The government’s war against Sami Al-Arian: An Interview with Laila Al Arian
Posted by uscsjp on July 30, 2008
Photo: Socialist Worker
“Dr. Sami Al-Arian, one of the earliest victims of the ‘war on terror’ within the U.S. itself, continues to languish in jail, where he has been since his February 2003 arrest for the ‘crime’ of speaking out on behalf of the Palestinian struggle against Israel’s apartheid.
Al-Arian’s daughter, Laila Al-Arian, is the author, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, of Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, she recently joined Al-Jazeera English as a producer.
spoke with Laila on her recent visit to Burlington, Vt., where she sought a meeting with Sen. Patrick Leahy, a leading Democrat and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. So far, Leahy has refused to investigate the circumstances and conditions under which Dr. Al-Arian is being held.
IN 2006, after a Florida jury refused to return a guilty verdict on any of the charges that the Bush Justice department had brought against him, your father signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to secure his release from prison. Why wasn’t your father released and deported as agreed? What’s happened since?
MY FATHER signed a plea agreement, and we thought that was that, and he would be released just a few months later. Then, this federal prosecutor, Gordon Kromberg, tried to bring him to Virginia. Kromberg has been on a six- or seven-year witch-hunt against Muslim organizations in the Northern Virginia area…”
–Socialist Worker, July 30, 2008
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