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Sami Al-Arian’s "Martyrdom"
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Former USF professor Sami al-Arian was a figure of some controversy several months ago. He was accused of terrorist affiliations, an accusation he vehemently denied. He then followed the usual course of claiming that he was a victim of prejudice, was being punished for exercising his free speech rights, wah, wah, wah. The usual drill.

And his federal trial was a fiasco, and ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked on several of the charges, although they acquitted him on several others.

But, that was then. This is now.
[I]n court papers unsealed Monday, Al-Arian admitted he raised money for the Islamic Jihad and conspired to hide the identities of other members of the terrorist organization, including his brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najjar. He also admitted knowing "that the PIJ achieved its objectives by, among other means, acts of violence."

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Monday approved a deal in which Al-Arian pleaded guilty to conspiring to help a terrorist organization. The plea was entered in a secret hearing Friday as part of an agreement that calls for Al-Arian to be deported after serving a prison sentence that amounts to a little more than time served.
Al-Arian's supporters are spinning this as a victory, which, in the sense he won't be spending the next 30 years in a federal pen, I guess it was.
Agha Saeed, of the Citizens Committee for Equal Justice, issued a statement calling the agreement "a victory for Dr. Al-Arian, his family and the Palestinian people. It is a matter of public record that Dr. Al-Arian has won his freedom by acknowledging, asserting, and upholding his support for Palestine and Palestinians."
In addition to winning his freedom, he also won a federal conviction and immediate deportation.

Thanks for playing, Sami.

UPDATE: [Jon Henke]

Time to take a little trip down memory lane. When Sami Al-Arian was acquitted, Sadly No took the opportunity to see what their "favorite wingnuts had to say about the trial" and mock them for believing al-Arian was connected to terrorism. No doubt the follow-up apology is forthcoming!
 
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It’s a loss because he will go to some other country and actively support Jihad there. I’m glad to get rid of him, but I hate to see him just go free to cause us more trouble later.
 
Written By: Monica
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The idea that this is a "loss" for the DOJ just underscores how ineffective the legal system is in fighting terrorists.

That being said, maybe it’s true that Al-Arian scored a victory on this field, but I don’t think he’ll have the same success in the military arena ... and he will have to face our military outside these shores if he continues his current activities.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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the statement of fact in the settlement reads that his "material support" to islamic jihad was 1) raising money for his brother in law’s trial, 2) fudging some immigration papers, and 3) lying to a reporter.

1) the government criminalized supporting family
2) our incapable immigrations and customs administration will ultimatley remain responsible for allowing anyone in the country that they don’t want here
3) if lying to a reporter is a crime, then everyone in DC should be locked up.

Monica and Dale, i’d encourage you to look further into who Steven Emerson is......he’s serving up a steaming pile of poo covered in syrup but guess what, it still doesn’t taste like pancakes.
 
Written By: christian
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yeah, christian, it tastes like your talking points.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Christian:

How do you know what’s in the settlement? Can you provide a link?
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Time to take a little trip down memory lane. When Sami Al-Arian was acquitted, Sadly No took the opportunity to see what their "favorite wingnuts had to say about the trial" and mock them for believing al-Arian was connected to terrorism. No doubt the follow-up apology is forthcoming!
Sadly, no.
 
Written By: Xrlq
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It’s too bad that Sami al-Arian (btw, that’s "Aryan Sam" or "Persian Sam" for you aspiring wrestlers) won’t be spending some time in Atlanta or Leavenworth before his deportation.

chsw10605
 
Written By: chsw10605
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extradite him to israel
he is part of the murderers of 100’s of
innocent people
he shouuld be locked up the rest of his life for what he did
 
Written By: Dr Giger
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