Friday, December 10, 2010

Valedictorian Of Islamic Saudi Academy Complains His Prison Sentence "Too Harsh" For Conspiring With Al-Queda To Assassinate Bush

You remember him? The 1999 valedictorian of Alexandria VA's Islamic Saudi Academy who was convicted for a 2005 plot with al-Queda to assassinate President George W. Bush (Washington ComPost, via Weasel Zippers).
The life prison term given to a U.S. man who joined al-Quaida and plotted to assassinate then-President George W. Bush was unreasonably harsh when compared to sentences in comparable terrorism cases, the man’s lawyer told a federal appeals court Thursday.

A government attorney countered that U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee properly concluded that Ahmed Abu Ali’s case was unique and that his lack of remorse demonstrated that he would be a danger to others if ever released from prison.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from both sides before taking Abu Ali’s request for a new sentencing hearing under advisement. The court usually takes a few weeks to rule.

Abu Ali was born in Houston and grew up in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, where he was valedictorian of a private Islamic high school. He joined al-Qaida while attending college in Saudi Arabia and discussed numerous potential terrorist attacks, including a plot to assassinate Bush, and planned to establish a sleeper cell in the United States.
Abu Ali's Saudi-funded school in Virginia, the Islamic Saudi Academy, also has been in the news for their textbooks for hate towards Jews, Christians and other "infidels." The director of the school was arrested in 2008 for trying to cover up a child abuse case. The director didn't follow Virginia law, but instead followed Shariah law and told the parents to get the girl counseling.

The ISA recently had their lease extended by the Fairfax County Board of Stupidvisors. Gerald Hyland, stupidvisor for the Mt. Vernon District of Fairfax County (where the madrassa is located) even called the ISA "an asset and a good neighbor...a darn good neighbor."

Yeah, great people to have in your neighborhood: people who think Jews and infidels are "apes" and a student who wants to kill the President.

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