You are here

Tarek Mehanna for President! An open letter to Judge George O’Toole

 Tarek Mehanna is seen in this image from video footage taken in Boston in 2009.

Judge George O’ Toole
US District Court – Massachussetts
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2300
Boston, Massachusetts 02210


CC: Courtroom Clerk Paul Lyness 617-748-9181,

Docket Clerk Chris Danieli 617-748-9182

Dear George O’Toole,

I am writing to let you know that I will be voting for Tarek Mehanna – the man you just sentenced to seventeen years in prison – in the next presidential election. Additionally, I am requesting that you immediately issue a warrant to arrest me for the same “crimes” for which Mehanna was charged and convicted.

I am guilty of those same thoughtcrimes, and more. I agree with everything Mehanna said in his sentencing statement (reprinted below) with one exception: Unlike him, I have done enough research to know that 9/11 was an inside job designed to create the post-Constitutional police state in which you are playing your treasonous part.  (About 80% of my fellow Muslims agree with me.)

Mehanna stands convicted of translating “al-Qaeda” material. This is apparently a lie; he does not support al-Qaeda, a.k.a. al-CIA-duh. The material he translated was garden-variety common sense, urging people to resist any war criminals who happen to be invading and looting their land.

So, if you will allow me, I will commit the same “crime.” I hereby urge everyone to use all available means to resist any war criminals who are invading their lands. Specifically, I urge everyone in Afghanistan to seek the arrest for war crimes of everyone in that country who participates in or cooperates with the invasion and occupation; and if arrest is not possible, to use whatever weapons are necessary, including lethal ones, to expel the invaders and occupiers. And I hereby make the same recommendation for everyone in all other occupied lands.

The entire profession of international law agrees with Tarek and me on that one, Judge.

If the US is ever invaded and occupied by the Chinese or the Eskimos or the Martians, I will make that same recommendation, and act accordingly. (Actually, we HAVE been occupied – by the Zionists – and it’s way past time for Americans to take up arms.)

Additionally, unlike Mehanna, I have actually translated al-Qaeda material. My wife and I worked together translating little-known speeches of Osama Bin Laden that had been collected by anthropologist Flagg Miller, who swore my wife to secrecy – not because the material was hyper-classified, but because he apparently was committing academic fraud by pretending that he had enough Arabic to do work that, in reality, he was incapable of doing. Flagg Miller, like you and so many other “Americans” who have gone along with the 9/11 Big Lie, is a coward, a phony, a traitor to the Constitution – a useless, pretentious piece of shit who has no business teaching in an American classroom, just as you have no business presiding over an American courtroom.

Funny how the guy who actually has some Arabic, and does his job researching and promulgating the truth, is the one who gets witch-hunted out of academia.

Something else about those Bin Laden speeches I translated: I agree with every single word of them. In those speeches, he never urged the killing of American civilians. He just urged Muslims to do their duty and wage jihad to free their lands from occupation. Just like we Americans would do if we were invaded.

Bin Laden is a hero, Judge. A flawed hero, to be sure; he never should have worked with the CIA. But a hero nonetheless. His protestations of innocence, and statements that American Zionists did 9/11, were heartfelt, honest, and true.

I understand that you convicted Tarek Mehanna not only of translating works whose ideas you disagree with, but also of traveling to Yemen with the intention of learning how better to help Muslims all over the world resist oppression, including the worst kind of oppression: Invasion by non-Muslim armies.

Well, guess what: I have traveled quite a bit – to Morocco, Turkey, France, Canada, Guatemala, the UK, and elsewhere – and everywhere I go, I am always trying to learn (and teach) about how Muslims can better resist oppression. (For example, I spoke to thousands of people in Turkey last spring, and was feted at a private luncheon in the Turkish capital with the Turkish equivalent of FBI Director and a leading parliamentarian.) And everywhere I go, I will tell anyone who asks that people in occupied countries have a duty – not just a right, but a DUTY – to fight the occupier by every available means, including the biggest and most lethal weapons they can find. This position, of course, is the established position of the entire profession of international law, which views aggression as the supreme war crime, and the fight against aggression as the supreme form of law enforcement.

So basically YOU are a treasonous criminal, Judge, while Tarek Mehanna is a patriotic American citizen doing his part to try to enforce international law and protect the US Constitution.

If you ever should venture in my presence, Judge, I will do everything in my power to conduct a citizen’s arrest. I want to see you put on trial. And, if convicted, hanged by your neck until dead. (Or, if repentant, shown mercy.)

So you had better put out an arrest warrant on me first. After all, the Truth Jihad I am waging is a far bigger threat to the world’s oppressors than any military struggle could ever be.

Come on, asshole. It’s a whole new post-Constitution, post-9/11-inside-job world, isn’t it? What are you waiting for, scumbag? Too cowardly to take on a Muslim who happens to be white?

