Skip to comments.BREAKING: Largest U.S. Islamic Charity Raided by FBI!
Posted on 09/18/2006 11:35:20 AM PDT by areafiftyone
By Debbie Schlussel
I've been writing about LIFE for Relief and Development for years, and I think my columns (especially this one), have finally made a difference. Ditto for my complaints about LIFE to Assistant U.S. Attorney for counterterrorism, Ken Chadwell.
Less than half an hour ago, the FBI began raiding LIFE and hauling out documents. Well, it's about time. LIFE--the largest Islamic charity still open for business in America--openly admitted on its 1995-'97 taxes to be a major funder of HAMAS. Headquartered in the Orthodox Jewish suburban Detroit subdivision in which I grew up, it gave millions to Human Appeal International, which the FBI identified as HAMAS' Jordanian operation. It has done many vague "Katrina," "Lebanon Relief," and "Afghanistan Wheelchair" fundraisers and believed to have laundered the money to terrorists.
Then, there are its multiple fundraisers over the last couple of years "for more Fallujahs" according to sources at a secret 2004 Los Angeles area fundraiser held by LIFE. LIFE is believed to be a major funder of the insurgent terrorists in Iraq. That's why, in 2004, the U.S. Army raided its Iraqi headquarters, frequently operated by its spokesman and operative Mohammed Alomari (more on him below).
The disturbing thing is that for years, the feds--including Homeland Security civil rights officer Daniel Sutherland, U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III, and his predecessor Jeffrey Collins--have feted this charity, all while it was apparently funding Islamic terrorists.
My columns on LIFE certainly made a difference with its top officers. Mohammed Alomari--LIFE's spokesman and the author of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory book and an article complaining that there are Jews in the Bush Administration--has been harassing me ever since I started writing about him and LIFE, including this page on his website. He also has repeatedly tried to alter the already inaccurate entry on me on Wikipedia.
LIFE's in-house general counsel, Ihsan Alkhatib, wrote a column in the Arab American News calling me a "verbal terrorist," whatever that means. Alkhatib is also the President and general counsel for the Midwest Regional ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee), headed by former PFLP terrorist Imad Hamad--who also has close ties to LIFE. Senator Carl Levin, Alomari, and LIFE credited Hamad with getting LIFE USAID tax-funded status to administer our tax money in Iraq.
In 2002, LIFE led the Saddam Hussein propaganda trip that U.S. Democratic Congressmen David Bonior, Jim McDermott, and Mike Thompson, which was also funded by Iraqi oil-for-food scam artist Shakir Alkhafaji--who is living, free, in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, despite $70 in earnings he obtained from doing business with Saddam.
From my 2003 column on LIFE, Imad Hamad lost a scheduled FBI award from Director Robert Mueller, because he was under investigation for terrorism:
One of those investigations apparently involves Hamad's close ties to Muthanna Al-Hanooti, Mohammed Alomari, and their charities, LIFE for Relief and Development and FAAIR (Focus on Arab American Issues and Reform). Hidden in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Southfield, Michigan, LIFE is believed to fund Hamas via contributions to Hamas front groups identified in 2001 by FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, Dale Watson.
One such front, Human Appeal International, believed by the FBI to be Hamas' Jordanian operation, was listed in LIFE tax returns as one of three supported organizations receiving millions in contributions. Human Appeal and another organization LIFE works with, Human Relief Foundation, are listed as participants in the "101 days campaign" website of Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood. The site is believed to raise money for homicide bombings Al-Qaradawi supports.
Alomari's book, "The Secrecy of Evil", and other writings allege Jewish control of the world and the Bush administration. His Daru Salam mosque radio website claimed Jews and the U.S. "organized" the 9/11 attacks. A 1996 LIFE fundraiser, arranged by Hanooti, featured speaker Sheik Abdulmunem Abu Zant, an ardent Hamas supporter, who said, "May G-d attack the Jews and those who stand with them. May G-d attack the Americans and those who stand with them." Hanooti appeared with indicted Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian at a recent American Muslim Council lobbying seminar. LIFE's original registered agent (under its previous name, International Relief Association), Masood Aijazi, worked for Khalid bin Mahfouz, the financier of Mawafaq Foundation, designated a terrorist charity by the U.S. government.
