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Funding Terror Foundationally (Soros money found its way to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman's defender?)
The American Prowler ^ | 2/25/2005 | David Hogberg

Posted on 02/24/2005 11:25:39 PM PST by nickcarraway

It appears the George Soros's charitable giving goes a little beyond trying to defeat President Bush. Last week, Byron York of National Review revealed that in September 2002 the Soros-funded Open Society Institute (OSI) gave $20,000 to the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee.

Lynne Stewart, you will recall, is the radical lawyer who was recently convicted of aiding one of her clients, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. Also known as the "Blind Sheik," Rahman was sentenced in 1996 to life imprisonment for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. After Rahman's conviction, his terrorist organization, Islamic Group, threatened to attack targets in the United States unless he was released. In response, the U.S. Government forbad Rahman from communicating with his Islamic Group henchmen. He was allowed to communicate only with his spouse and attorneys, who also were forbidden to communicate Rahman's dictates to Islamic Group. Lynne Stewart ignored the prohibition.

You can almost hear Stewart's supporters now: "But everyone, including Stewart, has the right to a defense," they would say. That is true -- and irrelevant. Just because Stewart has a right to a defense does not require Soros to fund it. By contributing to her defense barely a year after September 11, Soros and the OSI sent a message: Funding terrorist enablers is more important than fighting a War on Terror.

The OSI funds hundreds of organizations and individuals. Many belong on the Who's Who of left-liberal advocacy groups and think tanks. Here are a few that received OSI grants of $100,000 or more:

* Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (1999--$350,000; 2002--$275,000 and $100,000)

* People for the American Way (1999--$100,000; 2002--$100,000)

* Economic Policy Institute (1999--$184,350)

* Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1999--$200,000; 2002--$500,000)

* American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

* Human Rights Watch, Inc. (2002--$1,000,000 and $150,000; 2000--$1,000,000 and $179,350; 1999--$1,000,000)

* National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (2000--$100,000)

* Tides Foundation (1999--$700,000 and $200,000; 2002--$595,000, $350,000, $300,000 and $175,000; 2000--$500,000, $212,000 and $100,000)

* National Abortion Rights Action League Foundation (2002--$150,000)

* Sundance Institute for Film and Television (2002--$1,500,000)

(For a complete list of OSI $100,000+ grant recipients since 1999, visit the Capital Research Center website.)

Now that Stewart is convicted, we might ask the groups that took Soros money the following questions:

Are you embarrassed that one of your major donors contributed to the defense of someone accused -- and now convicted -- of helping a convicted terrorist communicate with his followers?

Will you consider returning the money you received from the Open Society Institute?

Finally, will you accept grants in the future from donors that assist accused terrorists?

I won't hold my breath waiting for the answers. But these Soros-funded groups should not just take the money and run. Instead, they should think seriously about their moral responsibility as grant recipients, and they should look to the example of some of their ideological brethren.

Both the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations recently instituted policies requiring their grantees to sign a statement saying that its grantees do not support terrorist groups or activities. At the very least, the morally responsible action for OSI grant recipients is to refuse any further OSI money until OSI adopts a similar policy.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lynnestewart; moneytrail; ngos; omarabdelrahman; osi; redjihad; soros; terrorism

1 posted on 02/24/2005 11:25:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

My, my. This will be interesting to follow. Good catch, Nick.

2 posted on 02/24/2005 11:43:22 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING (We have the best politicians corporate money can buy)
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To: nickcarraway

I have already had more than enough of this bast*rd, Soros. I want Condoleeza Rice to put the "smackdown" on his useless a$$.

Yeah, I know it isn't in her job description - I just like the idea, and I think she could pull it off...

3 posted on 02/25/2005 1:10:37 AM PST by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: nickcarraway

Great catch!

4 posted on 02/25/2005 1:11:31 AM PST by Petronski (Zebras: Free Range Bar Codes of the Serengeti)
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To: nickcarraway

Or how to change the way we care for those who are terminally ill, and then those who are brain-damaged, and then those who are mentally deficient, and then those who argue too much....

5 posted on 02/25/2005 1:13:11 AM PST by MarMema ("America may have won the battles, but the Nazis won the war." Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall)
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta; DAVEY CROCKETT; WestCoastGal; JesseJane

Soros money.

6 posted on 02/25/2005 2:32:52 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (The enemy within, will be found in the "Communist Manifesto 1963", you are living it today.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Tides Foundation? Mrs. Heinz Kerry and the Heinz money contributes to the Tides Foundation. Good Lord.

7 posted on 02/25/2005 3:57:19 AM PST by oldironsides
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To: Mrs Zip


8 posted on 02/25/2005 4:00:08 AM PST by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 48% of Americans)
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To: nickcarraway
They also gave money to a foundation that pays out to Ward Churchill.
9 posted on 02/25/2005 5:38:03 AM PST by .cnI redruM ("I think that I have a fairly good understanding of what constitutes insider information," -Soros)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for taking the time to post.

10 posted on 02/25/2005 5:48:51 AM PST by PGalt
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