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Govt Admits: Fla. and Va. Prosecutors Split

Govt Admits: Fla. and Va. Prosecutors Were Split / Trial Postponed

Prosecutor Asks Judge to Reconsider: Will Third Time Be a Charm?

DOJ SealMarch 7, 2009 - Alexandria, VA - According to  federal court briefs filed on Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg restated his request for the judge to overturn her order compelling prosecutors to turn over evidence regarding the 2006 plea negotiations. This marks the third time that the government has defied the court's order, signaling a desperate move to avoid revealing the facts in the 2006 plea negotiations.

On February 5th, Judge Leonie Brinkema
ordered the government to provide affidavits by prosecutors from Florida and the Department of Justice regarding their knowledge of the promises given to Dr. Al-Arian in those negotiations.

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Kromberg then filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider her decision, which she denied in a February 20th hearing, giving prosecutors one week to provide the evidence.

On the eve of the February 27th deadline, prosecutor Kromberg then asked for a five-day extension, which the judge granted. However, on the day of the new deadline - which came a month after the judge first ordered the evidence - the prosecutor defied the judge's order, asking her once again to rescind it. In the March 4th filing, he argued that the evidence is irrelevant. The latest government filings also reveal a number of important facts:

-Prosecutors in Virginia began the process of compelling Dr. Al-Arian's appearance before a grand jury in the midst of the plea negotiations in early 2006.

-Prosecutors from Florida and the Department of Justice who were involved in the negotiations objected to this move by Kromberg.

-Virginia prosecutors conceded that, following the plea negotiations, both the defense and prosecution expected that Dr. Al-Arian would be sentenced to time served and immediately deported.

-Virginia prosecutors then exploited the fact that the Judge in Florida gave Dr. Al-Arian the maximum sentence despite the government's recommendation of time served. They pressed for the grand jury appearance even though the cooperation clause was explicitly removed from the plea agreement.

-The filing also concedes that the standard cooperation clause, which was explicitly removed from the plea agreement, compels defendants to cooperate or testify in front of any grand jury upon the government's request.

These revelations raise a number of questions about the government's conduct in Dr. Al-Arian's case, among them: Why would the Florida prosecutors remove the cooperation clause from the plea agreement unless there was a clear promise that Dr. Al-Arian would not be compelled to cooperate or testify? Sworn statements by Dr. Al-Arian's attorneys.

Given these revelations, it comes as no surprise that prosecutors have continuously defied Judge Brinkema's order and refused to submit their affidavits regarding the plea negotiations. As the judge noted during the February 20th hearing, "If somebody is unwilling to divulge something, they must have something to hide."

These latest events underscore the clear abuse of power by the government in this case. Not only has the Department of Justice extended Dr. Al-Arian's imprisonment by over one year based on civil contempt, it has also insisted on prosecuting him on charges of criminal contempt, despite acknowledging that "no cooperation" was a crucial element of the deal between the parties.

As Dr. Al-Arian's former attorneys Bill Moffitt and Linda Moreno stated in their affidavits, this "bait and switch" tactic against Dr. Al-Arian undermines confidence in good faith dealings with the Department of Justice.
Furthermore, why would the Florida prosecutors object to Kromberg's attempts to compel Dr. Al-Arian's grand jury testimony unless "non-cooperation" was part of the agreement?

There will be a hearing in the case on Monday, March 9th at 11 a.m. sharp at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse. The courthouse (address below) is within walking distance from the King Street Station (Blue and Yellow Lines). Click here for metro schedules and maps. Click here for Google Maps for directions to the courthouse.

Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

All supporters and people of conscience are encouraged to attend. The judge is expected to rule on this crucial issue for a third time and set a new trial date.
(See attached St. Petersburg Times and Associated Press articles on the latest development in the case.)
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Documents & Releases

Statement of Chairs of American Muslim Task-Force on Civil Rights and Elections  (AMT) and  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Howard Zinn Statement on Professor Al-Arian

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SPOTLIGHT

March 2000

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January 2009

To be patriotic is to be able to question government policy in times of crisis.
To be patriotic is to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in times of uncertainty and insecurity.
To be patriotic is to  speak up against the powerful in defense of the weak and the voiceless.
To be patriotic is to be willing to pay the price to preserve our freedoms, dignity, and rights.
To be patriotic is to
challenge the abuses of the PATRIOT Act.
From a speech by Dr. Al-Arian
9/1/2002

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Poetry

Announcement of Book: The Al-Arian Reader

A new compilation of all relevant articles to be released soon by the National Liberty Fund

