Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Friday, February 17, 2012

John Louis Esposito for the Defense (of an Alleged, Would-be Terrorist)

This morning at American Thinker, Stephen Schwartz lays out the government's case against Khalid Ali Aldawsari, arrested earlier this month on charges of planning to build a weapon of mass destruction. Campus Watch's interest in Aldawsari stems from the identity of one of his defenders: John Esposito of Georgetown:

Professor John Louis Esposito of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. is one of the most outspoken and prolific defenders of radical Islamist ideology in Western academia. But in addition to his tenured employment in Middle East Studies, Esposito has found a second calling -- as a court expert in the trials of accused Muslim radicals.

According to the Washington-based website Politico, Esposito has been tapped as a defense witness in the case of Khalid Ali Aldawsari, a twenty-one-year-old Saudi Arabian subject arrested in February 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.

Aldawsari is charged with one count of attempting to fabricate a weapon of mass destruction -- i.e., a bomb. If he is found guilty, he may be sentenced to life imprisonment. A mental competency hearing, according to Politico, is scheduled to begin in the third week of February, with a trial set for April 30.

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

Cross-posted from Winfield Myers at the Campus Watch blog.


Blogger Gary Fouse said...

The prosecutor will ask Esposito whether he knows the defendant or has any first-hand knowledge of the facts of the case against against him. Esposito will answer "no", and that will end his testimony. He can then return to georgetown.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:45:00 AM  

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