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« on: Apr 30, 2008 03:08 PM »


Make dua for him. What a test, subhanAllah... J.

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The Un-American Treatment of Sami al-Arian
by Charley Reese

When our government acts, it acts in our name. If its acts are lawful and honorable, all's well and good. When they are dishonorable, we have a choice: Either we dissent or assent, even if by our silence.

In the case of Dr. Sami al-Arian, the Bush Justice Department has acted in a most disgraceful manner. Al-Arian was arrested in February 2003 with great fanfare (U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the arrest). The voluminous indictment in general terms accused al-Arian of supporting terrorism by being the U.S. leader of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian pro-independence group the U.S. government chooses to call a terrorist organization.

The first dishonorable act was to deny him bail. He was held in prison, innocent in the eyes of our law, for two years before they got around to a trial. That lasted five months. The government's case was so nonsensical that his lawyers did not even present one witness. They rested their case as soon as the prosecution rested its case.

The jury saw it the same way. It voted not guilty on practically all of the counts and reported that it was deadlocked, 10 to 2, in favor of acquittal, on the others. Al-Arian's reaction to the verdict: "God bless America." The government should have released al-Arian while it made up its mind whether to retry him on the remaining counts. Instead, he was kept in prison.

By this time, al-Arian was broke, his family distraught, so he negotiated a plea bargain. In the plea bargain, the Justice Department agreed that what he was pleading guilty to (helping some immigrants) involved no violence, no victims and no support for a forbidden organization. The Justice Department also agreed to a minimum sentence.

Then U.S. District Judge James Moody disgraced himself by acting as if al-Arian had been convicted instead of acquitted, and, after berating him in the courtroom, sentenced him to 57 months. Judges have the authority to ignore plea bargains, but there was no justification, other than this judge's bias, in this case.

Then another U.S. attorney, who likes to publicly boast of his ardent support for Israel, found another way to persecute al-Arian. He subpoenaed him to testify before a grand jury in Virginia, even though as part of his plea bargain, al-Arian had said he would not testify against anyone else. Al-Arian was then found in contempt of the grand jury so that he could be held up to 18 months before he could resume serving his original sentence. This is a ploy that can be used repeatedly.

Al-Arian has gone on a hunger strike to protest this shoddy treatment and is now approaching a danger point. I have no doubt the federal authorities would be happy if he dies. They have shuffled him around from one prison to another, held him in solitary confinement and denied him medical care and access to his family and his lawyers. In short, they have acted more like the former KGB than Americans.

Dr. Arian was a tenured professor of computer science at the University of South Florida. He was well thought of by his students and had won a couple of awards. What got him in trouble was that he was an outspoken advocate of civil rights and of Palestinian independence. I met him some years ago when he was trying to free his brother-in-law from federal prison, where he was being held on "secret evidence." That effort was eventually successful.

Sami al-Arian is an intelligent, well-educated man. In our conversations, I never heard him say anything radical and certainly nothing anti-American. He loves this country. His wife is an American citizen. His children are Americans by birth. He's been here since 1975. He should be an American citizen, but even though he passed the test, his citizenship was denied. It should not be a crime for a Palestinian to want Palestinian independence. It should not be a crime for a Palestinian in America to speak out on behalf of the Palestinian people. He has had some harsh things to say about Israel, but Israelis have had harsh things to say about Palestinians. The Justice Department is charged with protecting Americans, not with acting as an auxiliary of the Mossad or the Shin Bet.

This is just one more case of the Bush administration trashing the Constitution and making bad appointments to the bench and to the U.S. attorney's offices.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 30, 2008 03:25 PM »

Assalamo elikuim
May Allah swt bless him with His mercy and give strenght to him and his family, Ameen.

Things like this makes  you wonder what could be next.

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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2008 11:50 AM »

As salaamu alaikum

In addition to duas, there are some actions that can be taken to show solidarity.  This was posted on the Sami Al-Arian Action Committee.  Yes I belong to several civil liberties/rights groups and listservs including grassroots ones like this.

