U.S. TAKES PAKISTAN CHARITY’ OFF BLACKLIST
New York Post (NY)
October 1, 2001
Author: TRACY CONNOR
The White House reluctantly dropped a “charity” from its blacklist of terrorist fronts last week because Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is on the board of trustees, it was reported yesterday.
The Rabita Trust for the Rehabilitation of Stranded Pakistanis has ties to terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and was slated for inclusion on the list of “most-wanted” organizations.
Before President Bush unveiled the names of the groups and froze their assets, the administration gave Musharraf 36 hours to quit Rabita, intelligence officials told Newsweek magazine.
But Musharraf balked, so Washington - which has been pushing hard for cooperation with Pakistan - quietly dropped the trust from the list, leaving 27 others to face sanctions.
In addition, the magazine reported, two charities funded by the Saudi government and allegedly used by bin Laden to finance his operations were also excluded from the list to avoid embarrassing the kingdom.
The International Islamic Relief Organization and the closely linked Muslim World League have been investigated repeatedly - including after the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.
Freeze is ordered on more assets in terror probe
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
October 13, 2001
Author: Mark Fazlollah and Kevin Murphy INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The Bush administration yesterday ordered a freeze on the assets of 39 more alleged participants in Osama bin Laden’s network of terror, including three small businesses in Yemen, a north Pakistan money broker, and a Pakistan-based guerrilla group.
New names on the list included several people believed to be senior aides to bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Among the people identified on the list as bin Laden aides are men who run the Saudi-based Muwafaq Foundation and the Afghanistan operations of the Canadian-based Human Concern International. Both charities have denied any involvement in terrorism.
For the first time, the Treasury Department froze the assets of an operator of a Pakistani “hawala,” which officials say functions much like an underground Western Union. The operator was identified as Haji Abdul Manan Agha, of Al-Qadir Traders in Quetta, Pakistan.
Hawalas, which can transfer money from virtually all parts of the world, operate largely unregulated in the United States and around the globe. Regulations that were supposed to be completed during the Clinton administration have not been put in place.
Others O’Neill listed yesterday include Amin al Haq, bin Laden’s security coordinator; Bilal Bin Marwan, a top lieutenant; aide Saqar al-Jadawi; and Ahmad Sa’id al-Kadr, thought to be an Egyptian and Canadian national. Some of the people and entities named yesterday have been under a United Nations Security Council freeze order since January. Council members - the United States is a permanent member - also are expected to freeze the accounts of those on the council’s sanction list.
After O’Neill announced the new order, key members of Congress questioned why Treasury had not followed the lead of European Union nations, which froze some of the assets in January in accordance with the Security Council order.
Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said there was “a lack of connecting the dots” in the efforts to freeze funds. An investigator familiar with the Treasury list, speaking on condition of anonymity, said accounts sometimes are left open so that investigators can monitor who is using them.
In other developments yesterday, a federal grand jury in Phoenix indicted Faisal al Salmi of Tempe, Ariz., on charges he lied to the FBI when questioned about the attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced.
The indictment alleges that Salmi lied when he told FBI agents Sept. 18 that he did not know Hani Hanjour, one of the hijackers of the American Airlines jet that struck the Pentagon. Salmi spoke with Hanjour several times, the Justice Department said.
Mark Fazlollah’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
More Asset Freezes Ordered
Here are the 39 people and groups with suspected terrorist ties whose assets were ordered frozen yesterday by the Bush administration.
Mamoun Darkazanli, an agent of Osama bin Laden.
Bilal Bin Marwan, a senior bin Laden lieutenant.
Sa’d al-Sharif, a senior bin Laden associate and in-law; believed to head bin Laden’s financial network.
Dr. Amin al-Haq, bin Laden’s security coordinator.
Haji Abdul Manan Agha, a large-scale “hawala” money broker who runs Al-Qadir Traders in Quetta, Pakistan.
Muhammad al-Hamati, owner of Al-Hamati Sweets and Al-Nur Honey, in Yemen. Under the alias Abu Asim, he was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for planning terrorism.
Saqar al-Jadawi, a bin Laden aide.
Ahmad Sa’id al-Kadr, an al-Qaeda operative and bin Laden aide who runs the Afghanistan operations of the Canada-based Human Concern International.
Yasin al-Qadi, head of the Saudi-based Muwafaq Foundation (”Blessed Relief”), an al-Qaeda front.
Ayadi Chafiq bin Muhammad, connected to bin Laden’s financial network through the Muwafaq Foundation in Munich, Germany.
