Mumia Abu-Jamal Relocation Update
Co-host Michael Ratner expounds on the National Defense Authorization Act. The Act has passed both houses, despite Obama threatening to veto it. Obama thought that various provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act concerning detentions might impinge on his authority as the executive. Obama was more concerned about Congress telling the President how to treat those captured or kidnapped in “war on terror.”
UPDATE: Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart
Political prisoner and good friend Lynne Stewart continues to uplift people around her while serving a 10-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth Texas. Lynne, as many listeners know, was prosecuted for representing her client, the blind Egyptian sheik, Omar Abdel Rahman. In trying to negotiate his return to Egypt out of solitary confinement, she made a press release public. She was tried and found guilty for materially aiding “terrorism.” She received a two and half year sentence, instead of 30 years that the government wanted. Then, the Second Circuit Court sent the case back to the judge. Judge John G. Koeltl sentenced defendant Lynne Stewart: 120 months incarceration on five counts to be served concurrently. Lynne Stewart is now 72 years old; she’s a breast cancer survivor with other pending health issues. She’s called them the usual brush fires of aging, yet many are concerned. SAVE THE DATE FEBRUARY 28-29
- She is looking forward to her attorney Herald Price Fahringer presenting to the court and once again testing the law. We are planning to Occupy the Courtroom and the park, the night before on February 28 through to the 29.
- The lawyer will be talking about the laws used to extend Lynne’s sentence. He said any lawyer that wouldn’t want this case, doesn’t understand law. He looked forward to doing it. He went for a one hour visit with Lynne at MCC and stayed all day.
- No matter what happens, Lynne will continue to fight for her license.
- She’s at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Big airbase there. It’s an enormous prison, but she’s in the hospital ward.
- Even though I’d been on the list to visit her (in New York prison) I was not on the list (Texas prison).
- I just went down there, and she said, you’re not on the list but I’m going to go to floor supervisor and she says, you just come.
- That Saturday morning I was in front of the prison and they told me I was not eligible to go in. They said it was like an airbase, so I walked outside the gate and stood there. The guard came over and said what are doing here? I said, I’m waiting.
- Around 10:30 an official car came down and said you’re denied admission.
- I said, I understand, but I’m going to wait.
- Around moon, the woman came back and she says, fill out an application.
- She said I knew if you fought from the outside I was going to fight from the inside and it only took 4 hours.
- You can’t imagine sleeping on a 2-inch exercise mat on a steel platform for a year, and they showed me the hospital bed.
- She is Miss S., in the prison. Everybody brings her their papers.
- She heard noise outside her room at 5 o’clock in the morning, they were lined up some with papers stacked 3 feet high.
- There is an oxymoron – prison health care. There is no such thing.
- She’s lost about 45 pounds.
- She’s very sick, she can’t sit down. In the visiting room she has to sit sideways.
- Thanks again for all of the people sending bucks for me to go see Lynne.
- Write her a letter. The letters pick her up.
- They gave her medicine and she couldn’t get out of bed. We have a system now when they give her medicine she calls me up. I call my daughter the doctor and she tells me whether Lynne should take it or not take it.
Guest – Ralph Poynter, Lynne’s husband and a father and activist.
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