Ashland High School 2003 senior yearbook shows Rezwan chose
the following quote from Mahatma Gandi besides his picture:
"I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need."











Scathing HRW Report: 'Illusion of Justice' about manufactured US terror plots. Rezwan is one of the featured case study.
Watch the accompanying YouTube video
Guardian: Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots
Did FBI Focus on Controversial Stings Distract from Pursuit of Tsarnaev Before Boston Attacks? (watch the video)
How the FBI in Boston May Have Pursued the Wrong "Terrorist"
Did the FBI Just Bungle The Boston Bomb Plot, or Did It Actually Create It?
How to make a terrorist: The do-it-yourself guide
Wade Michael Page: Islamophobia unleashed
AURORA SHOOTING. WHY MEDIA IS NOT CALLING IT TERRORISM?
CAN AMERICAN MUSLIMS GET A FAIR TRIAL IN UNITED STATES?
FBI and Islamophobia (watch this video)
PERSONALIZING CIVIL LIBERTIES ABUSES
The ex-FBI informant with a change of heart: 'There is no real hunt. It's fixed'
Senators Finally Ponder the Question: Is Solitary Confinement Wrong?
Former Iran Captive Denounces Solitary Confinement in America
What My Eyes Heard – Detention Hearing 3 October
New Evidence of Anti-Islam Bias Underscores Deep Challenges for FBI’s Reform Pledge
FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical'
Manufacturing Terrorism: FBI Sting Operations
JUSTICE FOR REZWAN
JUSTICE FOR AMERICAN MUSLIMS
JUSTICE FOR ALL
JUSTICE FOR REZWAN
JUSTICE FOR AMERICAN MUSLIMS

SENTENCING DAY(11/01/2012): READ REZWAN'S STAEMENT IN THE COURT HERE


- Judge Richard Stearns seemed to have been moved by Rezwan's statement and told Rezwan, "you don't need any lecture from me. Your statement convinces me that you have the character and the capacity to search your own soul." Judge Stearns said, "I'm going to leave it to you to finish that journey."

STANDING UP FOR REZWAN (11/01/2012)

Lawfare Podcast #24: Federal Public Defender Miriam Conrad on the Rezwan Ferdaus Case

BREAKING NEWS(10/01/2014): REZWAN'S FAMILY VISITED REZWAN IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

  • Rezwan's parents and his brother paid their fourth visit to Rezwan in Terre Haute FCI, Indiana, on 28th of September, 2014. They were also scheduled to visit him on 29th of September but the visit was cancelled by the Terre Haute FCI authority just a few days before on the grounds of some constructions in the facility. As a consideration from the authority, Rezwan's family was allowed to visit him for 6 hours on 28th instead of normal 4 hours.
  • 28 of September was the 3rd anniversary of his arrest. "A Terror Plot Orchestrated and Facilitated by the Government".
  • Please keep Rezwan in your thoughts and prayers.

BREAKING NEWS(08/04/2014): REZWAN'S PARENTS VISITED REZWAN IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

  • Rezwan's parents paid their third visit to Rezwan in Terre Haute FCI, Indiana, on 28th and 29th of July, 2014.
  • 28th was the celebration of Eid day after the fasting month of Ramadan. Rezwan with all the hardship did not miss a single day of fasting. He sends his Eid Mubarok (greetings) to all his family and friends.
  • On 29, Rezwan's parents were not able to see or talk to him for first 2 hours and 15 minutes due to some problem with the telephone in the visiting booth. Appointment was for 4 hours from 9AM to 1PM. At 9AM, Rezwan came to his side of the booth and his parents were in the visiting side of the booth. When Rezwan tried to call his parents using the telephone, unfortunately, it did not work. So the guards removed Rezwan's parents to a nearby room and locked them up inside for next 2 hours and 15 minutes until the telephone was fixed. When the telephone was fixed, Rezwan's parents were brought back to the visiting booth. All these time Rezwan was sitting in his side of the booth. Next 2 hours visit was normal.
  • Rezwan's parents second visit to Terre Haute was in May 26 and 27, 2014. There was an issue created by the escorting guard. Rezwan's parents went through the security processing normally. They entered the inside yard of the FCI along with the escorting guard. Rezwan's mother was in a wheel chair and his father was pushing the wheel chair through the rough walk way and grass loan to the visiting shed. when they reached the visiting shed's high fenced gate, the escorting guard told his parents, he did not have the right key to open the door, so we have to go back to the front secuity check point again. It is a long walk, specially while pushing a wheel chair, through a rough walk way and grass loan. Rezwan's father was exhausted pushing the wheel chair and had to take a Nitro Glycerin in his mouth for the chest pain that he was feeling (Rezwan's father had mutiple heart attacks before). When they walked back to the front security check point, escorting guard said, oops!, "I have the right key". So, Rezwan's parents started walking back to the visiting shed, Rezwan's mother asked the escoring guard if they can stay longer after the schedule time because of the wasted time which was not their fault. This must have offended the guard. Rezwan's parents did not get any extra time that day. Next day when they saw Rezwan, he informed his parents that an officer of the FCI paid him a visit on previous day and told him that if his parents make any more noise they might lose their visiting right.
  • Please keep Rezwan in your thoughts and prayers.

