July 20, 2006, - 6:54 am

Hezbollah U.S.A.: How a U.S. Attorney, the FBI, ICE & a Congressman Helped a Terror Group

By Debbie Schlussel
America backs Israel in its fight against Hezbollah.
But in the Detroit area–the heart of Islamic America–it’s a different story. Hezbollah supporters connected to Iran are feted by top federal officials.
Take Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, head of the shi’ite Islamic House of Wisdom–one of the largest mosques in North America. He was the spiritual leader of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Navy in Iran. Despite that, Elahi–who came here in the 1990s on a visitor visa to speak to a mosque in San Francisco–is now a U.S. citizen. Elahi’s ties to Iran are so strong that his former mosque, the Islamic Center of America, fired him–even though that mosque also backs Hezbollah.

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Hezbollah Spiritual Leader Sheikh Mohammed Fadlallah

& Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi

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Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi & Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini

Elahi’s mosque newsletter proudly featured a photo of him meeting in May 2005 with Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Mohammed Fadlallah. Several congregants of Elahi’s mosque have been indicted and convicted of crimes involving money laundering to Hezbollah. One, restaurateur Talal Chahine, was indicted for evading federal income taxes and laundering at least $20 million to Hezbollah. His son, Khalil Chahine, was convicted of murdering Paul Hallis–a Maronite Lebanese Christian who was engaged to his Muslim ex-girlfriend. (Islamic Honor killings do happen in America.) After 9/11, Elahi claimed Israel was behind the attacks, repeating the canard about Jews allegedly not coming to work that day.
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Convicted Murderer Khalil Chahine (left), Indicted Hezbollah Financier Talal Chahine (second from rt), Hezbollah/Iran Agent Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi

@ the Hezbollah Mosque

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Muslim Khalil Chahine Honor-Murdered Arab Christian Paul Hallis

(Photos by Millard Berry/Heritage Newspapers)

Given all this, you’d think Imam Elahi would be an outcast under investigation. Instead, Elahi is a regular columnist for The Detroit News, attacking Jews, Christians, and Israel, and praising Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley stands by his decision to run Elahi’s incendiary columns.
Then, there are the feds. In September 2005, U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III a/k/a “Abu Porno”–incredibly, also now a Bush nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals–organized a “Town Hall” meeting at Elahi’s mosque. At his urging, Michigan FBI Chief Daniel Roberts and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Official Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz” shared the stage with him and far-left U.S. Congressman John Conyers.
(Though Elahi is believed to be an agent of the Government of Iran and did not disclose his ties to Hezbollah in his paperwork for U.S. citizenship, which should, therefore, be stripped. Unfortunately, Murphy and Moskowitz are the only ones who can investigate this and initiate such proceedings, and they refuse to do so, preferring to pander to him, instead. Murphy also deliberately allowed Elahi congregant/Hezbollah $20 million man Chahine, as well as the Hammoud family of Hezbollah operatives to flee the country.)
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Hezbollah’s Three Stooges: U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy, FBI SAIC Daniel Roberts, ICE SAIC Brian “Abu” Moskowitz