Arrest me NOW.

Or free Tarek Mehanna.

* * *

Read this. Forward it to all your friends. If you wouldn’t vote for this guy for President, go crawl back under your rock.

APRIL 12, 2012
Read to Judge O’Toole during his sentencing, April 12th 2012.

In the name of God the most gracious the most merciful Exactly four years ago this month I was finishing my work shift at a
local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a choice to make: I could do things the easy way, or I could do them the hard way. The “easy ” way, as they explained, was that I would become an informant for the government, and if I did so I would never see the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell. As for the hard way, this is it. Here I
am, having spent the majority of the four years since then in a solitary cell the size of a small closet, in which I am locked down
for 23 hours each day. The FBI and these prosecutors worked very hard-and the government spent millions of tax dollars – to put me in that cell, keep me there, put me on trial, and finally to have me stand here before you today to be sentenced to even more time in a cell.

In the weeks leading up to this moment, many people have offered suggestions as to what I should say to you. Some said I should plead for mercy in hopes of a light sentence, while others suggested I would be hit hard either way. But what I want to do is just talk about myself for a few minutes.

When I refused to become an informant, the government responded by charging me with the “crime” of supporting the mujahideen fighting the occupation of Muslim countries around the world. Or as they like to call them, “terrorists.” I wasn’t born in a Muslim country, though. I was born and raised right here in America and this angers many people: how is it that I can be an American and believe the things I believe, take the positions I take? Everything a man is exposed to in his environment becomes an ingredient that shapes his outlook, and I’m no different.  So, in more ways than one, it’s because of America that I am who I am.

When I was six, I began putting together a massive collection of comic books. Batman implanted a concept in my mind, introduced me to a paradigm as to how the world is set up: that there are oppressors, there are the oppressed, and there are those who step up to defend the oppressed. This resonated with me so much that throughout the rest of my childhood, I gravitated towards any book that reflected that paradigm – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and I even saw an ehical dimension to The Catcher in the Rye.
By the time I began high school and took a real history class, I was learning just how real that paradigm is in the world. I learned about the Native Americans and what befell them at the hands of European settlers. I learned about how the descendents of those European settlers were in turn oppressed under the tyranny of King George III.

I read about Paul Revere, Tom Paine, and how Americans began an armed insurgency against British forces – an insurgency we now celebrate as the American revolutionary war. As a kid I even went on school field trips just blocks away from where we sit now. I learned about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, John Brown, and the fight against slavery in this country. I learned about Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, and the struggles of the labor unions, working class, and poor. I learned about Anne Frank, the Nazis, and how they persecuted minorities and imprisoned dissidents. I learned about Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King,
and the civil rights struggle.
I learned about Ho Chi Minh, and how the Vietnamese fought for decades to liberate themselves from one invader after another. I learned about Nelson Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Everything I learned in those years confirmed what I was beginning to learn when I was six: that throughout history, there has been a constant struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors. With each struggle I learned about, I found myself consistently siding with the oppressed, and consistently respecting those who stepped up to defend them -regardless of nationality, regardless of religion. And I never threw my class notes away. As I stand here speaking, they are in a neat pile in my bedroom closet at home.

From all the historical figures I learned about, one stood out above the rest. I was impressed be many things about Malcolm X, but above all, I was fascinated by the idea of transformation, his transformation. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie “X” by Spike Lee, it’s over three and a half hours long, and the Malcolm at the beginning is different from the Malcolm at the end. He starts off as an illiterate criminal, but ends up a husband, a father, a protective and eloquent leader for his people, a disciplined Muslim performing the Hajj in Makkah, and finally, a martyr. Malcolm’s life taught me that Islam is not something inherited; it’s not a culture or ethnicity. It’s a way of life, a state of mind anyone can choose no matter where they come from or how they were raised.
This led me to look deeper into Islam, and I was hooked. I was just a teenager, but Islam answered the question that the greatest scientific minds were clueless about, the question that drives the rich & famous to depression and suicide from being unable to answer: what is the purpose of life? Why do we exist in this Universe? But it also answered the question of how we’re supposed to exist. And since there’s no hierarchy or priesthood, I could directly and immediately begin digging into the texts of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, to begin the journey of understanding what this was all about, the implications of Islam for me as a human being, as an individual, for the people around me, for the world; and the more I learned, the more I valued Islam like a piece of gold. This was when I was a teen, but even today, despite the pressures of the last few years, I stand here before you, and everyone else in this courtroom, as a very proud Muslim.

