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  • Turkish counterterrorism raids target al Islamic charity, net al Qaeda operatives

    01/14/2014 7:39:50 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 2 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 14, 2014 | By Lisa Lundquist
    n an apparent crackdown on support for al Qaeda in Syria, Turkish authorities conducted simultaneous raids in seven provinces today against an Islamic relief organization and arrested at least 23 people, including senior al Qaeda operatives. The organization, Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH), reportedly the biggest Turkish provider of aid to Syria, is protesting its innocence. The operation has reportedly netted several senior al Qaeda operatives, including al Qaeda's Middle East deputy leader İbrahim Şen, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the terror group's Turkey representative, Halis Bayancuk. So far the antiterror operation has resulted in the arrest of 19 people...
  • Daniel Pipes: Terror's apologists go mute

    08/12/2003 1:16:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 185+ views
    National Post ^ | August 12 2003 | Daniel Pipes
    Howls of rage went up after the Joint Terrorism Task Force, guns drawn, arrested Maher Hawash in the parking lot of an Intel Corporation facility in March, 2003, and placed him in solitary confinement. The protests intensified as prosecutors detained him without charges for more than a month in an Oregon jail while they pored over the evidence. Given Maher Mofeid "Mike" Hawash's biography, this all came as a particular shock, for he personified the American success story. A Palestinian born in Nablus in 1964 and reared in Kuwait, he arrived in the United States in 1984, earning degrees in...
  • Founder of Ground Zero Mosque 'spent more than $3 MILLION on lavish trips, luxury sports cars..

    02/05/2013 9:12:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    The founder of the controversial Ground Zero Mosque allegedly spent more than $3 million that had been donated to charity to fund a first-class lifestyle that involved 'lavish trips, luxury sports cars and personal real estate.' Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was slapped with a $20 million lawsuit by, Robert Leslie Deak, a major backer to his nonprofit who alleges the wild spending in the papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Rauf's charity, the Cordoba Initiative, received $3 million from the Malaysian as well as another $167,000 from private donors. That money was meant to counter anti-Islamic sentiment but instead went...
  • Report: British Islamic Charity Accused of Funding Boko Haram Terrorists

    11/30/2012 11:46:46 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    gateway ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Nigerian based Boko Haram Islamist group is responsible for over 900 deaths. Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the 2011 Christmas day bomb blasts in Madalla, Niger State and Jos, the plateau state capital, that left 28 people dead... Now there is a report that a British Islamic charity is funding Boko Haram... The UK authorities are looking into an alleged possible link between a British charity organization and the Nigerian Boko Haram extremist Islamist group. The UK Charity Commission (CC) has confirmed, for the first time, that it is talking to different departments, regarding...
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies
    COLLEGIAN.csufresno.edu - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an anti-jihad ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims. The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • Too much damage done to Islamic charity under govt control

    12/28/2011 10:29:45 PM PST · by Rabin
    Jordan Times ^ | Dec 29,2011 | Khaled Neimat
    An Islamist leader was downbeat on Wednesday over the prospects of the full return of a major charity to the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that authorities have made changes to the structure and composition of the organisation that have made it almost impossible for the group to have the upper hand again.
  • Saudi Officials Try To Shut Down Oregon Charity: Group Owns Property In Ashland

    06/04/2004 10:45:50 AM PDT · by Destro · 30 replies · 334+ views
    koin.com ^ | June 4, 2004 | koin.com
    Saudi Officials Try To Shut Down Oregon Charity Group Owns Property In Ashland ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Saudi Arabian government is trying to shut down an Islamic charity with ties to Oregon and to terrorism. Al-Haramain runs a branch in Ashland and owns a house and acreage (pictured) in the Southern Oregon town. The FBI shut down the Ashland branch and seized evidence several months ago. The Oregon foundation is accused of laundering money from overseas and channeling it to terrorist groups. Al-Haramain still owns the Ashland property but cannot use it until the investigation is complete. The organization's president...
  • BREAKING: Mosque Investor Was Terror Contributor

