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Jury failed in terrorism case

October 29, 2007

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A federal judge in Dallas declared a mistrial in the case of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) when a jury was unable to reach a verdict on 197 counts brought by the government that accused the Muslim charity of funding terrorism.

A hung jury, however, is not an acquittal and even if the Holy Land Foundation eventually is acquitted (the government has indicated it will retry the case) it doesn't necessarily mean the accused is innocent (think O.J. Simpson's murder trial).

Anyone in doubt about the game plan for infiltrating, undermining and attacking America from within our borders had better sober up. Our enemies know our ways and they are using them to gain a strategic advantage over us. From the rapid construction of mosques and Islamic schools across the country - many of which are financed by Saudi Arabia - to the use of front organizations as conduits to channel money to terrorist groups abroad, a "fifth column" has been opened in the United States. For those who are unfamiliar with the term "fifth column," it usually refers to a group of people who are assumed to have loyalties to countries other than their own, or who support some other nation in war efforts against the country they live in. We used to call such people traitors before the term was submerged in a wave of political correctness.

Despite the hung jury, a lot of useful information came out at the trial that people with terrorist intent would just as soon have remained hidden. Moving under the radar and hiding your real intentions is essential for fifth column members. Among the evidence revealed in court is the connection of Holy Land Foundation and a number of other Islamic groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America, to the radical Muslim Brotherhood organization. Read a thoroughly researched and documented essay at www.nefafoundation.org/hlfdocs.html

The Holy Land Foundation is not an unfairly persecuted charity. While it exhibits some charitable work as window dressing, evidence presented at the trial shows its connections with known terrorist groups.

Although scores of examples from the government's case show what we face, I offer just one found in a recent Nine/Eleven Finding Answers Foundation report: "On Aug. 16, 2007, a Miami jury convicted Adham Hassoun, Jose Padilla and Kifah Jayyousi of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. A Department of Justice press release announcing the initial indictment against Hassoun, a Palestinian national living in Florida, stated, 'As part of the conspiracy, Hassoun allegedly wrote a series of checks over several years - from 1994 to late 2001 - to unindicted co-conspirators and organizations, including the Holy Land Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation, to be used to support violent jihad.' Further, Raed Awad, HLF's Florida representative and fundraiser, served as the imam at Jose Padilla's mosque.' "

There is much more, including this from the government's case: "HLF is also mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report in connection with the investigation of Anwar Aulaqi, an imam in San Diego and Falls Church who allegedly had a 'close relationship' with hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar. Investigators probing Aulaqi prior to 9/11 learned that he 'knew individuals from the Holy Land Foundation and others involved in raising money for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.' "

That the government was unable to convince a jury of this is either the fault of the prosecutors or the blindness of the jurors. I suspect it is the latter. Americans are extremely reluctant to brand a class of people and put them in categories. Our enemies know this, so they trade on our sorry history of slavery and racism and wrap themselves in the image of civil rights workers seeking only the same freedoms everyone else enjoys.

In a related matter, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that an Islamic school in Northern Virginia that is supported by the Saudi government be closed until it can be determined whether the school promotes radical Islam. The commission has criticized what it calls a lack of religious freedom in Saudi society and the promotion of religious extremism in Saudi schools. Officials at the Islamic school in Northern Virginia say the textbooks used to teach hate, but no longer do. They refuse to provide the "new" textbooks for examination. Here's a deal: condition the approval of every Islamic school and mosque in the United States on the construction of Christian and Jewish schools and houses of worship in Muslim countries. That would stop them dead in their tracks because the freedoms we offer here, which they want to destroy, are not offered there in a religiously intolerant and politically totalitarian environment.

The government should retry the Holy Land Foundation case and hope for a better jury and a better outcome.

Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.

Comments

Speakout 9 years, 11 months ago

Since the jury couldn't come to a verdict, how do we supposed Cal Thomas did? Is he omnipotent and knows all the in's and out's of the trial to come to that conclusion? Or is his prejudice coming through?

temperance 9 years, 11 months ago

Speakout: Maybe Cal is in receipt of super secret government document to which we're not privy. In any event, shouldn't the headline be "Prosecutors Fail to Make Case . . ."

My favorite line: "Americans are extremely reluctant to brand a class of people and put them in categories." Yes, Cal Thomas proves that we're so reluctant to do that.

