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    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
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      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
      foreign students…

      Mossaad was reluctant to talk Thursday about the new wariness of
      international students.

      "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
      concerns.

      "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."

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      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
      sight.

      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
      Dragons."

      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..."

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      SOME POLICE SEARCHES BANNED IN SETTLEMENT OF RACIAL PROFILING SUIT
      Associated Press, 2/28/03
      http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/5281190.htm

      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
      investigators.

      "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
      Northern California...

      SEE ALSO:

      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…

      SEE: http://www.civilrights.org/issues/cj/details.cfm?id=11408
      http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/racial_profiling/

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