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The same country that was just promised over $350 billion in weapons deals over 10 years by President Trump after it became the first stop on his inaugural trip overseas, is set to behead a 23-year-old disabled man for the heinous crime of… protesting peacefully.

Saudi Arabia is set to execute Munir Al Adam, a deaf and blind man who was arrested after a wave of political protests in 2012. The decision came after a secret trial carried out in the country’s infamous Specialized Criminal Court, which has a reputation for being used to silence political dissidents.

A spokesperson for the human rights group Reprieve told The Independent that while Al Adam was charged with violent acts at a protest, he was tortured by police, the disabilities listed on his medical records were ignored, and “no evidence was produced at his trial other than the signed confession—made under duress.”

Munir’s case is utterly shocking,” Reprieve Director Maya Foa said. “The White House should be appalled that our Saudi allies tortured a disabled protester until he lost his hearing then sentenced him to death on the basis of a forced ‘confession.’”

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Al Adam’s initial sentence was determined in November 2016, and it was recently confirmed by an appellate court. Due to the country’s strict laws, Al Adam was only given one chance to appeal the sentence before Saudi King Salman signs off on his death warrant.

In a statement, Reprieve noted that Al Adam “was forced to write his own defense after he was prevented from speaking to a lawyer,” and that while one of the charges he faced was using his mobile phone to organize protests, Al Adam told the court he “comes from a poor family and had never even owned a mobile phone.”

At the time of Al Adam’s sentence, three juveniles—Ali Al Nimr, Dawood Al Marhoon and Abdullah Al Zaher—were also sentenced to death for charges related to protesting the government.

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The latest decision in Munir Al Adam’s case comes as President Trump signs the “single largest arms deal in U.S. history,” worth around $350 BILLION, with the same country that is responsible for violating human rights and using extreme methods to silence political opposition—Saudi Arabia.

In a speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit on May 21, Trump noted that the agreement includes a $110 billion “Saudi-funded defense purchase.”

“Yesterday, we signed historic agreements with the Kingdom that will invest almost $400 billion in our two countries and create many thousands of jobs in America and Saudi Arabia,” Trump said. “This landmark agreement includes the announcement of a $110 billion Saudi-funded defense purchase—and we will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies.”

As The Free Thought Project has reported, Trump’s newfound love for Saudi Arabia seems to have taken the place of his campaign rhetoric, which held the country responsible for its involvement in 9/11.

In 2016, Trump was on the campaign trail, promising his supporters that if he was elected, they would find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center.”

“Who blew up the World Trade Center?” Trump questioned during an interview with Fox and Friends. “It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was Saudi—take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents.”

In addition to ignoring that promise, Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia also serves as a reminder that he appears to have no problems with the blatantly obvious record of human rights violations that has made Saudi Arabia the subject of international scrutiny.

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The egregious death sentence given to Munir Al Adam for allegedly protesting the Saudi government is not the first time the Trump Administration has looked the other way in the face of a clear human rights violation. As The Free Thought Project reported in April, Saudi Arabia sentenced Ahmad Al Shamri to death by beheading for charges of atheism and blasphemy, after he allegedly renounced Islam on social media.

While Trump’s quick turn-around on his rhetoric towards Saudi Arabia has taken U.S.-Saudi relations to new heights, it is not unprecedented. Instead, he is simply following in the footsteps of his predecessors, and guaranteeing that the U.S. will continue to support the kingdom’s questionable choices—even when it comes to beheading peaceful protesters without due process.

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • David Daisy May Boldock

    How does a blind deaf man commit violent acts of protest? Have they made punching the air a crime now?

    Mind you those seventh Century dead beats in the East have yet to get accustomed with civilisation.

    Trump the chump is headed the same way.

    • Guy

      Yes they have made it a crime there to air punch, also to take the lord’s name in vain, burn there holy book, and talk about their Country’s Government in ways that would create Sedition or Political Unrest. Thereby upsetting the natural order of things including their people, and culture that predated ours by millinia!