    09/02/2010 3:42:33 PM PDT · by jersey117 · 87 replies
    Fox 5 News ^ | 9/2/10 | BY CHARLES LEAF
    MYFOXNY.COM - Fox 5 News reported Thursday that one of the financial backers of the Islamic mosque and cultural center project in Lower Manhattan once contributed to a terror group, although the investor says the contribution was made because he thought he was giving money to a harmless charity.
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • Federal Court's Ruling Poses Threat to Terror-Finance Investigation

    04/02/2010 4:55:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 535+ views
    SNIPPET: "A federal judge in California has ruled that the Bush Administration illegally wiretapped the U.S. branch of the Saudi Arabian-based charity al Haramain Islamic Foundation. While ground breaking in its assessment of the controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling is perhaps more important in that it may dismantle a five-year investigation into al Haramain's financial support for terrorist organizations. Al Haramain is active in more than 50 countries. The U.S. branch registered as a non-profit charity in Oregon in 1999.While it claims to "stand against terrorism, injustice, or subversive activities in any form, and [ ]...
  • Exclusive: SAUDI CHARITY DESIGNATED AS TERRORIST REOPENS OFFICE IN U.S.

    03/15/2010 7:15:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 245+ views
    http://globalmbreport.com THE GLOBAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DAILY REPORT "EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Charity Designated As Terrorist Reopens Office In U.S." SNIPPET: "The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a Saudi charity whose Indonesian and Philippine offices have been designated by the US. Treasury in connection with the financing of Al Qaeda, has registered a new office in the United States. According to Florida State records, the IIRO (U.S.A.) Inc. was registered as a non-profit Florida corporation in Hialeah, Florida on April 28, 2009. After being required by regulators to provide a street address rather than a PO Box, the office address for IIRO USA...
  • Holy Land Foundation Representative Arrested

    01/27/2010 2:07:44 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Detroit.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Holy Land Foundation Representative Arrested United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, a 47-year-old native of Syria, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when he attempted to enter the United States from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Masfaka made his initial appearance in federal court in Detroit on an Indictment charging him with Attempted Naturalization Fraud, False Statements, and Perjury. Joining in the announcement was Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations for Ohio and Michigan...
  • Secret wiretapping case goes to court in San Francisco

    09/24/2009 1:59:37 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 8 replies · 354+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 24 September 2009 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- After years of wrangling over legal procedures, the lawyer for a defunct Islamic charity laid out his case Wednesday that former President George W. Bush's secret wiretapping program was illegal - an argument that an Obama administration attorney refused to discuss. "May the president of the United States break the law in the name of national security? ... We're asking this court to say, 'no,' " Jon Eisenberg, lawyer for the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, told a federal judge in San Francisco. Neither the president's constitutional powers as commander in chief nor Congress' authorization to use military force...
  • Al-Haramain Foundation in News Again, For Obvious Reasons!

    09/14/2009 1:35:17 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 433+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISMBLOG.org ^ | September 14, 2009 02:53 PM | By Animesh Roul
    SNIPPET: "According to a report prepared by Pakistani police (the Crime Investigation Department), the AHF has funded approximately USD 15 million to Jihadi groups in Pakistan for carrying out terror attacks. These funds mostly went to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is responsible for numerous suicide strikes in the last couple of years and also blamed for the assassination of Benezir Bhutto." SNIPPET: "Till 2004, the United States had designated at least thirteen AHF branch offices operating in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, in many African countries and in the United States. But in 2008, the US Treasury Department has designated...
  • Judge's Ruling Won't Clear KindHearts

    09/10/2009 3:44:35 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 719+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - IPT News ^ | September 8, 2009 | n/a
    Treasury Department officials have yet to say whether they will appeal on Ohio judge's ruling that their 2006 asset freeze against an Islamic charity violated the group's due process rights. Treasury officials accuse KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development of taking over fundraising for Hamas in the United States after the government forced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) to shut down in 2001. That action was upheld by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. HLF and five officials subsequently were indicted and convicted of illegally funneling more than $12 million to Hamas. The freeze of KindHearts bore...
  • MO: (FED) Grand Jury Issues New Charges Against Islamic Charity; Charges Ex-Congressman

