Posts Tagged ‘Muamar Qaddafi’

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Weekly word: PEP

September 14, 2011

Admittedly, it’s been a lot longer than a week since our last effort at defining terms related to the money jihad.

This latest addition to the glossary will be “politically exposed person” (PEP):

PEPs are individuals who are or have been entrusted with prominent public functions in a foreign country, such as heads of state or government; senior politicians and party officials; senior executive, judicial, or military officials; and senior executives of state-owned corporations.*

PEPs normally include family members of government officials, but do not normally include low or mid-level government officials.

Being able to identify and screen PEPs can help prevent the transfer of ill-gotten funds from, for example, corrupt politicians to banks overseas.  But that is easier said than done.

In August, MoneyLaundering.com reported:

Three intergovernmental groups are questioning the effectiveness of anti-money laundering controls meant to curb abuses of corrupt political figures who steal from their countries.

The World Bank and United Nations said in a joint June 21 report that at least 74 of 124 jurisdictions examined have not complied with anti-money laundering (AML) recommendations to quash kleptocracy by political figures. The record indicates that financial institutions and the agencies that regulate them may be “deficient” in enforcing the controls, the report said.

In a separate report published July 29, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) warned banks and other companies that government officials, also known as politically exposed persons (PEPs), can exploit the “natural advantages” of their positions to launder ill-gotten funds through institutions, and then stymie investigations into the crimes.

The three organizations recommended requiring financial institutions to review their PEP accounts annually, sharing suspicious activity reports on the accounts of foreign politically-tied figures with their home country and eliminating the distinction between foreign and domestic PEPs.

The questionable effectiveness of PEP screening sheds further doubt on the world’s approach to preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.

The PEP concept is particularly relevant during the Arab Spring, where rulers like Muamar “Daffy” Qaddafi, Bashar “Butcher” al-Assad, Hosni Mubarak, and other leading thugs are being accused of holding secret bank accounts of wealth stolen from their people.

* World Bank, Combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism:
a comprehensive training guide, Volume 3, Part 1 (Washington D.C.:  World Bank Publications, 2009).

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War on Qaddafi based on fear of gold standard

August 11, 2011

Umm… okay… right…

Well, the theory that Europe and the United States have gone on the offensive against Muamar Qaddafi makes “sense” only if you have the same world view as one of the sources for this theory, Louis Farrakhan.

The weird leader of the Nation of Islam recently had this exchange on a program called “Spectrum Today”:

‘How’s America’s wealth today? How is she doing financially? What is the deficit? Some say it’s about US$56 trillion counting Social Security and Medicare.

‘That’s a big number. She’s printing money, but there’s nothing backing it,’ said Farrakhan.

In the book, ‘The Fall of America,’ Elijah Muhammad wrote, ‘The English pound and the American dollar have been the power and beckoning light of these two great powers.

‘But when the world went off the gold and silver standard, the financial doom of England and America was sealed.’

Muhammad added: ‘The fall of America is now visible and understandable. Long has Allah been gradually removing the power of the great and mighty America while few have noticed it. This has been done by degrees, and they do not perceive it.’

This article from the Southern Times lays out the theory that Qaddafi possesses a lot of gold, and intended to create a Muslim and pan-African currency backed by gold that would change the global balance of financial power.  The fear of that possibility is what has prompted the U.S. and Europe to declare that “Qaddafi must go.”  The West would be shaking in its boots, the author argues, if oil-exporting countries began selling their oil for gold dinars rather than U.S. dollars.

The only reason this bizarre fantasy deserves any ink on this blog is because it highlights the fixation that Muslim authorities have for re-imposing the gold standard on an unwilling world.  Their belief is based, not on a solid understanding of economics or trade, but upon the idea that the Profiteer Muhammad used only coins of gold and silver in the Seventh Century, and so should we.  They also despise paper currency that is backed only by the faith and credit of an infidel government.

The gold bugs are getting buggier.

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Canada revokes Daffy Qaddafi’s fake charity

May 24, 2011

While Muslim American charities associated with the Muslim Brotherhood are hard at work in Libya, Muamar “Daffy” Qaddafi’s own problematic “charity” has had its nontaxable status revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency.

The World Islamic Call Society serves as a sort of Libyan version of the Goethe Institut, but instead of teaching interested foreigners about the German language and culture, WICS established sites around the world, including Canada, to help channel money to Islamic projects including terrorism.

The most famous project funded by the Canadian branch of WICS was the JFK airport bomb plot in New York in 2007.  That constitutes legal use of zakat under Islamic law, but not proper charity work under Canadian tax law.

