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"Justice demands that the United States honor its agreement with Dr. Sami Al-Arian"

Tampa CourthouseMarch 26, 2009 - Alexandria, VA - Dr. Sami Al-Arian's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the criminal contempt charges against him in federal court on Monday. The motion contained three grounds for the dismissal of the charges. It argues that the orders to testify before the grand jury violated the 2006 Plea Agreement between Dr. Al-Arian and the government. Second, it states that the government has provided the Court with insufficient evidence for this case to proceed to the jury. Finally, upholding the indictment would undermine the integrity of the Court and the legal process.(Click Here for the Motion to Dismiss and the Attached Exhibits.)
The motion also contains five previously filed declarations from Dr. Al-Arian and his Florida attorneys that lay out in considerable detail the circumstances surrounding the 2006 plea negotiations (see Exhibits A-E). It also exposes the underlying reason for this continuing legal saga: While Dr. Al-Arian was originally told that the subsequent plea agreement would not only close the matter in Florida, but also end all business with the US Government, Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Prosecutor Gordon Kromberg now admits that he wanted Dr. Al-Arian to testify in order to revisit the same issues litigated in Florida, in spite of the acquittals.

The motion provides new disclosures that: (1) the government conceded that there was a cooperation provision removed during negotiations with the defense (see Exhibits F and G); (2) Mr. Kromberg and the EDVA investigation were expressly mentioned during the plea negotiations; (3) Mr. Kromberg and the EDVA were actively involved with the consummation of the plea agreement; (4) Mr. Kromberg informed the negotiating prosecutors that he was planning to compel the testimony of Dr. Al-Arian, while the Florida prosecutors opposed the effort to subpoena Dr. Al-Arian, believing that, under the agreement, he would not be compelled to testify and would be allowed to leave the country after serving the remainder of his time; (5) defense attorney Linda Moreno's contemporaneous notes show that Dr. Al-Arian was assured that no other jurisdiction was interested in him before the agreement was finalized; (6) Mr. Kromberg knew about the plea agreement despite the fact that it was still under seal in Florida; (7) the EDVA now concedes that it was bound by the agreement and barred from re-litigating the same issues raised in Florida; and (8) the Department of Justice played a critical role in crafting the language of the agreement to avoid the need for cooperation.

Not only was this information not available to the courts in Florida and Virginia where Dr. Al-Arian previously challenged the subpoena, but it substantially corroborates his longstanding claims that he was guaranteed non-cooperation with the Department of Justice in any form, if he accepted a plea deal. In fact, he opted for added prison time simply to ensure that he would not have to cooperate.

In a hearing earlier this month, Judge Leonie Brinkema cautioned the government that "the Justice Department is not a fishmonger. It's the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice ought to always negotiate in complete good faith." In the spirit of those sentiments, Dr. Al-Arian's motion calls on Judge Brinkema to prevent the DoJ from using the Court as a vehicle to abuse the justice system. The concerns over the integrity of the system are magnified by the increasingly confused and conflicting representations made to the Court by the government, among them, Mr. Kromberg's controversial decision to unilaterally alter the congressionally-mandated language used for immunity orders.

Finally, the motion states that "it should shock the conscience of the Court and counsel to commit a person to a criminal trial on such a conflicted and controversial record.  Even after six hearings, five declarations, and reams of legal argument, the Court still struggles with this record and to reconcile the new evidence in the case." The motion further requests that the case be completely dismissed and Dr. Al-Arian allowed to leave the country in final fulfillment of his plea agreement - after three full years of confinement beyond the original sentencing agreement. It concludes: "Justice demands that enough is enough. It is time for the United States government to honor its agreement with Dr. Sami Al-Arian."

Dr. Al-Arian is being represented by George Washington Law professor Jonathan Turley, and Will Olson and P.J. Meitl of Bryan Cave. The government has until April 6th  to respond to this motion. Judge Brinkema set the next hearing date for April 24, 2009 at 9 AM. During that hearing she will either dismiss the charges or set a new trial date.

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TheTampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace (TBCJP) is excited to announce the relaunch of its website in support of Dr. Al-Arian's legal case (www.FreeSamiAlArian.com). The website has a more streamlined design with several new features and updated information, including the latest court filings, media coverage, and a new picture gallery and audio and video content. It also features background on the case and an archive of press releases and media coverage of the case.

The TBCJP urgently calls on the supporters for justice to support the National Liberty Fund in order to help defray the cost of the legal fees and other expenses in support of Dr. Al-Arian's case. You may use the Donate button on the upper right-hand corner on the front page of the website by using PayPal or your credit card. Checks may be made out to the NLF and mailed to the following address:
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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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UFF Summary: Al-Arian and USF

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
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
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