I ended my previous article on Lassen, making explicit mention of Lassen’s glowing admiration and near reverence it would appear for the political sentiments of the viciously anti-Semitic ‘Jew’ Glenn Greenwald (one of the most notorious politically anti-Semitic ‘Jews’ in America). I gave considerable and detailed evidence not merely for Greenwald’s anti-Israelism, but his indisputable anti-Semitism; indisputable to anybody but those who are mentally dull or anti-Semitic themselves, or both.
Yet by an odd coincidence, the day I posted up my first article on Lassen (alluding to his admiration for Glenn Greenwald at the very end) on the 16th June, Lassen retweeted two Greenwald tweets that very day, after not having retweeted Greenwald in quite a long while. As I put it at the end of my second article in which Greenwald’s considerable Judenhass is evidenced:
One of those tweets from Greenwald is so outrageous and obscene in its clear sympathy for an indisputable Muslim extremist in America, who the US government dared to have the gall to prosecute. This Muslim fundamentalist is indisputably guilty of multiple deceptions in denying his support to those actively involved in the Palestinian jihad against Israel ie the Jews. To Greenwald, he (Sami Al-Arian) is clearly an innocent victim of persecution by the US government. Such a sentiment from Greenwald comes as no surprise. The thing is Lassen retweets it with clear approval. In fact so outrageous is this tweet of Greenwald that Lasssen gives his endorsement to, that it deserves and gets an article all to itself, in part 3 of this series.
So here is that part 3. And here are the two Greenwald tweets that Lassen retweeted:
16 Jun Glenn Greenwald Glenn Greenwald ?@ggreenwald
Great Prism Magainze article on the truly infuriating, Kafkaesque persecution by the US Govt of Dr. Sami Al-Arian http://is.gd/3jQveK
Retweeted by Jeremy Lassen
16 Jun Glenn Greenwald Glenn Greenwald ?@ggreenwald
Almost every act of the last decade empowering Natl Security & Surveillance State has Dianne Feinstein as a prime mover http://is.gd/wx1UHG
Retweeted by Jeremy Lassen
It’s the first tweet of Greenwald’s on 16th June above, that is the focus of this article.
The truly infuriating Kafkaesque persecution by the US Govt of Dr. Sami Al-Arian!! Would Greenwald speak of the truly infuriating Kafkaesque persecution by the US Govt of say a far right-wing white supremacist militia-man with a history of racist violence and terror or a fanatical apocalyptic Christian sect in the David Koresh Branch Davidian mold? That’s a rhetorical question. The thing is Sami Al-Arian is indisputably guilty not merely of Muslim extremist sentiments ie he is a Muslim fanatic, he has done all in his power to further the goals of Muslim fundamentalist supremacism in word and deed. Here is the crux of the matter – Al-Arian gave his support to those with close ties to the terrorist group Palestine Islamic Jihad. Islamic Jihad is open in its tactics and strategy of jihadist violence against Israel and its citizens, of spilling the blood of Jews in the name of Allah, of the goal of committing nothing less than another Holocaust of Jewry.
There is a mountain of evidence for this, it is as indisputable as men landing on the moon (unless of course you are an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist who feels the need to engage in the whitewashing of the jihad against the Jews in the former case and just an idiot conspiracy theorist in the latter case). Of course in the former case, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist who perversely whitewashes the jihad against the Jews is exactly who and what Glenn Greenwald is.
Here then for the basic facts on Al-Arian.
Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, and formerly a resident in Florida, USA. He was a professor of computer engineering at the University of South Florida. He pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to contribute services to or for the benefit of the Palestine Islamic Jihad (elucidated in some detail further down).
He was indicted in 2003 on multiple counts related to his supporting of a Palestinian jihadist group, on the State Department’s terrorist list.