BREAKING NEWS(03/25/2014): REZWAN'S FAMILY VISITED REZWAN IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

  • Rezwan's family (Father, Mother, and Brother) paid their first visit to Rezwan in Terre Haute FCI, Indiana, on 23rd and 24th of March, 2014.
  • Rezwan is trying his best to coup with the new environment. He sends his love and gratitude to all his extended family and friends.
  • Please keep Rezwan in your thoughts and prayers.

BREAKING NEWS(02/04/2014): REZWAN IS IN TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

  • On February 3, 2014, Rezwan was transferred to Terre Haute FCI in Indiana.
  • We pray to God that Rezwan will have a safe stay in Terre Haute FCI.

BREAKING NEWS(01/14/2014): REZWAN'S HARD DAYS IN THE HOLE (SHU) CONTINUES IN USP MARION, IL

  • On December 11, 2013, Rezwan was told he had two more weeks of hard days to endure in the Hole. However, on December 26, 2013, the day he was suppose to go back to his regular area, he was informed that he had been approved for transfer to another facility. The transfer will happen within the four weeks and he has to stay in the Hole until he is transferred out to some yet unknown facility.
  • We pray to God that he gives Rezwan mental and physical strengths to withstand the daily hardship that he faces in the Hole.
  • We will follow Rezwan and support him no matter where he ends up.

BREAKING NEWS(12/13/2013): REZWAN'S PARENTS VISITED REZWAN IN USP MARION, IL

  • Rezwan's parents paid their fifth visit to Rezwan in USP Marion, IL, on 8th and 9th of December, 2013.
  • They were shocked to find Rezwan in Segregated Housing Unit (SHU) status since November 29, 2013, on the grounds of some incident which according to Rezwan was a misunderstanding.
  • SHU is just another name for Solitary Confinement. Where, he is locked up in a tiny Cell for 23 out of 24 hours. While he is in SHU, he is allowed to have one 15 minutes phone call to his family every month. His family can visit once a month.
  • On the first day of the visit (December 8th) he was brought down to the visiting booth in his orange SHU uniform about the right time (9:00AM). But, when Rezwan tried to make the phone call from his side of the glass booth to initiate the conversation with his parents, it was discovered that the phone was not working. As a result, authorities did not allow Rezwan's parents to sit in the booth while they try to fix it. Rezwan's mother pleaded with the authority if she could sit in the booth so that she could see her son on the other side of the glass, which would at least give her some comfort, while they fix the phone. Specially, on the ground that she is a disabled person. Rezwan's mother suffered a stroke after Rezwan's arrest in 2012 and she can only walk by dragging her right leg. Most of the time she needs a wheel chair for longer walk like in airports when she flies to visit Rezwan from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Authorities refused all her pleading on the ground that if she sits in the booth other side of the glass from Rezwan, she might try to communicate with Rezwan using some kind of hand or body gesture. They wanted Rezwan's parents to go all the way back to the entrance of the prison which is quite a long walk. Rezwan's parents requested a wheel chair to the supervisor, which was provided, and they were brought back to the front entrance. This means, if the telephone was fixed they had to do the security screening all over again. After about two hours, supervisor in duty informed Rezwan's parents that all efforts to fix the telephone has failed. Supervisor told his parents that they have notified Washington, D.C.(???) and its up to them to fix the telephone now. Supervisor also suggested to Rezwan's parents that they go back to the hotel for that day and come back the next day. Rezwan's parents refused to go back to the hotel and insisted that they were going to sit out the remaining time of the scheduled visiting time (less than two hours), in the entrance lobby. Right then, one of the guard informed the supervisor and Rezwan's parents that the telephone is working. So, one more time Rezwan's parents had to go through the security screening and went back to the booth where Rezwan was still sitting in his side. Rezwan's mother was on wheel chair. Remaining scheduled visiting time (about 1 hour 45 minutes) was spent with Rezwan in the other side of the glass and conversing over the phone. Normally Rezwan's parents buys snacks from the vending machine and send them to Rezwan via the guard, but this time they were not allowed to send snacks to Rezwan on the ground of his SHU status. Visit for the 9th December went as expected under the SHU status.
  • Rezwan putting up a brave effort to pass his days in SHU. He did not know how long he would be in SHU. Some administrative committee is going to let him know within a week or two.
  • Rezwan sent his love and gratitude to all his family, friends, and strangers who voiced their support for him.

