“The phone program follows the Muslim Brotherhood pattern of using deceptively described charities as a means to support terrorist causes.”
– Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch
The news of shots being fired at a Muslim family’s home in Orlando, FL in the wake of the Paris, France terror attacks has made national news with base reporting from local outlets such as www.wftv.com:
Similar reports were made by www.mynews13.com and the Orlando Sentinal. Accounts indicate that CAIR is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and calling on the Department of Justice to conduct its own investigation
What is not mentioned in any of the news reports is Amir Elmasri’s past ties to an apparent U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Phone Scam that funneled money to the Benevolence and Global Relief Foundation located in Bridgeview, Ill.
Both groups have been designated by the U.S Government as terrorist organizations in connection with the funding of Al-Qaida.
A 2001 AP article published in the Florida Times-Union, reported:
Muslim charities suspected of helping finance international terrorism received at least $1.9 million in the past five years from Florida donors, records show.
The article further indicates:
One of the biggest single contributors was International Charity Network, a Winter Park company that gave $300,000 to Benevolence in 1996 and 1997 alone. Two other related local firms have given Benevolence a total of $171,210 since 1996.
A 2001 The Orlando Sentinel article also reported on theses links to terrorist groups and indicated that funding was achieved through changing subscribed Muslims’ long distance phone service over to MCI.
According to corporate filings, International Charity Network is now called Net One International, Inc. and Amir Elmasri has been listed as the vice-President of the company since 1998.
A 2007 analysis of the reported phone scam and how it links to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leadership can be found at the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which notes:
The phone program follows the Muslim Brotherhood pattern of using deceptively described charities as a means to support terrorist causes.
RELATED: In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a penalty of $1,600,000 against Net One International, Inc. (Net One or Company), for apparently billing consumers for unauthorized charges and fees purportedly in connection with long distance telephone service—a practice commonly known as “cramming.” Amir Elmasri is listed as the vice-president of Net One International in the FCC filing.
COMMENT: A search of the CAIR national site failed to disclose any mention of this incident. A check of the CAIR-FL website showed simply a repost of news report that a family “claims it was targetted by gunfire” and “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida said that it is investigating the case with their attorneys to determine whether the family was targeted.” Any mention of a request for Department of Justice action could not be found.
Some of the same individuals behind past terror tied funding operations are directing current charity efforts.
In Questionable Charity Groups Cloud Syrian Benefit we reported on Syrian songwriter/singer/activist Yahya Hawwa touring Muslim communities in America as part of a benefit to help Syrians in need. It was noted that one of the organizations sponsoring the event, Life for Relief and Development (LIFE), is one of the larger U.S. based Islamic Charities. It also has past partnerships with organizations such as Human Appeal International (HAI), a group reportedly linked to Hamas.
LIFE’s ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood originate with it’s founder and former CEO, Khalil Jassemm and his association with the late MB leader Dr. Ahmed Elkadi while residing in Panama City, FL. Elkadi’s father-in-law, Mahmoud Abu-Saud was also living in the Panama City area at the time. Abu-Saud was known for his expertise in finance and central banking and being heavily involved in the Muslim Brotherhood’s beginnings in Egypt. Abu-Saud and Elkadi worked together with the formation of several Islamic organizations including the first Islamic Center of Northwest Florida in 1986.
In 1985, Jassemm joined with Elkadi to form at least one charity, the Welfare Trust for Needy Patients, Inc in Panama City. The organization was dissolved in 1991. Jasseemm moved to California and started LIFE in 1992. LIFE was moved to Michigan in 1994. In the mid 1990s, Jasseemm maintained his ties to Elkadi while working as a visiting professor at the University of Maine, Department of Survey Engineering – Orno sponsored by Elkadi’s Institute of Islamic Medicine for Education and Research.
Jasseemm is also the author of several books relating to Islamic charities. His, “Islamic Perspective on Charity, a Comprehensive Guide for Running a Muslim Nonprofit In the U.S.” provides extensive guidance for Islamic charity officials in regards to laws governing such groups. Jasseemm is no longer listed as being affiliated with LIFE and is believed to be living in Jordan.
