Shortly after the hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands, all 149 or so Virgin Islands prisoners without sentences, including the VI3, were quietly moved to another Correctional Corporation of America facility, this one in Florence, Arizona. The prisoners are in need of personal financial, legal, and political support. They are all being held in violation of international law, none of them have had purported "sentences" since 2000-01, yet the U.S. government persists in holding them in prison, while refusing to allow them to challenge their illegal detentions in U.S. courts and under U.S. law.
It appears that the sudden move was to make it more difficult for family and supporters to maintain contact. ITJ has talked with them and waiting for confirmation as to their new location. The prisoners need support with regard to money to take care of their personal hygiene and care, and to make phone calls. From what ITJ learned from them, in this present location anyone can send them a few dollars directly, they are in a "detention" facility, and suspect that they are in transit to some other maximum-security facility. Help them while we have this open window.
INTENATIONAL ALERT!A year after filing a formal complaint against the U.S. with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, for the U.S. systemic violation of the Human Rights of the islands "Natives," no action has come from the U.N. Making it as is equally without credibility as the U.S... click her
The U.S. claims a hold over people and islands of Puerto Rico and the "Virgin Islands," based entirely on old piracies, crimes against humanity that have gone unaccounted for, and continue. The U.S. "purchased" the people of the Virgin Islands from another pirate nation, Denmark, in 1917 for 25 million in gold. While it hijacked Puerto Rico from Spain through a fabricated war. The U.S. classifies the "natural" inhabitants of both as "non-citizen nationals," imperialist double-speak for slaves.
Bob Marley amd the Whailers spoke to this with this song, "Redemption Song," which speaks of "Old Pirates."
Innocence Project decides tHAT IS OKAY TO Refuse help and SUPPORT TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS FIGHT BY THE Virgin Islands 3 AND THEIR PEOPLE AGAINST u.s. cOLONIALISM.
No Accountability to the Oppressed as a Matter of White Privilege
Who Are The VIRGIN ISLANDS 3?
Wrongfully Imprisoned Since 1972, the Last 17 Without Even the Pretense of a Sentence.
THE VIRGIN ISLAND 3 HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED FOR 45-YEARS, The Last 17 Without even the pretense of any sentencE WHILE THE U.S. COURTS HAVE REFUSED TO PROCESS THEIR PAPERS
Originally there were five young Black men charged with and "convicted" of the "Fountain Valley Massacre" in 1972, where seven White "tourist" and a "mulatto" where killed during a robbery of the posh Rockefeller resort. There was Ishmael Labeet, the alleged leader only because he was the oldest at 23, and had been sent to Vietnam. Then there was Rafael Joseph, Beaumont Geraeu, Warren Ballentine, and the youngest Meral Smith. None of them were "hardened criminals" as portrayed by the government , the oldest was just 23, just island boys trying to survive under racist foreign rule. In order to quickly repress what the FBI and CIA considered the beginning of another slave uprising, where there had been a couple against the Danish, over 100 young Black men were rounded up within a week of the incident. They were beaten, their families safety was threatened, while five were subjected to extreme torture that supposedly lead to "confessions." They were quickly tried and convicted, then sentenced to over 700-years in prison each, then whisked off to federal prison all within a few hours by the U.S. government.
After more than a decade of political imprisonment, in 1984 Ishmael LaBeet was able to execute the hijacking a plane and escaped to Cuba, where he was given political asylum and resides today as a Cuban citizen. In 1992, Rafael Joseph was given a pardon by the colonial governor, even though he was supposedly a "federal prisoner," and there was no rational basis as to why the pardon did not extend to Haneef, Abdul, and Malik as well. In 2000-01, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons "transferred" all 200 or so of the Islanders it held in its custody, to the "custody" of the colonial government. The problem with this was that none of them had been convicted of any offense by the colonial court, so had no sentence to be "transferred" to, this was a mass transformation of indefinite detention being based on the pretense of a "lawfully" imposed sentence, to indefinite detention without the pretense of a "lawfully" imposed sentence. This action occurred prior to the opening of "Black Sites" around the world by the U.S., where any person not considered as a "U.S. citizen" could be kidnapped, disappeared, detained in some undisclosed location, tortured, then indefinitely detained. Thus, the first "Gitmo" was not established in Cuba by the U.S., but was established at the Golden Grove prison in St. Croix. However, prior to being sent to the Golden Grove prison, the island prisoners were leased out to various state prison systems. Finally, in 2009, all of the remaining islanders being illegally held as prisoners of the states, where returned to St. Croix, to the Golden Grove prison.
