Senate Dem hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events featuring convicted terror lawyer – Fox News

U.S. Democratic Senate hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader.

Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003.

At the time of the invite, Stewart had been charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian spiritual leader of a terror group, to pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.

Rahman was a former client of Stewart’s who was charged and sentenced to life in the 1990s for plotting to blow up the United Nations, an FBI building, two tunnels, and a bridge in New York City.

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In the first event’s invite, Sinema said the lawyer was “emphatically not guilty” and would not have been charged with the crime if it weren’t for “the hastily enacted PATRIOT Act,” that expanded the U.S. government’s power to surveil people and thus catch Stewart passing on the messages in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“Prior to September 11th and the hastily enacted ‘Patriot Act,’ Lynne Stewart never would have been indicted at all,” the invite posted by Sinema read.

“Last April, FBI agents arrested Stewart at her Brooklyn home. As they took her away in handcuffs, the FBI invaded and searched her Manhattan office. Her crime? Doing her job for the past 27 years as an outspoken criminal defense lawyer,” it added.

"Last April, FBI agents arrested Stewart at her Brooklyn home. As they took her away in handcuffs, the FBI invaded and searched her Manhattan office. Her crime? Doing her job for the past 27 years as an outspoken criminal defense lawyer."

— Kyrsten Sinema

The second event with Stewart came just days later after the first.

Sinema’s description of Stewart was not particularly accurate. Two years after the events in Arizona, Stewart was convicted of aiding the radical Egyptian cleric to pass on secret messages to a U.S.-designated terror group, the Islamic Group.

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She was initially sentenced to 28 months in prison but, in 2010, she was resentenced again for 10 years behind bars. The federal judge said Stewart also committed perjury and lacked remorse after her first sentencing. The lawyer was eventually released in 2013 due to her medical condition and died in 2017.

Stewart reportedly helped Rahman, known as the ‘Blind Sheikh’, between 1997 and 2002 to pass instructions to the terror group’s followers. According to Bloomberg, Rahman relied on Stewart and two other people to withdraw his group’s support for the cease-fire with the Egyptian government after its 1997 terror attack that left 62 people dead.

The Sinema campaign did not respond to Fox News’ repeated requests for a comment.

Sinema is currently running against Republican Martha McSally in Arizona. According to Fox News’ 2018 Midterm Power Rankings, the race between the two candidates is a toss-up.

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Top tech industry execs named to a Saudi advisory board amid controversy over reportedly murdered journalist

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  • More than a dozen high profile tech executives, including famous venture capital investors Marc Andreessen and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are part of a newly announced advisory panel for a $500 billion Saudi mega-city project.
  • The panel was announced as much of the focus on Saudi Arabia turns towards the fate of a Saudi dissident who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 
  • Apple’s Jony Ive was initially on the list, but Apple says his inclusion was a mistake and he has nothing to do with the project.
  • The other members of the board did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.

An array of high-profile business and technology leaders, including a senior executive from Google’s parent company and the former CEO of Uber, were named to a new advisory board for the Saudi Arabian government on Tuesday, even as controversy swirls over the disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist.

On Tuesday, the Saudi news outlet Argaam reported that Neom — a $500 billion megacity project being built by the country — has formed a new 19-member advisory board. Members include famed tech industry investor Marc Andreessen; Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet’s urban planning unit Sidewalk Labs; Travis Kalanick, ex-CEO of Uber; former European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes; ex-Dow Chemical Company CEO Andrew Liveris, and Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman.

The list published by Argaam included Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive, but after reporters reached out to individuals about their involvement, his name was quietly removed from the list, and the announcement was changed to promote a panel of 18 advisors rather than the initial 19. An Apple spokesperson said that the executive’s inclusion was a mistake, and he has no involvement in the project.

While Saudi Arabia was trumpeting its list of high-profile tech advisors, much of the news on Saudi Arabia was focused on the fate of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who disappeared after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey last week. The New York Times and several other news organizations report that Khashoggi was murdered by a team of 15 Saudi agents inside the consulate. A report in the Guardian on Tuesday says that Turkish authorities are focused on a black van seen leaving the consulate that they believe was carrying Khashoggi’s body. 