LIFE’s current board listing still reflects its MB influences and includes:
Dr. Gindy is a co-founder and board member of CAIR Michigan.
M. Yahia Abdul-Rahim
We’ve covered Dr. Rahim’s MB ties a number times. He is listed as the NAIT contact for the Bay County Islamic Society and is a director of the the Panama City Advanced School Corporation. In the 1992 Phone Book seized during the Holyland Foundation investigation into terrorist funding, Dr. Rahim (Y. Abdul-Raheem) was listed as the economic head of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
A lessor known document showing Rahim’s MB ties is a 1994 Florida corporate filing for the Muslim Financial Group, Inc., which was dissolved one year later. In addition to Rahim named as director, it includes Mohamed Mabrook and Jamal Nyrabeah.
Mabrook was president of Global Chemical and had been convicted in 2002 of mail and wire fraud – defrauding investors of the company. According to a 2002 Wall Street Journal report it was a bit more complicated, involving suspected ties to Saudi investments and terror groups:
One month after the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. Treasury labeled Mr. [Yassin] Qadi, who is 47 years old, a “specially designated global terrorist” and froze his assets in the U.S. and Europe. The government says that Mr. Qadi and organizations he controls move money from Saudi sources through numerous businesses and charities world-wide. Some of the money ends up in the hands of terrorists, the U.S. says. Mr. Qadi declines to comment, but through his lawyers, he denies ever knowingly doing business with terrorists or financing them. He hasn’t been prosecuted, and his attorneys are trying to persuade the Treasury of his innocence.
The article refers to Mabrook’s company …
In the mid-1990s, another company to which Mr. Qadi had ties, Abrar Investments Inc., joined with International Relief Organization [IIRO] to invest in a Chicago chemical company — a deal that is also drawing scrutiny from federal investigators.
Abrar Investments was a Stamford, Conn., company that sought “Islamically permissible investment opportunities in the United States,” according to its prospectus. The company’s name means “the do-gooders.” Mr. Qadi’s lawyers confirm he, among others, invested money in the U.S. through Abrar Investments. He was also a director of Abrar’s Malaysian corporate parent, according to records gathered by terrorism researcher Rita Katz of the nonprofit SITE Institute in Washington.
Abrar and International Relief Organization jointly invested more than $2 million in Global Chemical Corp., which said it made household- and pool-cleaning supplies. Abrar provided $250,000 itself, as well as another $345,000 that came from one of its clients, according to an affidavit by FBI agent Valerie Donahue filed in federal court in Chicago in January 1997. International Relief Organization invested more than $1 million and guaranteed Abrar Investments against any potential loss from the deal, the Donahue affidavit said. Two of International Relief’s top officials owned a total of a 20% stake in Global Chemical, according to the Donahue affidavit.
The president of Global Chemical was Mohammed Mabrook, a Libyan immigrant and Islamic activist who during his college years in Tennessee organized opposition to the secular dictatorship of Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi. In 1985, Mr. Mabrook, had worked for a pro-Palestinian group headed by Mr. Marzouk, the senior Hamas leader who the U.S. believes was a coinvestor with Mr. Qadi in BMI, according to a 2001 federal-court filing in Chicago.
Global Chemical kept a warehouse full of highly toxic chemicals but appeared to have few if any customers, according to the Donahue affidavit. Alarmed, the FBI asked one of the government’s senior experts on chemical weapons, Dennis J. Reutter, chief of the army’s Materiel Command Treaty Laboratory in Edgewood, Md., to look at the chemicals Global Chemical was purchasing.
The FBI included an ominous excerpt from Mr. Reutter’s Oct. 23, 1996, report in Ms. Donahue’s affidavit. The purchases, he wrote, “do not appear to be consistent with R&D for formulation of commercial cleaning products or for quality control of commercial cleaning products.” The names of the chemicals weren’t made public. His report concluded that “taken in total, the purchases appear to be more consistent with support” of a laboratory performing biochemistry or “organic synthesis.” Mr. Reutter declines to comment.
