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USF President Judy Genshaft's Statement (USF fires Sami Al-Arian) ^ | 12/19/2001

Posted on 12/19/2001 6:27:57 PM PST by PogySailor

Statement of University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft

December 19, 2001


In the hours since the Board of Trustees adjourned this morning, I have reviewed Mr. Gonzalez's report in light of concerns raised by trustees. I have discussed these issues with the Provost, Vice Presidents and Deans of the University, Distinguished Professors, the President of the United Faculty of Florida, legislators, the Florida Board of Education, students, staff, alumni, community leaders and other supporters of our institution.

After reflection on the events of the fall, the information presented to the Board today and the counsel of many people, I have come to a conclusion about the fundamental question of how much disruption the University must endure because of the manner in which a professor exercises his right to express political and social views that are outside the scope of his employment.

Academic freedom is revered at USF. We understand that our scholars must be free to pursue ideas in their academic field wherever they may lead, without fear of political reprisal if they express disturbing ideas. All of us who accept the responsibilities of university leadership understand our professors sometimes spark controversy in their research and teaching. If this were about the freedom accorded faculty in their research and teaching, we would be honor-bound to fight to protect academic freedom. As our Collective Bargaining Agreement with the faculty and the American Association of University Professors principles make clear, academic freedom protects the pursuit of ideas in a faculty member's field of academic expertise.

Dismissal of a tenured faculty member is a very serious step, one that is not contemplated lightly. At USF, we respect the right of faculty to express their personal views on controversial subjects, with the understanding that it must be clear they are speaking for themselves and not for the University. In this case, I have recognized my great responsibility to fully consider both the welfare of the University Community and Dr. Al-Arian's rights of expression.

The reports to the Board today indicated the extent to which this situation continues to disrupt the affairs of the University. This controversy over Dr. Al-Arian is consuming resources of many divisions of the University, and based on information presented to trustees today, it will continue to do so as long as the current arrangement continues. The University Police advise that we cannot guarantee the safety of Dr. Al-Arian and students, faculty and staff around him if he were back on campus.

After much thought, I have come to the sad conclusion that if Dr. Al-Arian remains an employee of the University, the certainty of prolonged disruption of the University and the continuing threat to our students, faculty and staff is profoundly real.

Therefore, I have instructed our Office of Academic Affairs to notify Dr. Al-Arian of the University's intent to terminate his employment. A letter was delivered to his home this afternoon. He will have 10 days in which to respond.

I would like to thank Chairman Beard and the Board for their support and dedication to this university's continuing development as a major research university. Although there are many opinions about this action, I am confident that the Board, the faculty, the students and the staff will retain our unity of purpose for this institution: Building a great University of South Florida to support the development of the Tampa Bay Region, Florida, the United States and the world.

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To: Steve Eisenberg
I suggest you do a little homework on the good Dr. Al-Arian and WISE.

Terrorist taint, USF questions tough to escape

Stop Aid and Comfort for Patrons of Terror

Here's a sample:

A case study in Tampa, Fla., proves otherwise. In October 1995 Ramadan Abdullah Shallah took over as head of the Islamic Jihad, based in Damascus, Syria. From 1991 through early 1995, Mr. Shallah was a professor at Tampa's University of South Florida and director of the World Islamic Studies Enterprise, ostensibly an academic research center.

After the ex-professor assumed his Islamic Jihad post, the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service raided his former campus office, as well as the offices and home of his USF colleague Sami Al-Arian, the founder of WISE and an affiliated "religious charity" called the Islamic Committee for Palestine. Federal investigators uncovered overwhelming evidence that both organizations were arms of Islamic Jihad. Under the cover of legitimacy its university affiliation provided, WISE actually brought terrorists into the U.S. and raised funds for Islamic Jihad. Mr. Al-Arian, now under federal investigation, organized a series of conferences for "Islamic leaders and thinkers" in Chicago and St. Louis between 1988 and 1992, which featured a number of the world's top, terrorist leaders. The evidence found in his home and office constitute one of the largest collections of raw terrorist material ever seized in the U.S.

