Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Voted Most Likely to be a Suicide Bomber

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, was accused yesterday of planning to assassinate President Bush. You may have heard that he was the valedictorian of his high school in Alexandria, VA . What you may not have heard is that he attended the Islamic Saudi Academy, an institution funded by Saudi Arabia. Lots more detail are available over at The Jawa Report. From the Philadelphia Daily News:
The school's former comptroller, arrested last year after videotaping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland, has been labeled by federal agents as a high-ranking member of the terrorist group Hamas.
It gets better. Ali's father works for the Saudi Embassy. Regular readers can guess what I think about that.

Ali's lawyers claim he was tortured by the Saudis. Why would they torture a boy who went to their school and whose father works at their embassy? Perhaps they didn't.
(F)ederal prosecutors said Wednesday in court filings that also rejected his contention that he was tortured while held in Saudi Arabia. ... Abu Ali never complained about his treatment during several meetings with an American diplomat in Saudi Arabia, according to the filing. Moreover, an American doctor examined him Monday and found "no evidence of physical mistreatment on the defendant's back or any other part of his body."
Interesting indeed. Look at this photo of his parents. He has ties to the Saudis and he attended and taught children at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, a mosque also attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers. Does that make Ali guilty? Not in the eyes of the law. But in the squinted, bloodshot eyes of Rant Wraith, you bet your ass. I'd hate to see him spend 80 years in federal prison where he can proselytize to other prisoners. Maybe there's a spot for him in solitary or in the super-max prison where they keep the Unibomber.

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