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Did judge put words in Al-Arian's mouth? (5/4)

Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys recall the former USF professor calling the U.S. "the great Satan."

Published May 4, 2006

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TAMPA - When U.S. District Judge James Moody delivered a stinging rebuke of Sami Al-Arian Monday, he began by accusing him of publicly praising the United States while privately calling it "the great Satan."

But neither federal prosecutors nor defense attorneys recall Al-Arian using the expression.

Al-Arian was in court for sentencing. He had just read a prepared statement in which he lauded the U.S. justice system, and said he was glad his children had been born "in a society that provided them with freedom and equal opportunities."

Replied Moody, "I find it interesting that here in public in front of everyone you praised this country, the same country that you referred to in private as "the great Satan."

Prosecutors and defense lawyers wouldn't rule out the possibility that Al-Arian used the expression, saying they may have missed it in the reams of wiretap transcripts and records - in and out of evidence - that they scrutinized.

But the closest attorneys from both sides could come to making a link between Al-Arian and the expression "the great Satan America" was in Exhibit 400, called "The Internal By-laws of Islamic Jihad in Palestine (PIJ)."

"The prosecutors say it was in the PIJ Manifesto - Exhibit 400 - that Al-Arian had in his possession," said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the federal prosecutors.

Linda Moreno, Al-Arian's attorney, agreed: "It was in that document, but the words were not Dr. Al-Arian's."

The document was found among Al-Arian's possessions in a 1995 FBI search. From the 37-page exhibit: "The great Satan America ... makes the wrong right and the right wrong."

Before Moody allowed prosecutors to show the jury the PIJ document during Al-Arian's terrorism-related trial, the judge cautioned: "It could be for scholarly pursuit. Mere possession by itself does not prove membership in anything."

The judge would not talk to the St. Petersburg Times about the quote.

Both defense and prosecution lawyers, however, do recall an example of Al-Arian using strong words against America, which the judge excluded from the trial.

In a 1991 video, in reaction to the Gulf War, he said: "Let us damn America. ... Let us damn them and their allies unto death."

Years later, asked about saying "damn America," Al-Arian told the St. Petersburg Times, "I was very surprised to hear myself say that, and I've never said anything like that again."

In December, a jury acquitted the former University of South Florida professor of eight terrorism-related counts and hung on nine after a six-month trial. Three months later, Al-Arian pleaded guilty to one count of aiding PIJ associates in nonviolent ways. The PIJ has claimed responsibility for hundreds of deaths in Israel and the occupied territories.

After Moody lambasted Al-Arian at his sentencing Monday for being a "master manipulator," the judge gave him the maximum sentence allowed by the guidelines - 57 months.

With time served, Al-Arian should get out of prison in a year and a half.

Documents & Releases

Statement of Chairs of American Muslim Task-Force on Civil Rights and Elections  (AMT) and  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Howard Zinn Statement on Professor Al-Arian



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To be patriotic is to be able to question government policy in times of crisis.
To be patriotic is to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in times of uncertainty and insecurity.
To be patriotic is to  speak up against the powerful in defense of the weak and the voiceless.
To be patriotic is to be willing to pay the price to preserve our freedoms, dignity, and rights.
To be patriotic is to
challenge the abuses of the PATRIOT Act.
From a speech by Dr. Al-Arian


UFF Summary: Al-Arian and USF


Announcement of Book: The Al-Arian Reader

A new compilation of all relevant articles to be released soon by the National Liberty Fund

