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  • Obama Appoints French Economist Funded by Saudi Billionaire to Shape US Global Development Policy

    01/08/2013 8:54:28 AM PST · by bayouranger · 18 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 06JAN12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Esther Duflo is one of those people who are taken seriously by the sort of people who eat up TED talks with a silver spoon. Her big number is how to help people in the Third World up from poverty, which is a surprisingly profitable branch of economics when you consider the sheer number of NGOs and billionaires interested in getting into the aid business. But there’s one particular billionaire at Duflo’s back. Abdul Latif Jameel. Esther Duflo is one of the co-founders of the Poverty Action Lab at MIT, more commonly known as J-PAL for the father of Abdul...
  • The History of MPAC

    08/08/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    Rightsidenews.com ^ | 07AUG12 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda operatives slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans in an operation that marked the second major attack by violent jihadists against the World Trade Center. There wasn’t much mystery about who had carried out these atrocities — unless you were Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Marayati warned Americans not to conclude that the suicide hijacking attacks were the work of Muslim terrorists. “If we are going to look at suspects,” he told a Los Angeles radio station, “we should look at groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I...
  • Despite 40-year sentence, Khadr (Gitmo terrorist) likely to go home in a year (US deal)

    11/01/2010 9:35:26 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 22 replies
    McClatchy/Miami Herald ^ | Nov. 1, 2010 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A military jury on Sunday gave teen terrorist Omar Khadr a 40-year prison sentence for killing an American commando in Afghanistan, but the sentence was merely symbolic — the United States already had agreed to limit Khadr's prison time to eight years, and Canada last week said it would allow Khadr to serve the bulk of his sentence there. That agreement will allow Khadr to be released from prison by age 32, if not earlier under Canadian parole provisions. The Toronto-born Khadr also admitted that, in the days ahead of his capture, he planted...
  • ANDREW (CUOMO) HAS BEEN PLAYING THE ALBANY GAME FOR 30 YEARS

    10/02/2010 6:26:51 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 11 replies
    PaladinoForThePeope ^ | PaladinoForThePeople
    ANDREW HAS BEEN PLAYING THE ALBANY GAME FOR 30 YEARS Andrew Cuomo claims he'll clean up Albany - his hometown where he has played the Albany insiders game for decades. First, as the brutal campaign manager for Mario Sr.'s governors election where he denigrated the Gay community. Later, as an advisor to his father in the Capitol where he bullied opponents daily with threats and hollow promises. Now, as Attorney General, he takes campaign contributions from those he regulates and gives Democrat fat-cats a pass when they violate the law. Clean up Albany? Start with Cuomo.
  • Cuomo strides outside Housing to fight battles (anti-gun while at HUD, 2000)

    10/02/2010 6:18:24 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 03, 2000 | Susan Baer
    WASHINGTON - Telling his audience he will be brief because he's got a plane to catch - "and Air Force One waits for no man except one" - Andrew M. Cuomo steps to the podium to accept the "Champion of Justice" award from a public interest group. This spring has brought a rush of such accolades for this man on the move. But the 42-year-old secretary of Housing and Urban Development is not being heralded for any new housing program. The issue that has put Cuomo front and center these days is guns. Cuomo has become the lead player in...
  • Ex-S.D. [San Diego] sailor allegedly linked to terror suspect [may have passed secrets to Jihadis]

    08/07/2004 10:14:21 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 15 replies · 826+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 7, 2004 | James W. Crawley
    Investigators are trying to determine whether a San Diego sailor passed Navy secrets about security weaknesses and warship movements to a British man accused of having terrorist links, according to court documents unsealed yesterday. E-mail messages from the unnamed sailor, sent in late 2000 and 2001 before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were found in December in computer files belonging to Babar Ahmad, who was detained Wednesday in London, according to the 31-page arrest affidavit. The computer files contained details about security arrangements and movements of the San Diego-based Constellation carrier battle group, which included the destroyer Benfold, on which...
  • AP Enterprise: Feds investigating Conn businessman in terror case [Maswood]