Here’s the solid reporting from the Ottowa Citizen on May 7, h/t GMBDR:

Gadhafi charity in Canada linked to terrorism

Government revokes status of World Islamic Call Society

By GARY DIMMOCK, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — The Harper government has revoked the registration of a longtime Canadian charity that it says was established as a front by Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi to funnel money to terrorists the world over — including a Muslim militant cell implicated in a 2007 plot to blow up JFK airport in New York City.

According to government documents obtained by the Citizen, the World Islamic Call Society, based in London, Ont., has been transferring money from Gadhafi’s “Jihad fund” to bank accounts of known terrorists.

A payment of $170,814.20 was made to Jamaat al-Muslimeen, a terrorist group known for a campaign of rape, torture and murder, according to the documents. This same group once attempted to overthrow the elected government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Canada Revenue Agency financial documents also show that the Canadian charity transferred $10,000 directly to the terrorist group’s leader, Yasin Abu Bakr.

In Gadhafi’s scheme, according to federal government files, money was wired in U.S. funds to the personal bank account of Assem Fadel, then transferred to the bank account of the World Islamic Call Society’s Canadian branch, only to be distributed to known terrorist organizations.

Fadel, 75, is the president of the Islamic Call Society’s sole Canadian franchise, located on Kent Street in London, Ont.

“The allegations are unbelievable,” Fadel said, when told the society had been linked to the JFK plot.

Asked why money from Gadhafi’s jihad fund would be transferred to his own bank account and then deposited into the charity’s bank account, Fadel told the Citizen that he handled the money personally because the deposits were in U.S. funds.

“The charity doesn’t have a U.S. bank account so the money came to me and I distributed the money as directed by the mother organization in Libya,” Fadel said.

Fadel said he will not appeal the government’s March 26 ruling to revoke the registration of his charity, saying it’s too much of a “hassle.”

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CAIR really cares… about Qaddafi

April 11, 2011

Knowing that Libyan desert warrior Daffy Qaddafi underwrites important international projects (like funding the epic slasher “Halloween”), the always (dis)honest executive director of CAIR wrote a letter in 2009 soliciting funds from the dictator.

Well-known shakedown artist and zakat beggar Nihad Awad (also known as Need Alot) apparently failed in his attempt to get millions from Qaddafi.  Just as well.  CAIR’s foreign donors from the Gulf might get jealous if their North American puppet fell under the spell of an African.

Here’s the news about Need Alot’s letter from Fox News on Apr. 6:

A letter from the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and president of an offshoot group, Muslim Peace Foundation to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has added fuel to criticisms of the controversial group and what its critics say are some dubious fundraising tactics.

In the letter, obtained by Fox News and dated Sept. 23, 2009, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad asks Qaddafi for funding for his new project called the Muslim Peace Foundation. Qaddafi was in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., cited the letter Wednesday at a House Appropriations sub-committee hearing, during which Wolf asked FBI Director Robert Mueller about the FBI’s relationship with CAIR. Mueller replied there “is no formal relationship with CAIR.”

A translation of the letter, written originally in Arabic, says in part, “I am pleased to send to Your Excellency in my name most solemn assurances of thanks and appreciation for the efforts you exert in the service of Islam, Muslims and all mankind through your initiative to teach Islam, spread the culture of Islam, and solve disputes, for which you are known internationally.”

This was long before the uprising in Libya this year, with international calls for Qaddafi to step down after a brutal crackdown on dissent that has escalated into a civil war with rebel forces.

But Wolf said the CAIR director’s 2009 letter still was written with the full knowledge of the regime’s brutal treatment of its opponents and its deplorable human rights record, as well as its long history of acts of international terrorism. And the congressman said the letter showed that Awad was in the process of setting up the Muslim Peace Foundation and seeking to raise $15 million.

The letter ends by thanking Qaddafi for his “generous support.”

Wolf said it was his understanding that Awad had made repeated attempts to solicit funding from Qadaffi and other foreign sources, and he asked Mueller if the FBI was aware of the outreach to Qadaffi and if the group had received funds from the Libyan regime.

“I’ll have to get back to you on that,” Mueller said. “I am not familiar myself at this point, but we may.”

It was late March that the Investigative Project on Terrorism released a report that quoted a Libyan news website that reported that CAIR officials, including Awad, had met with Qaddafi in September 2009. They had asked him then to “underwrite a program to distribute 1 million copies of the Quran to government officials and the general public in America.”

But CAIR spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, told Fox News that the organization didn’t receive any money from the Libyan government.

“A number of community leaders and organizations were invited to a meeting in New York, at which support was sought for an initiative, unrelated to CAIR, to promote peace and mutual understanding,” Hooper said. “That single meeting mirrored the actions of the Bush and Obama administrations.”