Organic synthesis is one way to describe the process used to manufacture some explosives. But U.S. law-enforcement officials in Chicago say they didn’t find direct evidence of any bomb making at Global Chemical.
Mr. Salah — the confessed Hamas operative who received funds both directly from Mr. Qadi and from the Woodridge, Ill., real-estate investment Mr. Qadi financed — also allegedly had an interest in dangerous chemicals. In the 1995 confession to Israeli authorities, which he subsequently retracted and which the FBI summarized in court filings, Mr. Salah allegedly said that while in Chicago in the early 1990s, he trained recruits to work with “basic chemical materials for the preparation of bombs and explosives,” as well as various toxins.
Qadi was one of the original investors in Bait ul Mal, Inc. (BMI), an Islamic investment firm tied to the MB. A 2003 National Review article provides additional details regarding BMI and terror funding tied to charities, including IIRO.
Court documents for U.S. vs Mabrook portray Dr. Rahim a victim of fraud committed by Mabrook indicating he invested $600,000 in the Mabrook’s chemical company. In light of Rahim’s position in MB financial matters, Yassin Qadi’s funding activities and the involvement of IIRO, the “victim” label is questionable.
Nyrabeah resided in Panama City, FL along with Dr. Rahim and Dr. Elkadi. In 1993 Nyrabeah become a director of the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) and is cited in court documents. A Canadian corporation filing also shows Nyrabeah as a listed director along with Enaam Arnaout for the Benevolence International Fund, incorporated in 2000. In 2002, Enaam Arnaout was linked by prosecutors to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. In 2002, the U.S. Government designated BIF as a “Financiers of Terrorism” for providing support to Hamas as well as Al Qaeda. Nyrabeah apparently was not charged.
Dr. Saqar’s ties to the MB can be found in the 1992 Phone Book seized during the Holy land Foundation investigation into terrorist funding. He is listed (spelled as Hani Shaker) as a member of the MB executive committee and as the “Masul” (leader) of the Administrative Office for East America.
Saqar was the former director of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin, Ohio (NICC) until a disagreement emerged with other NICC members. Reporter Patrick Poole has written about the NICC’s former spirtual leader, Dr. Salah Sultan and his ties to Hamas and the MB. Up until recently, Saqar was president of the The Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR), a group reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) to be a pro Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood group.
This year LIFE is not as visible with Hawwa’s fund raising appearances.
The primary sponsoring groups are Syria Relief and Development and United Muslim Relief. Both organizations under control of individuals with strong Muslim Brotherhood affiliations.
Syria Relief and Development was formed and incorporated in Kansas in 2011. It’s 2013 filings report over $5 million in relief efforts.
The organization’s books were initially handled by Mohamad Albadawi. The Causingfitna blog has some extensive information covering Albadawi’s ties to MB organizations and the myraid of Islamic special interest groups he is involved with.
Syria Relief and Development board of directors are:
Dr. Jihad Qaddour
The organization’s founder, and a founding member of the Islamic Society of Wichita in Kansas as well as a trustee for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF). We reported on the SETF and it’s connection to the MB in U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Likely Influenced Senate Defense Bill . The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) reported that the majority of SETF board members have a history of close ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood. Qaddour also was a trustee and treasurer for the Muslim American Society (MAS) – a MB front group. The Causingfitna blog reported on Qaddour’s participation in 2013 pro MB Kansas city rally and his involvement in 2015 lobbying efforts with the U.S. Senate.
The daughter of Jihad Qaddour, she is a former board member and secretary for Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). A 2014 report by the Clarion Project provides information linking IRUSA with Hamas and the MB. In regards to IRUSA’s parent organization, Islamic Relief Worldwide, the GMBDW notes :
Islamic Relief was one of the founding members of the Union of Good, a “coalition of Islamic charities that provides financial support to both the Hamas ‘social’ infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities.” The Union of Good is headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and most of the trustees and member organizations are associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
The Money Jihad blog reported in September 2014 that, “New tax documents reveal that Islamic Relief USA (IR-USA), the largest Islamic charity in the United States, gave over $118,000 in grants in 2013 to entities with previous connections to terrorism.”
