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  • Special Note: White House Iftar is Reminder of Work Ahead

    July 26, 2013
    Last night, I had the distinct honor of attending President Barack Obama’s annual Ramadan Iftar at the White House, which celebrates this blessed month by honoring American Muslims’ contributions to our nation.

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  • MPAC Submits Statement of Record at Senate Gitmo Hearing

    July 25, 2013
    Yesterday, MPAC submitted statement for the record at the Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal and Human Rights Implications, held by the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. The statement emphasized the necessity for the prison to be shut down in the name of our national security, fiscal security and moral standing in the international community.

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  • Al-Marayati Speaks About Closing Gitmo at Peace Vigil

    January 13, 2013
    On the morning of Jan. 11, MPAC's President joined protesters outside the Federal Building in Downtown LA to call for the dissolution of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. ICUJP organized the vigil and press conference to bring attention to the horrifying conditions at Gitmo.

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  • ACTION ALERT: Contact Elected Official in Support of Due Process Guarantee Act

    January 17, 2012
    MPAC urges all concerned citizens to contact their elected officials to voice their support for House Bill 3702, known as the Due Process Guarantee Act. The proposed bill seeks to guarantee all individuals' Constitutional right to due process, as well as undo the harm done to our democracy by the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits indefinite detention of an individual who is accused of terrorism.

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  • Promises Unfulfilled as Gitmo Turns 10

    January 13, 2012
    Wednesday marked the tenth anniversary of the opening of America’s outdoor prison, Guantanamo Bay. Sadly, ten years later and one of the biggest promises to close Guantanamo within the first year of President Obama’s presidency unfulfilled, we are still waiting to see that commitment come to fruition.

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  • House Passes Bill Undermining Constitutional Protections

    August 19, 2011
    Every fiscal year, Congress sets and approves the budget for the Department of Defense. This year, H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act, has amendments calling for a more active role for the military in US counterterrorism cases and a scaling back of a more diplomatic approach to conflicts internationally.

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  • MPAC Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Gitmo Detainees' Rights

    June 12, 2008
    In a landmark decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court ruled that the 270 foreign terror suspects currently being held in Guantanamo Bay have the right under the U.S. Constitution to challenge their detention in civilian courts on the American mainland.

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  • D.C. News & Views: New Justice Dept. Report Reveals Top Official Knowledge of Guantanamo Abuse

    May 30, 2008
    Last week, the Department of Justice inspector general released the findings of an internal investigation, revealing that U.S. officials at the highest level of government received reports on the abuse of prisoners in military custody as early as 2002.

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  • MPAC and APPNA Meet With Pentagon Officials To Discuss Mental Health of Detainees

    November 2, 2007
    Earlier this week, MPAC and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) met with top level Pentagon officials to discuss the mental state of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

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  • D.C. News & Views: To Torture or Not to Torture?

    October 26, 2007
    President Theodore Roosevelt said in his 1906 State of the Union address, "No man can take part in the torture of a human being without having his own moral nature permanently lowered." Interestingly enough, we find ourselves in a national debate about the definition of torture rather than in a critical discussion of the moral deterioration of people who engage in waterboarding, using dogs during interrogation, and subjecting people to intense temperatures or sleep deprivation.

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  • D.C. News & Views - MPAC Signs onto Amicus Brief Supporting the Right to Habeas Corpus

    August 28, 2007
    MPAC joined a coalition of public interest and religious groups on Monday to file a joint friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court in support of two companion cases brought by detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay to challenge their detention in American courts.

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  • MPAC Director Reports on Visit to Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

    April 17, 2007
    Last week, MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati was the first Muslim American to observe conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Amid human rights groups calling for the facility's shut down, the U.S. military is trying to make the best out of a very bad situation.

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  • MPAC Disheartened by Passage of Senate, House Bills on Rules Governing Detainee Treatment

    September 28, 2006
    MPAC today joined a chorus of American legal and civic institutions that are disheartened with the passage of the House and Senate detainee bills, which give the President overly broad authority and limits the ability of detainees to defend themselves during trials.

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  • MPAC Commends Supreme Court Ruling on Gitmo Military Tribunals

    June 29, 2006
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council today commended the Supreme Court's ruling which stated that military tribunals for suspects held at Guantanamo Bay violated both American military law and the Geneva Conventions, and called on the administration to expedite plans to shut down the facility.

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  • Newsweek Apology Doesn't Replace U.S. Investigation into Detainee Abuse

    May 16, 2005
    In its issue which hits newsstands today, Newsweek magazine editors apologize for a May 9 story which alleged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had flushed a copy of the Quran down a toilet. The report touched off massive demonstrations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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