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Trial Merges Terror Charges, Free Speech

A bespectacled computer whiz sits at the center of what civil libertarians are calling a confrontation between the First Amendment and the war on terror. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Muslim graduate student at the University of Idaho, has spent the past six weeks on trial on charges he provided material support to terrorist groups – not with cash or arms, but with computer expertise. The Saudi-born Ph.D. candidate set up and ran Web sites that prosecutors say were used to recruit terrorists, raise money and disseminate inflammatory rhetoric. His supporters say the government is using vague anti-terrorism laws to prosecute Al-Hussayen for his beliefs. Full Story

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