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Bush Apologizes for Muslim Removal
AP ^ | 06-29-2001 | AP

Posted on 10/30/2001 3:16:13 AM PST by JCG

Bush Apologizes for Muslim Removal

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush, described as very upset about a Muslim leader being ordered out of the White House, issued an apology Friday for the incident.

``The president is very concerned that an action was taken that was wrong, inappropriate and the president apologizes for it on behalf of the White House,'' press secretary Ari Fleischer said.

A group of Muslim leaders walked out of a White House meeting Thursday, angered when a uniformed Secret Service officer ordered one of them - Abdullah Alarian, a congressional intern - out of the building.

Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin later said his agency erred in ordering Alarian out. Once the Secret Service realized its mistake, it offered Alarian re-entry, but the group declined.

``In this one instance, the Secret Service made a mistake. The president is concerned about it to the point where he does apologize,'' Fleischer said.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations who participated in Thursday's aborted meeting, welcomed Bush's apology and said, ``We hope this will lead to better interaction between the White House and the Muslim community.''

The council had sent Bush a letter after the incident asking him to meet personally with Muslim leaders and appoint a special White House liaison to the Muslim-American community in order to ``dispel impressions within the Muslim community that there's some kind of exclusion from his policy-making circles,'' Hooper said.

Alarian is the nephew of Mazen Al-Najjar, a Palestinian who was jailed in Florida for three years after the government alleged he used an Islamic think tank as a front for terrorism. He was released last December after a panel of judges and Attorney General Janet Reno agreed there was no reason to keep him behind bars.

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Abdullah Al-Alarian, onetime intern for congressman David Bonior, is the son of University of South Florida computer professor Sami Al-Alarian who has been on O'Reilly and Dateline (and other shows?) recently and who is believed to be knee deep in terrorist activity.

Uncle Mazen Al-Najjar was jailed for being in this country on an expired visa in 1997 and was also believed to be terrorist-connected.  As the article shows, he was let out of jail by Janet Reno and "a panel of judges."

Does anybody know if Al-Najjar was ever deported?

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1 posted on 10/30/2001 3:16:13 AM PST by JCG
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To: JCG
Does anybody know if Al-Najjar was ever deported?

I live in Tampa and attended USF. Locally, this story is somewhat suppressed. AlNajjar has disappeared off the radar screen lately. We have been told nothing about him.

The story has been Sami AlArian. He was suspended without pay for his own protection following death threats. (BARF!) The Hamas cell that he runs down here hasn't made the news either. I wonder when the homeland defense office is going to start worrying about this? Every redneck with a shotgun knows about it, so I woould think the FBI does....

2 posted on 10/30/2001 3:23:45 AM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: JCG
Who the H''l is this Ilarian?

I am being denied access to the White House every single day. I want MY apology from W.

Last time I was in D.C. I was NOT allowed in the WH and I had to spend 3+ hrs in line before I could enter the Capitol building.

Ilarian should go take a trip to Mecca. All Muslims are welcome there. And, as his religion of peace demands, no Christians or Jews. Or women.

3 posted on 10/30/2001 3:57:29 AM PST by A Vast RightWing Conspirator
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To: A Vast RightWing Conspirator
I say give him a trip to Paradise. The virgins await....
4 posted on 10/30/2001 3:59:13 AM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: JCG
My vote goes to the uniformed Secret Service Man.

I watched the interview and I wouldn't trust Al-Arian or his kid..Rather than the White House "attempt better interaction with the Muslim community", I think the Muslim community should work for better Interaction with the American People.

They should try to get their Muslim Brothers to stop KILLING INNOCENT AMERICANS in a "peaceful way".

Remember The World Trade Center.

These people show "rightous indignation when their community supplies the terrorists.!!! DUHHHHHHHHHH!

5 posted on 10/30/2001 4:16:02 AM PST by chatham
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To: chatham
Muslims are one of the if not the most dangerous group in this country and the world!
6 posted on 10/30/2001 4:20:13 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: JCG
There's fundamentalist Islam, which kills people. Then there's fundamentalist political correctness, which gets people killed...
7 posted on 10/30/2001 4:24:36 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: chatham
"These people show "rightous indignation when their community supplies the terrorists.!!!"

I hope and pray, for all our sakes; that GW et al have come to a better sense regarding our Muslim 'friends'.

If they have not, then perhaps a 'political correctness de-programming' weekend at Camp David would help.

Then we can begin a similar program in all our schools and everywhere else that 'PC' Sensitivity Training has replaced common sense in our communities-at-large.

