Ask the Attorney General to End Prolonged Solitary Confinement and Fahad Hashmi's "SAMs"

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Urge Attorney General Eric Holder to end the draconian Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) and solitary confinement which Syed Fahad Hashmi has suffered for over 3 years. In the past 11 months, Fahad has been allowed to see his family once, and has had one phone call. Fahad's SAM's are set to expire on October 29, 2010, and you can help build pressure to prevent them from being renewed. Email the Attorney General and the Bureau of Prisons using by using this link.

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For nearly three years before his case was scheduled to go to trial in April 2010, Syed Fahad Hashmi was held in solitary confinement under "Special Administrative Measures" (SAMS), which added a severe additional layer of isolation to his confinement. Numerous civil liberties organizations, human rights groups and concerned citizens called attention to the severity and inhumanity of these pretrial conditions of confinement. These included a Statement of Concern signed by 550 academics and writers, an open letter signed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International USA, and the Council on American Islamic Relations-NY and weekly vigils outside the prison in lower Manhattan where Syed Fahad Hashmi was held.
   
Facing four counts and a possible 70-year sentence, SyedFahad Hashmi accepted a plea bargain on the eve of trial and pleaded guilty to a single terrorism charge of "conspiracy to provide material support" for allowing an acquaintance to stay in his apartment with a suitcase of waterproof socks and rain ponchos which the acquaintance then took to Al Qaeda in Pakistan. For this, he was sentenced to 15 years. Over the summer he was moved to the high-security prison at the Florence Correctional Center in Florence, Colorado. He remains in solitary confinement and under SAMS.
       
Scholarly and medical research has overwhelmingly demonstrated the severe health effects of prolonged solitary confinement; military officials and Vietnam veterans including Senator John McCain have testified to its damaging results. The use of prolonged solitary confinement puts the United States increasingly out of step with world opinion and is an affront to American values of civil rights and humane treatment. Other people convicted of terrorism-related charges, including John Walker Lindh, Richard Reid, and Matt Hale have seen their SAMs not renewed. We ask the US Department of Justice not to renew Syed Fahad Hashmi's SAMS and to end his solitary confinement.

For more information about Syed Fahad Hashmi’s case, see the Educators for Civil Liberties case page.

Use this link to see a copy of the letter CCR and other groups sent the Attorney General about Fahad Hashmi deplorable conditions of confinement.