Dr. Hashem Mubarak
As with the previously mention Dr. Rahim, Dr. Mubarak resides in Panama City, FL and has past professional ties to the late MB leader Elkadi. He has been the past president and spokesman for the Bay County Islamic Society, Panama City, FL and still currently serves on its board. He also serves with Dr. Rahim as a board member for the Panama City Advanced School, an Islamic k-12 school. The school ties it’s historical beginnings to Dr. Elkadi.
Like Jihad Qaddour, Mubarak is a member of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF). As noted, it has been reported that the majority of SETF board members have a history of close ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
A resident of Wichita for over 20 years, Alfaihhas served as the chair and activities coordinator for the Islamic Society of Wichita.
Kuziez is a past vice president and treasurer of the Muslim Students’ Association of the US and Canada (MSA). The Investigative Project on Terrorism has prepared an extensive dossier on the MSA
In May of 2013, the financial rating of Islamic Relief USA, the nation’s largest Islamic charity, was downgraded from four stars to two stars by the nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator. By October of 2013, it was announced that IR-USA’s chief executive officer, Abed Ayoub, was leaving IR-USA to take over a northern Virginia charity now known as United Muslim Relief (UMR), that had dropped its old name, “Muslims Without Borders” one day earlier.
While he was CEO of IR-USA, Ayoub presided over a period of falsely inflated growth for the well-known Islamic charity. By grossly misstating the value of deworming drugs, IR-USA gave the appearance of having over received over $160 million in donations in 2010. When it used corrected valuation techniques in 2011, IR-USA reported contributions of only $60 million. The fraudulent bookkeeping of 2001-2010 enabled IR-USA to attract larger institutional donors than it otherwise would have, along with political endorsements from top Democrats and partnerships with federal agencies. Smaller Islamic charities were some of the victims of this fraud, because federal officials have often encouraged Muslim donors to give their zakat to larger, more “trustworthy,” charities like IR-USA. During Ayoub’s final year as CEO, IR-USA donated over $100,000 to nonprofits and mosques connected with terrorism.
Ayoub’s past work with IR-USA provides possible insight as to how he will manage UMR. It should be noted that Ayoub also was was involved in the management of parent organization of IR-USA, Islamic Relief Worldwide. While with IR-USA, his 2012 bio included:
As a governance committee member of Islamic Relief Worldwide™ (IRW), Mr. Ayoub monitors the present performance of IRW and plans future aims and priorities for the international organization. He is also the chairman of a subcommittee focused on governance and improving IR partnerships.
As noted earlier, the IRW’s connection to the Union of Good establishes Muslim Brotherhood influence.
COMMENT: As reported above, charitable non-governmental organizations with MB tied leaderships have a history of diverting donated funds to non-humanitarian activities and groups – many times to support Islamic terror activities. Some of the same individuals behind past terror tied funding operations are directing current charity efforts. With the increased turmoil and questionable goals of Islamic militant groups in Syria, the above described relief efforts warrant close scrutiny.
Is the Boca West Country Club being “Islamophobic” in fearing a Muslim attack?
Safety concerns lead Boca club to cancel GOP event with Islam foe
From: Palm Beach Post
By: George Bennett, May 7, 2015
The Palm Beach County Republican Party will have to find another venue for a fundraiser featuring the Dutch politician and Islam critic who spoke at Sunday’s “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Texas.
The local GOP booked Boca West Country Club for the $125-a-plate “Lobsterfest” dinner on Aug. 15 featuring Geert Wilders, leader of a right-wing party in the Dutch parliament. But the country club announced Thursday it has canceled the event because of safety concerns.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This was to be a private event and whether you agree with Geert Wilders or not, he and the event sponsors have a Constitutional right to present their views. This decision works as a “win” for Islamists in using fear and intimidation to silence those that oppose them. From the Sun Sentinal:
But representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed outrage at the Republicans’ decision to have Wilders as a speaker.