    08/11/2004 1:12:00 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 6 replies · 573+ views
    WTNH.com, New Haven CT ^ | August 11, 2004 | AP
    (Cromwell-AP, Aug. 11, 2004 1:25 PM) _ A Cromwell man says he's being targeted in a federal terrorism probe because he's a Muslim. Forty-one-year-old Syed Maswood is denying allegations he offered support to a militant Islamic Web site. Maswood confirms that he's he unnamed Connecticut resident mentioned last week in a federal affidavit charging a British national with supporting terrorism. Maswood says that on March 17th, federal agents raided his home, seizing computer equipment and financial records. According to the affidavit, investigators discovered Maswood's e-mail address among files used to maintain a Web site that funneled money and equipment to...
  • Feds Investigating Connecticut Businessman In Terror Case [Maswood]

    08/21/2004 8:09:36 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies · 610+ views
    NBC-30, Waterbury, CT ^ | August 12, 2004 | NBC-30 + AP
    CROMWELL, Conn. -- A Connecticut nuclear engineer is under investigation in a federal terrorism probe, but denies allegations he offered support to a militant Islamic Web site and said he's being targeted because he is Muslim. Syed R. Maswood, 41, confirmed that he is the unnamed Connecticut resident mentioned last week in a federal affidavit charging a British national with supporting terrorism. Federal agents raided Maswood's home March 17, seizing computer equipment and financial records, he said. Investigators discovered his e-mail address among files used to maintain a Web site that funneled money and equipment to terrorists, according to the...
  • Judge: Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture

    06/13/2009 5:17:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies · 4,390+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | June 13, 2009 | Bob Egelko
    A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for coming up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's decision marks the first time a government lawyer has been held potentially responsible for the abuse of detainees. "Like any other government official, government lawyers are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their conduct," White said in refusing to dismiss Jose Padilla's lawsuit against Yoo. If Padilla, now serving...
  • Treasury Department Blocks Assets of Men Accused of Supporting Al-Qaida

    12/21/2004 3:30:43 PM PST · by Nick Danger · 6 replies · 756+ views
    Associated Press | December 21, 2004 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration moved Tuesday to block the assets of two Saudi men accused of providing support to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network, Adel Batterjee and Saad al-Faqih. Batterjee was instrumental in founding the Benevolence International Foundation, an Islamic charity that the United States has previously deemed a a global terrorist group. Al-Faqih has maintained associations with the al-Qaida network since the mid-1990s, the Treasury Department alleged. The agency submitted the two names to the United Nations for possible inclusion in its list of terrorist financiers. If the names are included, member countries would also have...
  • US Court Throws Out Case Against Saleh Kamel ~ Judge Richard Conway Casey dismissing......

    12/19/2006 10:37:26 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 3,154+ views
    arabnews.com ^ | 18 December 2006 | Barbara Ferguson, Arab News
    Monday, 18, December, 2006 (28, Dhul Qa`dah, 1427)   Mail Article   |     Print Article   |     Comment on Article   US Court Throws Out Case Against Saleh KamelBarbara Ferguson, Arab News   Saleh Kamel   WASHINGTON, 18 December 2006 — A significant decision by a New York judge last Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Saleh Kamel and Albaraka Investment Bank.The accusations alleged they had been involved in support of the Al-Qaeda group suspected of backing the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Khaled Al-Nahdi, assistant to CEO of Dallah Albaraka Group, said in a statement on Friday that Judge Richard Conway Casey, of the Federal...
  • The IL General Assembly: terrorist aides

    01/01/2004 4:25:35 PM PST · by Kuksool · 10 replies · 1,984+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | December 31, 2003 | JILL STANEK
    Revelations in the Peoria Journal Star earlier this week that the Peoria/Champaign area is one of seven in the United States on a terrorist “circuit” were frightening. “Terrorists enter the United States in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then move to Phoenix, then Denver," reported Phil Luciano of the PJS. "From there some head to Peoria and Champaign. Some terrorists remain in those communities, while others head on to New York City" (emphasis added). Luciano was provided this information by Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, who received it at a recent FBI conference held in Springfield. Names of larger cities...
  • Mounties arrest Abdullah Khadr

