Letter to Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States
35 Clare Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
June 13, 2015
Hon. Loretta E. Lynch
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Lynch:
First, Congratulations on your recent nomination and confirmation as the Attorney General of the United States!
Now to the business at hand. I have concerns that our government, in the name of national security, has violated, and continues to violate, the Constitution of the United States of America in its pursuit of so-called Muslim terrorists through the use of “preemptive prosecution” and “agent provocateurs”.
Over the past six years I have met with some of the family members of incarcerated “Muslim terrorists”, including relatives of The Fort Dix Five, The Newburgh Four, Tarik Shah, Yassin Aref and Mohammad Hossain. The stories of these families are heartbreaking, and they all repeat the same scenario that an FBI agent provocateur initiated the “terrorist” plot, and then the FBI swooped in and arrested the innocents who had been set up. Obviously, in these cases and many dozens of others, the defense of entrapment has gone out the window in the US justice system.
Please review the enclosed copy of a letter I sent to President Obama, and copied Attorney General Holder, in April, 2010. In the letter I asked the President to direct the Attorney General and the United States Department of Justice to implement the recommendations of the July 10, 2009 report, entitled: “(U) Unclassified report on the president’s surveillance program”. The main recommendation being, “…that DOJ carefully consider whether it must re-examine past cases to see whether potentially discoverable but undisclosed Rule 16 or Brady material was collected under the PSP…”.
I never received a reply from the President nor from Attorney General Holder so I do not know if the Department of Justice ever gave any consideration to acting on the recommendations contained in that 2009 report. I wrote a follow-up letter in 2011, which I also did not receive a response to from the White House or the Justice Department. I am hopeful that in your position of United States Attorney General you will read the report cited above (you probably have the ‘Classified’ copy at-hand) and that you, and the Department of Justice, will do what is right and re-open the cases of these wrongly incarcerated Muslims. I believe that should this happen, and that any injustices that are discovered are righted, President Obama will be able to end his presidential tenure as the President who put our constitutional rights and protections ahead of those who govern by fear. President Obama will be forever known as the President who took Martin Luther King’s words to heart: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”.
I also recommend that you read the report, “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution” which can be found at: http://www.projectsalam.org/Inventing-Terrorists-study.pdf. This report outlines dozens of cases where the US government acted in violation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Dominick Calsolaro (retired Common Council member – City of Albany, NY)
Enc.: Albany Common Council Resolution No. 39.41.10R (passed on April 5, 2010)