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Community Newspaper Publisher Found Guilty of Being Agent for Saddam Hussein
Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2004

Posted on 01/12/2004 5:04:03 PM PST by wallcrawlr

CHICAGO - A community newspaper publisher accused of spying on Iraqi dissidents in the United States was found guilty Monday of serving as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein. The jury took less than two hours to convict Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi after the weeklong trial.

"This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said.

Dumeisi, 61, was convicted of failing to obey a federal law that requires agents of foreign governments to register with the Justice Department.

Prosecutors maintained that the Palestinian-born Dumeisi spied on Iraqi dissidents because he was desperate for money and admired Saddam Hussein as the only true friend of the Palestinian cause in the Mideast. They cited evidence of at least $3,000 in payments from the Iraqis to the debt-ridden publisher.

The jury also convicted him of conspiring not to register, lying to an immigration officer and lying to a federal grand jury. Dumeisi faces up to 25 years in prison at sentencing March 30, but he is likely to get much less time under federal sentencing guidelines.

Dumeisi was not charged with espionage, nor was he accused of terrorism.

His tiny suburban newspaper, Al Mahjar, was full of articles critical of U.S. Mideast policy and praising the now-deposed Iraqi leader.

Prosecutors launched the trial by showing a videotape of a speech Dumeisi gave at a birthday party in honor of Saddam at the Iraqi mission to the United Nations in New York. Prosecutors said the U.N. mission was a hotbed of intelligence agents.

In the speech, he referred to Saddam as "our great leader" and "our inspired leader" and praised him for missile attacks against Israel, "the Zionist stronghold," at the time of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Witnesses said Dumeisi received training in spying on a trip to Baghdad and even got a pen that was actually a combination tape recorder and camera.

During his closing argument, Dumeisi's lawyer urged jurors not to let his client's praise for Saddam rush them into a conviction, even though they might find his views "despicable."

"Reaching a verdict of not guilty does not in any way endorse his very dubious opinions," John Murphy said. "Quite frankly, I don't like them either."


TOPICS: Breaking News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: almahjar; almahjer; chicagocell; dumeisi; espionage; fifthcolumn; fifthcolumnist; hussein; iraq; iraqidissidents; iraqispy; jihadinamerica; mediabias; mukhabbarat; saddamhussein; saddamite; spies; spy

1 posted on 01/12/2004 5:04:04 PM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: 1bigdictator; 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2sheep; a_witness; adam_az; af_vet_rr; agrace; ...
What did we do to people who were active agents of Hitler and Tojo during World War II? It seems to me this guy should get the same treatment.

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2 posted on 01/12/2004 5:08:14 PM PST by Alouette (Proud parent of an IDF recruit!)
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To: Alouette; tet68; ALOHA RONNIE
How about we add Jane Fonda to that list of people who should be tried?
3 posted on 01/12/2004 5:10:06 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
I suspect the statute of limitations has run out on that one. Otherwise, I'm all for it.
4 posted on 01/12/2004 5:20:50 PM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: Alouette
So how were his articles different than the hate GW and pro $oddomite articles in the NY Slime, Washington Compost and the LA Slimes?

There was probably no basic difference.
5 posted on 01/12/2004 5:39:11 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploading is a liberal social disease. A $5/month donation to Free Republic is an instant cure!)
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To: wallcrawlr
Now if all those spies for China would please register with the State Department, that should tie up state for about twenty years of backlogged work.
6 posted on 01/12/2004 5:39:21 PM PST by blackdog (I'm hooked on phonics but smoking it is not so easy.)
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To: RaceBannon
I'm suprised that with most Vietnam vets being about to go into the sunset some vet with nothing to lose hasn't gone after the people who spit on him back in the 60s.
7 posted on 01/12/2004 5:47:10 PM PST by Bogey78O (Why are we even having this debate?)
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To: wallcrawlr
and even got a pen that was actually a combination tape recorder and camera.

"My name is Bond. James Bond. Bwahahaha!

Prairie

8 posted on 01/12/2004 5:49:46 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Was O'Neill being blackmailed or did Clinton call in the aluminum favor? Only the Shadow knows.....)
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To: Grampa Dave
He wasn't convicted for his writing. He was convicted of being an unregistered agent of Iraq.. basically if they hadn't payed him he could've kept publishing as long as he wanted (assuming the other charges.. lying to immigration et al were not brought)
9 posted on 01/12/2004 6:10:40 PM PST by VulgarWit
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To: wallcrawlr
Yet another valuable contribution to humanity from the peace-loving "Palestinian" Arabs.
10 posted on 01/12/2004 6:12:27 PM PST by Imal (The difference between a cult and a religion is popularity.)
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To: Bogey78O
"I'm suprised that with most Vietnam vets being about to go into the sunset..."

A bit premature there bucko. Not to say continuing the "dangerous Viet Nam Vet ready to explode myth."