As salaamu alaikum

Fa'izah

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April 30, 2008

 

ACTION WEEK FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN

www.FreeSamiNow.com

 

 

Important Update!

 

 Dear friends,

 

            Thanks to your swift action, the Hampton Roads Regional Jail has taken Dr. Al-Arian out of segregation and has started treating him properly. This is an important victory which has brought much relief to Dr. Al-Arian and his family. This is again proof that your calls and emails DO make a difference.

            At the same time, we must not lose sight of the greater battle at hand: Dr. Al-Arian is still being illegally held in prison, while rogue US Attorneys are working feverishly to indict Dr. Al-Arian on criminal contempt to keep him imprisoned for at least five more years, and very possibly an entire decade.*

 

If you have not done so already, please do these 3 SIMPLE BUT POWERFUL ACTS:

 

1. Call Vincent Archibeque, Assistant Field Office Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): (703) 285-6221.

 

Stress that Dr. Al-Arian's prison term ended on April 11th and that his imprisonment since then has been completely illegal. Ask Mr. Archibeque to do everything he can to ensure that Dr. Al-Arian is released and deported as soon as possible in accordance with the terms of his plea agreement.

 

2. Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Department of Homeland Security):

(866)-644-8360 (press 1 for English and then press 5 to leave a message)

 

Stress that Dr. Al-Arian's prison term ended on April 11th and that his imprisonment since then has been completely illegal. Ask that Dr. Al-Arian be released and deported as soon as possible in accordance with the terms of his plea agreement.

 

Again, always be polite but firm.

 

If you don't speak to a live person:

-        simply leave a message on the answering machine; and

-        call back later that day or the next day to try to get through.

 

3. Email Attorney General Michael Mukasey: ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov   

 

Ask Mr. Mukasey to ensure that Dr. Al-Arian is deported as soon as possible in accordance with the plea agreement. (For a letter template, please go to http://www.freesamialarian.com/letters/sample1.doc)

-        Before sending the email, make sure to BCC samialarianactioncommittee@gmail.com

 

NOTE: In any given civil rights campaign, there are always more people willing to make a phone call than write an email. Your emails are very important. Just use our letter template and take five minutes to write out your message. Precisely because so few people ever write their own letter, yours will be exponentially more powerful for that.

 

If you have not signed our PETITION, please do so by visiting petition.freesaminow.com

 

To learn how you can help EVEN MORE, please visit: http://www.freesamialarian.com/help.html

 

Lastly, don't forget to PRAY for Dr. Al-Arian and his family.

 

PLEASE FORWARD TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

 

-        Brought to you by the Sami Al-Arian Action Committee

 www.FreeSamiNow.com

 

JOIN our regular LISTSERV today! Simply send an email to tampabaycoalitionforjusticeandpeace-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to receive the latest updates on Dr. Al-Arian!

 

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2008 04:40 PM »

How is that treatment un-America?
It is completely American, just ask any black man whose been shot for driving while black?
Or a Japanese women who was locked in a concentration camp with her children for being an American citizen while yellow?
Or any Native American whether that is what America is all about?
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008 10:02 PM »

Those aren't American values cheese. Americans value a lot of things like fairness and equality and humane treatment. While their history doesn't often support that and there are gross examples of complete hypocrisy, their values are something else. So the treatment of Sami al-Arain is definitely against American "values". Note that the author of the article is American and so are a huge number of supporters of Sami, other detainees and people against the Iraq war.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008 04:58 PM »

“fairness and equality and humane treatment”

That sounds a bit like, America means Mom.
As if every other nation on Earth didn’t have a Mother.
Fairness, equality and humane treatment are connected to our fitra. Everyone in every nation “fairness and equality and humane treatment”.

In actuality these slogans don’t really mean anything. Especially if you are Black.
Take a look at the prison populations. What proportion is Black?
Whatever part of America you look at, there is no Fairness, there is no equality and there is definitely no humane treatment.
This is not a glitch, there never was. But these slogans have existed ever since they decided to exterminate the Native Americans and steal their country, while using enslaved blacks to do all the work.
At least the exterminated natives and the enslaved blacks had the slogans “fairness and equality and humane treatment”.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008 10:19 PM »

America is still alot more fairer than other countries, no?