    12/18/2005 6:27:25 AM PST · by fanfan · 34 replies · 1,799+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Dec. 17, 2005. 10:46 PM | MICHELLE SHEPHARD
    Abdullah Khadr, the eldest son of a reputed Canadian Al Qaeda financier, was arrested by the RCMP yesterday on terrorism-related charges at the request of American authorities. The 25-year-old Canadian recently returned from Pakistan where he was held for 14 months without charge. He was arrested last night after agreeing to meet an RCMP officer at a McDonald's near his Scarborough apartment, his relatives said last night. His mother, Maha Elsamnah tried to intervene in the arrest and was also taken into custody, but later released without charges. Khadr's brother, 22-year-old Abdurahman was also at the fast food restaurant and...
  • Al Qaeda 'financed from Eindhoven'

    04/23/2003 3:26:32 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 12 replies · 696+ views
    expatica
    Al Qaeda 'financed from Eindhoven' 23 April 2003 AMSTERDAM — A director of the Islamic foundation Al Waqf al Islami in Eindhoven, Ahmad Al Hussaini, is included in a list of 20 Saudi Arabian business leaders alleged to have provided financial support to the Al Qaeda terror network. A prominent Al Qaeda member drew up the list, according to US firm JCB Consulting, which is investigating the financing of Osama bin Laden's network on behalf of 600 families of the September 11 terrorist attack victims. JCB spokesman Damien Martinez told Dutch current affairs television programme Nova on Tuesday night...
  • State Attorneys General Ask Supreme Court to Hear 2 Reporters' Case

    05/28/2005 3:43:05 AM PDT · by infocats · 19 replies · 524+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 28, 2005 | Adam Liptak
    Two reporters facing up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify about their sources gained some unlikely allies yesterday. The attorneys general of 34 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting the reporters, Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine. The brief urged the court to hear the reporters' case and argued that the absence of federal protection for journalists and their sources undermined the laws of the 49 states that do offer protection.
  • Ottawa pulls Saudi group's charity status. Muslim World League being sued by 9/11 families

    12/01/2003 10:24:50 PM PST · by tubavil · 5 replies · 1,182+ views
    National Post ^ | 12/1/2003 | Stewart Bell
    Ottawa pulls Saudi group's charity status Tax violation: Muslim World League being sued by 9/11 families Stewart Bell National Post Monday, December 01, 2003 TORONTO - Federal regulators have revoked the charity status of the Canadian branch of a Saudi organization that has faced longstanding allegations of ties to terrorism. A notice in the government publication Canada Gazette said the Muslim World League (MWL) is one of several charities that "have not met the filing requirements of the Income Tax Act." The revocation came into effect on Nov. 15, but the organization, dedicated to promoting Islam, was still calling itself...
  • U.N. asked to punish two Saudi activists

    12/21/2004 6:16:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/21/04 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose sanctions on British-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih for allegedly providing financial and material support to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. The United States and Saudi Arabia also asked the council to impose sanctions on Saudi businessman Adel Abdul Jalil Batterjee, who was instrumental in founding the Benevolence International Foundation, an Islamic charity that the United States has previously deemed a global terrorist group. Council diplomats said the two names were circulated among the 15 Security Council members on Tuesday. If...
  • U.S. alleges tie between Muslim charity, bin Laden; man accused of trying to obtain uranium

    01/30/2003 7:30:37 AM PST · by freeperfromnj · 9 replies · 521+ views
    NJ.com ^ | 1/30/03 - 9:41 am | The Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors accused a Syrian-born American of once leading a Muslim charity that the Treasury Department calls a terrorist group, and said he tried to help Osama bin Laden get a nuclear weapon.</p> <p>The government said Mohamed Loay Bayazid was president of the suburban Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation in 1994, about the same time he is accused of trying to get uranium for al-Qaida.</p>
  • REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM

    08/09/2004 5:15:02 PM PDT · by Darko · 1 replies · 646+ views
    Terrorism-Global Network of Islamic Fundamentalist’s – Part II -Modus operandi- | August 10, 2004 | Darko Trifunovic
    REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM FINANCING ON THE TERRITORY OF THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA I HERZEGOVINA PART I/I/ABIHBQ – 08/2003 by JEAN-CHARLES BRISARD, LEAD INVESTIGATOR, 911 LAWSUIT :
  • Feds arrest man linked to 'dirty bomb' suspect

