Antisemitic conspiracies and hate speech were at the ISNA Convention — along with Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor for Public Engagement and International Affairs, Valerie Jarrett: ’Mainstream’ Islamist Convention Features Hate Speech and Hezbollah Defense.
One of the ringleaders of the Hamas-linked Muslim “charity” called the Holy Land Foundation has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.
DALLAS (AP) — A founding member of what was once the nation’s largest Muslim charity was sentenced to 65 years in prison Wednesday for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Shukri Abu Baker, 50, of Garland, Texas, was the first of five members of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development to be sentenced. Mohammad El-Mezain, 55, was later sentenced to 180 months for one count of conspiracy to support a terrorist organization.
For more information on this landmark case: LGF search: “holy land foundation”.
At long last, the FBI has finally cut off contacts with the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations. Since LGF has been targeted by CAIR in “hate speech” complaints to the FBI, this is very welcome news.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group’s roots in a Hamas-support network, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned.
The decision to end contacts with CAIR was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an Islamic charity accused of providing money and political support to the terrorist group Hamas, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
CAIR and its chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmad, were named un-indicted co-conspirators in the HLF case. Both Ahmad and CAIR’s current national executive director, Nihad Awad, were revealed on government wiretaps as having been active participants in early Hamas-related organizational meetings in the United States. During testimony, FBI agent Lara Burns described CAIR as a front organization.
Hamas is a US-designated foreign terrorist organization, and it’s been illegal since 1995 to provide support to it within the United States.
The decision to end contacts with CAIR is a significant policy change for the FBI. For years, the FBI worked with the national organization and its state chapters to address Muslim community concerns about the potential for hate crimes and other civil liberty violations in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
But critics said the FBI improperly conferred legitimacy on CAIR by meeting with its officials, even as its own investigative files contained evidence of CAIR leaders’ ties to Hamas.
Last autumn, FBI field offices began notifying state CAIR chapters that bureau officials could no longer meet with them until CAIR’s national leadership in Washington had addressed issues raised by the HLF trial, according to people with knowledge of the notifications.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper declined to comment Wednesday when the IPT called for comment. Before hanging up, Hooper said “We’re more than happy to cooperate with legitimate media. But we don’t cooperate with those who promote anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Another tradition from the Bush administration that apparently will be continued by Barack Obama: pandering to radical Islam’s US front groups.
As part of the inaugural festivities for President Barack Obama, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President Ingrid Mattson is scheduled to participate Wednesday in a prayer service at Washington’s National Cathedral.
Given her organization’s historic connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to establish Islamic law, or Shari’ah, as the basis controlling society, Mattson’s invitation is generating some criticism.
Her organization was founded in 1981 by Muslim Brotherhood members who had been part of the Muslim Students Association. ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas-support prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), which ended in the conviction of five former HLF officials on 108 counts. Federal prosecutors identified ISNA as a “member organization” of the “U.S. Muslim Brotherhood” on its list of “Unindicted Co-conspirators and/or Joint Venturers.”
It is important to note that none of the activity related to ISNA’s involvement in the HLF case occurred under Mattson’s leadership. However, she has an established pattern that should be known in advance of her inaugural participation of making statements which minimize the nature of extremist forms of Islam and rationalize the actions of Islamist terrorist movements.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism has assembled this report on Mattson.
To no one’s surprise, the Council on American Islamic Relations, one of the main unindicted co-conspirators in the recent Hamas funding trial of the Holy Land Foundation, is working the “massacre” angle and blaming the citizens of the US for supplying Israel with weapons: CAIR Condemns Israeli ‘Massacre’ in Gaza.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip that left more than 200 people dead and called the death toll a “massacre carried out using U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons.” More than 700 people, including women and children, were injured in the attacks.
Note: CAIR is reduced to using press releases to issue these statements. The mainstream media seem much less ready to parrot CAIR’s propaganda lately.
When Pastor Rick Warren’s “Global Peace Coalition” presented President Bush with the International Medal of Peace recently, one of the groups invited to attend the ceremony was the Islamic Society of North America—one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial: ISNA ATTENDS SADDLEBACK CHURCH CIVIL FORUM ON GLOBAL HEALTH.
This event took place after the convictions of the Holy Land Foundation defendants.
(Hat tip: SoCalJustice.)
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was named as one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial, a trial that resulted in convictions for all the defendants on all counts. CAIR’s name was not removed from the list of conspirators (despite repeated attempts to pressure the court), which means that their status as a Hamas front group was upheld.
