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Behind Al-Arian's facade (founded the World and Islam Studies Enterprise at USF a decade ago)
St. Petersburg Times ^ | November 1, 2001 | staff

Posted on 11/01/2001 1:56:02 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

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I think you'll find this interesting. USF and WISE--[Excerpt] WISE was shut down in 1995 after Ramadan Shallah, a former WISE administrator brought to USF by Al-Arian, left Tampa unexpectedly and resurfaced in Syria as the leader of the anti-Israel terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. That shocking turn of events finally got the attention of USF officials -- and the FBI. USF ended its affiliation with WISE, and Al-Arian was placed on paid leave for two years while federal authorities investigated him.

Al-Arian later was reinstated, and people should understand that he has never been charged with any crime. Mazen Al-Najjar, Al-Arian's brother-in-law and WISE associate, was arrested at the same time and charged with visa violations. Al-Najjar then was imprisoned for more than three years based on supposed secret evidence that he was a threat to national security. He finally was released in December after a federal judge and then-Attorney General Janet Reno concluded that the evidence didn't warrant his imprisonment. Al-Najjar's mistreatment was an embarrassment to the judicial system. Al-Arian and Al-Najjar are not U.S. citizens, but they deserve the same presumption of innocence as any other U.S. resident. [End Excerpt]

1 posted on 11/01/2001 1:56:02 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Reno's campaign: It's not all that folksy -- Hugh A. Westbrook, 56, a millionaire hospice-care executive who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats over the past 20 years. He and his wife, Carole Shields Westbrook, a former head of the liberal group People for the American Way, are longtime Reno supporters who have been urging her for years to run for statewide office. He opened a political committee Aug. 10.

People for the American Way Right Wing Watch Online

2 posted on 11/01/2001 2:06:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Cast him out!
3 posted on 11/01/2001 2:07:10 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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Al-Arian is entitled to his political views, and supervisors say he has competently performed his duties as a computer science professor. However, USF administrators never should have allowed the university to be affiliated with WISE under the leadership of Al-Arian, who has no academic credentials in Islamic studies.

There ought to be a limit. But I guess the school administrators saw no harm. A lot of univ. still don't.

4 posted on 11/01/2001 2:12:21 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: sheik yerbouty
One discrepancy in our war on terrorism is the statement by Ashcroft that if the terrorist is a US citizen, nothing can be done until they commit some sort of crime. Don't we still have a crime called treason when a citizen aids and abets the enemy? This should include raising money and funding a terrorist group.
5 posted on 11/01/2001 2:18:58 AM PST by meenie
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To: summer
Check out Reno's "I don't see any evidence" he should be imprisoned. From her point of view, I guess not!
6 posted on 11/01/2001 2:24:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think she needs new eye-glasses.
7 posted on 11/01/2001 2:26:58 AM PST by summer
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To: abwehr
Search the WorldNetDaily archives for Debbie Sclussel's columns detailing the Bush's ties to AlArian and others. Pretty disturbing.

I live in Tampa and attended USF. On 9/11, there was an alleged incident, denied by the campus cops but reported by witnesses calling in to local radio, that a group of Arabic students were outside the USF library, (scene of many demonstrations) waving flags and cheering the destruction. AlArian was later that week suspended, WITH PAY, for his own protection following death threats.

9 posted on 11/01/2001 2:37:03 AM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: abwehr
I didn't see that. But Cincinatus and I were just talking about this (and the earlier story LINKED at post #1) and quesitoned how "tolerant" the university would be if this were say, some white racist point of view. All hell would, and should, have broken lose. The school has nothing to stand on but their own anti-American predjudice.
10 posted on 11/01/2001 2:38:16 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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Thanks for the post. Do you have the email address for the university?
12 posted on 11/01/2001 2:48:49 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: ovrtaxt
Search the WorldNetDaily archives for Debbie Sclussel's columns detailing the Bush's ties to AlArian and others. Pretty disturbing.

Schlussel Archive: Debbie Does Politics---"ties" is a pretty misleading characterization.

13 posted on 11/01/2001 2:50:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: abwehr
Do you know when Al-Arian became a 'citizen'?

No I don't. Anyone?

14 posted on 11/01/2001 2:51:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Okay, acquaintance, friendship... It's still too cozy for me. He needs to stop kissing the collective Muslim butt IMHO.
15 posted on 11/01/2001 2:53:53 AM PST by ovrtaxt
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To: FR_addict
Do you have the email address for the university?