8 posted on 10/30/2001 4:44:05 AM PST by cricket
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To: JCG
According to Dateline (on NBC) Sunday night, the guy is still teaching classes in a FL university. The show aired an older interview with him, plus showed some footage of the man inciting terror amongst American Muslim citizens. Why is this man allowed to continue living in this country?
9 posted on 10/30/2001 4:59:00 AM PST by MizSterious
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To: JCG; Travis McGee; harpseal; Squantos; Chapita
"Abdullah Al-Alarian, onetime intern for congressman David Bonior, is the son of University of South Florida computer professor Sami Al-Alarian who has been on O'Reilly and Dateline (and other shows?) recently and who is believed to be knee deep in terrorist activity.

Uncle Mazen Al-Najjar was jailed for being in this country on an expired visa in 1997 and was also believed to be terrorist-connected. As the article shows, he was let out of jail by Janet Reno and "a panel of judges."

No apology necessary. The Secret Service was doing their job. One wonders why a cat like this was ever allowed that close to the President in the first place.

Let's see ... his Dad is believed to be knee deep in terror and his uncle is known for the same.

Sorry ... security risk way too high for any proximity to the Pres. IMHO.

10 posted on 10/30/2001 5:06:40 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
With his relatives and activities, the only apology needed is to the rest of the country for not booting his butt out of the country before this.
11 posted on 10/30/2001 5:26:33 AM PST by meenie
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To: Jeff Head
... security risk way too high for any proximity to the Pres. IMHO.

Agreed.

Stay well - stay safe - Stay armed - yorktown

12 posted on 10/30/2001 7:10:52 AM PST by harpseal
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To: Mamzelle
PC is going to kill us, if can't root it out fast enough.
13 posted on 10/30/2001 8:18:12 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: gcruse
What you say!
14 posted on 10/30/2001 8:23:13 AM PST by JMJ333
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To: JCG
Is there anyway to get the jihad video clip in a format other than real audio? I won't allow real audio on the system here.
15 posted on 10/30/2001 8:35:34 AM PST by Hostage
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To: ovrtaxt
It's gratifying to know there are still rednecks with shotguns in South Florida.
16 posted on 10/30/2001 8:37:15 AM PST by Hostage
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To: JCG
I wish somebody would find a cure to this near fatal pro-islam PC bullsh*t that the President seems to be infected with. He needs at least a double dose.
17 posted on 10/30/2001 8:38:37 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: JCG
I'm a little worried about Dubya.

He may not have the stones for the job.

18 posted on 10/30/2001 8:40:20 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: JCG
From the sounds of it, he shouldn't have been thrown out of the White House; he should have been taken out back and shot in the head. So yes, an apology is in order.
19 posted on 10/30/2001 8:43:20 AM PST by Redcloak
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To: pgkdan

Can anyone make a gif file like this one using the Saudi flag?


20 posted on 10/30/2001 8:43:24 AM PST by JeepInMazar
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To: Jeff Head
No apology necessary. The Secret Service was doing their job. One wonders why a cat like this was ever allowed that close to the President in the first place.

That's what my brain says too, but apparently GWB doesn't see it that way. I'm afraid this validates the point I've been trying to make, which is that he's so insulated that it's obvious not one single, solitary person has his ear who can convince him that people known to be connected to terrorism should not be allowed in the White House, for heaven's sake. He buys the peaceful nature of Islam hook, line, and sinker.

MM

21 posted on 10/30/2001 8:45:20 AM PST by MississippiMan
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To: Mamzelle
"There's fundamentalist Islam, which kills people. Then there's fundamentalist political correctness, which gets people killed...

VERY WELL SAID!

22 posted on 10/30/2001 8:50:24 AM PST by cactmh
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To: JCG
Why do these people rate a personal meeting with our president? I would like to meet personally with him too. It is not likely, however, that that will happen. I think the secret service did the right thing. Mr. Bush needs to send someone to meet with them. They are potential enemies!
23 posted on 10/30/2001 8:53:18 AM PST by B52Bomber
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To: Lazamataz
You too, huh?

I've seen you around and I think you and I are largely on the same wave-length, politically speaking.

Lately, I'm getting this unsettling feeling from Washington DC. Something like what those with some foresight might have felt at the beginning of the Vietnam War.

To wit:

Rumblings about no bombing during Ramadan;

Pinpoint (prick?) missile attacks that leave Taliban troop concentrations in place. Where are the B-52's? Why aren't we carpet bombing those bastards? On the Northern Front, we know where they are, right?

Kow-towing to our Paki and Saudi "allies";

Ummmm, when do we start destroying Saddam's WMD facilities? Can't we walk and chew gum at the same time?