Ragingbear 9 years, 11 months ago

~~A hung jury, however, is not an acquittal and even if the Holy Land Foundation eventually is acquitted (the government has indicated it will retry the case)~~

Yeah, and retry it, and retry it, and retry it again. The government has done this before, sometimes charging people over 15 times before they were found guilty.

~~ it doesn't necessarily mean the accused is innocent (think O.J. Simpson's murder trial).~~

Yeah. Little things like due process are just getting in our way of freedom, isn't it Cal?

~~From the rapid construction of mosques and Islamic schools across the country - ~~

All men are entitled to practice religion as they choose, as long as it's Christianity?

The LJW needs to stop reprinting this clueless hatemonger's idiotic rantings.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

"Here's the deal Cal, rabid Bush haters suffering BDS have been unable to accept the fact Willy with his trousers down half the time allowed 9/11 to occur, but after Bush has been out of office and your 'sobering up' of these deranged folks happens due to more attacks they way you've described, the blame will be squarely laid on George W. Bush by the same loons24/7."

Now, don't get me wrong, this is good babble, somewhat entertaining. Silly, untrue, simplified, etc. But it just doesn't have that ironic flair that you unintentionally do so well. You know, saying something that speaks of yourself so perfectly, without being aware that you just projected externally again.

"And sadly, the loons will be still unhinged."

Oh, wait, there it is. Good.

shockchalk 9 years, 11 months ago

Do you see the problem with HLF? Do you see a problem with Islamic extemist who funnel money to other countries and promote terrorism? You may hate Bush, or on a more local level, RT, but turning your head and pretending that this isn't happening and it isn't serious, is a mistake.

Ragingbear 9 years, 11 months ago

~~Ragingbear, do you have any problem with Wahhabi Islamic schools?~~

I have the same problem with them as I do with a Christian school hosted by Westboro Baptist Church, or any other religion for that matter. Not because they are of a particular religion, but that they are part of ANY religion. Because all those places are are indoctrination camps that brainwash kids until they finally leave the school and either have major issues or turn into strange freaks like Fred Phelps.

shockchalk 9 years, 11 months ago

Illogicsound...........simply because a representative is an Imam at Padillas mosque? Uh no, there were 197 counts but as usual, you didn't read the article before you revealed your ignorance. Just keep bashing Cal and pretending the HLF is a freindly charitible organization while there are pages upon pages of facts that reveal their true intentions.

Insert illogicsounds lies and inability to have common sense here

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

"never seen anything like it before and probably never will again."

Even if you just meant specifically blaming Bush years after the fact you're still wrong. From what I read and recall, we had something like that in the early nineties for some reason. If you meant frothingly blaming a president for problems even years after his presidency ended for every problem, then you gotta be blind if you haven't seen a glaring example of that, even within your own frequent postings.

shockchalk 9 years, 11 months ago

Ilogicsound.............You are "off" by so much more than a mere 17 minutes. So, are you saying that since there was a hung jury, you believe that the HLF is innocent of any wrongdoing and has no ties to any radical Islamic group? You really are ignorant of the facts aren't you? Of course, you foolish pride prevents you from ever seeing how wrong you are. You believe everyone else is always wrong, and you are always right. That's quite an attitude you have going there illogicbound. You are entirely predictable.........no facts, no logic, no clue.......

sfjayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

when you cant get even 1 of the 197 counts to stick, i would say that is a failure of the prosecution, not the jury. Hopefully there will be a new prosecution who will be better prepared during the next trial. Unfortunately after the "firing of federal prosecutors" debacle that Gonzo mismanaged, the administration may be too gun shy to actually fire someone that deserves to be held accountable. I wonder if the prosecutor in charge was one of replacements that Gonzo picked? - if so Heckava Job Gonzo! Great choice!

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

"Jonas, even if you meant that it is not documented that Willy should have nipped OBL in the bud, even years later if you can't see that is on record, even if Pelosi, Reid & Murtha Co. Inc were not traitorous scum, even if Defeat-O-Crats and the far-left blogosphere and George Soros have not emboldened our enemy, even if now, AQ is saying they want another "Bush" type because the leftists media and the far-left blogosphere has been a support group and mouthpiece for Western hating radical Islam who want us to go bye-bye"

That's, errr, a lot of even ifs, that don't particularly go with the rest of your sentence.

"you must be in denial, even with all of your frequent and harsh attacks on me, a patriotic American. ;-)"

cough

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