Here is their web page: University of South Florida

16 posted on 11/01/2001 2:55:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ovrtaxt
He needs to stop kissing the collective Muslim butt IMHO.

I agree!

17 posted on 11/01/2001 2:56:29 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: abwehr
Do you know when Al-Arian became a 'citizen'?

Check this out.

[A Palestinian educated in Egypt, Mr. al-Arian moved to North Carolina in 1975 to study engineering. After earning his doctorate, he got the job at the University of South Florida. Mr. al-Arian says he considers himself an American even though his application for citizenship in 1994 -- the same year his wife became a citizen -- has never been approved. They have five children, aged eight to 21.

Mr. al-Arian says he was always interested in politics and by 1991 had raised $100,000 from Saudi Arabian donors and others to start a think tank. His goal: to publish a scholarly journal and recruit Muslim scholars to balance what he saw as pro-Israel bias in American foreign policy and academic debate. Called the World and Islam Studies Enterprise, or WISE, its offices were in a converted apartment on a strip mall a mile from the university.]--Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition

18 posted on 11/01/2001 3:39:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: summer
Big Tobacco, SUV's, Microsoft, Waco, Elian and the VRWC were what Reno and Clinton saw as real THREATS to the U.S.
19 posted on 11/01/2001 3:41:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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When Al-Arian is seen and heard saying "let us damn America" and calling Jews "monkeys and pigs," no one needs to rely on his critics to interpret his remarks. And when he puts his signature on a letter soliciting funds for terrorist operations,

That was 12 long years ago, can't we just get along?

< sarcasm >

20 posted on 11/01/2001 3:57:22 AM PST by JZoback
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According to the WSJ LINK at Post #18, al-Arian's application for citizenship was never approved. What gives?
21 posted on 11/01/2001 4:10:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: meenie
One discrepancy in our war on terrorism is the statement by Ashcroft that if the terrorist is a US citizen, nothing can be done until they commit some sort of crime.

Is this "professor" even a citizen?

Check out LINK at Post # 18.

22 posted on 11/01/2001 4:59:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: FR_addict
From the USF site:

USF Provost S. David Stamps (issued Sept. 12, 2001): [Text below]

This morning, on Sept. 12, 2001, we return to daily business while yesterday's nightmare is still unfolding before us. My sympathy goes out to the many people who were injured or who lost friends and family in this national catastrophe. Few, if any of us, are untouched by the ramifications of this tragic event.

Even as we mourn, we must remember that as academic leaders, teachers and scholars, we have an important responsibility. More than ever, we need to set an example of calm and reasoned response, assisting our students to maintain a climate that values open dialogue and rational discussion. This is not the time to lash out in anger, or to foster hatred for our neighbors. Indeed, others will be looking to us for explanation and understanding. We must not let them down.

As we all know, this is a watershed moment, which will not be over soon. We do not know how events will develop, and we learn more about the causes and implications of the tragedy each day. We owe it to our students to allow time and space for both mourning and debate in an environment of mutual respect and freedom. These are the values for which our university and our nation must continue to stand. Thank you.

23 posted on 11/01/2001 5:01:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I heard a radio program about him down here in FLA the other day. He does not have US citizenship - hopefully never will.

But, Al-Arian is on PAID leave from USF for his "protection."

Hey USF, how about protecting the rest of us: U.S. Citizens and stop funding this terrorist?!
24 posted on 11/01/2001 5:05:57 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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I heard a radio program about him down here in FLA the other day. He does not have US citizenship - hopefully never will.

Thank you for the information!

Why is he still here and on PAID leave from a U.S. university? This is OUTRAGEOUS!

25 posted on 11/01/2001 5:09:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: abwehr; Cincinatus' Wife
The convocation of seditious Black Muslims at the National Press Club, as covered by CSPAN, is the the subject of a fairly long FreeRepublic thread found here.

The National Press Club should be Freeped mightily for giving these ex-cons, misfits, and traitors a soapbox.

26 posted on 11/01/2001 5:18:53 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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Orlando Sentinel--[Excerpt] In U.S. on student visa

In 1995, Al-Najjar was completing his doctorate in industrial management at the University of South Florida, where he taught Arabic as an adjunct professor. A Palestinian refugee born in Gaza and educated in Egypt, he had lived in the United States on a student visa for 10 years.

