Last year, the Department of Justice shut down numerous pending prosecutions against Muslim groups and individuals that were suspected of aiding foreign terrorist organizations. But by doing so, those responsible for the decision may have committed a felony.
In 2007, the federal government brought charges against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), formerly the largest Muslim charity group in the United States, and several of its leaders for engaging in a criminal conspiracy to support the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The organization had sent over 12 million dollars to the terrorist group, and in 2008, a federal jury convicted HLF and the defendants on all 108 counts of financing terrorism.
However, HLF was not acting alone. “Although the indictment in this case charges the [HLF and defendants],” reads an opinion from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, “it will be obvious that the defendants were not acting alone. As noted in the case summary, the defendants were operating in concert with a host of individuals and organizations dedicated to sustaining and furthering the Hamas movement. Several of the individuals who hold leading roles in the operation of Hamas are referenced by name in the indictment.”
The “host of individuals and organizations” the opinion refers to is a list of unindicted co-conspirators that is eleven pages long and contains hundreds of people and organizations associated with Hamas. Investigators had been building a case on the U.S. terrorism finance network for over ten years, and prosecutors planned on charging many of the organizations and individuals listed in the document. But last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would not prosecute any of the unindicted co-conspirators.
Patrick Poole writes at Pajamas Media that the prosecutions “were scuttled last year at the direction of top-level political appointees within the Department of Justice (DOJ) – and possibly even the White House.”
Poole’s DOJ source states that “There’s a mountain of evidence against all of these groups that was never introduced during the Holy Land trial and it is damning. We’ve got them on wiretaps. That’s exactly why many of these leaders and groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the first round of prosecutions.”
Apparently there are political reasons behind the decision. Numerous co-conspirators, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations are “interfaith partners” with the Obama administration. Exposing them as conspiring with Islamic terrorists could have a disastrous effect on the administration and its Muslim engagement efforts.
Frank Gaffney goes so far as to say that the DOJ’s decision could in fact be an act of treason. “It is a felony offense,” Gaffney writes, “to know or have reason to know that seditious activity is underway and do nothing about it.”
Title 18, Part I, Chapter 115, § 2381 of the U.S. Code defines treason as levying war against the United States or adhering “to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere.” Sending a terrorist organization falls under “giving them aid.”
Section 2382 of the U.S. Code states that anyone “having knowledge of the commission of any treason” and conceals or does not disclose said treason “is guilty of misprision of treason.” Simply put, if you know of a treasonous act and didn’t inform the authorities, you are guilty as well.
Although the United States is not at war with Hamas, the State Department has designated Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization. One of the requirements for designation is that the organization’s terrorist activity “must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.” A terrorist organization that threatens U.S. national security clearly puts Hamas in the “enemy” ballpark, otherwise, we wouldn’t prosecute individuals for sending them money.
Legal definitions aside, how can a government agency whose mission statement purports to “ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans” simply dismiss prosecutions of high crimes for political reasons?
Egypt: According to Ynet, Egyptian security forces captured 100 anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons believed destined for Gaza on Wednesday according to the Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabe’. Egyptian forces also discovered three tunnels linking Rafah to the Gaza Strip, and confiscated dozens of vehicles used for smuggling.
Gaza: The Kuwait News Agency reports that Palestinians fired two more rockets into Israel on Wednesday. Local radio stations said the Ali Mustafa Brigade – the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – claimed responsibility.
And just hours after Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov urged Hamas to stop militants from firing rockets into Israel, a Qassam rocket was fired into Ashkelon.
Israeli warplanes responded by launching at least five attacks on various targets.
Lebanon: Tribunal investigators have summoned 12 Hizballah members and close supporters for questioning for the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Hizballah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah referred to the 12 as “witnesses and not as suspects,” and told al Manar – the jihadist group’s television station – that “We have nothing to fear and we will co-operate.”
Nasrallah stated that six additional members would appear for questioning.
Hizballah, Israel, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Syrian intelligence, and even al Qaeda have been speculated to be involved in the Hariri killing. But in May of last year, Der Spiegel reported the tribunal had evidence showing that Hizballah was behind the massacre.
Russia: Chechen terrorist leader Doku Umarov has claimed responsibility for the “Black Widow” suicide attacks on the Moscow Metro, which killed 39 Russians on Monday. Another double attack in Dagestan killed 12, including nine policemen on Wednesday. A second Dagestan bombing killed two more on Thursday. President Dimitri Medvedev said in a Security Council meeting that the attacks are “links in the same chain,” and called for a “brutal” response.