11 posted on 01/12/2004 6:28:23 PM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: Alouette
There were only about a dozen cases of treason tried against Americans in WWII (so I hear) and about half were broadcasters (Axis Sally and others).

There was concern over a fifth column and sabotage but I don't know how many people were prosecuted for such crimes.

12 posted on 01/12/2004 6:36:15 PM PST by weegee
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To: Alouette
Did he get a Job Offer from the Washington Post Yet ??????
13 posted on 01/12/2004 6:45:59 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: Khurkris
Not intended that way. Most people when their life is over tend to do things they've always wanted to do. I figure if I had cancer I'd at least want to slap 1 Senate Democrat before I die.
14 posted on 01/12/2004 6:48:42 PM PST by Bogey78O (Why are we even having this debate?)
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To: Bogey78O
I can certainly agree with that one...lol.
15 posted on 01/12/2004 6:54:56 PM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: wallcrawlr
Why isn't he being deported immediately for lying to an immigration officer? This guy was an active enemy agent for hire.

What about these ancient WWII German geezers living here for decades who get deported for lying about being prison camp guards sixty years ago while serving in the German army? Why is this Chicago spy being coddled?

What's sauce for das goose should be sauce for al goat.

Leni

16 posted on 01/12/2004 7:21:55 PM PST by MinuteGal (Register now for "FReeps Ahoy 3". Fun and fellowship with freepers from across the U.S.A !)
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To: Lady In Blue; Canticle_of_Deborah; Desdemona
ping
17 posted on 01/12/2004 10:19:24 PM PST by nickcarraway (www.terrisfight.org)
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To: wallcrawlr; Alouette
Now if we can get those on the Saudi payroll before a court of law (and those are a lot of important people to boot)
18 posted on 01/12/2004 10:50:46 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Alouette; Cincinatus' Wife
bttt
19 posted on 01/12/2004 11:39:56 PM PST by risk
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To: Grampa Dave
So how were his articles different than the hate GW and pro $oddomite articles in the NY Slime, Washington Compost and the LA Slimes?

LOL! I love ya, Grampa.

20 posted on 01/12/2004 11:41:36 PM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam !)
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To: Alouette
Actually, the treatment of German agents was simple (at least in the UK, I don't know much about what happened to the few that made it to the USA) : either they worked with the British MI-5 to double-cross the German Nachtrichtendienst, or they were hanged.
21 posted on 01/13/2004 1:21:55 AM PST by Atlantic Friend (Cursum Perficio)
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To: Lazamataz
Great to hear from you Laz..
22 posted on 01/13/2004 6:26:04 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, where leftist liars are exposed 24/7!)
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To: FreedomPoster
IS there a statute of limitations on treason?
23 posted on 01/13/2004 7:10:46 AM PST by Redbob (now to find a cure for global whining...)
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To: RaceBannon
How about we add Jane Fonda to that list of people who should be tried?

Don't forget Willy and Hitlary - Chinagate. They did more damage to the long term security of America than Julius and Ethel: China, thanks to them, now has the detailed designs of the latest nuclear weaponry, thus saving itself years of development and billions of $.

24 posted on 01/13/2004 7:17:24 AM PST by americanSoul (Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees. Live Free or Die. I should be in New Hampshire.)
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To: Bogey78O
I figure if I had cancer I'd at least want to slap 1 Senate Democrat before I die.

I'd pick the one from NY in a NY minute. And then the one from Massachusetts. And then....

25 posted on 01/13/2004 7:32:48 AM PST by americanSoul (Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees. Live Free or Die. I should be in New Hampshire.)
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To: wallcrawlr
"This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said.

No, you have to work for the U.S. government to be able to do that....

Sorry, couldn't resist.

26 posted on 01/13/2004 7:47:20 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: wallcrawlr
"This sends an important message that people can't come to our country and spy on their fellow residents," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said.

I'm all for it, and would love to see more of the same. So Patrick, when are ya'll gonna show US Americans the same respect? Blackbird.

27 posted on 01/13/2004 9:42:31 AM PST by BlackbirdSST
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To: wallcrawlr
"His tiny suburban newspaper, Al Mahjar, was full of articles critical of U.S. Mideast policy and praising the now-deposed Iraqi leader."

Next on list of pro-Saddam newspapers with 5th column operatives working to undermine the US? Where do you start?
28 posted on 01/13/2004 10:00:05 AM PST by sully777 (ad absurdum)
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To: wallcrawlr
Bears repeating:

"Prosecutors launched the trial by showing a videotape of a speech Dumeisi gave at a birthday party in honor of Saddam at the Iraqi mission to the United Nations in New York."

" Prosecutors said the U.N. mission was a hotbed of intelligence agents. "
29 posted on 01/13/2004 6:38:52 PM PST by LaraCroft (If the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, do the stupid get stupider?)
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