Hamad's relationship with these parties is long-term and tight. A 1999 press release by Hamad's American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee credits Hamad with getting Senator Carl Levin, then-Senator Spencer Abraham, and David Bonior to grant LIFE a license to send millions to Iraq. "We have a special relationship with ADC here in Detroit." Hanooti said. "This is another example of the value of cooperation between our organizations . . . to advance our common agenda." In May 2003, Hamad visited terrorist-sponsor Syria and Lebanon with Hanooti and Alomari. Given all of this, a recent FAAIR newsletter photo of Collins (below) smilingly posing between Al-Hanooti, Hamad, and Alomari, at a FAAIR event, is disturbing. It is bad enough that a U.S. Attorney would associate with known anti- Semites. Worse, if Collins' office ever indicts them, it could be embarrassing.
Apparently, I'm not such a verbal terrorist at all, because the FBI finally took my investigative work on LIFE seriously. Again, they're raiding the charity as I write.
We'll see what they do with it after that. Given the incompetence of U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III--who has let other Islamic terror raidees flee the country before he indicts them--I'm not holding my breath.
"It's time we recognized the nature of the conflict. It's total war and we are all involved. Nobody on our side is exempted because of age, gender, or handicap. The Islamofacists have stolen childhood from the world." [FReeper Retief]
Oh yea, we won this one.
Tomorrow the ACLU will file a F****** lawsuit.
And some moronic lib judges will rule in favor.
Debbie is all over this kind of thing. Glad to see the authorities picked up on it.
Many thanks for the ping.
I have come to the conclusion (code for read my tagline), the Dems attempts to drive Bush from office and short circuit the war are attempts to protect some one(s) in the Democrat Party. Bottom line. The party is corrupt and many of its elected officials evil to the bone. They are afraid of the secrets that are locked up in those still to be translated documents and equally afraid of information will come out in a truly free Iraq.
Yeah, a tinfoil hat rant for sure. But I have been following politics for a long time and have never seen this level vitriol, intellectual dishonesty, deceit from the Democrat Party. All for power? That is the short, easy answer. The Dems are in a race against time and their existence as a party depends on them winning the race.
Take this clown for instance.
Visit to Iraq in 2002
Rep. McDermott visited Iraq in 2002, prior to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He received sharp criticism from conservatives, both for his visit and for his prediction that President George W. Bush would "mislead the American public" to justify military action. During the run up to the Iraq war, McDermott insisted that no WMDs would be found in Iraq.
After his visit to Iraq, Rep. McDermott received a $5,000 contribution to an unrelated legal defense fund from Shakir al Khafaji, an Iraqi-American businessman with alleged ties to the Oil for Food scandal. McDermott returned the contribution in 2004 after it was questioned in the media. Aides asserted that McDermott had no prior knowledge of Khafaji's alleged connections to Iraqi oil money. McDermott's opponents frequently use the nickname "Baghdad Jim" to call attention to his controversial Iraq visit.
Yes--and also a free Iran.
Kerry's proposal for resolving the Iran crisis is similar to his proposal for Iraq. Kerry has criticized the Bush administration for unilaterally imposing sanctions on Iran and has argued that the US should follow Europe's lead by providing Iran with nuclear fuel in exchange for a promise that Iran will only use its nuclear program for peaceful purposes: I first want to say something about those sanctions on Iran. Only the United States put the sanctions on alone, and that's exactly what I'm talking about. In order for the sanctions to be effective, we should have been working with the British, French and Germans and other countries. And that's the difference between the president and me. . .With respect to Iran, the British, French, and Germans were the ones who initiated an effort without the United States, regrettably, to begin to try to move to curb the nuclear possibilities in Iran. I believe we could have done better. I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes."34 In proposing this Kerry echoes the goals of the Iranian government as represented by one of his campaign's major financial contributors, Iranian-American businessman Hassan Nemazee, who has lobbied for normalization of US relations with Iran and has raised over half a million dollars for Kerry's campaign.35 Iran's strategic plan--shared with Al Qaeda--is to use nuclear and terrorist threats to drive US influence from the Middle East and Muslim-populated areas of the former Soviet Union, particularly from the oil-rich, strategically-vital regions of the Persian Gulf and the Caucasus.36
Kudos to Debbie Schlussel and the FBI (better late than never)!! Perhaps there is a ray of hope dawning!
If only they would follow through with Bonior and McDermott's heads served up on a platter of Treason charges... (aw shucks, I can dream can't I?)...
Too little. Hopefully not too late.
BTTT for the latest!
Did you see this?
Scumbags, should be sent to prison now!
That "StickDeath Savings and Loan" thing on your webpage is friggin hysterical..
BOOOM the thread,,,,
Winner for best comedic thread post on FR today, goes to you. Congradulations!
Good left hook!
B U M P
Hiya Stephen. Good to see you.
Poll: Sinking Perceptions Of Islam
(IN) Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, a new CBS News poll finds fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. Americans today are also more likely than not to believe that Islam encourages violence, at least in comparison to other religions around the world. The poll finds 46 percent of Americans believe Islam encourages violence more than other religions, compared with 39 percent of Americans who felt that way two months ago. The last few months have seen escalating sectarian violence... http://www.thepath.fm/news/newsitem.cfm?id=17759
Hi...your tagline speaks volumes: )
"Teach your children well" Dear Lord in Heaven!!!!
Wow! Most excellent!
I'll see you a BTT!
Regrettably, it's likely too accurate.
Yes, isn't it? :-)
Good deal, old FRiend. :-)
Got to hit the sack, GF. One more "bump"!
Good night, my dear.............pleasant dreams!
What a great magazine cover, conservativecorner.
That legal defense fund, by the way, was the fund set up after he got sued because two of his party's cronies had intercepted, eavesropped on and recorded Newt Gingrich's and other Republican congressmen's cell phone call.
With the libs, it's perectly OK for Democrats to eavesdrop on Republicans- just don't let the NSA get caught doing it to terrorists.
So we have Susan Lindhauer chattin' it up with Life for Relief and Development's al Hanooti... but she was also receiving money from the Iraqi Intelligence Service via the Iraqi ambassador's sons, one of whom was evidently plotting to kill an Iraqi expatriate here in the states.
Elsewhere, I found this interesting bit [promise to close your eyes and click your heels together three times while repeating "There is no connection between Iraq and 9/11"] :
1990 : (SUSAN LINDHAUER GOES TO WASHINGTON DC AS A JOURNALIST, THEN BEGINS WORKING AS PRESS SECRETARIES FOR VARIOUS DEMOCRAT CONGRESSCRITTERS) She graduated from Smith in 1985 and then went to the London School of Economics, where she earned a master's degree and developed an interest in the Arab world. In 1990, she went to Washington, where she briefly worked as a journalist and then as a press secretary for liberal Democrats in the House and Senate, including Ron Wyden and Carol Moseley Braun. None of her jobs lasted more than a year. Her most recent job on Capitol Hill, as a press secretary for Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, ended in May 2002. -------- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
1995 : (THIS IS WHEN SUSAN LINDHAUER SAYS SHE BEGAN VISITING THE LIBYAN MISSION TO THE UN IN NY) Susan Lindauer said she started making visits to the Libyan Mission to the United Nations in 1995 and started meeting with Iraqis at the United Nations in 1996.-------- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
1996 : (THIS IS WHEN SUSAN LINDHAUER SAYS SHE BEGAN VISITING THE IRAQIS AT THE UN)started meeting with Iraqis at the United Nations in 1996.-------- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
1999 : (SUSAN LINHAUER BEGINS MEETING WITH IRAQI DIPLOMATS AT THE IRAQI MISSION TO THE UN IN NY) According to the federal charges filed against her by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Lindauer repeatedly violated U.S. law beginning in 1999 by meeting with Iraqi diplomats at the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations in New York and with agents of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Intelligence Service (I.I.S.). ----- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
NOVEMBER 26, 2000 : (THIS IS WHEN SUSAN LINDHAUER SAYS SHE MET WITH IRAQI AMBASSADOR SAEED HASAN)... what she described as a private Nov. 26, 2000, meeting with Saeed Hasan, then the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations. ----- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
DECEMBER 23, 2000 : (SUSAN LINDHAUER LEAVES A LETTER ADDRESSED TO DICK CHENEY - AND HINTING AT A BRIBE OFFER - FROM AN IRAQI AMBASSADOR SAEED HASAN AT ANDREW CARD'S HOME - HE REPORTS IT) One of Lindauer's earliest notes was left at Card's home on Dec. 23, 2000, a decade after sanctions were imposed on Iraq and a month before George W. Bush took office. Along with some of the transcripts of her wiretapped conversations, Lindauer gave me this letter to support her contention that she was working as a ''back channel'' between the governments of Iraq and the United States. The letter was addressed to Vice President-elect Cheney, and in it Lindauer presented the fruits of what she described as a private Nov. 26, 2000, meeting with Saeed Hasan, then the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations.
''Ambassador Hasan has asked me to communicate to you that Iraq most vigorously wishes to restore healthy, peaceful relations with the United States, including economic and cultural ties,'' Lindauer wrote. ''At our meeting, Ambassador Hasan demonstrated a pragmatic understanding that the United States requires the reinstatement of weapons monitoring in order to lift the sanctions.'' Ambassador Hasan, she said, had ''also emphasized that Iraq is ready to guarantee critical advantages for U.S. corporations at all levels.'' .------ "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
2001 summer : (SUSAN LINDHAUER TELLS HER BROTHER THAT THE GULF WAR ISN'T OVER AND THAT "THERE ARE PLANS IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. THEY WILL BE RAINING DOWN ON US FROM THE SKIES")John Lindauer, Susan's younger brother, is used to his sister's unlikely stories -- about dating Arab arms dealers and late-night attempts on her life and her contacts with the C.I.A. A Harvard graduate, and now a successful commercial and music-video director in Los Angeles, he says he thinks that a strain of playacting and deception runs in his family...One conversation John had with his sister in the summer of 2001 stuck in his mind for a different reason. ''So she goes, 'Listen, the gulf war isn't over,''' he told me over dinner at a sushi place on the Sunset Strip. '''There are plans in effect right now. They will be raining down on us from the skies.''' His sister told him that Lower Manhattan would be destroyed. ''And I was like, Yeah, whatever,'' he continued. When he woke up six weeks later to the news that two planes had crashed into the twin towers, and watched as ash settled on the window ledge of his sublet in Brooklyn, he had a dislocating sense of having his reality replaced by Susan's strange world -- an experience he would have again when he learned that his sister had been arrested by the F.B.I.------ "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
2001 summer : (SUSAN LINHAUER WARNS PARKE GODFREY NOT TO TAKE A JOB AT NYU) Parke Godfrey, a close friend of Lindauer's for the last 15 years, is a professor of computer science at York University in Ontario. He says that Lindauer warned him not to take a job at N.Y.U. the summer before the Sept. 11 attacks. That Lindauer's outlandish predictions actually came true, Godfrey suggests, further encouraged the exalted sense of personal mission that brought her to Washington in the first place. ....------ "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 : (9/11 ATTACKS)
FEBRUARY 23, 2002 through MARCH 7, 2002 +/- : (SUSAN LINDHAUER WORKS WITH IRAQI OPERATIVES) She was also indicted for accepting money from the Iraqis and traveling to Baghdad, where she met with Iraqi intelligence agents, in violation of federal law. ''From on or about Feb. 23, 2002, through on or about March 7, 2002,'' the indictment charged, ''Susan Lindauer, aka 'Symbol Susan,' met with several I.I.S. officers in Iraq, including at the Al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad, and received cash payments of approximately $5,000.00.''--------- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
JULY 2002 :(FBI BEGINS TAPPING SUSAN LINDHAUER'S PHONE?) The F.B.I. first began tapping Lindauer's phone and intercepting her e-mail in July 2002, she said. --------- "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
JULY 30, 2003 : (SUSAN LINDHAUER HAS PHONE CONVERSATION WITH MUTHANNA AL-HANOOTI, PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHFIELD MICHIGAN GROUP 'FOCUS ON AMERICAN AND ARAB INTERESTS AND RELATIONS' aka FAAIR; See also TERROR CHARITIES, LIFE FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT, HAMAS )Among the documents Lindauer showed me was a transcript of a telephone conversation with Muthanna al-Hanooti, the president of Focus on American and Arab Interests and Relations, a nonprofit organization in Southfield, Mich., dated July 30, 2003, two days before the Arab-American activist made one of his frequent trips to Iraq. During the call, Lindauer praised al-Hanooti for being a ''man who believes in peace'' and exhorted him to ''stay with God -- just stay with God.'' As the conversation continued, al-Hanooti seemed to hover between impatience and boredom. ''Other people are doing bad things, and they may try to use you as cover for bad things,'' Lindauer said. ''So don't let them.''
''It's a very delicate balance, as you know,'' al-Hanooti replied. ''But, ah, we'll do our best, you know. We'll do our best.'' .....------ "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
MARCH 11, 2004 : (SUSAN LINDHAUER IS ARRESTED & CHARGED WITH HAVING ACTED AS AN UNREGISTERED AGENT FOR THE IRAQI REGIME OF SADDAM HUSSEIN) In the morning of March 11, 2004, Susan Lindauer woke to find five F.B.I. agents at her front door. After reading her her rights, the agents took Lindauer from her home in Takoma Park, Md., to the F.B.I. field office in Baltimore, where she was charged with having acted as an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government and otherwise having elevated the interests of a foreign country above her allegiance to the United States.....------ "Susan Lindauer's Mission to Baghdad," DAVID SAMUELS, New York Times Magazine, August 29, 2004
Or on Halloween...
Is that the same as 'Hell Night'?
From the Complaint against one son, Raed Rokan Al-Anbuge
..."was in the United States to kill a former Iraqi Government official." http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/iraq/usalanbuke041403cmp.pdf
Susan Lindhauer aslo was involved in the court case around the Pan Am Flt 103 Lockerbie bombing
SEPTEMBER 19, 2001 : (ANTHRAX?) She [Susan Linhauer] met on 9/19/01 in NYC-about 90 minutes away from the Princeton mailbox. The "window" on the mailing (as I recall) was from 9/18 to 9/20/01. She also did some BS tale to the Wash Post about "acid on my steering wheel" and how it burned her hands and face. Mmmmmmmmm........ (How about contact dermatitis from making up a bomb? Dermal anthrax ? ) I saw this lovely on the news. She's got a mouth on her !! 95 posted on 03/11/2004 5:03:23 PM PST by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!) [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 83
Terror charity Life for Relief and Development ping
When she was first arrested, I contacted the Amerithrax investigation team - which (predictably) didn't even know she existed.I politely pointed out who had her in custody and where,and they got all excited for 30 seconds or so.
When I couldn't produce proof she had ever been near Princeton (I didn't know it was my job to do this !)they sort of lost interest.
I am not nearly as pessimistic. There's lots of money waiting to be sent to terrorists and the organizations that do it will keep springing up like weeds. It is both difficult and highly counterproductive to shut down all Islamic charities, better to wait until there are proven ties to terrorists, raid them and get the info on witting donors, receiving terrorists, etc.
Glad you liked it. I also thought it was priceless. :>)!!
Cox and Forkum folks are great, then Potlatch adds the motion and more laughs.
Worth a careful read.
I certainly do agree with you. Why take 1/2 when you can have a whole. Never move too quickly, but, "1995-'97 taxes to be a major funder of HAMAS."