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Heartbreak: Terrorist enabler stuck in prison (former Florida professor Sami al-Arian)
Hot Air ^ | March 22, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/22/2008 7:49:01 AM PDT by jdm

Sami al-Arian’s fondest wish is to be deported from the United States to the Palestinian territories. The US government has other plans, however, and will keep him in prison until he testifies to connections between charity front groups and terrorists. The former Florida professor claims he has immunity from further investigations, but somehow his side forgot to commit it to paper:

Former university professor Sami al-Arian wants to finish serving his prison sentence for a terrorism-related crime next month so that he can be deported to the Palestinian territories. But the Bush administration is threatening to keep him behind bars until he does something he has steadfastly refused to do: testify before a grand jury investigating allegations that Muslim charities aided terrorism organizations.

Arian, who taught computer engineering at the University of South Florida, said he is declining to testify against the charities because he thinks they were falsely charged, “and he doesn’t want them to be persecuted the way he was,” said Jonathan Turley, his attorney. As a result, Arian is to be held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., on civil contempt charges. …

Arian was at the center of one of the nation’s highest profile terrorism cases, accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering and murder and to aid a terrorist group, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in 2003.

Two years later, a jury acquitted him of eight counts and deadlocked on others, but Arian pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to “make or receive funds . . . for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad” and was sentenced to 57 months in prison, which included time already served.

Now he wants his release to get out of the US, but the Department of Justice wants his testimony about those groups and their support for terrorism. Al-Arian and his attorneys claim that they agreed to al-Arian serving an additional 12 months in exchange for immunity from further grand jury subpoenas. However — and this is the humorous part — they claim that no one bothered to commit it to paper, because everyone understood that condition.

Ahem. Have you ever heard an attorney agree to a deal that didn’t get committed to paper, especially when the rest of the plea agreement came in written form? If al-Arian expected the government to give him a pass from further investigations, then he needed a set of attorneys who know how to draft it into an agreement. This assertion makes no sense in any case. Would anyone expect the Department of Justice to let a material witness to terrorism flee the country without getting his testimony on the record?

His attorneys accuse Justice of setting a perjury trap. There’s an easy way out of that: don’t commit perjury. Tell the truth about the front groups and their connections to terrorists when the grand jury asks the questions. Of course, if al-Arian did that, he may not find his welcome in the Palestinian territories quite as hospitable.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: academia; alarian; enabler; jihadinamerica; samialarian; terrorist

1 posted on 03/22/2008 7:49:02 AM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm

Maybe he can get Grover Norquist to testify as a character witness to get him out of jail...


2 posted on 03/22/2008 7:50:45 AM PDT by LSUfan
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To: jdm

Deport him to Israel.


3 posted on 03/22/2008 7:51:17 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: jdm

I hope they hold him until he rots....unless he talks, of course.


4 posted on 03/22/2008 7:51:31 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: jdm
aid Jonathan Turley, his attorney.

THE Jonathan Turley? That is who is defending this lowlife?

5 posted on 03/22/2008 7:53:29 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Piquaboy
Deport him to Israel.

The "territories" are fine...well within range of an IDF Drone.

6 posted on 03/22/2008 7:54:34 AM PDT by montag813
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To: jdm

Can anyone say.....time to break out the waterboard?


7 posted on 03/22/2008 7:56:28 AM PDT by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

I’d lie to him any which way, make any kind of promise of freedom, get him to talk - and then still let him rot in jail and die there.


8 posted on 03/22/2008 7:58:49 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Piquaboy

“Deport him to Israel.”

Let him swim to Palestine.


9 posted on 03/22/2008 8:01:01 AM PDT by 353FMG (Vote for the Person who will do the least damage to our country.)
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To: 353FMG

Not quite as good as water boarding but it will do.


10 posted on 03/22/2008 8:02:42 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: jdm

Hooray Ed Morrrissey! BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH!


11 posted on 03/22/2008 8:03:42 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Piquaboy

how long will it be before the ACLU is fighting for his release ( if they haven’t already )


12 posted on 03/22/2008 8:06:02 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Piquaboy

Now that’s a good suggestion.


13 posted on 03/22/2008 8:07:29 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: sonic109

I was wondering that myself.


14 posted on 03/22/2008 8:11:43 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: montag813
THE Jonathan Turley?

That's what I thought too reading this, I used to have some respect for him.

15 posted on 03/22/2008 8:19:38 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jdm

Since the Saudis like funding Pal-Arab terrorism against Israel and US, they should pay for this jihadist crumb’s time in the clink, every OPEC penny of it!


16 posted on 03/22/2008 8:24:39 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: sonic109

Or obama fighting for him


17 posted on 03/22/2008 8:28:40 AM PDT by italianquaker (Hussein is his middle name, maybe his parents should apologize for it)
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To: jdm
Ahem. Have you ever heard an attorney agree to a deal that didn’t get committed to paper, especially when the rest of the plea agreement came in written form?

Best story I've heard so far in my legal career... 8^)

18 posted on 03/22/2008 8:31:52 AM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: jdm

Why should this guy ever be given freedom?

He is a traitor.


19 posted on 03/22/2008 8:47:27 AM PDT by wizr ("Give me liberty, or give me death." - Patrick Henry)
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To: montag813

Jonathan Turley has gone to the dark side.


20 posted on 03/22/2008 9:19:11 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jazusamo

Somewhere along the line, Turley had a personality/core principles change, or he was keeping his “liberal side” in the closet.


21 posted on 03/22/2008 9:50:21 AM PDT by izzatzo
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To: jdm
Al-Arian and his attorneys claim that they agreed to al-Arian serving an additional 12 months in exchange for immunity from further grand jury subpoenas. However — and this is the humorous part — they claim that no one bothered to commit it to paper

Why would anybody ever doubt him, or his attorneys? What could be more believable than the word of a Muslim and a lawyer?

22 posted on 03/22/2008 10:17:00 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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Heartbreak: Terrorist enabler stuck in prison (former Florida professor Sami al-Arian)....

dump him in the middle of the ocean and let him swim to the middle east!!!


23 posted on 03/22/2008 11:06:07 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: jdm
Al-Arian and his attorneys claim that they agreed to al-Arian serving an additional 12 months in exchange for immunity from further grand jury subpoenas. However — and this is the humorous part — they claim that no one bothered to commit it to paper, because everyone understood that condition.
but Arian pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to “make or receive funds . . . for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad” and was sentenced to 57 months in prison, which included time already served.

Hello?
Did he or did he not plead guilty to “make or receive funds . . . for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad”? Might it be because the evidence was overwhelmingly against him? And insisting on "innocence" would allow further investigation of his co-conspirators?

This secret islamic agent was very good at what he did; he undoubtedly enabled murder and mayhem world wide, and only he presently knows the extent of the damage he did to his host country.

As I recall, he invited an endless stream of guest lecturers to his university, all of them with terrorist connections, and none of them experts in the discipline he taught at the university -- Engineering.
Unless, of course you count the demolition of engineered structures...

24 posted on 03/22/2008 11:06:11 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: jdm

Heartbreak: Terrorist enabler stuck in prison (former Florida professor Sami al-Arian)....

dump him in the middle of the ocean and let him swim to the middle east!!!


25 posted on 03/22/2008 11:06:31 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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