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March 03, 2003

Islamist Connection In Florida University

This article makes it abundantly clear that the Tampa terror tool was known ealrier to be cause for concern and that even Bush seems to have befriended him!
[...]As The Washington Post summarized it, the indictment contends that Al-Arian “managed (the organization's) money, held the wills of would-be suicide bombers, disseminated statements claiming responsibility for attacks, helped formulate policy on behalf of the organization, and was in regular covert contact with its general secretary, spiritual leader, and other operatives.” That was on top of raising funds, recruiting new followers, and using his university position to provide cover for foreign jihadis.

Some of the details were new, but to anyone who had been following the activities of radical Muslim militants in the United States, Al-Arian's name should have been familiar. As far back as 1994, terrorism expert Steven Emerson had publicly identified Al-Arian and his Islamic Committee for Palestine as a fund-raiser for Islamic Jihad. Michael Fechter further exposed Al-Arian's ties to terrorism in the Tampa Tribune a few months later. And then there was the speech Al-Arian made in 1991 to a group of fellow radicals in Chicago:

“Let us damn America,” he exhorted. “Let us damn Israel. Let us damn their allies until death!” He reviled Jews as “monkeys and pigs” and proclaimed: “Jihad is our path. Victory to Islam! Death to Israel! Revolution, revolution until victory!”

A resume like that should have made Al-Arian radioactive — the kind of person anyone with political ambitions or decent instincts would shun. So why in the world would he be treated as a friend and ally by — of all people — George W. Bush?[more]