Monday’s blasts were the first terrorist attacks against Russia in six years.
Photo of the Day: The USS Independence sailed from Mobile Bay on her maiden voyage on 26 Mar 2010. This Independence is the seventh so-named vessel in America’s history.
Record-breaking participation for the Bataan Memorial Death March (If you want an example of REAL atrocities, look no further than the Imperial Japanese)
Afghanistan: Gen. Stanley McChrystal has ordered the closure of morale, welfare, and recreation facilities to pay for the troop level increase.
Guantanamo Bay: A recently released GTMO inmate has joined the Taliban according to a U.S. counterterrrorism official.
A federal judge released GTMO detainee Mohamedou Slahi – core member of the 9/11 attacks, recruiter of Muhammad Atta, and the man who activated the Canadian cell responsible for the Millenium Plot. Andrew McCarthy’s analysis at National Review
Israel/Gaza: Two Israeli soldiers were killed and one remains in serious condition after fighting with Palestinian militants in Gaza on Friday. IDF forces witnessed armed men planting explosives along the border fence. Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees, Islamic Jihad, and the al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades claim to have engaged in the fighting. Over the last few days, Israel has conducted air strikes in retaliation for multiple rocket attacks from Gaza. Friday’s clashes are the fiercest fighting since January 2009.
Iran: While our leadership appears willing to move mountains to work with the Iranians, Iran is busy teaching the Taliban how to murder our troops more effectively. It is important to note that the Sunni Taliban and the Shi’ite Iranians have little problem working together to kill our men and women. Meanwhile, Iranians are killing U.S. troops in Iraq.
Vets for Congress: Lt. Col. Bill Connor (U.S. Army Res.), who is running for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, has earned a recent endorsement from retired Army Major General Paul Vallely. With leadership principles like “Mission first, men always,” and “leaders eat last,” it appears that the Palmetto State will be in good hands. Scores of other military members have endorsed Connor including 12 generals and all five of South Carolina’s living Medal of Honor recipients.
Lt. Col. Allen West (U.S. Army, retired) is running for U.S. Congress in Florida. Mike Thornton – one of the S.C. Medal recipients supporting Connor – has also endorsed Lt. Col. West, and will appear in two campaign events on Thursday, March 25.
This week in U.S. military history: Military Milestones from Guilford Courthouse to Iraq
65 years ago, the Battle of Iwo Jima was drawing to a close. The Medal of Honor citations for the battle can be viewed at Unto the Breach.
The first episode of HBO’s miniseries The Pacific is available for online viewing at HBO.com.
Israel has declassified materials that display multiple instances of Hamas terrorists using children as human shields during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza Strip, despite a U.N. report stating the exact opposite. Meanwhile, five Gaza rockets have hit Israel in the past 24 hours.
Following its first-ever vertical takeoff the day before, the F-35 Lightning II made its first-ever vertical landing on Thursday.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell update: In the military, male-on-male rapes reportedly occur more often than male-on-female rapes.
Afghanistan: Two Russian veterans of the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan seem to think that the Taliban can be bribed not to fight.
Obama ran on a campaign of open government and transparency, but as we have seen, that was only an empty campaign promise.
His administration’s egregious move this week to take members of Hamas off the international list of terrorists is an opportunity to revisit the FEC complaint of Barack Obama’s campaign finances, much of which were illegal.
Pam Gellar writes at Big Government:
I broke the jaw-dropping story about how tens of thousands of dollars came in to the Obama campaign from a Hamas-controlled camp in Gaza. Al-Jazeera actually ran video of Obama phone banks in Gaza. One large contributor to the Obama campaign was Monir Edwan, who was listed on FEC documents as contributing to Obama from the city of Rafah in the state “GA.” If you were reading quickly, you might have thought it was just a contribution from Georgia. But there is no city of Rafah in the Peach State. Monir Edwan sent money to Obama from Rafah, Gaza.
Monir Edwan, one of Obama’s Gazan donors, said he sold Obama t-shirts that the campaign had sent him in Gaza for around $9, and that a profit was made. “Some young men,” Edwan explained, “even bought the T-shirts for 60 shekel ($17.29), which is a lot to spend in Gaza on a t-shirt, but that is how much Gazans like Obama.” I love it: jihadis in Obama Tees. How fitting.