As the admittedly superficial Wikipedia tells us (although it gives a good summation here):
At his trial the jury acquitted him on 8 of 17 counts, and deadlocked on the remaining 9 counts. He then pleaded guilty in 2006, pursuant to a plea agreement, to conspiracy to help a “specially designated terrorist” organization, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison, given credit for time served, and ordered deported following his prison term. He was to serve the balance of 19 months.
In November 2006, because he refused to testify before a federal grand jury after the court held that he had no legal basis for his refusal, he was held in civil contempt and imprisoned for his contempt of court by a Virginia district court judge. He served 13 months in prison for his civil contempt, until the court lifted its contempt order in December 2007.
In 2007 and 2008, the United States Department of Justice subpoenaed Al-Arian to testify before a grand jury. He again refused to testify, and prosecutors charged him with criminal contempt in June 2008. In September 2008, Al-Arian was released from detention on bond. He remains under house arrest, as he awaits a trial on criminal contempt charges.
Here for the Department of Justice Press release from April 2006 (pasted below):
Sami Al-Arian Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Provide Services To Palestinian Islamic Jihad
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law, the Department of Justice announced today. In a closed proceeding before a federal magistrate at U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida last week, Al-Arian pleaded guilty to Count Four of the indictment against him – a charge of conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The plea hearing was closed over the objections of the government and unsealed today. The guilty plea was accepted by U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody, Jr. this afternoon. Sentencing was scheduled for May 1, 2006.
Al-Arian’s agreement with the government calls for a recommended prison sentence of 46 to 57 months in prison, based on a five-year maximum statutory sentence. Al-Arian, 48, who has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 20, 2003, has agreed to stipulate to deportation to another country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once his prison sentence has ended. Al-Arian has lived in this country for approximately 30 years.
“We have a responsibility not to allow our Nation to be a safe haven for those who provide assistance to the activity of terrorists,” said Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. “Sami Al-Arian has already spent significant time behind bars and will now lose the right to live in the country he calls home as a result of his confessed criminal conduct on behalf of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is the same conduct he steadfastly denied in public statements over the last decade.”
“The United States stands committed to bringing terrorists and their supporters to justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division. “Al-Arian has now admitted providing assistance to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad—a specially designated terrorist organization with deadly goals—as the government has alleged from the start.”
“This conviction is the result of years of exhaustive investigative and prosecutorial work, during which the government utilized the many tools we have available to us in the ongoing war against terrorism,” said U.S. Attorney Paul I. Perez of the Middle District of Florida. “Because of the painstaking work of the prosecutors and agents who pursued this case, Al-Arian has now confessed to helping terrorists do their work from his base here in the United States – a base he is no longer able to maintain.”
In the plea agreement, Al-Arian admits that he was associated with several organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. He also admits that co-defendants Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, Bashir Musa Mohammed Nafi and Mazen Al-Najjar were associated with PIJ. President Clinton issued an executive order in January 1995 which banned certain transactions with organizations and individuals who were “specially designated terrorists,” including PIJ, Sheik Abd Al Aziz Awda and Fathi Shiqaqi and later, Ramadan Shallah. Al-Arian admits that he performed services for the PIJ in 1995 and thereafter, when he was a professor at the University of South Florida and after he knew that the PIJ had been designated by President Clinton as a terrorist organization. Al-Arian also acknowledges in the plea agreement that he knew the PIJ used acts of violence as a means to achieve its objectives. Nevertheless, Al-Arian continued to assist the terrorist organization, for instance, by filing official paperwork to obtain immigration benefits for PIJ associate Bashir Nafi, and concealing the terrorist associations of various individuals associated with the PIJ. He further admits to assisting PIJ associate Mazen al-Najjar in a federal court proceeding, a proceeding in which al-Najjar and Nafi both falsely claimed under oath that they were not associated with the PIJ. Moreover, Al-Arian acknowledges that in late 1995, when Ramadan Shallah, co-conspirator and former director of Al-
Arian’s “think tank,” the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) was named as the new Secretary General of the PIJ, Al-Arian falsely denied to the media that he knew of Shallah’s association with PIJ.
