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Global Relief Foundation co-founder at large

June 27, 2012

The scandal is not the “unexplained” actions of the FBI as perceived by the Huffington Post.  The scandal is that the target of the FBI’s scrutiny, Imam Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, is even allowed walk the streets.

In addition to but more important than his conviction for Social Security fraud, this man was a co-founder of the Global Relief Foundation—an Islamic charity that had extensive ties to Al Qaeda and was shut down by the U.S. Treasury Department.  Another co-founder of GRF was deported to Lebanon, but Kariye remains in Portland and even runs the mosque there.

From Creeping Sharia:

Oregon mosque led by convicted Social Security fraudster

Posted on June 18, 2012 by creeping

Yet Helen Jung and others can’t seem to figure out why the terror-linked Oregon mosque is under FBI scrutiny. It takes 20+ paragraphs to find out the mosque is led by a convicted criminal. via Masjed As-Saber, Oregon Mosque Under FBI Scrutiny.

In September 2002, authorities arrested Kariye at Portland International Airport as he and family members prepared to fly to Dubai. He was charged the next day with Social Security fraud, but his arrest by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force signaled a more ominous suspicion.

The arrest was unusual. A federal prosecutor successfully argued to hold Kariye without bail, saying a customs official at the airport had found traces of TNT on his bags. Tests two weeks later concluded the initial findings were wrong and Kariye was released the following month.

Kariye pleaded guilty six months later to understating his income to qualify for Oregon Health Plan benefits and using a Social Security card with a false birth date to obtain the benefits. A judge sentenced him to probation and he paid $6,000 in fines and restitution.

But that didn’t end the FBI’s interest. An affidavit in August 2003 revealed that agents believed Kariye financially supported a group of Muslims — known as the Portland Seven — who had tried to reach Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban in September 2001. Most had regularly prayed at Masjed As-Saber and were turned in by an FBI informant at the mosque who recorded hours of conversations with two primary defendants.

Kariye was never charged. The FBI affidavit stated the informant failed to record a key conversation that allegedly described the imam’s support.

In March, Wells Fargo abruptly decided to close the bank accounts of the imam and the mosque. Both had accounts at the bank for several years.

A Wells Fargo spokesman, Tom Unger, said he doesn’t know the reasons for the bank’s decision, but maintained that “neither religion nor any other factors that could be considered discriminatory are included as part of that process” for closing the accounts.

But Unger advised doing an Internet search on the mosque’s name, which turns up various links to news stories as well as other websites including those that allege a connection to terrorism.

And unlike Helen Jung, we did an Internet search and found this:

Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye was a co-founder of the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), which the U.S. government shut down in December 2001 because of its ties to terrorism. For at least one year after GRF’s creation in 1991, Kariye was on the organization’s board of directors.

…federal prosecutors would argue that Kariye funded a trip to Afghanistan for a group of would-be terrorists, all of whom were worshipers at the Islamic Center of Portland. In an FBI affidavit, it was stated that Kariye gave six persons (known as the Portland Six) $2000 each, for the purpose of financing their travels to Afghanistan, where they were to join al Qaeda and Taliban forces in their fight against American troops.  One of the six, Jeffrey Battle, described the Islamic Center of Portland as being “the only mosque to teach about jihad.” Battle stated that he had “talked to Kariye about jihad,” that Kariye “had fought in the jihad,” and that “Kariye told his followers they should fight with other Muslims in Afghanistan against Americans.” Battle further stated that Kariye had provided “$2,000 for each of the men and the money was acquired from members of the mosque.”

More posts on Oregon here.

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No hard time for tax-dodging jihad donor

June 8, 2012

A Muslim who lied about the purpose of his Massachusetts-based terror financing organization to obtain tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service has been spared by a federal judge from a prison sentence or even a deportation hearing.  Although Emadeddin Muntasser’s conviction on a charge of defrauding the U.S. government was upheld by the First Circuit Court of Appeals last year, the trial court judge has let Muntasser off with a light sentence of six months under house arrest.