      Seventh Century Dead Beats ? I’ll remind you, that they also have some of the most remarkable Building’s Architecture In the World, Advanced College Universities, Advanced Medical Facilities, And Modern Cities complete with hot and cold running water and flushable toilets. They also invented Algebra !

      As to Trump the chump ? Why is that do you suppose, considering he is not being any more different than many of the others that he is following in their footsteps. And that it would have been no different had any other presidential candidate including Hillary or Bernie won the election either.

      That is American Politics and Trade Agreements at work, that is worth tens of thousands of American workers in jobs here at home, worth Billions of dollars in our collective pockets.

      You might want to think about that, the next time you start your imported car that runs on imported oil, so you can shop for your imported clothes and shoes to wear to the store, so you can buy the imported food that you consume.

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        Tell me what Muslims have contributed to the modern world in the last 500 years?

        Take you’re time as Wikipediot will inform you of nothing.

        • Gordon Klock

          There is a claim, that “true” Islam was perverted/destroyed, by it’s own fundamentalism, in the post medieval world, & that the Saudis, were supposedly at the center of this corrupt transformation….
          (Personally, I have no idea if any of this is/isn’t, true)…..

          • Guy

            I think that would depend if you were a fundamentalist or, Shia or Sunni or not. Maybe even if you were a devout Catholic, Jew, or even a Hindu or Sikh. depending on your perspective and world location at the time of thinking about it. If you are a Southern Baptist or Atheist, I can’t help you and you will just have to muddle yourself through it on you own.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            UK weather is like a Muslim..Either Sunni or Shi’te.

          • Damiana

            You too, Gordon!

            It’s = It fucking is.
            Its = Shows fucking possession.

          • Gordon Klock

            Sorry, I get forgetful…

          • Damiana

            Sorry, too – it’s a compulsion.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.

          • Damiana

            IBM
            Coke
            Boxer-briefs

            Now that I’ve solved the world’s dilemmas, they can relax and get to work on eliminating cancer and racism and diarrhea.

          • Raymond Covit

            and and,, one and and use the comma ! eliminating cancer, racism ,and diarrhea. 🙂

          • Damiana

            You gotta smoke that shit in the bathroom, man… not right out in front of everyone like that!

          • Mary Elizabeth Cotton

            BFD…you’re right but how important is proper punctuation in a serious discussion. I’ll admit, it drives me crazy, too, just as misuse of your and you’re, etc. but I don’t think anyone is going to be beheaded for incorrect spelling or punctuation.
            .

          • Guy

            I’am just glad you were not my H.S. eng-lash Theatcher ! I used tooo mace her talc too her’s selv’s enuff too whant too hit me wif A stk ifn che hath won ! 😉 Fancy that. I just made my spell checker blow up !

          • Damiana

            Meh, I’m just fucking with a couple of people who already know me!

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Grammar schools are public schools without the sodomy. 🙂

        • Guy

          You ever been to Dubai ? No !? I din’t think so !

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Why would i want to go to that backwards cesspit.

          • chris VN

            To visit Guy’s relatives?

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Fuck that i don’t even want to visit Guy haha

          • Guy

            And both of you are “Fucking, Ha Ha, Nincompoops !

          • Guy

            I’am going to make one last statement about this for you ignoramuses tha just *Just Don’t Get It* and then done with it ! After that, if you don’t like it ! You can all wear it like a *ASS HAT* !

            A religion is what people of different faiths practice in their belief of their God ! Be it Animal, Mineral or Spiritual ! Making no difference if you happen to be Museum, Hindu Catholic, Agnostic, or a Wicken !

            A place of Origin. Is where you come from. Comprised of people of different *Faiths,* that practice their own take on their own beliefs of their God’s, God, Sacred Tree Branch, or Brass Monkeys !

            To call all people of the Muslim faith evil or backwards. Is to me both ignorant, damn foolish, and with no more thought than just parroting what you have heard or read somewhere else. This would be like me saying that I don’t like you, because you have a different hair color than mine.

