[ISN] Jury acquits man of charges he used Net to promote terrorism

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Date: Mon Jun 14 2004 - 01:13:25 PDT

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    Saudi graduate student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen was acquitted Thursday of
    charges that he used his computer skills to help terrorists raise
    money and recruit followers.
    Jury acquits man of charges he used Net to promote terrorism
    Associated Press
    BOISE, Idaho - In a case that pitted the Constitution against the
    Patriot Act, a Saudi graduate student was acquitted of charges he used
    his computer expertise to help Muslim terrorists raise money and
    recruit followers.
    A jury deliberated nearly seven days before handing down its verdict
    yesterday in favor of Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a 34-year-old Ph.D.  
    candidate in computer science at the University of Idaho.
    "The message is that the First Amendment is important and meaningful
    in this country," said David Nevin, lead attorney for Al-Hussayen.
    "The system worked."
    The case against Al-Hussayen was seen as an important test of a
    provision of the Patriot Act that makes it a crime to provide expert
    advice or assistance to terrorists. The act, passed in response to the
    Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, also expanded the government's
    surveillance and detention powers.
     . . . . 
    and http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2004_06.php#001601 "Being a
    Webmaster for Controversial Islamic Websites Not a Crime"
    June 10, 2004
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