With that, my attention turned to what was happening to other Muslims in different parts of the world. And everywhere I looked, I saw the powers that be trying to destroy what I loved. I learned what the Soviets had done to the Muslims of Afghanistan. I learned what the Serbs had done to the Muslims of Bosnia. I learned what the Russians were doing to the Muslims of Chechnya. I learned what Israel had done in Lebanon – and what it continues to do in Palestine – with the full backing of the United States. And I learned what America itself was doing to Muslims. I learned about the Gulf War, and the depleted uranium bombs that killed thousands and caused cancer rates to skyrocket across Iraq.
I learned about the American-led sanctions that prevented food, medicine, and medical equipment from entering Iraq, and how – according to the United Nations – over half a million children perished as a result. I remember a clip from a ’60 Minutes‘ interview of Madeline Albright where she expressed her view that these dead children were “worth it.” I watched on September 11th as a group of people felt driven to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings from their outrage at the deaths of these children. I watched as America then attacked and invaded Iraq directly. I saw the effects of ’Shock & Awe’ in the opening day of the invasion – the children in hospital wards with shrapnel from American missiles sticking but of their foreheads (of course, none of this was shown on CNN).

I learned about the town of Haditha, where 24 Muslims – including a 76-year old man in a wheelchair, women, and even toddlers – were shot up and blown up in their bedclothes as the slept by US Marines. I learned about Abeer al-Janabi, a fourteen-year old Iraqi girl gang-raped by five American soldiers, who then shot her and her family in the head, then set fire to their corpses. I just want to point out, as you can see, Muslim women don’t even show their hair to unrelated men. So try to imagine this young girl from a conservative village with her dress torn off, being sexually assaulted by not one, not two, not three, not four, but five soldiers. Even today, as I sit in my jail cell, I read about the drone strikes which continue to kill Muslims daily in places like Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Just last month, we all heard about the seventeen Afghan Muslims – mostly mothers and their kids – shot to death by an American soldier, who also set fire to their corpses.
These are just the stories that make it to the headlines, but one of the first concepts I learned in Islam is that of loyalty, of
brotherhood – that each Muslim woman is my sister, each man is my brother, and together, we are one large body who must protect each other. In other words, I couldn’t see these things beings done to my brothers & sisters – including by America – and remain neutral. My sympathy for the oppressed continued, but was now more personal, as was my respect for those defending them.

I mentioned Paul Revere – when he went on his midnight ride, it was for the purpose of warning the people that the British were marching to Lexington to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons stored there by the Minuteman. By the time they got to Concord, they found the Minuteman waiting for them, weapons in hand. They fired at the British, fought them, and beat them. From that battle came the American Revolution. There’s an Arabic word to describe what those Minutemen did that day. That word is: JIHAD, and this is what my trial was about.
All those videos and translations and childish bickering over ‘Oh, he translated this paragraph’ and ‘Oh, he edited that sentence,’ and all those exhibits revolved around a single issue: Muslims who were defending themselves against American soldiers doing to them exactly what the British did to America. It was made crystal clear at trial that I never, ever plotted to “kill Americans” at shopping malls or whatever the story was. The government’s own witnesses contradicted this claim, and we put expert after expert up on that stand, who spent hours dissecting my every written word, who explained my beliefs. Further, when I was free, the government sent an undercover agent to prod me into one of their little “terror plots,” but I refused to participate. Mysteriously, however, the jury never heard this.

So, this trial was not about my position on Muslims killing American civilians. It was about my position on Americans killing Muslim civilians, which is that Muslims should defend their lands from foreign invaders – Soviets, Americans, or Martians. This is what I believe. It’s what I’ve always believed, and what I will always believe. This is not terrorism, and it’s not extremism. It’s what the arrows on that seal above your head represent: defense of the homeland. So, I disagree with my lawyers when they say that you don’t have to agree with my beliefs – no. Anyone with commonsense and humanity has no choice but to agree with me. If someone breaks into your home to rob you and harm your family, logic dictates that you do whatever it takes to expel that invader from your home.
But when that home is a Muslim land, and that invader is the US military, for some reason the standards suddenly change. Common sense is renamed ”terrorism” and the people defending themselves against those who come to kill them from across the ocean become “the terrorists” who are ”killing Americans.” The mentality that America was victimized with when British soldiers walked these streets 2 ½ centuries ago is the same mentality Muslims are victimized by as American soldiers walk their streets today. It’s the mentality of colonialism.

When Sgt. Bales shot those Afghans to death last month, all of the focus in the media was on him-his life, his stress, his PTSD, the mortgage on his home-as if he was the victim. Very little sympathy was expressed for the people he actually killed, as if they’re not real, they’re not humans. Unfortunately, this mentality trickles down to everyone in society, whether or not they realize it. Even with my lawyers, it took nearly two years of discussing, explaining, and clarifying before they were finally able to think outside the box and at least ostensibly accept the logic in what I was saying. Two years! If it took that long for people so intelligent, whose job it is to defend me, to de-program themselves, then to throw me in front of a randomly selected jury under the premise that they’re my “impartial peers,” I mean, come on. I wasn’t tried before a jury of my peers because with the mentality gripping America today, I have no peers. Counting on this fact, the government prosecuted me – not because they needed to, but simply because they could.

