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Prosecutor's witness tells another point (10/4)

St. Petersburg Times
Oct. 4, 2005

By MEG LAUGHLIN

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A former math professor close to Sami Al-Arian says discussing the
PIJ is like "watching CNN or Fox."


TAMPA - A moment of unexpected high drama in the trial of Sami Al-
Arian left a government witness in tears and a federal prosecutor
furious.

Prosecutor Terry Furr hoped to nail down incriminating evidence
against Al-Arian and two other defendants Monday by questioning a
former University of Mississippi math professor who has known Al-
Arian for years.

But the prosecution's witness backfired, repeatedly challenging
Furr's understanding of how information spread among Palestinians
and what support of the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad among
Palestinians often meant.

The witness, Abdul Raouf Dabus, received government immunity to
testify about a 1994 phone conversation he had with Al-Arian. The
two men talked about how much Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and
the Palestine Liberation Organization were participating in, or
shunning, peace talks. Furr focused on the conversation as evidence
that Al-Arian was an insider in the terrorist group Palestinian
Islamic Jihad.

But Dabus repeatedly said the information in their conversation
was "public information" and that Palestinians needed the
charitable "benefits of the PIJ" and Hamas and the PLO, "because
that was all there was to help them" when Al-Arian and he talked in
1994.

In a quiet voice, he told Furr, "You don't understand."

Dabus likened the phone conversations between Palestinians about PIJ
and Hamas activities, violent or charitable, to "watching CNN or
Fox."

"You get one part of the story from one place and you keep asking
because you want to get the truth. The information keeps going back
and forth," he said.

Furr asked Dabus if he was a member of the PIJ. Dabus said he was
not but that he supported the PIJ's charitable work in Israel's
occupied territories. He likened the community work of the PIJ,
Hamas and the PLO in the mid '90s to groups in New Orleans now.

"They are refugees who need help," Dabus said. "It doesn't matter if
the help comes from Jews, Muslims or Christians. They need help and
every Palestinian has this support in his heart."

At one point Furr, who was getting increasingly annoyed with his own
witness, said to Dabus, "You said you thought you knew Mr. Al-Arian
pretty well. Well, do you know if he sent money to the families of
terrorists?"

Dabus responded that the money he knew about, which came through Al-
Arian's co-defendant Sameeh Hammoudeh, "went for a bookstore and an
ambulance."

During cross-examination from a defense attorney, Dabus said he
feared Palestinians could no longer speak their minds in the United
States about the occupied territories. He worried aloud, "There is
no longer any security for the dog that barks in this country."

He said he asked himself what it meant if someone as prominent
as "Sami Al-Arian, who had been to the White House and who had the
support of so many people in Congress, could suddenly be put in
jail?"

Bill Moffitt, Al-Arian's attorney, seizing the moment, asked Dabus
if the answer scared him. In response, the government witness, whom
the prosecution has put on at the end of its case, answered that it
did scare him and explained, as his voice cracked with emotion, "Our
kids, will they have a future here? I don't know."

The courtroom fell silent, as several jurors and onlookers stared at
him, then wiped their eyes.

Furr's last question on redirect: "Did Sami Al-Arian raise money to
send the PIJ?"

Dabus replied that the only money he knew about went to
charity, "for a good purpose."

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.
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From a speech by Dr. Al-Arian
9/1/2002

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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
By 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
By 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
Women
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
Eden
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
Injustice
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Emptiness
Hopelessness
Helplessness
Sadness
Madness
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