Elahi gave the introductory speech saying, “No-one can say that I am not against terrorism. But what’s going on in the South of Lebanon–that group in the South of Lebanon–is not terrorism. It’s legitimate resistance against terrorism.” Though it was clear that Elahi was praising Hezbollah, the federal officials clapped enthusiastically, and Murphy responded: “We come with . . . humility and respect . . . . It’s a real honor to be here.”
During a question and answer period, they were asked why Hezbollah is on the State Department Terrorism list. The FBI and ICE officials said the decision isn’t up to them and didn’t seem to know why Hezbollah is on the list. U.S. Attorney Murphy laughed and joked about it, saying that he recently had lunch with a good friend who said that Hezbollah is a great group that provides social services for people.
The moderator of the event, Osama Siblani, responded, “That was me. I told you that.” Murphy confirmed, “Yes, I think that was you.” But Siblani–Editor of the Arab American News–was at a meeting held at Dearborn’s “Adonis” restaurant described in June by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah as a gathering of Hezbollah’s American representatives and supporters of Christian leader Michel Aoun. Aoun and Hezbollah’s Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah recently signed an alliance pact.
At the Town Hall meeting, a crying woman asked the federal officials why her husband was in jail because of “credit card problems.” She said he was arrested after FBI agents raided her home and found a poster on the wall of “our leader, Hassan Nasrallah.” FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge William Kowalski ran to her side, gave her his business card and patted her on the back.
The woman, Rania Rahal, and her husband, Nemr Ali Rahal–both Elahi congregants–were later indicted for credit card, bank, and mortgage fraud in a scheme to obtain $500,000. When agents raided their home, they found a video of a 2002 Hezbollah rally attended by Rahal, a video entitled, “A Martyr Speaks About Martyrs,” and a Hezbollah recruitment video, in addition to a photo of Rahal tearing and burning the American flag. In February, Customs agents at the Detroit U.S.-Canada border found “military-quality” explosives on Rahal’s and his sons’ passports. The Rahals have since pled guilty. At Mr. Rahal’s sentencing, instead of being contrite, he apologized for ruining his credit record.
Both Michigan FBI’s Roberts and Michigan ICE’s Moskowitz refused to answer questions on camera about Elahi or his mosque when asked to do so by Christian Broadcast Network’s Erick Stakelbeck. U.S. Attorney Murphy also delivered a friendly address to Hezbollah supporters at the Bint Jebail Cultural Center in Dearborn, last October, saying the group and the U.S. government had issues of common interest and concern. But the club is the site of many Hezbollah rallies. Bint Jebail, from which most club members emanate, is the Hezbollah-controlled town in Southern Lebanon from which Hezbollah frequently shells Northern Israel. Hezbollah leader Nasrallah is a frequent, honored guest and delivers many anti-Israel speeches there.
Then, there is the Knollenberg family–Republican U.S. Congressmen Joe Knollenberg and his son Marty, a candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives. Both Knollenbergs accepted thousands in campaign contributions from the Nijad Fares family. Until recently, Fares’ father, Issam Fares, was the Syrian-installed, Hezbollah-backed Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon. Why would the Fareses care about the Michigan legislature? Well, they wouldn’t. But Mary Knollenberg’s Congressman father–as a high-ranking member of the House International Relations Committee–introduced successful legislation in 2000 (along with then-U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham), which sent at least $86 million (Knollenberg sought $268 million) in USAID funds to Hezbollah-controlled Southern Lebanon for the ostensible purpose of rebuilding hospitals and infrastructure allegedly “destroyed” by Israel. The money has never been tracked.
Unfortunately, sometimes the adage that “all politics is local” couldn’t be more wrong. In the case of federal officials, sometimes their politics is what’s best for America’s enemies and their supporters over here, who are anything but loyal Americans.

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31 Responses

The Detroit News has made several puzzling decisions in the last few years which seems to have decimated its circulation and readability. They’re trying to be too much to too many it seems.
The Knollenbergs are more ‘Republican’ than they are conservative. They are playing pragmatic, and since the money is flowing in, they are winking and gleefully accepting it. So far Joe K. has put up a lackluster performance in a state that needs real help in myriad ways.

P. Aaron on July 19, 2006 at 11:48 pm

Somebody needs to do a house cleaning in the Michigan FBI.
What possible excuse do they have for hob nobbing with known terrorists and do not even know that Hezbollah is in the state departments terror list.
Their behavior is criminal at the very least and are so incompetent that they do not deserve to wear the badge of the FBI.

