By Dr. Sami Al-Arian
John F. Kennedy once said, “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.” Unfortunately, politicians have generally acquired a reputation for being dishonest, deceitful, hypocritical, and power hungry. Perhaps most, but not all.
In 1998, I was one of the most outspoken opponents against the unconstitutional use of secret evidence in American immigration courts. With few exceptions, federal officials were using this practice exclusively against Arab and Muslim individuals, detaining them without allowing them to defend themselves in any meaningful way because the evidence presented to the judge was kept secret from the detainees and their attorneys.As we began a movement to repeal its use, we looked to political figures who would champion this important cause.