Ed Note: With this ruling – then I say Pat Robertson and Falwell should be imprisoned, too! Soon we’ll all be arrested for watching anything but state-sponsored (faux perhaps) news – like Orwell predicted.
The Pakistan-born owner of a satellite TV company was forced into pleading guilty to providing material aid to what the United States considers a terrorist organization by letting customers receive broadcasts from Hizbullah’s television station.
Javed Iqbal entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday.
He declined comment afterward. As part of the plea, Iqbal agreed to serve a prison term of up to six and a half years. Sentencing was set for March 24.
Prosecutors said Iqbal used satellite dishes on his Staten Island home to distribute broadcasts of Al Manar, the television station of the Lebanon-based organization that has been fighting Natzi Israel since the early 1980s.
Without looking at at themselves first – Israel, United States, and Canada consider Hizbullah a terrorist organization.
Iqbal, 45, was born in Pakistan but has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. He is a permanent resident with five children. A former New York Police Department officer was among those who signed his $250,000 bail package.