21 posted on 12/20/2001 7:44:41 PM PST by PogySailor
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To: summer
Summer wrote in reply to my criticism of President Genshaft & Co.: "when the public safety is at stake, you have to act, or risk greater potential troubles, both legal and otherwise, later. The USF administration knew there was a risk to the safety of its students, and on that basis alone, I think they had a duty"

Thank you summer for a good intelligent reply.

The part of your reply I quote above gets to perhaps the biggest reason why USF should have held off on the firing. The firing was giving in to not just donor blackmail, but far worse was giving in to death threats. Death threats = terrorism in my book. If they were to fire him at all, USF should have held off until after the death threatener was behind bars. Now that the man is fired, threats will stop, making it hard to catch the threatener, and the threatener will feel he's gotten away with something. Next time, emboldened, he'll push the envelope farther. It doesn't matter that the threatener(s) are probably one of the rare Jewish terrorists rather than one of the much more numerous Islamist terrorists. In my book, they're all going down.

I've only been on FreeRepublic a few days, and one disturbing theme I've found is that there is a high concern with safety and low-risk. No conservative would have seen safety concerns, let along a concern with avoding lawsuits, as trumping principle before the 1960's. In the short run, giving in to the "disruption" caused by death threats may give safety. Thank God President Bush did not choose to give us such short term safety in response to September 11.

22 posted on 12/21/2001 1:49:43 AM PST by Steve Eisenberg
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To: PogySailor
A case study in Tampa, Fla., proves otherwise. In October 1995 Ramadan Abdullah Shallah took over as head of the Islamic Jihad, based in Damascus, Syria. From 1991 through early 1995, Mr. Shallah was a professor at Tampa's University of South Florida and director of the World Islamic Studies Enterprise, ostensibly an academic research center.

If the head of Islamic Jihad came from USF you can bet there are many more Al-Alarians there.  O'Reilly is absolutely right to call for an investigation.

Here's a happy thought from Middle East expert Daniel Pipes:

    Islamists constitute a small but significant minority of Muslims, perhaps 10 to 15 per cent of the
    population. Many of them are peaceable in appearance, but they all must be considered
    potential killers.

How does 400,000 to 600,000 -- in our country -- potential killers sound?

Pipes article here...

Muslim population in America

America's Fifth Column ... watch PBS documentary JIHAD! In America
Download 8 Mb zip file here (60 minute video)

23 posted on 12/21/2001 2:21:56 AM PST by JCG
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To: Steve Eisenberg
I've only been on FreeRepublic a few days, and one disturbing theme I've found is that there is a high concern with safety and low-risk. No conservative would have seen safety concerns, let along a concern with avoiding lawsuits...

Steve, thank you for your polite post #22. I appreciate your clarification and I agree you have made a valid point, but -- I still go with protecting the public's safety as a greater concern.

As to your statement above, I think you are making an assumption here that anyone and everyone on this forum is willing to be labeled a "conservative" and nothing more. I think you are erring in your assumption, although this is certainly a conservative forum. When I came here, in June 2000, I was still a registered Dem, and I had voted Dem all my life. I have since become a voter not affiliated with any party; an independent. There are issues where I lean right, and other issues where I still lean left. Public safety, and avoiding lawsuits, are two concepts I personally believe were very much on the mind of that USF president, and if not, these issues should have been, IMO.
24 posted on 12/21/2001 5:46:33 AM PST by summer
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To: OKCSubmariner; Askel5
What Is Going On At The University of South Florida?

What is Going On at the University of South Florida?

Fox News - O'Reilly Factor
By Bill O'Reilly
September 26, 2001

Partial transcript:

BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Now for the top story tonight. What is going on at the University of South Florida, a state-funded institution? Suspected terrorist Ramadan Abdullah Shallah actually taught classes there. He is now one of the leaders of the Palestinian Islamic jihad.

And the man who brought Shallah to the United States joins us now from Tampa. Dr. Sami Al-Arian is an associate professor of computer engineering at the University of South Florida.

All right. What say you, Professor? This guy is now a big shot in the Islamic jihad, they're taking credit for all kinds of terrorist activity, and you know him pretty well. Got an explanation here?

SAMI AL-ARIAN, PH.D., UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA PROFESSOR: Well, I mean, when he came here, he came as a volunteer. He was working in an intellectual think tank, and he taught at the university, and then he left. He said that his father was sick and he was going back to the occupied territories, and then six months later, we were shocked like everyone else in the world in which he became the leader of the jihad movement.

