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Computer tells story

Sami Al-Hussayen's home computer was used for "web site testing, development, maintenance and publication of content to several Internet sites," a prosecution computer expert testified today, as well as for thousands of online financial transactions involving donations.

According to computer forensic expert Curtis Rose's report, the home computer's user "owned or was a point of contact for at least 15 Internet domain names." Plus, the report said, "This system was utilized to produce and publish several significant files to Internet web sites. The content included information concerning suicide operations."

The computer, seized from the University of Idaho graduate student's apartment in Moscow, holds millions of pages of data, and prosecutors are attempting to show its content links Al-Hussayen to fatwas justifying suicide attacks and other materials posted on the Internet, as part of an online campaign that they say helped terrorists raise funds and recruits. Al-Hussayen has maintained his innocence, saying he merely volunteered and lent his computer expertise to legitimate Islamic religious outreach groups.


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