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  • The History of MPAC

    08/08/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | 07AUG12 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda operatives slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans in an operation that marked the second major attack by violent jihadists against the World Trade Center. There wasn’t much mystery about who had carried out these atrocities — unless you were Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Marayati warned Americans not to conclude that the suicide hijacking attacks were the work of Muslim terrorists. “If we are going to look at suspects,” he told a Los Angeles radio station, “we should look at groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I...
  • American Islamist Groups Shape Arab Revolutions

    07/31/2012 8:55:16 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 31JUL12 | David J. Rusin
    Illustrating that the jihadist enterprise transcends all borders, American Islamist groups typically preoccupied with remaking the U.S. have been leaving their fingerprints on the campaign to exchange secular authoritarianism for religious authoritarianism in the Middle East. As these organizations labor stateside to nudge the governing class to embrace Arab Islamists at the expense of liberals — prompting Egyptian intellectual Essam Abdallah to lament that "the most dramatic oppression of the region's civil societies and the Arab Spring … is led by the powerful Islamist lobbies in Washington" — several of the groups' past and current officials have emerged as key...
  • Smoking Guns: Why Rush Limbaugh was Right about Hillary and Huma

    06/28/2012 6:19:10 PM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 15 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/28/12 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    Was Rush Limbaugh right when he discussed Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, criticizing the Secretary of State for her Deputy Chief of Staff’s familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the close relationship between Huma’s mother and Egypt’s new first lady? Think Progress refers to Limbaugh’s claims as ‘baseless’. First, here is Rush’s commentary on the subject on June 26th (via Think Progress): The first sign that Rush’s claim is not baseless is that Think Progress says it is. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Saleha and her now-deceased husband, Syed Z. Abedin, co-founded the Institute of...
  • Grover Norquist's Relationships Should Give People Pause

    10/06/2011 3:15:49 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Congressman Frank Wolf ^ | 4 Oct 2011 | Frank Wolf
    TERRORIST CONNECTIONS Not only was Mr. Norquist entangled with the criminal dealings of Jack Abramoff, but documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel. According to Senate lobbying disclosure records of his now defunct lobbying firm, Janus-Merritt Strategies, around the years 2000 and 2001 Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison. Court documents and a October 15, 2004,...
  • Which Islam Will Prevail in America?

    08/21/2010 9:33:24 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    The real battle for religious freedom lurks beneath the Ground Zero mosque controversy. It is sadly ironic that our public debate presents the mosque proponents as the partisans of liberty: That includes everyone from imam Feisal Rauf, the project’s sharia-touting sponsor, to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and the rest of the Islamist-smitten Left, to the GOP’s own anti-anti-terrorist wing. Yet, wittingly or not, when they champion this mosque and its sponsors, it is the agenda of an alien and authoritarian Islam that they champion — an Islam against which many American Muslims chafe. When it comes to liberty, no one...
  • Obama Envoy Admits 'Ill Conceived' Remarks Defending Terror Suspect

    02/20/2010 4:51:12 AM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies · 845+ views
    President Obama's new Muslim envoy Rashad Hussain admitted Friday to once defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group -- an admission that contradicts earlier claims from the White House that the quotes had been mistakenly attributed to Hussain.
  • Questions for America's New OIC Envoy

    02/18/2010 2:51:16 PM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies · 221+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News ^ | February 18, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "No sooner than President Obama named 31-year-old lawyer Rashad Hussain to be America's new envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC), did reports surface indicating Hussain has held harshly critical views of his own country's treatment of Muslims. Politically motivated prosecutions, out-of-control surveillance of Muslims and the prospect that internment camps could one day return to American soil are among those concerns he has expressed." SNIPPET: "And Hussain can't remember what he said, or what his attitude was? Can he at least come forth now and describe what he does think? If he is to represent America...
  • New Obama Envoy [to Muslim World] Has History Of Engagement With U.S. Muslim Brotherhood

    02/15/2010 5:22:05 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 64 replies · 2,534+ views
    Rashad Hussein, White House official and President Obama’s newly appointed Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, has a history of participation in events connected with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as well as support for Brotherhood causes, once having called prosecution of the U.S. leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization one of many “politically motivated persecutions.” Mr. Hussain’s official biography states: Rashad Hussain is presently Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama. His work at the White House focuses on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Mr. Hussain has also worked with the National Security Staff in...
  • OBAMA'S NEW OIC ENVOY DEFENDED ACTIVIST WHO AIDED TERRORIST GROUP

