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Friday, September 09, 2005

Letter writing

Amnesty International Upper Potomac Chapter
Letter writing meeting Sunday Sept. 11 7PM
Room 109 White Hall (corner of High and Princess)
Shepherd U. Shepherdstown, WV
More info: Robert Scharmer

As we observe the anniversary of 9/11 and remember the victims and their loved ones, our letters will focus on an additional casualty of the tragedy: our system of judicial process and protection against torture and other inhumane treatment.

We will write on behalf of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who came to the U.S. with his family on Sept. 10, 2001 to pursue post-graduate studies. He was arrested in December 2001and is being held as a material witness in the investigation into the September 11 attacks. Less than a month before he was due to stand trial, he was designated an "enemy combatant" and transferred to US military custody where he has been held on US soil for 3 years in solitary confinement as an "enemy combatant" with no charges filed and no date for a trial.

We will learn details of his detention, which appear to include torture. Please add your voice to the cause of restoring protections guaranteed by our Constitution, of providing Mr. al-Marri with a fair trial, of investigating the allegations of torture, and of bringing to justice anyone found responsible for these violations.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please consider sending a letter from home. Details and a model letter are available at .

The meeting will also include details about the upcoming local "denounce torture delegation" to Congress. After the letter writing session, those interested will be able to view the AI-produced video "Raise the Roof" which provides step-by-step information on how to effectively educate and influence our officials. For more information about the lobby delegation, contact Robert Scharmer .

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