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Charities for Terror By: Debbie Schlussel
New York Post | Wednesday, September 20, 2006


September 19, 2006 -- FBI agents yesterday raided the suburban Detroit headquarters of LIFE for Relief and Development (LRD), the largest Islamic charity in the country.

I first wrote about the group for The Post in 2003. Back then, FBI Director Robert Mueller was set to give an award to Imad Hamad, who heads the Midwest chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). But, after my Post article pointed out that Hamad was a subject in over a dozen terrorism-related investigations, the FBI revoked the award.

One of those investigations concerned Hamad's close ties to LRD. Both the FBI and the then-U.S. Customs Service (now ICE) had been probing the charity for possibly laundering money for Hamas.

* LRD's 1995-'97 tax returns listed Human Appeal International as one of its major beneficiaries; the FBI said that group was Hamas' operation in Jordan.

* LRD's original registered agent worked for the financier of a charity shut down for funding al Qaeda.

* One of LRD's fund-raisers, Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, once worked for the Holy Land Foundation, which was shut down for funding Hamas. The government has been trying to deport Hamdan.

Then, there are LRD's activities in Iraq. In 2002, it led the pro-Saddam Hussein propaganda trip by Reps. David Bonior, Jim McDermott and Mike Thompson. (The trip was also funded in part by Shakir Alkhafaji, a Detroiter who did $70 million in business with Hussein and was named in Iraqi newspapers as being one of two Americans involved in the Oil-for-Food scandal.)

In June 2004, U.S. troops raided LRD's offices in Iraq. That was a month after an LRD fund-raiser in Southern California, at which speakers said LRD sponsored operations in Fallujah and orphans in Afghanistan. My federal law-enforcement sources believe that LRD may have been funding terrorist insurgents in both places. (The event's keynoter was Wagdi Mohammed Ghoneim, an Islamic cleric who has since been deported because of his meetings with two of the 9/11 hijackers.)

Often running LRD's Iraq office was Mohammed Alomari, the group's spokesman. He's the author of a book that argues that the United States is a creation of Kabbalistic Jews, and that the Oval Office is a "female reproductive force." His Daru Salam mosque radio Web site claimed Jews and the United States "organized" the 9/11 attacks.

Ironically, LRD was among the first groups to win U.S. Agency for International Development approval to receive and dole out U.S. tax dollars to the Iraqi people. A press release thanked Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) for getting the USAID seal of approval. My sources fear that some of that USAID money - which cannot all be traced - may have gone to fund insurgents.

The disturbing thing is that for years the feds - including top Homeland Security official Daniel Sutherland, Detroit-area U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III and his predecessor Jeffrey Collins - have feted this charity, all while it may have been funding Islamic terrorists and encouraging their hatred there and here.

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Visit Debbie Schlussel's website at DebbieSchlussel.com. She can be reached at writedebbie@gmail.com.


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