Al-Arian was arrested by the FBI on Feb. 20, 2003 following the return of an indictment by a federal grand jury in Tampa, charging him and several co-defendants.
More at the link
Florida journalist Meg Laughlin has covered the ongoing Al-Arian trials, plea bargains and the like fairly extensively. Just one of her articles here (excerpts pasted below. Bold in text is mine) that crucially brings out Al-Arian’s lying and pretense that he had no connection to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a lie he publicly admitted to.
‘Buried within legalese: an admission that he continued to aid relatives and colleagues associated with Palestine Islamic Jihad after it was designated a terrorist group‘ by Meg Laughlin published April 23, 2006.
Tampa – As the news of Sami Al-Arian’s plea agreement broke last week, Tampa freelance writer Jim Harper was surprised to see he was part of it. “I have to say,” said Harper, “that it’s the first time in my life that someone has faced a federal prison sentence for lying to me.”
The plea agreement told how Harper, as a St. Petersburg Times reporter covering Al-Arian in the mid 1990s, called Al-Arian in late October 1995, when Al-Arian’s former think tank colleague, Ramadan Shallah, suddenly emerged as the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group in Israel and the occupied territories. At the time, the news stunned people – especially those in the Tampa area – and made the already-controversial Al-Arian even more controversial. Al-Arian had recently been described in a TV documentary and reports in the Tampa Tribune as a PIJ leader. Al-Arian had repeatedly denied any connection to the PIJ.
When Shallah, the former director of World and Islam Studies Enterprise, a USF-associated think tank founded by Al-Arian, emerged as the leader of the PIJ – six months after leaving Tampa – questions arose about how much Al-Arian had actually known. Harper called Al-Arian to ask if he knew Shallah was the new PIJ leader, and had he known Shallah’s PIJ connections when he worked at WISE. Al-Arian’s first response: “It can’t be the same person.” But it was the same person.
He later said: “He didn’t do anything to make me think he was any party to anything happening.” In both interviews with Harper, based upon trial evidence from FBI wiretaps, Al-Arian lied. Eleven years later, these responses figure in Al-Arian’s plea agreement, which was approved by a federal judge Monday.
“It seems to me the right outcome,” said Harper. “What Al-Arian did is not nearly as serious as what the government made it out to be. . . . But it does show the core of it – that Al-Arian shielded other people illegally and wasn’t truthful about it.” The plea agreement hinges upon an order issued by the Clinton administration in January 1995. That executive order declared the PIJ a “specially designated terrorist” organization. It barred “making or receiving contributions, funds, goods or services” to benefit the PIJ, and outlawed actions designed to evade the ban.
In the plea agreement, Al-Arian admits conspiring to help people associated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad and covering up his knowledge of the PIJ associations by lying to Harper and others. He also admits that he had been associated with PIJ during “the late 1980s and early to mid 1990s.”
The trial ended in December with no guilty verdicts. He was acquitted on nine counts and the jury hung on eight others. Like practically everything else to do with Al-Arian, the plea agreement is the subject of much controversy. Letters and phone calls from readers coming into the St. Petersburg Times reflect disparate views on Al-Arian, ranging from great sympathy for him as “a brave and persecuted Palestinian activist” to the desire to see him “rot in jail.”
Jurors from Al-Arian’s trial also had mixed reactions: Several of the nine to 10 jurors who voted for acquittal on all counts expressed disappointment that he pleaded guilty to any count. “They have so little on him that I’m disappointed. Most of us think he gave in because he was so sick of being in jail,” said juror Ron, who voted for acquittal. But one of the few jurors who wanted to find him guilty on several of the counts expressed vindication. Juror Char – who held out for conviction on nine counts, causing a mistrial – saw it differently: “Like another person on the jury, I was convinced Mr. Al-Arian was still working with the PIJ after it was illegal. He was a very smart man and knew how not to be obvious. For me, the absence of evidence didn’t mean there was no evidence. For me, it suggested a coverup, which he admitted to, in the plea agreement,” she said. The jurors are only being identified by their first names at their request, citing security reasons. Their names have never been made public by the court.
