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Sami Al-Arian speaks to USF newspaper, not FOX or Bill O'Reilly

Reported by Chrish - February 21, 2006

Sami Al-Arian was a professor at University of South Florida when he was arrested and charged with multiple counts of supporting terrorism in the Israel-Palestine conflict. He was held by our federal government in solitary confinement for two years before he was found not guilty of eight of the charges, with a 10-2 margin of the jury voting to acquit on the other nine charges. He remains incarcerated in solitary confinement while the government explores its options in retrying him.

Bill O'Reilly spearheaded one of his many vendettas against Al-Arian. We've documented several instances of his accusations of guilt-by-association, his rage at the non-convictions,, and his strident demands for a retrial.

No wonder, then, that Al-Arian did not grant an interview to FOX News. Unlike the vice-president, he knew he would face a hostile interviewer. He chose instead to speak to The Oracle, the newspaper of the University of South Florida, from which he was terminated when the charges were brought.

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