It is essential to hold the government accountable if we are to preserve fundamental freedoms that protect us all.
Violating the rights of anyone is deeply wrong. If we allow our government to get away with this, we open the door to future, greater violations.
The incident with Marzieh Hashemi is just the most recent example of such governmental abuse of power. We believe that every time this happens to anyone, and every time the government violates the Fourth Amendment, we should actively and strenuously oppose it.
We therefore urge people to sign the following petition.
The federal government must compensate Marzieh Hashemi for jailing her, and promise it will desist from such behavior.
Federal authorities abducted 59-year-old Marzieh Hashemi from the St. Louis airport, took her away in shackles, held her incommunicado for 48 hours, treated her with disrespect, and imprisoned her for 10 days – even though she was never even charged with a crime.
This is deeply wrong.
If anyone else abducted an individual and held the person prisoner for 10 days, there would be consequences. This should also be true for the federal government.
The U.S. Constitution protects all of us – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, political persuasion, etc – from illegal seizure and incarceration.
If the government had abducted our own grandmothers and treated them this way, we would demand justice.
Therefore, we demand justice for Marzieh. The government should compensate her fairly and promise that it will not repeat its behavior against others.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Go here to sign the petition
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