O'REILLY: You were shocked! You were -- you couldn't understand it. He never told you that his views -- political views were that extreme. You were just taken by surprise?

AL-ARIAN: Everyone was. Everyone who knew him here at the University of South Florida, everyone who knew him personally was extremely surprised.

O'REILLY: All right. You knew a man named Tariq Hamdi, correct? You know Tariq?

AL-ARIAN: Mr. Hamdi. Yeah.

O'REILLY: Yeah. You know him. Were you surprised that he set up an interview with ABC News with Usama bin Laden? Does that surprise you?

AL-ARIAN: I didn't know about that. I mean, Mr. Tariq Hamdi left us about eight, nine years ago. He became a journalist, and I'm not sure what kind of connections he has with whatever journalists are...

O'REILLY: OK. Were you surprised that he was implicated in the embassy bombings in Africa?

AL-ARIAN: Well, I understand he was never implicated.

O'REILLY: Yes, he was.

AL-ARIAN: My understanding is that the FBI has talked to him, they give him security clearance, and if the FBI gives someone security clearance, he must not be implicated.

O'REILLY: No. Right now, he's on the list of suspected terrorists. Did you know that?

AL-ARIAN: No. I'm not aware of that.

O'REILLY: All right. Does that surprise you?

AL-ARIAN: It -- I'll be -- I'll be shocked because this -- this guy has an American citizenship, he was given security clearance by the FBI. I can't imagine that he is...

O'REILLY: OK, but he is. So there's another shocker. So that's three.

In -- in 1988, you did a little speaking engagement in Cleveland, and you were quoted as saying, "Jihad is our path. Victory to Islam. Death to Israel. Revolution. Revolution until victory. Rolling to Jerusalem." Did you say that?

AL-ARIAN: Let me just put it into context. When resident Bush talked about crusade, we understand what he meant here. The Muslim world thought he is going to carry a cross and go invade the Muslim world and turn them into Christians. We have to understand the context. When you say "Death to Israel," you mean death to occupation, death to apartheid, death to oppression, death to...

O'REILLY: But not death to any human being?

AL-ARIAN: No, absolutely not. Absolutely not.


AL-ARIAN: Absolutely not.

O'REILLY: All right. So now what we have here is you saying death to Israel. You're bringing a guy over here who gets paid by the good citizens of Florida and then goes back and becomes one of the lieutenants or generals of the Islamic jihad, but you don't know nothing about it. Another guy sets up an interview with Osama bin Laden for ABC, and you don know anything about that.

You know, Doctor, it looks to me like there's something wrong down there at the University of South Florida. Am I getting -- am I getting the wrong impression here?

AL-ARIAN: You're getting completely wrong impression because you can pick and choose and interpret it, you know, different ways.

The fact of the matter is we have been involved in intellectual-type activity. We brought dozens of people. All of them are intellectual type.  You're going to get the apple -- a bad apple or two, but that -- if you focus on them, you get one conclusion.

The fact of the matter is that we've been investigated by the FBI for many years...

O'REILLY: Correct.

AL-ARIAN: ...and there has been no wrongdoing whatsoever even suggested.

O'REILLY: Well, I don't know about that. Your -- your brother-in-law is going to be deported right now. I mean, it looks like he's going to get kicked out of the country, correct?

AL-ARIAN: It has nothing to do with this. His deportation...

O'REILLY: It doesn't have anything to do with it? Your brother-in-law is going to get kicked out of the country and it doesn't have anything to do with it?

AL-ARIAN: No. Absolutely not.

O'REILLY: Does that come as a shock to you that he's going to get kicked out of the country?

AL-ARIAN: It was absolutely. As a Palestinian refugee, he lost his visa. He -- his status was not adjusted. It has nothing to do with all that. His deportation had to do with the denial of asylum. It has nothing to do with any of the stuff we're talking about.

O'REILLY: Yeah. Well, Doctor, you know, with all due respect -- I appreciate you coming on the program, but if I was the CIA, I'd follow you wherever you went. I'd follow you 24 hours...

AL-ARIAN: Well, you don't know me. You don't know me. You do not...

