March 6, 2007, - 6:03 pm

HAMAS Operative: “I’m Going to Disney World”

By Debbie Schlussel
You know the drill. A team wins the Superbowl, and the game’s MVP gets asked, “Payton Manning, You’ve just won the Superbowl. What are you going to do next?” Response: “I’m going to Disney World.”
Well, now, it’s a HAMAS operative’s chance at the refrain. Mohammed Salah, who helped fund homicide bombers and was a ranking member of HAMAS, has asked a federal judge for permission to go to Disney World.
While he was found guilty of some charges in the early February verdict in his trial, Salah was, unfortunately–as I wrote–acquitted of terrorism charges, thanks to an O.J-style jury and an incompetent U.S. Department of Justice. My friend, FBI Special Agent Robert Wright, warned the government to do something about Salah. But they did too little, too late, and disciplined him for pushing the issue.

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HAMAS Operative Muhammad Salah & Family to Terrorize, er . . . Visit Mickey & Minnie

Still living under restrictive bail conditions while he awaits sentencing this summer on the obstruction charge, Salah has to get court permission to leave the area — and his movements are tracked by an electronic monitoring device strapped to his ankle. He now wants permission to take it off.
“The ankle monitor will be of no use in Florida and will only unnecessarily hamper Mr. Salah’s enjoyment of his family’s vacation,” [his lawyer] wrote.
Salah wants to pack up the family van and take his wife and five kids on a one-week road trip to the Orlando, Fla., tourist mecca later this month.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Ferguson said he had not yet reviewed Salah’s request and declined to comment. If approved by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve, the spring break sojourn will mark a light-hearted escape from a legal saga Salah’s been living for the past 14 years.
The only U.S. citizen to be designated an international terrorist by the federal government, Salah spent nearly five years in an Israeli prison after he was nabbed at a military checkpoint in 1993 and accused of running money to Hamas leaders in the Occupied Territories.
After returning to Bridgeview, he found himself the target of a civil lawsuit that resulted in a $156 million judgment against him and others, as well as a long-running criminal probe that led to his indictment in 2004.

So nice that he gets a “light-hearted escape,” but his two American homicide bombing victims (whose families won multi-million dollar lawsuits against him) will never have such “light-hearted” anything.
A HAMAS terrorist wants to visit Disney World. Time to warn Mickey and Minnie!

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9 Responses

Very minor quibbles here, but it’s “Peyton” Manning, and he didn’t go to Disney World–coach Tony Dungy and running back Dominic Rhodes did.
BTW, can Orlando still be called a “tourist mecca”?

barrypopik on March 6, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Why is it every time I’m under house arrest- I have to stay in the house?

MarySJ on March 6, 2007 at 10:06 pm

Why are rich people allowed to be free while awaiting sentencing? Hello? It’s the rich jerks that flee to avoid jail!

Minnie Mouse on March 6, 2007 at 10:40 pm

Anyone want to bet that this guy goes AWOL through the porous border with Mexico. After all if he’s given a full week to “enjoy” Disney that will afford him all the time he needs to either drive from Florida to Mexico or take an extended “Fishing Trip” across the Gulf to Mexico. This is sheer lunacy if this goes through and if it does I hope that the judge is held accountable.

DetectiveMoose on March 7, 2007 at 9:06 am

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Ferguson said he had not yet reviewed Salah’s request and declined to comment.”
If we had a competent US Attorney he would have said;”DENIED”.
What the hell is there to review?

ScottyDog on March 7, 2007 at 10:21 am

From Disney World to…Lebanon? Syria?
I hope the judge sees the obvious.

PJ on March 7, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Hey ScottyDog and PJ,
The reason(s)why the U.S. Attorney’s Office and certain judges have to “review” these requests is because they’re too busy with their gunsights on prosecuting stand-up Border Patrol Agents for doing their jobs, allowing convicted, known dopers to be paroled into the country to testify and, most infuriating of all, to file suit for having their “rights” infringed upon. All they are interested in are notches for their pencil-size guns and feathers for their cap. Nothing more than politically driven mayhem at the expense of the country and its hardworking taxpayers.
If the ICE Princess and her equally gutless, inept counterparts at DOJ had any integrity at all, they’d start dropping the hammer on these buffons for allowing this crap to go on in the first place. That’s the big circle-jerk at ICE now; Ethics, Standards of Conduct, and Professionalism. Don’t see them going after their own. Only the grunt in the field trying to do his/her job in the face of adversity.

Gunny on March 7, 2007 at 2:38 pm

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