Feds: Fired Professor a Danger to U.S.
Federal prosecutors argued Thursday that a fired university professor should remain jailed without bond until his trial because he is a “powerful” member of a Palestinian terrorist group and a danger to national security. Outside the courthouse, about 50 people protested Sami Al-Arian’s detention, saying he is a victim of racism and anti-Islamic fervor. The group briefly scuffled with about three others who oppose Al-Arian’s release. The former computer engineering professor, who was fired last month by the University of South Florida, is accused along with seven others with operating a racketeering enterprise since 1984. The charges include conspiracy to kill and maim people abroad, conspiracy to provide material support and resources to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, extortion, obstruction of justice and immigration fraud. Full Story