Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan denied access to secret files

April 5, 2014 | Posted in News | By

Syed Talha AhsanBabar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan denied access to secret files

(Reuters) – Two British men who pleaded guilty to raising money for al Qaeda and the Taliban were denied their bid on Friday to gain access to secret documents about a witness whose testimony could have a major impact on how long they spend in prison.

The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, have argued in papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, that they have a right to more information on the witness, British citizen Saajid Badat.

According to U.S. prosecutors, Badat was recruited into al Qaeda as a result of Ahmad’s work and went on to play a role in the attempt by “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, another Briton, to blow up a jetliner over the Atlantic Ocean just three months after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Defense attorneys for Ahmad and Ahsan argued before U.S. District Judge Janet Hall that the government should provide transcripts of 55 taped interviews with Badat conducted in 2008 by British authorities and photos of suspected militants.

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Podcast: Why Is British Government Stripping Individuals of Their Citizenship & How Is US Responsible?

March 24, 2014 | Posted in News | By

UK Home Secretary Theresa MayIn the United Kingdom, dual citizens are having their citizenship revoked. They typically are not being notified about it, and some times they are outside of the UK when this happens. There are also a few cases where individuals who have had their citizenship revoked were subsequently targeted in United States drone strikes or they were kidnapped, interrogated and wound up in a US prison.

Aviva Stahl, a journalist and contributor for The Nation, wrote an article on this troubling development in the UK, which she says “creates a two-tiered racialized system of citizenship.”

“Only dual citizens can be deprived, either someone who is naturalized or someone who has foreign-born parents,” Stahl explained. “It basically means that white so-called indigenous citizens kind of maintain all of their citizenship protections but people of color don’t.”

Stahl joins Rania Khalek and I(Kevin Gosztola) to discuss her recent story on how the British government is stripping dual citizens of their citizenship.

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