9/27/2005

Sensing a Pattern? Abramoff and other proeminent jewish GOPpies w/ ties to Muslim terror

From Stakeholder:

Ok, the first time was strange and good for a laugh. The second time was stranger and good for a head-scratching. Now we have a trifecta, and I have to admit I am thoroughly befuddled.

First:

As the Soviets used to say, "This is not an accident, comrade." Starting in 1998, Norquist put his considerable political skills in the service of such Islamists as Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian. The former was then the driving force behind the American Muslim Council, or AMC. At the time, Alamoudi's Council was arguably the pre-eminent Islamist front group in America. (As it happens, Alamoudi was also associated with a number of the two dozen or so other such organizations as well, serving on their boards of directors, as a financier or in other capacities.) The AMC's success at dissembling its true purposes was underscored when a spokesman for FBI Director Robert Mueller described it in 2002 as the "the most mainstream Muslim group in the United States."

Al-Arian was a professor of computer sciences at South Florida University. He was also a leader in the Islamist apparatus in America and president of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom. Norquist's 2001 national service award from this group – something he subsequently said he was proud of – is all the more extraordinary in that the NCPPF has served, since its founding in the 1960s by the notorious William Kunstler, as a legal aid society for terrorists of every imaginable affiliation – from the Weather Underground to the IRA to the Shining Path to Basque and Puerto Rican separatists to Hamas and Hezbollah.

Today, both Alamoudi and al-Arian are in jail on terrorism-related charges. Alamoudi is serving a 23-year sentence, having pled guilty to conspiring with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to kill the then-crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Last month, the U.S. Treasury Department announced, "The September 2003 arrest of Alamoudi was a severe blow to al-Qaida, as Alamoudi had a close relationship with al-Qaida and had raised money for al-Qaida in the United States."

Now that was Frank Gaffney talking, who I put about as much stock in as, well, Grover Norquist, but let's continue.

Second:

Shortly after 9/11, Abramoff signed up as a lobbyist for this consortium of banks that operate according to sharia, or Islamic law. According to the National Journal (Aug 31, 2002), the consortium was created after the attacks as President Bush began cracking down on terrorist financing. Abramoff's job was to spread the word about Islamic banking practices and to refute claims that Islamic banks sheltered money used for terrorist networks. And if anyone needed a good PR man, it was the chairman of the General Council for Islamic Banks, a Saudi businessman named Saleh Abdullah Kamel estimated to be worth in the neighborhood of $ 2.6 billion, who was quickly the subject of intense government scrutiny over his possible ties to terrorist activity.

You see, Kamel is also the chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group (DBG), which is suspected of having ties to al Qaeda and other extremist groups, and he was also the co-founder and large shareholder of Al Shamal Bank in Sudan, Osama bin Laden's bank of choice from 1983 onward. He was listed as being one of the seven "main individual sponsors of terrorism" in this report by French researcher Jean-Charles Brisard submitted to the UN Security Council in December 2002. (You might remember that Omar al-Bayoumi, who befriended and provided money to two of the 9/11 hijackers, was once an assistant to the Director of Finance for Dallah Avco, a DBG company that works with the Saudi aviation authority. And the WSJ has reported that the United States believes the Dallah al-Baraka Bank, another DBG company, was also used by al-Qaeda.)

Kamel's name also appeared in the "Golden Chain," a roster seized by Bosnian authorities in Sarajevo in March 2002 listing Saudi donors to bin Laden and his associates; and he was named as a defendant in two Sept. 11th related lawsuits: one filed by the victims' families in 2003 and another filed by Cantor Fitzgerald in September 2004 (Although claims of two plaintiffs from the first suit were dismissed, the same claims from other plaintiffs have yet to be.)

That was from TPMCafe, which I am quite comfortable endorsing. And today we get the hat-trick from WaPo...

Third:

David H. Safavian, the Bush administration official arrested Monday, initially failed to disclose lobbying work he had done for several controversial foreign clients when he went before a Senate panel last year to be confirmed as chief of the White House's federal procurement office.

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee held up Safavian's nomination for more than a year, in part because of lawmakers' concerns about lobbying work for two men later accused of links to suspected terrorist organizations, according to committee documents. Safavian did not disclose his firm's representation of the men until questioned in writing by the committee's staff, and initially failed to tell the panel he had registered as a foreign agent for two controversial African regimes.

Quite a crew:

Like Abramoff, Safavian is a veteran Washington player. He is a former lobbying partner of anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and previously worked with Abramoff at another firm.

But let's take a look at another of Ellen Miller's "Abramoff 6" for more intrigue. Three's company, four's a crowd...

DANA ROHRABACHER (Calif-46)

* Rohrabacher, a longtime Abramoff friend, reportedly agreed to be a personal reference for the embattled lobbyist's bid to borrow $60 million to purchase the SunCruz casinos in 2000. Last week, Rohrabacher defended his relationship with Abramoff in a statement, while also making clear that he is not yet ready to renounce Abramoff. "There was no reason for me or anyone else to doubt Jack Abramoff's integrity at the time" of the SunCruz deal, Rohrabacher said in a statement. "I still think he's getting a raw deal on most of what is being said about him." (Roll Call, 8/15/05)

Again, this below is not a reputable source (although a better one is here), but nonetheless...

Dana Rohrabacher’s Troubling Friends [Front Page]

Top Jewish Republicans who have supported Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for decades said in interviews that they have “serious concerns” with the California Republican’s ties to radical Muslim groups and their foreign backers, and his outspoken efforts to champion their cause in Congress.

“Before 9-11, Dana’s views seemed idiosyncratic,” said Arnold Steinberg, a political consultant whose ties to Rohrabacher go back to Youth for Goldwater in 1964. “We rationalized that he wasn’t fully informed or had a blind spot” to the Islamists, who were contributing to his re-election campaigns, hanging around his office, and sponsoring trips by Rohrabacher and his staff to the Arab Middle East.

[...]

Some of Rohbacher’s Muslim donors are currently in federal prison awaiting trial on terrorism-related charges.

Very, very strange.

Indeed! -- law
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