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Session 4: Saturday, June 2nd: 4:00 - 5:50pm
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Following the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. government embarked on a domestic “war on terror” which has employed a policy of preemptive prosecution that targets individuals and organizations based on their beliefs and ideology. In these cases, the actual crime is manufactured by federal law enforcement officials who almost always create and foil their own terrorist plots. This panel will discuss the questionable tactics and strategies by the government, such as discriminatory surveillance of American Muslim communities, infiltration of mosques by undercover agents and paid informants, and flawed counter-extremism programs, which undermine our fundamental freedoms. Murtaza Hussain, a journalist at The Intercept, will discuss government overreach in these national security cases. Attorney Kathy Manley, the legal director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will further present on these abuses documented in a report she co-authored titled Inventing Terrorists. Ashley Young will discuss the unjust prosecution of her brother, Nicholas Young, a victim of FBI entrapment and the first law enforcement officer to be charged with terrorism.


Leena Al-Arian is a Palestinian American mother and activist living in Boston, MA. She is the co-director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, an organization co-founded by her father, Sami Al-Arian, a former political prisoner in the U.S. who was deported in 2015. Leena has worked at a number of... Read more
Murtaza Hussain is a journalist whose work focuses on national security, foreign policy and, human rights. His work has previously been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian and Al Jazeera English.
Kathy Manley is the Legal Director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms. Now a solo practitioner, Kathy was at Kindlon Shanks & Associates from 1997-2016. Kathy’s main emphasis is criminal defense and constitutional rights. She concentrates on appeals, and has written many winning briefs before... Read more
Ashley Young lives in Washington, DC, and is an animal rights advocate who has been working in Animal Welfare for the majority of her adult life. She currently works for the Humane Rescue Alliance, in our nation’s capital. She has two undergraduate degrees in the Arts from James Madison... Read more