Are you kidding? (05/18/2013)

(click on the picture)

BREAKING NEWS(05/01/2013): REZWAN'S FAMILY VISITED REZWAN IN USP MARION, IL

  • Rezwan's family paid their first visit to Rezwan in USP Marion, IL, on 28th and 29th of April, 2013.
  • USP Marion, IL, is 1200 miles away from Rezwan's parents home in Ashland, MA.
  • Rezwan putting up a brave effort to pass his days in USP Marion, IL.
  • Rezwan sent his love and gratitude to all his family, friends, and strangers who voiced their support for him.

BREAKING NEWS(02/10/2013): REZWAN IN FINAL DESTINATION

  • Rezwan made his first 15 minutes phone call to his family in the evening of February 08, 2013, from USP Marion, IL.
  • USP Marion is his final destination.

BREAKING NEWS(02/05/2013): REZWAN IN TRANSIT

  • According to bop.gov website in the morning of February 05, 2013, Rezwan is in USP Marion, in Marion, Illinois.
  • USP Marion is supposed to be his final destination.

BREAKING NEWS(01/25/2013): REZWAN IN TRANSIT

  • According to bop.gov website in the morning of January 23, 2013, Rezwan is in Oklahoma City FTC, in Oklahoma.
  • On January 18, 2013, Rezwan was brought to Brooklyn MDC in New York City.

BREAKING NEWS(01/18/2013): REZWAN IN TRANSIT

  • This morning (day 478 of Solitary Confinement) Rezwan was taken away from Wyatt Detention Center, Central Falls, RI, to an unknown destination. Authorities refused to disclose his destination.

NEWS MEDIA REPORTING AFTER SENTENCING DAY ON NOVEMBER 01, 2012:

REZWAN'S SENTENCING DATE NOVEMBER 01, 2012

  • Sentencing is on Thursday, November 1st, at 11:00AM, before Judge Richard Stearns at the federal courthouse, Room #21, in Boston.
  • Show him your support; keep him in your prayers and thoughts.
  • Justice for Rezwan - Justice for American Muslim - Justice for all

REZWAN: OUR SUPPORT AND LOVE FOR YOU IS UNWAIVERING; ON THIS UNJUST FIRST ANNIVERSARY, WHEN YOUR "FREEDOM, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, AND JUSTICE" WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU (09/28/12)

We can not even imagine the hardship you are facing under the condition of Solitary Confinement. We are proud of you for showing courage, tolerance, and patience against all odds. We say "Thank You God".

We pray to God that he always gives you courage, tolerance, patience, and good health, so that you can face whatever injustice is thrown at you.
- Family and Friends

HAPPY 27TH BIRTHDAY REZWAN (09/19/12)

May Allah grant you long healthy life and keep you safe. Remember, justice will always prevail. We love you very much.
- Family and Friends

EID MUBAROK (GREETINGS) FROM REZWAN (08/19/12)

On this happy day of 'Eid-Al-Fitr' celebration by Muslims all over the world, Rezwan sends his Eid Mubarok (greetings) to everybody. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all his family and friends for the love and support provided to him.

Rezwan conveyed this message through his parents who went to visit him on the last day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Rezwan was able to fulfill his obligation of Ramadan by fasting (sunrise to sunset) all 30 days while in Solitary Confinement.

BREAKING NEWS (07/20/12)

  • Judge Richard Stearns accepts Rezwan's plea deal (see breaking news for 07/10/12 below).
  • Sentencing date is set for Thursday, November 1st, before Judge Richard Stearns at the federal courthouse in Boston.

BREAKING NEWS (07/10/12)

  • Government is going to drop four (count 2, 3, 4, and 6) out of six charges against Rezwan. Dropped charges are:
    • Count 2; attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises, in violation of 18 USC 2155. Carries a maximum sentence of 20 years
    • Count 3; receipt of explosive materials, in violation of 18 USC 844(d). Carries a maximum sentence of 20 years
    • Count 4; receipt and possession of non-registered firearms, in violation of 26 USC 5861(d). Carries a maximum sentence of 10 years
    • Count 6; attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of 18 USC 2339B. Carries a maximum sentence of 15 years
  • Rezwan to accept a plea deal for 17 years sentence on two remaining (count 1 and 5) charges.
    • Count 1; attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive, in violation of 18 USC 444(f). Carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and minimum of 5 years
    • Count 5; attempting to provide material support to terrorists, in violation of 18 USC 2339A. Carries a maximum sentence of 15 years
  • The change of plea hearing is set for Friday, July 20, at 11:00AM, before Judge Richard Stearns at the federal courthouse, Room #21, in Boston.
  • Rezwan Ferdaus Guilty Plea Expected - Huffington Post
BAIL DENIED BY JUDGE HILLMAN ON DAY 62 OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT - 28 November, 2011
FREE REZWAN FERDAUS
Rezwan Ferdaus was under Psychiatric care at the time of his arrest. His mental illness was obviously visible to his family and friends since late 2009. The FBI knew about his mental issues at least since October 21st of 2010, when they came to his house to ask questions about another person who went to a gun shop, and still went ahead with targeting him knowing that he is an easy prey.

