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.
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.”