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FEDERAL COURT DISMISSES ALL CHARGES AGAINST DR. SAMI AL-ARIANFrom the blog of Attorney Jonathan Turley
June 27, 2014
It is with a great sense of relief and thankfulness that I can now report that all charges have been dropped against my client Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Minutes ago, United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga signed the order dismissing the indictment against Dr. Al-Arian. The case was before Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, but it was Judge Trenga who signed the order on Friday afternoon.
I have represented Dr. Al-Arian for roughly eight years as we fought for his deportation and the dismissal of these charges. We have litigated the case from the 11th Circuit to the 4th Circuit to the Supreme Court and back again. It has been a long and difficult road for the Al-Arian family.
STATEMENT FROM AL-ARIAN FAMILY
June 27, 2014
We are glad that the government has finally decided to drop the charges against Sami Al-Arian. It has been a long and difficult 11 years for our family in what has ultimately been shown to be a political case. We are relieved that this ordeal finally appears to be at an end. We hope that today’s events bring to a conclusion the government’s pursuit of Dr. Al-Arian and that he can finally be able to resume his life with his family in freedom.
We are so grateful to our brilliant attorney, Jonathan Turley and his legal team for their tireless efforts and advocacy on our behalf. Thank you to all of our supporters around the country and across the globe, who have stood behind us throughout the years.
Eleventh Commemoration of the Political Persecution of Professor Sami Al-Arian
Dr. Al-Arian still Awaiting Dismissal of Unjust Case
Washington, DC - February 20, 2014
On this day elevenen years ago Dr. Sami Al-Arian was snatched from his family and community by the U.S. authorities in a pre-dawn raid that the professor described in a poem. Thus, today marks the beginning of continuation of more than a decade of the incessant persecution of a voice of conscience for freedom in Palestine, and equal justice for all in America.
Silencing Palestinian Americans
By: Victoria Brittain
June 10, 2013
Just as the Bush administration found the Geneva Conventions "quaint" and ignored them, so the principle of "innocent until proven guilty," a part of Western civilization since Roman times, has all but disappeared for Muslims who face accusations of "material support" for terrorism. Such cases have, at times, involved high-profile men and once received significant media attention. Civil rights activist and University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, accused of being a leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (a State Department-designated terrorist organization), was, for instance, treated like a man already being punished for his crime even before his trial. Previously, he had been a respected American-Muslim political leader with contacts in the White House and in Congress. Now, walking to pre-trial meetings with his lawyers, his arms were shackled behind him, so that, humiliatingly, he had to carry his legal papers on his back. Read More>>>
The Al-Arian Verdict's Seventh Anniversary
December 6 should Be Celebrated as "First Amendment Day"
Washington - Dec. 6, 2012
December 6, 2005 shall be remembered as a great day in which justice triumphed over intolerance and the First Amendment reigned supreme. On that day, a jury of twelve ordinary citizens refused to return a single guilty verdict against Dr. Sami Al-Arian and three other Palestinian men accused of terrorism in one of the most high profile cases to emerge out of the highly charged atmosphere after 9/11. Read More >>>
When Your Father Is Accused of Terrorism by Laila Al-Arian
The Nation. June 13, 2012
For a while, the phone stopped ringing. Not completely—reporters called, but many old friends did not. That’s how my mother remembers the days following my father’s arrest on terrorism charges in February 2003. At dawn, a team of FBI agents and police, clad in black uniforms, descended on my family’s three-bedroom apartment in Tampa, Florida. They arrested my father and carted away dozens of boxes filled with our personal possessions, from school report cards to laptop computers and journals.
Never Ending Prosecution and Vendetta: The Kafkaesque Story of Sami Al-Arian by William Fisher
May 29, 2012
In a nationwide press conference in 2003, George W. Bush’s attorney general, the born-again John Ashcroft, trumpeted the arrest of Dr. Sami al-Arian, who he described as “the most dangerous man in the world.”
All that was nine years ago. Nine years. And, in one form or another, Dr. al-Arian has pretty much been incarcerated ever since. Read More -->>
Personalizing civil liberties abuses: The Case of Dr. Al-Arian
By Glenn Greenwald - April 16, 2012
Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian whose ongoing persecution by the U.S. Government is one of the most repellent and unjust of any in the post-9/11 era. I can’t begin to convey all or even most of the extreme injustices that have been imposed on him. Read More -->>
Political Persecution, American Style: A film review
It is with gratitude that I mention that Line Halvorsen, a filmmaker from Norway, chose to make the outstanding documentary "USA vs. Al-Arian," (2007) chronicling a short period in the life of a family that has been suffering what is nothing less than American political persecution right in our suburbs for over a decade. On the one hand, this is the story of America seeking to keep itself secure. On the other hand, it is the story of the impact these sometimes questionable efforts have on a family.
