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Posted on 11/02/2002 10:08:11 PM PST by GOPcapitalist
YOUNGCONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS
November 2, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Allen, Chairman
YCT Demands Ron Kirk Donate Contribution from Convicted Felon & Terrorist Bagman to Charity for Victims of Terrorism
Austin, TX - Ihsan Elashyi, who donated $500 to Ron Kirk's campaign, was sentenced to prison on October 22 on charges stemming from an anti-terrorism investigation over sensitive illegal computer equipment exports to Libya and Syria.
The Houston Review reported that Elashyi's firm Infocom received a $250,000 investment from the wife of Mousa Abu Marzook, a Hamas leader based in Syria. Infocom is closely linked to the non-profit Holy Land Foundation (HLF), which was chartered by Elashyi's brother and fellow Infocom principle Ghassan Elashyi. Infocom had its assets frozen last December by the Treasury Department because of the group's ties to terrorist organizations. Curiously, Infocom has owned the domain name binladen.com since August 1997.
Chris Allen, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) State Chairman, stated, "Ron Kirk's campaign has cashed in on the profits made by a convicted felon who is aiding and abetting regimes and terrorist organizations that are hell-bent on destroying Israel and America. We implore Kirk to immediately donate this terror-tainted money to a charity benefiting the victims of September 11 and other terrorist attacks."
Allen continued, "Unfortunately, this contribution is just tip of the iceberg. For months, Kirk employed Steven Hyland, an anti-Israel activist and friend of American Taliban Johnny Walker Lindh. In the October 23 Senate debate, Kirk demanded that all Israelis be purged from the West Bank. The Council on American-Islamic Relations DFW chapter hosted a dinner honoring Kirk in 1995 and brags on their website that they have a 'special relationship' with him."
CAIR labeled the conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing "a travesty of justice." Similarly, it called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, "hate crime." CAIR termed the extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook "anti-Islamic" and "anti-American."
Daniel Pipes, a Middle East scholar, has reported that "The head of CAIR's Los Angeles office, Hussam Ayloush, routinely uses the term "zionazi" when referring to Israelis. CAIR co-hosted an event in May 1998 at which an Egyptian militant Islamic leader, Wagdi Ghunaym, called Jews the "descendants of the apes.""
Kirk has also received the endorsement and tens of thousands of dollars in financial support from the Council for a Livable World, a left-wing "peace" group which supports eliminating all U.S. nuclear weapons and making deep cuts in the defense budget.
Allen concluded, "Although Kirk's contribution from Elashyi is from his 1995 Mayoral campaign, Elashyi was convicted only a week ago so there is still time for Ron Kirk to do the right thing and redirect a small fraction of the millions of dollars he is spending on negative ads to help the victims of terrorism. There is also still time for Texans to make sure that we elect a Senator who will protect U.S. national security."
U.S. Department of Justice Press Release on Elashy's Sentencing http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txn/PressRel02/elashyi_sen_pr.html
Houston Review Article on Kirk Donor Sentenced on Charges Related to Anti-Terror Probe
(Includes Scanned Image of Kirk Campaign Finance Report Showing Elashy's Contribution)
Austin Review Article on Hyland and Kirk's Questionable Contributions
Houston Review: Kirk Lies About Radical Anti-Israel Activist's Role in Campaign
The Young Conservatives of Texas, a non-partisan conservative youth organization, has been fighting for conservative values for more than two decades in the Lone Star State and publishes the most respected ratings of the Texas Legislature. YCT has chapters at Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M, Baylor University, the University of Texas, Texas Tech, Southern Methodist University, and in the Houston and Washington, DC areas.
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stepping back in time..NEWSFACTOR.com - NEWSFACTOR NETWORK: "FBI TERRORISM TASK FORCE RAIDS ARAB WEB HOSTING FIRM" (ARTICLE NOTE: The firm is identified as InfoCom Corporation. ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Arab leaders held a news conference to protest the FBI's actions, calling it an "anti-Muslim witch hunt." They insisted the task force, which also included the Secret Service and the U.S. Customs Service, acted on little evidence, but rather on political pressure and anti-Arab stereotypes. "While Muslims understand the FBI's mission to protect American citizens, we are concerned that the civil liberties of InfoCom's owners and their many important clients were violated by this unexpected raid," the Arab group said in a statement.") by Tim McDonald (SEPTEMBER 7, 2001)
CNET News.com: "CIA WARNS OF NET TERROR THREAT" by Declan McCullagh (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Al-Qaida is not the only terrorist network hoping to wreak havoc on the United States through "cyberwarfare," the CIA says. America's spooks have named Sunni extremists, Hezbollah and Aleph--formerly known as Aum Shinrikyo - as other top threats.") (102902)
MEMRI.org - THE MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE - Special Reort No. 9: "Based on Koranic Verses, Interpretations, and Traditions, Muslim Clerics State: The Jews Are the Descendants of Apes, Pigs, And Other Animals" By Aluma Solnick" (SPECIAL REPORT SNIPPET: "Although in the Koran, transformation into apes and pigs is connected only with Jews, Koranic commentary links transformation into apes and pigs with Christians as well.") (110102)
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"Today's action targets a U.S.-based organization operated by individuals who have been the focus of joint law enforcement action prior to September 11th. The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, based in Richardson, Texas, shares employees of an Internet company known as Infocom. Infocom was raided by the FBI and had its assets frozen by the Treasury Department six days before the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the plane crash in Pennsylvania. Infocom, like the Holy Land Foundation, received much of its early money from Mousa Abu Marzook, a top Hamas official who, the U.S. courts have determined, was directly involved in terrorism.
In addition to sharing Marzook as an early sponsor, Infocom and the Holy Land Foundation were both established in California and moved to Texas in the same period of time. They are currently located in the same business park and appear to share office space and personnel." - John Ashcroft, 12/4/01 http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/01120403.htm
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