1 Franklin Foer, "Fevered Pitch; Grover Norquist's strange alliance with radical Islam," The New Republic, 12 November 2001; and J. Michael Waller, "D.C. Islamist Agent Carried Libyan Cash," Insight Magazine, 10 November 2003.
2 According to the U.S. Government’s “Affidavit in Support of Criminal Complaint,” USA v. Abdurahman Alamoudi, Brett Gentrup, a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), acknowledged reviewing “the transcript of a video tape of Alamoudi speaking at a rally in Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C. on October 28, 2000.” It was during this rally that Alamoudi proclaimed: “...we are all supporters of Hamas! Allah Akbar. I wish to add here I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.” According to this same affidavit, Alamoudi also said in 1996 during the Annual Convention of the Islamic Association of Palestine that,“If we are outside this country we can say, ‘Oh, Allah destroy America.’ But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it.” (See, http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/terrorism/usalamoudi93003cmp.pdf).
3 Testimony of Dr. J. Michael Waller, Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Terrorism Subcommittee on October 14, 2003. (http://judiciary.senate.gov/testimony.cfm?id=960&wit_id=2719).
5 “Interview with Dr. Bilal Philips, a Jamaican-born Canadian, by Mahmud Khalil in Dubai,” Global News Wire ( FBIS/NTIS, U.S. Dept of Commerce). The original source was the London-based Arabic publication Al-Majallah, a Saudi-owned weekly. For additional details, see Waller testimony, op.cit.
6 “Pilgrims from U.S. Military leave for Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Arabian Information Resource, March 1, 2001, http://www.saudinf.com/main/y2187.htm.
7 According to an article entitled “Army Chaplain in Detention Sought to Teach About Islam,” published in the September 24, 2003 editions of the New York Times, “In 1993... the Saudi Air Force and the Saudi royal family paid for [Yee] and other Americans to make the pilgrimage to Mecca that is known as the hajj, a trip that every Muslim is required to make at least once.”
8 Glenn Simpson, “Suspect Lessons: A Muslim School Used by Military Has Troubling Ties,” Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2003.
9 The New York Sun reported on October 20, 2003, that Saffuri distanced himself and the Islamic Institute from Alamoudi on the margins of the Arab American Institute “Leadership Conference” in Dearborn last month (Ira Stoll, “Anger over Israel Erupts at Arab American Parley”): “[When] asked about a $10,000 donation from Mr. Alamoudi to the Institute, Mr. Saffuri said, ‘We gave the money back about two yeas ago.’”
10 Janus-Merritt’s December 17, 2001 lobbying disclosure form can be accessed at www.sopr.senate.gov. The February 17, 2001 edition of National Journal described Janus-Merritt as a “government relations firm David Safavian founded with Grover Norquist, who is head of Americans for Tax Reform.
11 “Affidavit in support of Criminal Complaint,” op.cit.
12 IRS Form 990s filed by foundations supporting charitable organizations can be found on www.guidestar.com.
13 These sentiments are, for example, evident in materials produced by the Saudi Arabian government’s Islamic Affairs Department (IAD), some of which appear on the official website of its embassy in the United States. A newly released special report by the respected Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SR2303 notes that, “Officials of the Saudi government working at the IAD in Washington, D.C. and its worldwide offices have been mentioned in media reports in 2002 and 2003 for suspected connections with terrorist activities. During the past week, it was reported that the FBI has subpoenaed records and documents of Saudi government bank accounts in the U.S., including accounts from the IAD.”
The MEMRI report goes on to make the following points:
The IAD explains the concepts of Jihad and martyrdom in Islam. Excerpts from the Qur'an and Hadiths are provided as evidence to foster these concepts in the contemporary Muslim world. “The Muslims are Required to Raise the Banner of Jihad in Order to Make the Word of Allah Supreme in this World.”
The IAD explains that any system opposed to Islam must be fought by Jihad: “The Muslims are required to raise the banner of Jihad in order to make the Word of Allah supreme in this world, to remove all forms of injustice and oppression, and to defend the Muslims. If Muslims do not take up the sword, the evil tyrants of this earth will be able to continue oppressing the weak and [the] helpless....”
14 Douglas Farah, “Terror Probe Points to VA. Muslims; Local Network Provided Millions in Financing, Agency Charges,” Washington Post, 18 October 2003, A6.
15 Note that according to Stoll, op.cit.: “Mr. Saffuri said that, while he had worked for Mr. Alamoudi at the American Muslim Council for a year-and-a-half before starting the Islamic Free Market Institute, he was ‘hardly in touch with him’ recently.” [Emphasis added.]
