being able to slip through Mexico. He once said that by passing his immigration reform, "it might make it easier to secure our borders". If securing our border is too hard for him, maybe he could just send money to the minutemen. I no longer believe the President and would support impeachment. Congress is right in holding him accountable for his decisions.

Posted by: topper2 | July 27, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Kane

You are missing an important piece of the Justice Department puzzle and that is the investigation by the House Judiciary Committee into whether decisions were made by DOJ to target Democratic office holders for indictments and trials. While there are cases across the country where this is alleged to have taken place, the most visible of these office holders is that of former Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman.

There are significant questions about jury improprities, judicial rulings during the trial of Siegelman and other irregularities. A lifelong Republican lawyer has signed an affadavit saying she was a party to a conversation where the senior Republican official in Alabama said that Siegelman would not be a problem and that "Karl" had already taken care of things at DOJ. The "Karl" was understood to be Rove. Evidence exists that while Siegelman was prosecuted by US attorneys, those same attorneys ignored more serious improprieties committed by Republican office holders.

Now 48 Attorneys General, Democat and Republican have asked that the House and Senate Judiciary committees investigate this. The House committee has asked DOJ for a signifcant amount of material related to these incidents.

For some reason the Washington Post has not seen fit to print anything about this important story. If all of this turns out to be true, the involvement of Rove, Gonzales and others in the US Attorney firings will be overshadowed by the story of partisan targeting of elected officials.

I think you should look into this story that is looming out there.

Thank you for your attention.

Tom Goodwin

Posted by: Tom Goodwin | July 27, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

bush should not resist appointment of special investigator and should encourage expedited perjury conviction of gonzales so he will have time to commute or pardon. only 18 months left.

Posted by: p chintis | July 28, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

