Some are cheering the news that convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian has been ‘deported’ to Turkey. Upon further review, this deportation may be closer to the ones given to the Taliban Five who went to Qatar along with $5 Billion in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Where al-Arian is going – and where he is not – speaks volumes.
According to a report published on al-Arian’s ‘deportation’, Egypt would have been a better fit for al-Arian to go. That is where he lived prior to coming to the U.S. and that is where he was once expected to be deported. If the Muslim Brotherhood was still in power in Egypt, that destination may have been more realistic. Instead, al-Arian was ‘deported’ to Turkey, the same country so many Muslim Brotherhood leaders fled to after Mohammed Mursi was removed from power in Egypt. Now that Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi is in power there, al-Arian likely would have been jailed upon landing in Cairo. Now, al-Arian is a candidate to join Muslim Brotherhood collaborators who seek el-Sisi’s overthrow from Turkey.
Two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, al-Arian appeared on the O’Reilly Factor. In perhaps O’Reilly’s best television moment ever – made better with hindsight – he took al-Arian on and little more than one year later al-Arian was arrested. The video could not be located but here is a short audio excerpt of the exchange:
Keeping that clip in mind, fast forward to early 2010. A man by the name of Rashad Hussain was announced as Barack Obama’s envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Coinciding with his appointment, it was learned that in 2004, Hussain defended al-Arian at a Muslim Students Association (MSA) event. However, Hussain was caught in a coverup and was then caught lying about it; he was not fired and holds the same position today. It was a story that never should have gone away but did.
The coverup had to do with an article published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA). Below is a short video from a news report that appeared on the Fox News Channel. At this point, quotes originally attributed to Hussain, that expressed support for al-Arian were said to have been said by someone else. Instead, the American people were told BY THE WHITE HOUSE that it was al-Arian’s daughter who actually said them, thus maligning the writer and WRMEA editor. The editor willingly went along with the false narrative.
This report was filed days before Hussain was caught red-handed covering up the truth:
Fox News reported that the editor, Delinda Hanley claims the edit was made in February, 2009.
The Web version of the 2004 article in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was later edited to delete all of Hussain’s comments. Editor Delinda Hanley told Fox News she believes the change was made in February 2009, though she does not recall who requested the edit.
Hanley remembered telling the group’s webmaster: “Let’s just take out the quotes since they have been attributed to the wrong speaker.”
The truth is that it was Hussain and the Obama administration who wanted his defense of al-Arian removed from the article. That Hussain was not fired is what implicates Obama. After all, in February of 2009, Hussain had just been given a high-profile position as deputy associate counsel to President Obama. Hussain’s defense of al-Arian would be bad PR.
After being elevated to OIC Envoy, a position with a much higher profile, interest – albeit briefly – was taken in Hussain’s 2004 comments at the MSA event; the MSA has been identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in the U.S. The coverup and backtracking by Hussain and the White House began.
Then late on a Friday evening (10:09pm EST to be exact), February 19, 2010, the POLITICO reported that there was an audio recording of the 2004 event. The words were indeed said by Hussain and he had to admit to having said them. Yet, there were no consequences and even Fox News all but dropped the story.
Here is that recording:
As an aside, none other than Daveed Gartenstein-Ross actually published a defense of Hussain after the audio recording was released. Even if one is inclined to dismiss evidence that Hussain is sympathetic to Muslim Brotherhood front groups, the fact remains that he attempted to coverup what he said about al-Arian and then lied about it. Gartenstein-Ross is someone with whom Shoebat.com is somewhat familiar. In 2013, he gave bizarre testimony at a House Subcommittee hearing in response to questions about Ansar al-Sharia.
Perhaps ‘deported’ is the wrong word to use in the case of al-Arian, simply because of where he went. Even when Qatar was feeling pressure to jettison Hamas leaders – including the group’s leader Khaled Meshaal – it was Turkey that openly welcomed them, as Shoebat.com reported. There is absolutely no reason to suggest al-Arian will be welcomed any differently.
Once called a ‘master manipulator’ by a federal judge, al-Arian was revealed as a major player with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a group closely connected to Hamas and the larger Muslim Brotherhood group. Turkey has openly embraced the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Arian is likely to be seen as a living martyr who refused to testify against another Muslim Brotherhood front group and was held in contempt.
As an article in the Tampa Bay Times points out, it was this contempt charge that had been holding up his deportation, until it was dropped last year, which is what facilitated that deportation:
…instead of Al-Arian being expelled, the legal drama continued when prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., sought his testimony in a separate investigation there. He refused, saying he had carefully negotiated the Florida plea deal to exclude the usual requirement to cooperate with government investigations. But appellate courts ruled that prosecutors were within their rights to subpoena Al-Arian in the new case.
They sought his testimony in a long-running, terror-related grand jury investigation focusing on a Herndon, Va.,-based organization called the International Institute of Islamic Thought, which was raided by the FBI in 2002 and had provided funding to the think tank Al-Arian founded.
In 2008, prosecutors in Virginia filed criminal contempt charges against him for his refusal to testify about that despite a grant of immunity. The case languished, with the Al-Arians living under house arrest at their daughter’s Virginia home, until a federal prosecutor agreed to dismiss the indictment last June.
As Shoebat.com reported, the U.S. State Department recently received a Muslim Brotherhood delegation from Turkey. That delegation was made up of individuals from the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, a group of Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers who fled Egypt after Mursi was overthrown and whose objective is to overthrow el-Sisi. As a leader with PIJ who chose jail over testifying against a Muslim Brotherhood front group known as the IIIT, al-Arian will be welcomed with open arms in Turkey.
The Obama administration once again demonstrates it’s in league with Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood, which makes it quite radical.