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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

How Loyal Are The Army’s

Muslim Chaplains?
 
   The U.S. military’s Muslim chaplain program was founded by a terror-supporting convict while the Army’s first Islamic chaplain, who is still serving, has been associated with a charity widely accused of serving as an al Qaeda front.
 
   Following a plot uncovered last week to target Fort Hood’s Army base – one year after the same base was the subject of a shooting massacre by a Muslim army psychiatrist – closer scrutiny of the military’s Islamic chaplain program may be warranted, some people are saying.
 
   Pfc. Naser Abdo was arrested two weeks ago with a backpack full of explosives. He reportedly admitted to planning a terror attack on Fort Hood soldiers. In previous media profiles, Abdo, a convert to Islam, described becoming more religious after he signed up for the Army.
 
   The military’s Muslim chaplain program was founded in 1993. It was guided by Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, an Islamic cleric who served as an Islamic adviser to President Bill Clinton.
 
   Al-Amoudi currently is serving a 23-year sentence for illegal terrorism-related financial transactions with the Libyan government and for his alleged role in a Libyan conspiracy to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
 
   Al-Amoudi co-founded the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, which worked with the U.S. government to establish the Army’s Muslim chaplain program.
 
   Al-Amoudi reportedly handpicked the army’s first Islamic chaplain, Imam Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, who serves until today.
 
   Al-Amoudi was instrumental in selecting several other of the military’s six Islamic chaplains.
 
   Muhammad was recommended for appointment by Al-Amoudi’s American Islamic Council.
 
   Each Muslim chaplain must first be endorsed by an official Islamic agency. Muhammad’s endorsing agency reportedly was the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
 
   The ISNA subsequently became an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas.
 
   In a 1993 interview with Muslehuddin Ahmed of Islam4all.com, Muhammad detailed his association with the Muslim World League, or MWL, a Saudi-funded Muslim charity accused of terrorism financing and ties to al Qaeda. Multiple MWL-founded charities have been declared terror-supporting groups by the U.S. and United Nations.
 
   During the period of Muhammad’s association with the MWL, the group spawned multiple Muslim charities that were alleged fronts for al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
 
   Muhammad recounted to Islam4all how he was an “honored guest” of the MWL for his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
 

   The Islamic website reported Muhammad offered to work closely with the MWL and that he began an “ongoing interaction with the MWL in shaping and developing a vital Islamic presence within the U.S. Armed Forces.”

 

Communists Endorse Obama

 

   It may be early in the campaign season, but the Communist Party USA already has seen fit to endorse Barack Obama for the 2012 election.
 
   While noting he is disappointed with “some aspects” of the Obama administration’s domestic and foreign policy, Sam Webb, chairman of the Communist Party USA, threw his support behind Obama’s re-election bid.
 
   In an article last week at People’s Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, Webb said that there are major differences between Democrats and Republicans for communists. He urged his supporters to continue to back the Democrats.
 
   Wrote Webb: “Neither party is anti-capitalist, but they aren’t identical either. Differences exist at the levels of policy and social composition. And despite the many frustrations of the past two years, the election of Barack Obama was historic and gave space to struggle for a people’s agenda.”
 

   Webb concluded: “Furthermore, we are also aware of the undeniable fact that no other party besides the Democratic Party stands a chance of beating the GOP next year.”

 

Did Israel Try To Assassinate

Hizbullah Chief?

 

   Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah was the target of a bomb blast in southern Beirut last Friday, an Egyptian security official told this column.
 
   The Egyptian official did not point to any specific information that indicated who carried out the alleged assassination attempt.
 
   He did, however, say the assumption is that Israel was behind the bombing.
 

   Hizbullah claimed the blast was caused by technical problems with a gas tank and that there were no casualties. Fueling suspicions, Hizbullah forces closed off the scene of the blast and did not allow Lebanese police or army forces to enter.

 

Al Qaeda Takes Credit For Downed Chopper

 

   Al Qaeda is getting in on the action in Afghanistan this past weekend, claiming responsibility for the downing of a troop-carrying helicopter and promising more “revenge” for the U.S. assassination raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
 
   Already the Taliban claimed credit for Saturday’s chopper attack that killed 38 in the largest loss of life suffered by foreign forces in a single incident in 10 years of war.
 

