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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Enemy number one

The Patriot Act suffers another welcome blow:

"In a stinging defeat for prosecutors, a former Florida professor accused of helping lead a terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel was acquitted on nearly half the charges against him Tuesday, and the jury deadlocked on the rest.

"The case against Sami Al-Arian, 47, had been seen as one of the biggest courtroom tests yet of the Patriot Act's expanded search-and-surveillance powers."

I have been following this case with interest. It appears that the man may have been targeted because he was Palestinian and a vocal critic of Israel:

"Al-Arian, a Palestinian who was born in Kuwait, has lived in the United States since 1975. He was granted permanent-resident status in 1989 and denied U.S. citizenship in 1996. He was fired from the university shortly after he was indicted."


Blogger kei & yuri said...

It's also notable because he loathesome Bill O'Reilly made a big deal out of nabbing al-Arian, and surely he will acknowledge clearly and prominently on his next program that he was not only wrong but an immoral hateful bastard for doing so.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:08:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Yeah and Michael Jackson and O.J. were innocent too...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:09:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

The legal system makes mistakes, to be sure, but if someone is found innocent - and indeed, the case seems politically motivated - we should be concerned.
unless, of course, you believe that dissenters should be jailed.
In other words, you're a fascist.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:23:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

'Dissenter' and 'fascist' may be the two most over-used words at the time, promiscuously deployed by lefties to congratulate themselves on their 'bravery'.

No I don't think 'dissenters' should be jailed, but there is also something known as shouting fire in a crowded theatre, and that is very definitely not on.

In one tape shown at the trial, al-Arian 'exhorted his followers to “not befriend Jews or Christians” and proceeded to let out a cascade of violent rhetoric aimed at Jews. He predicted the future destruction of the entire state of Israel, repeating the oft-used Palestinian mantra about their supposed claim to the land “from the sea to the river.” He spoke of martyrs sacrificing themselves in the cause of Allah: “Thus is the way of jihad. Thus is the way of martyrdom. Thus is the way of blood, because this is the path to heaven.”'

The next person to speak asked, “Anyone like to donate for the Intifada? A knife to stab the Jews" causing chants of Allahu Akhbar to resound through the room.

I don't think this really qualifies as brave 'dissent' or AZBNAS* speech. Do you?

*AZBNAS = Anti-Zionist But Not Anti-Semitic

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 1:05:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"'Dissenter' and 'fascist' may be the two most over-used words at the time"

You forgot the otehr over used words, 'terrorist' and 'anti-Semitism'.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 1:54:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

"AZBNAS". Is this an official name? Who do I see about changing it.

I think "NASBAZ" (NOT anti-semitic, but anti-zionist) is more elegant.

AZBNAS , what is that? Try saying that 4-5 times real fast.
No, it should be NASBAZ for sure. Especially if you pronounce it, Nuss-buzz. Excellent.

Should I register it- is it worth anything?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 5:22:00 pm  
Blogger Theo said...

'Dissenter' and 'fascist' as they tend to be used these days (and other such names) are examples of Weasel Words

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 11:33:00 pm  

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