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CAIR Once Again Defends Confessed Terrorist Al-Arian

December 20, 2007

CAIR Once Again Defends Confessed Terrorist Al-Arian

December 17, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Reading between the lines of the December 12 CAIR newsletter, the Saudi funded Islamist organization seems to think that confessed terrorist Dr. Sami Al-Arian, has been harassed by the U.S. Justice Department, victimized by what the CAIR continuously alleges to be Islamophobia.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a federal judge's decision to lift civil contempt charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida professor who has been serving time for refusing to testify before a grand jury… In 2005, a Florida jury rejected federal charges that Al-Arian operated a cell for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian later pleaded guilty to one non-violent offense and was scheduled for release and deportation in April 2007… "

As intended by CAIR's "takiyya" [religiously-sanctioned deception] laced propaganda, one only casually familiar with the facts of the Al-Arian case might get the impression that he is indeed a victim of a bigoted witch hunt, when that conclusion couldn't be further from the truth.

According to an April 17, 2006 DOJ press release:

"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…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 the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. ..Al-Arian's agreement with the government calls for a recommended prison sentence of 46 to 57 months in prison, based on a five-year maximum statutory sentence. Al-Arian, 48, who has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 20, 2003, has agreed to stipulate to deportation to another country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once his prison sentence has ended…" 1.

At the time of the announcement then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated, "We have a responsibility not to allow our Nation to be a safe haven for those who provide assistance to the activity of terrorists…Sami Al-Arian has already spent significant time behind bars and will now lose the right to live in the country he calls home as a result of his confessed criminal conduct on behalf of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is the same conduct he steadfastly denied in public statements over the last decade… Al-Arian has now admitted providing assistance to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - a specially designated terrorist organization with deadly goals - as the government has alleged from the start.

CAIR's insinuation that Al-Arian is anything but a terrorist engages in the type of duplicitousness to which observers of the organization have become accustomed, as is their seeming agreement with a demand by the Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace - a group organized specifically to spread further the canard that Al-Arian is an innocent victim - that Al-Arian be freed whereupon he would most likely continue to aid those who exist to wage jihad against the West.

"The Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace is calling on all of Al-Arian's supporters to continue to work for Al-Arian's freedom…"

Notes: 1. "Sami Al-Arian Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Provide Services To Palestinian Islamic Jihad ," U.S. Dept. of Justice, April 12, 2006, http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2006/April/06_crm_221.html


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