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"Operation Green Quest" Singles Out Muslims
Islam Online ^ | 21 March 2002 | Marwa El-Naggar, IOL Staff

Posted on 03/22/2002 12:45:31 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

CAIRO, March 21, (IslamOnline) - The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation raided several Muslim organizations Wednesday morning, in Virginia, Georgia, and Washington D.C., a prominent Muslim American told IslamOnline Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with IslamOnline, Dr. Mohamed S. Omeish, President of the Success Foundation, said that several organizations had been raided, including the Success Foundation, a not-for-profit, charity foundation set up for educational and humanitarian work. The Muslim World League offices were also raided, as well as several Muslim-owned businesses, such as MAR-JAC companies, and Sterling Management.

"The raids were all carried out at approximately the same time, for the element of surprise," he stated.

Omeish said that although the FBI claimed that they were not specifically singling out Muslims, "everyone who was targeted was Muslim, and all organizations raided were Muslim."

"I was a witness to what happened. About 15 FBI agents raided the Success Foundation offices around 11 a.m.," he said noting that all the raids were carried out at the same time.

"The FBI agents burst into the offices, wielding their weapons. They told everyone to put their hands up and turn around. They conducted body searches on all the employees, and asked us if we had any weapons on us. Obviously we did not," he said.

"The FBI then took everyone's personal information. We then asked them the reason for the raids and asked to see their warrant. They showed us the warrant which was issued on March 13, 2002.

"The FBI agents wanted to interrogate us, but we demanded the presence of our lawyers, after which they stopped questioning us and told us we could go home."

"We refused to leave the offices until they left, which happened around 6 p.m. During this time they refused to let us use the phones, whether to make calls, or to answer them. They took all the documents they found in the office, including the computers."

"They asked us to contact the agent in charge of the interrogations regarding the raids, dubbed "Operation Green Quest", if we wanted to help them in any way," Omeish added.

"Evidently there is a group of people in the [George W.] Bush administration who would like to see that Muslims are not allowed to help their fellow Muslims overseas, even if this help was legitimate. The Success Foundation is a respectable, legitimate charity," he stated.

When asked if Muslims could take any action regarding these developments, he said, "We have to find out more. Why are we a part of this investigation? Are there going to be any criminal charges against us?"

"We have to talk to our lawyers," he added. "We are going to hold a press conference at noon today to voice our outrage against what happened, but in order to take any legal action, we will have to talk to our lawyers."

"Muslims in America are being consistently targeted by the government. The FBI claimed that they were after any organizations that allegedly funded 'terrorists', but the organizations they raided were legitimate charities and businesses," he said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charities; crymeariver; marjac; marjaccompanies; muslims; muslimworldleague; mwl; sobstory; sterlingmanagement; successfoundation
The Muslims hate it when we shut down their terrorist fund drives. Deal with it. If you love Palestine so much, then shut the hell up and move there.
1 posted on 03/22/2002 12:45:31 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
EExcellent.
2 posted on 03/22/2002 12:48:15 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
I am tired of listening to the whining and complaining of the terrorists and the leftists.
3 posted on 03/22/2002 12:49:05 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Hit em' where it hurts! Nationalize goat herds! More sugar!
4 posted on 03/22/2002 12:49:11 PM PST by tupac
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"Operation Green Quest" Singles Out Muslims

Who else?

I'm sorry, but the Europeans, Japanese, Indians, Africans, Mexicans and others are NOT currently engaging in terrorism against the USA.

5 posted on 03/22/2002 12:50:07 PM PST by SunStar
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Good. I'm sick of people who want to be -American instead of just an American.
6 posted on 03/22/2002 12:56:32 PM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Boo frippin' hoo
7 posted on 03/22/2002 12:56:35 PM PST by Publius6961
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To: SunStar
Yep. I don't remember the Belgians flying planes into the towers, and I didn't see pictures of the Japanese dancing in the streets. Thousands of people are dead in the Sept. 11th attacks and the dirtbag Muslims in America can only moan about how it inconviences them while rationalizing their jihad. It's time for them to take it on down the road.
8 posted on 03/22/2002 12:59:43 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
What ever became of "The Initiative" from about a month ago? Weren't the feds going to round up 300,000 or so arab illegals or something?
9 posted on 03/22/2002 1:03:18 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: KSCITYBOY
Yeah, what's this hyphenated crap?

