[Ppnews] 10 Years Later - Dr. Al-Arian still Awaiting Dismissal of Unjust Case

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*Tenth Commemoration of the Political *

*Persecution of Professor Sami Al-Arian*

*Dr. Al-Arian still Awaiting** Dismissal of Unjust Case

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*Washington, DC - February 20, 2013
http://www.freesamialarian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=793:tenth-commemoration-of-the-political-persecution-of-professor-sami-al-arian&catid=46:2013&Itemid=7
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On this day ten years ago Dr. Sami Al-Arian was snatched from his family 
and community by the U.S. authorities in a pre-dawn raid that the 
professor described in a poem 
<http://www.freesamialarian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=397:the-accused-franz-kafka-meets-george-orwell-in-21st-century-america-act-viii-a-close-encounter-of-the-scariest-kind&catid=25:poetry&Itemid=80>. 
Thus, today marks the beginning of a second decade of the incessant 
persecution of a voice of conscience for freedom in Palestine, and equal 
justice for all in America. This injustice against Dr. Al-Arian and his 
family has lasted now more than the entire tragic Iraqi war, launched 
one month after the arrest of Dr. Al-Arian.


Throughout his ordeal, Dr. Al-Arian spent over 5 ½ years in prison (3 ½ 
years in solitary confinement), and an additional 4½ years under house 
arrest.


Despite a trial, an acquittal, and a subsequent plea agreement, the 
government continues to pursue Dr. Al-Arian in an effort to punish him 
and once again jail him, due to his political and religious beliefs in a 
country that prides itself on the bill of rights that purportedly 
guarantees freedom of beliefs, opinions, and associations.


Tragically many American Muslim families have suffered since the 
dreadful events of September 11, 2001 in the name of the so-called war 
on terror. It has claimed many innocent casualties, as the government 
pursued many individuals, such as Dr. Al-Arian, based on their thoughts, 
opinions, beliefs, and associations. In many cases the government 
targeted individuals by manufacturing charges against them as the 
government authorities planned, financed, and executed the fake crimes.


Whether it was thought crimes like Dr. Al-Arian's,manufactured charges, 
or entrapment the government employed a tactic called "preemptive 
persecutions," in which the government reversed the system of justice: 
first select the targets then match them with a crime to secure 
convictions. Although this tactic failed with Dr. Al-Arian, far too many 
individuals and families have fallen victims to this blatantly unjust 
practice that makes mockery out of the constitution.


Today Americans of good conscience must show concern by questioning 
these underhanded tactics used by the government. They must reject the 
practice of targeting individuals like Dr. Al-Arian as well as many 
other hundreds, because of their religious or political beliefs.


On this day all Americans must renew their utmost commitment to the 
constitutional promise of the bill of rights and its protections of due 
process, equal rights, civil liberties, and political freedoms. Our 
pledge of "Justice and Liberty for all" is not a cliché but the 
principle under which our country was founded, and our system of justice 
has endured. We must live up to it for the sake of the future of our 
Republic.


[For Case Background Click Here] 
<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=dcwggpcab&et=1109337911645&s=0&e=001CEpglw1T7Wj6afr3rpxAcUqGySl0Cc4WoYziLjlvHBrlOBFWb4xI1dp3vmhz3T3O6G8RXmCCeZ_inaPzEDtUeTBuAniSDI2aLzf_PIP0dTjllf_kkNFun62ab5-dzViJwO71fgsF3nJblYbJnU1khot5tBWTGOZ54JgdCfwB4aYtTulODhTIu9FZcok-q6CD>

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