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Terrorism / Al-Arian Indictment #722227

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 20, 2003
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(Jordan: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The indictment of controversial professor Sami al-Arian†† of the University of South Florida, charged with being the US leader of the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, featured; details given of the charges and evidence against al-Arian and seven others; video shown of al-Arian condemning America and Israel. [Being led into the courthouse, al-ARIAN – says it’s all about politics.] [Attorney General John ASHCROFT – says we make no distinction between those who carry out terrorist attacks and those who finance, manage or supervise them.] [NBC News terrorism analyst Steve EMERSON†- says the indictment shows that al-Arian is raising money for terrorist operations.] [Al-Arian’s attorney Nicholas MATTASSINI††- says al-Arian is a political prisoner.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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