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Well, Not Quite A Free Society
No, you aren't free to be the Salvation Army for terrorism from within our borders. A Federal judge just sentenced a scumbag cleric to 75 years -- the maximum -- for funding terrorist organizations:

Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, 57, was convicted in March of attempting to funnel millions of dollars to Palestinian-backed Hamas and to al Qaeda, the radical Islamic group behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Hamas is an Islamic fundamentalist group that the U.S. State Department labels a terrorist organization.

U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson also fined al-Moayad $1.2 million for his role in attempting to fund terrorist organizations, said Bob Nardoza, a spokesman in the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York.

"This defendant is truly beloved in Yemen by millions of people for a lifetime of charitable work on behalf of poor people," said Al-Moayad's lawyer during the trial, Bill Goodman.

"This sentence will be seen in Yemen and throughout the Arab world as evidence of American hatred of Muslims and not as evidence of American justice."

U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf, based in Brooklyn, called al-Moayad a "master terrorist financier" and said he "richly deserves the maximum sentence imposed."

"Those who finance terrorist attacks, and rejoice in the murder of innocent victims, are no different from those who plant the bombs or carry the backpacks," Mauskopf said news release. "Money is the lifeblood of terrorism."

It's time to see more of this -- here and in Britain. Let them all kill themselves -- and nobody else -- in the clink!

Posted by aalkon at July 29, 2005 6:33 AM

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