            For thouse of you, who profess a hatred of a people because of the religion they happen to believe in, is like hatred for the Jew’s, because of there faith in God, and the religion they happen to use to honor him or it !

            To me you would be just like a Man in a White Sheet burning crosses on people lawns, or a Natzie saluting a flag, while tossing people into a oven for their spiritual faith.

            So if you want to troll me, because of my beliefs that people are pretty much the same world over, who all practice different religions, grovie.

            But in defense of myself. I don’t like how people use there religion as a means of killing, enslaving, or persecution of others in the name of there faith and beliefs, any more than if I was to kill you, because you have blond hair and mine is red !

            Get over yourselves folks. You all are not that Good, and long ago, lost you abilities to walk on water,change water into wine or rise from the dead !

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Quicker they find men on the Moon the better.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            I will be the Nin, Chris can be the con, and you my dullard friend can be the poop haha

          • Damiana

            Am I gonna have to pull this comment thread over and start cutting switches?

          • Guy

            Maybe so Cat. I think we have all pretty much *Toasted* it well enough !

            But gotta say that there are some here, that make me mad enough to want to reach through their screens, and trottel em enough to see their eyes pop out of their heads. ! And probably a few of thouse, that feel the same about me too !

          • Guy

            Damn ! I didn’t think people could be that fucking stupid ! But you just managed to win the top prize in being so fucked up in the head, that I hope you don’t go out and breed creating even more of you !

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            I learned most of my asininity from tossers like you.

          • Guy

            Now, who’s being the line tosser ? Maybe now, would be a good time to convince me or us, that you ain’t nothing more than that, by a smug, but oh so clever remark.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            I am British, i rest my case. I have no need to convince anyone of anything.

          • Guy

            As if that justifies your ignorance and notoriety, of being a smug airheaded fool. Because of it making you somehow special !?

            I once traveled extensively in England, finding the Country, People and Culture exceptionally delightful to being around. Sad to see you working so hard at being the exception. Just knowing you don’t give a shit otherwise, is enough proof for it.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Go fuck yourself you dolt.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            I am a Yorkshireman and we say it like it is, irrespective of the consequences. That said we do not usually spout off without some knowledge.

          • Guy

            Oh ! That’s Why ! You should have said that in the first place !

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Yanks do not do sarcasm very well and are absolutely hopeless when it comes to irony.

          • Guy

            That’s because I am basically a *Nice Guy* who refuses to get down and fight dirty in order to somehow prove my point by any means necessary to convince others that I always have to be right.

            I mean what’s the point of being an ass hole, it takes too much work and so what if I can or not. Irony Indeed !

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Being an ass hole is an American monopoly.

          • Guy

            Interesting that you say that. I thought the Welshmen were doing that pretty good all by themselves.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            The Welshies are too busy trying to catch the sheep.

          • M3dusa

            You should travel the world it’s actually not that bad! Dubai is beautiful with great prices on gold, Ghana has the most friendly and loving people, Mexico has awesome beaches, Canada’s landscapes are very breath taking and peaceful. Don’t knock something that you have never tried just by what others may think or say! That’s how a person loses out and speaks based upon assumptions ?

          • M3dusa

            I have ? Dubai is beautiful ?

        • Guy

          Are you referring to a Religion or a People !?

        • Damiana

          Sorry, man – I love ya, but I’ve gotta give you one of these:

          https://jokideo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/The-grammar-nazis-have-finally-snapped.jpg

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Where did i err you Nazi Grammatician lol

          • Damiana

            “by it’s own fundamentalism”

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Dear grammar Nazis. I’m playcing this hear to spacifikally distroy you’re intire day. May korecting this imige be the onely thing you thinc abowt all fukcing weak.

          • Mary Elizabeth Cotton

            BIG LOL!!

          • Guy

            I never could get it right. Thanks for the update ! Silly Goose !

        • Guy

          Mahatma Gandhi ! You freaking idiot !

