Al-Arian Case: Craziness, Mendacity and Incompetence Abound

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  1. Jag says:

    Sounds like Gravel came dangerously close to threatening or inciting violence against a Federal Prosecutor and his family. Hopefully once the Al-Arian nonsense is done, he'll have a nice visit by the Feds.

  2. Federale says:

    Why not testify truthfully at the Grand Jury? Perhaps he doesn't want his carefully crafted image as the poor oppressed Muslim immigrant to be damaged by the truth.

  3. Ken says:

    You're assuming, Federale, that the turthful answer will satisfy the prosecutors. You're assuming that they will believe it is the truth, and that they will not prosecute him on the theory that it is not.

  4. Jdog says:

    Far as I can tell, from this remove: the Feds did a lousy job on the first prosecution. Such things happen; they do, from time to time, get out-lawyered, and there are real difficulties in prosecuting somebody when a lot of the information comes from the intelligence services who — whether they're right or wrong in their conclusions — have good (and, sure, bad) reasons to not want sources and methods outed.

    Such is life. It's not like there's a paucity of overseas jihadis; adding al-Arian to that pile wouldn't do a lot of harm.

    As to whether a religious Muslim really can assert a legitimate religious objection to testifying during Ramadan, I dunno. Seems to me — living in a city where there have been certain inventions about what shariah requires (we had the cab drivers who discovered that shariah requires them to not service blind folks with dogs, people transporting booze, and trannies, but to not give up their hack licenses, and who backed down after the authorities said, in effect, "Nice try") and that it's legit for a prosecutor to express a certain skepticism, although he probably should — if he did it — express it with a bit of sensitivity.