    02/15/2010 2:14:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 40 replies · 887+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | February 15, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough
    "Obama’s New OIC Envoy Defended Activist Who Aided Terrorist Group" Monday, February 15, 2010 By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor PHOTO CAPTION: "On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, President Obama named 31-year-old Rashad Hussain as his envoy to the OIC, the 57-member bloc of Islamic states. (Photo from the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans)" SNIPPET: "On Saturday, Obama named the Texas-born, 31-year-old Indian-American as his envoy to the OIC, the 57-member bloc of Islamic states. The appointment is in line with the president’s goal, expressed in his speech in Cairo last June, to reach out to the Islamic world....
  • Mahdi Bray's Secret, Checkered Past

    03/26/2009 3:34:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 920+ views
    IPT News - An IPT Investigation ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "For all his public activity, Bray has rarely, if ever, discussed his life story in detail. His own MAS biography offers vague descriptions of his work as "a long time civil and human rights advocate." A charismatic African-American convert to Islam, Bray spent this entire decade working for Islamist organizations. Prior to joining MAS, Bray was political director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Those jobs have helped him build a growing public profile and given him access to politicians and policy makers. And that may explain his reluctance to discuss his life before political activism. The Investigative...
  • CNN Searches for Capitol's 'Jail' in Report on Libs' Desire to Arrest Rove

    08/07/2008 7:50:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 324+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 8/7/2008 | Matthew Balan
    Now that Congress has recessed, and since the conventions aren’t for a couple of weeks, Thursday’s The Situation Room turned back to the "hot" issue of what many liberals are calling on congressional Democrats to do: arrest and lock-up Karl Rove for his failure to testify on the issue of the firing of U.S. attorneys in late 2006. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, as part of a report on this possible move by the Democrats, conducted a search for the supposed jail inside the U.S. Capitol. He also addressed the little-used power of the legislature to arrest and try government officials...
  • Court Upholds Searches Of Muslim Groups in Va.

    05/08/2009 9:57:04 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 652+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 7, 2009 | Jerry Markon
    An appeals court yesterday upheld the legality of federal raids on a Herndon-based network of Muslim charities, businesses and think tanks, a case that caused a firestorm in the Muslim community. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the March 2002 raids on homes and business in Herndon and elsewhere in Northern Virginia were "a harrowing experience" for the targets but did not violate their constitutional rights. The court said agents exercised "lawful force" in drawing their guns and handcuffing a family whose home was searched. Federal agents carted away hundreds of boxes of documents during the...
  • Al-Arian Contempt Case Survives Challenges

    01/17/2009 11:54:34 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 383+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, VA - A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for Sami Al-Arian to stand trial for criminal contempt, ruling there is an "insufficient legal basis" for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad supporter's claim of selective government prosecution. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema set a March 9 jury trial date for Al-Arian.
  • The Holy Land Verdict: A Setback for the Stealth Jihad--CAIR is staggered, too.

    11/26/2008 5:16:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 783+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | November 26, 2008 | Robert Spencer
    A federal jury in Dallas on Monday dealt the Stealth Jihad initiative in the United States a crushing defeat: it found five former officials of an Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), guilty of funneling at least $12 million of the charity’s funds to the jihad terror group Hamas. The notorious “Muslim civil rights” group, the Council on American Islamic Relations, is involved as well, since Ghassan Elashi, a founding director of CAIR as well as founder of the group’s Texas chapter, was among those found guilty; Elashi and his co-defendants face prison sentences of up to twenty years...
  • Terrorist Sami Al-Arian Freed

    09/04/2008 5:28:50 PM PDT · by vadum · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | September 4, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian is out of prison thanks to the efforts of his attorneys, the Washington Post reports. His chief counsel, Jonathan Turley, who is also a professor at George Washington University Law School, said "We are obviously relieved and delighted." Amazingly, immigration authorities decided that Al-Arian, a non-U.S. citizen, was not a flight risk, even though his wife, son, and daughter have moved to Egypt. His daughter, Laila Al-Arian, acknowledges that her father could be deported to Egypt and wants it to happen: We know that the Egyptian government has already accepted for him to be basically deported...
  • Al-Arian Is Freed, but More Charges Await

