[Ppnews] Friends and Supporters of Jalil Muntaqim Harassed, Targeted, and Intimidated

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Apr 4 17:55:46 EDT 2012

Friends and Supporters of Jalil Muntaqim Harassed, Targeted, and Intimidated

Since Jalil’s arrival at Attica Correctional 
Facility in March 2011, a number of statements 
have been made about the continued and frequent 
harassment of his visitors. Despite filing 
numerous official reports, Jalil’s visitors have 
repeatedly endured undue questioning, 
inappropriate remarks, destruction of personal 
property, and denial of entry at the hands of Attica guards.

On June 5, 2012, this harassment was redirected 
toward Jalil when he had his cell searched and 
was charged with “unauthorized organization.” 
Denied all of his witnesses, Jalil was sentenced 
to 6 months in SHU for the possession of two 
photographs of an academic event in which a Black 
Panther banner was hung in the background. These 
photos served as the sole evidence of his “unlawful” behavior.

On March 28, this sentence was reversed in an 
appeal, and Jalil was immediately taken to 
general population. He is there now, and 
considers this reversal a victory for all who 
stood in solidarity with him, and demanded his release.

However, it appears as if the harassment of Jalil 
and his supporters has not stopped. Just last 
week, a visitor was denied entry because he 
"smelled like marijuana"--which was impossible.

I have been visiting Jalil weekly for two years, 
and have been actively supporting the reversal of 
the SHU sentence and his release on parole. This 
past December, I experienced two car break-ins 
within only 3 weeks. The first time, there was no 
sign of forced entry, nothing of value taken 
(despite a digital camera being in my car), and 
every one of my envelopes and folders were opened 
and strewn throughout both front and back seats. 
Each compartment within the car, the gas tank, 
and the trunk were left open, and two photographs 
of me and Jalil were left face-up on my passenger seat.

The second time this happened, on Christmas 
morning, the car was left in the exact same 
condition, except that a back window had been 
smashed out, and a hubcap removed and put into my 
trunk. 3 lug nuts were visibly loose on a rear 
wheel, and the two photographs of me and Jalil 
were once again pulled out of the dash and placed on my
passenger seat. Jalil was placed in SHU within 
weeks of this last break-in, and was released on March 29.

On Sunday, April 1 I moved into a new apartment 
in a quiet, residential neighborhood. On the 
morning of Tuesday, April 3, I found my car in 
the exact state I had seen twice before. Despite 
no sign of break-in and previously locked doors, 
my car was entirely ransacked. Mail collected 
from the day before was opened, all bags turned 
inside out, the underside of my seats dug out, 
and the photographs missing. My passport and 
computer were moved, but still not taken.

US law enforcement has a history of harassing the 
family, friends, and supporters of political 
prisoners. When it cannot continue to be done 
within prison walls, the intimidation often 
extends into our personal lives. And, it would 
come as no surprise to discover that these 
attempts at intimidation are being undertaken by 
people who wish to hinder and halt actions being 
taken to support Jalil and his release on parole.

This message is both a notification and a call: 
we know that this kind of targeting is not 
infrequent, and would like to reach out to other 
supporters or loved ones of political prisoners 
who have experienced similar attempts at 
intimidation—especially recently. The only way to 
stop illegal surveillance being carried out in the dark is to shine a
light on it, Jalil said today, so we’re asking 
that others with similar stories speak about them 
so that we can more carefully support one another.

I can be contacted at freejalilmuntaqim at gmail.com

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