In the plea deal, Al-Arian pleads guilty to the count with the smallest sentence – between 46 to 57 months. Denied bail after his arrest, he has already spent 38 months in prison and prosecutors have recommended the low end of the sentence.
The document cites specific acts that support his admission of guilt.
Al-Arian pleaded guilty to knowing that his brother-in-law Mazen Al-Najjar and two other colleagues, Bashir Nafi and Ramadan Shallah, were associated with the PIJ leadership and covering this up. He also admitted helping Nafi and Al-Najjar, after 1995, when it became illegal to do so because, according to evidence, they kept communicating with PIJ leaders. And he says in the agreement that he knew of the group’s violent acts. There was never any evidence in the trial to show that Al-Arian or his co-defendants were involved with any violent acts.
At the trial, federal prosecutors presented dozens upon dozens of transcripts of phone conversations and fax exchanges that Al-Arian had with PIJ leaders before such communications became illegal in 1995. According to this evidence, Al-Arian spoke and wrote in support of PIJ attacks, and also was concerned with how the PIJ would use money to get the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict out. He wanted a chunk of the money to come to Tampa to keep his think tank World and Islam Studies Enterprise afloat.
When Shallah left Tampa in early 1995 and became head of the PIJ six months later, this made WISE the focus of intense scrutiny. Several USF administrators testified at the trial, calling WISE “academically worthwhile” and an organization that “stimulated debate and never favored or encouraged any kind of terrorism.”
Evidence in the trial indicated that three people working at WISE – Al-Najjar, Shallah and Nafi – received regular checks from PIJ. WISE was closed down after Shallah left and became the head of the PIJ. Prosecutors called it “cover for a PIJ terrorist cell in Tampa,” Ultimately, the government dropped this claim in the plea agreement.
What Al-Arian did, according to his plea agreement:
On August 25, 1995, he filed immigration papers to help Nafi stay in the United States. Several months later, Al-Najjar also sent an affidavit in support of Nafi. Al-Najjar wrote that he and Al-Arian had the money to pay Nafi’s salary. These acts on Nafi’s behalf are considered part of a conspiracy because at the time, FBI wiretaps show Nafi was communicating with the leader of the PIJ.
In 2005, the U.S. government tried to extradite Nafi to stand trial with Al-Arian, but the British government refused. Nafi is currently a university professor in England. Part of Al-Arian’s plea agreement also involves statements and actions to help Al-Najjar in 2000. Al-Najjar, who was deported in 2002, had been in and out of jail for four years. He was initially arrested for visa violations, and kept in jail because the government told the immigration court it had secret evidence that he was associated with the PIJ.
Al-Arian admitted helping Al-Najjar get travel documents for his deportation, and using “coded language” in telephone conversations while trying to raise money for the case. Al-Arian also admitted trying to get one or more newspapers articles written about a former top PIJ leader, Abd Al Aziz Awda. Wiretaps showed that Al-Najjar had been communicating with Awda. Awda had since returned to the occupied territories with the permission of Israel. According to the plea agreement, Al-Arian wanted the article to “portray Awda as a religious leader with no relation to the PIJ.”
With sentencing set for May 1, the long and controversial battle over Sami Al-Arian may finally come to an end. Al-Arian’s attorneys are working on getting travel documents so he can quickly be deported, after he serves a brief sentence. At his departure, some will weep; some will cheer, as is always the case with anything to do with Al-Arian.
red wolf – Of course that was from 2006 and that has hardly been the end of it! It’s important though to ask the question – what kind of person would rush to defend a Muslim extremist professor in America, who gave his fervent ‘moral’ and material support to those deeply involved in the jihadist ‘struggle’ against the Jew among the nations? (The extremist group Islamic Jihad has deliberately and intentionally targeted Jewish civilians in Israel for death in its holy war, the ultimate openly stated goal nothing less than another holocaust of Jewry, all made ‘sacrosanct’ by Muslim extremist dogma and thus meeting the approval and encouragement of Allah himself) The question answers itself.