ScottyDog on July 20, 2006 at 10:25 am

Hope Ms. Schussel continues her gutsy reporting, unless these agents and law enforcement guys are trying some kind of judo move on these Detroit sleepers (and they aren’t smart enough to do that) their behavior is reprehensible. Isn’t there anything called “treason” anymore? Seems back in the day, holding people to that account at the risk of a noose worked pretty effectively, Thanks for reading, Dick Laresch, Jersey City, NJ

DickLaresch on July 20, 2006 at 12:09 pm

What does Murphy, Moskowitz, and Roberts get out of kowtowing to these people? I don’t agree but understand the Congressman who wants money, but what are the other 3 getting out of this deal? What’s their motivation?

Jeff_W on July 20, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Thanks, Debbie, for keeping their feet to the coals, so to speak. It is disgusting for the average American to learn of such goings on by government officials supposedly in charge of “protecting” our country. Keep up the good work!

JASCC on July 20, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Doesn’t Michigan have a $2 Billion business encouragement program? Perhaps it is a business deal for a strong political person in the state, and what a better way to “promote” the GROWING constituency.
Remember, those who live in Muslim lands, and who are themselves not Muslim, after writing any Islamic name to place PBUH…”Peace Be Unto Him/Her”.
Bunch of Dhemmies.

SickBoy on July 20, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Would any of you be surprised to learn that both Hamas and Hezbollah are creations of the globlists in the UK and the USA who use them for their own schemes and purposes?
What’s happening in Lebanon right now is NOT because of a couple of kidnapped Israeli soldiers and dozens of missiles fired into Israel towns! (That sort of activity has been going on for a long time.)
Try to get your heads around the real paradigm, the real goals of the globalists, and then you won’t get sucked into the fake malarkey that CNNFOXMSNBCNBCCBSABC spew out which is designed to confuse you and rumble your emotions.
This article is extremely detailed and lenghty but it will set you on the right path of how globalist powers operate: http://www.redmoonrising.com/Ikhwan/MB.htm
Use your logic and common sense: IF either the US or Israel (both with overwhelming military ability) REALLY wanted to take out a few thousand so-called Hezbollah ‘terrorists’ in an area about the size of NYC, don’t you think they could do so? Of course they could.
But the NWO gang doesn’t want to eliminate these groups because they use them for their own nefarious purposes and their eventual goal: One World Government with Total Control over Every Human on Earth!
I found it amusing when all of the usual CFR/globalist cabal members, some so-called ‘leftists’ and some so-called ‘conservatives,’ (Peres, George Mitchell, Indyk(sic), Halfbright, Weasley Clark, Gingrich, etc, etc), were all appearing at the same time on tv to spew the same agena: SYRIA and IRAN!
Isn’t it amazing when all of these disparate clowns juggle the same ball?
That’s when you know that the ‘fix is in!

joemccarthy on July 20, 2006 at 9:40 pm

“Somebody needs to do a house cleaning in the Michigan FBI. What possible excuse do they have for hob nobbing with known terrorists and do not even know that Hezbollah is in the state departments terror list.” Scotty Dog
ScottyDog, the FBI has become a tool of the globalists which explains so much of their ‘incompetance’ (9/11 ‘foulups’) and why they are never held to account for their crimes (Waco, Ruby Ridge).
The FBI does what it is told to do in order to advance the globalist cause and that explains why at least 3 good FBI agents were stopped cold as they tracked some of the 9/11 hijackers. The 9/11 event had been planned in advance and top FBI mgmt made darn sure those investigations went nowhere.
The FBI is loaded with Masons and Mormons and if you know anything about those particular groups, you’ll understand why the FBI operates as it does.

joemccarthy on July 20, 2006 at 9:53 pm

JoeyMac. You deserately need several additional layers of foil in you metal chapeau!!! Quick, before the Masons and Mormons zero in on you and exile you to Mars!!!