O'REILLY: That doesn't matter. With all of this circumstantial evidence...

AL-ARIAN: If you don't know me, you can't judge me by...

O'REILLY: I'm not judging you.

AL-ARIAN: ... simply...

O'REILLY: I'm just saying...

AL-ARIAN: That's exactly what you're saying.

O'REILLY: I'm saying I'd be your shadow, Doctor.

AL-ARIAN: We've been -- we've been looked at, and a judge -- a judge has said that we are not a threat to national security.

O'REILLY: All right.

AL-ARIAN: Even the government itself said we're not.

O'REILLY: OK. All right, Doctor. I'd still shadow you. I'd go to Denny's with you, and I'd go everywhere you went. We appreciate you coming on.

Bush's Terrorist Buddy

Laura and George W. Bush (3rd and 4th from left) with Islamic
Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian
(third from right) and family
(son, Abdullah "Big Dude" Al-Arian, is on far left).

Bush's Terrorist Buddy - Part 2

WorldNetDaily's Debbie Schlussel will be a featured guest on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" tonight concerning Professor Sami Al-Arian and his buddy George W. Bush

"Let us damn America. Let us damn their allies until death. Why do we stop?"
Professor Sami Al-Arian - Source

Bush's Scary CAIR Friends

Terrorists' Favorite Congressman - Professor Sami Al-Arian Loves Congressman David Bonior

William Raspberry - Terrorists' Sucker - Abdullah Al-Arian, the "innocent" example of airport Arab-profiling he'd written about, is actually the son of Islamic Jihad's U.S. frontman, Dr. Sami Al-Arian - also a University of South Florida professor on tax-paid leave.

Terrorists' Favorite College

Professor Sami Al-Arian Update

Factor Followup - Professor Sami Al-Arian

Union Opposes Firing of Professor Sami Al-Arian

Factor Followup - Professor Sami Al-Arian

A Factor Exclusive Makes News - Professor Sami Al-Arian

University Trustees Clear Way For Palestinian Professor Sami Al-Arian To Be Fired

What Is Going On At The University of South Florida

For a start toward the real answer, perhaps we should provide a little update on Sami Al-Arian, the University of South Florida computer engineering professor whom we have met before in these pages. Al-Arian is a piece of work: a man who in the past has played host or even employer - right there in the Tampa/St. Pete metropolitan area - to a number of notorious international terrorists and their equally notorious propagandists and sympathizers. Al-Arian appears ill-disposed towards Jewish people; in February 1995, ten days after two young Arab zombies had blown themselves up at an Israeli bus stop, killing 22 people and injuring 59 others, Al-Arian wrote a fund-raising letter exulting in the deed and requesting "support to the jihad effort in Palestine so that operations such as these can continue." Al-Arian appears similarly ill-disposed toward Americans, even those who aren't Jewish. "Let us damn America" and its allies "until death" he has been heard to proclaim, at one of the many jihadist pep rallies he has sponsored since arriving in the states more than a decade ago.

Palestinian Man, Held on Secret Evidence for 3 Years, Arrested for Visa Violation - ties to alleged terrorist front organizations, including a University of South Florida Islamic studies group

Palestinian Professor Al-Arian Put on Paid Leave After O'Reilly Appearance

Documents From Board of Trustees Meeting at University of South Florida - December 19, 2001 - Regarding Dr. Al Arian:

USF Board of Trustees Resolution

USF Timeline of Terrorist Activity of Professor Al-Arian

President's Report To Trustees

Legal Opinion To USF By Attorney Tom Gonzalez

Timeline of Professor Sami Al-Arian By USF Office of Public Affairs

January 22, 1986 - Sami Al-Arian is hired as an assistant professor by USF.

1991 - USF Middle Eastern Committee is formed to promote dialogue after Persian Gulf War.

1991 - Al-Arian founds the World and Islam Studies Enterprise Inc. as an Islamic think tank in Temple Terrace, Florida.

1992 - USF's Middle Eastern Committee signs an agreement with WISE to sponsor academic meetings and occasionally publish papers.

1992-94 - WISE brings Islamic speakers to campus.

November 1994 - A PBS documentary, "Jihad in America" alleges Al-Arian is the head of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group's domestic support network. The documentary was created by Steve Emerson.

