Thursday, April 3, 2008

CAIR’s Nihad Awad (left) paid a visit this week to his terrorist pal Sami Al-Arian (right)

According to the Tampa Tribune, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and several other leaders of the US Muslim Brotherhood network met with jailed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian earlier this week, endorsing Al-Arian’s continued obstruction of justice in refusing to divulge details of his knowledge of terrorist support operations in the US. Al-Arian has admitted to fundraising and otherwise aiding PIJ terrorist leaders — several of whom are relatives.

After their jailhouse visit with Al-Arian, Awad said that “they were there to support him.” CAIR also issued a press release highlighting the meeting with the terrorist leader.

Al-Arian has twice been convicted in federal court of contempt of court following his guilty plea for conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization. A video tape entered as evidence in Al-Arian’s trial shows deported PIJ leader Fawaz Damra introducing Al-Arian as the head of the “active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine.” Al-Arian has been subpoenaed on three different occasions by federal grand juries to testify about his knowledge and involvement with terrorist support activities, particularly the role of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), which bankrolled his PIJ terrorist front in Tampa. Despite grants of immunity and a federal appeals court decision rejecting his claim that his plea deal exempted him from appearing before the grand jury, Al-Arian has refused to testify.

Al-Arian’s ongoing obstruction of justice, which has extended his prison term, prompted Nihad Awad to call him a “political prisoner.” Someone might want to remind Awad that even the President of the United States is not above a federal grand jury subpoena.

As Joe Kaufman noted in an article yesterday, “CAIR’s March with Terror,” CAIR has expressed its solidarity with Al-Arian’s ongoing obstruction of justice, prominently featuring him on their website and even issuing an Action Alert to its supporters to mobilize on the convicted terrorist leader’s behalf.

Just another episode of CAIR’s solidarity with terror.

Thank you.