BoBo on July 21, 2006 at 12:57 am

BoBo, your smallish remarks reflect your narrow understanding of the ugly realities of this world. You’ll probably perish in the upcoming world upheaval or at best, you’ll submit, lick the boot and bow to your coming daddy. But just remember that if you do so, you will certainly die. You’ve been warned.
In an attempt to be ‘humorous,’ you’ve only succeeded in exposing your limited perception of the realities of this world and your own lack of knowledge regarding repeating historical agendas by former world conquerers and powers.
To the darkened mind, which is concreted by ignorance and arrogance, the only acceptable explanation for the world around them is that which causes them the least amount of elastic thought and the least amount of fear.
I don’t mean to humiliate you as you attempted to do to me because I truly lament the thought of people perishing because they believed the lie. But, it’s already been written that most will believe the lie and perish, so perhaps I’m merely responding to a future deadman.

joemccarthy on July 21, 2006 at 4:03 am

Joe Joe, your points might be better digested if you’d remove the “religious” aspects. Long ago, many in the world figured out that the PERFECT shock troop for communal living is the Fundamentalist Submissive. The modern template was Kosovo, and the Balkans in general. Now it’s Gazafornia and Hamasatroit, and soon in DFW. Heck, even IBM has moved most of it’s liquid to Human Resourcing. What you’re seeing is the synergy, and eventual convergence, of sscores and scores of years of man taking the path of least resistance. We are animals. An animal will ALWAYS take the path of least resistance, whether to a water source or driving point A to point B. I will offer this, if the “state” will arrest people for shooting a book and posting pictures, or arrest a wheel chair bound man for sending a harrassing email, or enforce tax laws upon her citizens, but NOT charge people for making death threats, allow prayers to be broadcasted publicly over loudspeakers, etc and let’s the latter examples go because we must show “understanding” of their differing cultures? What makes ANYONE think, if ANOTHER thing like 9.11 happens or worse, the “state” would not come after you for practicing self defense? Technocratic Oligarghies. I mean people have had charges filed against them for burning a Mexican flag…but not the U.S. flag?
You still watch FauX? …my how the “objectivity” has changed since Prince iforgethisname, the sixth wealthiest man in the world, from Saudi Arabia, became a controlling shareholder in FauX eh? Orwell? G. Orwell? Ha, and the world “fears” Microsoft.
sorry for the drift.
It’s not “religion”, it is exploitation of the human spirit.

SickBoy on July 21, 2006 at 6:03 am

I have no idea of what you’re talking about but then again you don’t ever make much sense or offer any worthwhile contribution to discussion.
But you’re always welcome to respond, no matter how incoherent you are at the moment, because you always confirm the obvious to me: Those who reject biblical truths are foolish and are heading towards destruction by their own self-concocted delusions and otherwise.

joemccarthy on July 21, 2006 at 8:02 am

Sorry JoeyMac, now I see the Light!!!! You are right and everyone else is either stupid or a part of the great conspiracy!!!!! Please Dear Leader tel us what to do!!!!!!

BoBo on July 21, 2006 at 9:56 am

JM,
Many of the Fundamentalist Submissives, whether you like it or not, are business owners to one extent or the other. The “Michigan Economic Development Corporation” panders to “minorities” e.g. 8A businesses women, and minorities in the grand sense. Taking into consideration what occured during the “Super Bowl”, and numerous stories documented on http://www.debbieschlussel.com, and other outlets documenting the Islama-pandering going on in/around Dearborn, Michigan. 2 billion dollors will “purchase” a heck of alot of support in the political arena. I mean, how would it “look” if the Fed’s, and alphabet soup acronyms actually enforced laws equally, and WITHOUT prejudice in the minority community, particularly the Arab community which is the fastest growing constituency in the region? Does it not stand to reason that money and power is a motivational factor in the Dhemmitude being shown towards the Muslim community? From business loans, “Muslim friendly” lending institutions, “immigration” pardons, anchor babies, et al etc. Dhemmitude, according to the religion of Submission, means ALL non-Muslims MUST show “respect” to all Cradle Muslims. If the demographic array is followed in this region, you can see the possibility of subjugation of the “natives”. “Religion” is a duplicitous term nowadays. Ya know, that ol’ “Anti-Christ” malarkey has been around since Nero. Perhaps you should investigate Joel for a bit. Never heard of that “lust of money” thing eh? Man will always take the path of least resistance period. It takes men, in the spiritual sense, to rise to the challenge of what is hard. “Nothing worthwhile in life is easy.”
Fundamentalist views are what have brought us all to the convergence we are witness to.
Your patronage is dually noted. Remember, you are closer to the “enemy” than you are willing to admit. It’s ok, it’s a “ZOG” thing right? BTW, still waiting on the explaination of the strife between “Southern Baptist” and “First Baptist.” How is life on Adelweiss Avenue? psst, change your ‘Jesus’ to ‘Mohammed’ and ‘Christian’ to ‘Islam’ and you’ll see my point. Then again, according to you, it is a “ZOG” puppet thing right?
One day at a time.