    06/15/2002 1:22:08 PM PDT · by BJClinton · 6 replies · 325+ views
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2002 | Mark Potter
    <p>MIAMI (CNN) -- Federal officials in Miami told CNN Saturday they had arrested a south Florida Muslim activist with ties to "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla.</p> <p>Adham Amin Hassoun was arrested during a Wednesday night traffic stop by members of South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela and Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Rodney Germain.</p>
  • New front in Iraq detainee abuse scandal?

    05/20/2004 4:54:06 PM PDT · by TexKat · 33 replies · 190+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/20/04 | Campbell Brown
    BAGHDAD - With attention focused on the seven soldiers charged with abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison, U.S. military and intelligence officials familiar with the situation tell NBC News the Army’s elite Delta Force is now the subject of a Pentagon inspector general investigation into abuse against detainees. The target is a top-secret site near Baghdad’s airport. The battlefield interrogation facility known as the “BIF” is pictured in satellite photos. According to two top U.S. government sources, it is the scene of the most egregious violations of the Geneva Conventions in all of Iraq’s prisons. A place where the normal...
  • Tangled Ties

    04/07/2004 5:58:52 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 5 replies · 414+ views
    MSNBC.Com / Newsweek National News ^ | April 7, 2004 | Newsweek
    <p>April 7 - Within weeks of the September 11 terror attacks, security officers at the Fleet National Bank in Boston had identified “suspicious” wire transfers from the Saudi Embassy in Washington that eventually led to the discovery of an active Al Qaeda “sleeper cell” that may have been planning follow-up attacks inside the United States, according to documents obtained by NEWSWEEK.</p>
  • Tangled Ties (TERROR WATCH: MORE ON SAUDI MONEY TRAIL!)

    04/07/2004 8:10:35 PM PDT · by Mel Gibson · 6 replies · 417+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 7, 2004 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    <p>Law-enforcement officials follow the money trail among suspected terrorists straight to the doors of the Saudi Embassy.</p> <p>April 7 - Within weeks of the September 11 terror attacks, security officers at the Fleet National Bank in Boston had identified “suspicious” wire transfers from the Saudi Embassy in Washington that eventually led to the discovery of an active Al Qaeda “sleeper cell” that may have been planning follow-up attacks inside the United States, according to documents obtained by NEWSWEEK.</p>
  • Treasury Designates- Entities as Financiers of Terrorism

    11/19/2002 8:45:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 419+ views
    US Treasury ^ | November 19, 2002 | US Dept. of the Treasury
    Today the US Treasury designated three entities as financiers of terrorism under Executive Order 13224 and will ask the United Nations to add these names to the list of those whose assets must be blocked by all member nations under UNSCR 1390. The financial accounts of the principal entity, Benevolence International Foundation, were blocked pending investigation in December 2001. The three closely linked but separately incorporated entities designated today are Benevolence International Foundation, Benevolence International Fund (Canada), Bosanska Idealna Futura (Bosnia), and their branch offices. “UN designation of these financiers of terror will cut off their access to the global...
  • INS Deported bin Laden Brother-in-Law Just Days After OKC Bombing

    10/06/2003 2:37:10 PM PDT · by JohnBerger · 93 replies · 1,878+ views
    whoisjohndoe2.com ^ | 10/06/03 | J.M. Berger
    Just days after the Oklahoma City bombing, the INS deported Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, even though the FBI had evidence that linked the Saudi businessman to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Bojinka plot and Oklahoma City. Not only was Khalifa deported to Jordan, where he was subsequently freed, but the U.S. government let him leave with potentially incriminating evidence and cleared his record of terrorism charges. Evidence in the FBI's possession at the time potentially implicated the Saudi businessman in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the airliner bombing plot and the Oklahoma City...
  • Head of charity imprisoned for diverting funds to militants

