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Supporters of Hamas and Hezbollah File Suit Against Bush
Insight on the News ^ | July 17, 2002 | J. Michael Waller

Posted on 07/17/2002 11:13:49 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow

Supporters of the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist movements announced a lawsuit today that names President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell among the defendants. The suit, aimed at Israeli leaders whom it alleges committed "war crimes," is led by New York-based lawyer Stanley Cohen, an attorney for members of the terrorist group Hamas and other radical causes. Militant activist Abdurahman Alamoudi, a founder and longtime leader of the American Muslim Council (AMC) who describes himself as a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, joined Cohen at the news conference announcing the suit and made a statement in Arabic that was not translated into English.
 
Alamoudi told reporters that the suit "sends a message to the American Muslim community" that they need not be afraid of the U.S. government any more, and that they can now "challenge the system" through the courts. "We've been doing it politically and now we're going to do it legally," he said.
 
Cohen added that by filing the lawsuit, "We're trying to bring to the Palestinian struggle an avenue in the United States."
 
Attending the news conference but not openly part of the lawsuit was Sami Al-Arian, the controversial University of South Florida professor who was suspended after it was revealed that he occupies a significant position with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
 
The State Department has designated Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as international terrorist organizations.
 
Al-Arian is also chairman of the National Coalition for the Protection of Political Freedom (NCPPF), a legal-aid group based in New York for U.S. and foreign terrorist causes (see "Domestic Front in the War on Terror," December 17, 2001). Alamoudi's AMC is a leading member of the NCPPF.
 
The suit's anonymous plaintiffs focus their complaints on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the leaders of the Israeli military and security services, whom Cohen accuses of "genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, racketeering, acts of murder and torture, bodily harm, arson, kidnapping," and other crimes. They target Bush and Powell for allegedly failing to comply with federal laws requiring the executive branch to certify to Congress if U.S.-made weapons exported abroad were used to commit human rights abuses. In this regard, the suit also targets American arms manufacturers, including Boeing, McConnell-Douglas, and Textron-Bell Helicopter. The plaintiffs also accuse American Jewish and Christian groups, including a Lutheran church, of crimes because they sent aid to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
 
Cohen wants the State Department to serve Sharon and the Israeli security chiefs with their papers so they can be sued in U.S. courts. Some of the anonymous plaintiffs are said to have American citizenship or residency, thus giving grounds for filing the suit in the United States.
 
The New York lawyer says he isn't worried about defending himself from criticism. His controversial statements include protestations that John Walker Lindh, who recently pleaded guilty for crimes relating to his service as a Taliban combatant, was innocent.  Alamoudi, for his part, does show concern: "I'm worried. I know they will come after me." He says he expects "smear campaigns" and legal action from opponents of his cause.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: alamoudi; alarian; amc; clinton; hamas; hezbollah; hillary; ncppf; pij; stanleycohen; terrorcharities
Good grief.
1 posted on 07/17/2002 11:13:49 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow
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To: ThePythonicCow
They attempt to use our institutions to destroy us, just as they used our planes to destroy the World Trade Center. They should be treated as we would those hijackers of the planes, had they survived.
2 posted on 07/17/2002 11:22:32 PM PDT by per loin
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To: ThePythonicCow
Stanley Cohen deserves to be butchered
3 posted on 07/17/2002 11:23:53 PM PDT by eclectic
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To: Sabertooth
Thought you might.....uh......want to read this one.
4 posted on 07/17/2002 11:33:40 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999
Larry Klayman has joined the suit. Press release later.
5 posted on 07/17/2002 11:34:59 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: ThePythonicCow
His parents must be so proud. My Son: the scumbag POS Jewish attorney for the scumbag POS Ragheads.

This should be a not so subtle reminder regarding our stand re: the ICC.
6 posted on 07/17/2002 11:37:00 PM PDT by the crow
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To: ThePythonicCow
BUMP
Stanley Cohen is some creep to keep your eyes on. This commie lawyer is completely twisted and is always defending sewer rats. He was in the news a few months ago defending the rights of all the terrorists that were "illegally" rounded up after 9-11 and wanting them released on "civil rights" violations. How come only the good have to die young??
7 posted on 07/17/2002 11:42:18 PM PDT by Minutemen
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To: McGavin999
"If my camel spits, you must aquit!"



8 posted on 07/17/2002 11:51:52 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Good one, Sabertooth.
9 posted on 07/17/2002 11:54:38 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow
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To: per loin
They should be treated as we would those hijackers of the planes, had they survived.

