Two “moderate Muslim” components of the Muslim Brotherhood networks in the U.S. have been praising the release of Sami Al-Arian, who pleaded guilty in assisting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group–CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council).
A little history on al-Arian from the “Islamist Watch Blog”:
“In 2003 Al-Arian was charged with seventeen counts related to material support of terrorism. Despite videos showing him at rallies that glorified attacks on Jews, a jury acquitted him of eight counts and hung on the others. To avoid further prosecution, he pled guilty to one count of “conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of” PIJ and agreed to be deported after completing his sentence. However, he remained in prison beyond his scheduled release for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Islamic charities. His contempt trial has been postponed pending an appeal over the immunity parameters of his plea agreement. On September 2 he walked out of jail and is now under house arrest.”
All through this process, CAIR, MPAC, and the other Muslim Brotherhood-connected groups have failed to condemn him at all, even on the charge he admitted to. Instead, they praise him, exalting him to a near-martyr status, raising money for his defense and claiming he was the victim of the ongoing anti-Muslim government conspiracy.