   “The shooting of the U.S. aircraft is one of the first Jihadiya Salafiya reactions to the murder of Sheikh Osama bin Laden,” stated Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadiya Salafiya in the Gaza Strip, in a brief telephone interview with this column.

 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

J Street Helping PA

In Its Bid For Statehood
 
   The left-wing Jewish lobby J Street has been aiding the Palestinian Authority in its bid to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state at the United Nations, according to PA officials speaking to WorldNetDaily.
 
   The officials said J Street has been helping the PA set up Capitol Hill meetings with mostly Democratic lawmakers in a search for diplomatic support for its UN statehood move. J Street did not return e-mail and phone requests for comment.
 
   J Street’s founder and president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, has acknowledged receiving seed money from left-wing billionaire activist George Soros. The group also has come under fire for accepting funds from numerous Arab sources as well as pro-Arab organizations.
 
   J Street states on its website that it seeks to “promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.”
 

   The lobby group supports talks with Hamas. The group has also opposed sanctions against Iran and is harshly critical of Israeli offensive anti-terror military actions.

 

Weiner’s Mother-In-Law

Tied To Terrorist Charities
 
   The mother of Huma Abedin, Hillary’s Clinton’s chief of staff, has represented a Saudi-funded Muslim charity accused of terrorism financing and ties to al Qaeda. Huma is the wife of former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.
 
   Huma’s mother is Saleha Mahmood Abedin, an associate professor of sociology at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
 
   Abedin has reportedly represented the Muslim World League, or MWL, a Saudi-financed charity that has spawned Islamic groups accused of terror ties. One of the groups was declared by the U.S. government to be an official al Qaeda front.
 
   In February 2010, Clinton spoke in Saudi Arabia at Abedin’s college, where she was first introduced by Abedin and then praised the work of the terror-tied professor:
 
   Saleha Abedin has been quoted in numerous press accounts as both representing the MWL and serving as a delegate for the charity.
 
   The MWL was founded in Mecca in 1962 and bills itself one of the largest Islamic non-governmental organizations. But according to U.S. government documents and testimony from the charity’s own officials, it is heavily financed by the Saudi government.
 
   The MWL has been accused of terror ties, as have its various offshoots, including the International Islamic Relief Organization, or IIRO, and Al Haramain, which was declared a terror financing front by the U.S. and UN.
 
   Indeed, the Treasury Department, in a September 2004 press release, alleged Al Haramain had “direct links” with Osama bin Laden. The group is now banned worldwide by United Nations Security Council Committee 1267.
 
   There have long been reports citing accusations that the IIRO and MWL also repeatedly funded al Qaeda. In 1993, bin Laden reportedly told an associate that the MWL was one of his three most important charity fronts.
 
   The MWL in 1988 founded the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, developing chapters in about 50 countries, including for a time in Oregon until it was designated a terror organization.
 
   In the early 1990s, evidence began to grow that it was funding Islamist militants in Somalia and Bosnia, and a 1996 CIA report detailed its Bosnian militant ties.
 
   The U.S. Treasury designated Al Haramain’s offices in Kenya and Tanzania as sponsors of terrorism for their role in planning and funding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa. The Comoros Islands office was also designated because it “was used as a staging area and exfiltration route for the perpetrators of the 1998 bombings.”
 
   The New York Times reported in 2003 that Al Haramain had provided funds to the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which was responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. The Indonesia office was later designated a terrorist entity by the Treasury.
 
   In September 2004, the U.S. designated Al Haramain a terrorist organization. In June 2008, the Treasury Department applied the terrorist designation to the entire Al Haramain organization worldwide.
 
   In August, 2006, the Treasury Department also designated the Philippine and Indonesian branch offices of the MWL-founded IIRO as terrorist entities “for facilitating fundraising for al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups.”
 
   In the 1980s, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, ran the Philippines offices of the IRRO. Khalifa has been linked to Manila-based plots to target the pope and U.S. airlines.
 
   The IRRO has also been accused of funding Hamas, Algerian radicals, Afghanistan militant bases and the Egyptian terror group Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya.
 
      In a court case in Canada, Arafat El-Asahi, the Canadian director of both the IIRO and the MWL, admitted the charities are near entities of the Saudi government.
 

   Nonetheless, despite its offshoots being implicated in terror financing, the MWL itself has never been designated as a terror-financing charity by the U.S. government. Many have speculated that the U.S. is trying not to embarrass the Saudi government.

 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

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