1994-95 - Ramadan Abdullah Shallah teach Arabic during the spring semesters.

May 1995 - A two-part series in The Tampa Tribune questions ties among USF, WISE and the Islamic Committee for Palestine charity.

May 1995 - USF's inspector general issues a report that finds irregularities with WISE graduate students and the hiring of an Arabic instructor.

1995 - A second report says USF violated its own policy.

1995-96 - Al-Arian takes a one-year sabbatical.

October 1995 - Shallah appears in Damascus and is named head of the Islamic Jihad.

December 5, 1995 - USF Provost Thomas J. Tighe announces changes to USF's procedures for entering into agreements with outside entities. Agreements now require high-level review and approval.

November 1995 - Federal immigration officials search the WISE office and Al-Arian's home and office.

January 1996 - USF retains outside counsel William Reece Smith Jr. to look into USF's agreements with WISE.

March 1996 - The Oracle student newspaper receives a letter from a group claiming connections to the Islamic Jihad and neo-Nazis. The group threatens to bomb a USF building and kill a white female professor on April 29.

April 29, 1996 - USF closes most of campus due to the bomb threat. Final exams are moved one week later to accommodate the closing.

1996 - Federal agents say in unsealed court documents that they have probable cause to believe the think tank and the charity are fronts for international terrorists.

May 2, 1996 - Provost Thomas Tighe places Al-Arian on leave with pay, effective August 7, 1996, pending completion of the federal investigation.

August 7, 1996 - Al-Arian's paid leave takes effect.

February 24, 1998 - At the request of USF President Betty Castor, USF Associate General Counsel Hank Lavendera writes to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking for status of federal investigation.

March 6, 1998 - U.S. Attorney Charles R. Wilson responds to Lavendara's February 24 letter saying that the Department of Justice will not comment on its investigations.

April 6, 1998 - Engineering Dean Michael Kovac notifies Computer Science and Engineering Chairman Abraham Kandel that Al-Arian can resume his regular faculty duties in fall 1998.

August 1998 - Al-Arian resumes his regular faculty duties.

Sept. 26, 2001 - Sami Al-Arian appears on FOX News' O'Reilly Factor. Host Bill O'Reilly questions him about alleged ties to terrorism.

Sept. 27, 2001 - USF receives hundreds of angry phone calls and e-mails about Al-Arian, including calls and e-mails with threatening language about Al-Arian. In the afternoon, the Computer Science and Engineering Department receives a death threat to Al-Arian. The department closes for several hours. Provost David Stamps, Engineering Dean Louis Martin-Vega, USF President Judy Genshaft and University Police Chief Paul Uravich discuss safety issues related to Al-Arian's presence on campus. They determine Al-Arian should be placed on paid leave for his safety and the safety of the rest of the USF community. Stamps and Martin-Vega meet with Al-Arian off campus and tell him that the university is placing him on leave until it determines that it's safe for him to return to campus.

Oct. 5, 2001 - Al-Arian is present in the USF's Marshall Center in violation of the terms of the leave of absence.

Oct. 8, 2001 - USF Provost David Stamps sends Al-Arian a letter notifying him that his presence on USF's campus on Oct. 5 violated his leave of absence. The letter constitutes a final warning to Al-Arian not to appear on campus.

November 1, 2001 - At the request of a USF trustee, R.B. Friedlander, interim general counsel, asks Tom Gonzalez, an attorney with Thompson, Sizemore & Gonzalez, to determine whether Dr. Al-Arian's actions constitute conduct which would justify discipline up to and including termination.

November 1, 2001 - December 18, 2001 - Gonzalez reviews the situation, including documents submitted by USF regarding disruption to the orderly and efficient operation of the university. He determines Al-Arian's conduct could be grounds for termination. Gonzalez is in contact with USF President Judy Genshaft during the process.

December 18, 2001 - Genshaft relates Gonzalez's determination to Dick Beard, chairman of the USF Board of Trustees. Beard calls an emergency meeting of the board of trustees to be held Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.


