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Posted on 07/29/2004 8:56:34 AM PDT by restornu
Democrats' imam supported al-Arian Chaplain who gave benediction was character witness to terror supporter
The Muslim imam who gave a closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Boston also served as a character witness to Sami al-Arian, the Florida professor indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on 50 counts of terror-related charges.
On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Imam Yahya Hendi said the closing prayer of the night with some verses from the Quran.
Yet, last July, the 9-11 commission heard testimony from terrorism expert Steven Emerson that Hendi, one of the top Islamic clerics in the U.S., backed al-Arian head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in North America.
On Feb. 20, 2003, the Justice Department released a 50-count, 121-page federal indictment of al-Arian, a University of South Florida professor who's awaiting trial on charges of funneling money and support to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Al-Arian's close ties to both PIJ and Hamas go back to at least 1995. Al-Arian used a group he founded, the Islamic Committee for Palestine, to plead for funds for PIJ and Hamas.
Conferences organized by ICP featured Islamic Jihad founder Abdel Aziz-Odeh, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers), leading Hamas official Mohammed Sakr and high-ranking Sudanese terrorist Hassan Turabi, a close ally of Osama bin Laden.
The 50-count indictment also charges al-Arian, two other former and current instructors at USF and five other individuals of operating a criminal racketeering enterprise that provided funding and organization for the global terror ring responsible for the deaths of 100 people in and around Israel, including two Americans.
In addition to criminal racketeering, al-Arian and the seven others are charged with conspiracy to kill and maim people abroad; conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist group; extortion; perjury; mail and wire fraud; obstruction of justice; and attempting to procure citizenship or naturalization unlawfully to help terrorists.
If convicted, the men could face life in prison.
Al-Arian and the seven alleged co-conspirators are described as having set up a terror cell at USF.
In the 1980s, al-Arian founded ICP, which federal authorities now say has been funneling money and providing organizational support to Islamic Jihad since 1984.
In conjunction with his brother-in-law, Mazen al-Najjar, al-Arian also founded the World and Islam Studies Enterprises, or WISE, a now-defunct Islamic think tank at USF.
Federal agents raided the think tank, the charity and al-Arian's home and office at USF in 1995. They seized tapes from the late 1980s and early 1990s in which al-Arian proclaims "Death to Israel" and "Let us damn America," in Arabic.
Al-Najjar was arrested in November 2001 on suspicion of ties to terrorists and was deported last August.
Amid the federal investigation into his suspected association with terrorist organizations, USF suspended al-Arian with pay in December 2001 and banned him from the campus.
Federal agents also arrested another USF professor, 42-year-old Sameeh Hammoudeh.
Also indicted but still at large overseas, is former USF instructor Ramadan Abdullah Shallah. He served as the executive director of al-Arian's charity and recently became the head of the worldwide Islamic Jihad. Shallah lives in Damascus, Syria.
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When he finished about a third of the house was left!
Democratic Delegate Has Terror Ties
July 27, 2004
John Kerry is trying to show hes "tough on terrorism."
But with delegates like Ismael Ahmed, its a tough sell.
Ahmed, a Michigan delegate to this weeks Democratic National Convention, is a long-time Democratic activist and a repeat delegate.
But the Democrats arent touting him to the media. In fact, the only place youll read about Ahmeds delegate credentials is on Al-Jazeerahs website.
In this first Presidential nominating convention since 9/11, Ahmeds presence at the convention and his views are more disturbing than ever.
Ahmed is the founder and executive director of ACCESS the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, based in Dearborn, Michigan.
Under Ahmeds leadership, ACCESS paid for commercial driving lessons and attempts at hazardous material hauling certificates for two men convicted as part of the Detroit Al-Qaeda sleeper cell. Testimony at their trial revealed that the men planned to bomb the MGM Grand Casino and a host of other prominent US sites.
More chilling is that since ACCESS multi-million dollar budget is largely tax-funded, tax dollars likely paid for these men to get their "job training" organized by ACCESS.
When confronted with this, Ahmed made no apologies. On the contrary, he was defiant in defending his organizations aid to the Qaeda sleepers, comparing their membership in the terrorist group to mere "political credential," such as Democrat or Republican.
In 2002, ACCESS sponsored and funded the Second Annual Palestinian Students Divestment Conference at the University of Michigan. The conferences keynote speaker was Sami Al-Arian, the now-indicted, alleged leader of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. His activities were well-known at the time, including letters stating that "the merger with the brothers in Hamas" was almost complete and bragging of a successful bus-bombing in Israel. Other conference speakers included assorted anti-Semites and anti-Westerners who had previously exhorted violence against and murder of Jews.
When confronted on ACCESS sponsorship of this conference, Ahmed whose agency provides tax-funded "sensitivity training"-- told a reporter that it was a cultural activity for Arabic children in the area.
Ahmed apparently thinks that donating to terrorist groups is also a "cultural activity." He opposed the Clinton Counter-terrorism package of 1996, because it prohibited donations to terrorist groups, including Hezbollah and Hamas. Ahmed told a Detroit paper of the difficulty finding Arab-Americans who did not give to these groups.
**Democrats' imam supported al-Arian Chaplain who gave benediction was character witness to terror supporter
The Muslim imam who gave a closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Boston also served as a character witness to Sami al-Arian, the Florida professor indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on 50 counts of terror-related charges.**
Wondering if Bill O'Reilly knows this??
Kerry is Bin Laden's man, Bush is Mine.
Well, that is good to know! At least the Dems have not all lost their minds!