“On the international level he is probably the most notorious, anti-Muslim bigot in the world,” said Ibrahim Hooper, the Washington-based national communications director for CAIR.
“He is the worst of the worst. This is the Islam-is-evil-and-must-be-destroyed school of thinking,” Hooper said. “And for the Republican Party to host him, I can’t imagine that any Muslim voter in the state … would not hear about it and judge accordingly.”
Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, told the Sun Sentinal that to back out in hosting an event with Wilders would “go against everything we stand for” pertaining to our freedoms of speech and religion. The Sun Sentinal continued with:
CAIR representatives said the free speech argument sounds good but is disingenuous. “Will they be hosting neo-Nazis and anti-Semites and other race-baiters and bigots? Or is it just anti-Muslim bigots that they host?” Hooper said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Nezar Hamze, CAIR-Florida regional operations director, said he’s heard the freedom of speech argument before. “It’s not about freedom of speech, it’s about spreading hate.”
It will be interesting to see if the local GOP actuall does find another venue or simply cancel Wilders’ planned appearance.
Side thought: Is the Boca West Country Club being “Islamaphobic” in fearing a Muslim attack?
TAMPA, FL – On April 26, 2015, the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance held it’s 18th Annual Islamic Charity Festival at MacFarlane Park. Along with the distribution of toys, food and clothes given away to “pre-identified and deserving homeless people”, the event featured inflatables, face-painting and cartoon balloons for children, as well as vendors with men’s and women’s clothing.
Speaking at the 18th annual Islamic Charity Festival at MacFarlane Park on Sunday, Ali, a member of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, told a crowd including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, that people will be “honored” for “everything we do in our lives.”
Conversely, said Ali, who drew from the Quran, the religious text of Islam: “We will be held accountable for the things we do.”
Ali spoke as festival organizers prepared to give away about 90 bicycles to needy children. Food, toys and clothes also were distributed Sunday to “pre-identified and deserving homeless people” at the event, organized by the Muslim Alliance.
The event was from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drew a crowd of about 2,000.
“When we give to charity in the name of Allah, we verify that which we say we’re about,” Ali said. “It’s a way to verify the intentions in our heart.
“Although we manifest different acts of worship, true righteousness is a belief in Allah and a reality greater than (what) we see.”
Malik Abdullah, a Tampa resident and longtime volunteer at the festival, acknowledged that there are misconceptions many Americans have about Islam and Muslims.
Islam, he said, is about “love for people, obedience to Allah and service to the community.”
“We do good, speak the truth and obey our God,” Abdullah said. “We’re a peaceful religion.
“There is a misconception that we believe in more than one God, but it is one God who created all of us to honor one another,” he said. “We are not terrorists.
“The Quran does not advocate terrorism, greed and hate. It says you are created to know one another. The goal is obedience of God.”
The Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance (TBMA) was created in 2000 and one of the founding directors was USF professor Sami Al-Arian. Founder of the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF) in Tampa and admitted member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Arian was also associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a US Specially Designated terror organization. Charges against Al-Arian were dropped in 2014 and in 2015 he was deported to Turkey.
Al-Arian also formed the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) which investigators found was heavily funded by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) another Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Since it’s creation, the Chairman/Director of the TBMA has been Dr. Husain Nagamia who also is the chairman of the Islamic Medical Association of North America ( IIIM). The IIIM is a division of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) , an organization identified as part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The late Ahmed Elkadi, former head of the U.S. MB was a past president of the IMANA (1974-75).
With Professor Esposito’s appearance at the UF center’s launch, expect future funding/influence from Prince Talal as has been seen at Harvard and Georgetown.
