Posts Tagged ‘Rewards for Justice’

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New moves afoot to choke off terror money

November 7, 2014
  • The U.S. takes aim at ISIS’s black market oil buyers… more>>
  • Britain grants more powers to its charity regulator, including the power to remove dubious trustees from charitable boards (h/t @ConorMLarkin)… more>>
  • Austrian law will ban foreign funding of imams… more>>
  • The U.S. Rewards for Justice program of paying informants is still helping catch and kill terrorists… more>>
  • Bulk cash smugglers beware–there’s a new system to detect the presence of excessive currency at border checkpoints… more>>
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What’s really behind the Saudi rewards program

February 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia says it will offer rewards to people within the kingdom who provide evidence about terrorist financing that leads to a conviction (hat tip to El Grillo).

It has been rumored that the maneuver is designed to reign in Saudi-backed elements among the Syrian rebels whom Saudi Arabia can no longer control.

Money Jihad suspects that the initiative, which resembles the U.S. Rewards for Justice program, is a Saudi smokescreen designed to placate Western diplomats, U.S. Treasury officials, and international financial watchdog FATF.

Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be the first instance of Saudi deception about a counter-terror finance initiative.

In 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that its central bank, SAMA, would review charitable contributions from Saudi Arabia overseas (which are rife with donations to terrorist causes), but meaningful oversight has never occurred.  Saudi public statements about the SAMA program have been documented to be false.

In 2010, Saudi Arabia’s ulema council issued a ruling against terrorism, but the very same ruling defended zakat, which has often been used by wealthy Saudis to finance terrorist causes.  Saudi pronouncements against terrorism have often focused on protecting its own oil and gas infrastructure, and have pointedly excluded suicide bombers in Israel or Iraq from its definition of terrorism.

In 2014 we are told that Saudi Arabia will pay rewards to those who provide information about terror finance.  If this is actually enforced, Money Jihad predicts that it will be used against Shia dissidents, particularly in its oil rich, Shia-dominant Eastern Province (see related commentary by Amy Myers Jaffe here), or against those who transfer money to Shias in Bahrain or Syria.

It will not be used to curtail Saudi money flowing to Somalia, Bangladesh, Chechnya, or any of the other countries where Saudi Arabia has strategic interests.

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US offers reward for Shabaab financial warrior

June 21, 2012

Sheikh Fu’ad Mohamed Khalaf Shongole

The U.S. State Department has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Fuad Mohammed Shongole, a fund-raiser for al-Shabaab.  Somehow this fellow has misunderstood Islam and is under the impression that Islam permits jihad.  Maybe he came under that misapprehension when he was trained as an imam.

Shongole once acquired Swedish citizenship.  One would hope that the Swedes would have some information about him that they could share with the U.S.

Being an al-Shabaab financier probably means that Shongole has been involved in collecting Islamic taxes including forced and voluntary private zakat, illegal checkpoint taxes, harbor taxes, and commercial zakat on articles of trade such as charcoal.

An excerpt from the Long War Journal‘s post about the latest Rewards for Justice announcement:

Sheikh Fuad Mohammed Khalaf: who is also known as Fuad Mohammed Shonghole, is a Swedish citizen who serves as a top financier and has also served as a senior Shabaab field commander in Mogadishu. In a Shabaab propaganda video, Khalaf declared war on Ugandan peacekeepers serving in Mogadishu. Khalaf is also an imam, or prayer leader, for Shabaab.

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Islamic charity chief joins top 5 bounty list

April 4, 2012

The founding member of the jihadist terror organization Lashkar-e-Taiba has a new $10 million bounty on his head.  He joins only four other terrorists for whom the U.S. offers eight-figure bounties.

Voice of America reports that Hafiz Mohammad Saeed “currently heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity which is largely seen as a front for the militant group.”

In that respect, Saeed is the only “charity” leader to make the top 5 list for biggest terror bounties.  VOA offers this list:

Top U.S. Rewards for Justice Bounties

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida leader – up to $25 million.
  • Abu Du’a, senior leader of al-Qaida in Iraq – up to $10 million.
  • Mullah Omar, Taliban leader – up to $10 million.
  • Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks – up to $10 million.
  • Yasin al-Suri, senior al-Qaida facilitator based in Iran – up to $10 million.
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8 years ago tomorrow, a tragedy remembered

July 30, 2010

Tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of the terrorist bombing of a cafeteria at Hebrew University on July 31, 2002.  Four Israelis and five Americans died in the explosion.  This video shows both the carnage of the attack and the disgusting words of Hamas, the organization that ordered the bombing.

The Rewards for Justice program we mentioned yesterday still has a $5 million reward listed for information on this particular terrorist act.

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Uncle Sam still offers $5 million bounties

July 29, 2010

And $25 million for Osama Bin Laden.  The State Department’s “Rewards for Justice” program continues to provide rewards, usually of $5 million, that lead to the prevention or resolution of terrorist acts.  (State’s website actually discourages “bounty hunting,” but prefers “information” instead…)  The program began in 1984 and was expanded by the Patriot Act in 2001.  It also provides rewards for information about terrorist financing.

Stop the Flow of Blood Money

"Rewards for Justice" program offers $5 million for terror finance info

When George W. Bush talked about wanting to catch the terrorists, “dead or alive,” he was dismissed as a cowboy—a Wild West relic—foisted on an American public slowly moving to a kinder, gentler approach to the war on terror (or “contingency operations against violent extremism”).

But there’s still something visceral, direct, and logical about putting a price on the heads of our worst enemies.  The Rewards for Justice program helped lead to the arrest of Ramzi Yousef and in locating Uday & Qusay Hussein.  It goes to show that, sometimes, the best approach is to keep it simple.