    09/03/2008 10:50:49 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 141+ views
    New York Sun ^ | September 3, 2008 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN,
    For the first time in more than five years, a prominent Palestinian Arab activist, Sami Al-Arian, is free from jail. His respite from jail may not last long: The former college professor faces a second round of criminal charges in his lengthy legal battle with federal prosecutors. Al-Arian had been in government custody since he was charged with being the leader in America of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad more than five years ago. He was not convicted at trial, although he subsequently pleaded guilty to lending aid to that group and received a sentence of 57 months. Al-Arian's incarceration has...
  • Muslims in fed terror probe making donations to Obama

    08/29/2008 8:43:36 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 58 replies · 1,920+ views
    WND ^ | August 29, 2008
    Islamic leaders tied by federal investigators to the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America – including one under active investigation for alleged terror-financing – have recently donated to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign for president, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by WND. Jamal M. Barzinji earlier this year gave Obama $1,000, a gift that records show has not been returned. Other Democratic candidates, including Rep. Jim Moran, have refunded donations from Barzinji since federal agents raided his Virginia home and offices in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Obama's top Muslim adviser resigned earlier this month over controversy surrounding his...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • Threat Matrix: June 2008

    06/02/2008 12:04:34 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,085 replies · 5,263+ views
    The Hunt for American al Qaeda The United States is turning up the heat in the hunt for the California boy turned al Qaeda operative, Adam Gadahn, who has been charged with treason and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. If caught and convicted, Gadahn could face the death penalty. The State Department along with the Department of Diplomatic Security announced the beginning of a publicity campaign in Afghanistan urging locals to provide any information on Gadahn's whereabouts, with a reward if the information leads to his capture. Radio advertisements with information concerning the $1 million reward have...
  • What about Sami? (NYT Buys Into American Ikhwan Lobbying on Behalf of Convicted Terrorist)

    04/18/2008 1:59:40 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 3 replies · 49+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | April 18, 2008 | Steven Emerson
    What about Sami? New York Times Buys Into American Ikhwan Lobbying on Behalf of Convicted Terrorist by Steven Emerson IPT News April 18, 2008The New York Times today became the latest tool in an aggressive lobbying campaign aimed at sabotaging a terror investigation in northern Virginia. The campaign to free Sami Al-Arian started last year, led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and other American Islamist groups after the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operative was held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with consecutive grand jury subpoenas. He now is defying his...
  • Muslim Leaders Visit Al-Arian in Va. Prison

    04/02/2008 4:56:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Council on American-Islamic Relations ^ | 4/1/2008 | Council on American-Islamic Relations
    Representatives of several American Muslim groups today visited Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor currently on his second hunger strike in federal detention to protest alleged unjust treatment by U.S. authorities. Al-Arian began refusing food and water on March 3rd to protest a third attempt by prosecutors to compel his testimony in court. He was transferred to a medical facility in North Carolina, but has since been returned to Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va. He is now taking only liquids and has lost 32 pounds.SEE: Jailed Professor on Hunger Strike (IPS)Those taking part in today's visit included...
  • Heartbreak: Terrorist enabler stuck in prison (former Florida professor Sami al-Arian)

    03/22/2008 7:49:01 AM PDT · by jdm · 24 replies · 825+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 22, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    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...
  • U.S. Muslims Asked to Support FL Prof on Hunger Strike

    03/19/2008 5:50:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies · 446+ views
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) ^ | 3/19/08 | The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to write letters in support of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor currently on his second hunger strike in federal detention to protest alleged unjust treatment by U.S. authorities. Al-Arian, who has already lost almost 30 pounds, began refusing food and water on March 3rd to protest a third attempt by prosecutors to compel his testimony in court. He was recently transferred from his Virginia prison to a medical facility in North Carolina.SEE: Inmate on Hunger Strike Transferred to Medical Prison (AP) CAIR...
  • Court Denies Fla. Ex-Professor's Appeal

