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March 01, 2003

USF gets millions for terror fight

And at the same time The University of South Florida has until recently housed a few people accused of terrorism itself

TAMPA - At the same time former professor Sami Al-Arian is accused of directing a terrorist network from his University of South Florida office, professors in offices nearby were attracting millions of federal dollars to fight terrorism.

USF is one of the highest federally funded universities in the nation for anti-terrorism, according to university officials. The U.S. Department of Defense and several branches of the military provided USF with at least $8 million in funding this academic year in just two of its anti-terrorism programs - the USF Center for Biological Defense and technology development by USF's Center for Ocean Technology.

The university opened the Center for Biological Defense in fall 2000. The center has received $3 million to $9 million annually from the Department of Defense. This academic year's contribution was about $7 million, according to the center's director, Jacquelyn Cattani.[more]
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