Azhar Hussain, an assistant professor at Indiana State University, has been arrested for allegedly making false reports of anti-Islamic threats and an attack. Hussain, 56, teaches aviation technology.
Hussain reported a series of emails with anti-Muslim messages and threats of potential violence against members of the Muslim community. He was mentioned as one of the targets. He then reported an assault two weeks later in the College of Technology after he said he was attacked from behind when he arrived at his office in the morning.
Hussain said that he could not identify the man who threw him to the floor. The resulting investigation involved ISU police, the FBI, and Indiana State Police.
The problem was that there were four people in the area who did not see a thing.
Hussain now faces a felony charge of obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor charge of harassment. His appointment at ISU will, not be renewed.
According to one of his professional profile sites, Hussain seems to virtually collect advanced degrees. He received a BSC in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1987. He then, 1992, received a MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He then received a Ph.D in Philosophy (Instructional Tech and Distance Learning) from Nova Southwestern University in 2012. He then went to Indiana State University in 2013 to get a second Ph.D in Philosophy (Curriculum Instruction & Media Technology).
Before his current position as an assistant professor of Aviation Management (a position that he held for the last four years), he served as the airfield manager for the City of Kissimmee for 9 months. Before that, he was an airport operations coordinator at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport for five years. Before that position, he spent less than a year teaching at Everglades University in 2011. Before 2011, he held airport positions at Orlando and Broward.
Obviously if convicted, he would find it difficult to secure any academic position or airport position in the future. With all of these degrees and experience on aviation, it would be devastating development to be effectively barred from the industry. However, as positions that are carefully screened for security concerns, it is doubtful that even a regional airport would seriously consider him if he is found guilty. As for jail time, one of these charges is a felony and courts then to impose some jail time for hoaxes. After all, this type of alleged hoax makes all Muslims feel at risk. Yet, if he is a first offender, the defense would have a strong argument that (since there was no victim) he should be given time served.