16 According to the American Task Force for Bosnia, Inc.’s 1997 filing with the Internal Revenue Service (Form 990), Khaled Saffuri was the organization’s executive director. For more on the Saudis’ Islamist operations in Bosnia, see David Kaplan, “The Saudi Connection: How Billions in Oil Money Spawned a Global Terror Network,” U.S. News and World Report, December 15, 2003 (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/031215/usnews/15terror.htm)
17 The Center for Security Policy obtained an affidavit from a former staffer for U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) in December 2001. It described a conversation she had had with Khaled Saffuri in the Congressman’s offices in which he acknowledged “sponsor[ing] the child of a suicide bomber.” Redacted excerpts of the affidavit appeared in Insight Magazine (http://www.insightmag.com/main.cfm?include=detail&storyid=246199). Shortly thereafter, Rep. Rohrabacher appeared at the Wednesday Group meeting to provide a personal endorsement for Saffuri.
18 According to the affidavit mentioned in Footnote 15, Saffuri vehemently criticized President Bush for his action on the Holy Land Foundation, as well – an organization to which Saffuri said he had also contributed.
19 Frank Gaffney Jr., “A Time to Choose,” Washington Times, 2 October 2001, p. A14.
20 According to the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy, Alkebsi “developed AMC’s Legislative Agenda, and AMC’s policy position on the Faith-based Initiative.” See, http://www.islam-democracy.org/alkebsi_bio.asp.
21 Franklin Foer, "Fevered Pitch; Grover Norquist's strange alliance with radical Islam," The New Republic, 12 November 2001.
22 Catherine Edwards, “Arab Americans Rise in Influence,” Insight Magazine, 19 February 2001.
23 Shawn Zeller, “Tough Sell,” National Journal, 14 December 2002.
24 Saffuri’s relationship with al-Arian continued long after the campaign ended. My staff and I were witnesses when, on July 17, 2002, al-Arian spent two-and-one-half hours in the Americans for Tax Reform/Islamic Institute suite. Al-Arian had evidently dropped by after participating in a National Press Club press conference with Abdurahman Alamoudi in which several Islamist groups announced that they were suing the President, Secretary of State Powell, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and others.
As it happened, on my way to the men’s room that afternoon, I observed al-Arian standing in the elevator after leaving Norquist’s offices. Moments later, I ran into Saffuri, who had seen al-Arian out then proceeded to the bathroom. As we stood at adjacent urinals, I asked him whether that was Sami al-Arian I had just seen getting onto the elevator. He responded by choking. Not having gotten an intelligible answer, I asked again. He then lied, saying, “I don’t think so.” When subsequently queried about the al-Arian visit by a reporter, he acknowledged that it had occurred, then offered a different falsehood – claiming that the professor had merely stopped by to drop off some literature, an action that generally does not take two-and-a-half hours to perform.
25 Federal Grand Jury Indictment, USA v. Sami al-Arian (http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/flm/pr/022003indict.pdf), February 20, 2000.
26 On October 23, 2000, the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council Political Action Committee (AMPCC-PAC) issued a press release announcing its “endorsement of George W. Bush for president, citing his outreach to the Muslim community and his stand on the issue of secret evidence.” It noted that the endorsement was made by the AMPCC-PAC chair, Dr. Agha Saeed, whose pro-Islamist sympathies are discussed below.
27 “Healing the Nation: The Arab American Experience After September 11,” The Arab American Institute, http://www.aaiusa.org/PDF/healing_the_nation.pdf.
28 Grace Agostin, "Sept. 11 hurt aliens' rights," USF's The Oracle Newspaper, 9 September 2002, http://www.academicfreespeech.com/fea_oracle_0909.html.
30 Susan Sachs and John Kifner, “A Nation Challenged: Bin Laden's Lieutenant; Egyptian Raised Terror Funds in U.S. in 1990's,” New York Times, 23 October 2001.
32 Lynette Clemetson and Keith Naughton, “‘Big Dude’ Gets Profiled,” Newsweek, July 16, 2001, p. 24.
33 J. Michael Waller, “Alamoudi and Those Bags of Libyan Cash,” Insight, October 23-November 10, 2003, p. 32.
34 Franklin Foer, “Fevered Pitch; Grover Norquist's strange alliance with radical Islam,” the New Republic, 12 November 2001.
35 Nihad Awad speaking to a symposium at Barry University on the topic of “The Road to Peace: The Challenge of the Middle East” on March 22, 1994, as quoted in Stephen F. Hayes, “Uncle Sam's Makeover; The State Department's answer to Osama bin Laden is to ‘Redefine America,’” Weekly Standard, June 3, 2002.
