[Pnews] Support the Fort Dix Five - Court in Camden, NJ January 6

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Wed Dec 23 10:39:49 EST 2015

``essentially convicted for vacationing while Muslim
         and given life sentences plus 33 years for a plot they
         literally had never heard of``

Fort Dix Five (6:28 min.): https://youtu.be/2sPefoWNs6o 
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Who are the Dukas? They are three brothers who were entrapped by the FBI 
and convicted in a case known as ``The Fort Dix Five.`` In January 2006, 
the young men--Eljvir, Dritan, and Shain Duka­­---made made a videotape 
of themselves enjoying a vacation in the Poconos with their families, 
which included target shooting at a public shooting range. They brought 
the videotape to a Circuit City store clerk for duplication for their 
families. The clerk, being â``troubled`` by images that were really just 
young men horsing around, sent it to the FBI.

The FBI responded by sending two agents provocateur to entrap the Duka 
brothers in criminal activity. The agents showered attention on them and 
used money and manipulation to try to create interest in jihad. They 
asked the men to download jihadist videos, taunted them for their lack 
of resolve to take action, and followed them around with hidden tape 
recorders to record every word spoken. One agent talked alone in general 
terms with a relative of the brothers, Mohammed Shnewer, about how one 
might theoretically attack the Fort Dix army base. In response to the 
agent`s repeated demands, another defendant, Serdar Tatar, gave the 
agent a map of the Fort Dix base, which his father had used to deliver 
pizza there. (Tatar thought that the agent was suspicious and reported 
him to law enforcement, who said not to worry about it.) The other agent 
then persuaded the Duka brothers to buy some guns, supposedly for more 
target shooting in the Poconos, so they would not have to wait in line 
at public shooting ranges.

At this point, the whole group was arrested and eventually convicted in 
2008 of conspiracy to attack Fort Dix, even though no plans had been 
made to attack anything and the government`s own witness conceded that 
the Duka brothers had never been told about any conversation regarding 
Fort Dix. Under federal law, in a conspiracy case all associates are 
considered equally culpable, even if they do not know of the existence 
of a plan. Thus the Duka brothers were convicted for essentially 
vacationing while Muslim and given life sentences plus 33 years for a 
plot they literally had never heard of. The U.S. Attorney who prosecuted 
the case was Chris Christie, now governor of New Jersey and candidate 
for U.S. president.

Recently a higher court ordered a hearing on January 6, 2016 to 
determine whether the Duka brothers received a fair trial and effective 
representation from their lawyers. This hearing, which the three 
brothers will be allowed to attend in person, is a chance to call 
attention to this outrageous miscarriage of justice. The entrapment of 
the Duka brothers destroyed their families, which include six children, 
as well as the family roofing business on which the Duka brothers and 
their parents depended for support.

Each brother will have a separate appeal hearing on January 6. Your 
participation is welcome whether you stay for an hour or come for the day.

For more information contact

Joe Piette at jpiette660 at hotmail.com <mailto:jpiette660 at hotmail.com> or 
Lynne Jackson at lynnejackson at mac.com <mailto:lynnejackson at mac.com>

•¢ www.projectsalam.org 

The Fort Dix Five Support Committee and

Project SALAM invite you to

Join the Dukas in Court

Wednesday, January 6 from 9:00 AM

Hold a Banner for the Dukas

*Hold a Banner vigil from 8:00 to 8:45 A.M.*
*Court begins at 9:00 A.M.*
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