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Iraqi-American imprisoned by US for the "crime" of sending sustenance money to his sick relatives

Such is the case with the treatment of Dr. Shakir Hamoodi, an Iraqi-American nuclear engineer who just began a three-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas penitentiary for the "crime" of sending sustenance money to his impoverished, sick, and suffering relatives in Iraq - including his blind mother - during the years when US sanctions (which is what caused his family's suffering) barred the sending of any money to Iraq.—GG Islamophobia is a sickness eating us from the inside out. It cannot be a coincident that scientists are being targeted. I wonder if even at the height of the Cold War we were so brazenly targeting other scientists? Many who joined the ranks of the Manhattan Project were, of course, exiles from Europe, some of them our recent enemies. One need look no further for more proof that this is fundamentally about the most profound and deadly preju...

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/28/iraq-...

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