Call for Justice for Dr. Al-Arian in Tahrir Square
May 13, 2011
USA vs Al-Arian Now Available on the Web FreeThe illuminating award-winning documentary chronicles the story of Dr. Al-Arian and his family during and after his Florida trial. Now it is available on the world wide web free. Click: USA vs Al-Arian
New on YouTube
John Sugg: Emerson, The Tampa Tribune and the Al-Arian Case
November 2, 2010
Why won’t the Tampa Trib tell you what people in Nashville know about Steve Emerson?Steven Emerson, a self-styled terrorism expert, in tandem with his vassal reporter at the Tampa Trib, Michael Fechter, waged a decade-long jihad against a professor at the University of South Florida, Sami Al-Arian. Emerson and Fechter were backed by a shadowy network of former federal agents and foreign spooks, notably a disinformation specialist for Israel’s ultra-right Likud party named Yigal Carmon and a controversial ex-FBI official named Oliver "Buck" Revell – and a lot of money whose origins have never been revealed. Read More>>>
The Ultimate Test of Democracy: The Right to Dissent
Global Forum on Freedom of Expression, Oslo, Norway, June 5, 2009
"USA vs Al-Arian" DVD - Special 2009 Edition OUT NOW!
Order your copy here http://www.amazon.com/
BONUS MATERIAL: Commentary by director Line Halvorsen, Leena Al-Arian, Abdullah Al-Arian and producer Jan Dalchow - USA vs Al-Arian, short version (52 min) - Featurette: What happened after the sentencing (2006-2009) - Interview: Sami Al-Arian, Orient Road Jail, Feb 2006 - Short: Look For Me – The Children of Gaza (dir. Tone Andersen) - Interview with Laila Al-Arian, Democracy Now! September 2008.
More info http://www.usavsalarian.
The Contrast between AIPAC Spy Case and Dr. Al-Arian's
By JAMES G. ABOUREZK------May 4, 2009
Dr. Al-Arian mourns his friend and former attorney William B. Moffitt
Northern Virginia- April 24, 2009
For over three years during my difficult ordeal with the US government between 2003 and 2006, I was placed in solitary confinement, having no contact visits with anyone except my attorneys, Bill Moffitt and Linda Moreno.
At the end of my first meeting with Bill in the spring of 2003, after my arrest, he hugged me and said: “this is how we greet each other, brother.” He was indeed not only my attorney, but also my trusted friend and brother.
Bill Moffitt passed away this afternoon after suffering a massive stroke. He was indeed one of the best legal minds and defense attorneys this country had ever produced. His sharp intellect and passion for justice were unmatched.
New on YouTube:USA vs Al-Arian Slideshow & Singing for Liberty
Judge says integrity of Justice Department at issue in Al-Arian case
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On Friday, a U.S. Circuit Court judge in Virginia will either dismiss the criminal contempt case against former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian or set a trial date.
If the judge's comments in court are any indication of how she's leaning, Al-Arian's business with the U.S. government is about to end and he will be one step closer to being deported to Egypt.
Judge Leonie Brinkema has called the case against Al-Arian "troubling" and under "a very significant cloud" because of prosecutors' failure to produce evidence from Al-Arian's 2006 plea deal negotiations that could show whether he is innocent of criminal contempt.
- Obstruction of Justice
- Press Conference for Justice Held in Nation’s Capital/Complaint Filed Against Prosecutor
- Motion to Dismiss Filed
- A Legal Odyssey: Illustration of ethical breaches, disdain for due process and anti-Muslim bias
- More Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Al-Arian Case
- Remarks by Dr. Al-Arian Regarding the 60th Anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Judge Allows Defense to File Motion to Dismiss
- Judge Agrees with Defense: 2006 Plea Negotiations Should be Revisited
- Federal judge says Sami Al-Arian plea deal does matter
- Prosecutors defy judge's order in Al-Arian case
- AP Report: Judge suspects feds duped defense in Al-Arian case
- Govt Admits: Fla. and Va. Prosecutors Were Split / Trial Postponed
- Dr. Al-Arian was Physically and Verbally Abused
- Al-Arian to face criminal contempt trial
- Contempt Charges Will Stand
- Introducing Gordon Kromberg, a Federal Prosecutor on the Hot Seat
- Relentless Terrorism Prosecutor Faces Accusations of His Own
- A Prosecutor Is Called 'Relentless'
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