    08/18/2003 10:26:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 315+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2003
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) &#8212; A Muslim charity leader linked by prosecutors to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network was sentenced yesterday to more than 11 years in federal prison for defrauding donors.</p> <p>Enaam Arnaout, 41, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen who said he has met bin Laden but opposes terrorism, was calm as the sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon.</p>
  • Treasury refuses to release Saudi sponsor files(talking about a list of charities)

    08/05/2003 5:44:23 PM PDT · by comnet · 6 replies · 427+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tue, Aug. 05, 2003 | Timothy L. O'Brien
    <p>The Treasury Department said Monday that it would decline to provide the Senate with a list of Saudi individuals and organizations the federal government has investigated for possibly funding al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.</p> <p>The action was the second in two weeks to set the White House and Congress at odds over the Saudis and federal intelligence-gathering related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.</p>
  • Treasury rejects senators' request for terrorist financing list

    08/05/2003 1:18:33 PM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 327+ views
    <p>The Treasury Department rejected a request from senators Tuesday and refused to release a classified list of Saudi individuals or organizations suspected of financing terrorist groups.</p> <p>A Treasury spokesman, Rob Nichols, said a department official misspoke when he told senators last week the list was unclassified, which would mean it was not restricted information.</p>
  • Feds: Charity Provided Cover for al-Qaida

    06/14/2003 7:33:04 AM PDT · by joan · 3 replies · 460+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | June 14, 2003 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP)--Prosecutors accused an Islamic charity leader of extensive ties with Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, saying he ushered dozens of armed warriors into Bosnia to establish a base there. Enaam Arnaout ``allowed violent persons both inside and outside of the al-Qaida network to flow to areas of conflict and survive there under the cover of an American charity,'' prosecutors said in court papers made public Friday. Arnaout, 41, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on racketeering charges. He admitted defrauding donors to Benevolence International Foundation by sending supplies to military-style units in Bosnia and Muslim rebels fighting Russians in...
  • Feds Say Charity Provided Cover for Al Qaeda Fighters into Bosnia to establish a base there

    06/13/2003 7:35:30 PM PDT · by Destro · 4 replies · 261+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Friday, June 13, 2003 | AP
    <p>CHICAGO — Prosecutors accused an Islamic charity leader of extensive ties with Usama bin Laden's (search) terrorist network, saying he ushered dozens of armed warriors into Bosnia to establish a base there.</p> <p>Enaam Arnaout (search) "allowed violent persons both inside and outside of the Al Qaeda (search) network to flow to areas of conflict and survive there under the cover of an American charity," prosecutors said in court papers made public Friday.</p>
  • MSA Figure Seized By FBI

    05/29/2003 12:01:46 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 659+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Thursday, May 29, 2003 | By Paul Barrett
    <p>In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, Sami Omar al-Hussayen led fellow Muslims as they joined an emotion-charged candlelight march remembering the dead. The Saudi graduate student in computer science at the University of Idaho helped organize a blood drive for victims. He issued a press release on behalf of the Muslim Students Association, stating that the small town of Moscow's Muslims "condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious acts of terrorism against innocent citizens."</p>
  • Terrorist Hunter

    05/07/2003 3:05:11 PM PDT · by JohnathanRGalt · 10 replies · 335+ views
    CBS -- 60 Minuttes ^ | May 4, 2003 | Bob Simon
    Terrorist Hunter May 4, 2003 Bob Simon talks to Sarah, an Iraqi Jew whose father was killed by Saddam Hussein.  (CBS) (CBS) For a soldier in the war on terror, she’s rather small and carries no weapon. But armed with a computer, she’s helped the U.S. government inflict severe blows on terrorists where it often hurts them most – in the pocketbook.   Sarah, who wishes to remain anonymous because she investigates U.S. links to Muslim terrorists, spoke to Bob Simon on 60 Minutes. Sarah has provided information to the FBI, the Treasury Department, Customs, the INS, even the White House....
  • AT SADDAM'S 'DOORSTEP'

