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Trial Could Be a Test of USA Patriot Act

The trial of a Saudi Arabian student accused of using his computer to help Islamic militants overseas is being seen as a key test of a USA Patriot Act provision that prohibits offering help to terrorist groups. A 12-person jury was seated Tuesday to hear the case of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, 34, a University of Idaho graduate student facing three counts of supporting terrorism by running Web sites that support the violent Palestinian group Hamas and organizations that advocate attacks on the United States. He also has been accused of maintaining bank accounts in four states to funnel money to a Michigan organization that federal agents claim has links to terrorists. In addition, the government has filed visa fraud and false statement charges against Al-Hussayen. Full Story

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