In 2015, Haneef, Abdul, and Malik requested the assistance of the Institute for Tsunamic Justice to investigate the reason why they were not even being allowed to apply for parole, even though they were eligible to do so for over two-decades. ITJ was able to determine that the reason they were not being allowed to apply for parole was because, their sentences were terminated in 2000-01, when the FBOP "transferred" them. Under U.S. law, once the U.S. government terminated its claimed "custody," it terminated the sentences it imposed, so if the person had no other sentence with any other "jurisdiction," they were to have been released. The fact is that they were not, not the three, nor any of their fellow islanders similarly situated. When Haneef, Abdul, and Malik all filed habeas corpus petitions in December 2015, in the same court in which they were tried, the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands. The "chief judge," a black woman named Wilma Lewis, decided to shut the courthouse doors, refusing to process the petitions as mandated by law. Lewis never issued an order to the colonial governor, a black man named Kenneth Mapp, to produce the bodies and show lawful right for his detention of them. Instead, Mapp was allowed to physically retaliate against the three, having them summarily placed in maximum-security isolation and then removing them along with approximately 150 other islanders to private imprisonment. The colonial government never responded to the petitions other than by why of repression, and the U.S. courts have refused to hold it accountable for the unaccountable mass incarceration of native islanders by the U.S. government. Which comes just as the U.S. is celebrating the purchase
Prior to deciding to go with the ITJ recommended strategy, Haneef, Abdul, and Malik for years had been allowed to attend community events around St. Croix as featured speakers essentially unattended by the prison. Suddenly, after they filed the petitions they we made maximum-security isolation prisoners and then once again shipped away from their homeland, family, and friends. ITJ took their case through the American judiciary, not expecting justice, but to show that it was given the chance to do justice and it refuses to do so, in violation of its own and international law. We thus establish this as Human Rights issue, a clear case of systemic violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but which the U.S. knows that its control of the U.N. will never result in any action against for the continuing violation of the Human Rights of "niggers" that it owns. Thus, in spite of the fact that we show that the U.S. government is guilty of perpetrating indefinite illegal detention, in violation of the UNDHR, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights does not respond. That is the same case that we make against the U.S. judiciary. So, what do we do now that we have exhausted all required avenues for relief and have been illegally denied even basic process, which is then sanctioned by the dereliction of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
In the spring of 2016 a formal and complete complaint was made to the U.N Commission on Human Rights on behalf of the three and "All Others Situated," showing documented proof that the U.S. judiciary has acted in violation of U.S. and international law in order to perpetuate the U.S. systemic racist violation of Human Rights. To date, some eight-months later, the prisoners remain held in a private maximum security prison, having gone for the past 46-years from indefinite federal prisoners, to prisoners for lease indefinitely, to indefinite colonial prisoners, and now indefinite private prisoners. The colonial regime failed and has refused to account for its claim of having any lawful right to detain them (for a more detailed account click "").
To contact them at the Saguaro Correctional Facilitity, 1252 E. Arica Rd. ; Eloy, Arizona 85131:
Haneef Bey (Beaumont Geraeu) #5161331 , Abdul Azziz (Warren Ballentine) #5161422, Malik Bey (Meral Smith) #5161387
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Update #1: In December 2015, the VI3 all filed petitions for the writ of habeas corpus showing that they have been illegally and indefinitely held by the U.S. government and its colonial administration since 2000-01. Their petitions where sent to Wilma Lewis,the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands, the same court through which they were prosecuted and imprisoned. point they were locked-down, while there was no process issued on their petitions, in violation of U.S. and International law on Human Rights.Update #2: On March 7, the Virgin Islands 3, along with 145 other senior prisoners like themselves, were hustled onto planes and flown to private prisons in Arizona and Florida. Fortunately, all three were sent to the same "prison center" in Eloy, Arizona. All have been given new "private prisoners" by the Corrections Corporations of America (CCA), essentially disappearing them back into the U.S. prison industrial complex. It has taken us nearly a month to locate Malik, after he disappeared upon his arrival in Arizona, we now have confirmation that he is alive.