I'm a 5th generation American and descendant of Spanish Basques. I don't call myself a Spanish-American, I'm an American, PERIOD. And I don't care about the Basque separatists' cause and I sure as hell ain't sending their terrorists any money. I expect the same of the Muslims. If they can't or won't do it, it's time for them to hit the road. America and its culture should be their priority only.

10 posted on 03/22/2002 1:04:50 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
They're just cranky because the State Deparment finally put al Aqsa Martyr's Brigades on the terror list.

The next to fall: Fatah, Force 17, Tanzim, Palestinian Authority.

I can dream, can't I?

11 posted on 03/22/2002 1:06:47 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: monkeywrench
Good question. I wish I had a good answer.
12 posted on 03/22/2002 1:06:55 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
They showed us the warrant which was issued on March 13, 2002.
13 posted on 03/22/2002 1:11:21 PM PST by Stentor
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To: monkeywrench
Weren't the feds going to round up 300,000 or so arab illegals or something?

Thanks to the efforts of the INS, the fact that some local law enforcement entities refused to cooperate, and other PC considerations, they couldn't find them.

14 posted on 03/22/2002 1:14:26 PM PST by browardchad
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Get out and stay out.
15 posted on 03/22/2002 1:25:51 PM PST by Bikers4Bush
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Yep. I don't remember the Belgians flying planes into the towers, and I didn't see pictures of the Japanese dancing in the streets. Thousands of people are dead in the Sept. 11th attacks and the dirtbag Muslims in America can only moan about how it inconviences them while rationalizing their jihad. It's time for them to take it on down the road.

And I didn't see any Jews flying thsoe planes either, Israeli or otherwise; so while I am all for deporting them from the US, please don't send them to "Palestine" - let them join their brothers in saudi Arabia or Terrorstan, or whatever they call it, BUT NOT IN ISRAEL.

16 posted on 03/22/2002 1:25:58 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"Muslims in America are being consistently targeted by the government."

Tough turds. Guess these people didn't grow up here, or they'd remember the principle that THE WHOLE CLASS PAYS THE PRICE FOR THE SCREW UPS OF A FEW, or "One bad apple spoils the bunch," LIKE THE REST OF US LEARNED in gradeschool.

17 posted on 03/22/2002 1:50:28 PM PST by MickMan51
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To: Yehuda
Yeah, I can see that.

Send them to live in Siberia and then let them cry about how bad America is.

18 posted on 03/22/2002 2:05:57 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Bikers4Bush
Right on. Your take is no BS, no screwing around, short and to the point.
19 posted on 03/22/2002 2:07:12 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
To think, they are actually shocked that they are being "targeted" by the FBI! DUH!
I am personally glad to hear that these groups are being investigated! We know that a lot of "fronts" exist in this very country that are funneling money into terrorist organizations.
20 posted on 03/22/2002 2:10:49 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
To think, they are actually shocked that they are being "targeted" by the FBI! DUH!

They're feigning indignance. The only reason they are moaning is because the PC elements of our govt. will listen. In their own countries, they would be be summarily rounded up, beaten, and raped or worse. It's all a front.

21 posted on 03/22/2002 2:30:42 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: ladyinred
Its interesting to note that a list of Muslim agencies operating in the US in 1997 provides only the name and telephone number of the Success Foundation. As the telephone was a 703 area code it would be a good bet that the Success works out of either Herndon (a notorious anti-American center of Islamist activity) or Alexandria, Virginia (ditto).
22 posted on 03/22/2002 2:32:01 PM PST by gaspar
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Shouldn't this be,

American government is consistently being targeted by Muslims.