I learned one more thing in history class: America has historically supported the most unjust policies against its minorities – practices that were even protected by the law – only to look back later and ask: ’what were we thinking?’ Slavery, Jim Crow, the internment of the Japanese during World War II – each was widely accepted by American society, each was defended by the Supreme Court. But as time passed and America changed, both people and courts looked back and asked ’What were we thinking?’ Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist by the South African government, and given a life sentence. But time passed, the world changed, they realized how oppressive their policies were, that it was not he who was the terrorist, and they released him from prison. He even became president. So, everything is subjective – even this whole business of “terrorism” and who is a “terrorist.” It all depends on the time and place and who the superpower happens to be at the moment.

In your eyes, I’m a terrorist, and it’s perfectly reasonable that I be standing here in an orange jumpsuit. But one day, America will change and people will recognize this day for what it is. They will look at how hundreds of thousands of Muslims were killed and maimed by the US military in foreign countries, yet somehow I’m the one going to prison for “conspiring to kill and maim” in those countries – because I support the Mujahidin defending those people. They will look back on how the government spent millions of dollars to imprison me as a ”terrorist,” yet if we were to somehow bring Abeer al-Janabi back to life in the moment she was being gang-raped by your soldiers, to put her on that witness stand and ask her who the “terrorists” are, she sure wouldn’t be pointing at me.

The government says that I was obsessed with violence, obsessed with ”killing Americans.” But, as a Muslim living in these times, I can think of a lie no more ironic.

-Tarek Mehanna

14 Thoughts to “Tarek Mehanna for President! An open letter to Judge George O’Toole”

  1. Anonymous

    As Salaam Alaikum,

    This is truly great Kevin and deeply heartfelt! May ALLAH bless you indeed my dear beautiful, courageous, wonderful and awesome brother. I wish we had many more Muslims like you. I also pray for Tarek Mehanna and the brave bold stand that he has taken. May ALLAH bring him ease in the face of his difficulties and may we find a way to free him from the wrongful charges imposed on him.

    Rest assured my beloved brother I will do all within my power to spread this far and wide. All right minded people need to know about this so that we can bring an end to this injustice.

    May ALLAH protect and keep you and your family well.


  2. Anonymous

    WOW! You do tell it like it is! Hurray for two of the most bravest guys I know of! I fear for Kevin Barrett, my friend. Your anger is justified but what difference does that make in this fascist country.

  3. Anonymous


    And still some dumb-f—s question why a few refuse to consent and submit.

  4. Anonymous

    great letter. it takes a scholar and gentleman to use scumbag and shit so hilariously.
    have a look at my latest — i sent a few hrs ago — afpak: mutiny on the bounty.
    even a british lord has put a price on bush's scalp.

  5. Anonymous


    Laura Mansfield translated the work of Dr. Ayman Al Zawahiri and she didn't go to jail! This is complete and utter bullshit! Tareek refused to be a snitch for the FB LIES thus they're making an example out of him!

    Great job Dr. Barrett!

  6. Anonymous

    Powerful! They should apologize and set him free.

  7. Anonymous

    Can I get a fucking hell yeah to the hell yeah!

    You are so awesome Kevin Barrett. I respect you immensely. I tell anyone who will listen about you.

    As a matter of fact when I find gainful employment or land a good project, I will be sending you some money. I would also like to buy your book.

    I can't stand government and am quit sick of it all. My motto for 2012 is bullets in the face of the oppressors.

  8. Anonymous


    You are a bad ass! Awesome letter!

    With Warm Regards,


  9. Anonymous


    I salute you.


  10. Anonymous

    Wow! Excellent letter!

    It takes a lot of guts to speak truth to power. I congratulate you wholeheartedly.

    Seventeen years? That’s ridiculous! I hope he’s appealing his sentence, if possible.

  11. Anonymous

    These 'legal practitioners' are just as demonic as their diabolical government. May the wrath of God never leave their household,amen. For they have punished a rare hero !

  12. Anonymous

    I was disappointed that you unnecessarily disparaged any (especially essential) organ of huwoman physiology ("asshole").

  13. Excellent point. I agree that calling the judge an "asshole" is an insult to the noble human sphincter.

  14. Well done Dr Barrett, you have obviously succeeded in rattling their cage.

    Might I suggest you invest in an assortment of mini digital video cameras, such as pen cam, lighter cam, watch cam, keyring cam, all readily available on ebay for minimal cost, and keep them fully charged and handy at all times.

    Be ready to secretly record any future encounters with the criminal overworld and their minions.

    Since my own Rodney King like experience of heavy-handed police tactics, I have been carrying a spy cam with me at all times. A video record of such encounters is a valuable and potent weapon of defence and resistance against the burgeoning police state.

Leave a Comment