Coming To America - Islam is Peace - Right, and Bill Clinton is a Virgin

Panelist Becomes Terrorist - Ramadan Abdullah Shallah
"The speakers included a former U.S. attorney general, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States and some of the top scholars on the Middle East and Islam in the world. One of them was a University of South Florida professor, a Palestinian exile with a Ph.D. in economics who had lived in the United States since 1990."

He described the men as Arabic-looking, wearing red headbands

Muslims to pray in the White House

Bush Advisor is Holy Land Foundation Lawyer

Holy Land Foundation Fallout

The Holy Land Foundation, Hamas, and their allies in the U.S.

Israel evacuates embassies, Palestinians celebrate

Palestinians celebrate attacks with gunfire

Thousands of Palestinians Celebrate 9-11

U.S. law outlaws any scheme to kill, enslave, or extort money from U.S. citizens. Title 18 of the U.S. Code, section 241 states in relevant part:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory,Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same....

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Islam is a criminal conspiracy under U.S. law
The Koran, which Muslims believe is "the very words of Allah," commands Muslims to make war on non-Muslims and allows Muslims to kill, enslave, or extort protection money called "Jizya" from non-Muslims. If you do not believe this, please take a look at the following four-part briefing on what Koran actually teaches:

The Koran Briefing

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

U.S. Muslims Push Stamp As Symbol of Acceptance

US May Become Centre Of Islamic Activities

Bush Celebrates Eid al-Fitr with Muslim Children in White House

Bush Commemorates Eid al-Adha

For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary February 21, 2002


I am pleased to send warm greetings to Muslims across the United States as you celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday.

As you join in spirit with those gathered in Mecca to observe the traditions of one of your most sacred feasts, may you share joyful and reverent fellowship with family and friends.

During this special time, our Nation is reminded of the remarkable contributions of American Muslims to our history, culture, and way of life. Our spiritual foundation and common heritage will continue to guide us as we strive to strengthen our country and advance peace and goodness in our world.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous observance.


White House Source

Messages from the President
President Bush

"When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race - out of every race.
"America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.
"This is a great country. It's a great country because we share the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. And it is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same way I do. They're outraged, they're sad. They love America just as much as I do."

-President George W. Bush, remarks at the Islamic Center Washington, D.C., September 17, 2001

"The Muslim faith is a peaceful faith. And there are millions of good Americans who practice the Muslim faith who love their country as much as I love the country, who salute the flag as strongly as I salute the flag."
-President George W. Bush, meeting with leaders from the U.S. House and Senate, September 19, 2001

"Warm greetings to Muslims across the United States as you celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday and join in spirit with the millions gathered in Mecca to uphold the traditions of one of your most sacred feasts.
"America was built on a strong spiritual foundation, and the celebration of faith is central to our lives. As you celebrate the annual Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, your honor the great sacrifice and devotion of Abraham as recognized by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. By educating others about your religious traditions, you enrich the lives of others in your local communities.
"The variety of nations and cultures represented by those who travel to Mecca each year, and the varied ways in which Muslims contribute to American life across the United States, are powerful reminders that ethnic and racial differences need not divide us when we share common values and purposes. By building strong foundations of mutual respect, we can achieve peace and reconciliation in our world.
"Laura joins me in sending best wishes for a joyous holiday celebration."

-President George W. Bush, greetings on Eid al-Adha, 2001

Back to Muslim Life in America Homepage

U.S. Encourages Immigration From Terror-Sponsor States

Human Events
By Joseph A. D'Agostino
The Week of October 1, 2001

The U.S. State Department runs a quota system designed to encourage immigration from all seven countries on the department’s own terrorist watch list.

The "Diversity Immigrant Visa Program" has the goal of issuing highly prized permanent residence visas to 50,000 foreign nationals from countries that send relatively few immigrants to the United States. These visas are specifically designed to increase the diversity of the U.S. immigrant pool and are in addition to the employment- and family-based permanent visas that are granted each year.

All seven of the nations listed by the State Department as "state sponsors of international terrorism"—Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Sudan—are included in the program. "This was a program created by Congress," said a State Department official, and "1995 was the first year we had it."

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which requires the State Department to run the program, was sponsored by Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.) in 1990 and signed into law by President George Bush.

Countries that have sent 50,000 or more immigrants to the United States in the last five years, such as Britain, Canada, mainland China, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Pakistan, and the Philippines, are excluded from the program.