23 posted on 03/22/2002 2:36:17 PM PST by tet68
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To: tet68
Hmmm, now that you mention it...
24 posted on 03/22/2002 2:37:28 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
There are only four kinds of people in America:

a) Native Americans
b) Naturalized Americans
c) Guests of the American people
d) Criminals

25 posted on 03/22/2002 3:16:57 PM PST by Maceman
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
You my friend are a rare person indeed.
26 posted on 03/22/2002 3:30:02 PM PST by MadRobotArtist
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Maybe this covers the subject:

If if walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then kill it before it lays an egg that will become another duck." Of course, that only applies if ducks have recently destroyed your World Trade Center Towers and killed 3,000 of your citizens.

Does anyone know any ducks who have done such things recently?

(And if this doesn't make quote of the day from John Huang 2, he isn't paying attention.)

Congressman Billybob


27 posted on 03/22/2002 3:57:50 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
This is giving charity a new meaning. In this new sense, raising funds for IRA, ETA, ELF is called a charity. These guys are poor homeless souls needing shelter and food. That may be true. But they also need AK-47, RPG, and Bentonite-coated Anthax spores. Silica-coated one applies, too.
28 posted on 03/22/2002 4:40:13 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
American $ are a priority for many of the immigrants who come here.
29 posted on 03/22/2002 4:45:48 PM PST by koba
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
...the world's smallest violin...playing my heart weeps for you....
30 posted on 03/22/2002 5:05:53 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
That's what I'm thinking: grab a violin and sing me a sob story.
31 posted on 03/22/2002 6:22:01 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Here's what I wrote Islam Online:

Dear Sirs:

Your motto is: credibility and distinction. How about some common sense? It has been proven that Muslim Charities have been used as fronts to hide the distribution of money to terrorist groups. Should the FBI be looking at the Sons of Norway or the Boy Scouts for evidence of this support for terrorism?

"Operation Green Quest" targeted an intertwined group of charities, foundations and businesses, which are organized in a suspicious way with numerous intances of cross-ownership, shared directors and other characteristics.

It is suspected that there are 100 sleeper Al Qaida cells in America. Al Qaida members are Moslems. Where should the FBI look for Al Qaida members if not at Moslems? They are hiding and don't wear t-shirts saying "I'm Al Qaida". Where's your common sense?

And why are you enflaming Moslem anti-American bigotry? Credibility? Distinction? Come on folks, get your act together.

Regards,
John Tuttle

You too can comment to Islam Online too.

32 posted on 03/22/2002 7:39:54 PM PST by Kermit
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
More on this here: http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/651944/posts

and here:

http://www.webactive.com/freespeech/fsrn20020320.html

Sorry it's left-wing Pacifica but they've got more details.

Does "Dulles" refer to Dulles Airport in the Washington DC area? Wasn't that where the airliner which hit the Pentagon on 9/11 took off out of?

33 posted on 03/23/2002 3:22:32 AM PST by pttttt
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation raided several Muslim organizations Wednesday morning, in Virginia, Georgia, and Washington D.C.,

It is about time!!!!!!!!!

Thank God for Operation Green Quest.


34 posted on 03/23/2002 5:12:41 AM PST by Clovis_Skeptic
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Never Forget!


35 posted on 03/23/2002 5:25:39 AM PST by Dec31,1999
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To: tet68
Yep. They hate it when we shut down terrorist funding.
36 posted on 03/23/2002 2:00:20 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Dec31,1999
Damn straight. I still feel the fangs-out anger from Sept. 11th. The USA has been the world's doormat for too long. It's time to be ruthless. As Americans, we must maintain our adherence to violence against terrorism.
37 posted on 03/23/2002 2:02:34 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Big BUMP to that! To be frank, we in the NYC metro area must all suspect we are going to be nuked or bio-weaponed eventually. If so, please retaliate in full.
38 posted on 03/24/2002 2:35:37 AM PST by Dec31,1999
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