    01/25/2008 10:37:52 PM PST · by james500 · 15 replies · 238+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 12:06 AM EST, January 26, 2008
    A former Florida college professor who pleaded guilty to aiding a Palestinian terrorist group was not immune from a subpoena forcing him to testify in an unrelated probe of Muslim charities, an appeals court ruled Friday. Sami Al-Arian, 50, had argued the terms of the plea agreement exempted him from testifying before a grand jury in an investigation of Islamic charities in Virginia. A federal judge disagreed and found Al-Arian guilty of contempt when he refused to testify. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Al-Arian's appeal Friday, ruling that federal prosecutors did not violate the plea agreement by...
  • Motion For Retrial

    10/23/2007 11:24:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 129+ views
    IBD ^ | October 23, 2007
    Trail Of Terror: The Council on American-Islamic Relations is cheering a mistrial in a major terror case as a "stunning defeat" for the U.S. government. But the celebration may be premature. Federal prosecutors say they'll retry the case against leaders of the Holy Land Foundation, the nation's largest Muslim charity, which they accused of funneling more than $12 million to Hamas terrorists. CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, also cheered a similar outcome in a federal case against Muslim activist Sami al-Arian in Florida. As in the Holy Land case, jurors deadlocked on several terror counts. But prosecutors threatened...
  • South Florida Students Face Indictment for Carrying Explosives Across State Lines [Indicted]

    08/31/2007 10:31:06 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 167 replies · 5,286+ views
    FNC/AP ^ | 8-31-07
    Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida were indicted Friday for carrying explosive materials across states lines and one of them was charged with teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons. Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, an engineering graduate student and teaching assistant at the Tampa-based university, faces terrorism charges for teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives. He and Youssef Samir Megahed, 21, an engineering student, were stopped for speeding in Goose Creek, S.C., on Aug. 4, where they have been held on state charges. The two men were stopped with pipe bombs...
  • Mystery at Goose Creek: Who are the accused Pipe Bomb Boys? (Update)

    08/12/2007 9:19:44 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies · 3,012+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 8-12-07 | Michelle Malkin
    I checked the title, and didn't find it posted. ~~~~~~~~~ Update: Yahia Megahed’s Hi5 profile is gone 6:20pm Eastern. Eeenteresting. Via Dan Riehl, Yahia Megahed’s Hi5 profile has now been removed: *** Last weekend, I noted the arrest of Yousef Megahed, 21, and Ahmed Mohamed, 24, in the vicinity of the Naval Weapons Station, located in Goose Creek, South Carolina. National media scrutiny since the men were charged with possession of pipe bombs has been scant. Some MSM reports read like CAIR press releases. The AP dispatch carried in the Miami Herald concludes: “Some have suggested the men were targeted...
  • Muslim groups fast for jailed Al-Arian

    02/21/2007 8:54:17 PM PST · by anglian · 18 replies · 441+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | February 21, 2007 | Audrey Hudson
    A coalition of Muslim groups is calling for a worldwide fast in support of Sami Al-Arian, a former college professor convicted of raising funds for a terrorist group. The American Muslim Taskforce for Civil Rights and Elections is made up of larger Muslim groups, including the American Muslim Alliance, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Circle of North America and United Muslims of America. The Muslim Taskforce asked Muslims to fast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Al-Arian Collapses During Hunger Strike [YAWN.....]

    02/16/2007 1:48:22 PM PST · by Enchante · 29 replies · 672+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 02/16/07 | TAMPA TRIBUNE STAFF
    TAMPA - Sami Al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor sentenced to prison for providing assistance to a terrorist group, collapsed Wednesday in a Virginia prison on the 23rd day of a hunger strike. He was taken to a North Carolina medical facility. He began his hunger strike after learning his sentence may be extended by up to 18 months for refusing to testify before a Virginia grand jury.
  • The Jihadi Journalist (Debbie Schlussel Says There's Nothing Laudatory About Peter Jennings Alert)