Applicants to the diversity program "still have to meet the same requirements as other applicants for permanent residence visas," a State Department official said. "Those requirements include copies of police records, interviews."

The application requirements, the official said, enable State to screen out dangerous people such as terrorists. "No one country may have more than 7% of the visas, but there is no minimum," she said. "No country is guaranteed to be able to have applicants approved under this program." Applicants enter a lottery each year, she said. Requirements include a high school diploma or a history of skilled work experience.

Thirteen million people filed applications for the 50,000 slots available next year. Of these, three million applications were ruled invalid. Of the ten million remaining, 1,703 people from Iran were awarded visas, 117 from Iraq, 67 from Syria, 26 from Libya, 757 from Cuba, none from North Korea, and 1,820 from Sudan.

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.), chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, had already introduced legislation to abolish the program before the September 11 attacks. Now he says he will include its abolition in the immigration reform package he plans to introduce after the House has passed the President’s anti-terrorism package. He said he expects that it will be difficult to get this reform package to the House floor.

Jack Martin, special projects director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said he doubts that terrorists use the diversity immigrant visa program because obtaining permanent residence visas is such a long process that includes a more thorough background check than that involved in getting a temporary visa (for business, tourism, or study).

© Human Events, 2001

7,000 Men Recently Entered from Al Qaeda 'Watch' Countries - Between late October and December 1, the State Department granted nonimmigrant U.S. visas to at least 7,000 men from countries in which al Qaeda is active.

Let's repeat that. "After" the World Trade Center attack. "Between late October and December 1, the State Department granted nonimmigrant U.S. visas to at least 7,000 men from countries in which al Qaeda is active."

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) says it has no plans to round up the 250,000 to 300,000 illegal aliens that it admits are still in the country even though they have already been ordered deported by federal judges - October 22, 2001

Preparing for The Next Pearl Harbor Attack (re: Homeland Security)


Don't Trust and Always verify

25 posted on 03/12/2002 2:01:44 PM PST by Uncle Bill
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To: ThanksBTTT; nunya bidness

26 posted on 03/12/2002 2:06:43 PM PST by Askel5
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To: Fred Mertz; OKCSubmariner
Fred, see post #25 above. We are being completely sold out.

Dead 9/11 Hijackers Get Visas on Attack Anniversary

FBI Knew Terrorists Were Using Flight Schools

FBI Knew of Suicide Hijack Threat in 1995
"U.S. law-enforcement authorities knew as early as 1995 that Middle Eastern men were training at American flight schools and had discussed crashing planes into federal buildings, but did not follow up on the information, according to documents and interviews with American and Filipino authorities."

The Making of Death Pilots

The FBI is a criminal enterprise.

Schippers: Government Prior Knowledge - Pending Attack


GOVERNMENT TERRORISM - From Ruby Ridge To Waco And Beyond

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
George W. Bush - Transition of Power: President-Elect Bush Meets With Congressional Leaders on Capitol Hill - Aired December 18, 2000.

Bushbotulism is real.

You would defend Bush if he declared himself dictator.

"Rather be under the dictatorship of Bush, than the dictatorship of Buchanan."
11 posted on 3/9/02 2:37 PM Pacific by Dane

Don't Believe "Them"

"We are the only ones who know what is good for the country, and we are the only ones who can do anything about it."
FBI Special Agent Joseph G. Deegan - 1977
FBI Secrets: An Agent's Expose

Win At All Costs - The Rule of Law is Dead

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY - Remarks by U.S. Representative Bob Barr

"I think, yes, something could have been done. We have to look at September 11 as a failure, an intelligence failure. And I'm not talking about just the CIA. It's the FBI, Immigration, State Department, including the press."


Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes

Dick Cheney asks Daschle to Limit Sept. 11 probes


The biggest sell-out in world history

27 posted on 03/12/2002 8:10:45 PM PST by Uncle Bill
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This thread needs to be bumped again. Thank you for all the links you have provided. All I can say is holy sh**!
28 posted on 03/19/2002 8:37:25 AM PST by happygrl
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29 posted on 03/19/2002 12:01:58 PM PST by Uncle Bill
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30 posted on 03/21/2002 3:39:22 AM PST by Uncle Bill
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