April 18, 2006


Al-Arian Admits His Role In Jihad (ELAINE SILVESTRINI, 4/18/06, Tampa Tribune)

When Sami Al-Arian denied raising funds for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, he now says he was lying.

The former University of South Florida professor has portrayed himself as a martyr to free speech, a victim of anti-Muslim sentiment and the nation's war on terrorism. He maintained he supported only peaceful solutions to the problems in the Middle East.

But in court papers unsealed Monday, Al-Arian admitted he raised money for the Islamic Jihad and conspired to hide the identities of other members of the terrorist organization, including his brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najjar. He also admitted knowing "that the PIJ achieved its objectives by, among other means, acts of violence."

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Monday approved a deal in which Al-Arian pleaded guilty to conspiring to help a terrorist organization. The plea was entered in a secret hearing Friday as part of an agreement that calls for Al-Arian to be deported after serving a prison sentence that amounts to a little more than time served.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2006 9:14 PM

To those on the near left who championed Al-Arian's cause and hammered the administration for its police state tactics, the professor now becomes a non-person, to be wiped from memory as if he (and their mistaken support of him) never existed. For the far left, Sami will still be a person to fight for even when he's out of the country, because they really don't care about his activities, if they were done in the name of Palestinian rights against their Israeli oppressors.

Posted by: John at April 19, 2006 1:17 AM

Far left individuals and foundations will in fact send him and his friends funding for more terror (sorry, 'charitable donations' for causes reflecting his 'better side'), wherever he ends up.

Posted by: ZF at April 19, 2006 6:47 AM

You'd have to have spent years in the fermentation vat that is your typical Anti-American faculty echo chamber to think you could have gotten away with what he was doing. If there has been one interesting side effect of 9-11 it's the sudden and (what must be disturbing)accountability for one's words that has begun to manifest itself on the nation's campuses. Thoughts?

Posted by: JK at April 19, 2006 11:03 AM

You mean like words have meaning? I hope you're right JK.

Posted by: erp at April 20, 2006 6:14 PM
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