    01/16/2008 1:13:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 485+ views
    missourinet ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 1:19 PM | Bob Priddy
    A federal grand jury in Kansas City has issued a new indictment against an Islamic charity based in Columbia---and has added a former Michigan congressman to the list of people indicted.The new indictment accuses the Islamic American Relief Agency and several former officers of of engaging in prohibited financial transactions for the benefit of a terrorist. The indictment charges former Michigan Congressman Mark Deli Siljander with money laundering, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.Federal officials say the charity sent money to Pakistan to benefit a man designated by the United States as a global terrorist. The prosecutor says the man had...
  • Muslim charity trial may shed new light on terror aid

    08/26/2007 10:47:07 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 8 replies · 408+ views
    AP/Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-26-07 | DAVID KOENIG
    DALLAS Prosecutors have produced scores of documents, audio and videotapes, and intercepted phone calls in their attempt to prove that a Muslim charity based in a suburban Dallas office park was actually a fundraising arm of Middle Eastern terrorists. Much of the evidence has surfaced before in books, newspaper articles and previous trials. But those who track terror-financing say the document haul from the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development has also produced new information. They say the documents shed light on a web of related organizations of militant Palestinian supporters in the United States,...
  • Charities For Terror (Debbie Schlussel Looks At Detroit Area Islamofascist Front Alert)

    09/19/2006 6:42:37 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies · 1,178+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/19/06 | Debbie Schlussel
    FBI agents yesterday raided the suburban Detroit headquarters of LIFE for Relief and Development (LRD), the largest Islamic charity in the country. I first wrote about the group for The Post in 2003. Back then, FBI Director Robert Mueller was set to give an award to Imad Hamad, who heads the Midwest chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). But, after my Post article pointed out that Hamad was a subject in over a dozen terrorism-related investigations, the FBI revoked the award. One of those investigations concerned Hamad's close ties to LRD. Both the FBI and the then-U.S. Customs...
  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of suit against news organizations (Islamic "Charity" Civil Suit)

    12/01/2004 5:10:29 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 4 replies · 404+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | December 2, 2004 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) An appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of an Islamic charity's civil suit accusing six news organizations and eight journalists of defaming the charity by reporting that it was under investigation for possible terrorist ties. The 33-page opinion by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals brushed aside claims by Global Relief Foundation based in suburban Bridgeview that there were serious doubts about whether the government could prove that it had ever supported terrorism. The news organizations, including The Associated Press, never wrote that the group had ties to terrorism but only that it was under investigation for...
  • Albania Seizes Assets Of Bin Laden Associate

    12/07/2005 8:30:32 PM PST · by montyspython · 9 replies · 563+ views
    AP via Serbianna.com ^ | Wednesday, December 7, 2005
    Albania Seizes Assets Of Bin Laden Associate TIRANA (AP)--The Albanian government has seized the assets and bank accounts of a man who allegedly worked with Osama bin Laden and others to provide support to terror networks in Albania, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. Abdul Latif Saleh, who holds Jordanian and Albanian citizenship, was placed on a U.N. sanctions list in September, requiring all U.N. members to impose a travel ban on him and block his assets. Albania earlier had blocked 33 bank accounts in three commercial banks as well as assets and investments in Saleh's businesses and civic organizations he...
  • Probe of Muslims intensifies

    08/25/2003 1:50:55 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 485+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/25/03 | Jerry Seper
    <p>A task force of federal agents has ratcheted up a two-year-old antiterrorism investigation aimed at several Virginia-based Islamic charities suspected of diverting millions of dollars to terror network al Qaeda and other militant radicals.</p> <p>Led by agents of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI, the task-force probe has targeted a number of people tied to several private companies and interrelated Islamic charities operating out of business fronts in Herndon and Falls Church.</p>
  • Former officers of Islamic charity arrested on federal charges

    05/12/2005 4:09:07 PM PDT · by Alouette · 20 replies · 900+ views
    Boston.com ^ | May 12, 2005 | Theo Emery
    BOSTON -- Two former officers of an Islamic charity were arrested on Thursday after they were indicted on federal charges of lying to authorities investigating the charity's alleged ties to terrorist organizations. Emadeddin Z. Muntasser, the former president of Care International, and Muhammed Mubayyid, the defunct charity's former treasurer, were arrested Wednesday on charges of concealing information from federal agencies, conspiring to defraud the United States, and making false statements to the FBI. "Organizations that conceal their true activities to abuse our tax laws, and in this case fund their support of the mujahideen and jihad, will be prosecuted to...
  • Mosque founder ordered deported from U.S.

