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Al-Arian guilty; Horowitz has a question

Hold on a minute…I’m confused. [As usual.-ed.] I thought the government lost its case against former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian. But now there’s this from the Tampa Trib:

Capping an ordeal that spanned more than a decade, former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has reached a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to be deported after admitting involvement with a terrorist organization, an attorney involved in the negotiations said.

“My understanding was that he was to plead guilty” to conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, said William Moffitt, who represented Al-Arian…

“Material support to a terrorist organization” – now there’s a “nice” thing to do in this day and age. Give those impoverished “activists” a helping hand while they oppress women and homosexuals and blow folks up. But now I’m confused again. Didn’t the AAUP, the ACLU, Salon, the Nation and other right-thinking folks tell us Sami was being railroaded? How is it he agreed to leave the country then? The ACLU just knuckle under or could there be that little something called evidence? Nah, why believe that? Obviously the fix was in. We all knw the drill “Bush lied and people died.” Oops, wrong link, wasn’t it? Wouldn’t want to disturb anybody’s weltanschauung.

Meanwhile, David Horowitz has a question.

UPDATE: New friends for Sami in his exile? Or maybe he’ll get involved with public health.