Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Obama Appointee Rashad Hussain Links To Tampa Terrorist Sami Al-Arian.

On February 13, 2010, President Obama appointed Hussain, an Indian-American Muslim,as the United States special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.After the appointment, President Obama stated, "Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo. And as a Hafiz_(Qur'an) of the Quran, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, and I thank him for carrying forward this important work."
Obama Appointee Rashad Hussain Links To Tampa Terrorist Sami Al-Arian; Hassain expressed support for Sami Al-Arian, who in 2001 made public comments implying death to Israel. Al-Arian was brought to trial for funneling money to a Palestinian terrorist group, and served time in prison. Hussain was a defender of Al-Arian during his trial. Six years ago, when Hussain was a law student, he claimed Al-Arian was being persecuted and it was politically motivated. Hassain's comments were published in a Yale law school publication.
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) cited Hussain as making the remarks in connection with Sami al-Arian, a university professor and activist sentenced in 2006 to more than four years in prison (including time already spent in custody) after he had pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The U.S. government designated the PIJ as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, and in 2003, then Attorney-General John Ashcroft described it as “one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world.”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad has killed more than 100 Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks. Its victims include American citizens Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old New Jersey college student killed in a 1995 suicide bombing in Gaza, and 16-year-old Shoshana Ben-Ishai, shot dead in a bus in Jerusalem in 2001.

In sentencing al-Arian, Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida described Al-Arian as a “leader of the PIJ in Tampa ” and a “master manipulator.”

Al-Arian remains under home detention in Virginia pending contempt of court charges relating to his refusal to testify in an unrelated case involving an Islamic think tank (the IIIT).

Among sympathizers is Rashad Hussain, who at the time of the cited remarks was a Yale Law School student and an editor, from 2003-2005, of the Yale Law Journal. He went on to serve as a Department of Justice trial attorney and in January 2009 was appointed White House deputy associate counsel.

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