On Watchdog.net, a site that monitors campaign contributions, Monir Edwan is listed as Barack Obama’s Top Contributor, giving $24,313 between October 27, 2007 and November 11, 2007. However, although it gives zip codes and other details for the other four of Obama’s top five individual contributors, it provides no additional information at all for Monir Edwan — and Edwan’s link is the only dead one on the Watchdog page.
The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) “prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly.”
The Obama campaign received a substantial amount of money from countries that have an interest in seeing a weak American President: $366,708.22 from China; $25,259.00 from the United Arab Emirates; $7,062.60 from Russia; and $6,716.28 from Saudi Arabia. Obama also took in $6,350.00 from Indonesia; $5,000.00 from Kenya; and $1,750.00 from Egypt.
Obama broke the law. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Update: The Treasury Dept. has in fact not removed Hamas members from their terrorist blacklist, but the counterterrorism measure is largely ineffective as you can read in this update.
Obama has been supportive of the Palestinian Islamic terrorist group from way back. Candidate Obama told the New York Times last year that Hamas (and Hezbollah) had “legitimate claims.” And in April, he pledged $900 million to Gaza, but assured us that somehow it would not make it to Hamas.
Why, because he said so?
Since Hamas runs Gaza, how on earth can we believe that most if not all of the money won’t go directly to Hamas? The Creeping Sharia blog has an excellent post documenting the administration’s efforts to ram the funding through, which really needs to be read in full.
Well, now his administration has figured out a way to get money to them: simply take the terrorists off the international terrorist list.
Brilliant! But why would they do that? Hamas clearly hasn’t reneged on their plans to eliminate Israel, and they have made no moves in that direction either.
Imagine the outcry if our tax dollars funded a radical Christian group that was elected in order to wipe out Muslims. That plan would last about three seconds, and so would the asinine administration that made it happen. So why is it no big deal for Obama to send nearly a billion of our hard-earned dollars to Islamic terrorists who desire nothing more than the annihilation of Jews in Israel (and they have no plans of stopping there).
Nazi Germany tried that as well, and we destroyed them, not funded them. Is Islamic supremacy somehow better than Aryan supremacy?
Gadi Adelman illustrates how absurd and dangerous the Obama administration’s approach to fighting our jihadist enemies is in an excellent piece at Family Security Matters. Adelman would know, having survived a terrorist attack in Jerusalem which killed seven children.
A very serious administration would know – and admit to – the fact that we are not just at war with al Qaeda, but with Jihad itself. Saying that we are at war only with al Qaeda would have been tantamount to saying, during World War II, that we were at war with only the 25th Panzer Division of the German Army, and not with the entire German Army itself.
Yes, we are at war with al Qaeda… and also with Hamas and Hezbollah and Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Ansar al Islam and Harakat ul-Mujahadin …well, you get the idea. What animates, connects and indeed unites these various groups – and many more? Jihad. Holy War against the infidels.
Unfortunately, our president actually believes that Hamas and Hezbollah have “legitimate claims!” Read the New York Times’ interview for yourself, then read the terrorist groups’ charters to see what their claims are.
But while we are drawing comparisons to WWII, what would this country have done had FDR announced that Hitler had legitimate claims? I doubt that would have gone over well.
In all fairness, all administrations have done a piss-poor job of handling the threat of Islamic jihad, some worse than others, but the past is the past. It is time for the government to move forward and announce that these jihadist groups threaten our liberty and security and are therefore our enemy. That avoids the whole politically incorrect distraction that the Islamist apologists will throw up, because while not all Muslims are jihadist, all jihadists are Muslim.
The Saudi king paid for the Hajj of Obama’s paternal grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama and 2,000 relatives of dead Palestinians (which undoubtedly many were Hamas terrorists).
From Channel Africa:
Sarah Obama, US President Barack Obama’s 87-year-old Kenyan grandmother, has arrived in Mecca to perform the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj, the Saudi daily Okaz reported Wednesday.
Sarah Obama, one of her grandchildren and 10 people from her village in Kenya made the pilgrimage at the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the newspaper reported.
Among his nearly 3,000 guests this year, almost 2,000 are relatives of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
In 2007, the New York Times quoted Obama’s grandmother as saying “I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith.” But a 2008 USA Today article, in which Sarah Obama slams “untruths” about the soon-to-be president, claims that she is a Christian.
Who to believe?