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Tenth Commemoration of the Political Persecution of Professor Sami Al-Arian
Dr. Al-Arian still Awaiting Dismissal of Unjust Case
Washington, DC - February 20, 2013
On this day ten 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 a second decade of the incessant persecution of a voice of conscience for freedom in Palestine, and equal justice for all in America.Read More -->>>
The Al-Arian Verdict's Seventh Anniversary
December 6 should Be Celebrated as "First Amendment Day"
WASHINGTON DC - 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, 2012For 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. More -->>
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 -->>
Fourth Anniversary of House Arrest of Prof. Al-Arian
Dr. Al-Arian still under House Arrest Awaiting Dismissal of Unjust Case
Washington, DC - September 2, 2012
Today marks the fourth anniversary of house arrest imposed on Dr. Sami Al-Arian because of the actions of a rouge prosecutor in Virginia who did not respect the no-guilty verdict of Prof. Al-Arian six-month trial in Tampa, Florida in 2005. Throughout the ordeal, Dr. Al-Arian spent over 5 ½ years in prison (3 1/2 years in solitary confinement), and an additional 4 years under house arrest. For background read here->
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
How the Road from 9/11 Led to My Door
By Jess Sundin - Op-Ed News
A legal campaign has targeted Arabs and Muslims engaged in political or charity work that runs counter to official US foreign policy. Dr. Sami Al Arian of Tampa, Florida, was an outspoken defender of civil liberties for Arabs and Muslims in the US, and worked for the cause of the Palestinian people. Since his very public arrest in February 2003, Dr. Al Arian has spent five and a half years in prison, much of that time in solitary confinement. He has now been under house arrest for 3 years. All of this, while government prosecutors failed to win a single guilty verdict against him for charges stemming from his political organizing. Read More>>>
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 CaseCREATIVE LOAFING ------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
Judge cancels hearing in Dr. Al-Arian's CaseAlexandria, VA - October 28, 2010
On the eve of the hearing in the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia issued an order to cancel it. Read More
A New Hearing Set in Dr. Al-Arian's Case for Friday, October 29, 2010
A new hearing in the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian has been set for Friday, October 29, 2010. The government recently filed a motion requesting federal Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia to deny the pending defense motion, filed 18 months ago, to dismiss the criminal contempt charges against Dr. Al-Arian.
Al-Arian as a Political Football: Politico Smears Obama’s Islamic Envoy
By: Jacob Freeze Firedoglake.com February 20, 2010
What Politico "forgets" to mention is that the federal prosecution and brutal detention of Professor Sami Al-Arian deserves special prominence even among the many other blatant and sadistic miscarriages of justice inflicted on the victims of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their gang of goddamned tools in the FBI and DOJ. ..... 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
CounterPunch------By JAMES G. ABOUREZK------May 4, 2009
There is apparently a difference between a Palestinian patriot and Americans spying for Israel. One group has a powerful lobby in Washington, and the other has nothing........Read more: The Contrast between AIPAC Spy Case and Dr. Al-Arian's
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
- 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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