[Ppnews] Community Calls for Freedom for Liberty City 7
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Community Calls for Freedom for Liberty City 7
Date: 12/23/2007 9:45:22 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: afrimax at gmail.com (Max Rameau)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Community Activists Demand
Freedom For the Liberty City 7
for immediate release
CopWatch and other community organizations, led by CopWatch, are
calling for the Justice Department to drop all charges against the
Liberty City 7 and to release all seven men so they can spend the
holiday with their loved ones.
The press conference will be held on
Monday, December 24, 2007
in front of the warehouse used by the group
on NW 15th Ave. at 63rd St.
Following the highly publicized arrests in the summer of 2006,
including a press conference by then Attorney General Alberto
Gonzalez, community members and legal experts raised questions about
the quality of those arrests, given the dubious charges and claims by
prosecutors that seven impoverished and unarmed black men concocted a
viable plan to overthrow the United States government.
Days after the arrests, CopWatch organized a press conference raising
questions about the political nature of the charges, rhetoric and
timing of the raid, set to coincide with an appearance of the FBI
director on the Larry King show.
At the time, the New York Times was set to release a story about the
Bush Administration spying on the financial transactions of millions
of American citizens.
Subsequent media coverage of seven "home grown terrorists" easily
outpaced that of stories recounting government spying on US citizens.
Since then, the Justice Department has been hammered with accusations
of politically motivated investigations and arrests, ultimately
resulting in the resignation of Attorney General Gonzalez.
Since then, the seven men faced prosecutors and a jury which could
not find six of the men guilty, but did acquit one defendant,
Lyglenson Lemorin, outright.
In spite of his acquittal, Lemorin remains in the custody of federal
immigration officials and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, even though he
is a legal resident found guilty of no crimes.
Community organizations argue that the arrests were motivated by
political considerations, not national security. The men are no
threat to anyone, and, therefore, all charges should be dropped.
"In this political climate, the fact that a jury refused to convict a
group of men charged with terrorism speaks volumes about the weakness
of the case against them," says Max Rameau of CopWatch. "The US
government is using the 'war on terror' to advance a domestic
political agenda. In addition to costing time and money, in addition
to ruining the lives of these men and their families, this is not
making anyone safer."
The groups are calling on the Justice Department to drop all charges
and cancel the upcoming new trial set for January 7, 2008. Community
organizations and individuals will speak at the event.
Max Rameau, CopWatch
afrimax at gmail.com
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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