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U.S. allows Muslim 'fox in the henhouse'
WorldNetDaily ^ | March 20, 2004 | Kenneth R. Timmerman

Posted on 03/20/2004 5:56:20 AM PST by joesnuffy

U.S. allows Muslim 'fox in the henhouse' Guest panelist threatened America, openly supported terror groups

Posted: March 20, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern

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By Kenneth R. Timmerman © 2004 Insight/News World Communications Inc.

The congressionally funded United States Institute of Peace hosted an event yesterday in Washington on reforming Islam, with a guest panelist who has threatened the United States and openly supported terrorist groups, Insight has learned.

Among the guests in the panel discussion was Muzammil Siddiqi, who until November 2001 was president of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, a leading Wahhabi front organization in the United States. Wahhabism is a radical form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia and advocated by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his terrorist leaders.

Siddiqi has accompanied visiting Saudi officials from the Muslim World League on fund-raising tours across America, and is listed on its website as the organization's official representative in the United States. Offices of the Muslim World League in Herndon, Va., were raided by a federal antiterrorism task force in March 2002 because of suspected ties to al-Qaida.

During an anti-Israel rally outside the White House Oct. 28, 2000, Siddiqi openly threatened the United States with violence if it continued its support of Israel.

"America has to learn ... if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please, all Americans. Do you remember that? ... If you continue doing injustice, and tolerate injustice, the wrath of God will come."

By "injustice," he meant U.S. support for Israel.

Siddiqi also has called for a wider application of Sharia law in the United States, and in a 1995 speech praised suicide bombers.

"Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with the Lord, and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor," he was quoted as saying by the Kansas City Star on Jan. 28, 1995.

A Bush appointee to the U.S. Institute of Peace said he had to distance himself from yesterday's event because it associated the USIP with groups "on the wrong side in the war on terrorism."

USIP board member Daniel Pipes tells Insight that, in addition to his objection to Siddiqi, he has warned the USIP about the presence of the U.S. spokesman of al-Muhajiroun, a London-based group that claims to be recruiting jihadis for a worldwide "Mohammed's army" faithful to bin Laden.

Pipes tells Insight: "I believe that President Bush appointed me to the USIP board in part to serve as a watchdog against militant Islamic groups. Unfortunately the management of USIP is not listening to my advice. I cannot be associated with the event today which associates USIP with some of the very worst militant Islamic groups."

Kay King, a spokesperson for USIP Chairman Richard Solomon, said USIP was "not aware of the allegations about Siddiqi, and we will look into them."

However, she pointed out Siddiqi "has attended Bush administration events with the president, and was invited to lead a prayer" at the national prayer breakfast following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The March 19 event is cohosted by USIP and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, or CSID, a U.S.-based group that was created by board members and former staff of the American Muslim Council, a radical pro-Saudi group that largely ceased operations after its former chairman, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was jailed last October on terrorist-related charges.

Pipes raised his concerns with USIP Chairman Chester Crocker and President Richard Solomon over the "extremist nature of CSID itself" starting last November.

In addition to board members and an executive director who shifted over to the new group from AMC, Pipes pointed out that CSID fellow Kamran Bokhari has ties to al-Muhajiroun, an al-Qaida support group. Until last year, Bokhari was the self-acknowledged North American spokesman for al-Muhajiroun.

Insight reported on the group's first anniversary "celebration" of the 9-11 attacks, held at the radical Finsbury mosque in London, where al-Muhajiroun showed off a poster that portrayed a burning World Trade Center under attack and called Sept. 11 "a towering day in history."

At the group's second anniversary 9-11 "celebration," its members distributed a poster with photographs of all 19 hijackers, calling them "the magnificent 19."

CSID "fellows" are not research assistants, but integral members of the leadership of the organization. According to a copy of the CSID bylaws Insight has obtained, CSID fellows are responsible for electing the group's board of directors. All board members must first be fellows.

