May 1, 2006, - 7:35 pm

Too Little, Too Late: Terrorist Sami Al-Arian Sentenced by Judge Ito of Terror

By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL TO MID-COLUMN FOR UPDATE ****
While everyone was talking about the plea deal for Rush Limbaugh (who sought treatment), few noticed a far more important sentencing matter–that of Sami Al-Arian, a terrorist about whom I’ve been writing since before 9/11.
This morning, Al-Arian was sentenced to the maximum sentence for the one count to which he pled guilty. Since Al-Arian used pitiful U.S. immigration laws and weak immigration enforcement to get a green card, visas for other terrorists, and voted illegally, it is auspicious that he was sentenced to a paltry amount on Illegal Alien May Day.
Yes, the 57 months is very little, especially since Al-Arian, a founder and world-wide chief of Islamic Jihad, gets to lop off 39 months of time served. He will be out in, at most, 18 months and then be deported . . . if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ICE can find a country that will issue him travel documents and accept him, not an easy feat.

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Unlike one so-called terrorism expert who praised Judge James S. Moody, Jr. for his stern lecture at sentencing, the Judge gets no praise from us. We’ve called Moody, a Clinton appointee, “the Dancing Judge Ito of terror trials” (though, we think he is tied for the title with Federal Judge Gerald Rosen). His repeated cracking of stupid jokes, kicking off jurors favorable to convicting Al-Arian of all terrorism charges, and other behavior and rulings on motions and evidence only piled on to the horrible job the Justice Department did in “prosecuting” (or whatever you call what they did) Al-Arian. (There was so much strong evidence they never presented, which we will present at a later date–stay tuned.) Moody is one of the reasons this site was alone in predicting that Al-Arian would NOT be convicted of a single charge (and he wasn’t)–and our prediction was recognized by The Weekly Standard. Judge Moody shares the blame in Al-Arian doing so little time and enjoying a life his victims will never enjoy.
****UPDATE, 05/02/06: Incredibly, today’s New York Sun heaps on the schmaltz, calling this buffoonish judge “the authentic American voice” and even evoking Abraham Lincoln’s name. Puh-leeze.
That’s what happens when lazy editorial writers don’t closely follow a trial and read a judge’s phony words at the end. Abraham Lincoln? More like another great American, Bozo the Clown (with apologies to Mr. Clown). The Sun claims that Judge Moody illustrates Lincoln’s declaration that you can’t fool all the people all the time. But apparently The Sun was fooled quite easily by the unworthy Judge Moody. ****END of UPDATE
This sentencing is not a cause for celebration. It is a cause for lamentation–lamentation that a worldwide terrorist mastermind who knowingly funded mass murder and used our immigration and other lax laws to his advantage, will not really pay for his evil deeds. Lamentation that the government and that so-called terrorism expert are praising what happened today. It is anything but praiseworthy.
We would have linked to Judge Moody’s statement to Al-Arian, but we prefer that you buy your fertilizer at Home Depot, where it is of much higher quality (you get what you pay for). While we agree with his comments, his behavior throughout the trial over which he presided says he does not.
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Alisa Flatow:

Daughter of Stephen Flatow/Victim of Sami Al-Arian & Terrorism

What we will post here, though, are the contrasting statements of my friend, Stephen Flatow of New Jersey–whose daughter, Alisa Flatow (a young college student), was murdered in a bus bombing funded and orchestrated by Al-Arian–and the statement of Al-Arian, which reads alternatively like a “thank you” speech at Tori Spelling’s Sweet 16 party and a “Long Live the Jihad/Free Palestine” treatise. It is not the contrite statement of a mass murder financier who has any sense of remorse whatsoever. But it is the declaration of a man who knows that in no more than 18 months he can show America a middle-finger salute and wants to give us a sneak preview.
Stephen Flatow’s statement is a letter he wrote, if he had a chance to speak at Al-Arian’s sentencing. He was not allowed to (don’t know why), and that is a tragedy upon a tragedy. Here is what he wrote, as posted in the Tampa Tribune, under the fitting headline, “A Father’s Plea”:

I testified at Sami Al-Arian’s trial in connection with a Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack that killed my daughter, Alisa. I had hoped to make a victim’s impact statement at Al-Arian’s sentencing but that will not be allowed. Had I been allowed to speak in open court, here is what I would have said to U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr.:
Your Honor:
I am writing to urge you to impose the most severe sentence possible when you sentence Sami Al-Arian on May 1, 2006.
I am the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered by PIJ in an April 9, 1995, terror attack. No one has ever said that Sami Al-Arian was in Gaza the day the bomb went off. And we have never accused Sami Al-Arian of recruiting the suicide bomber, of driving the truck or pushing the plunger on the bomb that killed Alisa that Sunday morning. However, by pleading guilty “to mak[ing] or receiv[ing] contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” I believe Mr. Al-Arian at long last admits his role in providing the material means to kill Alisa and seven others that morning and is just as culpable as the actual bomber in her death.
I could tell you much about Alisa and my family’s experiences since her death. My words are necessarily inadequate to describe our loss because you cannot see something buried deep inside us, our broken hearts. For the first seven years after Alisa’s death, you could not mention her name to her mother because the mere mention of her name would bring tears to her mother’s eyes. As for me, when a cold wind blows, I often catch myself looking down at my chest to see if the hole I feel is there.
Alisa’s murder at the hands of cowards and faceless mandarins shocked us, her extended family, friends and people we do not personally know. On that Sunday, in one instant, Alisa went from being a vibrant young lady, proud of who and what she was, into a mortally wounded casualty, her brain shredded by shrapnel.
When I saw her at the hospital the next morning, her eyes were the same beautiful brown they were when she was 2 years old, but that morning they stared into space. There was no recognition of my face; Alisa saw nothing. The spiritual leader of our family and good friend was gone at the age of 20 years. The oldest child, the oldest sister, is now and will forever be the youngest member of our family.
After donating her organs for transplant into six very sick people, we brought her back home to New Jersey for burial; 2,000 people attended her funeral, the majority of whom had never met Alisa. But they came because they sensed that something evil had happened and that the only way to fight evil is to stare it in its face and say, “You are not going to get me.”
Alisa was not politically active. What attracted her to Israel in 1995 was the same thing that attracted her five times previously – it was her belief that the best place to learn about yourself and your religion is to visit and live in the land where it is practiced around the clock, where the policemen, the bus drivers and the merchants share a heritage with you.
There was also something intangible. Every time that Alisa returned from one of her trips to Israel, she came back not just a better Jew, but a better person too.
We will never be able to understand what drives people to enable others to commit terrorist acts. We cannot understand why or how God allowed people like Sami Al-Arian and his cohorts to carry out their plans. The only way I can combat their wickedness is to try to make myself a better person each day. I try each day to let the people who provide resources to terrorists such as PIJ know that you will not intimidate us, you will not scare us, and you will not stop us from living our lives as fully as possible.
If I had the ability to make this statement in open court, I would want Mr. Al-Arian to know that, unlike him, we are not going to use code words on the telephone and in our communications; we are not going to slink around as he did, advocating murder and mayhem and praising death under the guise of free speech. I want him to know we are going to fight him and his ilk in the open – in the courthouse, in the Congress, and in the courtroom of public opinion, and we are going to win.
I want Mr. Al-Arian to know that we are going to continue to fight for the right to live safely in our communities and to travel safely to all corners of the world. We are not going to stand by idly while terror’s supporters sitting cozily here in the United States send young men and women to their deaths in the name of God.
I once again urge you to impose the harshest sentence possible on Mr. Al-Arian. Thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
Stephen M. Flatow

Now, if you can grit your teeth and bear it, here is the arrogant, smirking, “I’m about to start a new chapter of my life” statement made by Sami Al-Arian, professional Islamic terrorist, also as posted in the Tampa Tribune:

Statement by Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian Addressed to the Court
May 1, 2006
I thank my outstanding lawyer, Ms. Moreno, for eloquently expressing my sentiments to the court this morning.
I also would like to thank her and my former attorney, Mr. Bill Moffitt, for their exceptional representation and their tireless efforts on my behalf for the past three years. I’d like as well to thank Mr. Lee Fugate, Mr. Jack Fernandez and Mr. Simon Gaugush for their excellent efforts on my behalf for the past few months.
This process, your Honor, affirmed my belief in the true meaning of a democratic society, in which the independence of the judiciary, the integrity of the jury system, and the system of checks and balances are upheld, despite intense political and public pressures.
Hence, I’d like to express my deep appreciation for the jury for their remarkable courage and efforts in the service of justice in this case. It’s also my belief that an impartial and conscientious jury, as well as principled judicial rulings that uphold the values of the constitution, are the real vehicles that win the hearts and minds of people across the globe, especially in the Arab and Muslim world.
Your Honor: This May 21 will mark my 31st anniversary in the United States. The American chapter of my life has surely been the longest. But it’s about to end, as I will soon leave and start a new chapter.
As I leave, I harbor no bitterness or resentment. Looking back at my three decades in America, I’m indeed grateful for the opportunities afforded to the son of stateless Palestinian refugees in a foreign country, while denied such opportunity in his country of origin and the countries where he was born or raised.
I’m grateful that my five wonderful children were born and raised in a society that provided them with freedom and equal opportunities in order to reach their potential. Had they been born anywhere else, they’d still be classified and treated as stateless Palestinian refugees. During my many years in America, I have tried to uphold the great values of my faith and culture and the honored ideals and principles of this society.
I’m very proud of my contributions to this society. And I’m very grateful to have been able to contribute positively in many endeavors.
I’d also like to thank my loving family, my beloved wife and children, whom I’m looking forward to join with soon.
Their continuous love and unwavering support during this ordeal have been ceaseless and inspiring. During this entire time, my family never lost faith in the ideals of truth and justice that our society holds in esteem.
Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank the Almighty for bestowing on me deep faith and calming peace that have sustained me during these past few years.
Thank you, your Honor.

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I’m a little confused. When he was found to be innocent by the incompetant jury a while back, how is it he has now been sentenced?
AVATAR:
IT IS, INDEED, SORT OF CONFUSING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FOLLOWING VERY CLOSELY. HE WAS NEVER “FOUND TO BE INNOCENT,” BUT YOU ARE CORRECT THAT HE WAS, INDEED, ACQUITTED OF MOST OF THESE MOST SERIOUS TERRORISM CHARGES, WHILE THE JURY DEADLOCKED ON THE REST. THE DEPT. OF NON-JUSTICE HAD A CHOICE: THEY COULD RETRY HIM ON THOSE, AND RISK LOSING AGAIN ON THE REMAINING CHARGES, AND THEN TRY TO DEPORT HIM AFTER TWO HIGH-PROFILE TRIALS RESULTED IN HIS ACQUITTAL. OR THEY COULD SPARE THEMSELVES MORE POSSIBLE EMBARRASSMENT AND CUT A DEAL. THE DEAL THEY CUT IS: 1) NO NEW TRIAL ON THE REMAINING CHARGES & 2) NO DEPORTATION TRIAL, IN EXCHANGE FOR AL-ARIAN PLEADING GUILTY TO AIDING TERRORISTS AND SIGNING A STATEMENT. HE DID. AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS SENTENCED TODAY. I HOPE THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS. HERE’S MY POST ABOUT HIS AGREEMENT AND PLEA, WHICH I WROTE BEFORE MORE DETAILS WERE RELEASED, THEREAFTER:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2006/04/the_truth_of_ab.html
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Avatar on May 1, 2006 at 8:49 pm

May 1 postings:
Wow. All I can say is that you sure earned your keep today. Concise, clear, proper sense of urgency developed, encouragement to action. Maybe we can avert or at least delay a real apocalypse. Excellent work.

Paraclese on May 1, 2006 at 9:43 pm

Al Arian is a terrorist and deserves death. I want him out of our country. Sure he’ll plot to kill us all but at least he won’t be here to do it. Hopefully he will ‘disappear’ after we finally get rid of him. I wonder if FSU will give him his retirement benefits. I bet they will. Won’t that be bitter?

