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CAIR asks FBI not to probe mosques (whiny Moslem alert)
Jewish World Review ^ | Jan. 30, 2003 | UPI

Posted on 01/30/2003 3:15:12 AM PST by Alouette

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To: knighthawk
"Got 'thrax"?
41 posted on 01/30/2003 8:12:04 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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They should want to live in their own countries since they have made them all under Sharia law ---they are a bit inconsistent by moving to a non-Islamic country like the USA in the first place.

Not really, if you look at it from a colonizing point of view.

42 posted on 01/30/2003 8:29:16 AM PST by xJones
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To: Alouette
Here's a story from the Chicago Tribune today that tells all. The Religion of Peace at work again.

Al Qaeda operative tied to local Islamic charity A photo released last spring purportedly shows Enaam Arnaout when he met with Osama bin Laden. Story collections The government vs. Enaam M. Arnaout

By Laurie Cohen and Kim Barker Tribune staff reporters Published January 30, 2003

A key Al Qaeda operative who tried to help Osama bin Laden develop a nuclear weapon was once a leader of an Islamic charity based in Palos Hills, federal prosecutors alleged in a court filing made public Wednesday.

Mohamed Loay Bayazid was president of Benevolence International Foundation in 1994, the government alleged. Around the same time, Bayazid sought to get uranium for Al Qaeda, prosecutors said.

The new allegation came in a 101-page filing in which the government details its evidence against Enaam Arnaout, the foundation's executive director.

Arnaout is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 10 on charges that he helped orchestrate a conspiracy to defraud donors by funneling money to militant groups, including Al Qaeda, rather than to humanitarian causes. Some of the donations came from corporations like Microsoft through matching gift programs.

The government filing portrays Benevolence as a group with a "core mission" of supporting Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, Sudan, Bosnia and Chechnya. It relies heavily on documents, including e-mails, memos and photographs, found in government raids on Benevolence's offices.

The charity publicly said it raised money for relief items but instead sent anti-mine boots to Chechnyan fighters, prosecutors alleged. The charity said it raised money for orphans, but far less than the amount intended actually went to orphans, the government said. The charity said its mission was humanitarian relief, but an internal mission statement said it aimed "to make Islam supreme on this Earth," according to the document.

A Benevolence memo warned employees to "NEVER VOLUNTEER ANY INFORMATION" to callers.

Attorneys for Arnaout and Benevolence criticized the government filing as an attempt to try the case in the press.

"The picture presented by the [filing] is inaccurate and totally misleading, and that's why we have a trial," said Joseph Duffy, an attorney for Arnaout. The filing "is nothing more than the government's version of what they would like the facts to be, and Mr. Arnaout is looking forward to his day in court."

`That's absurd'

Matthew Piers, an attorney for Benevolence, denied Bayazid was a leader of the charity. "That's absurd, ridiculous and false, and the government knows it," Piers said.

Although Benevolence isn't a defendant in the case, the filing focuses on the charity because the government is trying to establish the existence of a conspiracy so it can introduce certain evidence at Arnaout's trial.

The government originally submitted the filing on Jan. 6, but U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon agreed to seal it at the request of Arnaout's lawyers, who raised concerns that media coverage might prejudice the public and hinder jury selection. Arnaout's lawyers are trying to persuade the judge to exclude the alleged ties between Arnaout and bin Laden from the government's case.

Late Tuesday, Conlon ordered the document be unsealed in response to a request by the Chicago Tribune, which argued the 1st Amendment requires public access to criminal court records. The Tribune also argued that allegations about Arnaout's connections to terrorist groups have come to light in previous government filings.

Bayazid's name had previously come up because he used Benevolence's street address in Palos Hills on his Illinois driver's license. Bayazid allegedly was carrying the license in December 1994 when he was stopped--along with bin Laden's brother and brother-in-law--by authorities in San Francisco.

In the new filing, prosecutors cite internal Benevolence documents that allegedly show Bayazid was a leader at the charity. For example, the document quotes minutes of a Benevolence meeting on Sept. 15, 1994, stating that Bayazid as president ran the meeting. Arnaout also attended the meeting, prosecutors said.

Public filings with Illinois authorities don't list Bayazid as a charity official, and Piers said Bayazid never held such a post with Benevolence. He was in the Chicago area briefly in the mid-1990s and met with charity staffers about "the possibility of working there," Piers said.

Bayazid, also known as Abu Rida al Suri, allegedly tried to obtain uranium for a nuclear weapon for bin Laden in 1993 or 1994 in Sudan, according to testimony at the trial relating to the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Prosecutors said Bayazid was also present at the founding of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 1988, along with Mamdouh Salim, who allegedly traveled to Bosnia 10 years later with Arnaout's help. Salim is now in a New York jail awaiting trial on charges that he was a high-ranking participant in bin Laden's conspiracy to kill Americans.

