Posts Tagged ‘GAO’

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UPI parrots terror finance narrative

May 16, 2010

Here we go again.  UPI has joined the chorus (of which Forbes, Deutsche Welle, and Treasury official David S. Cohen are already members) to sing the praises of the U.S. Treasury and Saudi Arabia in the fight against terrorist financing.

In an Apr. 26 article, UPI wrote, “The U.S. Treasury Department has been able to score notable successes against al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas and other groups,” and “The U.S. Government Accounting Office declared in September that the Saudis had made significant progress in the war against terrorism, including shutting down financial conduits to al-Qaida from individuals and charities.”

Thus UPI gives no credit to Iraqi leaders or the U.S. military for defeating and defunding Al Qaeda in Iraq.

In terms of Saudi Arabia, what the GAO actually found was that the Saudis have offered no proof of reductions in illegal cash smuggling out of the Kingdom.

And rather than effectively regulating its charitable sector, Saudi Arabia lets its central bank rubber stamp any requests by Saudi organizations to transfer money overseas.  Then lies about it.

UPI at least quotes views from a few skeptics, but they quickly move along to discuss the involvement of the other Gulf states.

It looks like the UPI is eager to carry the party line from government talking points.

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Saudi lie exposed

March 18, 2010

A revelation from the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report has been making the rounds through the blogosphere (Counterterrorism Blog, Creeping Sharia, etc) about a relatively new International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) branch office in Florida.  IIRO is a Saudi-based “charity” that stinks like a skunk from its jihadist financial ties.

What has not received sufficient attention, to the best of my knowledge, is the timeline of IIRO’s return to the U.S.

In December 2008, Saudi Arabia changed its banking regulations to require the IIRO to receive approval from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA)—the Saudi central bank—in order to transfer any funds from IIRO outside the Kingdom.

In April 2009, this new U.S. branch of IIRO incorporated in Florida.  We know it made at least one expenditure—the incorporation fee itself.

In July 2009, Saudi officials told the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that, “the Saudi government had not approved any transfer of funds from charities and multilateral charitable organizations to support charitable activities outside of Saudi Arabia.”

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