Take a look at this article:
Jail Time for Jihadists
By: Robert Spencer FrontPageMagazine.com Friday, May 29, 2009
In a major blow to terrorism financing on American soil, the founders of
the Holy Land
Foundation, once the nation’s largest Muslim charity, were both sentenced this week to
sixty-five years in prison for funneling at least $12.4 million in
charitable contributions to the terrorist group Hamas. The decision, which can
still be challenged by appeal, also has important implications for the nation’s
most prominent Islamic organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
as well as for American Muslims in general.
The HLF founders,
Shukri Abu Baker and Ghassan Elashi, were convicted in November 2008 of aiding a
terrorist organization by sending money to Hamas.
The two were also convicted of tax fraud and money laundering.
Pretty straightforward, right? Well, maybe not to some:
Abu Baker’s daughter, Zaira Abu Baker, sounded the notes of victimization
that Islamic jihadists and their allies invariably sound when found guilty of
aiding the spread of jihad and Islamic supremacism. “I’ve been with my dad 100
percent of the way,” she said. “I saw the work he did. He devoted his life to
helping needy children. But after 9/11, I guess, there’s hysteria. They pick and
choose people, and unfortunately it’s us.”
Another defendant, Mufid Abdulqader, who received a twenty-year sentence,
also claimed victim status. “I never imagined,” he complained, “I’d be put in
jail for taking people out of their jail of poverty and starvation.”
other defendants, in an appeal for leniency, told
their life stories before their sentences were handed down.
However, if their intention was to distract the focus from their
involvement in financing terrorism, they did not succeed. U.S. District Judge
Jorge Solis would have none of it. “You weren’t convicted of singing,” he told
Abdulqader. “You weren’t convicted of freedom of expression. You were convicted
of supporting Hamas.”
John calls that kind of excuse making "Loveline caller talk" and I agree with him. It is one step away from dating "shady" people (is that your phrase or mine John?) and making excuses for them.
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