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Maher Hawash pleaded guilty

A software engineer from Oregon pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding the Taleban and now faces the likelihood of seven to 10 years in jail.
A software engineer from Oregon pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding the Taleban and now faces the likelihood of seven to 10 years in jail.

The Justice Department says Maher Hawash, a naturalized American citizen of Palestinian descent, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to supply services to the Taleban following the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

In a plea agreement filed with a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, Hawash admitted that he and five other men agreed to go to Afghanistan in October of 2001, prepared to take up arms for the Taleban and die as martyrs, if necessary. As part of the plea agreement, two other charges against Hawash were dropped including one count of conspiracy to levy war against the United States.

Hawash and the others tried to get to Afghanistan by way of China and Pakistan. But after numerous failed attempts, they returned to the United States in November of 2001.

Five of the six others charged in the conspiracy have pleaded innocent. The sixth suspect remains at large.

Hawash was arrested in a parking lot outside the Intel Corporation in March where he worked. He was held as a material witness for five weeks before charges were filed against him.

Prosecutors in Portland say Hawash became angry with the United States in the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks and then conspired with the other defendants to join the fight against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Hawash has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors under the plea agreement. Prosecutors expect he will be sentenced to jail for a period of 7 to 10 years.
ok... 06.Aug.2003 15:59


So, he was trying to give up his job at Intel, wife, and children to go fight against the US in Afghanistan? Well, I'll say this, if he was guilty than he must also be incredibly stupid. Still, I remain unconvinced unless any new evidence is going to be presented. Perhaps some of the information that was kept secret will be released now? And does anyone else think that this is still not reason to justify violating someone's constitutional rights? If they had evidence that he was guilty than they would have presented it in a court of law and gotten an indictment, not detained him for 5 weeks as a "material witness".

Was he Guantanamo'ed? 06.Aug.2003 17:58


Sleep deprivation, denial of social contact, maybe a few drugs. You know the drill.

Good spirits 06.Aug.2003 18:16


According to the article I read on kgw.com, he seemed in good spirits. Doesn't seem like he had a rough time at all and he gets credit for time served.

secret arrest, detention comes up with nothing 07.Aug.2003 08:50

Theresa Mitchell

So--after secretly snatching Mr. Hawash and holding him incommunicado in some dungeon, deprived of all human rights--actions 'excused' by the supposed extreme risk Mike represented to society--it turns out he's going to lose his car and do seven years. We punish repeat shoplifters worse than that.

Every legitimate cop, prosecutor and judge in the country should hang their head in shame at this outcome. So he copped a plea. Maybe he didn't want to go back to the US' Secret Dungeon of Due Process.

Confessing to a vapor 07.Aug.2003 10:10

Lazy Faire

The things this man is accussed of and the things he admits to are not, in any real sense, crimes, and they are certainly not acts of terrorism.
However harmful the policies of the Taliban may be, supporting them could only be a crime to the US Military. And what would the US Military be without enemies? Just a worthless devourer of resources, instead of a worthless devourer of resources that kills people.

For this man to confess to terrorism, when no terrorism is involved in the case, implies that some tactic inspiring tremendous fear was employed by his captors.

Open Letter to Maher Hawash (edited) 07.Aug.2003 16:50


Open letter to brother Maher Hawash on his decision to turn State's evidence against his brothers in Islam, 7 Aug. 03

By Majdur Travail,
Editor, Islam and Marx News

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله

Assalamu 'alaikum,
Brother Maher Hawash,

"A Muslim is one from whose tounge and hand other Muslims are secure." [Al-Bukhari]

It has fallen to this writer the uncomfortable and painful task of reminding a brother Muslim of his obligations to Allah and the Muslim Ummah and that which he already knows too well. From the fear that if none warn you at all and that the entire Muslim Ummah itself may be made to bear this grevious Sin, I come to you as a warner, a bearer of witness [Shahadda], La ilaha illal lah [none has the right to be worshiped be He]. A testimony to the truth of the Qur'an, the coming of the Day of Judgement and the Might of Allah--that on that Day of Judgement, which is coming as surely the night changes into day at Allah's will, that you will have no intercessor on that Day unless you repent [Tawbah].

Having recently learned of you plea agreement wherein you have agreed to collaborate with the enemies of Islam [the enemies of Allah] against your brothers and your sisters in Islam, I remind you that "Those who purchase disbelief at the price of faith inherit the Hell Fire." [ 2:86]

In one moment you cry during Salah [Iqamat As-Salah] in order that your brothers should believe that you are a pious man and in the next you sing like a canary to the Department of Justice. But you deceive not Allah, the One who knows what is in the hearts of men. Indeed you appeared to be a man of Paradise, but are in fact a man of the Munafiqun [Hypocrites], but not the least harm have you done to Allah.

