Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Peace and Justice Foundation Launches a Public Information Campaign on the U.S. Government's Use of Secret Evidence

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Peace and Justice Foundation Launches a Public Information Campaign on the U.S. Government's Use of Secret Evidence

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PEACE AND JUSTICE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES A PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN ON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S USE OF SECRET EVIDENCE

When human rights advocate Ramsey Clark visited Dr. Mazen Al-Najjar last April at the Manatee County jail in the southwest Florida town of Bradenton, where Dr. Al-Najjar has been held for more than two years on the basis of "secret evidence," the former U.S. attorney general said: "You've got to get the message to the people. You've got to ask them, `Do you believe that in the United States of America, the land of the free and home of the brave, that a person can be kept in custody month after month with no criminal charges being filed?'"

Getting the message to the people is precisely what the Peace and Justice Foundation is attempting to do with its recently initiated National Public Information Campaign. The goal is to inform American citizens on the selective and unconstitutional acts being committed in their name by the U.S. government against legal and law-abiding immigrants; and, further, to educate concerned citizens on what they can do about it.

An important part of this nationwide initiative is to bring to the public's attention the introduction of The Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 1999 (H.R. 2121) which, if passed, would outlaw the use of secret evidence in immigration and deportation proceedings.

On July 13, the Peace and Justice Foundation held a public information rally in New York City at the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan. …

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