The panel of tech and policy bigwigs will presumably help turn the sci-fi-like vision of Neom into a reality. According to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Neom will provide a “civilizational leap for humanity” with a foundation of robots, AI and renewable energy.

Business Insider reached out to the members of the advisory board for comment about their involvement and whether they would remain on the board following Khashoggi’s disappearance, and will update this story if they respond. (Timothy Collins, Janvan Hest, and Rob Speyer could not be reached for comment.) 

Here was the initial 19-member list, according to Argaam (including Ive):

1) Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator and the co-chair of OpenAI

2) Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz

3) Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO

4) Timothy Collins, vice chairman and CEO of Ripplewood Advisors

5) Alexandra Cousteau, a senior advisor to Oceana

6) Dan Doctoroff, founder and CEO of Sidewalk Labs

7) Norman Robert Foster, founder and CEO of Foster + Partners

8) Janvan Hest, a chemistry professor

9) Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer

10) Travis Kalanick, CEO of City Storage Systems

11) Neelie Kroes, a retired Dutch politician and vice-president of the European Commission

12) Andrew N. Liveris, former CEO and chairman of Dow Chemical Company

13) Ernest Moniz, founder of Energy Futures Initiative

14) Marc Raibert, a former Carnegie Mellon University professor and a founder of Boston Dynamics

15) Carlo Ratti, a professor of Urban Technologies and Planning, and director of SENSEable City Lab

16) John Rossant, founder and chairman of the New Cities Foundation

17) Masayoshi Son, a Japanese business magnate and chief executive officer of Japanese holding conglomerate SoftBank

18) Rob Speyer, Tishman Speyer president and chief executive officer

19) Peter Voser, chairman of ABB.

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CRIMINAL MINDS Season 14 Episode 2 Photos Starter Home – Seat42F

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 14 Episode 2 Photos Starter Home – “Starter Home” – When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases.

Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler, who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as she solves cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise.

As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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REGULAR CAST:

Joe Mantegna

(David Rossi)

Paget Brewster

(Emily Prentiss)

Matthew Gray Gubler

(Dr. Spencer Reid)

A.J. Cook

(Jennifer Jareau)

Aisha Tyler

(Dr. Tara Lewis)

Kirsten Vangsness

(Penelope Garcia)

Adam Rodriguez

(Luke Alvez)

Daniel Henney

(Matt Simmons)

GUEST CAST:

Niko Papastefanou

(Unsub)

Libby Baker

(Mary Brewer)

Rosemary Alexander

(Dorothy Elgin)

Gail O’Grady

(Krystall Richards)

Danielle C. Ryan

(Portia Richards)

Drew Cash

(Scott Gillen)

Mary Elizabeth Boylan

(Cindy Underwood)

Christopher Darga

(Sheriff Wesley Hayes)

Mashari Laila Bain

(M.E. Theresa Caldwell)

Janet Song

(Lydia Garland)

Lara Phillips

(LeeAnne Garrity)

Khalif Boyd

(Ben Hicks)

Amanda Westlake

(Ella Hicks)

Gracie Lane

(Delta Coughlan)

Seychelle Brown

(Laura Burgess)

Olivia DiNino

(Penny Cumbre)

Archer Moller

(Young Unsub)

WRITTEN BY: Bruce Zimmerman

DIRECTED BY: Diana Valentine

CRIMINAL MINDS Season 14 Episode 2 Photos Starter Home

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons), Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr. Spencer Reid) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons), Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Daniel Henney (Matt Simmons), Adam Rodriguez (Luke Alvez), Aisha Tyler (Dr. Tara Lewis) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

"Starter Home" -- When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple's remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O'Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Mary Elizabeth Boylan (Cindy Underwood)   Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Starter Home” — When the mummified remains of numerous victims are found in the walls of an elderly couple’s remote South Carolina home, Rossi, J.J. and Simmons are dispatched to track down a trail of clues that date back over 20 years. The hunt becomes urgent after BAU learns the killer has a specific ritual of when to strike, and like clockwork another person goes missing. Also, Rossi reconnects with his ex-wife, Krystall (Gail O’Grady), on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: A.J. Cook (Jennifer Jareau), Mary Elizabeth Boylan (Cindy Underwood) Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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