He worked as a volunteer researcher with his brother-in-law, USF colleague and fellow Palestinian Sami Al-Arian.

The two men were devoted to Al-Arian's brainchild, a USF-sponsored research center called the World and Islam Studies Enterprise, or WISE. Both say the purpose of the center, which operated out of a cramped USF office on a budget of about $20,000 a year, was to bring U.S. and Middle Eastern scholars together to discuss political and economic issues in that part of the world.

Today, at 43, Al-Najjar is still battling deportation, a process that could take years. In the meantime, the government is refusing to give him a work permit. He and his wife are living on her salary as a pharmacist and what little he can make as a translator and lecturer.

He also teaches at the Islamic Academy of Florida, a small school where Al-Arian, his former WISE colleague, is the principal. Islamic Academy of Florida faculity and staff

27 posted on 11/01/2001 5:33:18 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ZeitgeistSurfer
FYI
28 posted on 11/01/2001 5:38:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Today, at 43, Al-Najjar is still battling deportation, a process that could take years.

This guy escapes the hellhole that is the Islamic Middle East, then tries to destroy the country that takes him in, and we can't boot him out because of our own rules! As a society/country, we're insane! When will sanity prevail?

29 posted on 11/01/2001 5:45:27 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
Before Reno concluded there wasn't evidence to keep Al-Najjar imprisoned (David Bonier, among others, supported these people.)
30 posted on 11/01/2001 5:55:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
(David Bonier, among others, supported these people.)

Debbie Schlussel of World Net Daily says Bush also supported them.:

Terrorists' favorite congressmen

Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson also reported in the WSJ, in August, 2001:

Meanwhile, the person in charge of ICP and WISE was also a tenured professor at the University of South Florida named Sami Al Arian. Despite what has been known for years about the ICP and WISE, he remains in good standing at his university and has even attended four White House events in the past four years.

Pipes full article:

Rolling Back the Forces of Terror

I think it’s way past time to be very, very, watchful of politicians who continue to accept support from Muslim groups in this country – including our President, whom, I fear, may allow his admiration of religion, however laudable, to cloud his judgement.

31 posted on 11/01/2001 7:11:55 AM PST by browardchad
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At Post #13 Debbie Schlussel's archive is linked.

I believe George W. Bush has his eyes WIDE open about these guys now.

32 posted on 11/01/2001 8:26:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The State of Florida is contributing to Islamic terrorism by keeping this guy on state payrolls. Hey Jeb, are you listening?
33 posted on 11/01/2001 9:22:26 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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I believe George W. Bush has his eyes WIDE open about these guys now.

I sincerely hope you're right -- I don't think I can stand any more rhetoric about "the religion of peace," no matter how necessary to the war effort.

34 posted on 11/01/2001 9:55:21 AM PST by browardchad
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To: stainlessbanner
The State of Florida is contributing to Islamic terrorism by keeping this guy on state payrolls.

For years he's on PAID leave!!!! He has a job as the principal of the Islamic Academy of Florida.
Let those parents support him. I don't think many others want to keep him fed and housed here in the U.S.

35 posted on 11/01/2001 11:30:50 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: browardchad
I don't think I can stand any more rhetoric about "the religion of peace," no matter how necessary to the war effort.

Everyone should read The Closed Circle by David Pryce-Jones.

36 posted on 11/01/2001 11:33:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: meenie
A formal declaration of law would not allow these enemy agents to hide behind the U.S. Constitution.
37 posted on 11/02/2001 10:28:44 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I hate to drag this up again, but look:

The Clintons, Abdurahman Alamoudi, and the Myth of "Moderate" Islam

38 posted on 11/08/2001 8:49:25 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Thank you for the LINK Howlin. Very interesting.
39 posted on 11/08/2001 10:36:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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University of Miami employee fired over Sept. 11 remarks When terror struck America on Sept. 11, a University of Miami medical technician who was turning 22 that day said aloud, ``Some birthday gift from Osama bin Laden!''

Mohammad Rahat says he made the remark ``in a sarcastic way.'' But it caused enough of a stir that the university fired him -- an action that Rahat blames not only on his politically charged words, which also criticized U.S. foreign policy, but on his citizenship: Iranian.

``If the same thing had occurred with someone of a different background, it would have resulted in a different outcome,'' Rahat said Thursday outside his former job site on UM's Jackson Memorial Hospital campus. ``This was discrimination.''