Update #3: Thanks to the prompt assistance from a comrade who just so happens to be a lawyer, with the courts not responding we were finally able to access the court records long-. By this, as a result of engaging with the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands, we have shown that in fact that court is not a "U.S. constitutional court," it is a court "in name only" as declared by the U.S. Congress, and is not bound by the codes and oaths that all Article III judges are, it is accountable only to the U.S. congress and not U.S. law. This then explains way the chief judge of that court, Wilma Lewis, has been allowed to totally get away with violating habeas corpus and the due process clause of the U.S. constitution.
Update #4: At the end of January, more than a month after the petitions were filed and when Wilma Lewis was to have acted on them, she entered an "order" on a motion for protection filed by Malik with regard to the retribution they were being subjected to for filing the petitions. Lewis responded to the motion and not the petitions, mentioning them only in passing, Lewis attempted to engage in a shell-game of making the issue to appear as one of "conditions of confinement," rather than the legality of of the detention. Read Wilma's "Order"
Update #4: Upon the failure of Wilma Lewis, in late March 2916, ITJ filed a petition for habeas corpus to Theodore McKee, the chief judge of the U.S. Third Ciruit Court, on behalf of the three. The Third Circuit supposedly has supervisory judicial authority over the "District Court of the Virgin Islands," however, the "U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands" is not actually a U.S. federal court. It is a U.S. federal court "in name only," not by the U.S. constitution, it exists only under the U.S. congress and not the U.S. constitution in order to accommodate the imperialist aims of the U.S. in the Caribbean.
Update #5: Theodore McKee refused to respect and process the petition for habeas filed on behalf the three by Kwasi Seitu, prompting him to file a complaint against the misconduct of himself and Wilma Lewis to the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit, which Theodore McKee heads. Theodore McKee fails and refuses to process the habeas petition filed on behalf of the three. In the meantime ITJ sends a letter to Lewis exposing her criminality and putting her in place. Read the Letterc
Update #6: A complaint of "Judicial Misconduct" was filed with the Judicial Council of the U.S. Third Circuit against Wilma Lewis and Theodore McKee for the denial of due process on the habeas petitions. However, Theodore McKee heads the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit, with no appellate excess, since there has been no processing of the claims as required by U.S. and international law ("Complaint").
Update #7: A response is made to the judicial complaint within a month, summarily dismissing it based on all the wrong reasons and misrepresentations, or in other words even more judicial misconduct. We respond here.
INTERNATIONAL INTERVENTION REQUIRED TO HALT WIDESPREAD U.S. VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CARIBBEAN
Hanif Bey, Abdul Azziz, and Malik Bey, along with over 145 of their fellow islanders, are being illegally held under the criminal foreign rule of the United States, as are the whole of their people. For 45-years these men have been imprisoned through the blatant violation of domestic and international law by the United States and its courts. This cause represents a concerted action by the U.S. government to perpetuate the illegal imprisonment and indefinite detention of the natural inhabitants of the isles it illegally "purchased" from Denmark. The VI3 case has always represented a challenge to the rule of pirates, made so by the U.S. over-response to an incident that it perceived as the tip of a native uprising to its rule.
Even though these men have filed the required petitions to obtain their immediate release through the U.S. court, under U.S. law, they have been denied any day in a U.S. court to address their claims by a racist and corrupt judiciary, and we have thoroughly documented this as "FACT" and not allegation. The three have been denied all access to "the Rule of Law," domestic and international, by the U.S. judiciary, from the "U.S." District Court for the Virgin Islands to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, now to the U.S. Judicial Council of the Third Circuit. All have only mentioned that the three filed for habeas corpus relief, but then go off on tangents that have nothing to do with explaining why those petitions were not processed and dispensed in accordance with law. The petitions have yet to be processed, in spite of U.S. and international law, and the time for this to have been done expired long ago, this is an international crime - documented from A-Z.