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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008 10:57 PM »

It depends on who you are. If you are a white, Christian Capitalist with money in your pocket it is.
If you are one of the 40% of people who can’t afford medical insurance it isn’t.
If you are one of the 40% near enough every country in the world is fairer. Because loads of countries including many that are very poor have universal health care, free at the point of need.
The same thing goes for university education.
It’s free in countries that are as rich as America such as Europe, free in countries not as rich like the Arab world, and also free in a lot of real poor countries.

What it really boils down to is, if you had a child, dying of an easily curable ailment, which isn’t covered by your insurance company which would you think is fairer?
America or, near enough every other country?

What I mentioned above is why it is not fair when it comes to money. Look at the prison population and tell me it is fair when it comes to skin colour?
Tell me you still think the American police and judiciary are fair?

The real meat of the matter, which proves that America is one of the least fair nations on the face of the Earth, is who do America’s defenders compare it with?
Do they compare it with fair countries like Swaziland and New Zealand? Not as fair countries like UAE? Or the real unfair countries like North Korea? When they want to show that there is a country worse than America?

But anyway, this isn’t why the world hates America. It may be the reason why the Blacks, Latinos and Natives hate it, but not why the people outside of America hate it.
When North Korea, China or any other nation practice their unfairness, it is only on their citizens. When America practices its, its on everybody, its on all the nations who get invaded, its on all the nations ruled by evil dictators kept in power by America, its on all the people killed by terrorists supplied and trained by the CIA, its on all the nations starved by America’s evil MIF and World bank. The whole world hates America, not just Muslims.
Go to Vietnam, Venezuela, Nagasaki and Hiroshima and ask people who they think are the most blood thirsty unfair people on the face of the Earth?
America wants the world to think that Muslims are evil, to try and silence the world from criticizing America for committing genocide against Muslims.
But everyone knows who the real terrorists are. No amount of propaganda can hide that.
America is everything you can imagine the Nation of the Anti Christ to be.
America maybe the nation described as the Whore of Babylon in the bible, and it’s definitely seems to be ruled by who we know as the Dejjal, but Allah knows best.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008 11:09 PM »

Ok, let's take a look at the things you're talking about.

First of all you just can't compare countries like that. How can you compare cultures and socio-norms and so on. There are always advantages and disadvantages to every country.

So, yes 40% of people can't afford medical insurance. But what exactly does that have to do with anything? 60% of people do and there is also medicare and medicaid designed to try to catch the poor as well as other programs that try to help the working poor. Most all third world countries have nothing. If you have money you can be cured if you don't that's it for you. Other countries may have universal health care but it's definitely poor and they also tax people 12% like in Canada. This has also become an issue with the candidates and both have supposed health plans for the future.  Next, university education. Free? Nothing is free in this world my friend. Someone pays for it and it's usually through taxes. Again the US has many programs and things for people who can't afford education. It also has universal education K-12 for all residents, not just citizens of it's own race.

Your example of a child dying of an ailment. Hands down every person in the world would say they would want to be in America. Because of the superior health care, the benefits and the amount of charity they would receive from people. In many Muslim countries I have seen with my own eyes people walking by dying children and doing nothing. I don't know any American who would do that.

Skin colour... you're going to bring up skin colour? Come on. Every country in the world is more racist than the US. The US is the most open country in the world when it comes to this. Look at India and Pak everything is based on a person's skin color. Down to a job and who you marry. No doubt every country has racist people, but the Muslim world wins hands down.

