September 17, 2007, - 4:20 pm

Holy Land Trial Wraps Up: Will HAMAS Money Launderers Get Their Due?

By Debbie Schlussel
This week, the jury in the ongoing trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development begins deliberations. Will they let these HAMAS money launderers go free?
That depends on whether they believe the feds did a good job laying out their case. And given that the feds did not even want to indict Holy Land Foundation until principled FBI Special Agent Robert Wright courageously forced their hands (in an appearance on an ABC News interview with Brian Ross) in their ongoing mamby pamby reticence to go after terrorists charities, the Justice Department didn’t really have its heart in getting these terrorist financiers from the get-go.

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Holy Land Foundation:

Will HAMAS’ U.S. Money-Laundering Machine Get Away With It?

I hope the jury makes the right decision. If not, we can expect the charity to reconstitute and $12 million more to freely go to financing homicide bombings and the families of “martyrs” in the Middle East.
Sadly, as I and Carl in Jerusalem noted, a former U.S. State Department diplomat in Israel (P.L.O. lobbyist Edward Abington) and an equally evil former U.S. Congressman (John Bryant) testified on behalf of the Holy Land Foundation, claiming it’s not HAMAS, when we know that it is (and DoJ did little to counter them). It was financed in part by Musa Abu Marzook, the political director of HAMAS, and run by his family. If John Gotti financed something, I think we’d be safe in saying it was a Gambino family operation.
But jurors aren’t always safe. They’re often stupid and clones of those who served under Judge Ito for O.J. And Justice Dept. prosecutors are often inept bores who glaze juries’ eyes over, as reports say happened in this case. Let’s hope the glaze doesn’t cloud good judgment.
If the prosecutors lose this case, it’s no biggie for them. They work for the government, and they’re here to help you. Merely on to the next case for them.
But for America, the decision in this case is monumental. Our safety and security depends on it. If the United States of American loses in this case, Muslim terrorists will be laughing all the way to the bank . . . via charities on our soil.

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5 Responses

This is a key case against peaceful Islamic Jihad, namely one of its 5 pillars, alms giving. Jihad is the duty of all Muslims, and those who are unable to fight in an armed struggle must contribute to Jihad in other ways, one of the main ones being financing. This is one of the reasons they establish 5th column beachheads in other countries – they not only have the opportunity for a better and more prosperous life, they get to make more money to promote the formation of a global caliphate.

JasonBourne81 on September 17, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Exactly. Islamists work as a team. The lunatic “warriors” and the little children who get a dynamite shirt and a nudge out the door are only the most visibly hateful among them.
Kudos to Rob Dreher for his courageous and insightful reporting on this case. Let’s hope the jury gets it right. We need some goddamn PRECEDENCE to start building a case against this insidious cancer in our country.

JohnAdams on September 18, 2007 at 10:15 am

**The Brotherhood’s strategy memo, while published in May 1991, was drafted earlier, upon a
“…general strategic goal of the Group in America which was approved by the Shura Council and the Organizational Conference for the year [I987].”
In other words this strategy has already been operative for at least 20 years in America. The strategic objective of the Brotherhood in America is clear:
“The Ikhwan [The Muslim Brotherhood's name for itself] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” **
from:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/09/homeland_security_implications_1.html

WillPower on September 18, 2007 at 9:14 pm

I don’t think your comments about the government investment in the Holy Land Foundation trial is accurate or fair. I actually attended many sessions of the trial and can assure you that the prosecutors tried this case with intensity and passion. The evidence proves that they did their homework and had their t’s crossed and their i’s dotted.
It all has to do with the fact that the evidence of HLF’s mission in the United States came out in the very beginning of the Clinton administration. In February 1993 I saw the tiny NY Times article where a senior Clinton administration official admitted that they knew Hamas was in the U.S. but believed their activities were “limited to fund raising.” Limited?! I was outraged.
Some of the evidence the government prosecutors introduced was a surveillance tape the FBI made a couple of months after this NY Times news article, and referred to in the trial as the 1993 Philadelphia meeting where HLF-CAIR-IAP (Hamas and other Islamists) met to discuss how best to counter the Oslo Accords–which would have put the Palestinians on a track to reach an agreement with Israel (which Hamas and Islamic Jihad oppose ANY agreement with Israel).
Throughout the Clinton administration there was no will to deal with the terrorist infrastructure within the United States although clearly the evidence was mounting up through the efforts of the FBI on the street.
Since I live here, and was very aware of the existence of Hamas fund raisers operating in my town, I noticed that the government moved into bust Infocom, a computer company related to HLF and right across the street from them. They were busted only days before the 9/11 tragedy. HLF was taken down in a few months later in Dec. 2001.
The Bush administration has had the will to fight terrorism, even the terrorist infrastructure in this country. It was Bush that changed the policy of not doing anything about terrorist infrastructure in the U.S. To chalk up any delays in bringing the HLF defendants to trial as foot dragging by the U.S. goverment prosecutors or the FBI or the Bush administration is just a mistaken charge.
We should be applauding their efforts, not taking pot shots at them with ingratitude. I saw those men and women in action who were representing the government in this trial. Believe me, they care.
[CLEARLY, YOU WORK FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND ARE A BUSHIE STOOGE. AND I THINK I KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE, TOO. EVERYTHING I WROTE HERE IS CORRECT. THEY EVEN WAITED UNTIL MARZOOK LEFT THE COUNTRY BEFORE THEY DID A DAMN THING. THEY REFUSED TO DETAIN AND INDICT HIM AS FBI AGENT ROBERT WRIGHT URGED THEM TO DO. THIS IS THE SAME SCENARIO THAT OCCURRED ALL OVER AGAIN WITH FBI AGENT HARRY SAMIT BEGGING D.O.J. TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI AND SEARCH HIS HARD DRIVE. SAME DO NOTHING RESPONSE UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE AND 3,000 AMERICANS WERE MURDERED.
I DON'T WRITE WHAT'S FAIR. I WRITE WHAT IS TRUTH. AND THE TRUTH IS THAT THE D.O.J. DID NOT WANT TO PROSECUTE THIS CASE, UNTIL FBI SPECIAL AGENT BOB WRIGHT FORCED THEM INTO IT. NOT SURE WHICH PART OF D.O.J. YOU WORK FOR, BUT EVEN IF THEY DID A GOOD JOB, AFTER THEY SAT ON THEIR HANDS FOR YEARS, THAT DOESN'T EXCUSE A THING. THEY SCREWED THIS WHOLE THING UP FOR YEARS AND FINALLY DID SOMETHING AFTER FUNDS WERE SENT FOR YEARS TO MURDER INNOCENT PEOPLE. WAY TOO LONG PAST TIME TO DO SO.
DS]

DonnaDiorio on September 24, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Don’t go all paranoid on me. You don’t know me and I don’t work for anyone, much less the government. I’m sitting in the town that the HLF operated in and following that story simply came out of being concerned that groups killing innocent Jews not be allowed to raise their funds in the United States. You focus on Bush as somehow the culprit but the government knew about these guys from the beginning of the Clinton watch and for 8 years did not get a green light to go after them. The first year of Bush’s first year in office, the FBI moved…and they moved BEFORE 9/11. It may not fit your view, but it is fact.

DonnaDiorio on September 25, 2007 at 8:16 pm

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