March 14, 2005

Abu Ali Pleads Not Guilty to Bush Assassination Plot

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the Virginian man linked to an al Qaeda plot to assassinate President Bush has plead 'not guilty' to all six counts in a Federal indictment.

Abu Ali was valedictorian at a Saudi funded Wahhabist high school in Alexandria, VA. The alleged terrorist also attended and taught at a mosque with ties to The Muslim Brotherhood, a group dedicated to the imposition of Islamic law and the return of the caliphate.

ABC News first runs this AP story by repeating the claim that Abu Ali was 'valedictorian' without noting that the high school is run by the Saudi government and which had a Wahhabi curriculem at the time Ali attended. Then they note:

Prosecutors allege that Abu Ali discussed numerous terrorist acts with other al-Qaida members, including a plan in which he would either shoot Bush or detonate a car bomb.

Other alleged discussions included a Sept. 11-style attack in which airplanes would be hijacked from the United Kingdom or Australia and flown to targets in the United States.

An FBI agent testified that Abu Ali admitted his guilt multiple times in interviews with Saudi and American authorities, but Abu Ali's lawyers say the government's evidence was obtained through torture and that they have seen the scars on Abu Ali's back from the beatings he endured while in Saudi custody.

Lawyers for Abu Ali filed a motion seeking medical and psychological evaluations that they contend will support his claim that he was tortured. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said he would schedule a hearing as soon as Friday on the defense motion.

Abu Ali's lawyer Ashraf Nubani pressed for a May 4 trial, arguing the August trial date would violate federal speedy trial rules and said the government wanted the additional time to "concoct its case."

Prosecutors said they needed a later trial date because of the complexity of the case.

The counts against Abu Ali include two counts of conspiring conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, two counts of providing material support to terrorists, one count of contributing services to al-Qaida and one count of receiving funds and services from al-Qaida.

CNN notes:
Abu Ali, 23, stood silently in a green prison jump suit as his attorney entered the plea on his behalf and requested a trial by jury rather than by a judge.
Silent? He must be innocent! Many of Abu Ali's defenders note how soft-spoken the man is so he couldn't be a terrorist. As if there is some sort of relationship between how loud one is and his support for terrorism. I advise watching one of bin Laden's tapes for a clue. CNN then goes on to describe Shaker El Sayed as "a local Muslim leader":

Shaker El Sayed, a local Muslim leader and Abu Ali family friend, told reporters the case against Abu Ali was based on a confession to Saudi authorities he termed "laughable."

"They didn't have the evidence. They don't have the evidence. The fishing expedition continues," he said.

They fail to mention that El Sayed was a leader at a radical salafi mosque with ties to convicted terrorists. A radical mosque supported by the Muslim Brotherhood. A mosque that teaches women to put on the veil, as Ali's mother does.

This is a man that calls US action in Iraq 'terrorism' and in this essay attempts to discredit the 9/11 acts but supports terroristic attacks that he approves of:

First, Jihad as war ought to be conducted by the state that has the authority to wage war and declare war; but terrorism can be conducted by a state like that in the case of ..... United States against the innocent Iraqi people. This is a state imposed type of terrorism that is uncalled for....

War is justified to respond to aggression or to protect the weak and the meek as we mentioned or to fight against occupation to protect your homeland or to fight injustices committed by any. You have to fight injustices by all means using least force as needed first and if this doesn’t repel then you use extra force as needed.

Reuters also passes on this piece of misinformation in an attempt to paint Abu Ali in a positive light:
Abu Ali, then a student at a Saudi university, was arrested by Saudi officials on June 9, 2003, and held in Riyadh for 20 months until his return to Virginia last month after a federal grand jury indicted him.
As if what Abu Ali was studying and where he was studying is of no consequence. Ali was studying Islam in Mecca at the time of his arrest. He wasn't there in a peace studies program or preparing to take his GRE.

Other related stories:
Judge Holds Ahmed Omar Abu Ali Without Bail
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali Admitted Plot to Kill Bush, Carry Out Another 9-11
Alleged Terrorist is "Rosa Parks" of Muslim Community
Would Be Assassin's Jihadi Connections
The Muslim Brotherhood Connection to Bush Assassination Plot
More Revelations About "Terror High"
Terrorist Son of Saudi Embassy Worker Attended Saudi Run School
Man Charged in Presidential Assassinination Attempt Valedictorian of Radical Islamic School in Virginia Supported by Saudi Government

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:39 PM | Comments |