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Idaho trial could be a test of Patriot Act

A Saudi graduate student used his computer expertise to help Islamic terrorists recruit followers and raise money over the Internet, prosecutors said in opening statements at the man’s trial Wednesday. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a 34-year-old doctoral candidate in computer science at the University of Idaho, is accused of setting up and running Web sites that supported the Palestinian militant group Hamas and organizations that advocate attacks on the United States. “With his expertise and expert advice, he created for them the vehicle for the recruitment and funding of terrorism,” federal prosecutor Kim Lindquist told the jury. “The Internet is an integral part of logistical support for extreme jihad, terrorism, around the world.” Full Story

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