USAPATRIOT Act and Dr. Sami Al-Arian

Dr. Sami Al-Arian found not guilty on eight criminal counts related to terrorist support, perjury and immigration violations the New York Times reports.The case against Sami Al-Arian, 47, had been seen as one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the U.S. Patriot Act's expanded search-and-surveillance powers.

The United Faculty of Florida, University of South Florida Chapter defended the Due Process rights, and Academic Freedom & Tenure rights of USF Professor Sami Al-Arian and has documented the extensive history of the case.

See website "Free Sami Al-Arian: Political Prisoner Since February 20, 2003."


It is indeed wonderful news that Dr. Al-Arian was tried and not convicted by the system he seems to abhor. Of course his guilt on several of the charges was not determined and he remains jailed on several charges on which a mistrial was declared while the US Attorney's office decides about a retrial. It is indeed good news that the system worked as it should in that in such a case as this when jurors felt there was not a preponderance of evidence that they returned not guilty verdicts (on those counts on which they were able to return verdicts).

Of course my personal feelings about Dr. Al-Arian were cemented when I saw the video in which he called for death to Israel and called Jews pigs and monkeys. It is of no criminal consequence that I think Dr Al-Arian is a vile, hateful, piece of human trash who hates others because of their religion, because of their ethnicity, and because of where they live. It is of no criminal consequence that I can hold no one in more contempt, a learned man who uses his position to spew such venom when he should be using his talents and gifts to better the world. It is of no criminal consequence that I feel that the world would be a better place without the likes of Sami Al-Arian, but I don't call for his death, nor do I solicit funds to encourage or equip others to do so. I can only pray that he change his ways.

Praying is still OK isn't it?

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