We have a corrupt Judicial System whereas U.S.Attorney General & Office of Inspector Generals have made ( & make ) illegal agreements with other federal law enforcement offices to Conduct,Assist,Allow and conceal Felony Fraud against the USA & American Citizens.
Example: Federal Hospital Insurance Fraud
Subject to prosecution -- 1998 NATIONAL -- HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND ABUSE CONTROL PROGRAM, under the Joint Direction [ T18CFR371-illegal agreement to induce forfiture of Federal Hospital Insurance Benefits DHHS T42CFR417 Anti-dumping violation to force illegal HCFA Medicaid kickback conversions ] of the ATTORNEY GENERAL and the Secretary of [ DHHS ] the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)(1), acting through the Department's [ OIG ] Inspector General (HHS/OIG), Designed [ HMO Grievance Procedure T42CFR417 criminal denial of covered Hospital Insurance claims/Volentary Disclousure/SELF-Audit Program ] to coordinate Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement activities [ misprison of a felony / defrauding federal health insurance programs OPM FEHBP CITE: 5CFR890.105 ] With Respect to [ Federal Hospital Insurance Benefit / Claims ] Health Care Fraud and Abuse. [ Anti-dumping and Anti-kickback Violations ]
DHHS OIG News Release 21 October 1998 - DHHS & Federal HMO Hospital Insurance Fraud
Volentary Disclousure of Health Care Fraud For Immediate Release Contact: ...............Judy Holtz (202) 619-0893
Wednesday, October 21,1998 ...................Ben St.John (202) 619-1028
The ( DHHS OIG ) Department of Health and Human Services's Office of Inspector General ( OIG ) today unveiled an expanded and simplified Program For [ Federal HMO Hospital Insurance Service Contract ] Health Care Providers to 'volentarily report' [ T18CFR4Crime - misprison of a felony / T42CFR417 illegal denial of covered - 'medically necessary services '- claims ] Fraudulent Conduct [ Federal Hospital Insurance Fraud DHHS T42sec417 Anti-dumping Violation Felony/CRIME ] Affecting Medicare, Medicaid and other [ OPM FEHBP et al ] Federal health care programs.
The Region V HCFA [ Chicago ] Office had a record high 940 new MSP cases filed in 1998. Contributing to this were PARTNERSHIP Arrangements with [ Federal Health Care Provider HMO T42CFR417 DHHS Anti-dumping Violation/Hospital Insurance Fraud ] Contractors and U.S. Attorneys [ T18CFR1518 - T18CFR286 - T18CFR371 ] in Michigan and Ohio as well as a new notice letter to assist fiscal intermediaries in recoveries.
According to the Detroit News, Between 1999 & 2001 Michigan's Medicaid clientele ballooned [ DHHS T42sec417 induced forfiture of existing federal hospital insurance benefits for illegal HCFA Mediciad kickback conversions ] to 1.25 million from 1 million, at a cost of approximately $6,000 on each Medicaid Reciepent.
The Detroit News stated according to Paul Rienhart " a Medicaid Expert " in
The State Budget Office of Michigan, says
[ OFIS/HCFA ] Medicaid consumed 8% of Michigan's General Funds in 1998.
[ OFIS/HCFA ] Medicaid will consume 32 % of the General Fund budget by 2004.
Subj: RE: abuse of civil rights by justice employees
Date: 12/13/2002 8:54:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: (General, Inspector)
To: ('')
Dear Ms. Kimball:
The purpose of this letter is to acknowledge receipt of your Internet submission dated October 31, 2002. The matters that you raised have been reviewed by the staff of the Investigations Division, Office of the Inspector General.
The primary investigative responsibilities of this office are:
· Allegations of criminal, as well as non-criminal, misconduct committed by U.S. Department of Justice Employees and Contractors; and
· Waste and abuse by high ranking Department officials, or that affects major programs and operations.
This Office does not have jurisdiction in the matter you described.
Section 1001 of the USA Patriot Act, signed into law by President Bush on October 26, 2001
OPM FEHBP - TITLE 5 [CITE: 5CFR185.104] PROGRAM FRAUD Sec. 185.104 Investigation. (d) Nothing in this section modifies any Responsibility of an Investigating Official to Report Violations of Criminal Law [ Anti-dumping & Anti-Kickback Violation Against Retired 'Entitled' Federal Beneficiaries CITE: 5CFR890.105 ] to the U.S.Attorney General.
Therefore, your complaint has been forwarded to:
Office of Personnel Management
Office of the Inspector General
1900 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20415
Office of Inspector General - Misprison of a felony - T42CFR417 ' grievance service ' Hospital Insurance Fraud
Office of Personnel Management - CITE: 5CFR890.105 criminal denial of Covered Claims
Joseph Frech investigator - illegal agreement w/U.S.Attorney General & DHHS OIG Volentary Disclousure / Self-Audit / misprison of a felony - Program
dtd: 9 may 2002
" The matters discribed [ Anti-dumping and Anti-kickback Violations - Hospital Insurnce Fraud resulting in Death of a Retired FEHBP ] in your letter are not within the jurisdiction of this office. The OIG had also recieved information regarding your case in September 2000. At that time we determined that the [ OPM FEHBP ] Health Benefits Contracts Division has sole jurisdiction over [ SELF-Audit ] your ( criminal ) complaint. The decision made by the contracts division is final and The OIG will NOT Investigate. " [ OPM FEHBP Contracting Divisions assisting, allowing & concealing CITE: 5CFR890.105 felony federal health care offences against Retired FEHBP ].
I hope this answers any questions regarding this [ Criminal T18CFR24CRIME ] matter.
The Office of the Inspector General
Department of Justice
IAIP redacted 8Jun04.indd S.C. Section 552, as amended. Preface The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296) by amendment to the Inspector General Act of 1978.
All Entitled Federal HMO Beneficiaries being criminally denied [ OIG - DHHS Hospital Insurance Fraud T42CFR417 program / misprison of felony federal health care offences ] Existing Federal Health Insurance Coverage Title18CFR1001Crime.

