About ForcefieldForcefield is the brain child of Australian Miriam Guttman-Jones and American Richard Benkin. While working together in support of anti-Islamist Muslim and political prisoner Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, as well as other pro-Israel and pro-freedom issues, the two despaired of the bias of the major human rights organizations. That lack of objectivity was keeping them from taking up the cases of so many deserving human rights activists and victims of human rights violations. This included Shoaib Choudhury, as well as anyone whose victimization conflicts with the prevailing anti-Israel and anti-Western ideology that dominates these groups, the United Nations, and much of the media and academia. So they determined to change that and the result was Forcefield: the world's first non-agenda driven human rights organization. Forcefield has three board members.
Dr. Richard L. Benkin received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He maintains an active site for human rights and other information, InterfaithStrength. As an independent human rights activist, he has successfully defended victims of human rights violations in Australia, Bangladesh, India, and elsewhere. In 2005, along with US Senator Mark Kirk, Richard freed anti-jihadi Muslim Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury (see below) from imprisonment and torture. Richard's work is read avidly world wide, and he is a sought after public speaker. Richard has addressed various bodies on human rights matters including, but not limited to, the United States Congress (including committees, staff, and individual members), the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, various Universities, various organizations representing religious, ethnic, and national groups, human rights organizations, and others. His efforts have been recognized by the United States Congress and other governmental and private bodies; and by courts that have accepted his affidavits as an expert on South Asian matters. He also has owned and operated his own business and is a business analyst. He believes that justice will prevail over injustice so long as people recognize the imminent threat of radical Islam and resurgent communism--and act.
Miriam Guttman-Jones is a medical professional and a registered nurse with a nursing degree from Sydney University. She formed a very successful lobbying group in Australia in 2001, “Concerned Citizens,” is a Member New South Wales Board of Jewish Deputies and former member of its Executive Committee. She is the Executive Director of Womanpower and was elected to public office in Waverly LGA in 2008.
Amitabh Tripathi oversees Forcefield's India operations. He is a freelance journalist who has devoted his career to exposing the Islamist and Communist threat to India and other free societies. He is also a leading exponent of and activist for a strong India-Israel relationship, which includes extensive work with Indian students. In 2009, Tripathi put together a seminar that featured critical analysts from India, Israel, and the United States; and since then, both he and SAF have become increasingly active and influential. Tripathi has put together analysts and activists from multiple countries and has founded several grassroots pro-Israel groups among young Indians. He also translates the work of several analysts, Daniel Pipes and Richard Benkin among them, into Hindi.