Uh, that really depends whether you mean we as in the United States or we as in Freepers. Consistent with the US justice system we as a nation would have shown far too much respect. I think among Freepers, however, there would be an appropriate consensus...

10 posted on 07/17/2002 11:58:15 PM PDT by EaglesUpForever
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To: eclectic
As a butcher, I prefer to avoid using diseased hogs even for school lunch program hotdogs or meat by products in pet food.

This guy is too far gone even for the rendering plant. with a little luck though, he might butcher himself by going too far.

11 posted on 07/18/2002 12:10:16 AM PDT by piasa
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To: ThePythonicCow
I can't imagine that many of these accusations are actionable by a private party, or took place inside of US jurisdiction. But who knows?
12 posted on 07/18/2002 12:20:03 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: ThePythonicCow
They are killing us from within. If our elected officials and government agencies don't get out of their PC attitudes and acquiesce, we will be overrun before we know it. They have already infiltrated deeper inside this Nation (and probably government agencies) than we know. But let's not offend them, let's not identify the enemy, let's not call acts-of-those-acting-alone-who-trained-with-alQaed as terrorists. Maybe we are the new French--why bother to fight it when you can just surrender and avoid further conflict?
13 posted on 07/18/2002 2:36:01 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: ThePythonicCow
...this idiot is just grand standin'...he should know that you can not sue the President or any member of the Congress and/or the Senate.
14 posted on 07/18/2002 2:45:55 AM PDT by danmar
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To: ThePythonicCow
To support terrorism is a crime. Arrest the morons when they show up in court, toss them in the slammer and toss the key the other way. End of suit.
15 posted on 07/18/2002 3:04:10 AM PDT by American in Israel
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To: ThePythonicCow
Expect descendants of Pancho Villa to call for a press conference from Counselor Cohen's office soon.
16 posted on 07/18/2002 3:08:47 AM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: TomGuy; dennisw
The suit, aimed at Israeli leaders whom it alleges committed "war crimes," is led by New York-based lawyer Stanley Cohen, an attorney for members of the terrorist group Hamas and other radical causes.

Tom Guy: They are killing us from within. If our elected officials and government agencies don't get out of their PC attitudes and acquiesce, we will be overrun before we know it.

That's it. Either we are emasculated or we fight back.

17 posted on 07/18/2002 3:11:58 AM PDT by xJones
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To: xJones
The suit, aimed at Israeli leaders whom it alleges committed "war crimes," is led by New York-based lawyer Stanley Cohen, an attorney for members of the terrorist group Hamas and other radical causes.

------> This Cohen is lower than whale s**t. If this is really a serious effort then I would say some foreign entity has given Stanley a big retainer. Easy to deposit funds for him in Lichtenstein or Cayman Islands in the account of some company he owns.
18 posted on 07/18/2002 3:20:43 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: the crow
Uh "POS attorney" is redundant.
19 posted on 07/18/2002 3:23:07 AM PDT by Kozak
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To: ThePythonicCow
Cohen has been the Hamas lawyer in the US for quite some time. A few months ago, I saw an interview with him (I think it was on Fox) with a Hamas leader, done while Cohen was in the West Bank.

Cohen should know, if this suit gets that far, that all those terrorists he's representing can be deposed and their records subpoenaed.

Personally, I'd like to see all of the plaintiffs named in the suit have their naturalized citizenship revoked or their green cards pulled and sent back to where they came from--and they can put Cohen on that plane as well.

20 posted on 07/18/2002 5:07:43 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: ThePythonicCow

April 14, 2002

Short Talk

Remember Stanley Cohen? Of course you do. He is the Lawyer with the "just woke up hair" that has appeared on virtually every news program criticizing the US on everything from the John Walker Linn case to our treatment of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Well apparently Stanley has taken ambulance chasing to a new level. According to a Newsday article, Stanley was going to the West Bank to take affidavits from Palestinian-American "victims" of Israeli military action. The purpose is to file a lawsuit in the US declaring that Israel's military actions in the West Bank are terrorism. The goal of the lawsuit is to block future military aid to Israel. The story gets better. On Thursday night FOX News interviewed Stanley from somewhere on the West Bank. He was seated next to Ishmal Abu Shanab, a spokesman for Hamas. Evidently, Stanley picked up a few new clients including Hamas. You know, the same Hamas that is on our terrorist list. I guess there is no limit to what a Lawyer can get away with in the Land of the Free.