Posted by: K Kimball | July 28, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Tom Goodwin hits the nail on the head with his comment about the Siegelman investigation. What alarms me even more than the U.S. attorneys who were fired because they didn't go after Democratic office-holders, are the U.S. attorneys who weren't fired because they did go after Democratic office holders. In addition to Siegelman's case, the U.S. attorney in Wisconsin railroaded some mid-level bureaucrat so that Republicans could use her supposed "corruption" to tarnish the state's Democratic governor during his re-election campaign. (It didn't work; the governor did win re-election, the woman's conviction was thrown out on appeal, and the U.S. attorney is now under investigation himself over the case.) Also, as a New Jerseyan, I'm more than a little suspicious about our U.S. attorney's investigation of Sen. Menendez before the Nov. election, which also featured prominently in Republican attack ads but seemed to conveniently disappear after Menendez won the race.

Posted by: Raphael Starr | July 29, 2007 4:16 AM | Report abuse

Of course, we are all missing the OBVIOUS reason why the Gonzales' firings will not go away. And that is because CA. KS.,MO, and Texas all had Medicare FRAID complaints filed against Tenet Health Care and subsidiaries like Novation.

In Florida, our AG filed a 2003 BILLION DOLLAR complaint also. Then why, after two DEAD Texas DOJ women drowned within 30 days, and thei DOJ male attys on the Tenet case were fired 35 days later, did ALL STATES' Medicare fraud investigations NARTIONWIDE SETTEL AFTER GONZALES FIRED and rehired freindly attys? All within 90 DAYS for pennies on the fraud dollar?

There are things some of you will learn, as they are in the hands of the Judiciary subcommittees, House and Senate...

Posted by: theloneconsumer | July 30, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Impeachment of Gonzales will be the first step in voicing strong disapproval for the Bush administration from our Congress and the American people. It is no surprise to anyone that our president and his administration have, yet again, hid the truth from the American public. Similar to the dealings with the war in Iraq, this administration has been feeding lies to the public. Now the war has proven to be a failure and is causing more violence, terror and poverty in this world. According to the Borgen Project, it only takes $19 billion dollars annually to eradicate world hunger and poverty. However, our government has already spent more than $450 billion dollars over this fruitless war in Iraq. It is time for the Bush Administration to take a real interest in the lives of the American people as well as people who are in desperate needs around the world. Stop the lies and stop poverty now.

Posted by: Mstessyrue | July 30, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Until the Congress actually starts Impeachment proceedings, starting with gonzo and ending with Cheney and Bush, nothing will get resolved and the "stay the course" mentality will win out. Keeping Impeachment "off the table" is ridiculous. Numerous high crimes and misdemeanors, cases of threats to our constitution and outright criminals activities abound. Reid and Pelosi are posturing and enabling Cheney/Bush/Gonzo/Rover to continue to destroy our country. As far as bush is concerned, he could care less what people think, he takes his marching orders from Cheney, so whatever Disk says, George says!
Impeachment is the cure! If this Administration gets away with this "Executive Privilege" rouse, then we will never learn what our own government is doing, has done and is about to do. We do know that what they have done so far is failure.

Posted by: Pepe | July 31, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Of course they broke the rules. Of course they tried to pressure the US attorney for Political prosecutions. Most talking heads on TV the so called conservative ones admit they did this. They also say, "So What"!!! You know I use to vote for republicans, but the more I hear, the sicker I get over how corrupt this party has become. Their only driving force anymore is money and re-election and or power. Stay in power at all cost, do anything that needs done, and lie, cheat and or steal.

