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Judge Allows Defense to File Motion to Dismiss

Says Justice Department’s Integrity at Stake

Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
March 9, 2009
Alexandria, VA


Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled in favor of a defense request to file a motion to dismiss the charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian at a hearing in federal court today. Her decision follows new revelations that prosecutors in Florida were opposed to efforts by a Virginia prosecutor to call Dr. Al-Arian to testify in another case. The judge’s important decision raises the possibility that Dr. Al-Arian’s ordeal could be resolved and that he can finally regain his freedom after six years of grueling legal battles.

During the hearing earlier today, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg argued for the fourth time that the entire issue of the 2006 plea agreement is irrelevant to the criminal contempt charges. The judge has repeatedly rejected that argument, reaffirming on Monday that the “record is incomplete” and that the government’s response poses more questions than answers. Judge Brinkema stated that there was “enough smoke” in the facts of the case that needed to be cleared up.

By the end of the hearing, the judge said she was granting the defense’s request to file for a complete dismissal of the charges because “the integrity of the Justice Department cannot be compromised.”

The judge began the hearing by asking Kromberg how he became aware of the plea agreement on March 1, 2006, despite the fact that it was filed under seal in Florida the previous day, and was only known to the parties involved. Evading the question, the prosecutor simply stated that he was able to call Dr. Al-Arian to testify once the Florida judge imposed the maximum sentence, a move that extended his imprisonment by eleven months. Judge Brinkema agreed with lead defense counsel Jonathan Turley that the plea agreement could not be breached by the government simply because Dr. Al-Arian received a longer sentence.

Judge Brinkema also pointed out that, contrary to the prosecution’s assertions, the issue of the plea agreement has never been resolved since no other court has ever granted a hearing to examine all the evidence. After Kromberg concluded his statement to the court, Professor Turley noted that new facts had come to light in the government’s recent court motion that had not been previously disclosed. Specifically, none of the courts that have addressed the issue of the plea agreement were made aware of an internal split within the Department of Justice on whether Dr. Al-Arian should be called to testify in Virginia. It has since come to light that prosecutors in Florida objected to efforts by Kromberg to compel Dr. Al-Arian’s testimony. Professor Turley concluded by saying that now was the time for the court to consider these new facts and allow the defense to argue for the dismissal of the charges.

In granting the motion, the judge expressed her disappointment with the prosecutors’ persistent refusal to present clear statements about their conduct during the plea negotiations. She said that there are serious questions about whether the government conducted bad faith dealings with the defense that could now result in Dr. Al-Arian’s imprisonment. Before someone could be forced to give up their individual liberty, she said, these issues should be resolved. She suggested that although prosecutors had not offered their own affidavits on the plea negotiations, she was “reading between the lines” that there was “a meeting of the minds” that the intent of the plea agreement was to conclude Dr. Al-Arian’s business with the U.S. government once and for all.

Although Judge Brinkema was originally expected to set a new trial date during today’s hearing, she instead gave the defense ten days to submit a motion to dismiss the charges. Prosecutors will then have ten days to respond.

An estimated twenty-five people, some hailing from as far as Tampa, Florida, attended the hearing today to express their support for Dr. Al-Arian. The Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace would like to extend its appreciation to those individuals who have consistently stood up for justice in Dr. Al-Arian’s case, led by Dr. Al-Arian’s legal counsel, Professor Turley from George Washington University and William Olson and P.J. Meitl from the law firm of Bryan Cave.


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



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


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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
But 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
But 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
Had a spirit
As dazzling as
The garden of
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
An overwhelming feeling
Of bitterness
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