Brought to you by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: the Islamic Saudi Academy valedictorian who joined al Qaeda, and plotted to kill President Bush…but thanks to a good court decision, he now faces a life sentence…
URGENT ALERT: On August 3, at 3:00 p.m., the Board of Supervisors will vote whether or not to greatly expand the Islamic Saudi Academy. They have heard hours of testimony from their constituents that the expansion of the school will endanger residents and drivers on Popes Head Road, that the expansion will pollute the Occoquan watershed that provides drinking water to the county, that it’s not even clear who the legal applicant is for this extraordinary “special exception” from the planning laws applied to other schools in Fairfax County.
Attend the August 3 hearing at 3:00 p.m., and let them know we will remember how they vote.
“By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A Falls Church man convicted of plotting with al-Qaeda to kill President George W. Bush was resentenced to life in prison Monday after the judge said his release would threaten “the safety of the American citizenry.”
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali had been given a 30-year prison term after he was convicted in 2005 of joining an al-Qaeda conspiracy to mount a series of Sept. 11-style attacks and assassinations in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the conviction last year but sent the case back for resentencing, indicating that the sentence should be more severe.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee obliged on Monday, saying he had reevaluated the case and concluded that the danger of ever releasing Abu Ali is too great. “I cannot put the safety of the American citizenry at risk,” he said, citing Abu Ali’s “unwillingness to renounce the beliefs that led to his terrorist activities.”
The resentencing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria marked an apparent end to one of the most emotional and highest-profile terrorism cases since the Sept, 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Prosecutors portrayed Abu Ali, who was valedictorian of his 1999 class at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County, as an example of the threat of homegrown terrorism.
His trial was the first in a U.S. criminal court to rely heavily on evidence gathered by a foreign intelligence service. Security officers from Saudi Arabia, where Abu Ali was jailed for 20 months, provided the bulk of the government’s case, testifying via video from the kingdom.
Abu Ali’s family, which mounted a highly public campaign for his return to this country, said that he was tortured by Saudi security officers and that U.S. officials were complicit — allegations that have gained resonance in recent years because of the fierce debate over the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees.
But the judge, jury and appellate court rejected that argument. A juror said after the trial that Abu Ali’s videotaped confession was “chilling” and showed no sign of coercion.
Before the judge imposed the tougher sentence Monday, Abu Ali said he was being mistreated at the highly secure federal prison in Colorado known as the “supermax,” and he blamed “a rogue Justice Department” for his conviction.
“I cannot pretend that this is justice,” said Abu Ali, who said he wanted to “remind” the judge “that one day you will go before the divine tribunal. Allah, he knows the doings of every soul. If you are comfortable with that, then you can decree whatever you want to decree.”
As he left the courtroom, Abu Ali smiled and waved to a large crowd of supporters, some of whom called out in Arabic “Salaam aleikum,” or “Peace be with you.” Abu Ali’s parents declined to comment.
His attorney, Joshua Dratel, said in an interview that the life term was “unfortunate” and that the original sentence was reasonable. “What they are really doing is setting a mandatory minimum term of life in prison for terrorism cases,” said Dratel, who had urged Lee to resentence Abu Ali to no more than 30 years. “That’s contrary to what the law is.”
Prosecutors asked the judge to impose life. “This defendant planned acts of terrorism that were designed to inflict massive casualties on innocent civilians within the United States,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Campbell.
David H. Laufman, who prosecuted the case and is now a Washington defense lawyer, attributed the sentence in part to “Abu Ali’s refusal to express even a scintilla of remorse for his conduct,” and he said the case “underscores the ability of federal courts to resolve the most complex legal issues” in terrorism matters.”
“…..The 28-year-old was born in Houston, lived most of his life in Alexandria, graduated valedictorian from the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County and planned on joining al Qaeda for years, court documents show.
He finally joined the group while in Saudi Arabia in 2002.
“ ‘It was decided that I would go [to the United States] and live a normal life [overtly] to keep attention away from me, marry a Christian woman, and at the same time I would prepare as best I could for operations,’ ” Abu Ali said in his written confession.
He emulated Mohammed Atta and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, key players in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the documents show.
While in prison, Abu Ali requested “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams of My Father,” both books by then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, but was refused them…..”
URGENT – AUGUST 3 2009, 3:00 p.m. – Attend the Fairfax Board of Supervisors Meeting announcing their decision on the expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy –
WHERE: 12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035 .
The Islamic Saudi Academy is planning to build an immense Shariah-ruled campus in Fairfax to teach the apartheid doctrines of Shariah. As usual, Fairfax officials are bending over to help, even though the Islamist campus may severely damage the environment of the neighborhood and cause unmanageable traffic. This massive ISA campus is opposed by a rapidly growing group of Fairfax taxpayers.
Please attend to show the Board of Supervisors that Fairfax residents HAVE JUST STARTED their protest against the ISA. We will not forget the votes cast on August 3, 2009.