Riad Hijazi, U.S.-born, in prison in Jordan for plotting to attack tourists during millennium celebrations.
Mufti Rashid Ahmad Ladehyanoy, a Muslim leader who heads Pakistan’s pro-Taliban party.
Omar Mahmoud Uthman, a senior bin Laden agent who may live in London.
Tohir Yuldashev, leader of the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan, which bin Laden and the Taliban supported.
Mohammad Zia, who may live in Pakistan.
Assets of 18 people from the the FBI’s new Most Wanted Terrorists list were frozen:
Abdul Rahman Yasin
Khalid Shaikh Mohammad
Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughassil
Ali Saed Bin Ali el-Hoorie
Ibrahim Salih Mohammed al-Yacoub
Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed al-Nasser
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed
Mustafa Mohamed Fadhil
Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam
Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani
Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah
Ahmed Mohamed Hamed Ali
Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah
Imad Fayez Mughniyah
Al-Hamati Sweets Bakeries, in Yemen, owned by Muhammad al-Hamati, a.k.a. Muhammad Hamdi Sadiq al-Ahda.
Al-Nur Honey Press Shops, in Yemen, also owned by al-Hamati.
Al-Shifa Honey Press for Industry and Commerce, in Yemen, owned by Mahmud Abu al-Fatuh Muhammad, who is linked to the Islamic Cultural Institute in Milan, Italy, considered the main al-Qaeda “station house” in Europe.
Jaish-I-Mohammed, or Army of Mohammed, a militant pro-Taliban group.
Society of Islamic Cooperation, established by bin Laden early this year.
Rabita Trust, headed by Wa’el Hamza Jalaidan, one of the founders of al-Qaeda.
This information is simply awesome. Includes the original post and the follow ups.
Of course, it requires thought and attention to follow the twisted trail. Something the MSM, afflicted as they are with clinton syndrome/media ADD, will never air or print.
New York Times, The (NY)
February 14, 2001
Author: ABBY GOODNOUGH, KATE ZERNIKE, LYNETTE HOLLOWAY, KAREN ARENSON and EDWARD WYATT
Levy Hires an Aide to Senator Clinton
Schools Chancellor HAROLD O. LEVY has recruited one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top aides to be his senior adviser for planning and research. NEERA TANDEN, the policy director and deputy campaign manager for Mrs. Clinton’s Senate race, reported to 110 Livingston Street in Brooklyn this week and settled into an office down the hall from Mr. Levy’s. Ms. Tanden’s résumé also includes work on the presidential campaigns of Michael S. Dukakis and Bill Clinton. She will be paid $110,000 a year.
Montgomery Home Sales
July 25, 2002
ASHTON RD., XXXX -Pamela J. Cameron to Neera Tanden and Benjamin D. Edwards, $429,900.
Aides had hand in Dubai deal
Clinton advisers’ outside lobbying work for firm to take over defense plants accents their awkward position
Newsday (Long Island, NY)
September 14, 2006
Author: GLENN THRUSH. NEWSDAY WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - In the spring, when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was denouncing the Dubai Ports World deal, a consulting firm run by her top advisers was quietly lobbying for a Dubai takeover of two U.S. defense plants, Newsday has learned.
The Glover Park Group, whose principals include Clinton insiders Howard Wolfson, Joe Lockhart and Gigi Georges, was paid about $100,000 to help the government-owned Dubai International Capital Corp. in its acquisition of the British engineering firm Doncasters Group Ltd.
The four-month lobbying effort apparently didn’t include any contact with Clinton’s office. “They [Glover Park] didn’t have contact with us on either” of the Dubai deals, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.
But it underscores the awkwardness of Clinton’s political kitchen cabinet being housed inside a firm that features one of Washington’s most aggressive and fast-growing lobbying operations.
Clinton and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who helped to sink the takeover of port operations by a Dubai company, supported the Doncasters acquisition, saying it didn’t pose nearly as significant a security threat.
Glover Park’s contract with Dubai was channeled through the Los Angeles law office of Raj Tanden, the brother of longtime Hillary Clinton policy adviser Neera Tanden, according to people familiar with the situation.
Raj Tanden, who represented the emirate’s royal family in its 2005 acquisition of $1 billion in U.S. real estate holdings, declined to comment. His sister didn’t return a message left at her office yesterday.
Neera Tanden served as a congressional liaison for Bill Clinton before moving on to become a key Hillary Clinton campaign aide and the senator’s legislative director.