Selected Poems
by Sami Al-Arian

We Shall Rise

To Maya Angelou
Like the dream of the slave
You rise
And with the scream of the brave
I shall rise
In honoring the memory of your ancestors
You rise
With my stateless brothers and sisters
I shall rise
Like dust in the sunlight
You rise
And as ashes in a fiery night
I shall rise
You offend
Because of your existence
And I
For my resistance
You upset them
Recalling their past
And I
By holding steadfast
They may trod you in dirt
May cause me all the hurt
Inflict upon you excruciating pain
While they shut me up and detain
But they won't see you broken
Neither would my faith be forsaken
As you've never bowed your head
And never lowered your eyes
I'll continue to raise my fist
And hide my mother's cries
They may shoot you with their words
Cut me up with their swords
They may insult you with their eyes
Denigrate me with their lies
Trying to kill you with their hate
Bury me alive to seal my fate
But they'd certainly
Be shamed and fail
As the free chant and sing
On their march to prevail
So keep your head held high
As I follow you and try
And keep your beautiful smile
As I walk my first mile
They'll pressure and blame
Throw us in prison to control and tame
They'll exile and defame
Lynch us all or shoot and maim
Burn crosses with no shame
Target our children in a dirty game
But why is that a surprise?
Despite their evil and terror
Their falsehood and lies
You shall rise
And I shall rise
You're the black ocean
Leaping and wide
I'm the Mediterranean
With a stormy tide
Staying together
Side by side
It's no surprise
We shall rise
Surely shall rise
We together shall rise
No Longer Afraid
For us to feel "secure"
What price is being paid?
If living in freedom
Why are we afraid?
Fear is everywhere
All around
Perhaps irrational
But without any bound
You can see it on our faces
Sense it in our eyes
You can hear it in our whispers
Feel it in our cries
More>>No Longer Afraid
The Bird and The Vulture
The bird was chirping
In a house on a tree
But the vulture was angry
Because it was free
When the bird is singing
The vulture ain't safe
More>>The Bird and The Vulture
The Smile of Freedom
He looked like
A body-builder
Tall, tough, and full
All muscles and no fat
His mind was simple
Suited to follow orders
No questions asked
Acting mean and mechanical
Like any bureaucrat
More>>The Smile ...
In the Name of Freedom
In the name of freedom
We shall rule the world
To spread democracy
And set you free
In the name of freedom
We’ll descend on you
To make you civilized
Modern and orderly
More>>In the Name ...
The Accused: Franz Kafka Meets George Orwell in 21st Century America
Act I: The Mother of all Evidence
Act II- Weapons of Mass Deception
Act III: Silencing of the Lambs
Act IV: Attacks of the Wolves
Act V: Occupied Territory
Act VI: Police State
Act VII: Official Obituary
Act VIII: A Close Encounter of the Scariest Kind
Act IX: The Inquisition
Act X- Conspiracy Theory
Act XI- Secret Trials
Act XII- Silent Pain and Teary Eyes
Act XIII- True Patriot Acts
Do Not Sign
Rights are not for sale
History is not kind
On those who sell their people out,
Betray their cause,
Surrender their land
To tow the line
Do not sign
More>>Do Not Sign
Rachel Corrie: Daughter of Palestine
The most gentle
Amongst all honorable
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
More>>Daughter of Palestine
Ole Jerusalem
O Ole Jerusalem
I feel your pain
I hear your cries
The light thunder
In the darkness
And the heavy rain
I see the steady bleeding
Of your wound
With its mark and stain
More>>Ole Jerusalem
Patrick Henry
A revolutionary
At heart
A patriot
From the start
Loved by his country
To the core
Defended freedom
Even more
Hated arrogance
In shape and tone
Fought tyranny
With every bone
He was the conscience
Of his people
Striking fear in the enemy
And made it feeble
More>> Patrick Henry
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Of hatred and rage
Trapped in a cage
Disappointment and anger
Continuing to linger
Wounding of dignity
Violating your virginity
More>> Injustice
Political Riddles
He sees the world as black and white
His solution to every quandary is fight with might
The economy will not stimulate
Because he can’t articulate
While jobs are gone
He says, “bring ‘em on.”
Who is he?
He likes to be called the General
The head of an agency that’s federal
If you spit on the sidewalk
He’ll send the Incredible Hulk
He hates to cite truth or fact
Because he’s busy promoting his unpatriotic act
He frequents TV cameras with a smash
The first part of his last name sounds like trash
Who is he?
He is the ideal dutiful poodle they say
From an empire where the sun did not set one day
He adores his cowboy friend and considers him a fan
And insists: I’m nobody’s yes-man
When the cowboy says no, I say no
Who is he?
More>>Political Riddles