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SUPPORT SAMI AL-ARIAN: News and links
Sami Al-Arian Released After 5.5 Years in Prison
On September 2, political prisoner Sami Al-Arian was released from jail on bond, reuniting him with his family for the first time after a grueling and Kafkaesque imprisonment that lasted five and a half years. In 2006, a Florida jury acquitted Dr. Al-Arian of all terrorism charges that the government had initially pressed. Nonetheless, the government has continued to detain him on a contrived criminal contempt charge for his refusal to testify in an unrelated case. After his prison term ran out in April 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intervened to further prolong his incarceration.

According to Dr. Al-Arian's daughter, Laila Al-Arian, her father was not released until his lawyers filed a habeas corpus petition to which government prosecutors, who had exhausted all possible justifications for his continued detention, finally made no further response. Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema then ordered that Dr. Al-Arian be released into his daughter's custody. Three weeks before Dr. Al-Arian's release, on August 8, Judge Brinkema postponed Al-Arian's trial, awaiting the Supreme Court's review of the appeal his attorneys submitted on the lawfulness of the federal subpoena that led to the contempt charges. Dr. Al-Arian, who is now hoping to be deported to Egypt, remains under house arrest at his daughter's home in Virginia in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling that could still be several months away.

O CANADA! GIVE DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN ASYLUM “He’s a peaceful man. He’s a man of dignity and honour…He will be a great asset to Canada,” states Zafar Bangash, March 17, 2007, Toronto. Prof. Al-Arian, a political prisoner in the U.S. since his arrest February 20, 2003, was last year acquitted of trumped up charges and yet remains in prison. Zafar Bangash, a Canadian, observes, “He is a stateless person, and he’s being held in the U.S. illegally…Sami was singled out for the simple reason that he supports the rights of the Palestinian people…but unfortunately in the U.S. there is a very strong Zionist lobby that targets anybody who exposes the crimes of the Zionist regime or who speaks in favor of the Palestinian people.” On Jan. 22, 2007, Prof. Al-Arian went on a hunger strike. (4 min.)
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SAMI AL-ARIAN TO BE DEPORTED AFTER PROSECUTERS FAIL TO CONVICT ON A SINGLE CHARGE
Democracy Now! Report
Monday, April 17th, 2006

FREE SAMI AL-ARIAN www.freesamialarian.com

JURY CLEARS AL-ARIAN OF TERRORISM RELATED CHARGES Tue, Dec. 06, 2005A former college professor was found not guilty Tuesday of helping to lead a terrorist group that allegedly established a cell in Florida, ending a lengthy trial that balanced allegations of terrorist-related acts against assertions of abused constitutional rights. link


TRIAL SET IN FLORIDA THIS MAY
Enemy of the Sun
 - By: Sami A. Al-Arian You may rob me of the last inch of my land Or deprive me of a kiss on my mother's hand You may feed my youth to the prison one day Or deny my son a smile, a suit on his birthday You may bulldoze my home and cut my tree... read the rest of the poem here

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JAILED PALESTINIAN PROFESSOR SAMI AL-ARIAN DOMINATES FLORIDA SENATE RACE
"..The government's had to come up with a superceded indictment which drops a number of the counts against Al-Arian and admits that at least nine telephone numbers he is accused of having made his terrorist plans on, that he neither own those telephone numbers nor ever had access to them. It's like one of these -- you know Ashcroft has yet to convict anybody in court in front of a jury after 9/11 of terrorist things. It's good to keep that in mind when you talk about who the terrorists in Florida are." - John Sugg Oct. 2004 Democracy Now! Report
 

Government Refuses to Produce Wiretaps Between Bush Aide and Accused Terrorist by Tom Flocco
  WASHINGTON -- April 7, 2004 -- TomFlocco.com --Lawyers for former University of South Florida computer science professor Sami Al-Arian, under a 50-count federal indictment as an alleged terrorist leader, said late Monday that government officials have declined to provide taped conversations from FBI wiretaps which they feel will clear him, citing "the government has no duty to provide information the defendant already knows," according to an Associated Press report. see the rest of the article at: www.tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=54 

"A Fine example of a typical federal prosecution. The old saw 'If you don't have the facts on your side, pound the law; if you don't have the law, pound the facts; if you have neither, pound the table' needs an addition. For 
federal prosecutions: If you can't pound the table, pile up irrelevant inflammatory documents and invented evidence." 
-Professor Skoll, University of Wisconsin.
AL-ARIAN JUDGE TRIES TO STEP UP THE PACE: Speed up the evidence exchange, he urges the lawyers, noting that trial is just a year away. (St. Petersburg Times online)

REINSTATE PROFESSOR AL-ARIAN: ONLINE PETITION

THE PRIME-TIME SMEARING OF SAMI AL-ARIAN
By pandering to anti-Arab hysteria, NBC, Fox News, Media General and Clear Channel radio disgraced themselves -- and ruined an innocent professor's life. (more at salon.com)

THE UNITED FACULTY OF FLORIDA: On the Termination of a Controversial Professor (more)

SAMI AL-ARIAN AND THE DUNGEON: A Fable for Our Time? (more at commondreams.org)

END THE SILENCE: Support Sami Al-Arian (Rania Masri, Columbus GA 11/22/03) 
On 2/20/03 Ashcroft's "Justice" Dept., prompted by smear from Clear Channel Communications radio, the PNAC (Project for the New American Century of Imperialism), and the Zionist Lobby, arrested and imprisoned Prof. Sami Al-Arian and Sameeh Hammoudeh ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES CALCULATED TO SILENCE DISSENT. (Nov. 22, '03 interview with Rania Masri, PhD, dir. Southern Peace Research and Education Center) - 7 min.
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SUPPORT PROF. SAMI AL-ARIAN: A COUNTRY RUN BY CRIMINALS will ignore international law and silence, if it can, those who oppose its crimes; it will silence, if it can, those who expose its crimes; this is what has happened with the indictment (1/20/03) of Prof. Sami Al-Arian, who calls for peace and international cooperation as opposed to perpetual war. Interview with Prof. Al-Arian, Wash. DC Oct. 26, 2002. 
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