Bokhari has issued a statement denouncing political violence and al-Qaida, and referred to himself as a "former Islamist activist." But given his leadership role with al-Muhajiroun, Pipes says, such statements were "deeply insufficient to rehabilitate him ... or make him someone suitable to be associated with USIP."

Pipes first raised concerns over the planned event in November, when the USIP initially had invited Taha Jaber Al-Alwani to speak on a panel to discuss reforming Islam. Al-Alwani was publicly identified in an affidavit by U.S. Customs special agent David Kane, unsealed just weeks earlier, as a director of "Safa Group companies including International Institute of Islamic Thought [IIIT], FIQH council of North America, Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences ... and Heritage Education Trust."

The IIIT offices were raided in March 2002 as part of Operation Greenquest, a joint federal antiterrorism task force. IIIT has received money and sponsorship from the government of Saudi Arabia and according to the affidavit had sponsored Basheer Nafi, "an active directing member of [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] front organizations" in the United States.

Following Pipes' objection, the USIP postponed the initial event and canceled its invitation to Al-Alwani to join the panel discussion, but continued to work with CSID despite Pipes' claims that the group included among its leadership individuals who were on the "wrong side" in the war on terror.

USIP spokesperson Kay King says the institute has "done due diligence" on CSID and found the group to be "moderate" and "responsible."

"We know that CSID has gotten grants from the State Department and from the National Endowment for Democracy," she said. "They are an organization that has been found appropriate by U.S. government agencies."

CSID showcases moderate Muslim thinkers such as Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina of the University of Virginia. However, many board members have either led or worked for groups that were targets of a federal antiterrorist task force raid in March 2002.

CSID founding board member Jamal Barzinji headed the "500 Grove Street" charities in Herndon, Va., that were the target of the Greenquest task force. He left the CSID board in April 2003.

Another CSID founding board member, Louay M. Safi , is director of research at IIIT, according to the biography posted on the CSID Website. He is reported previously to have worked at an IIIT offshoot in Malaysia.

The CSID board also includes Muslim leaders who are former or current board members of the American Muslim Council, starting with CSID chairman Ali A. Mazrui.

"CSID is part of the militant Islamist lobby," Pipes tells Insight. "It is well-disguised, and has brought in all the Islamist trends, giving them a patent of respectability."

The group's executive director in 2002 was Abdulwahab Alkebsi, a former AMC staff member. Alkebsi also is reported to have worked for the Islamic Institute in Washington, and now runs democracy programs in Iraq for the National Endowment for Democracy that have promoted, among others, the Iraqi Communist Party.

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"America has to learn ... if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please, all Americans. Do you remember that? ... If you continue doing injustice, and tolerate injustice, the wrath of God will come."


By "injustice," he meant U.S. support for Israel.

1 posted on 03/20/2004 5:56:21 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: joesnuffy
They hate the West. Get them out of here !
2 posted on 03/20/2004 5:59:12 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: joesnuffy

"We know that CSID has gotten grants from the State Department ...

Is ANYONE surprised?

3 posted on 03/20/2004 6:03:20 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Diogenesis
No! I am not surprised. You know...more and more I feel as if I am living in Atlas Shrugged. Scares the bloody hell out of me.
4 posted on 03/20/2004 6:25:32 AM PST by ImpotentRage
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To: joesnuffy
Insight is an excellent magazine. You can cancel all others.
5 posted on 03/20/2004 6:30:34 AM PST by blam
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To: Diogenesis
Is ANYONE surprised?

This stuff happens because we area a divided nation and concentrate more on (fighting about) our divisions than being American.

6 posted on 03/20/2004 6:36:34 AM PST by templar
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
They hate the West. Get them out of here !

I say they should have been arrested.