    02/08/2005 9:31:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 728+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/8/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A leading fund-raiser for an Islamic charity with alleged links to the Palestinian militant group Hamas was ordered deported Tuesday. An immigration judge ruled that Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, 44, should have known that his work for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development provided support for the group. "Our laws prohibit aliens who are living here as our guests to use this country as a base to advocate terrorism or raise money for terrorist causes," said John Salter, Los Angeles chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The judge did not name a country...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraqs weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administrations prewar assessment of Iraqs weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily, he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...
  • Exploiting the Koran to Terrorize

    12/15/2004 8:12:57 AM PST · by USF · 54 replies · 1,185+ views
    DanielPipes.Org ^ | December 14, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Counterterrorism efforts got a major boost last week when an American district court found three Muslim organizations and one individual, mostly based in the Chicago area, guilty of funding Hamas and fined them an astonishing US$156 million. The four were found liable for their roles in the murder of an American teenager, David Boim, on May 13, 1996, when he was shot by Hamas operatives as he waited for a bus near Jerusalem. This case is important in itself, providing some measure of justice and relief for the Boim family. Beyond that, it helps fight terrorism in four ways.First, it...
  • US deports Lebanese man after 19 months in prison

    07/17/2003 1:08:10 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 227+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | July 17 2003 | Rita Boustany
    The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the US Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it had deported Rabih Haddad to Lebanon after 19 months in prison. Haddad, 43, was the co-founder of the Islamic charity Global Relief Foundation, which the US government believed was channelling money to Al-Qaeda. Neither Haddad nor his charity were formally accused of any terrorism-related crime. After arriving at Beirut International Airport, Haddad was questioned by local authorities and released Wednesday. A judicial source said it was clear Haddad had no ties to Al-Qaeda, as he would not have been released if there were...
  • No action taken by US over Islamic charities (1996 CIA report made public)

    05/09/2003 10:30:14 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 277+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 09 2003 | PTI
    WASHINGTON: Despite having concrete evidence on the terrorist penetrations of several Islamic charities worldwide, the United States government apparently did not take any action, a 1996 CIA report made public now, reveals. "The Administration woke up to the contents of the report and started acting on it only after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington," the Wall Street Journal said in a reports. The issue is now under investigation by a special US Commission which is also probing possible involvement in terrorism by Saudi Arabian officials, the reports said. According to interviews with former intelligence...
  • 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...
  • Swiss Give the U.S. Charity Documents (Benevolence International Foundation)

    01/18/2003 2:51:40 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 223+ views
    Worldnews ^ | January 17 2003 | AP
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) Swiss authorities said Friday they had handed over bank documents to U.S. investigators tracking a Chicago-based Islamic charity that allegedly funneled money to al-Qaida. The Swiss Justice Ministry said it had passed records from a Zurich bank account to U.S. authorities earlier this week. The United States originally requested Swiss help in its investigation of the Benevolence International Foundation in April 2002. Some $1.4 million was transferred from the Zurich account to the foundation between June 2000 and September 2001 The U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of Benevolence International a year ago after its leader,...
  • Yemeni Al Qaeda Suspect Says Lured to Go to Germany

    01/16/2003 3:05:17 PM PST · by knighthawk · 20 replies · 254+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 16 2003
    SANNA (Reuters) - A Yemeni Islamic cleric arrested in Germany for suspected al Qaeda links has said he was lured to travel there to receive a charitable donation from a U.S. Muslim, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday. Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Mouyad, held along with an aide in Germany on a U.S. request last week, said he had been led to believe the U.S. Muslim man wanted to meet him to make a contribution, the September 26 weekly said. The cleric told Yemen's ambassador at a German detention center he had been told "he should travel to the United...
  • German Police Raid Three Groups' Offices (islamic charity)