36 The New York Daily News reported only weeks after the September 11th attacks that “...CAIR is very specific about how the public should respond to the attacks on America: Send money. It recommends contributing to three organizations -- the Red Cross, the Holy Land Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation.” (Zev Chafets, “Beware the wolves among us,” Daily News, September 28, 2001.
37 Alan Cooperman, "Crisis in Middle East Spurs U.S. Fundraisers; Pleas Include Help For Hospitals," Washington Post, April 6, 2002.
38 See CAIR press release of July 30, 2003 entitled “CAIR Joins First Legal Challenge to Patriot Act.”
39 Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, "Terrorism Two Years After the 9/11 Attacks," 10 September 2003.
40 CAIR-Texas, Articles of Incorporation, September 15, 1998 obtained from the office of the Texas Secretary of State. See also, “Senior Leader of Hamas and Texas Computer Company Indicted for Conspiracy to Violate U.S. Ban on Financial Dealings with Terrorists,” U.S. Department of Justice, December 18, 2002, http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2002/December/02_crm_734.htm.
41 Bill Morlin, “Egyptian with UI Ties Held in Probe,” Spokesman Review, March 14, 2003.
42 “Former head of Islamic charity accused of terror links pleads guilty to bank, visa fraud,” Associated Press, September 10, 2003.
43 “Former head of Islamic charity sentenced in fraud case,” Associated Press, November 13, 2003.
44 See, Karen Branch-Brioso, “Area Man Found Path with Islam; He is Charged with Conspiring to Fight with Muslims Abroad,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 29, 2003; Edward Jay Epstein, “U.S. at Junction of War, Faith,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 6, 2002; and “Jihad Suspect on Trial,” Washington Times, May 29, 2003.
45 “Indictment Expands ‘VA Jihad’ Charges,” Washington Post, September 26, 2003.
46 Hanna Rosin and John Mintz, “Muslim Leaders Struggle With Mixed Messages,” Washington Post, October 2, 2001.
49 Jonathan Kaufman, “Islamerican: Meet Hamza Yusuf, ‘Rock Star’ of a Leader Among U.S. Muslims,” The Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2002.
50 “Buy Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Tapes -- and Help BIF!,” see: http://web.archive.org/web/19990502183338/www.benev olence.org/hamza.html.
51 “Guest CV: Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi,” IslamOnline.net, http://www.islamonline.net/livedialogue/english/Guestcv.asp?hGuestID=uY6w39.
52 “Guest CV: Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi,” IslamOnline.net, http://www.islamonline.net/livedialogue/english/Guestcv.asp?hGuestID=uY6w39.
53 Charles Krauthammer, “The Silent Imams,” Washington Post, November 23, 2001.
54 Mary Rourke, “A Stronger Voice for Muslims ;Several American Muslim leaders in California are at the forefront of an emerging political movement,” Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2001.
55 John Berlau, “Moran Can't Keep His Tongue Tied,” Insight Magazine, April 28, 2003.
56 “AMA Honors Community Leaders,” Pakistan Link, April 5, 2002, www.pakistanlink.com.
57 According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, USA v. Abdurahman Alamoudi, Special Agent Brett Gentrup of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stated that “beyond 2000... Alamoudi remained in a leadership capacity with AMC,” even after his public statements of support for Hamas and Hezbollah obliged him to lower his profile at the AMC.
58 Judith Miller, “U.S. Contends Muslim Charity is Tied to Hamas,” New York Times, August 25, 2000 p. A21.
59 Segment entitled, “Should FBI Director Robert Mueller deliver the keynote address to the American Muslim Council tomorrow?” Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, June 27, 2002.
60 “Guest CV: Mahdi Bray,” IslamOnline.net, http://www.islamonline.net/livedialogue/english/Guestcv.asp?hGuestID=jD6a1X.
61 “MAS Freedom Near to Reaching Goal of 1,000 Trained Activists,” Freedom Foundation Press Room, October 16, 2003, http://masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=560.
62 See, http://www.ncppf.org/NCPPFstaffandboardpage.html.
63 “Muslim Radio a Workout for 1st Amendment,” Washington Post, December 4, 2001.
64 USA v. Sami Al-Arian, Transcript of Bond Hearing, Tampa, Florida, March 25, 2003.
66 MAS Press Release posted on International ANSWER’s website, May 13, 2003, http://www.iacenter.org/mas_2003.htm.
67 Ali Tulbah left the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs last Spring to assume new duties in liberated Iraq. Currently, he is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in the reconstruction of that country.