SickBoy on July 21, 2006 at 11:14 am

JoeMcCarthy,
I used to listen to kooks like you. The right-wing conspiracy theories are just as stupid as any left-wing lunacy ever invented. I returned to common sense because it is common sense. The New World Order, the CFR, and the trilateralists did not create Islam, as your kook website suggests.
The desire for world domination is an old one: Alexander the Great, the Romans, the British, the Germans, the Russians, and the Islamofascists. You cannot prove that this “conspiracy” even exists without going to “secret” sources. Your belief system will drive you nuts–if it hasn’t done so already. It will definitely get you no credibility–here or anywhere else.

Loser on July 21, 2006 at 6:44 pm

This ‘kook’ isn’t part of your false ‘right’ or ‘left’ paradigm. I too, once saw this nation in a kind of a ‘right’ vs ‘left’ mentality but that’s old phrase-ology for simpletons who need to divide people, put them in boxes and classify them so they can either hate them or agree with them.
If you must classify or use pigeonholes to understand the world, then you would be wiser to think more in terms of good vs evil. The problem with that is, if you’re a secular humanist, there is NO compass to determine what is good or evil, because they mostly reject the concept of evil because it has Judeo-Christian roots, and to them, everything is relative.
That’s why the humanists and atheists have a soiled worldview which is dangerous. Using their own concepts and beliefs, we could say that Charles Manson had a RIGHT to his beliefs and activities, which included murder, because EVERYTHING is relative.
The Trilats did NOT create Islam! You mis-stated the article either on purpose or because you have difficulty understanding words and sentences.
The article said that world powers MANIPULATED Islam in the past for their own purposes, just as they are doing so today.
As for your suggestion that I “cannot prove” that certain conspiracies exist, if you were a wise man, I would point you to Ephesians 6:12 for an inside look at exactly how this world operates.
But since you are a man without spiritual eyes, trying to make you see is like taking a blind man to an art exhibit.

joemccarthy on July 22, 2006 at 7:14 pm

muslim’s back to the stone age.loser.

danny on July 23, 2006 at 12:10 am

“But since you are a man without spiritual eyes, trying to make you see is like taking a blind man to an art exhibit.
Posted by: joemccarthy”
From what I’ve heard, blind persons see with much more than eyes. They are not as worried so much at how things “appear”, rather how things are. Omnipotent mind’s eye.

SickBoy on July 23, 2006 at 11:06 am

Israel has spiritual eyes and soul that’s the only reason the muslim arab people are breathing

danny on July 23, 2006 at 5:32 pm

this article contains lots of potentially false information..I am from Dearborn Michigan, born and raised, and also lived in southern lebanon and i can tell you that Imam Mohamad Fadlallah is not in any way a spiritual leader for Hezbollah; As a matter of fact, he has passed away years ago. Second, Bint Jebail Cultural Center is a banquet hall for weddings and party events. i worked their as a waiter from 2008-2010 and they have NEVER hosted a pro hezbollah rally. Third, i have personally been to all 7 mosques in Dearborn and not one of them has admit to backing hezbollah and so to state that the islamic center of america is backing hezbollah is a false statement that should be removed or revised immediately. in fact you should probably revise this whole bogus article while your at it because i can falsify many more supposed facts that you have listed in it.

bill assi on June 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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