July 13, 2009 Fairfax Board of Supervisors Hearing on expansion of Islamic Saudi Academy Popes Head Road campus
Fairfax PD and Fire Marshals Office were out in force. We had numerous reports from those who went to the Planning Commission hearing that they were intimidated and threatened on the way to their cars after the meeting. At this
Supervisors hearing, I spoke with at least one individual who had to time his exit from the meeting to avoid a known threat against him. Then of course, there was the testimony from the brave man who lives in constant fear for his life from the Wahhabists that caused to flee to the US from Egypt. But here’s Mernie Fitzgerald letting you know everything is ok, and that over 12 cops and 3 fire marshalls are the norm for planning meetings. Afterwards she told me that if I acted now, I could take advantage of a limited time offer while supplies last, to get a Shamwow, Snuggie, and secret Wall Street Insider trading tips for the low price of $19.95.
Perhaps they were afraid of all this.
July 13, 2009, Fairfax County, VA
One of many posts on this subject.
Thanks to Marooned in Marin for the video.
Pray, pray, and pray more. It toppled the Romans and the first Communist Empire, add it to your arsenal against the evils of Sharia. In the videos below, we brought interfaith mutual understanding right to their feet. As you will notice, they run from it. A stark contrast from their efforts here.
Whenever you see this…
…you must do this.
Yet another ISA graduate arrested….
A Saudi Arabian man living in Tampa is being held without bond after being arrested June 4 for attempting to board a US Airways flight carrying a concealed weapon. Raed Abdul-Rahman Alsaif was trying to fly to Phoenix.
According to a criminal complaint by Gregory J. Mertiz, Special Agent with the Transportation Security Administration in Tampa, Alsaif submitted three bags for screening to TSA officers. A Transportation Security Officer saw a large butcher knife inside one of the bags. The knife was “artfully concealed between the outside fabric and the expandable pull handles of the bag,” the complaint said, and the weapon was stored in a way that would have been “accessible to him [Alsaif] in flight.”
Alsaif initially was arrested for violating state concealed weapon laws. He told police a friend gave him the bag and he didn’t know there was a knife inside it. Police questioned the friend, who said that the bag wasn’t his and that he had not given Alsaif a bag or a knife.
Raed Alsaif is a 2003 graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Alexandria, Virginia, the same high school that was the subject of a report in June 2008 by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) which alleged that ISA was using radical Saudi textbooks. According to the report, passages in the textbooks used at ISA justify violent actions and intolerance to the reader including killing Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, apostates (converts from Islam) and adulterers. School officials say they have deleted the offending passages.
In 2003, the same year that Alsaif graduated from ISA, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen and ISA graduate and valedictorian was arrested in Medina, Saudi Arabia on terrorism related charges. In 2005, Ali was convicted on nine counts including providing material resources to Al-Qaeda and conspiracy to assassinate President George W. Bush. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Alsaif has been previously arrested on drug charges and driving without a license in Hillsborough County.
In addition to his current concealed weapon charges, authorities found that Alsaif has been living in the country illegally. Alsaif had been a University of Tampa student, but was dismissed for poor academic performance in May 2009. Alsaif failed to file a timely appeal for his dismissal. As detailed in Alsaif’s Order of Detention, he is now in violation of his student visa and subject to deportation. The court document also claimed that there are reasons to believe that Alsaif “has not been entirely candid since his arrest.”
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Immediate action required!
The United American Committee, ACT for America, the Traditional Values Coalition, the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force, American Constitution and Capitalism Defense Front, and citizens of Fairfax County need your help. The Islamic Saudi Academy is seeking to expand a campus in Fairfax County, and our County Supervisors are too cowardly to hold the ISA accountable. The ISA has the Saudi Government and CAIR supporting it and we need reinforcements.
Please support us by following the schedule below in contacting Fairfax County Supervisors. For the amount of time it takes to scan the headlines of your favorite blog, you can support those of us on the frontline by delivering this simple message: No on the Islamic Saudi Academy.
Be kind, be courteous, but be firm: On July 13, No on ISA.
Download, print and distribute the “Speak Out July 13” flyer from the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force:
Virginia Chapter Director
United American Committee
July 8 Wednesday 9-11
Supervisor John Cook
July 8 Wednesday 11-1
Supervisor John W. Foust
July 8 Wednesday 1-3
Hunter Mill District
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins
July 9 Thursday 9-11
Supervisor Jeff McKay
July 9 Thursday 11-1
Supervisor Penelope A. Gross
July 9 Thursday 1-3
Mount Vernon District
Supervisor Gerry Hyland
July 10 Friday 9-11
Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth
July 10 Friday 11-1
Supervisor Pat Herrity
July 10 Friday 1-3
Supervisor Michael R. Frey
July 10 Friday 3-5
County Chairman Sharon Bulova