21 posted on 07/18/2002 5:28:38 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: ThePythonicCow
Note the date. 

Cohen has been the Hamas lawyer for quite some time.

U.S. judge rules Hamas leader can be extradited

May 8, 1996
Web posted at: 11 p.m EDT (0300 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A federal district judge ruled Wednesday that Mousa Mohammad Abu Marzook, the jailed political leader of Hamas, can be extradited to Israel for trial.

Marzook, a 45-year-old Palestinian, was detained July 25 in New York as he tried to re-enter the United States.

He had recently been added to a list of suspected terrorists and is wanted in Israel on charges of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy connected to a number of shootings and bombings.

Marzook contended that he was not in the United States when arrested, that there was no evidence of criminal liability against him under New York law, and that the crimes Israel accuses him of were not extraditable offenses.

Marzook also said he should not be extradited because he also fell under the "political offense exception" under international extradition law. He contends he was being targeted because he admitted to being the head of the political wing of Hamas.

U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy rejected all those arguments, saying that the conspiracy charge leveled against Marzook was grounds enough for his extradition. Duffy said there is sufficient evidence to show Marzook was a member of the conspiracy that led to the crimes.

Marzook's lawyer said the order came sooner than expected, but says he knew his client would lose because Judge Duffy so quickly brushed aside defense arguments about manufactured evidence.

"It's almost as if the judge just said, 'Well, don't bother me. This is all irrelevant.' The minutia of an extradition process apparently was much too boring for the court," said Marzook's attorney, Stanley Cohen.

Among the 10 Israeli charges, Marzook is accused of involvement in the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv in October 1994. Twenty-two people died in the bombing and 46 were injured.

Cohen has said in the past he would appeal any extradition order. He told CNN Wednesday that he would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

Marzook is being held at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center. Marzook, who has a home, business and family in Virginia, admitted he headed the political wing of Hamas, but denied involvement in bombings or other violence. Even if his appeals to higher courts fail, he may not be seen in Israel for several more years.

22 posted on 07/18/2002 5:31:41 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: dennisw
------> This Cohen is lower than whale s**t.

Amen. A pony-tailed freak.

24 posted on 07/18/2002 6:12:20 AM PDT by veronica
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To: Catspaw; veronica

25 posted on 07/18/2002 6:24:55 AM PDT by dighton
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To: ThePythonicCow; backhoe
Follow the money.

Wonder if Cynthia McKinney has returned his donation yet?

26 posted on 07/18/2002 6:28:53 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Texasforever
Oh, he joined it? I thought he'd just write an amicus brief in support of it.
27 posted on 07/18/2002 7:38:12 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: dighton
Yeah, that's the scumbag.

This is another tear-jerker from the St. Pete's Times about Sami's brother.

INS watching wife of ex-USF teacher

She is required to apply for entry to another country and to check in with the INS monthly.

By GRAHAM BRINK, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 18, 2002


TAMPA -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has imposed supervision requirements on the wife of an imprisoned former University of South Florida instructor while she awaits deportation.

Fedaa Al-Najjar, whose husband, Mazen Al-Najjar, has been linked to terrorism by the federal government but never charged, will have to check in with the INS every month. She also has to show that she is actively working on finding a country that will accept her as a deportee.

David Cole, an attorney for the Al-Najjars, said both of the Al-Najjars have been working as hard as possible to secure a required travel document and to arrange for another country to take them in. Several countries have already turned them down. The United Arab Emirates, to which the United States officially deported Mazen Al-Najjar, has turned down his request for entry three times, Cole said.

Both of them are waiting to hear from Saudi Arabia, he said. Mazen Al-Najjar remains in solitary confinement in a federal prison in Sumter County.

"If you compare the way the INS is treating this family and any other similarly situated immigrant, the comparison is extremely stark," Cole said.

INS spokesman Rodney Germain said he could not talk about the specifics of the Al-Najjars' case. Germain said it was not uncommon for the INS to impose supervision requirements on people awaiting deportation.

Cole and Mazen Al-Najjar's other attorneys have argued that the government has exceeded the six-month maximum that they can hold someone in Al-Najjar's position. The government prosecutors believe that a later law applies in this case that allows them more flexibility when detaining potential deportees who are a threat to national security.

Mazen Al-Najjar entered the United States from Gaza in 1981 and overstayed his student visa. He has been fighting deportation since 1996.