UF Preparing To Launch Islamic Studies Center
From: The Gainesville Sun
By Jeff Schweers, August 30, 2014
the article further notes:
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: As noted by The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW), Professor Esposito has espoused views consistent with Muslim Brotherhood doctrine and has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations. A report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism notes that Esposito has frequently made statements defending Islamic terror groups and downplaying the threat of Islamist violence.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is part of the Saudi Royal family and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company, an investment group that has significant interests in a number of media outlets as well as Twitter. He has provided significant donations to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood groups such as Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) as well as towards U.S. colleges/universities to promote Islamic studies. His monetary support ($20 million) to the Georgetown University Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CCMU) founded by Esposito resulted in the center being renamed to the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
In 2008 it was reported that Prince Talal ” made numerous financial contributions to a pan-Islamic interfaith dialog organization that is closely tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood.” In 2013, Prince Talal met with the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) to discuss funding matters. According to GMBDW:
The Muslim World League was established in 1962 as a means for the propagation of Saudi “Wahabbi” Islam. Muslim Brothers played an important role in its founding and the League has always been strongly associated with the Brotherhood. US government officials have testified that MWL has been linked to supporting Islamic terrorist organizations globally and the organization has a long history of anti-Semitism.
The Prince has a keen interest in U.S. colleges and universities. With Professor Esposito’s appearance at the UF center’s launch, expect future funding/influence from Prince Talal as has been seen at Harvard and Georgetown. In 2009, Yale selected Muna Abu Sulayman as a world fellow. Suluayman is the daughter of Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman, described by GMBDW as “one of the most important figures in the history of the global Muslim Brotherhood”. She was also the founding Secretary General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation.
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has a history of focusing on a presence on U.S. colleges/universities through various groups. In 1963 the Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) was formed by Muslim Brotherhood members at the University of Illinois and can now be found on many college campuses. In our report on Tampa’s Oaktree Institute we noted that MB groups in the U.S. work closely with youth and student organizations to educate and groom the next generation of cultural jihadis.
RELATED: Georgetown University’s Wahhabi Front – a 2008 article by Patrick Poole about the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Can only hope the conspiracy crowd doesn’t latch
on too tightly and cloud the waters. Of course there
may be some that would welcome the diversion.
FBI’s attempt to water down judicial order denied; 9/11 documents begin to flow to judge
By: Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers, April 18, 2014
A Fort Lauderdale federal judge Friday gave the FBI another week to produce tens of thousands of pages from its massive 9/11 investigation for his inspection, but forcefully denied government requests that he water down his own previous order requiring disclosure.
Hours after the order was filed, a government lawyer filed court papers saying the Justice Department had delivered “27 pages of classified material” to the court for the judge’s private, or “in camera,” inspection.
The legal developments are among a flurry of recent activity in the Freedom of Information case that was filed by BrowardBulldog.org in 2012. The suit seeks records from a once secret FBI investigation into apparent pre-9/11 terrorist activity in Sarasota.
“What’s important here is that the Justice Department was seeking wholesale reconsideration of the prior order and the judge instead issued a stern rejection of the idea that he undo what he had previously ordered,” said the Bulldog’s Miami attorney, Thomas Julin.
The investigation focused on a Saudi family with ties to the Royal family and apparent connections to some of the 9/11 hijackers and another terrorist figure who once lived in Broward. The investigation began after Abdulaziz al Hijji and his wife, Anoud, abruptly moved out of their upscale home in a gated community about two weeks before the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, leaving behind cars, furniture, clothing and food in the kitchen.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This is a very interesting case centering around the al-Hijji family that lived in a Sarasota, Florida community- just south of Tampa. In short, the original FOIA request resulted in a reply from the FBI that there really wasn’t any information of interest and what they did have, could not be released because of privacy concerns. As the legal filings went back and forth, the FBI contradicted itself repeatedly – going from claiming nothing to suddenly having 27 boxes of documents – many claimed to be not releasable because of national security concerns.
The FBI eventually did release around 30+ documents. To add to the head-scratching, the FBI stated that there were no connections found between the Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorists – BUT – within the released documents are FBI investigative notes saying there is a connection. There are also allegations the FBI kept these Florida ties from a Congressional inquiry into 9/11 – apparently there was a similar situation in California.