Bayazid is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Syria, lived in Kansas City, Mo., in the early 1990s, and his current whereabouts are unknown, said Rita Katz, a terrorism expert at the SITE Institute. Arnaout, 40, was also born in Syria and is a U.S. citizen.

Other alleged militants were connected to Benevolence, the government said in the filing. The charity's officer in Chechnya was an Al Qaeda military commander, prosecutors said, and the Benevolence office in Azerbaijan was staffed by the local representative of Hezb e Islami, a military group based in Afghanistan.

Arnaout is also alleged to have his own ties with Al Qaeda, though there's no evidence he signed an oath of allegiance to the group, the government said. A computer file found in Benevolence's office in Bosnia-Herzegovina, labeled "Osama's history," allegedly contained newspaper articles and photographs showing Arnaout at bin Laden's first military camp in Afghanistan in the late 1980s. The document also said he occasionally drove bin Laden during the war against the Soviets.

Media concerns

While agreeing to unseal the document, Conlon wrote that she still worries "media coverage will make selection of a far and impartial jury a daunting task." Conlon said that task will be more difficult in the Arnaout case than in recent local cases involving allegedly corrupt public officials, including the ongoing trial of Scott Fawell, the former top aide to George Ryan.

"Those cases do not implicate the public trauma this country has suffered because of terrorism, deeply affecting our national and individual lives like no other event in recent history," Conlon wrote.

The judge also took prosecutors to task for filing 248 exhibits along with the document. At a hearing Tuesday, Conlon said she would return the documents to prosecutors. Filing them before they were admitted into evidence was a "curious and disturbing procedure," she said.

Assistant U.S. Atty. John Kocoras, who is prosecuting the case along with U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, told Conlon at the hearing that the government filed the exhibits to aid in her decisions. According to Conlon's order, the government has decided not to use 206 of the 248 exhibits in its case.

43 posted on 01/30/2003 8:50:29 AM PST by Chi-Town Lady
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To: xJones
Of course CAIR doesn't want to admit that quite yet.
44 posted on 01/30/2003 9:00:45 AM PST by FITZ
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To: knighthawk
CAIR should suggest that its constituents take a lesson from Sadam's playbook and retrofit their mosques so as to render them mobile.

A wise man once said: "A rolling mosque gathers no stones".....

45 posted on 01/30/2003 9:25:34 AM PST by tracer
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To: sneakers
46 posted on 01/30/2003 9:37:30 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! ;))
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To: E Rocc
Mosques have been used as recruiting stations for terrorists and have most certainly been used for the teachings of hatred of the USA. Mosques, should of course, be on the watch list for terrorism. Islam is at odds with democracy, and no mosque should ever have been built in the USA.
47 posted on 01/30/2003 10:53:44 AM PST by tessalu
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To: Alouette
Time to weed the Arabs out of the FBI, too.
48 posted on 01/30/2003 11:06:09 AM PST by Redbob
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To: tessalu
Islam is at odds with democracy, and no mosque should ever have been built in the USA.
How does one reconcile such an opinion with this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;



49 posted on 01/30/2003 11:59:00 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: rdb3
The Constitution is not a death pact.

You said it! As Supreme Ct. Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote, in a dissenting opinion (I think the case was Terminiello v. Chicago, but I might be wrong), that "the Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact."
50 posted on 01/30/2003 12:02:48 PM PST by eddiespaghetti
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To: E Rocc
Simple. Today, Islam is a violent organization with political goals, not a "religion" as understood by the Founders. Though it has peaceful members, it is hostile to this republic and should be treated accordingly.
51 posted on 01/30/2003 12:18:20 PM PST by Steve0113
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To: Alouette
CAIR sounds like saddam telling the UN inspectors what they can, and can't do. They must be hidding WMD, and terrorists in the mosques. AFterall who would be using WMD against the USA, the VIKINGs?
53 posted on 01/30/2003 1:08:19 PM PST by desertcry
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To: Steve0113
BTW, "a violent organization with political goals" is the very definition of terrorism. Not quite the same as a religion.
55 posted on 01/30/2003 1:52:40 PM PST by Steve0113
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To: E Rocc
Oops. Post #55 should have been to you.
56 posted on 01/30/2003 1:54:31 PM PST by Steve0113
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To: ppaul; Alouette
Oh no. This is NOT good information.

Alouette, last night after reading a certain article, I had nightmares of crazed Islamics swooping down on our little town, and they had these long, curved swords that they were going to use to chop off all of our heads. It was horrible!

57 posted on 01/30/2003 1:55:01 PM PST by DBtoo
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To: ppaul
but in Islam, there is no association between God and any image mental capacity."
58 posted on 01/30/2003 3:26:06 PM PST by Stavka2
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To: Sender
Yes, I like it.
59 posted on 01/30/2003 7:33:47 PM PST by KC_for_Freedom
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To: Alouette
If Churches were used to plan terrorism and possibly hide weapons, it would not offend me as a Christian to have them watched. What's these guys problem?
60 posted on 01/31/2003 1:58:54 AM PST by Michael2001
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