FBI sent 'gangster' and 'heroin addict' informant, whom they called Collaborating Witness (CW), to the Worcester Islamic Center (WIC) Mosque to entrap Rezwan. The informant, a non-Muslim, hanged out in the mosque pretending to be a Muslim, and identified himself as Khalil from Connecticut of Egyptian descent. The informant's record as established in court and reported by the Boston News Station WBUR on November 8th, 2011, is: "two convictions for selling drugs, unlawful restraint, a robbery conviction whose eight-year sentence he cut down to three by cooperating as a government witness elsewhere."

Every Friday since middle of 2008, Rezwan went to WIC Mosque along with his father for Friday 'Jummah' Prayer and this is where at the end of 2010, the FBI orchestrated and facilitated a plan to entrap Rezwan.

Boston Radio 90.9 WBUR (07/24/12)

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After the bail hearing on November 4, 2011, Associated Press Reported:
A lawyer for a man accused of plotting to fly explosives-packed remote-controlled planes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol suggested Friday that the FBI ignored signs of mental illness while investigating him. During cross-examination by Ferdaus' lawyer, Miriam Conrad, Davis (FBI Special Agent Bradley Davis) acknowledged that Ferdaus told the undercover employees he was anxious and depressed and was having "intrusive thoughts" in the month before his arrest. He also acknowledged that the FBI had received during the investigation reports about bizarre behavior by Ferdaus, including a report to Hopkinton police in February that he was standing in the road not moving and appeared to have wet his pants.Conrad asked Davis whether those reports "gave the FBI concern about the mental health of the target." "It's a consideration, but it's not a concern," Davis said. "Our concern was for public safety." Davis added, "Even individuals with mental health issues are a danger and a threat to the public."
Conrad also challenged the credibility of the informant who first talked to Ferdaus. Davis acknowledged that the informant had a criminal record and "substance abuse issues." Conrad said the man was a heroin addict who had been arrested twice while working as an informant for the FBI.
FBI Informant Under Fire For Past Convictions reported by WBUR on November 8, 2011:
The informant was known as Khalil, and the guy who signed him up was FBI agent John Woudenberg. With the scalpel of a surgeon, Conrad established the informant’s record: two convictions for selling drugs, unlawful restraint, a robbery conviction whose eight-year sentence he cut down to three by cooperating as a government witness elsewhere. And, of course, his history of what the agent referred to as Khalil’s “difficulties” with heroin.
“When I signed him up, I believed him to be clean,” Woudenberg said.
“You didn’t ask him about his past history?”
“No,” he replied.
Under further questioning, the agent acknowledged that Khalil had purchased heroin while on FBI video, though the agents missed it.
“Did you terminate him?”
“At that time we helped him get into a program,” Woudenberg said. The program lasted a week.
Did you terminate him, came the question again.
“We didn’t use him for quite a few weeks.”
Under FBI guidelines, Conrad pointed out, if you become aware an informant is committing crimes you have to report him. As it was, when Khalil was terminated in June 2010, he was not terminated for causes the agent acknowledged. That allowed the FBI to bring Khalil back as an informant, once again, at the end of 2010 to go after Ferdaus.
Here’s the earlier exchange between Conrad and Woudenberg:
“What steps did you take to ensure he wasn’t using heroin?”
“He was much scrutinized. He was under the microscope.”
“Did you give him a drug test?”
“No.”
This was the first person the FBI sent out on the secret mission. From the agent who signed the informant up, the defense attorney extracted the following: On one wire, Khalil is heard to say that he’s dope sick and needs a gram; he shoplifts while wearing the wire. He got got paid $10,000 by the FBI for his work with Ferdaus, $40,000 more for his informant work elsewhere.
And in April, when the FBI rented a room for Khalil and his girlfriend and she was blamed for trashing it, the FBI paid those damages, too.
But Woudenberg said he never gave his informant a drug test.
“We thought of it,” he told the defense attorney, “but bureau policy didn’t allow for it. So we didn’t do it. There was no funding for that sort of thing.”
So, Conrad said in closing, “You found it harder to get a drug testing kit than getting C4 explosives?”
“Objection,” snapped the prosecutor.
“Sustained,” snapped the judge magistrate, who told Conrad, “you’re way out of line.”
But Conrad’s aim was straight, even if it was in the second ring of the detention hearing.