Can only hope the conspiracy crowd doesn’t latch on too tightly and cloud the waters. Of course there may be some that would welcome the diversion.
“Critics said the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Tsarnaev was a repeat of the bureau’s lapse in missing advance signs of the Islamist radicalization of accused Fort Hood massacre shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.”
Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers, experts say
From The Washington Free Beacon
By Bill Gertz, April 23, 2013
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s failure to recognize political Islam as a driver of jihadist terrorism is partly to blame for the FBI not identifying one of the Boston Marathon bombers in 2011 as a security risk, according to U.S. officials and private counterterrorism analysts.
The FBI revealed last week that it was warned by a foreign government in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday, was tied to “radical Islam” but the FBI was unable to confirm the links.
“The fact is religion has been expunged from counterterrorism training,” said Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “The FBI can’t talk about Islam and they can’t talk about jihad.”
Added Patrick S. Poole, another counterterrorism specialist, about FBI policies on Islam: “I have zero doubt it affected their investigation of Tsarnaev.”
A U.S. official said FBI policies of playing down Islamic links to terrorism resulted in the FBI not identifying Tsarnaev, 26, or his brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who was charged with last week’s bombing, as Islamist terrorists.
Instead, the FBI is limiting its description of the two men as ethnic Chechens who became “radicalized” prior to the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 200 injured in the attack using two homemade bombs placed in pressure cookers and remotely detonated.
Full Article: http://freebeacon.com/blind-eye/
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This type of report is disturbing but not new. Post 9/11 reorganization of federal law enforcement has included elements of “sensitivity training” that has had a substantial negative impact on anti-terror capabilities. One of our sources, a former lead FBI counter-terror investigator, described the Bureau’s counter-terror section as being “gutted” with practically all experienced personnel being moved to other assignments or forced out.
Question: How has this happened?
Answer: From a very dangerous policy of appointing Islamic “experts” and community leaders to advisory positions.
As noted in our Apr 22 Boston Bombing report, Islamic special interest groups have gained considerable influence in determining how U.S. agencies handle matters involving Muslims. As a result, training and operational policies have been modified to be culturally sensitive and politically correct. In many cases this outright appeasement has taken priority over common sense and investigative logic.
The most disturbing aspect is that many of the Islamic groups and/or their representatives have been linked to terrorist organizations. CAIR. maintained considerable influence over FBI investigations involving Muslims. Ties were reported to be “severed” in 2008/2009 when it became embarrassingly clear that being in bed with a group tied to Hamas was probably not in their best interests.
Despite this official claim, it appears that some local field offices have maintained ties. The impact CAIR made on agency operations is still felt.
The attempts by Islamic groups to influence policies and investigations are not limited to just the federal level. State and local police agencies have found themselves targeted in campaigns to make them more culturally aware to the sensitivities of Muslims in their respective communities.
Example – FLORIDA: In 2012, CAIR Florida attempted to have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) block training provided by CTOC to agencies throughout the state, citing that it was teaching “anti-Muslim bigotry“. In reality, the CTOC seminars were providing police officers and investigators practical tools and intelligence to help recognize and deal with Islamic jihadist threats at the street level. In a prudent move, FDLE rejected CAIR’s position.
The situation in other states is not as clear. CAIR, and affiliated Islamic groups, continue to work on agendas that would place them in advisory roles to influence law enforcement agencies. To accomplish this, they push for the removal of all Muslim related training, except for the programs they endorse. This year, CAIR-MN put substantial pressure on local agencies to drop training they found offensive. Last year, CAIR-LA provided a law enforcement training conference that implied endorsement by Homeland Security.
There is substantial evidence and documentation linking CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups to terror organizations. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that their efforts to influence law enforcement agency polices and procedures simply clouds investigative effectiveness and presents an unacceptable operational security threat.
