GRAD STUDENT INNOCENT OF TERRORISM
- WIFE OF GRAD STUDENT SAYS HE'S INNOCENT OF TERRORISM-RELATED CHARGES
JOHN K. WILEY, Associated Press, 2/28/03
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - The wife of University of Idaho graduate
student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen says her husband is
innocent of terrorism-related charges.
Maha Al-Hussayen was questioned for five hours by federal agents
after her husband was arrested on Wednesday, according to a news
release from the woman's lawyer
Maha Al-Hussayen declined interviews, and asked that the privacy of
the couple's three children be protected, according to the release
issued by lawyer Cynthia Miller of Moscow. There was no answer at the
family's apartment on Thursday.
Miller said FBI agents confiscated the Al-Hussayens checkbook and
other financial documents, depriving Maha Al-Hussayen of a way to
provide for her family.
"This is completely unacceptable and unconscionable," Miller said.
She urged university students and other Moscow residents "to speak
out in support of the Al-Hussayens."
"The federal government is capitalizing on the public's fear of
terrorism to create what constitutes a witch hunt against innocent
individuals," Miller said.
The head of the Islamic Student Association at the University of
Idaho called the arrest a misunderstanding and urged residents not to
jump to conclusions about Al-Hussayen, 34.
"We can assure the community of our brother Sami's innocence,"
Marwan Mossaad said. "If anything, this man has always been a man of
charity and peace."
Other Muslim students met Wednesday night at the mosque in Moscow
and expressed worries about being arrested, he said
Blain Dahlstrom, an INS official in Seattle, said Al-Hussayen's
wife and children will be allowed to remain in the United States
pending the disposition of the case. If Al-Hussayen is convicted, he
and his family would face deportation, Dahlstrom said, adding the
lives of international students on U.S. campuses are more controlled
because of a new nationwide system that tracks their movements.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service began enforcing the new
Student Exchange and Visitor Information System - SEVIS - on Feb.
15. It requires colleges, universities and trade schools to report,
via the Internet, information such as enrollment, employment, name
and address changes, or disciplinary or criminal actions against
Mossaad was reluctant to talk Thursday about the new wariness of
"Everyone is in pretty bad shape right now," he said. "Many of us
left our countries because we could not express our own views. Maybe
now that's changing here."
Mossaad said some Arabic students believe their movements and
activities are being monitored
Idaho President Robert Hoover said universities will be changing
their policies over the next few years to reflect new security
"The University of Idaho is not the same place today as it was
yesterday," Hoover said. "A university's value is its openness.
That's been challenged by this event."
ATTORNEY: ANTI-MUSLIM BOMB PLOT WAS A FANTASY FOR PODIATRIST
Mitch Stacy, Associated Press, 2/28/03
SEMINOLE, Fla. - The plot looks to be the work of a meticulous
weapons hobbyist bent on avenging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by
wiping out a neighborhood Muslim center and killing everyone in
A detailed "mission template" found last summer in Robert Jay
Goldstein's townhouse had him planting homemade bombs and using
powerful automatic weapons to destroy the Islamic Society of Pinellas
County mosque and cultural center. He would eliminate police
officers, too, if they got in the way.
"Will storm (main building) and open-fire on all rags and then bolt
out and let the (explosive) devices do the rest," the handwritten
plan said, employing a derogatory term for Muslim people.
The question: Would the 38-year-old podiatrist really have pulled
on a black sweatshirt and pulled off a daring, bloody siege that
surely would have garnered headlines worldwide?
His attorney, Myles Malman, says no. He says Goldstein is mentally
ill and that the plot was a fantasy, something akin to "Dungeons and
Others, though, are convinced he was dead serious. And the case
against him appeared to get even stronger Wednesday when his 29-year-
old wife, Kristi, cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to tell them
what she knows...
"We were frightened," said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, who worships at the mosque
allegedly targeted by Goldstein. "We were shocked. And we were upset.
We felt like the government wasn't taking it seriously..."
SOME POLICE SEARCHES BANNED IN SETTLEMENT OF RACIAL PROFILING SUIT
Associated Press, 2/28/03
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Highway Patrol settled a racial-
profiling lawsuit Thursday by agreeing to ban some car searches and
require officers to specify the reason for each traffic stop beyond
just a hunch about wrongdoing.
The settlement, filed in federal court, also requires the highway
patrol to track all stops and constantly review that database to spot
whether any officer is pulling over a disproportionate number of
black or Hispanic motorists. The highway patrol also must pay
$875,000 in fees and damages.
Highway patrol officials have insisted officers do not profile or
discriminate, and under the settlement they admitted no wrongdoing.
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the
class-action lawsuit on behalf of three San Francisco Bay-area
drivers, hailed the settlement as a victory when the war on terrorism
has bolstered profiling as a law-enforcement tool
ACLU lawyers said the settlement was particularly important given
the targeting of Arab and Muslim Americans by terrorism
"It's a statement and a reminder that racial profiling is wrong,
that racial profiling is not necessary for effective law
enforcement," said Alan Schlosser, legal director for the ACLU of
GROUP ASKS BUSH TO STOP PROFILING ARABS
Jonathan D. Salant, Associated Press, 2/28/03
WASHINGTON - A leading civil rights groups has asked President Bush
to end the extra scrutiny given to Arabs and Muslims in the post-
Sept. 11 fight against terrorism.
In a letter Thursday to the president, the Leadership Conference on
Civil Rights said singling out people of Middle Eastern or South
Asian ancestry is just as wrong as racial profiling directed against
blacks and Hispanics. The organization asked to meet with Bush to
discuss how to end the practice.
Not all drug crimes are committed by African Americans and
Hispanics, and, likewise, not all terrorism is committed by Arabs,
Muslims or South Asians," the group wrote.
A call to the White House was not immediately returned
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