According to the blog Dhafir Trial, on April 5 the Albany, New York Common [city] Council asked the Obama Justice Department to take a look at prosecutions of Muslims involving evidence that may have been influenced by post 9/11 "security" hysteria. Specifically
Albany has been the site of quite a number of these "preemptive prosecutions," including that of Dr. Rafil Dhafir who has been jailed in a case involving charitable work in Iraq and murky charges of Medicare billing discrepancies.
The resolution was passed after a rally organized by Albany’s Muslim Solidarity Committee which was joined by other local peace and civil liberties groups.
I was not surprised to learn that my old friend, pioneering Black feminist Barbara Smith (author of Home Girls and numerous influential articles), was part of the Council majority that put Albany on record as concerned about potential injustices in the "preemptive prosecution" policy. (Isn't that idea out of 1984?) We need to rememeber that "an injury to one is an injury to all," however momentarily unpopular that might be among the frightened. Go Albany!
(The "Muslim" doll pictured was hung in a California suburb in some of the worst days of the post 9/11 panic.)