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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Here's the update from the Tampa Tribune. They've got a whole section on it, as well they should--they broke the story.

  Thursday, February 20
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Sami Al-Arian is led in handcuffs to Tampa FBI headquarters.
CHIP OSOWSKI/WFLA-TV
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Authorities: Al-Arian Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad
TAMPA - University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was accused Thursday of being the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad's organization in the United States, a group that Attorney General John Ashcroft said was responsible for killing 100 people in and around Israel.
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The Government's Case
TAMPA - The government claims University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian leads the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the United States and controls the terrorist group's money and assets throughout the world.
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Terrorist Links:
Attorney General John Ashcroft announces that eight people were charged with supporting, financing and relaying messages for a violent Palestinian terrorist group.
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02/20/03
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Graphics and galleries:
 
 
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 Related information and documents:
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02/20/03 Transcript of Ashcroft statement, Q & A
02/20/03 Read the 121-page indictment
02/20/03 Dept. of Justice press release
02/20/03 Sami Al-Arian timeline
12/12/02 Q&A: Sami Al-Arian history

 1995 Tampa Tribune Series:
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05/28/95 Ties To Terrorists
05/28/95 Terror Law Cuts Rights, Arabs Say
05/28/95 Extremist Groups Agree On Goals
05/28/95 Terms Don't Separate Religion, Politics
05/29/95 Academic Freedom Or Poor Security
05/29/95 Mosque Bears Martyr's Name
02/01/95 Al-Arian letter discussing Islamic Jihad

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Those Arrested In The Sweep
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alt Name: Sami Al-Arian, 45
Background: Born in Kuwait, a resident of Temple Terrace and a tenured University of South Florida computer science professor. President of the Islamic Committee for Palestine, which an Al-Arian associate publicly described in 1991 as "the active arm of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine." Incorporated the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), an Islamic think tank that worked with a USF faculty group to organize seminars and share libraries. Israeli officials say Al-Arian helped create and then served on a governing board for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ); Al-Arian denies it.
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alt Name: Sameeh Hammoudeh, 42
Background: Born in the West Bank, a resident of Temple Terrace and an instructor at USF. He was a former graduate student at USF who was sponsored by WISE. While a student he conducted research with the political science faculty. Hammoudeh was also an administrator at the Islamic Academy of Florida. He was an alleged member of the PIJ in the Tampa area.
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alt Name: Hatim Naji Fariz, 30
Background: Born in Puerto Rico, a resident of Spring Hill and a manager for a medical clinic. Fariz was an alleged PIJ member and he allegedly ran an Illinois-based charity called the American Muslim Care Network.
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alt Name: Ghassan Zayed Ballut, 41
Background: Born in the West Bank, a resident of Tinley Park, Ill. and a small business owner. Ballut was an alleged member of a PIJ cell in Chicago. Ballut reserved an auditorium for a 1991 rally to memorialize a gunfight four years earlier between Islamic Jihad fighters and Israelis that ignited the Palestinian intifada against Israel. The Islamic Jihad's spiritual leader, Abdel Aziz Odeh, appeared at the rally where Ballut said, "May our guns be pointed one way … to the chest of the enemy.'' During a 1998 grand jury appearance in Tampa, he refused to answer questions, his attorney said.
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alt Name: Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, 45
Background: Born in the Gaza Strip, a resident of Damascus, Syria, Shallah is the current worldwide leader of the PIJ and a member of the PIJ's Shura Council. Shallah, formerly of Tampa, worked with Al-Arian in the Islamic Committee for Palestine and was the former executive director of WISE. He taught Middle East studies as an adjunct professor at USF six months prior to his appointment as leader of the Islamic Jihad. Shallah was appointed secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in October 1995. By November, he was designated by the United States as a Specially Designated Terrorist.
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Name: Bashir Musa Mohammed Nafi, 50
Background: Born in Egypt, a resident of Oxfordshire, England and a professor at Muslim College teaching history and Islamic studies. Nafi was a former WISE researcher. A 1995 U.S. search warrant described Nafi as a "significant leading member" of the Islamic Jihad. He wrote much of the group's early ideology. Israeli officials claim while Nafi lived in England in the late 1980s he was a communications link between terrorists in the field and the Islamic Jihad's headquarters in Syria. He adamantly denies ever being involved with the Islamic Jihad. In 1996 Nafi was deported from the United States back to England for visa violations.
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Name: Mohammed Tasir Hassan Al-Khatib, 46
Background: Born in the Gaza Strip, a resident in the Beirut, Lebanon, he is Al-Arian's brother-in-law. He was formerly associated with the ICP in Tampa. The government says he was treasurer of the Islamic Jihad and a member of the Shura Council, the terrorist group's central advisory committee.
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Name: Abd Al Aziz Awda, 52
Background: Born in Gabaly, Israel, a resident of the Gaza Strip and Imam of the Al Qassam Mosque in the Gaza Strip. Awda, also known as Abdel Aziz-Odeh, was a founder and spiritual leader of the PIJ and a member of the Shura Council. He helped the Islamic Jihad gain followers through his preaching at the Al-Qassam mosque in the Gaza Strip. In January 1995, Awda was designated by the United States as a specially designated terrorist. He is believed to have left the movement in the late 1990s in a disagreement with the group's leadership.
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Source: The Tampa Tribune, U.S. Dept. of Justice

70 posted on 02/20/2003 6:25:28 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
The Al-Arian Story: A History
87 posted on 02/21/2003 6:20:42 AM PST by NautiNurse (Usama bin Laden has produced more tapes than Steely Dan)
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