A couple of more links to give an idea of the real Sami Al-Arian and his indisputable Muslim extremism, his active and persistent support for those backing the jihad against the Jews and his many deceptions in this regard, along with those defending him as an innocent victim and mere activist.
‘District Judge James Moody calls the former USF professor a “master manipulator” responsible for deaths. Al-Arian will spend about 18 months in jail before he’s deported’. Also by Meg Laughlin and published in May 2006.
Article on Muslim Brotherhood front-group CAIR covering up for Al-Arian (just like Greenwald) by Joe Kauffman, from 2005.
http://counterjihadreport.com/tag/sami-al-arian/ An extensive and detailed, well sourced overview of Muslim extremism in America, and Al-Arian’s involvement therein. It includes so much of Al-Arian’s Muslim extremist sentiments, actions in this respect and persistent deceptions not even alluded to above, including his involvement in The Islamic Community of Tampa, also known as the al-Qassam mosque, an extremist mosque back in the late 80s and early 90s. The details also of Al-Arian’s sheltering of other extremist board members, including then Secretary General Ramadan Shallah. Shallah would took over the Islamic Jihad in 1995, less than a year after leaving Tampa, Florida.
The point is this – Al-Arian is indisputably a Muslim extremist of Palestinian heritage, who aside from endless deceptions and evasions on his links to Muslim extremism, gave at the least indirect support to the holy war (via Palestine Islamic Jihad) against the Jew among the nations. A jihad whose proud and open goal is to finish off where the Nazis left off, and exterminate millions of more Jews, unless the latter choose the noble option of conversion to Islam, saving themselves from damnation and the wrath of Allah’s warriors. The kind of people who most sympathize with Al-Arian are his fellow Muslim extremists (and that includes extremists masquerading as moderates) and anti-Semitic Westerners across the political spectrum.
This is the self-same Muslim extremist Al-Arian that Glenn Greenwald has so much sympathy for, naturally enough. As my previous article amply demonstrates, Greenwald is viciously anti-Semitic. Greenwald consistently sheds tears for those who wage jihad and that is inclusive of the jihad against the Jews, by whitewashing and rationalizing the crimes of the former in service to genocidal Judenhass (such as the Iranian regime itself). Greenwald is consistently absent and deafening in his silence, when it comes to giving any sympathy and support to the victims of any and all Muslim extremist oppression and jihadist terror, the Jews included. So Greenwald has never tweeted, blogged or written in sympathy of the victims of Islamic Jihad (the terrorist group that so dominated Al-Arian’s life in America), Jewish and non-Jewish alike. It’s the Muslim extremist who gave up his personal freedom in America as a consequence of his relentless and focused service to the overriding concern of genocidal ‘religious’ Islamist Jew-hatred who Greenwald pleads for. And Lassen – by retweeting Greenwald in this respect – concurs.
Greenwald’s tweeting support for the Muslim fundemantalist Al-Arian comes as no surprise. It is par for the course. And Jeremy Lassen, publisher and editor-in-chief of Night Shade Books retweets his own unequivocal support and sympathy of Greenwald’s sentiment on Al-Arian. What does that tell us about Lassen? Clueless in the extreme is the kindest thing I can say here.
Of course liberal Jewish genre personalities would probably just yawn at all this. It’s not as if Lassen is guilty of ‘Islamophobia’, like Elizabeth Moon and Dan Simmons. Heck then Lassen would have a lot to answer for, from Jewish and Gentile genre liberals alike – especially the Apex SF crew and friends.