Hooper also noted that “CAIR was one of the first American organizations to call for a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians.”

Steve Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, called it “hypocritical” for CAIR leaders to “ask for funds from Qaddafi given that they’ve just condemned him.”

“Their transgressions are multiple some of them fall into immorality, some into illegality,” Emerson told Fox News. As for CAIR raising funds abroad, Emerson says it’s legal to raise money but must be reported on the group’s annual 990 tax form. However, Emerson said if they were to work at the “direction or control” of a foreign donor they could very well be violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Hooper would not respond to Fox News’ questions on whether CAIR receives funding from foreign donors, but he would say that CAIR works with the FBI on “an almost daily basis on civil rights issues.”

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Muslim Brotherhood news worth reading

March 6, 2011

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report has published some informative posts recently that would interest most Money Jihad readers:

1.  “Phillipine Islamic Scholars Want Local IIRO Office Reopened; Designated By US As Terrorist Organization” (Mar. 1). Thirty-two Muslim Filipino clerics have called for the reinstatement of its branch of the International Islamic Relief Organization which was designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2006.  (As a footnote to the Global MB Report piece, the overly conciliatory government of the Philippines should not agree to this considering the lies the Saudis continue to tell about IIRO.)

2.  “Bosnian Grand Mufti Visited Libya In Mid-February; Accepted Donation From Qadhafi” (Feb. 28).  Last month, Muamar “Daffy” Qaddafi donated several million Bosnian marks to the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric, to build a new Islamic headquarters office in Sarajevo.  Ceric is a member of the Yusuf Qaradawi led European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), a Muslim Brotherhood extension.

3. “UK Muslim Brotherhood Charity Signs Agreement With World Assembly of Muslim Youth” (Feb. 27). Muslim Aid, a Union of Good (ie, Hamas-funding) charity, has signed an agreement to form closer relationships with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), itself a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

Take a look.  The money links them all.

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Obama’s zakat to Qaddafi charities

February 27, 2011

The article is seven months old now, but The Religion of Peace has recently linked to it, which gives it instant circulation among countless counter-jihad websites.  And that’s a good thing.  It’s a timely reminder of the pitfalls of Islamic charity and the madness of the U.S. federal government having anything to do with supporting such “charities.”

Originally from American Thinker on July 17, 2010:

Remember as a kid drawing connect-the-dots pictures?  Simply follow the dots and a clear picture emerges.  As an adult, connecting the dots of Obama’s actions leads to an oxymoronic picture.  A clear picture of a murky web.  Obama’s actions continually link him to people and causes that the majority of Americans do not support. The recent event of another aid ship sailing to Gaza is an example of to whom and what the strands of Obama’s web link him, and unfortunately America.

Last year, right around the time Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi called Obama “our son,” Obama earmarked $400,000 for two Libyan charities. The money was divided between two foundations run by Gaddafi’s children; Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, run by his son Saif, and Wa Attassimou, run by his daughter Aicha.  What noble causes did our tax dollars potentially help support thanks to Obama’s generosity?

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Muhammad inspired Michael Myers?

October 31, 2010
Michael Myers peers over the balcony

Michael Myers in "Halloween"

The Prophet Mohammed in a Mosque

Muhammad in a mosque

 

One of the greatest horror films ever made was “Halloween,” which was produced by Syrian-born Moustapha Akkad in 1978.  The film was so thrilling that Roger Ebert proclaimed “I would compare it to Psycho.”

Apart from producing the Halloween series, Akkad is perhaps most famous for directing “The Message”—the sword and sand “epic” glorifying the life and conquests of Muhammad.  “The Message” was released just two years prior to “Halloween.”  It seems a rather dramatic change in focus—does it not?—to be making a religious biography one year and a gory slasher flick shortly thereafter?  But there is more continuity between the two movies than meets the eye.

First person camera

There are a few famous films in history, such as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” that have used the viewpoint of the camera to simulate the viewpoint of a character in the movie.  Two of the other best known films to employ that technique are—you guessed it—“The Message” and “Halloween.”

More often than not, arch-villain Michael Myers is depicted either by the camera or in the shadows, at a distance, and only in a mask.  Like our beloved Prophet, you never see his face.  The production of “The Message” was interrupted, protested, and boycotted on many occasions over rumors that an actor would portray Muhammad on screen.  If Moustapha Akkad ever desired to show the face of Muhammad, the death threats convinced him otherwise.  Akkad decided to use first-person camera and only portrayed Muhammad’s more distant relatives and companions to avoid the controversy of showing Muhammad’s inner circle.

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