Dr. Sami Al-Arian

There Was a Time When Presidential Candidates Fought to Earn the American Muslim Vote

With various polls at a nail-biting dead heat, and a nation nervously awaiting the end of an election season that feels like it’s gone on for years, it’s difficult not think back to another close election.

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Deported Palestinian Civil Rights Activist: Jeb Bush Lied About Working With Me

Editor's Note: AlterNet's new Grayzone Project presents a shocking story by Sami-Al Arian. Al-Arian was a computer engineering professor at the University of South Florida, Palestinian rights activist and Muslim-American civil rights leader who spent the years between 2003 and 2014 on trial, in prison or under house arrest after being accused of providing services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Fueled by a campaign of right-wing media demonization, Al-Arian became the subject of one of the longest running federal government prosecutions in history, and one of its most controversial. Following a global campaign for his freedom that gained support from Amnesty International, federal prosecutors dropped the case against Al-Arian in June 2014. Writing from Turkey, his home since he was deported in February 2015, Al-Arian describes his relationship with Jeb Bush and how Bush lied about working with him to advance his older brother's political ambitions. 

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