    12/13/2002 4:07:07 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Mainichi Daily News ^ | December 13 2002 | AP
    BERLIN (AP) Police in southwestern Germany raided three Islamic organizations Friday suspected of forging passports and other papers for use in extremist activities. Several people were detained. Thomas Schaeuble, the top security official in Baden-Wuerttemberg state, said the raids were a preventive measure. Islamic extremists have been known to use false papers during trips to countries such as Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, he said. ``There was concrete information that certain Islamic meeting places were used to supply people with false papers,'' he said. ``We have to assume that these people were using these forgeries in order to operate in...
  • 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...
  • Al-Qaida Effective Fund-Raiser: CIA says

    11/02/2002 11:17:45 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 661+ views
    PakToday ^ | November 2 2002 | AP
    Network benefits from 'steady stream' of income, agency says WASHINGTON: (AP) Al-Qaida draws much of its income from contributions by a worldwide network of individuals and charities, including some in the United States, the CIA says. "The organization tries to raise funds from mosques, Islamic charities and individuals rich and poor throughout much of the world," a recently released CIA statement said. "This has helped corroborate our view that al-Qaida relies on a steady stream of contributions. statement THE CAPTURE of al-Qaida operatives and the dismantling of the group's camps and bases in Afghanistan has provided U.S. intelligence...
  • Bail Denied for Head of Islamic Charity Accused of Having Terrorism Links

    06/18/2002 8:22:05 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 5 replies · 280+ views
    AP ^ | 6-18-02 | Mike Robinson
    CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge denied bail Tuesday to the head of an Islamic charity charged with perjury for denying government claims that his group supports terrorism or military activity. Enaam Arnaout, 40, head of Benevolence International Foundation, will remain in federal custody pending further action in his case, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall said. The judge acknowledged that evidence of possible links to terrorism is fragmentary. But she said that while the perjury charge would not send Arnaout to prison for long, the government has said it might bring terrorism charges requiring a sentence of more than 20...
  • Saudi bank 'hit by US bias'

    05/24/2002 3:49:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 254+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 24 2002
    One of the biggest banks in the Middle East is being hit by the US stance on terrorist funds, a report has said. Deposits at Saudi American Bank (Samba) fell by almost $600m (410m) in the first three months of the year. The fall could be in protest against the Bush administration's ban on US banks accepting transactions from some Islamic charities believed to have connections with terrorism, according to the Financial Times. Samba is 22.8% owned by the US' Citibank, and is Saudi Arabia's second largest bank with 57 branches and 2,236 employees. Boycott Dwindling deposits is unusual at...
  • U.S. files link founder of charity to Al Qaeda

    04/21/2002 10:43:36 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 18 replies · 373+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2002 | Amy E. Nevala and Stephen Franklin
    Rabih Haddad, a founder of an Islamic charity based in suburban Bridgeview, held meetings outside the U.S. more than a decade ago with members of terror groups linked to Al Qaeda, according to federal prosecutors. During his overseas trips, the Lebanese-born Haddad, who was arrested by immigration agents four months ago, was reportedly seen at facilities that housed and supported organizations tied to the terrorist network, government officials said. The accusations were contained in the more than 1,000 pages of documents from immigration court transcripts released Friday by the government. Their release came after a federal appeals court in Cincinnati...
  • Judge Refuses to Bar Secret Evidence

    04/05/2002 9:53:37 AM PST · by Jean S · 34 replies · 263+ views
    AP ^ | April 5, 2002, 1:45 PM EST | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO -- A federal judge refused Friday to rule out secret evidence presented by the government in a lawsuit brought by an Islamic charity suspected of ties to terrorism. The government froze assets of the Global Relief Foundation on Dec. 14 and confiscated many of its records. More recently, the government has said the organization, based in suburban Bridgeview, has had communications with a former aide to Osama bin Laden. Global Relief wants U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen to force federal officials to lift the freeze tying up its money and give back its financial records. The charity denies having...