    04/04/2003 4:01:13 AM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 147+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/04/03 | ANDY GELLER
    <p>April 4, 2003 -- Using tanks, troops and warplanes, U.S. forces fought a fierce battle to capture Baghdad's strategic airport last night, after swiftly sweeping to the city's southern outskirts.</p> <p>More than 100 blasts rocked the airport - 10 miles southwest of the city - and at least 320 Iraqi troops were killed in the fighting for the facility, which coalition forces hope to use to airlift troops and equipment.</p>
  • Khadr tied to al-Qaeda as far back as 1988

    02/01/2003 4:50:44 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 2,646+ views
    National Post ^ | Februari 01 2003 | Stewart Bell
    Canada bankrolled man's aid agency during that time U.S. authorities have tied a Canadian aid worker to the al-Qaeda terrorist network as far back as 1988, almost a decade before the Canadian government cut off funding to his Ottawa-based Muslim charity. Evidence unsealed by a U.S. judge in Chicago shows Ahmed Said Khadr had dealings with senior al-Qaeda leaders while being financed by the Canadian International Development Agency. Although CIDA stopped giving aid money to Mr. Khadr in 1997 after he was arrested for allegedly bombing an embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, the documents allege he was working with al-Qaeda long...
  • UK: Brown freezes assets of bin laden fund-raiser (helping him to build a nuclear bomb!)

    11/19/2002 2:16:55 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, has acted to freeze the assets of an organisation suspected of raising funds to help Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda terror network build a nuclear bomb. Financial institutions were ordered to freeze funds belonging to the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) at midnight. BIF's chief executive Enaam Araout was recently indicted in the USA for operating it as a racketeering enterprise and providing material support to organisations including al-Qa'eda. "Strong evidence" existed to link BIF with al-Qa'eda and bin Laden, said the Treasury. This includes personal contacts between senior BIF officials and al-Qa'eda operatives involved in the 1998...
  • Head of U.S. Muslim Charity Indicted

    10/09/2002 1:49:03 PM PDT · by bob808 · 20 replies · 322+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Oct 9, 2002
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of the head of a U.S. Muslim charity, charging he used donations to fund terrorism around the world. Syrian-born Enaam Arnaout, who has been in custody since last April, engaged in a "multinational criminal enterprise that for a decade used charitable contributions of innocent Americans -- Muslims, non-Muslims and corporations alike -- to support al Qaeda" as well as turmoil in Chechnya and "armed violence in Bosnia," the Justice Department said. The indictment, announced by Attorney General John Ashcroft at a Chicago news conference, largely repeated charges made against Arnaout...
  • Muslim charity head knew one of the U.S. embassies bombers and met 2 al-Qaida in Kosovo camp

    05/06/2002 11:58:08 PM PDT · by Spar · 12 replies · 643+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Mon May 6,10:20 PM ET | MIKE ROBINSON
    Attorney denies Muslim charity's European director aided Osama bin Laden's terror network Mon May 6,10:20 PM ET By MIKE ROBINSON, Associated Press Writer CHICAGO - (AP) <An attorney for a Muslim charity acknowledged that its head of European operations knew one of the men convicted in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. But the lawyer denied the official supported terrorism. Nabil Sayadi, head of Global Relief Foundation's operations in Europe, was one of several men Spanish authorities allege received money for Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al-Qaida organization. Spanish authorities said Sayadi had close...
  • Jose Padilla as John Doe #2 theory gains as ties to Benevolence International are uncovered

    06/15/2002 11:59:45 AM PDT · by spycatcher · 207 replies · 1,609+ views
    CNN via whoisjohndoe2.com ^ | June 15, 2002 | John Berger
    Latest Developments BREAKING NEWS: Padilla Associate Nabbed By Feds In Florida, Had Ties To Benevolence International Foundation If you've plodded through the Padiila-BIF-Terry Nichols stories (listed below) patiently, wading through the tedious speculation, wishing a real connection would emerge, well, your wait has ended! The feds have nabbed the missing link between the Benevolence International Foundation and Jose Padilla! Who is John Doe #2 news and information clearinghouseCNN - Feds arrest man linked to 'dirty bomb' suspect
  • Warrants for Two Islamic Charities [CHICAGO-KOSOVO CONNECTION!]