Clearly, the U.S. government has no true regard for the "Rule of Law," its own or international when it comes to maintaining its criminal imperial empire. We need your support in raising, challenging, opposing, exposing, and organizing resistance to the actions of our oppressors.
WE NEED PEOPLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
SIGN THE PETITION / DONATE / CONTACT US / SPREAD THE WORD
1. SIGN PETITION TO RAUL CASTRO
Signing these petitions now are even of more critical importance considering that the expectation was that our last legal resort would be to the United Nations, the three and all those similarly situated should been freed nearly a year ago, instead they have gone from illegal U.S. prisoners, to illegal colonial prisoners, and as a result of legally challenging all of this illegality, are now private prisoners, the property of. and entirely under the control of the Corrections Corporation of America, which is not supposedly accountable to the public, so is not bound the same rules of law as a state institution, even though it is "contracted" to hold whoever. We have placed this matter before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, it has failed to act in any way after months, the lives of these three men and numerous others are in danger, the enslaved crying out for help against the enslaver. We need to strengthen the Cuban hand to stand up in the U.N., which it has not done only for itself, in spite of the continuing criminal U.S. embargo and theft of land on the island, but has stood for so many other oppressed people struggling for liberation - in the Spirit of Che and the Cuban Revolution, the greatest one the world has ever known. Come join, sign the petition, make a donation, tell a friend, and at least stayed tuned!
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Haneef Bey on the AmeriKKKanization of the Islands
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It is an irrefutable historical fact that nearly all of the European nations invaded and destroyed nations they encountered in the western hemisphere, completely wiping out entire people. As like with "ISIS," they acted under a religious pretense that gave them the right to go out all around the non-White world and take whatever they wanted from non-Christian peoples they called "savages."
The Caribbean was first invaded by Spain, beginning with Christopher Columbus, then came the French, the British, and the Danish. The Danish "purchased" from the French three islands they re-named as the "Dutch West Indies," which both the French and Danish populated with kidnapped Africans as slaves. The British laid claim to most of the other islands to the south, along with Jamaica. The Spanish though had the three largest Caribbean islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and two-thirds of Hispaniola.
In 1885, the U.S. tried to get Denmark to sell its claims to it, but the Danes refused. However, after the U.S. had destroyed Spanish rule in the Caribbean and, invaded and Haiti, Denmark knew that its time in the Caribbean was up. In 1917, accepting the offer it could no longer resist, the Denmark crime family agreed to sell its claims in the Caribbean to the U.S. or otherwise, have them taken by force.
RACIST AND CRIMINAL CONTINUATION OF IMPOSING THE CELEBRATION OF "tRANSFER DAY" AS TO OPPOSE AND AVERT AN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Every March 31st in the "U.S. Virgin Islands" is recognized as "Transfer Day," making the day that the Danish West Indies were formally sold to the United States by Denmark. The U.S. then renamed its newly acquired property as the "U.S. Virgin Islands," becoming "America's Paradise" on March 31, 2017. And every year since that date the U.S. has required the Native to "celebrate" and there are many that joyously do so, while it is an affront to the dignity and Humanity of the majority population.
For example, the following is an excerpt from a description by GoToStCroix.com :
"...the 100th anniversary of Transfer Day, so special centennial events will be held to commemorate this auspicious anniversary. The U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commission has been formed to organize the Centennial Commemoration of Transfer Day. The Centennial Commemoration will be a territory-wide, multi-year observation with events and activities ranging from parades, concerts, and multi-cultural celebrations, to exhibitions and festivals featuring local art, dance, music, and food. The series of events is currently scheduled to start in 2015 and continue through December of 2017.
The goal of the festivities is to highlight the continuum of historical events and people of the U.S. Virgin Islands including the pre-Columbian period and indigenous inhabitants, Columbus and the arrival of the early Europeans, the settlement of the Danish West Indies, the forced migration of Africans, the transfer of the Virgin Islands to the United States, and the territory and it’s melting pot of people and culture today. To organize and prepare the Centennial Commemoration events, $500,000 in grant assistance has been provided under the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program to the U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commission.