7 posted on 03/20/2004 6:52:16 AM PST by Iscool
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To: ImpotentRage
Do you think Kerry will be more or less naive and spineless than the Bush administration in understanding and responding to the Islamic insurgency in the U.S.? Bush is a decent man who projects that decency on others and thinks that everyone basically just wants to get along and live in a peaceful democracy, etc. He also thinks Muslims and Christians worship the same god and that horrifies and disgusts me to my core. Unless someones physically attacks the U.S. I don't the Bush administration really understands the methods and goals of our enemy. I hope I'm wrong in this, but if I'm wrong why does Bush extend the hand of friendship to Islamic terrorists in the Whitehouse, and allow the State Department to undermine our republic, etc.?
8 posted on 03/20/2004 6:54:58 AM PST by fatidic
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To: fatidic
In my opinion, Kerry is a TOTAL loss as a human being - an arrogant snob, made all the more dangerous by his extreme left-leaning philosophy - and one who long ago passed his level of competence in anything other than being a kept man.

And, while George Bush is a good person, I think he has concentrated on freeing Iraq FAR more than he has concentrated on protecting the "physicality"; of THIS country (again in MY opinion), and it worries me greatly. With a Muslim terrorist presence in the tri-border area of South America, and the illegal invasion by our loving neighbors in Mexico, continuing to keep our borders open and porous is folly - if not worse.

And, I agree totally with you that the Bush administration has NO concept about what we are really up against. If it hasn't dawned yet that we are in a fight for our civilization here I don't know when - or if - it ever will.
9 posted on 03/20/2004 8:42:33 AM PST by ImpotentRage
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To: ImpotentRage
And, I agree totally with you that the Bush administration has NO concept about what we are really up against. If it hasn't dawned yet that we are in a fight for our civilization here I don't know when - or if - it ever will.

He certainly does know. The problem is, and it will be with any president, unrestrained immigration has brought millions of people to this country who are anti-American, and who can't wait to see our destruction as a free nation.

Bush is trying to make peace with these people because he needs their votes. They have lobbyists in Congress threatening our elected officials if they go against immigration, or tell the truth about the Muslim religion. They have many attorneys throughout America who work night and day to steal money from the tax payers, circumvent our laws and negate our votes, and again our Congress is too terrified of these subversives to do anything against them. (Like kick their treasonous arses out of America.)

10 posted on 03/20/2004 10:40:07 AM PST by swampfox98 (Beyond 2004 - Chaos! 200 million illegals waiting in the wings)
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To: swampfox98
...the islam is coming
11 posted on 03/20/2004 12:15:27 PM PST by Selene
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To: Selene
the islam is coming

Them and about a 200 million others.

12 posted on 03/20/2004 12:53:00 PM PST by swampfox98 (Beyond 2004 - Chaos! 200 million illegals waiting in the wings)
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To: ImpotentRage
I agree with your assessment of Kerry. He is simply a bad man and really bad for this country.

Bush was anointed by the GOP behind-the-scenes king makers, not selected from the grass roots who really wanted a much more articulate conservative candidate willing to stand up to the special interests. From the start we conservatives were afraid that Bush was exactly what he seemed, a decent, bumbling compromiser.

Then Bush anointed Frist and he's been a major disappointment like Bush --nice, but not willing to fight, who easily caves because he just doesn't get what's at stake either.

Now that Saddam has been toppled and the Iraqis want us to leave their country, why don't we just think more of the troops and their families than of trying to teach the Iraqis to embrace democracy when they don't want it, don't understand it and aren't capable of developing it out of their own consciousness. I wish the Iraqis well, but my priority is our troops' safety and the welfare of their families. The Guards and their families are really suffering with these extended stays. Bush is taking their loyality for granted. If Iraq falls into anarchy when we leave it will be because of the mentality and weakness of the Iraqis and America is not responsible for their deficiencies. Bush broke his word on nation building.
13 posted on 03/20/2004 5:21:23 PM PST by fatidic
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To: Heuristic Hiker
14 posted on 03/20/2004 10:08:50 PM PST by Utah Girl
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To: joesnuffy
Siddiqi is arabic for "friend" this case I have my doubts.

Stay safe Joe !

15 posted on 03/20/2004 10:13:11 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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