He and his wife are stateless Palestinians. Mazen Al-Najjar has been linked to terrorism by the federal government, although he has never been charged. In 1997, Mazen Al-Najjar challenged an immigration judge's decision to keep him jailed on the basis of classified evidence allegedly linking him to the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

He spent 31/2 years in jail on the basis of the classified information. In December 2000, then-Attorney General Janet Reno released him after a federal judge ruled his constitutional rights were violated by the government's refusal to share the secret evidence with him.

He was detained again in November and has been in prison since.

Cole said it was possible that Saudi Arabia could accept either of the Al-Najjars, but not both. That would force their three young children, who all are U.S. citizens, to decide which parent to remain with.

"This family might be forced to split up," Cole said.

-- Graham Brink can be reached at (813) 226-3365 or brink@sptimes.com.

28 posted on 07/18/2002 7:40:42 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: one_particular_harbour
Naw, Larry doesn't need to insert himself into this case, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did. But if there was a camera within 25 yards of Larry, watch those elbows fly!
29 posted on 07/18/2002 7:42:13 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Donahue had this Cole and Ms. Al-Najjir on his show Tuesday night. Whine, whine, whine.

They ought to thank their lucky stars they aren't just set adrift in the Atlantic.

30 posted on 07/18/2002 7:54:38 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Catspaw
The United Arab Emirates, to which the United States officially deported Mazen Al-Najjar, has turned down his request for entry three times, Cole said. ... Cole said it was possible that Saudi Arabia could accept either of the Al-Najjars, but not both.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Countries that noisily support the Palestinians do not want them.

31 posted on 07/18/2002 7:59:58 AM PDT by dighton
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To: sinkspur
Don't tempt me.
32 posted on 07/18/2002 8:21:55 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: ThePythonicCow
How 'bout a counter suit in the name of that 9 month old twin who was slaughtered by these thugs. Go after Arafart's $11 Billion!
33 posted on 07/18/2002 8:24:14 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Young Werther
Someone needs to "escort" these people out of our country and back to the wasteland they call home!
34 posted on 07/18/2002 11:40:54 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: ThePythonicCow
Good...they can join that other malicious dingbat, Klayman, in the place for lawsuits that go nowhere.
35 posted on 07/18/2002 11:52:43 AM PDT by Wolfstar
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To: ThePythonicCow
Alamoudi of the American Muslim Council gave HILLARY clinton A fundraiser....and dear, sweet, Arab-lovng Hillary posted it as American MUSEUM Council, so all her JEWISH supporters wouldn't catch on that she is a two-faced B*tch.

Did HILLARY egg this group on???

36 posted on 07/18/2002 12:03:37 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: TomGuy
Joe McCarthy was saying about the same thing in a different time and place and nobody listened. Do you think anyone is listening today?
37 posted on 07/18/2002 2:07:59 PM PDT by Minutemen
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To: Catspaw
Bump
38 posted on 07/18/2002 2:12:08 PM PDT by Minutemen
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To: Minutemen
Where's the OUTRAGE!!!
39 posted on 07/18/2002 4:35:45 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Texasforever
Larry Klayman is nothing but a publicity whore, as is Stanley Cohen.

These guys remind me of my favorite lawyer joke: What do lawyers and sperm have in common? Every one in 10 million turns into a human being.

These two bloodsucking creeps are subhuman.

40 posted on 07/19/2002 12:47:39 PM PDT by Schatze
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To: Howlin
Ouch, I forgot about this one... so I'll send you a reminder in case you have too!
41 posted on 07/19/2002 12:52:38 PM PDT by piasa
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To: McGavin999; one_particular_harbour; Catspaw; Texasforever
Oh, he joined it? I thought he'd just write an amicus brief in support of it.

Oh, he will. Somehow. This lays the groundwork for HIS upcoming suit against Bush. He is out looking for the issue now.

42 posted on 07/19/2002 12:56:29 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: piasa
I had forgotten, too!

Let the fun begin.

43 posted on 07/19/2002 12:57:09 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: eclectic
He can burn with the jihadists. The President should tell them something on the order that nuclear tipped missiles beats homicide bombers.
44 posted on 07/28/2002 12:27:10 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: ThePythonicCow
Alamoudi told reporters that the suit "sends a message to the American Muslim community" that they need not be afraid of the U.S. government any more, and that they can now "challenge the system" through the courts. "We've been doing it politically and now we're going to do it legally," he said.

They have been doing it with airplanes loaded with innocent people too...JFK

45 posted on 07/28/2002 12:30:48 AM PDT by BADROTOFINGER
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bttt
46 posted on 11/11/2002 2:13:39 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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