    08/08/2005 9:36:03 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 166 replies · 5,106+ views
    Debbie Schlussel.com ^ | 08/08/05 | Debbie Schlussel
    Jihadi Journalist: The Real Peter Jennings By Debbie Schlussel While the rest of the world is blindly singing the praises of Peter Jennings, here's a reality check: Peter Jennings did more for the cause of Islamic terrorism than any media figure today. And that's nothing to celebrate, honor, or even memorialize. Before there was Al Jazeerah, there was Peter Jennings. From the beginning of Jennings career until his death, Jennings' biased coverage went beyond the pale, bending over backward in "understanding" the terrorists who hate us-- from seeing "their side" when he covered the seige and then murder of innocent...
  • Bin Laden network 'plotted hundreds of attacks'

    11/08/2001 2:27:39 AM PST · by maquiladora · 38 replies · 763+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday November 8, 2001 | Julian Borger in Washington
    The attacks on US targets culminating in the September 11 suicide hijackings were only a fraction of the onslaught planned by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, it emerged yesterday. Over the past three years, US intelligence detected plots against US embassies in 14 countries, mostly in Asia and Africa, and there were over 600 more "credible threats" of attacks. Some were thwarted by arrests or stepped up security. Others appear to have been suspended or may still be pending. The global extent of al-Qaida's terrorist ambitions is revealed in a new book by Peter Bergen, CNN's terrorism analyst, who interviewed ...
  • South Florida Intifada

    08/22/2006 7:16:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1,341+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 22, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
    American universities rank among the best in the world, but they also boast another, more dubious distinction: They are home to some of the world’s most radical academics. Last month, one of these select individuals, UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, brought his hate-filled show to two extremist Islamic Centers in South Florida. Both of these institutions are in the process of building large-scale mosques in their respective cities. And, given that their guest had previously called for attacks on the United States, the question naturally arose: Were these institutions looking to make friends in the community or to start a holy war?Past...
  • Florida Terrorism Co-Defendant Deported (al-Arian's buddy)

    05/24/2006 11:09:31 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 4 replies · 424+ views
    AP/TBO ^ | 5-24-06 | Elaine Silvestrini
    A co-defendant of a former college professor accused of terrorist ties has been released from jail and deported, more than five months after his trial ended, his attorney and federal officials said Wednesday. Sameeh Hammoudeh's attorney had sued the government this year to try to expedite the deportation, and a federal judge had given immigration officials until Wednesday to deport him or explain why they continued to hold him. Federal officials Tuesday took Hammoudeh, 46, to Jordan, where he crossed into the West Bank to be reunited with his wife and six children, said his attorney, Stephen Bernstein. "He's home...
  • Saudi Men Who Rode School Bus Arrested (Tampa, FL)

    05/20/2006 3:52:09 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 348 replies · 8,106+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | May 20, 2006 | Keith Morelli
    Two Saudi men were arrested Friday after they boarded a school bus and rode to Wharton High School in New Tampa. Students on the bus became alarmed, as did the bus driver, who called ahead. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies met the bus at the school and detained the men. No one was injured and nothing out of line occurred on the bus, deputies said. Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, who lives in Apt. 302 in The Point apartments, and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, 20 Monticello Gardens, Apt. 304-A, each were charged with trespassing on school property. Both remained in Orient Road Jail...
  • May Day for Al-Arian

    05/09/2006 4:37:36 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 1 replies · 352+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 09 May 2006 | R. K. Joyad
    The truth sometimes hurts. Just ask the remaining supporters of Professor Sami Al-Arian. On May 1, 2006, their hero received the maximum sentence available under the plea agreement, in which he acknowledged what he had denied to everyone for over a decade: that he was indeed a secret U.S.-based operative for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The culmination of the Al-Arian case once again illustrates an underrated function of the American criminal justice system: convincing a stubborn, well-heeled defendant of his own guilt. Sometimes prosecutors have to suffer setbacks like a hung jury to make the criminal realize that the...
  • Justice for a Traitor

    05/03/2006 5:42:44 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 14 replies · 626+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 03 May 2006 | Robert Spencer
    Sami al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor, has been a master manipulator for years, gaining strong and vocal support for the American Left. But his luck has now completely run out. When he pled guilty not long ago to “conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds to or for the benefit of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a Specially Designated Terrorist” organization, the maximum sentence was set at four years, nine months. But on Monday Judge James Moody, according to the St. Petersburg Times, “shocked the courtroom when he ignored the recommendation of prosecutors and defense attorneys for a...
  • Let Al-Arian Rot

