According to this Washington Examiner
report, “ Terrorist from Falls Church sentenced to Life in Prison,”
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, Unreconstructed Al Qaeda terrorist and 1999 Valedictorian of the controversial Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) of Fairfax, Virginia was resentenced to life in prison in a ruling by the Eastern Federal District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, Monday. Note the background of ISA grad Abu Ali from the Washington Examiner report:
Abu Ali was originally sentenced in 2005 to 30 years in prison.
U.S. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for eastern Virginia ruled Monday that Abu Ali should spend life in prison partially because he never renounced his al Qaeda ties.
After the initial sentencing, both sides filed appeals. Abu Ali completed some of his sentence in solitary confinement at a Supermax prison in Colorado, where, his lawyers said, he suffered from physical and mental trauma.
Abu Ali’s lawyers, Ashraf Nubani of McLean and Joshua L. Dratel of New York, argued the original sentence was too harsh.
U.S. attorneys argued that Abu Ali’s sentence was not long enough, given he “knowingly and willfully committed extremely serious offenses jeopardizing the national security of the United States,” a government statement says. “Given the nature of the defendant’s offense and the intended consequences, the government submits that few cases present a more compelling argument for a life sentence.”
We have written about
the “hot potato” of the ISA in Fairfax County, as well as this ‘illustrious’ American-born graduate of ISA and his three terrorist fellow alum
, Raed Abdul-Rahman Al-Saif, a Saudi national caught with a butcher knife at Tampa airport last month and
Mohammed Osam Idris and Mohammed el Yacoubi caught on trying to enter Israel on a suicide mission.
They were all products of Wahhabist hate doctrine drilled into their impressionable young minds in the Islamic Studies courses at the ISA with texts supplied by America’s ally, the Saudi Education Ministry, the subject of criticisms of the U.S. International Religious Freedom Commission and reports authored by Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute. The ISA was the subject of protests in June 2008 at the Royal Saudi Embassy sponsored K-12 school organized by grass roots activists from northern Virginia. Among them was ACT! For America Northern Virginia stalwarts, Denise Lee, Catherine Martin, Christine Brim of the Center for Security Policy, John Cosgrove of the United American Committee Virginia Chapter, Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition and husband James Lafferty of Virginias Against Sharia Task Force. The controversy continues with protests against the expansion of the ISA campus in the Pope’s Head section of Fairfax County at hearings of the Fairfax County Planning Commission and the County Board of Supervisors, see here
According to this Washington Examiner report:
While in prison, Abu Ali requested “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams of My Father,” both books by then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, but was refused them.
A Bureau of Prisons notification states “... the referenced pages contain information which have been determined to be potentially detrimental to national security,” according to court documents.
Given President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim ummah and attempts to engage in discussions with Islamic terrorists in Syria, Iran and proxies Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon and Gaza, perhaps Abu Ali thought he had a shot at clemency. Apparently Federal prosecutors thought differently as he didn’t evince any contrition about the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of Abu Ali’s Al Qaeda ‘icons’’ Mohammed Atta and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Twin Towers bombing plot, mastermind.
Unrepentant home grown terrorists like Abu Ali, who plotted to kill Former President Bush, deserve to rot in federal prison for life. The ISA deserves to be shut down, unless and until the Royal Saudi Embassy eradicates the hate in the canon of Quranic Islam that propelled Abu Ali and the trio of ISA alum to take up arms against America. Given our State department’s diffidence at forcing this issue despite Congressional pressures, you can bet it won’t happen anytime soon. Pity.