Have you ever been to any country outside your own and may I guess... England? Try it, try living in Syria or Egypt or Saudi or anywhere in Europe and then live in the United States. There is no better country than the US (except maybe canada but they're too cold and the whole taxes thing too). Travel a little, live around and observe. I've been to all those places and lived in some, and yes the US has a lot of problems, not especially the havoc they are causing the rest of the world with their foreign policy, but hands down it wins in all other aspects. And I'll give you a #1 aspect that you'll understand: practicing your religion. Let's look at other countries: France, Turkey, Tunisia - can't wear hijab. Europe - hates Muslims. Syria, Egypt middle east -- will supress any kind of rise in islam, you can't even have an islamic event without the governments approval. Saudi, UAE - sure if you want to be a second class citizen. Japan, China - ethnocentric. Pakistan i mean this can go on forever. You get the idea.

There is no country on earth that is upholding the Islamic ideal. Every country has it's problems. So if you want to compare you can, but you don't live in a glass house. Every country has it's issues. Are you going to hate a country for that? Does not make any sense.




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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2008 12:21 AM »

“First of all you just can't compare countries like that.”
That is the only way to compare countries. You have to use tangible things like healthcare and prison populations. You can’t use intangible slogans like “Freedom, Democracy, fairness”, these are just worthless slogans.
 
why did I mention the 40%, it was in regards to the slogan of “fairness”. Is Medicaid or the other charity based excuses as good as insurance cover? Do they get the same level of treatment?
If not, is that fair?
That is unfair!
In many other countries, rich and poor are treated equally. And I’m not saying the 60% are in Jannah when it comes to healthcare, far from it. Health insurance companies are business. They aren’t there to cure people unlike government founded health services, they are there to make money. So they avoid giving treatment when ever possible. Many drugs are available all over the world, but American health insurance companies refuse to found them because they are too expensive.
I know a lot of sick Americans personally, who have to go to court to get their health insurance companies to pay for basic drugs. And you know this happens.

“Most all third world countries have nothing.”
That’s my point. And I mentioned this before. When proving how good America is, who do you have to compare it to?
And many third world countries do have state founded healthcare. Some have much better health care than America.

“Other countries may have universal health care but it's definitely poor and they also tax people 12% like in Canada.”
You have been programmed to assume the money making cartel you call health care is better than what is offered else where. That doesn’t make it true.
The American system is the worse value for money what ever way you look at it.
And you pay taxes too. Where do your taxes go? The difference is people in countries with free health care and Free university education pay taxes for healthcare and University education. While yours go to Israel, so Zionists can have free healthcare, free university education and a better quality of life than Americans.

“Your example of a child dying of an ailment. “
Again you have to compare America with poverty stricken countries in the third world. People come to America because of the Hollywood myth. The American dream that can only be experienced while asleep. Not health care.

“In many Muslim countries I have seen with my own eyes people walking by dying children and doing nothing.”
When you saw it did you walk past? If you did, there is one American who walked past for your list.
I don’t know what part of America you live in. but there are a lot of places where kids shot each other on the streets. Kids die of hunger. Young girls and even young boys have to sell themselves. You know this happens, and people do walk past. But it doesn’t matter. Most of those people are Blacks and Latinos. Not many Americans regard them as real people.

“Every country in the world is more racist than the US.”
Not true. Driving while black is a capital offence in America, not all the cases get as much attention as Rodney King. In some places in America1/5 or even  ¼ of all black males are in prison.
Name me any country with statistics like this?
Just because people are not racist against your people, doesn’t mean they are not racist against others.

“Syria or Egypt or Saudi or anywhere in Europe “
How did you manage to choose the correct three!!!
I was ill in two of them and was treated for free. What would have happened if I went to America and became ill?
So
“and then live in the United States.”
It is not going to happen, unless I am part of Jesus the son of Mary’s army that fights the Anti Christ and invades America. Slaughters the enemies of Allah, and take their women and children as slaves.
Dejjal has proven that he is unable to provide you with free Medical care and free University education, I believe Esa bin Mariam can. The Khilafah had free hospitals and Universities, so it will do again Inshallah.

“There is no better country than the US”
That’s what the Zionists want you to believe. That’s just an intangible slogan in exchange for your hard earned taxes.