    05/02/2006 4:52:03 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 338+ views
    front page magazine ^ | 02 may 2006 | Stephen M. Flatow
    Florida professor Sami Al-Arian - who has pleaded guilty to fund-raising and other support for the the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad - is set to be sentenced today. He should get the most severe sentence possible. Palestinian Islamic Jihad murdered my daughter Alisa Flatow in an April 9, 1995, terror attack. No one has ever said that Sami al-Arian was in Gaza the day the bomb went off. And we have never accused him of recruiting the suicide bomber, driving the truck, or pushing the plunger on the bomb that killed Alisa that Sunday morning. But, by pleading guilty...
  • A Judge Stuns Al-Arian With Maximum Time

    05/02/2006 4:23:51 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 29 replies · 1,375+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | May 2, 2006 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A federal judge yesterday lambasted a former Florida college professor, Sami Al-Arian, as a liar and "master manipulator," before sentencing him to nearly five years in prison for providing support to a Middle Eastern terrorist group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Under a plea deal finalized last month, Al-Arian, 48, agreed to admit guilt and accept a possible sentence of 46 to 57 months and eventual deportation from America. Prosecutors agreed to join defense attorneys in recommending a sentence at the low end of the range, but the judge, James Moody Jr., ignored those suggestions and imposed the maximum sentence allowed by...
  • Former USF professor to be deported after 1-1/2 years in prison

    05/01/2006 8:21:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 671+ views
    Sun-Sentinel & AP ^ | May 1, 2006 | Mitch Stacy
    TAMPA -- A judge on Monday sentenced former professor Sami Al-Arian to another year and a half in prison before he will be deported in his terrorism conspiracy case. Al-Arian, 48, was sentenced to four years and nine months, but he will get credit for the three years and three months he has already served while being held before and after his trial. His lawyer, Linda Moreno, asked the judge to release her client now, but the judge refused and called Al-Arian ``a master manipulator.''
  • Ex-professor Pleads Guilty In Florida Jihad Case (..TO BE DEPORTED!!!)

    04/17/2006 3:14:17 PM PDT · by FreeManWhoCan · 38 replies · 878+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/17/2006 | By Robert Green
    TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Former Florida university professor Sami al-Arian has pleaded guilty to aiding the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad and agreed to be deported, U.S. officials said on Monday. ADVERTISEMENT Al-Arian and three co-defendants were charged in 2003 with helping the group carry out attacks in Israel. In December, a federal jury in Tampa found al-Arian not guilty on eight charges and failed to reach a verdict on nine others after a six-month trial. Prosecutors, whose failure to convict al-Arian after the jury trial was seen as a stiff blow to the U.S. government's attempts to prosecute terrorism suspects,...
  • SAMI AL-ARIAN ADMITS CONSPIRACY IN PLEA AGREEMENT

    04/21/2006 5:48:36 AM PDT · by NewzGuru · 8 replies · 1,584+ views
    April 21, 2001 | NewzGuru
    SAMI AL-ARIAN ADMITS CONSPIRACY IN PLEA AGREEMENT " There is no conspiracy to support terrorism ."  - Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for Tampa chapter of Council on American Islamic Relations From what I’ve been able to gather, there seems to be enough evidence to prove a web of conspiracy . Let’s have a look and see if that’s true! American Muslim Council (AMC)1. Former Spokesman: Faisal Gill.2. Founder: Abdurahman Muhammad Alamoudi.3. Former Director: Erik Vickers 1. Faisal Gill Former spokesman for the American Muslim Council (AMC) Former director of government affairs for the Islamic Free Market Institute (Islamic Institute) in Washington, D.C.,...
  • Guilty as Charged--Will Al-Arian's defenders now apologize?