Federal prosecutors sought a five year sentence.  Muntasser has served only five months in jail for his crimes, and will face no additional prison time.  This is a man who published a “bloodcurdling” jihadist newsletter throughout the 1990s.  He bundled zakat donations from like-minded hate-filled Muslim residents of the United States, who scrolled “Bosnia mujahideen,” “Jihad Bosnia,” and “mujahideen Bosnia, 9th Battalion” upon the memo lines of the checks they wrote to Muntasser’s organization!

Naturally, the publication of the newsletter or the financial support for jihad abroad were never disclosed in tax filings by Muntasser and his “Care International” organization (or its predecessor organization, al-Kifah).

Once again, we have lost a golden opportunity to demonstrate zero tolerance for Muslims living in the West who fraudulently obtain tax-exempt status for the express purpose of increasing the amount of zakat they can divert toward jihad against non-Muslims overseas.

Incidently, Care International was closely tied to the Global Relief Foundation, the “charity” behind the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.

Oh, and by the way, Muntasser has apparently been able to build a furniture company with 50 employees despite the legal proceedings against him.  Muntasser is Libyan, but the furniture angle does jog our memory about a report from the NYPD that said “Hamas supporters/members have been identified among a NYC group of Palestinian nationals who originate from a small town in Palestine, Ein-Yabroud, and a Hamas stronghold. Many others from there now reside in the US (NYC, Chicago, NJ, Georgia, and Puerto Rico) owning and operating their furniture and carpet stores, generating funds that are allegedly funneled to Hamas.”

Not to suggest that Muntasser’s furniture profits are funding jihad.  No, that would be quite unfair.  Especially considering how honest Muntasser has always been about his work and his intentions.

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FBI raids Arab activist’s home, subpoenas financial records

September 28, 2010
This Muslim AAAN activist is under FBI probe

Hatem Abudayyeh in a 2006 interview

On Friday, WLS-TV in Chicago reported that the FBI has raided the home of Hatem Abudayyeh as part of an investigation into material support of terrorism:

There was no answer Friday night at the Jefferson Park condo where Hatem Abudayyeh lives with his wife and young daughter, but he was there at dawn when the FBI came knocking.

Neighbor Sargon Tamo said that between seven and ten FBI agents came to Abudayyeh’s condo.

“It took a few hours, easily four or five hours, just taking some fingerprints, investigating,” said Tamo.

Abudayyeh is the executive director of the Arab-American Action Network, a Chicago-based community group which has been a critic of U.S. support of Israel.

In addition to being the leader of the Arab-American Action Network, Discover The Networks says that Abudayyeh is the member of another organization that sends delegates overseas to be “indoctrinated with the propaganda of pro-Palestinian militants,” that he refers to the creation of Israel “by the term Al Nakba (Arabic for ‘The Catastrophe’),” and that “In an interview with Dollars and Sense, Abudayyeh defended the Global Relief Foundation (a charity shut down by the United States for funneling money to terrorist groups) and its imprisoned co-founder Rabih Haddad.”

The Global Relief Foundation helped fund the bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.

The FBI also raided the home of Chicago activist Mick Kelly, and issued him a subpoena demanding “all records of any payment provided directly or indirectly to Hatem Abudayyeh.”

Another subpoena was issued to socialist Thomas Burke demanding the same types of records relating to Abudayyeh.

Targets of the raids say it’s all just government harassment of friendly peace activists.  Nothing to see here—just move along.

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Where are they now?

June 4, 2010

The Treasury Department has designated seven U.S. Muslim charities since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.  Critics of U.S. designation procedures love to point out that only one of those organizations involved has been convicted, but what of the others?

Al Haramain Islamic Foundation—The Saudi charity Al Haramain funded Somali and Bosnian Islamists, had ties to Al Qaeda, and helped fund the 2002 Bali bombing.  Its U.S. branch in Oregon was designated by Treasury in 2004.  Al Haramain’s parent organization was dissolved by the Saudi government and the United Nations also blacklisted Al Haramain.  Legal charges in the U.S. were dropped because the two individuals who operated the charity fled to Saudi Arabia.  The charity was shut down and its assets are sold.  Therefore the government determined, “it would be an inefficient waste of resources to proceed against the shell corporation in this case until one of the individual defendants is apprehended.”

Benevolence International Foundation—BIF raised money to arm Al Qaeda.  Treasury designated them in 2002.  The “charity” has been shut down, and their CEO is serving time in federal prison for racketeering.

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