December 29, 2006, - 11:50 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, we brought you the press’ sob story over the Lackawanna Six Al-Qaeda terrorists. Their likely pro-jihad families are sad that their terrorist relatives were transferred to an Indiana prison, and they’ll now have to travel to visit them.
Today, it’s Osama Awadallah’s turn for the tears. And this time it’s AP that’s doing the crying.
Awadallah, a Jordanian Palestinian, was friends with 9/11 hijackers Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Midhar. And he lied to the FBI about knowing them.
Instead of going to prison and then being deported, this chutzpahdik Muslim friend of terrorists who murdered 3,000 Americans is suing us AND seeking U.S. citizenship (his father already has attained that).
And don’t worry. Our sorry joke of a government–and its Citizenship and Immigration Services–will give Awadallah that citizenship.
AP tells us that before 9/11, “he had never even gotten a parking ticket.” BFD. Mohammed Atta and most of the hijackers could say the same thing. It’s a distinction without a difference, as most of the fertilizer in this article is.
More of the BS:
In spite of his experience, he is moving ahead with long-held plans to apply for U.S. citizenship. He graduated with honors last spring from San Diego State University, is looking for a computer technician job and is studying for graduate school entrance exams.
“I want to move on from this, find my lucky girl and just be like every other American,” he said recently at a restaurant in this San Diego suburb.
An observant Muslim, he politely declined to shake hands with a female reporter. He began with brusque questions about why he was being interviewed, but quickly relaxed in conversation.
“I watch what I say, who I’m talking to these days,” he said. “The real effect is in trusting people.”
Un-fricking-believable. He’s not trusting us? Uh, shouldn’t the “real effect” be us not trusting him?!
Awadallah grew up in Jordan while his father and three older brothers came to San Diego to start a courier business. In 1999, he joined his father by then a naturalized U.S. citizen as a legal resident.
A courier business? Muslims never use those to transport cash for terrorist operations, do they?
On Sept. 21, the FBI picked him up for questioning because agents found his phone number on a piece of paper in a car registered to Al-Hazmi. . . .
Awadallah says, he was flown to New York, placed in solitary confinement with no access to his family or his lawyer, repeatedly strip-searched and subjected to bruising physical force by guards.
“Suddenly all these fingers were pointing at me, people were telling me I was responsible for 4,000 deaths,” Awadallah said. “That I cannot forget. It’s impossible for anyone to imagine how that feels.”
How that feels?! How about how it feels to be on a plane and slam your life into oblivion while hitting a skyscraper? How about how it feels to have your throat slit because you were a flight attendant or captain of a plane? How it feels to be on the 80th floor of a building and get crushed by the floor on top of you and bleed to death? Or have your body slammed out of a building, as you uncontrollably fall many stories below? Or how it feels to know you lost one or both of your parents because others did these things to them?
Taken before the grand jury in shackles, Awadallah said he had met al-Hazmi in San Diego but denied knowing al-Mihdhar until prosecutors confronted him with an assignment notebook for his English class in which he had written both men’s names.
Prosecutors charged him with two counts of perjury, alleging he had withheld potentially critical information about the hijackers. Defense attorneys said he had simply been confused, that he was tired, disoriented and struggling to understand legal terms in English.
Puh-leeze? Can’t understand English? He seems to be able to understand it quite well in conversing with sympathetic AP reporter, Allison Hoffman.
In December 2001 he was released on $500,000 bail [DS: Which idiot judge gave him bail?] and returned to San Diego, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. His friends at school and at his mosque avoided him.
“They thought if they walked with me they’d get in trouble, and there were other people who even thought I was working for the government,” he said.
His case finally went to trial last April, ending in a mistrial after a lone juror held out against conviction. In November, a second jury found him not guilty.
Jurors on lone from the O.J. trial. And by the way, the other reason he got away with it is that numbskull Judge Shira Scheindlin (new President of the Stupid Judges and the Terrorists Who Love Them Club) ruled testimony by Osama Awadallah to a grand jury about the hijackers could not be used because the government had abused the material witness statute–a law allowing witnesses to be detained–in arresting him, something AP reporteratrix Allison Hoffman mysteriously fails to mention. Make no mistake, this guy had close ties to the hijackers and likely knew what they were about to do.
Awadallah has sued the government, alleging he was wrongly detained and mistreated by guards. . . .
“I’m happy for myself because of the verdict [DS: Bin Laden is happy for you, too], but I think I should fight for my rights,” Awadallah said. “My whole life has been affected.”
His whole life has been affected?! Again, see comments above about the 3,000 and their surviving family members. Then, tell me whose “whole life has been affected.”
That this guy is still here, walking free, suing us, and will likely become an American citizen, too boot, tells us all we need to know. And everything we already knew.
America, we are doomed. And allowing this guy to trample all over us, we are our own worst enemy.
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