Letter from Tausif Paracha to Colin L. Powell re: U.S. detainment of Saifullah Paracha

Letter from Tausif Paracha, U.S. citizen, to Colin L. Powell regarding the detainment of his/her uncle, Saifullah Paracha. Mr. Paracha was taken into custody on July 5th by U.S. soldiers and according to a letter sent by the International Committee of the Red Cross, is being held in Afghanistan. Tausif Paracha believes that his/her uncle is being abused while in custody and is asking for Mr. Powell's help.

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Letter
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Monday, November 3, 2003
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Monday, November 22, 2004
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Tausif Paracha
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RELEASED IN PART B6
November 3, 2003
RE: Illegal Detainment of Saifiillah Paracha
Dear Mr. Powell I hope you recover well from your surgery and wish you a Merry Christmas. This letter is in regards to my uncle.
Kidnapping, torture, use of chemicals, would you ever think the United States of America would be involved in this. My uncle is living proof of this. The US government on July 5th kidnapped him. My family was literally begging the US government to let us know if he was just alive, and they refused to comment. We found out about two months after he was kidnapped. We received a letter from the International Red Cross that he is in US custody in Afghanistan.
As newspapers and well-known magazines like Time, Guardian, Newsweek state, torture and use of chemicals takes place at the US base on detainees in Afghanistan. How can the US be involved in such atrocious behavior. Nothing justifies kidnapping and torturing people. How can a country such as the US who has always supported Human Rights be involved in such uncivilized actions.
I myself am a 9/11 survivor, I was in front of the WTC on Sept 11 6. I am pleading for you to help us in our cause. We just want the US government to act civilized. If the US government has proof of my uncle being involved in something unjust, bring him into the legal process. Bring him to a court and provide him an attorney as amendment VI of the Bill of Rights state.
Everything the government is doing to my uncle is against the US constitution,
International law, and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There is a legal system
the US follows; all we want is to have America follow that.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER

DATE/CASE ID: 24 SEP 2004 200303827
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have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance
of counsel for his defense.
Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual

punishments inflicted. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
or punishment
Article 6.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Ankle 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against hint
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Article 11.
(1)
Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

(2)
No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed

Everyone of these laws are being violated, on a national and international level.
I am a US citizen and have lived in New York my entire life.
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pieawng lyr your assistance, u you can nem in .anyway it will be greatly appreciated_
Respectfully yours, Tausif Paracha President Verticity

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