Paula Musto, UM's vice president of university relations, confirmed Thursday that Rahat was fired in September because of what he said at work. But she denied that discrimination was at issue, saying that UM has ``many, many Arab and Muslim students, faculty and staff.''

40 posted on 11/17/2001 1:35:02 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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(November 25, 2001) Without warning, Al-Najjar jailed--TAMPA -- With his wife at work and his three daughters still in bed, Mazen Al-Najjar walked out of his apartment Saturday morning to get quarters to do his laundry. Outside, INS agents were waiting to take him away. Al-Najjar, a former University of South Florida teacher who was jailed for 31/2 years on secret evidence allegedly tying him to terrorism, was rearrested Saturday for overstaying his visa. After spending nearly a year in freedom, he is in federal prison. His arrest Saturday was not based on new evidence or classified information, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
41 posted on 11/25/2001 9:00:58 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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(Nov. 24, 2001)-- Ex-Held Palestinian Arrested For Visa-- By PAT LEISNER, Associated Press Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Palestinian man who was held for 31/2 years on secret evidence was arrested Saturday for violating his visa and will be deported as a threat to national security, the Department of Justice (news - web sites) said Saturday.

The Justice Department said in a statement Saturday that Mazen Al-Najjar has ties to alleged terrorist front organizations, including a University of South Florida Islamic studies group.

``This case underscores the Justice Department's commitment to address terrorism by using all legal authorities available,'' the agency's statement said. Justice Department officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

Martin Schwartz, an attorney for Al-Najjar, said he would fight the decision.

``The government is using him as a guinea pig to test their powers to detain foreigners,'' Schwartz said. ``The government is aware Dr. Al-Najjar has no travel documents allowing him re-entry to the United Arab Emirates or any other country.''

The arrest came after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld Al-Najjar's final deportation order, which would send him to the United Arab Emirates. Al-Najjar lived there before coming to the United States in the 1980s.

Al-Najjar was being held Saturday at the Federal Correctional Institution at Coleman, about 65 miles north of Tampa.

Al-Najjar, whose visa expired several years ago, was arrested in 1997 on secret evidence as a threat to national security. He spent 31/2 years in prison based on a one-sentence summary of classified evidence against him before he was freed in December 2000. At the time of his release, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno (news - web sites) said Al-Najjar could be deported for visa violations.

He helped run the Islamic studies group, called World and Islam Studies Enterprises, and a Palestinian charity in the early 1990s. He has been in the United States for 20 years.

The U.S. government maintained that the Florida organizations fronted for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has claimed responsibility for terrorist bombings in the Middle East, including two this month.

The World and Islam Studies Enterprises, which was founded by Al-Najjar's brother-in-law, Sami Al-Arian, was raided by the FBI in 1995 and its assets were frozen. Al-Arian has been on paid leave from USF since late September pending an internal review of campus safety and an investigation of a telephone death threat he received.

A former head of the think tank, Ramadan Abdulah Shallah, left it in 1995 and resurfaced as the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Al-Najjar has never seen the secret evidence against him. He and his wife have three U.S.-born daughters. [End]

42 posted on 11/25/2001 9:06:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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(Nov. 27, 2001)-- Al-Najjar (former USF teacher) may go to the United Arab Emirates (It depends on who you ask)-- Since January 1999 the Immigration and Naturalization Service has sought a travel document issued to Al-Najjar by the Egyptian government that the INS says it must have to get Al-Najjar accepted into the United Arab Emirates, the country to which an immigration judge ordered Al-Najjar deported in 1997. Al-Najjar refused to hand over the document, Hohenstein said, because the INS had lost a previous important travel document.

In 1998, Egypt issued Al-Najjar a new travel document in anticipation that Guyana, in South America, would take him. Although Guyana backed out of the deal for reasons that Hohenstein says were never clear, Al-Najjar was left with a valid travel document. It is this second document that the government says Al-Najjar refused to hand over: the equivalent of the "valid passport" sought by the UAE as a condition of his entry.

In a June 20, 2000, letter submitted to the court, Agieb Bilal, the former principal of the Islamic Academy of Florida, said the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah told him in a December 1999 meeting that Al-Najjar would not be welcome unless the United States disclosed the classified information concerning his alleged terrorist ties. The Islamic Academy, a private school in Tampa, is now run by Al-Najjar's brother-in-law, Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian and Al-Najjar worked together in the 1990s at a University of South Florida think tank that was investigated for alleged ties to Palestinian Islamic Jihad. No charges were filed.