You began this Divinely fated quest as a man of Faith [Mu'minun] destined for the Abode of Martyrs and returned from it a Hypocrite as it was related in the Hadith on the authority of Abi Thabit Abi Sa'id and Abi Walid that Sahl bin Hunaif reported that the Holy Prophet [Rasulallah, Sallah (A)llahu alai-hi wa-Sallam] said: "If anyone asks Allah for martyrdom with a genuine purpose, Allah will bring him to the dwellings of the martyrs even if he dies on his bed." [Sahih Muslim].

With Paradise at arms length, what was written in the Book of Creation overtakes and you do the deeds of Hell and will enter Hell. As it was narrated by Aboo Hurayrah the the Prophet [Sallah alai-hi wa-Sallam] said, "Surely a person may do the deeds of the People of Paradise for a long time, then terminate his deeds with the deeds of the people of Hell." Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter?

Surely you know that Anas [Radi-Allahu Anhu] reported: The Prophet [Salla (A)llahu alai-hi wa-Sallam] said, "No one of you shall become a true believer until he desires for his brother what he desire for himself." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Do you now ask us to believe that the Ummah desires for itself that its brothers collaborate with enemies of Allah for the purpose of oppressing Islam? "And those who disbelieve are the allies of one another." [8:73]

I am told by Anas [Radi Allahu Anhu] that Rasulallah [Salla (A)llahu alai-hi wa-Sallam] said, "Help your brother, whether is is an oppressor or is oppressed." A man enquired: O Messenger of Allah! I help him when he is oppressed, but how can I help him when he is an oppressor?" He [Sallah (A)llahu alai-hi wa-Sallam] said, "You keep him from committing oppression. That will be your help to him." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In this interest I ask you not to oppress your own brothers and sisters for verily "A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong."

It is an unpardonable Sin of disbelief--"A brief enjoyment; then, [the Hypocrites] ultimate abode is Hell. [3:186]

"Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of Fire; no helper will you find for them." [4:145]

On the Day of Judgement Allah shall give you what He promised, "This is the Hell which you were promised! Burn therein this Day" [36:63-64]

Allah will give you death and and bring you back to life, as surely as the sun also rises, and burn your flesh only to reclothe you in new flesh and burn you again that you shall know the torment of the God Almighty!

"Do you disbelieve and belie Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs revelations, etc.)--such are the dwellers of the Fire. They shall abide therein forever." [2:39]

How shall we know you are a Hypocrite? Whenever you speak, you lie. What ever promises you made, you broke. Your brothers trusted you and you proved dishonest. And you made a covenant and proved yourself treachrous!

As if you did not know "we shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits"? You gave not glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the Patient). Did you not know that Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope. He gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and is punished for that (evil) which he has earned? "Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full...the life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing). You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and in your personal selves." [3:185-186]

Now then repent. You cannot, you must not, testify against your brothers lest you breach your covenat with Allah and inherit the Hell Fire. Repent before death overtakes you, for it is also coming as surely as Allah changes night into day--sign for those with understanding.

Death, we are told, crawls up your bossom and when the Angel of Death seizes you by the throat the chance for repentance is gone forever! "Nay, when (the soul) reaches to the collar bone (i.e. up to the throat in its exit)...the drive will be, on that Day, to your Lord (Allah)!" [75:26, 30]

And you will say "Where is the refuge to flee? No! There is no refuge! Unto your Lord (Alone) will be the place of rest that Day. On that Day man will be informed of what he sent forward (of his evil and good deeds), and what he left behind (of his good and evil traditions) Nay! Man will be a witness against himself [as his body parts (skin, hands, legs, etc.) will speak about his deeds]."

What will your mouth say about you on that day brother...what will it say?

I leave it now for you to choose as God has placed before you the Heavens and the Earth, the Blessing and the Curse, the earthly world of Sin and an everlasting Hell; or the world of Paradise [Jannat] and everlasting peace in the Abode of Allah, the choice between Life and Death. Choose Life that you may live (in Paradise). Cancel this evil scheme against your brothers and sisters, for it is clearly Satan's handiwork.

Islam and Marx News

Taliban? 18.Aug.2003 09:57


It's Taliban not Taleban. Wow...that's some shoddy editing.