But you won’t find one word about any of that in this glowing Voice of America puff piece about CAIR’s annual meeting, in which leading hater Nihad Awad demands that Barack Obama end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and appoint Muslims to his cabinet: American Muslims Hope Obama Will Encourage Tolerance, Respect for Rule of Law.
What do American Muslims expect from President-elect Barack Obama? What can they do to help redefine their role in U.S. society? Those questions topped the agenda at the recent annual meeting of the private Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, in Washington D.C., attended by more than 700 Muslim-American activists from across the country.
In his opening remarks at the annual fund-raising banquet, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad called on Obama to pursue a less-militaristic policy in the Muslim world and to open his administration to the ideas and talents of Muslim-Americans.
“We are asking President-elect Barack Obama to deliver [on] his promise and end the illegal war in Iraq, and also we ask him not to escalate the war in Afghanistan and to seek consultation and counsel from American Muslims, who care both about America and the world,” Awad said. “Finally, we are asking Barack Obama to be inclusive in his administration, because so far he has been accommodating to many minorities.
“American Muslims have been left out so far. We hope that he will hire qualified American Muslims to serve in his administration, and there are plenty of talents.”
The CAIR director also urged Obama to “restore the rule of law” that Awad said has been eroded over the past eight years by the Bush administration. Awad expressed the hope Obama’s administration will be, as he put it, more respectful of the rights of people of all faiths.
Also attending this meeting of unindicted co-conspirators: Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison.
Keith Ellison, a Minnesota representative who in 2006 became the first American Muslim ever elected to the U.S. Congress, took the podium to urge the largely Muslim audience to get more involved in politics. He said the election of Barack Obama should be seen as an opportunity for Muslim-Americans, in particular, to redefine themselves as active American citizens and to make their voices heard.
“The only way to define yourself is to work in a purposeful way for your own best interest,“ Ellison said. ”We have to stop allowing other people to demonize the Muslim community, and these people are using their freedom of speech in a negative way, and we have, therefore, to use our freedom of speech in a positive way.”
Maybe it’s time to rename “Voice of America” to “Voice of Hamas Front Groups.”
(Hat tip: Killgore.)
Here’s a video report from the Investigative Project on some of the key evidence that resulted in terror convictions in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
The Investigative Project has details on the strategy adjustments that allowed prosecutors to get convictions in the Hamas funding trial of the Holy Land Foundation Islamic charity: HLF Officials Convicted on All Counts.
Prosecutors made a series of significant adjustments, from dropping 29 counts each against defendants Mufid Abdulqader and Abdelrahman Odeh, to adding new witnesses who could put the charity support in context. In addition, jurors in this trial saw three exhibits Israeli military officials seized from the Palestinian Authority which showed the PA also considered HLF to be a Hamas financer and that an HLF-supported charity committee was controlled by Hamas.
The result was a much more streamlined case that followed a logical narrative, said Peter Margulies, a law professor at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Seeing the Palestinian Authority reach the same conclusion as the U.S. government had to have helped, he said.
In addition, prosecutors provided summary exhibits that served as “a road map” to the case and had to help jurors deliberate, Margulies said. “The jury was able to look at the evidence and get past the perceived biases of any of the witnesses and see the evidence as a whole.”
That evidence made clear that the defendants knew where the money raised in the U.S. was going despite legal prohibitions against support for Hamas.
The verdict was hailed by M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Prosecutors prevailed because they were able to “connect the ideology of political Islam and the overriding mission of Islamist organizations like the HLF to their desire to contribute to the efforts of terror groups, like Hamas,” he said. “When this connection is made we will see the return of a guilty verdict. In future [terrorism financing] cases DOJ will not only have to connect the financial dots but [will have] to demonstrate an overarching common Islamist mission.”
After the first disaster of a trial, this news comes as a pleasant surprise: Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts.
A jury on Monday sided with the prosecution in the Holy Land Foundation trial, determining unanimously on more than two dozen counts that the defendants were guilty of charges related to the financing of the terrorist group Hamas.
The verdicts were read Monday afternoon.
Members of the formerly Richardson-based Holy Land are accused of funneling $12 million to Hamas after the Palestinian group had been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1995.
It took the jury eight days of deliberations to reach its decisions – less than half the time it took jurors to deadlock end up with an almost complete mistrial last year on the first go-around.
Opening statements at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas began Sept. 22. Over the past two months, prosecutors attempted to prove that five former charity organizers used Holy Land, once the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., to funnel an estimated $60 million to the militant group – most of it before 1995.