John Sobieski on May 1, 2006 at 9:53 pm

What has happened to my Country?
Illegal Aliens march in the street, Terrorists conspire with impunity, and there is no fear that they will be held accountable.
State and Federal Governments have become a bunch of Politically Correct wimps and have violated their oath of office.
If things do not change soon, another Terrorist attack, this time using a nuke, will send us into chaos.
Public Officials and the political elitists are destroying this country from within. There is no longer a rule of law but Anarchy.

ScottyDog on May 2, 2006 at 8:40 am

Debbie,
Thank you, yes that does help. I do understand he was aquitted. Bad choice of words on my part :)
Thanks for the details

Avatar on May 2, 2006 at 12:21 pm

We need to go after the institutiuons who hire these men, the judges who coddle them, the laws which allow them to live here and the elitists who believe it “cool” to socialize with their enemy. Harvard brought a Taliban leader here, Immams in U.S. mosques preach hatred and death to Americans, it goes on and on. I curse everyone who’s walking around bemoaning how terribly we treated this piece of murderous trash.

Gaylan on May 2, 2006 at 5:30 pm

Itís INTERESTING that the judge wouldnít allow VICTIM STATEMENTS and Dr. Sami the MUSLIM TERRORIST didnít ACKNOWLEDGE his victims in his final statement.
MUSLIMS never acknowledge THEIR GUILT of course.
They CELEBRATE itÖlike the Dr. SAMIíS Palestinian KINFOLK openly celebrated 9/11 and the death of Americans, in the streets of their backward country.
OBVIOUSLY the judge was either incompetent or paid off.
LIKELY BOTH~
There can be NO OTHER conclusion.
I work in an environment that has been radically changed in the past three years.
IF your company hasnít been cost effective AND hasnít had documented successful outcomesÖyou lost your government funding.
ACCOUNTABILITY folks.
IT WORKS!
Canadian and American LAW SOCIETIES are out of step with SOCIETY.
And therefore not presently accountable.
RETHINK the ìsystemî until it is STREAMLINED and delivers verdicts today the AVERAGE MAN wantsÖnot what some LIBERAL ass-backward ìsenilityî ruling conjures up.
In the present SYSTEM, after millions are spent on a SINGLE case the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT canít even get a PROPER conviction! Or some STUPID JUDGE ìsplits hairsî and tosses an otherwise solid case out for some minor technicalityÖIS THAT REALLY RIGHT?Öwhen an avalanche of evidence secures the case for the guilt of the accused.
That MAY BE the present law systemÖBUT is it really right?
YOU know it isnít.
Letting the guilty go free, or off lightly under these circumstances, can only be DEMONIC!
RETHINK and entrench CHANGE~
If El Salador can rise from CIVIL WAR and COMMUNISM to a model of EFFECTIVE DEMOCRACY amongst EXTREMELY POLARIZED factionsÖin just 15 yearsÖthen America and Canada can OVERHAUL their legal system SEGMENT to reflect the public mind.
Affordability and fair justice.
IN CLOSING Mr. Flatow, I sorry for the loss of your daughter and I am deeply disturbed by the lack of justice in her case.

The Canadien on May 2, 2006 at 6:35 pm

It is deeply disparaging to me that yet another Liberal judge was given such an important case. Our nation needs to rid itself of the ties with these so-called “peaceful Muslim” nations. There should be a public outcry for us to drill the ANWR, until there is a better solution for our so-called enrgy crisis. If we could cut the cord of oil dependency, it would bring us much closer to disassociation. People can protest in the streets for the right to live here. Why can’t we get that type of a turn-out for a solution to the problems in this nation? Would ANYBODY even show up?
As far as the courts allowing Sami Al-Arian his say and the father of an innocent murder victim has NO rights, that is yet another reason to ALWAYS vote Republican. The liberal judges don’t get appointed under a Conservative government. It is also important to contact government officials, letting them know to start the drilling and how you feel about people like this getting amnesty in our country. After all, with the crimes that guy is guilty of, his slap on the wrist is the equivolent.
As for the statement: “During my many years in America, I have tried to uphold the great values of my faith and culture and the honored ideals and principles of this society.” by Sami Al-Arian; That is an oxymoron and only a MORON wouldn’t recognize it. The “values” of the Muslim Faith conflict drastically with the principles of our society! At least for now they do. If we get a few more leftists in office, we won’t have any principles.
Even in death, Alisa stood for righteousness. She saved many lives. That is something that evil subulture can NEVER claim, because the blood of innocents shed by Mohamed (or for him)will NEVER come clean, until they have been proselytized by a conscience.

