Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sami, Sujiatun and "Sorry"

We now have information on what Sami al-Arian copped to: contributions

The former University of South Florida professor pleaded guilty to Count Four of the original indictment against him, which charged that he conspired to "make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad." The federal government designated that group a terrorist organization in 1995.

As part of the agreement, Al-Arian admitted to "filing for immigration benefits for individuals associated with PIJ, hiding the identities of individuals associated with the PIJ, and providing assistance for an individual associated with the PIJ in a United States Court proceeding."

So yeah, he says he's guilty of something the government tried to nail him on, and failed to. Maybe he copped to it just to avoid further legal shennanigans and get out of town, and maybe he really did do it after all. If the latter's the case, then good fucking riddance to terrorist-enabling rubbish.

(Now Robert Spencer wants an apology, too My earlier view stands, and he can apologize for the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, first.)

Meanwhile, The US State department says there is no evidence of a concentration camp for Falun Gong practicioners in Sujiatun district of Shenyang, in China.

Despite such a finding, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Friday that Washington has taken the Falun Gong's charges "seriously" and has urged the Chinese government to probe the claims.... McCormack added: "We remain concerned over China's repression of Falun Gong practitioners

So, yes, it appears the whole thing about the death camp may have been a load of bull. Either that or the Chinese did a remarkable job of cleaning up after themselves, which I tend to doubt.

In any case, serious questions concerning China's persecution of Falun Gong remain, and their abyssmal human rights record demands an answer. We're not likely to get it from them while Bush is in charge, though. Bush is "Sorry?" For what?

(And whatever did Bush whisper to Hu while the protest was happening...?)


Blogger Bob Waters said...

No bull.

Chinese dissidents have been reporting for weeks that the inmates have been relocated to other camps scattered throughout China.

11:41 PM  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...


Do you have some sources for that, so I can look into it some more? (Preferably not Epoch Times)


5:14 AM  
Blogger Bob Waters said...

Here's one:

6:14 PM  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...

thanks! : )

6:21 PM  

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