Selected Poems
by Sami Al-Arian

We Shall Rise

To Maya Angelou
Like the dream of the slave
You rise
And with the scream of the brave
I shall rise
In honoring the memory of your ancestors
You rise
With my stateless brothers and sisters
I shall rise
Like dust in the sunlight
You rise
And as ashes in a fiery night
I shall rise
You offend
Because of your existence
And I
For my resistance
You upset them
Recalling their past
And I
By holding steadfast
They may trod you in dirt
May cause me all the hurt
Inflict upon you excruciating pain
While they shut me up and detain
By they won't see you broken
Neither would my faith be forsaken
As you've never bowed your head
And never lowered your eyes
I'll continue to raise my fist
And hide my mother's cries
They may shoot you with their words
Cut me up with their swords
They may insult you with their eyes
Denigrate me with their lies
Trying to kill you with their hate
Bury me alive to seal my fate
But they'd certainly
Be shamed and fail
As the free chant and sing
On their march to prevail
So keep your head held high
As I follow you and try
And keep your beautiful smile
As I walk my first mile
They'll pressure and blame
Throw us in prison to control and tame
They'll exile and defame
Lynch us all or shoot and maim
Burn crosses with no shame
Target our children in a dirty game
By why is that a surprise?
Despite their evil and terror
Their falsehood and lies
You shall rise
And I shall rise
You're the black ocean
Leaping and wide
I'm the Mediterranean
With a stormy tide
Staying together
Side by side
It's no surprise
We shall rise
Surely shall rise
We together shall rise
No Longer Afraid
For us to feel "secure"
What price is being paid?
If living in freedom
Why are we afraid?
Fear is everywhere
All around
Perhaps irrational
But without any bound
You can see it on our faces
Sense it in our eyes
You can hear it in our whispers
Feel it in our cries
More>>No Longer Afraid
The Bird and The Vulture
The bird was chirping
In a house on a tree
But the vulture was angry
Because it was free
When the bird is singing
The vulture ain't safe
More>>The Bird and The Vulture
The Smile of Freedom
He looked like
A body-builder
Tall, tough, and full
All muscles and no fat
His mind was simple
Suited to follow orders
No questions asked
Acting mean and mechanical
Like any bureaucrat
More>>The Smile ...
In the Name of Freedom
In the name of freedom
We shall rule the world
To spread democracy
And set you free
In the name of freedom
We’ll descend on you
To make you civilized
Modern and orderly
More>>In the Name ...
The Accused: Franz Kafka Meets George Orwell in 21st Century America
Act I: The Mother of all Evidence
Act II- Weapons of Mass Deception
Act III: Silencing of the Lambs
Act IV: Attacks of the Wolves
Act V: Occupied Territory
Act VI: Police State
Act VII: Official Obituary
Act VIII: A Close Encounter of the Scariest Kind
Act IX: The Inquisition
Act X- Conspiracy Theory
Act XI- Secret Trials
Act XII- Silent Pain and Teary Eyes
Act XIII- True Patriot Acts
Do Not Sign
Rights are not for sale
History is not kind
On those who sell their people out,
Betray their cause,
Surrender their land
To tow the line
Do not sign
More>>Do Not Sign
Rachel Corrie: Daughter of Palestine
The most gentle
Amongst all honorable
Women
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
Eden
More>>Daughter of Palestine
Ole Jerusalem
O Ole Jerusalem
I feel your pain
I hear your cries
The light thunder
In the darkness
And the heavy rain
I see the steady bleeding
Of your wound
With its mark and stain
More>>Ole Jerusalem
Patrick Henry
A revolutionary
At heart
A patriot
From the start
Loved by his country
To the core
Defended freedom
Even more
Hated arrogance
In shape and tone
Fought tyranny
With every bone
He was the conscience
Of his people
Striking fear in the enemy
And made it feeble
More>> Patrick Henry
Injustice
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
Emptiness
Hopelessness
Helplessness
Sadness
Madness
Of hatred and rage
Trapped in a cage
Disappointment and anger
Continuing to linger
Wounding of dignity
Violating your virginity
More>> Injustice
Political Riddles
He sees the world as black and white
His solution to every quandary is fight with might
The economy will not stimulate
Because he can’t articulate
While jobs are gone
He says, “bring ‘em on.”
Who is he?
He likes to be called the General
The head of an agency that’s federal
If you spit on the sidewalk
He’ll send the Incredible Hulk
He hates to cite truth or fact
Because he’s busy promoting his unpatriotic act
He frequents TV cameras with a smash
The first part of his last name sounds like trash
Who is he?
He is the ideal dutiful poodle they say
From an empire where the sun did not set one day
He adores his cowboy friend and considers him a fan
And insists: I’m nobody’s yes-man
When the cowboy says no, I say no
Who is he?
More>>Political Riddles