TheIcePrincess on May 2, 2006 at 9:39 pm

Am I the only one who cannot get on to David’s page at this time? I can read it, but not comment on it. Hmmm!

TheIcePrincess on May 2, 2006 at 9:56 pm

During my many years in America, I have tried to uphold the great values of my faith and culture and the honored ideals and principles of this society.
If funding terrorists is one of the “great values” of his faith, then his faith be condemned. He clearly does not uphold the “honored ideals and principles of this society.” That is, unless he is talking about the ideals and principles of liberalism, which consists of hating G-d (the G-d of Israel, that is), hating Christians and Jews, and, of course, hating America.
I’m very proud of my contributions to this society. And I’m very grateful to have been able to contribute positively in many endeavors.
What contributions to this society? Funding those who would destroy America and her allies? That is not a positive contribution; it is treason. Does anyone think that Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad not want to destroy America as well as Israel? What positive contributions can a terrorist fund-raiser make? Does he really think that funding those who would destroy America and her allies is a positive contribution? Likely he does think that destroying America is a positive contribution to America…replacing freedom with sharia law and tyranny of Islam.

Loser on May 3, 2006 at 1:09 am

My sentiments exactly Loser!
And we all say, “Amen!”
That may be the most oxymoronic statement I’ve ever heard from them.

TheIcePrincess on May 3, 2006 at 2:20 pm

Ice Princess … I was blocked out on all of the sites. Every time I tell on Slate, my ability to access goes to hell. Coincidence? Or maybe Bill Gates pimps Slate for a reason … and things are not as ethical behind the scenes as they should be.
Big question: How would Slate like it if say 20 military types utilized high-end technologies to pay their server a vist?
If this should happen, it would be purely coincidence, for the question is purely rhetorical.

Athling on May 3, 2006 at 4:50 pm

Ice Princess …
I’ve been blocked from all of the sites for a few days … I can read but not access.
Every time I tell on Slate, this seems to happen. Maybe the realtionship between Bill Gates and Slate is less than ethical behind the scenes.
Big Question: How would Slate like it if say 20 military types used high-end tech to pay their server a visit?
If this happened, it wouild be purely coincidental, as the question is purely rhetorical.

Athling on May 3, 2006 at 4:54 pm

Everything just got worse today, as I watched the sick murderer Massoai receive Life in prison. He should undoubtedly receive death, since he will spend the rest of his life in prison, corrupting the prisoners.
There are so many worthless sociopaths in prison that can be influenced by him, especially if they feel like they finally “fit in” somewhere. Not fitting in seems to be the M.O. of the entire penal system. Every sob story you hear from one of them is about how they didn’t fit in.
If that sick SOB shows them a religion who will accept the worthless killers, they will go head first. Unfortunately for society, many people are influenced by them (prisoners)and many of them will be free some day. Free to be terrorists. Then our ex-prisoners can be used just as the Africans are today by the Muslims.
I must also mention that “Life in prison w/o the possibility of parole” has been a temporary sentence before and the more liberals in office, the more the chance of this. There was a serial killer in TX who had a sentence for the Death Penalty, before it was abolished temporarily in the 70’s. It then became Life w/o parole. He got out after serving (I believe) 18 years, due to prison overcrowding and good behavior. He then killed 8 more innocent people. What would Massoai do?

TheIcePrincess on May 3, 2006 at 9:51 pm

Yeah Ath,
That would be funny! Amazing how liberally biased that site is. The things said to lib’s on here don’t eqauate to what is said to Conservatives on that site.

TheIcePrincess on May 3, 2006 at 9:54 pm

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