Brother Ismail Royer sent me a several page letter a few days informing me of his situation. I have been meaning to transcribe the letter but have no had the time.
The situation is very bad for Ismail and his family so I request that you make duah for him. He had been housed at the GTMO for American-Muslim political prisoners in Terre Haute, IN. At this institution there was a lot of bullying going on and much of this was being instigated by the “intelligence officer” who runs the prison ( I am sure he is some kind of dumb jock waiting to retire so he can join the Crusader/ wife-swapping army of Erick Prince).
Ismail confronted one of the bullies who had been harassing elderly Muslim prisoners and a fight ensued. The guy who started the fight, a buddy of the intelligence officer at Terre Haute, is back on the campus chillin. Ismail, meanwhile, has been shipped off to Greenville, IL while he waits to be shipped to the most high security prison in America Florence ADX.
When I heard this news I was floored. Can anyone in their right mind tell me that a man who has never committed a violent crime and has never been a harm to anyone deserves to be in a prison reserved for the most dangerous prisoners in America? For what? A fight? How many thousands of fights are there in prison every month in America and then how many get shipped under a mountain for getting into one?
We all know the reason why; Muslims in this country are second-class citizens at best and the government has its own set of rules when dealing with Muslims.
Once Ismail is at Florence ADX he will not see another human visitor for 12 years and he will be in his cell 23 hours a day and only released for an hour a day to be outside by himself. This can destroy the mental-health of a person so please pray for our brother.He has requested some books and I will put them on here later for anyone to ship through Amazon.com only.
Let us also let the government know of our displeasure.
Here is the contact info for the American GTMO in Terre Haute which houses most of the Muslim political priosners:
USP TERRE HAUTE
4700 BUREAU ROAD SOUTH
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47802
Ask to speak to the intelligence officer.
Around both of the Eids I usually call as many Muslims as possible to give them greetings. This Eid I called Mr. Ray Royer, the father of my imprisoned friend Ismail Royer. Mr. Royer has known me since I was a teenager and I knew his son even before he was a Muslim and was there when he took shahadah and we had many adventures together. So, the situation with Ismail and his 20 year prison sentence saddens me very much ( however, in all honesty, despite my friendship with Ismail, I am more saddened by the life sentence given to Sheikh Ali al-Timimi as he is the most innocent of the lot).
Mr. Royer informed me that Ismail has been transferred to the Greenville, IL federal prison and that because he has not been allowed a contact family visit for the last three years he had just went on hunger strike for a few weeks which recently. Let us all pray that Allah makes it easy on Ismail. Some people in his life have made his time in prison easier on him and some have made it harder so let’s do out part by praying for him.
This conversation has also reminded me that I need to rekindle the Muslim prisoner penpal program and Eid Card program I had earlier started. I will be compiling a list of Muslim political prisoners in American jails soon and encourage all to write. If you do not this can make a difference in the lives of Muslim prisoners let me give you the example of my friend Hammad Abdur-Raheem. When Hammad was released I saw him at the Dar al Hijrah Masjid and he thanked me for all the letters he received and said it lifted his spirits.
Good, Obama is ordering the gulag at Gitmo to be closed. My next question is will he order the Justice Department to take a fresh look at the political prosecutions of Muslims in America? There are two facilities in America known as the American Gitmo’s (Florence ADX in Colorado and USP Terre Haute in Indiana). Will Obama order that the brothers in these prisons be given new trials or there cases be at least looked at? If he is serious about cleaning up the image of America will he pardon Sheikh Ali al-Timimi or at least launch an investigation into his unjust prosecution by the government? Will he commute the sentences of brothers such as Seifullah Chapman and Abdur-Rahman al-Amudy who are serving draconian sentences? Will he have the Justice Department investigate the circumstances around the arrest and conviction of Imam Jamil al-Amin? Will he order the Justice Department to free the money they stole from Muslim charities and allow Muslims in America to raise money for the aid of our suffering brothers and sisters around the world? If he is really interested in justice, and not just window dressing, these are things that he will do.