The men are like mobsters, using a series of charitable and educational organizations as fronts to provide a veneer of legitimacy to hide their true agendas, "Sami Al-Arian was a professor by day and a terrorist by night.
Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was arraigned Monday, 6/30/08, on two charges of criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Virginia.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Va., ordered Al-Arian transferred out of the custody of immigration authorities and into the custody of U.S. Marshals.
Al-Arian's attorney, Jonathan Turley, wrote on his blog that the court where Al-Arian is being prosecuted "is called the 'Rocket Docket' because it prides itself on moving these cases at a breakneck pace."Al-Arian was prosecuted in Tampa on terrorism-related charges alleging he was a lead U.S. fundraiser for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.
A federal jury in 2005 failed to convict him of any charge, but deadlocked on nine counts. He later struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to one count of providing assistance to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He has completed his sentence for that charge, but has been held on successive civil contempt charges for refusing to testify before a Virginia grand jury investigating alleged terrorist financing by charities there.
During the Tampa trial, the government presented evidence that Al-Arian's think tank, World and Islam Studies Enterprise, received funding from the International Institute of Islamic Thought, based in Herndon, Va. The institute's offices were raided in 2002 as part of the investigation into World and Islam Studies Enterprise. Stetson Law School professor Charles Rose said criminal contempt charges such as these are rare.
Individuals, and Organizations Relevant to SAFA- IIIT Federal Investigation that convicted terrorist supporter Sami al-Arian (his photo) refuses to testify about before a Federal Grand Jury in VA, no wonder, he appears to link to everyone under investigation ! Following information has been updated as of 6/29/2008 from various Federal Indictments. Fedral Agents have found information indicative of a conspiracy between Safa Group individuals and Sami Al-Arian to support and fund terrorists and terrorist groups including HAMAS and PIJ. A most striking example is a letter seized during the 1995 search warrants, from a central figure in the Safa Group, Al-Alwani at IIIT (both of which will be further identified below) to Al-Arian at WISE, and dated November 19, 1991. In that letter, Al-Alwani referred to the payment of monies from IIIT to PIJ, and wrote that he and his colleagues, and their organizations, considered themselves to be indistinguishable from Al-Arian, Shallah (now the head of PIJ) and other founders and members of PIJ.
Also see http://wwwwbipicomlink.blogspot.com/2008/05/confessions-of-federal-confidential.html continued links in Tamap Fl to support of terrorism.
"I just can't imagine that this is still around," Charles Rose said. "You almost never see a charge of criminal contempt, historically, unless you're dealing with organized crime. They're treating Sami Al-Arian like he is a member of a criminal organization.
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