    04/20/2006 5:26:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 879+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 20, 2006 | Robert Spencer
    After years of denial, Sami Al-Arian has finally admitted it: he has pleaded guilty to a charge of “conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds to or for the benefit of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a Specially Designated Terrorist” organization. He has agreed to accept deportation. In his 2002 defense of Al-Arian, Eric Boehlert wrote: “The al-Arian story reveals what happens when journalists, abandoning their role as unbiased observers, lead an ignorant, alarmist crusade against suspicious foreigners who in a time of war don't have the power of the press or public sympathy to fight back.” Reality is just the...
  • Sami Al-Arian Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad

    04/18/2006 6:01:42 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 26 replies · 691+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/17/06
    WASHINGTON, April 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law, the Department of Justice announced today. In a closed proceeding before a federal magistrate at U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida last week, Al- Arian pleaded guilty to Count Four of the indictment against him -- a charge of conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of...
  • Ex-USF professor Sami Al-Arian to be deported in terrorism case

    04/14/2006 8:03:34 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies · 709+ views
    AP ^ | April 14th, 2006
    Federal authorities have decided to deport a former University of South Florida professor and long-time Palestinian rights activist after failing to convict him on charges he helped finance terrorist attacks in Israel. Two lawyers familiar with the case say Sami Al-Arian has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge and be deported. The lawyers spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been made public by the court. It isn't clear where Al-Arian will be sent. Al-Arian has been in jail since a Tampa jury acquitted him in December on eight of the...
  • Former USF professor accused in terrorism case to be deported

    04/14/2006 5:36:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies · 830+ views
    AP ^ | April 14 2006 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities have decided to deport a former Florida professor and longtime Palestinian rights activist after failing to convict him on charges he helped finance terrorist attacks in Israel. Sami Al-Arian, who had met with U.S. presidents and other political leaders before his terrorism indictment in 2003, reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge and be deported, two lawyers familiar with the case said Friday. The arrangement requires the approval of a judge.
  • Death of a Terror Lobby--Why is the hate-group that laid the foundation for CAIR gone?

    02/03/2006 7:18:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 2,401+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | February 3, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
    On Wednesday, January 18, I received an e-mail from someone identifying himself as “Ahmed.” He wrote to me that he was a “Muslim activist” and that he wanted me to come on his radio show to discuss my work, or, in his words, “to give [my] side of the story.” In doing a simple web search on his e-mail address, it turned out that this individual was none other than the Director of Communications for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Ahmed Rehab. While I didn’t know his motives in contacting me, I had recalled when...
  • Muslim leader accused of hiding ties to terrorists

    01/15/2004 1:46:37 AM PST · by sarcasm · 6 replies · 566+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | January 14, 2004 | Amanda Garrett and John Caniglia
    Imam Fawaz Damra helped lay the groundwork for an organization that ultimately merged into al-Qaida in the late 1980s. He was an unindicted co-conspirator of the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993. And he passionately raised money for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which killed dozens of Jews in Israel during the 1990s. Yet Damra, spiritual leader to thousands of Muslims in Northeast Ohio, seemed to fly comfortably beneath the radar of U.S. terror investigators - until Tuesday. FBI agents swooped in on the Palestinian cleric at his Strongsville home, arresting him on a relatively minor - and...
  • Al-Arian associate may be freed

    01/21/2006 4:23:43 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies · 241+ views
    SPTIMES ^ | January 21, 2006 | MEG LAUGHLIN
    Instead of being deported, Sameeh Hammoudeh will leave the country voluntarily, immigration officials say. MEG LAUGHLIN Published January 21, 2006 TAMPA - If everything goes as promised by immigration supervisors, Sameeh Hammoudeh, his wife and six children will be on their way to Amman, Jordan, next week - finally. In early December, Hammoudeh, one of four co-defendants in the Sami Al-Arian terrorism trial, was acquitted of all charges that he conspired to send money to Palestinian Islamic Jihad to further violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories. He was also acquitted of a charge that he committed immigration fraud. Nevertheless,...
  • Ohio Imam Tied to Terrorists to Leave U.S.

    01/05/2006 9:46:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 801+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 5, 06 | TOM KRISHER,
    DETROIT - A Cleveland imam convicted of hiding terrorist ties has agreed to leave the United States, ending his deportation case, his attorney and government officials said Thursday. The agreement allows Fawaz Damra to resettle in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Egypt or the Palestinian territories, said Greg Gagne, a spokesman for the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review. A judge has approved the agreement with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which will decide his destination. Damra is still in federal custody, said Robert Birach, a Detroit lawyer who negotiated for him. He declined to discuss more...