- Recognizing Radical Islam as Our Enemy: Lessons From the Cold War (pjmedia.com)
- Blind Eye: Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers (washingtontimes.com)
- FBI: Boston suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev followed ‘radical Islam’ (wickedbelief.wordpress.com)
- Boston Bombings: Did FBI Miss Something? (on.aol.com)
- FBI defended in handling of Boston bombing suspect in 2011 (stripes.com)
- FBI Admits It: Russian Government Told Us Tsarnaev Was a “Follower of Radical Islam” (patterico.com)
- CAIR FAIL! Officials rebuff CAIR’s bullying tactics (barenakedislam.com)
“Their conduct is assuredly not protected by the First Amendment.”
— Prosecutor Christopher Bodnar.
Accused Alabama terrorist claims free speech; government releases new details of recordings
By Brendan Kirby, March 22, 2013
MOBILE, Alabama – To the defense, the terrorism charges against Randy “Rasheed” Wilson are an amorphous amalgam of vague allegations about conduct that never amounted to more than speech.
In asking a judge to throw out the charges, defense attorney Dom Soto asked if it is possible to “conspire to conspire.”
Federal prosecutors, in a written response this week, argued that the intent of Wilson and co-defendant Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukdair to maim and kill in the name of Islam was very real and that they took concrete steps to make it happen. The court filing includes new details of recordings made by an informant working with the FBI.
“Wilson and Abukhdair face serous terrorism charges not because they espoused their religious beliefs or their disdain for this country,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Bodnar wrote. “Rather, they are charged with forming an agreement to engage in criminal activity. Their conduct is assuredly not protected by the First Amendment.”
The issue now is in the hands of U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose, who must decide whether charges will stand against Wilson, a Mobile man who lived for a time in Birmingham and attended an Islamic school there.
Plan for violent jihad alleged
Federal agents arrested Wilson in December as he was about to board a plane in Atlanta bound for Morocco. Authorities alleged that he planned to travel from there to the African nation of Mauritania and meet up with Abukdair, who had moved to Mobile from Egypt after the two struck up a friendship online in 2010.
From Mauritania, according to authorities, the defendants planned to find a place – perhaps in neighboring Mali– to wage violent jihad.
Soto acknowledged that that Wilson made plenty of negative comments about the United States in the hours on conversations that the FBI recorded. But he argued that even objectionable speech is protected by the First Amendment. He cited a World War II-era decision prohibiting the government from revoking the citizenship of German immigrant Carl Wilhelm Baumgartner, who had espoused pro-Nazi views.
The case became a bit confusing when the FBI advised an affidavit it had submitted, claiming Wilson was a former roommate of Daphne-born jihadist Omar Shafik Hammami, was incorrect. The connection between the two forms the basis of the criminal complaint against Wilson, but even Wilson’s defense attorney admitted that the two did know each other. Daphne, AL is about 20 minutes away from Mobile, AL were Wilson grew up. Both locations are along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
When asked about where there are Muslim communities in the U.S., most people would point to major cities in the northeast, Northern Virginia, and areas in Illinois and Michigan. To the average American, the deep south brings up visions of staunch Baptists and families that have established American roots for many generations. Very few would associate it with Muslim immigrants, let alone Islamist radicals and terror related activity.
The Gulf Coast states are home to a number of influential Muslim communities. Many of the mosque’s and Islamic based schools are funded and controlled by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Here are several examples related to radical Islamic activity:
- Holy Land Foundation, Richardson, TX
- Al-Shabaab terror group, Houston, TX
- Dr. Ahmed Elkadi, U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, Panama City, FL
- Mohammad Yunus, Islamic Circle North America (ICNA), Bonifay, FL
- Sami Al-Arian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Tampa, FL
- Iman Elkadi, Mercy USA, Tampa, FL
During the late 1970s/early 1980s, a number of young Muslim professionals (doctors, engineers, educators) moved to these southern locations, identified as areas that would welcome Muslims and provide an environment favorable for dawah. Most of these professionals were/are affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood groups such as the Muslim Students Association (MSA). As they became established, the local populations viewed these professionals and their families as outstanding members of the community, and usually above reproach. This view is still prevalent despite documented evidence that shows activity promoting the goals and agenda of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
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