“but hands down it wins in all other aspects. “
No, they are at the bottom everywhere. On the issue of Hijab you have to compare it with the worse places, France, Turkey and Tunisia, not the best places.
For Example France, bad point is Hijab bans, good point is free health care and very good welfare. But with America sisters with Hijab/Niqab do face problems, but unlike France you don’t have free healthcare etc.
So on a set issue, America may be better than some of the worse countries, but on many other issues they are better,
So over all America is the worse place, unless you are rich, white, Christian, and capitalist.

And where do I live? Well that doesn’t Work with me. I have no problems with living in a glass house and throwing stones. You seem to take my attack on America personally. I don’t take attacks on the nation where I happen to be at this present moment in time as an attack on me. Only attacks on the Ummah are attacks on me.
A famous author once said: Patriotism is the last refuge of the Scoundrel. Well I’m going to use the Arabic word, Komiya, it isn’t a good thing, is it?
As a Muslim our loyalty is to Allah and your brotherhood is to the Ummah. Not to that piece of land where you happen to be at this present moment which happens to be ruled by the worlds most evil Dejjal worshiping Zionists.
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2008 12:44 AM »

who are you to judge who is the 'worst' . you are not God !!!!!! Only He knows who is the worst, you do not , you are only Human, quit trying to put yourself at Gods level! That is a very dangerous and unislamic thing to do

and when you talk about racism just look at Sudan.. Muslims killing Muslims, Now that is something you should be crying about
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2008 01:12 AM »

You have no problems with Judging Muslims, but the minute someone judges our enemy, at a time when our enemy has invaded two of our countries, “trying to put yourself at Gods level!”.

You call what is happening in Sudan racist, because that’s what the Zionists have told you to call it.
People in the government and the people who fight the government are the same colour. Have you thought of that?
But yet they program you in to thinking it is about race and colour?
And you believe them.
Sudan is one of the Biggest Muslim country by land, and the Zionist want to chop it up. First the Zionists gave the Christians and Mushriqs guns to fight the government for independence. Then the Zionist lie was evil Muslims killing innocent black Christians. When most Killings were Christian against Christian and the Muslims were every bit as black as the Christians.
But when the government allowed the South Future independence, the Zionist gave their free Guns to people in Muslims in Darfur and told them to fight for independence.
They said the government are Arabs while people in Darfur are black, when both are black as each other and both speak Arabic.
Anywhere else, people who fight the government are terrorists, and the government is fighting terrorism. But in Sudan that doesn’t apply?
Why?
Is it because they’re Black?
That’s what I call racism!
Is it because the Zionists want their oil?
What ever it is, you believe what ever lies our enemies tell you. You mistrust Muslims and trust the enemies of Muslims.
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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2008 01:16 AM »

Again, I often find these types of views from people who idealize the current Muslim world or even worse idealize some sort of fantasy Muslim world that doesn't exist.

Seriously, go and live in some other countries for a few years and you will see that they are hardly the embodiment of any type of Islam. It just does not exist. You want to compare countries on health care. The best health care in the world award goes to France according to the World Health Organization. So now what are you going to say? France is the best country in the world although no one can wear hijab there?

Yeah doesn't work. Take a look around. Every country has it's advantages and disadvantages, it's evils and it's good side. You can criticize a country all you like but it's like criticizing a barrel of rotting apples. I mean duh we know they're all rotten, nothing is perfect here.
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2008 09:51 AM »

Jannah I am in no way idealising the Muslim world. All of the rulers in the Muslim world are traitors or the sons of traitors.
But I attack them for what they are and what they have done, instead of made up propaganda from the Zionist Propaganda mills.

I might have been implicitly accusing others of idealising America. But idealising the Muslim world as how it currently is not what I was doing.
When I defend certain bits that the western press attack, it is because they are not trying to improve things. They are trying to make things worse.
The improvement is implementation of Islam/Khilafah, while the western press are trying to remove what little Islam remains.
I make a distinction between what needs to be changed in the Muslim world and what must never be changed.
The Zionist press make this distinction too. It’s just what we want to remain the same, they want to change, and what we want to change they want to remain the same. Because they are our enemies and want what is worse for us.
They want to keep the bad and remove the good in the Muslim world.
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