The same Islamic Saudi Academy that wants to EXPAND in Virginia!!
From AP: American al-Qaida sentenced to life for Bush plot
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A U.S. man who became an al-Qaida terrorist while attending college in Saudi Arabia and plotted to assassinate then-President George W. Bush was defiant Monday as he was sentenced to life in prison.
An appeals court had overturned the original 30-year sentence for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 28, who was born in Houston and grew up in the Washington suburb of Falls Church. He was convicted in 2005 of joining al-Qaida while studying in Saudi Arabia in 2002. Abu Ali met with top al-Qaida leaders in Saudi Arabia and discussed establishing a sleeper cell in the United States.
“I would like to remind you that you too will appear before the divine tribunal with me and everyone else,” he said in a brief statement to U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. “That day there will be no lawyers … If you are comfortable with that, you can decree what you will.”
“This was a case manufactured by the Saudi torture regime and expedited to the United States for trial,” he said.
Lee said he had held a lengthy hearing to decide whether Abu Ali’s videotaped confession should be thrown out and the judge, a jury and an appeals court all concluded it was voluntary.
“Abu Ali’s utter refusal to express even a scintilla of remorse for his conduct or a repudiation of his association with al-Qaida clearly contributed to the court’s determination,” Laufman said. “What did come out today was that this is a hard-core jihadist.”
More background on Abu Ali from Discover the Networks:
Born in 1981 in Houston, Texas, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is a former student at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia. While attending this Saudi-subsidized private high school that serves the children of hundreds of Saudi nationals (and promotes intolerance of non-Muslims), Abu Ali taught Islamic studies to younger children at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in the local town of Falls Church.
After graduating (as valedictorian) from the Academy in 1999, Abu Ali, whose classmates named him “Most Likely to Be a Martyr,” briefly studied engineering at the University of Maryland, then moved to Saudi Arabia in 2000 to study the Qu’ran and Sharia Law at the Islamic University of Medina. He returned to northern Virginia later that year and was in the U.S. when the 9/11 attacks occurred, but he resumed his studies in Saudi Arabia in the fall of 2002.
A few days after his arrest, the FBI searched Abu Ali’s room at his parents’ house and found, among his possessions: a document praising Taliban leader Mullah Omar and the 9/11 attacks; Arabic-language audiotapes in Arabic promoting violent jihad, the killing of Jews, and a battle by Muslims against Christians and Jews; and a book written by al Qaeda official Ayman al-Zawahiri, in which the author characterizes democracy as a new religion that must be destroyed by war.
What does the ISA Class of 2010 look like? From a student video on Youtube via Marooned in Marin: