Well next week the Defense tries to refute the tower of evidence presented by the Prosecution in the Holy Land Hamas Friend of CAIR Terror Trial. Among the projected witnesses are Frank Anderson who left ran the Middle East section of the CIA until eleven years ago. Anderson has written how even before there were official contacts between the US and the PA, his arm of the CIA was in bed with Arafat and the PLO. Anderson is a consultant and not a big fan of the the War in Iraq
Another expected witness is former Texas Congressman John Bryant from Dallas. It was Bryant in 1991, suggested withholding aid from Israel unless she froze all construction in the settlements. Since his time in congress Bryant has been a paid agent of the HLF. He has blamed Israel for the cotroversy over the Holy Land Foundation: “They were under constant rhetorical assault. It continued year after year. I went up there and talked with the agencies. I said, ‘This is a transparent operation. The Israelis know what they are doing. Why don’t you tell us how you would like this organization to operate?’ ” Bryant recalls.Stay tuned as more events in this trial are sure to come fast and furious.
Government rests in Holy Land Foundation trial
By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News
The government rested its case Thursday in the nation’s largest terrorism financing trial after jurors heard six weeks of testimony on more than 700 pieces of evidence. The former Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation and five of its former organizers are accused of sending millions of dollars overseas to support Hamas, a banned terrorist organization. The defense will wait until after the long Labor Day weekend before calling its first witnesses. Defense attorneys have long argued that their clients were concerned only with raising money for devastated Palestinian families. They deny their clients had any ties to Hamas. The government has said the foundation and its organizers not only raised money for Hamas, but directed aid to families of suicide bombers and prisoners.Final witness
Jurors did not hear from a couple of the government’s more anticipated witnesses, including Mohamed Shorbagi and Abdul Rahman Alamoudi. Both are serving terrorism-related prison terms and were expected to tell jurors about Holy Land’s connection to Hamas and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. Brotherhood members spawned the current jihadist movement in the 1920s in Egypt. Mr. Shorbagi, Holy Land’s former representative in Georgia, pleaded guilty last year to providing support to Hamas through Holy Land, and this year was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Mr. Alamoudi, a high-profile Muslim advocate who was an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, is serving a 23-year prison sentence for doing business with Libya, a state-sponsor of terrorism, and participating in a plot to assassinate Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. To counter the mountain of government evidence, the defense will put on experts, associates and family members to show that Holy Land organizers were not militant and sought only to raise money to help families affected by the Arab-Israeli conflict. Among those witnesses is attorney and former Congressman John Bryant, who was a public advocate for the foundation after it came under public scrutiny in the ’90s. Another is the former head of the CIA’s Near East Division, Frank Anderson. According to court documents, Mr. Anderson “will testify that [Holy Land’s] activities in providing humanitarian support in Palestine, contrary to government allegations, did not constitute reward for terrorism” or recruitment for Hamas.