Sami caught red-handed again. Note also that unindicted deported co-conspirator Fawaz Damra was once known as a moderate Muslim leader. "Al-Arian linked to pro-terrorists," from AP, with thanks to Skeetstreet:
TAMPA - (AP) -- Jurors in the terrorism conspiracy trial of Sami Al-Arian were shown a video Tuesday in which the former college professor moderated a symposium where participants spoke approvingly about the killings of Israeli citizens and police in terror attacks.
The video is another piece of evidence prosecutors are using to try to convince jurors that Al-Arian and three other men standing trial in federal court are guilty of raising money in the United States and supporting the mission of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group blamed for 100 deaths in the Middle East.
The video showed Al-Arian moderating a 1989 conference in Chicago sponsored by the Islamic Committee for Palestine.
Al-Arian founded the committee, and prosecutors say it was a front for support of the PIJ.
One of the panelists, asked by a young man for a practical solution to the smoldering conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, suggests they meet outside to discuss how to smuggle weapons.
One speaker, Fawaz Damra, imam of a Cleveland mosque who is an unindicted coconspirator in the Al-Arian case, said: ``The first principle is that terrorism, and terrorism alone, is the path to liberation.''...
The defendants contend they are being persecuted for their unpopular political beliefs.
Yes, I think the idea that "terrorism alone" is the "path to liberation" is a political belief that is deservedly unpopular -- in fact, not unpopular enough.