When the grant was given, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina stated: ‘I am pleased to support Governor Kenneth Mapp, Congresswoman, Stacey Plaskett, the members of the Centennial Commission and the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands as they plan their celebration of this significant milestone in the history of US-Virgin Islands relations,’ said Kia’aina. ‘The next two years leading up to the actual Centennial Celebration presents a host of opportunities to showcase their rich history and heritage as well as the future of the Virgin Islands." GoToStCroix.com
The U.S. Declares that Natural Inhabitants of its "Territories" have no "fundamental rights"
(taken from Mother Jones 6/5/15; written by Pema Levy, Reporter MJ, email email@example.com)
Well, this is awkward. This month, five people from American Samoa—the only place in the world where babies born on US soil are denied US citizenship—argued in federal court that the government's refusal to grant them birthright citizenship violates the Constitution.
On the other side of the case is the Obama administration, which cited century-old Supreme Court decisions that spoke of "savage," "uncivilized," and "alien races"—and many legal scholars now see as outright racist—to justify continuing to deny citizenship to these US nationals.
Over the past century, Congress has passed laws guaranteeing birthright citizenship to residents of US territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. But American Samoa, a Pacific Island chain that is home to some 55,000 people, is the lone exception.
American Samoans are classified as noncitizen nationals. As a result, the increasing number of American Samoans living stateside are ineligible for many federal and state government jobs and benefits, including many military jobs, despite serving in the military at high rates.
They cannot vote or serve on juries. In many places, they cannot own firearms. They can apply for US citizenship—but in order to do so, they must leave American Samoa during the months- or years-long process, uprooting their lives and leaving their families and community behind while they wait for a decision.
Now a group of American Samoans is suing the Obama administration and the State Department, demanding birthright citizenship. Their argument in the case,Tuaua v. United States, is pretty straightforward: The 14th Amendment, passed in the wake of the Civil War, grants automatic citizenship to everyone born in the United States—whether in a state or a territory.
Lead plaintiff Leneuoti Tuaua, for example, is a retired public safety officer who was unable to serve as a police officer when he lived in California because he was not a citizen.
Many legal scholars agree that the amendment, which reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States," was intended to apply to people born in US territories.
Moreover, the amendment overturned Dred Scott v. Sanford, which "was heavily about the question of whether certain constitutional protections applied in the territories," says Stephen Vladeck, a constitutional law expert at the American University Washington College of Law. "The original meaning of the Citizenship Clause seems to be fairly categorical."
Lawyers for the Obama administration argue otherwise. To back up their case, they rely heavily on a series of Supreme Court decisions that many scholars now contend are not only bad law but also racist.
The decisions, known as the Insular Cases, date back to the early 20th century, when the US had just won the Spanish-American War and acquired Puerto Rico and the far-flung new territories of Guam and the Philippines.
The US acquired American Samoa in two parts in 1900 and 1904 as part of its continued expansion. But American political leaders had a problem: They wanted the United States to become a colonial power, but they didn't want to extend constitutional protections to the overwhelmingly nonwhite residents of the new territories. (As one of the friend-of-the-court brief in the current case notes, the Democratic Party's official platform in 1900 argued that "the Filipinos cannot be citizens without endangering our civilization.")
To solve that problem, the Supreme Court came up with a bizarre, racially minded solution. The court invented two categories of territory; the Constitution applied fully in "incorporated territories," such as Arizona, which were settled mostly by white people and destined for statehood, while much of the Constitution did not apply in "unincorporated territories," such as American Samoa, which were not considered candidates for statehood, largely because of their racial and ethnic makeup.
Justice Henry Brown—famous as the author of Plessy v. Ferguson, which gave the court's blessing to segregation—refers to the inhabitants of the new territories as "savage" and "alien races" in the Insular Cases.
Brown contended that Congress would treat the territories well because it was guided by "certain principles of natural justice inherent in the Anglo-Saxon character." His colleague, Justice Edward White, hypothesized in one case that granting citizenship to an "uncivilized race" in a new territory would "inflict grave detriment on the United States" from "the immediate bestowal of citizenship on those absolutely unfit to receive it."