Posted by: DW | July 31, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sir / Madam
I am 46 years old, Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan (muslim). I was an immigration consultant in Canada and also member of Canadian Bar Association as part of my business , I had an office in New York.
During 2001 immediately after the Sept 11, event the US govt arrested me on Oct 25, 2001 on anonymous call, as a material witness for the 9/11 world trade centre terrorist attack. A detail investigation by the FBI and USA Naval intelligence dept was conducted and I was cleared, but even then govt put me in front of Grand jury , and I was cleared and the case was dismissed by the Grand jury of the US Federal Court .
Approximately after 2 weeks , before I was released from custody the US Govt imposed a new charges of Fraud and money laundering , under the advice of my attorney , I pleaded guilty and I was sentenced to prison for five years (which was four years more, what I pleaded). In which I had already spent 3 years in Detention jail, during the case , I had about 14 months left to finishing my sentence ,(instead of appealing, I preferred to applied for Treaty Transfer to Canada, because if the case is in the appeal, defendant is not eligible for transfer back to his home country).
While at prison, I learned from the case manager Miss Hause, that my citizen was incorrect in the FBOP's (Federal Bureau of Prison) computer system as Pakistani instead of Canadian.
Its important to note , that all of my Canadian identifications (passport , citizenship card , S.I.N , Health card , Driving license etc) were under FBI's possession, with a great deal of concern, I wrote a letter to the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, N.Y to notify such mistake and requested them to fix this problem. This is especially important for Treaty Transfer back to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate official sent a letter to the jail to correct my citizenship status, however FBOP ignored the request and the citizenship status in the FBOP computer still reflect Pakistani instead of Canadian (Note:- I would be required to obtain visa to visit Pakistan) .In contrast , the deportation letter received from US Immigration dept, Contained the correct citizenship status of Canada.
At the hindsight, I believe that the FBOP intentionally left the citizenship as Pakistani, so that they could retained me at their facility, while the govt is planning to file new charges against me 3rd time.
Approximately six weeks before my released date on Jan 30 ,2006 I was notified by the FBOP that I was being transferred from Allenwood , PA to MDC (Metropolitan Detention Centre) in Brooklyn N.Y, it was explained to me, that the purpose of this transfer was in preparation for deportation back to Canada, (after few days, I signed the immigration deportation papers, with my consular Miss Chen).
But immediately after my arriving to MDC Brooklyn, I discovered during a phone call with my family in Montreal, that RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) official had contacted my sister and brother-in-law regarding the whereabouts of my wife and my current situation, there was no explanation given by the RCMP official to the purpose of the call and he left his phone number and asked my wife to call him back immediately, my wife called the RCMP official and left messages in his voice mail. Then the official contacted my brother-in-law again and had asked him to tell my wife not to call again, because there is nothing good nor anything bad.
Meanwhile the AUSA ( Astt United States Attorney) office Investigator and FBI brought me to their office to be interrogated without an attorney present, even AUSA told in the court to the judge on March 16, 2006 that he arranged attorney for me before my arrival from Allenwood PA to MDC Brooklyn, N.Y, on Transcript; page 11, Transcript line No: 14 to 23.
He (Khalid Awan) was writ in the cause of a grand jury investigation. He clearly had criminal exposure. So to protect his interest I made an application to the duty magistrate for counsel to be appointed.
Initially he was brought here by a Court to testify before the grand jury?
That is correct, Your Honour.
When he arrived here, you made arrangements for an attorney to be pointed to request him?
Yes, Your Honour.
This interrogation started with the AUSA office Investigator stating that my family will be arrested in Canada if I refused to answer their questions.
At this point I am certain that my family is in great danger for reasons that I am not aware of. I was scared that my family would be harassed by these people along with the Canadian RCMP official, I strongly believe that the RCMP is doing this intentionally in collaboration with FBI official to further harass me to admit charges, that I never committed.
Without knowledge of the reasons why the Canadian RCMP agency was involved. I was surprised that RCMP official directly approached my family instead of me without proper explanation, and its also shocked for me, that how RCMP got the phone number of my family (because before my arrest, I don't have any single record in any police dept, of any country).
I was intimated and pushed to the edge during this interrogation, I was determined to provide anything these USA officials wanted to make them happy even is the questions made no sense, because I want them to stop the harassment to my family.
On March 15, 2006 I completed the term of my imprisonment and was to be released from American Custody and deported back to Canada. Before that I was arrested again 3rd time, and charged with providing "material support to a foreign terrorist" and money laundering (to a organization and person, which are not designated by the USA govt and belongs to Sikh religion) , and with whom, I don't have any single common interest, because we both are from different countries and different religions.