43 posted on 11/27/2001 6:34:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thanks for this and other posts on this topic.

I find it interesting that, although not a Marxist himself, this provocateur uses Marxist-Leninist tactics. It was Lenin who said that the "capitalists will sell us the rope on which we shall hang them." In light of this, ask: how could this shady fellow "found" the center at the USF?

The article does not say that he funded it. Then, who did? Who were the donors? Who on the University side was running the operation? Typically this requires schmoozing from the Dean, alumni-contact departments, etc. For some reason, no reporter goes "there."

Where is Cincinnatus when you need him? Has he gone back to his farm?

44 posted on 11/27/2001 7:01:43 AM PST by TopQuark
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Where is Cincinnatus when you need him? Has he gone back to his farm?

Ha! He's around, sewing the seeds of conservatism.

45 posted on 11/28/2001 6:07:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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Ashcroft: U.S. will win Al-Najjar case-- An immigration judge who reviewed the secret evidence in 1997 agreed that it showed Al-Najjar to be a national security threat. But a federal judge in Miami who declined to review the secret evidence, ruled last year that the government must either reveal the information or free Al-Najjar.

That judge was backed up by then, Attorney General, Janet Reno.

46 posted on 11/28/2001 6:32:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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Al-Najjar case won't test use of secret evidence--With Mazen Al-Najjar in jail again under a final deportation order, a federal appeals court has dismissed as moot the question of whether the government wrongly detained him for 3 1/2 years on the basis of classified evidence allegedly linking him to terrorism. U.S. law gives Attorney General John Ashcroft "unambiguous authority" to take Al-Najjar into custody because an appeals court affirmed his final deportation order Nov. 13, a three-judge panel wrote in an order released Wednesday. As a result, the court said, there is no case for it to decide.
47 posted on 11/30/2001 4:14:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Al-Najjar being kept in solitary/ ©Associated Press/ December 1, 2001
48 posted on 12/01/2001 2:51:17 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is driving me nuts!

Ha! He's around, sewing the seeds of conservatism.

sewing=sowing!

49 posted on 12/01/2001 4:30:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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(Dec. 1, 2001) Miami Herald Six weeks later, Saudi man questions his arrest AP [Excerpt]While adamant about his innocence, Alqahtani understands why he might fit a suspicious profile.

Like some of the hijackers that toppled the World Trade Center, Alqahtani had attended flight schools in Florida, trying to attain a commercial pilot's license. He said FBI agents questioned him about a Saudi Arabian Airlines seating chart containing a photograph of an airliner.

In his address book seized by authorities, he listed a friend named Ahmed Alghamdi, a Saudi Arabian pilot who shares the same name as one of the alleged hijackers. Alqahtani said he has no connection to the attacks.

``I told him there's over a 1,000 men with the name Alghamdi in Saudi Arabia,'' he said.

Alqahtani said the FBI also questioned him about Mazen Al-Najjar, a Palestinian and former instructor at the University of South Florida who has been the target of a government investigation since the mid-1990s when two groups he helped lead were linked to terrorists. Al-Najjar has denied supporting terrorists.

Al-Najjar spent nearly four years in INS custody on secret evidence and without being charged with a crime before he was released in December. He was arrested Nov. 24 on a deportation order and his attorneys are considering asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of the deportation.

Alqahtani said he needed someone to translate his high school graduation certificate from Arabic when he arrived in Tampa in 1994. A friend recommended Al-Najjar and Alqahtani said he paid him $200 and picked up the translation three days later. ``That's it,'' Alqahtani said.

Al-Najjar was a certified translator for the Hillsborough County court system and frequently provided the service, said Sami Al-Arian, his brother-in-law in Tampa.

Alqahtani said about 10 to 15 men inside Krome share similar tales. Some men of the men are from Jordan. An Indonesian pilot told him he has been questioned by the FBI over the past month.

He said he's told his wife they should not be surprised by their detainment following the attacks -- but he hopes they'll release her soon.

``I want her to get out. This is the first time for her that she's been arrested and she can't believe it,'' Alqahtani said. ``I am not a criminal. Why are they putting me through this?'' [End]

50 posted on 12/01/2001 10:17:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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