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            He was a one off.

      • qxe

        It’s amazing how thoroughly indoctrinated conservatives are today. It matters not who their leaders tell them to support, as a flock they will wheel on a dime to scramble to whatever position the GOP points them at.

        It’s very sad that your unflagging support for Trump and the conservative agenda is so mindless that in one breath you’ll scream against ISIS and other terrorists for beheading people and then gulp another breath and defend Saudis for beheading a poor deaf sap railroaded by a secret kangaroo court. Here’s the right answer: Beheading anyone is bad and doing it without the rule of law is bad too, whoever you are… disgusting terrorist or some tin-horn, gold-plated asshole with a government title.

        I’d ask how that makes you feel but I know you don’t feel anything about it. Feeling requires thinking and you’ve abdicated that for blind loyalty to party over country, and actually in fact, to party over humanity.

        • Guy

          I did not say I support any of Trumps policies. I just understand the system is all. As for Saudi Arabia, what they do in that Country is their business, not mine. If and when you go there and become a Saudi Citizen, then you should have the right to say whatever you want about there policies, that is if you dare to ! Until that time, but a sock on it , you are not that special !

      • chris VN

        Oh dear, another naive muslim apologist at work, wow, hot and cold running water, how 20th century, and ” Flushable toilets ”, yeah, they flush alright, I remember seeing a video of lines of semi sewerage tankers that are used to transport the waste from some high rise buildings there, ( because they had no sewerage system), And who actually built these ” remarkable ” buildings???? An Arab invented the WORD ” algebra “,but the basis for it was Greek, India and Chinese, just one more thing they try and take credit for. BTW the US has more oil reserves than all the ME countries COMBINED.

        • Guy

          Somebody ought to drop you naked into the middle of one of thouse “Museum Backwards Countries that you mention. And let’s see how long you last !

    • Deb Ksicinski

      The article made no mention of violent acts of protest by this man. It said “peaceful.”

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        The freethoughtproject did.

  • IceTrey

    They showed Trump the JFK film. You know, the one taken from behind the fence on the grassy knoll.

  • Kim Dianne

    This is something i dont understand either…to make this deal with that disgrace of a country is mind boggling….is America THAT broke?? I dont get Trump on this one..i really dont.

  • chris VN

    Saudi Arabia even being a member of the UN is a joke, let alone being on the UNHRC.

  • Thot Police

    The Griffin popup, in the righthand corner of my screen, right now, says that beheading is so much more egregious, when it happens to an inanimate, rubber mask.

  • Stan Christman

    Shamefully misleading headline: The deal is not giving $350 billion to Saudi Arabia, rather to SELL them $350 billion worth of arms. The money goes from Saudi to U.S., not to Saudi as headline implies. I wonder if the headline was an intentional mistatement…

  • Brian King

    trump making saudi arabia great again

  • Raymond Covit

    we do not run other natons.

  • M3dusa

    I have learned that there is always more to a story than what is being told! People in America can use some work to pay their bills and support their families. America also has a big deficit to some how pay off. Not to mention foreign relations is needed. Yeah Saudi Arabia is a ruff country and they deal with their citizens in what we consider to be Barbaric ways, but that is their country and their rules just as America is our country with its own rules. It’s alright to help if we chose to depending on what the help is for, but not alright to force anyone to change or do as we want just because we don’t agree with their life choices, ways and beliefs. We as Americans do not want other countries telling us what to do or how to do it. We need to learn to give the same respect. ???

  • Ben Wilson

    Its the US though, the world’s greatest hypocrites, and its not really any different to what they wish they could do to Americans.

  • Nevajac Frye

    You need to portray the whole picture. There is no new deal between Trump and the Saudis. There is also no contract, just letters of intent – and this is the same deal that was originally put in place by Obama. I am not comfortable with our relationship with the Saudis and can’t say I understand or agree with it, but – Clinton & Obama also had cozy relationships with them. Please tell the whole story, in context.