Better start preparing people for civilian casualties and stop reacting to every lie re: same from the Taliban.

I don't know, maybe I'm over-reacting, but it doesn't seem like we've taken the necessary steps to accomplish our goals here. Krauthammer has a great column in the Washington Post about this today. Powell is making a fetish out of coalition building and I think we are seeing that this is an impediment to accomplishing our objectives.

24 posted on 10/30/2001 8:54:11 AM PST by borkrules
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To: JCG
In light of 9/11 this makes the FBI look VERY smart and the president look like a politician

I wonder if he has apologized to the FBI agents..He should do it on TV!

25 posted on 10/30/2001 9:02:42 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: JCG; Travis McGee; harpseal; Squantos; Chapita; Jeff Head
The council had sent Bush a letter after the incident asking him to meet personally with Muslim leaders and appoint a special White House liaison to the Muslim-American community in order to ``dispel impressions within the Muslim community that there's some kind of exclusion from his policy-making circles,'' Hooper said.

I should HOPE they're being excluded from EVERY decision loop. What do they want, a Cabinet position?

Director of Homeland Insecurity

26 posted on 10/30/2001 9:09:08 AM PST by packrat01
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To: JCG
This article is dated June 29, 2001--is that the date this incident happened? I thought this happened after 9-11.
27 posted on 10/30/2001 9:10:38 AM PST by the-gooroo
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To: ovrtaxt
Nation: Court rules Palestinian couple can be deported

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

MIAMI (July 20, 2001 6:08 p.m. EDT) - A federal appeals court has upheld the deportation order for a Palestinian jailed for three years on secret evidence that purportedly links him to terrorists.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Mazen Al-Najjar and his wife, Fedaa, failed to show enough evidence that they should receive asylum. It denied their request for a new hearing.

The government is trying to deport the couple.

Ethan Kanter, a Justice Department lawyer involved in the case, did not return a phone call Thursday. Calls to Al-Najjar's home were not answered.

Al-Najjar, who has a doctorate in engineering and has taught at the University of South Florida, was jailed in May 1997 after being ordered deported for overstaying a student visa.

A judge denied him bond based on government allegations that Al-Najjar used an Islamic think tank at the university as a front for terrorism. The FBI had seized the records, computers and software of World and Islam Studies Enterprise and froze its bank accounts when it said the group was raising money for terrorists in the early 1990s.

The government, citing national security concerns, refused to reveal detailed evidence against Al-Najjar to his lawyers

. Al-Najjar was released in December after a panel of judges - and Attorney General Janet Reno - agreed there was no reason to keep him behind bars. Al-Najjar denied any links to terrorists.

Deportation orders would send Mazen Al-Najjar to the United Arab Emirates and Fedaa Al-Najjar to Saudi Arabia, their last places of residence before coming to the United States in the 1980s.

Lawyers for the couple argued that they would face persecution if they were deported because of their support of Palestinian autonomy.

"It's a very disappointing decision. It's a shock that they won't let him have a new hearing on asylum," said Al-Najjar's attorney, Martin Schwartz.

David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor who also represented Al-Najjar, said the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia rarely accept Palestinians. He said the court ruling leaves the couple, parents of three daughters who are U.S. citizens, in a potentially permanent "stateless limbo."

"They will be in a situation where they're deported but not deportable," Cole said.

Al-Najjar's lawyers said they would likely request a rehearing.

In February, leaders of the American Bar Association called for changes to a 1996 anti-terrorism law that has made it easier for the Immigration and Naturalization Service to use secret evidence against noncitizens.

28 posted on 10/30/2001 9:12:14 AM PST by kcvl
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To: borkrules
Kow-towing to our Paki and Saudi "allies";

It is a gagger alright. And it will keep up so long as we need a route into Afghanistan through Pakistan (I don't think we can fly all our craft out of range of Paki weapons). The real world is full of semi-"friends" like this.

29 posted on 10/30/2001 9:14:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: JCG
February 22, 1999.....Democratic House Whip Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) visited Mazen Al-Najjar in jail, Rep. Bonior is the first Congressman to visit Mazen. Rep. Bonior said he will ask Janet Reno to do away with the use of "Secret Evidence", he also promised to hand deliver a letter to President Clinton from Yara, Mazen Al-Najjar's ten year old daughter, calling for the release of her father. March 4, 1999....Rep. Bonior met with President Clinton and not only brought up criticism of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism Law, but also hand delivered the letter from Yara. He also added he will work with others in Congress to introduce legislation to bar the use of "Secret Evidence." (This update from Mazen's Family & the AMC (American Muslim Council)
30 posted on 10/30/2001 9:17:22 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl
the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia rarely accept Palestinians

We are going to have to lean hard on those "folks." Or maybe we can plop him in that new Palestinian state </sardonic>

31 posted on 10/30/2001 9:17:49 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: JCG
Al-Najjar and his brother-in-law Sami Al-Arian were associated with the World and Islam Studies Enterprise, a think tank affiliated with the University of South Florida, and the Islamic Committee for Palestine, a group with a stated mission of fostering better understanding of Muslim issues.

Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, who worked at the Tampa think tank, now runs the Islamic Jihad militant group from Damascus, Syria.

The U.S. government maintained that the Florida organizations fronted for the Islamic Jihad, which has claimed responsibility for bombings aimed at Israeli civilians in the Middle East.

32 posted on 10/30/2001 9:20:41 AM PST by kcvl
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To: JCG
Sick and tired of coddling the relatives of the evil-doers.
33 posted on 10/30/2001 9:23:59 AM PST by RWG
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To: borkrules
it doesn't seem like we've taken the necessary steps to accomplish our goals here

As for American Muslims why can't we at least be playing a bit of straight up political hardball? Bush should be giving access and exposure to the more conservative and mainstream American Muslim Council, and freezing out the liberal, special interest, minority mongering, peaceniking, and arrogant arabist oriented CAIR. Why are we ignoring the political fundamentals here? While they are paying close attention we have a great opportunity to be sending signals to American Muslims about where their best interests lay, but we are blowing it.

34 posted on 10/30/2001 9:25:52 AM PST by Stultis
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Al-Najjar, who was raised in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, has been in the United States since 1981, his student visa long expired.

Wednesday's session in Bradenton, where Al-Najjar is jailed, opened with a debate over the admission of videotapes. The tapes depict five political conferences held from 1988 through 1992 and were seized by FBI and INS agents in a 1995 search.

The government introduced a 13-minute, 26-second excerpt culled from more than 1,500 hours on the tapes. INS attorney Daniel Vara said it would show Al-Najjar participating at conferences that raised funds for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and advocated the violent overthrow of Israel.

When the videotape was played, Al-Najjar appeared in a single, 20-second segment, making an introduction of a conference speaker.

Two portions were of events Al-Najjar did not attend, said Cole, his attorney.

Nowhere was there evidence of fundraising by Al-Najjar.

The government alleges a political think tank, known as WISE, and an organization called the Islamic Committee for Palestine, both founded by Sami Al-Arian, were fronts for terrorists. Al-Najjar worked for WISE, and attended ICP conferences. But it is Al-Arian who was the political activist and the person many believe is the government's target.

Cole noted that Al-Arian's name appears 44 times in the affidavit for the search warrants. Al-Najjar's does not appear at all.

Neither Al-Najjar nor Al-Arian, a tenured computer engineering professor at USF, has been charged with a crime.

35 posted on 10/30/2001 9:31:44 AM PST by kcvl
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To: JCG
WHY ARE WE APOLOGIZING? WHY IS THIS GROUP ACTING INDIGNANT?!?.... Mistakes happen! Whoever this group is, should know that in these times erring on the side of caution is the only option.

If we don't get a war mentality in this country soon, we are not going to win.

36 posted on 10/30/2001 9:34:49 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay
Would you all take a look at the date of this article,

6/29/01

Sheesh if W. didn't apologize, Bonior and his friends in the press would have gone nuts.

That all changed on 9/11/01.

37 posted on 10/30/2001 9:39:53 AM PST by Dane
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To: Jeff Head
No apology necessary. The Secret Service was doing their job. One wonders why a cat like this was ever allowed that close to the President in the first place.

It's either discrimination or pure partisan politics... after all the previous Presidential office holder entertained all kinds of security risks and unsavory characters. He had Chinese military officials and convicted drug smugglers over for fundraising coffees. These people weren't even given the standard security background check.

Obviously there is a breakdown in communication as GW has not informed the press of this change in policy.

38 posted on 10/30/2001 10:57:19 AM PST by weegee
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To: kcvl
Thanks for the update. that's the last Ive heard of him...No word on the progress of the appeal. I don't think the press will be so quick to push for his 'rights' in light of everything now.

For more on AlArian, check WorldNetDaily's archives for Debbie Schlussel's columns on his and other Islamic radicals' ties with the Prez. It's scary.

39 posted on 10/30/2001 5:05:07 PM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: JCG
appoint a special White House liaison to the Muslim-American community

The Moors are at the gates of Vienna.
41 posted on 12/01/2002 4:25:51 AM PST by Jarhead_22
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