These charges emerged while I was still in prison and without the capability of providing any type of support. It was even difficult for me to get enough financial assistance to pay legal fees. I could not have provided any material support while I was in prison for five years and I could not launder any money because I did not have any.
AUSA filed three counts of indictment against me.
Conspiracy to provide material support.
Provide a material support to the foreign terrorist.
Money laundering to support terrorism.
(Please note, that in my previous case govt charged me for money laundering and fraud from Jan 1999 to 2002 and "its mentioned in the plea-agreement by the AUSA that no further money laundering charges will be brought against defendant from Jan 1999 to April 2002" even then govt indict me for money laundering from 1998 to Nov 2001 (Which is double Jeopardy and violation of 5th Amendment of U.S Constitution.)
In Oct 2006, during pre-trial hearing on the motion's filed by my attorney the first two counts of my indictment were dismissed by the judge, stating that there is a lack of facts and figures.
After two weeks AUSA re-indicted me again. I believe this is a desperate act of the AUSA to cover up a huge embarrassment . Further this hastily drawn indictment was full of factual errors and creative legal theories.
Since I was first arrested by the American govt, I believe that I have been singled out, isolated `and discriminated against primarily because of my race and religion, in addition to the fact that I don't know any information that the American govt is trying to pressure out of me.
I do not understand the American laws and this is what led to my pleading guilty in the first case. I have difficulty understanding the new charges also.
I have been charged under, section 2339(a) of Title 18 of the United States code, which makes it illegal to provide material support to a foreign terrorist.
Please understand, I am not a terrorist, I do not know any terrorist and I have had no connections with or to any known or unknown terrorist. I have been incarcerated for last 5 years and I had no money to provide or launder.
The law enforcement have in America is pressuring me to provide information to them that I really do not have or know. I am a Canadian Citizen and nearly all of my family is in Canada, including my wife and kids. I don't know any information to tell them to help their investigation.
Because of this , I am being treated unfairly and my rights under the American constitution are being violated. I am being held here in further detention against my will for crimes which I could have never committed, because I was in prison.
I believe, that I am a victim of the discrimination that was outlined in the July 3, 2006 issue of Time magazine (Page 29, column 3). In this article section 2339(a) & (b) are discussed and criticized "as most suspects are charged under these two sections. However, the justice dept here in America admits that of the more than 218 guilty pleas that it has obtained, most are for minor investigation issues that are uncovered deeding the course of their terrorism investigation. This suggest, according to the article that the Attorney General's office have is not concerned about the rights or fairness or the manner in which it achieves convictions for the people they arrest. Furthermore, criticizes have noted that one of the patterns to emerge from these domestic prosecutions is that suspect seen too incompetent to carry out the deeds they are accused of. The Deputy Attorney General acknowledges that the Dept of Justice's goal is " preventions through prosecution's" and this is done with no regard for an individual's rights.
I agree that these guilty of terrorism should be prosecuted . But as the above mentioned article suggest , innocent people should not be targeted because of their race or religion.
I am not a terrorist and I should not be targeted and treated unfairly and unjustly.
I need your assistance desperately in my case, as I believe that I am being treated unjustly here. I would like to send you my attorney's contact information and provide you with legal documents related to my case, so that you may become more familiar with my situation.
Please also note, that I appeared in the court , for no guilty of my 2nd superseding indictment on Aug 02, 2006 and on Aug 03, 2006 FBOP officials placed me in the SHU (Segregation Housing Unit) out of these months, I placed in the SHU isolation from Jan 03, 2007 to March 6, 2007 for unknown "Pending Investigation" in these 215 days of my segregation and isolation, I don't have a single phone call access to my family, no legal calls to my attorney and Canadian Council, my legal mail opened in my absence, no medical treatment for my injured shoulder (even I went for hunger strike for 3 and half day) I harassed by the various jail officials and lot of other problems too which already been submitted in the attention of the FBOP higher authorities, but no action taken on them, after writing the court, instead of receiving the response or any action on my complaints, jail officials removed /moved me from MDC federal facility to Nassau County Jail .
My suffering has gone on for far too long, and I need your help to bring my suffering to an end. I want to return home to my family, because my imprisonment was injustice and will remain a great injustice forever.
May God bless you and be with you in your efforts to champion the cause of human rights, and the suffering of innocent prisoners and restore hope, faith and love to peoples all over the world.

FBOP NO. 50959-054

The court will be on 12 September 2007.

Posted by: Khalid Awan Canadian | July 31, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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