    12/15/2001 6:33:06 AM PST · by oxi-nato · 10 replies · 305+ views
    Associated Press | 12/15 | DEANNA BELLANDI
    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) - Federal agents armed with search warrants scoured the offices of two suburban Chicago Muslim organizations that government officials say are suspected of funding terrorist activities. The Global Relief Foundation in Bridgeview and the Benevolence International Foundation in Palos Hills were searched Friday, FBI spokeswoman Ebony Harrel said. No one was arrested. As the same time, two Global Relief Foundation offices in Yugoslavia were searched by NATO-led peacekeepers and U.N. police. A NATO statement said several people were detained there, but it gave no details. Both groups' assets have been frozen, the Treasury Department said. Department ...
  • HEAD OF ISLAMIC CHARITY ARRESTED ON PERJURY CHARGES IN CHICAGO

    04/30/2002 11:22:48 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 17 replies · 247+ views
    Deutsche Presse - no url | 4/30/02
    Washington (dpa) - The head of a Chicago-based Islamic charity accused of having links to alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was arrested Tuesday, media reports said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation charged that Enaam Arnaout, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Syria, and the Benevolence International Foundation have had links with bin Laden for more than a decade, the CNN television news network reported. Both were charged with perjury for denying in a lawsuit they filed against the U.S. government that they had supported terrorist groups in the past. The group launched the suit after federal agents raided the charity's...
  • U.S. gets OK to pursue trial of Islamic charity

    05/14/2002 7:06:07 AM PDT · by vance · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 14, 2002 | Laurie Cohen and Stephen Franklin
    U.S. gets OK to pursue trial of Islamic charity By Laurie Cohen and Stephen Franklin The government won a first round Monday in its terrorism-related criminal case against a Chicago-area Islamic charity and its leader, who has been in jail for two weeks on perjury charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ian Levin ruled that federal prosecutors could proceed with their case against Benevolence International Foundation of Palos Hills and Enaam Arnaout because they had presented compelling evidence that the charity funded Muslim rebels in the separatist Russian region of Chechnya. Levin said the evidence is at odds with Arnaout's sworn statements...
  • U.S. Links Charity to Chechen Rebels (and bin Laden)

    05/18/2002 3:06:01 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 1 replies · 311+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 17, 2002 | Nabi Abdullaev
    U.S. Links Charity to Chechen RebelsBy Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer The head of a U.S.-based Islamic charity who is suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden is in jail facing a grand jury investigation after the FBI showed he had lied about his support for Chechen rebels. Federal officials accused Enaam Arnaout, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen, and his Benevolence International Foundation of perjury last month for claiming they did not provide support to "people or organizations known to engage in violence, terrorist activities or military operations of any nature." Arnaout, 39, was arrested April 30. He had been under...
  • TERROR' CHARITY GOT FORTUNE 500 CASH

    05/03/2002 1:31:07 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 599+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/03/02 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>May 3, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - An Islamic charity accused of helping Osama bin Laden has raised thousands of dollars from unsuspecting U.S. companies and their employees through a tax-exempt federal program, The Post has learned.</p> <p>A newsletter of the Benevolence International Foundation boasted that some Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, PepsiCo, Compaq, Nokia and American Express, donated to the Illinois-based charity through matching contributions from some of their employees.</p>
  • Muslim case raises civil-rights concerns (Padilla associate)

    06/18/2002 12:15:03 PM PDT · by browardchad · 11 replies · 276+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 6/18/02 | Tanya Weinberg, Jeff Shields & Christy McKerney
    Muslim leaders and civil libertarians on Monday condemned the government's secretive detention of a computer programmer from Sunrise, while the FBI explored his ties to accused "dirty bomber" José Padilla. The federal agencies investigating Adham Hassoun, 40, a Palestinian from Lebanon, have refused to comment publicly on their investigation, underscoring post-Sept. 11 profiling concerns among Muslims and civil rights advocates. Hassoun, who was arrested Wednesday, is being held at the Fort Lauderdale city jail on Immigration and Naturalization Service charges that he failed to maintain his immigration status. After speaking with Hassoun by phone Sunday, Muslim community activist Sofian Abdelaziz...