September 18, 2006, - 1:02 pm

BREAKING/Exclusive: Why FBI Raided Largest U.S. Islamic Charity Today

By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve been writing about LIFE for Relief and Development for years, and I think my columns (especially this one, a shorter version of which appeared in the New York Post), have finally made a difference. Ditto for my complaints about LIFE to Assistant U.S. Attorney for counterterrorism, Ken Chadwell.
This morning, the FBI began raiding LIFE and hauling out documents. Well, it’s about time. LIFE–the largest Islamic charity still open for business in America–openly admitted on its 1995-’97 taxes to be a major funder of HAMAS. Headquartered in the Orthodox Jewish suburban Detroit subdivision in which I grew up, it gave millions to Human Appeal International, which the FBI identified as HAMAS’ Jordanian operation. It has done many vague “Katrina,” “Lebanon Relief,” and “Afghanistan Wheelchair” fundraisers and believed to have laundered the money to terrorists. Its founding resident agent is tied to Al-Qaeda, and one of its former employees, Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, is also tied to terrorists. The government has been trying to deport him.
Then, there are its multiple fundraisers over the last couple of years “for more Fallujahs” according to sources at a secret 2004 Los Angeles area fundraiser held by LIFE. LIFE is believed to be a major funder of the insurgent terrorists in Iraq. That’s why, in 2004, the U.S. Army raided its Iraqi headquarters, frequently operated by its spokesman and operative Mohammed Alomari (more on him below). The keynote speaker at the fundraiser was Wagdi Mohammed Ghoneim, an Islamic cleric who has since been deported because of his meetings with two of the 9/11 hijackers.
The disturbing thing is that for years, the feds–including Homeland Security civil rights officer Daniel Sutherland, U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III, and his predecessor Jeffrey Collins–have feted this charity, all while it was apparently funding Islamic terrorists.

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U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy with Terrorist Charity Officials Khalil Jassem (left), Ihsan Al-Khatib (far right) & “Former” Terrorist Imad Hamad (Murphy’s left)

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Then-US Attorney Jeffrey Collins (center) w/LIFE Officials Muthanna Al-Hanooti, Imad Hamad, unidentified person, and Mohammed Alomari

My columns on LIFE certainly made a difference with its top officers. Mohammed Alomari–LIFE’s spokesman and the author of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory book and an article complaining that there are Jews in the Bush Administration–has been harassing me ever since I started writing about him and LIFE, including a page on his website, where he refers to me by the anti-Semitic slur, “Shyster.” He also has repeatedly tried to alter the already inaccurate entry on me on Wikipedia.
LIFE’s in-house general counsel, Ihsan Alkhatib, wrote a column in the Arab American News calling me a “verbal terrorist,” whatever that means. Alkhatib is also the President and general counsel for the Midwest Regional ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee), headed by former Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist Imad Hamad–who also has close ties to LIFE. Senator Carl Levin, Alomari, and LIFE credited Hamad with getting LIFE USAID tax-funded status to administer our tax money in Iraq.
In 2002, LIFE led the Saddam Hussein propaganda trip that U.S. Democratic Congressmen David Bonior, Jim McDermott, and Mike Thompson, which was also funded by Iraqi oil-for-food scam artist Shakir Alkhafaji–who is living, free, in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, despite $70 million in earnings he obtained from doing business with Saddam.
From my 2003 column on LIFE, Imad Hamad lost a scheduled FBI award from Director Robert Mueller, because he was under investigation for terrorism:

One of those investigations apparently involves Hamad’s close ties to Muthanna Al-Hanooti, Mohammed Alomari, and their charities, LIFE for Relief and Development and FAAIR (Focus on Arab American Issues and Reform). Hidden in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Southfield, Michigan, LIFE is believed to fund Hamas via contributions to Hamas front groups identified in 2001 by FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, Dale Watson.
One such front, Human Appeal International, believed by the FBI to be Hamas’ Jordanian operation, was listed in LIFE tax returns as one of three supported organizations receiving millions in contributions. Human Appeal and another organization LIFE works with, Human Relief Foundation, are listed as participants in the “101 days campaign” website of Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, spiritual leader of terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood. The site is believed to raise money for homicide bombings Al-Qaradawi supports.
Alomari’s book, “The Secrecy of Evil“, and other writings allege Jewish control of the world and the Bush administration. His Daru Salam mosque radio website claimed Jews and the U.S. “organized” the 9/11 attacks. A 1996 LIFE fundraiser, arranged by Hanooti, featured speaker Sheik Abdulmunem Abu Zant, an ardent Hamas supporter, who said, “May G-d attack the Jews and those who stand with them. May G-d attack the Americans and those who stand with them.” Hanooti appeared with indicted Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian at a recent American Muslim Council lobbying seminar. LIFE’s original registered agent (under its previous name, International Relief Association), Masood Aijazi, worked for Khalid bin Mahfouz, the financier of Muwafaq Foundation, designated a terrorist charity by the U.S. government.
Hamad’s relationship with these parties is long-term and tight. A 1999 press release by Hamad’s American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee credits Hamad with getting Senator Carl Levin, then-Senator Spencer Abraham, and David Bonior to grant LIFE a license to send millions to Iraq. “We have a special relationship with ADC here in Detroit.” Hanooti said. “This is another example of the value of cooperation between our organizations . . . to advance our common agenda.” In May 2003, Hamad visited terrorist-sponsor Syria and Lebanon with Hanooti and Alomari. Given all of this, a recent FAAIR newsletter photo of Collins (below) smilingly posing between Al-Hanooti, Hamad, and Alomari, at a FAAIR event, is disturbing. It is bad enough that a U.S. Attorney would associate with known anti- Semites. Worse, if Collins’ office ever indicts them, it could be embarrassing.

Apparently, I’m not such a verbal terrorist at all, because the FBI finally took my investigative work on LIFE seriously. Again, they’re raiding the charity as I write.
We’ll see what they do with it after that. Given the incompetence of U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III–who has let other Islamic terror raidees flee the country before he indicts them–I’m not holding my breath.

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Debbie — Way, to, go. This is long, long overdue.
Your third last paragraph with Bonior and McDermott needs completion. McDermott’s name should be prominently associated with any news relating to this group.

Tom at BizzyBlog on September 18, 2006 at 1:30 pm

This is great news. Debbie, you should be all over TV and radio for this. Start faxing your research about this to the news outlets.

Thee_Bruno on September 18, 2006 at 2:39 pm

This is absolutely great…I have been reading your coverage on these lice for a long time…hopefully we will get some prosecutions this time.

DoctorDentons on September 18, 2006 at 4:39 pm

a chubby ann coulter… like that’s a bad thing?!!
i would argue against referring to west bloominfeld as being “orthodox” with all the jihadis running around there. its more a secularist mish mash of rich liberals with their heads in the sand.
does anyone here see a pattern with detroit? what with all the red daiper babies and their destruction of the fbi during the sixties now aiding and abetting islamonazis?
it just kills me that the real legwork being done for the WoT in this the largest bastion of islamofascism in the USA is being done by a little jewish woman. Where are all the west pointers and super jocks? Where are all the reagan democrats and hooah wannabes?!!
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this woman is worth a division of infantry.
May God, or G-d, protect her and keep her safe, obviously the kleptocrats are too busy doing …. well, what are they exactly doing?
IT’S IN SOUTHFIELD, NOT WEST BLOOMFIELD, AND IT’S SMACK DAB IN AN ORTHODOX NEIGHBORHOOD–RIGHT NEAR TWO ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUES. AND BY THE WAY, I’M A SIZE 4. COMPARED TO ANN, THAT WOULD BE CHUBBY, BUT COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, I’M THIN AND TINY.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

playertwo on September 18, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for the really informative piece on that charity. This story will get biggg later today as soon as the usual suspects start making excuses.
I can’t get trackbacks to work now, so I’m trying it here. Sorry –just delete if that is a problem.
FBI Raids Muslim Charity
http://www.rightlinx.com/?p=222

McCain on September 18, 2006 at 5:56 pm

Nice work D.S. It’ll be interesting to see what donor names come out of this thing.
There was a simultaneous raid in Dearborn, but no info yet about that.

Vancouver on September 18, 2006 at 6:26 pm

Hmm, let’s see. The FBI receives ‘Islamic sensitivity’ training from CAIR, a Hamas terrorist offshoot, but they raid LIFE, another gang of Muslim terrorists! Why is one gang of terrorists taken down yet another terrorist gang (CAIR) receives an official government pass for terrorist activity? I suppose if you can figure that out you can explain why the CIA and StateDept escorted to safety the armed Muslim terrorists who took over the Church of the Nativity in Israel a few years ago. Instead of sending those high-level Mohammeden murderers to prison, they were safely escorted out of Israel by CIA/StateDept employees to scenic destinations across Europe!

joemccarthy on September 18, 2006 at 7:32 pm

Noteworthy that the detailed rebuttal never denies Debbie*s claims about where funds went or about the money laundering.
There only seem to be words of character assination and hate. Curious that no concrete evidence or logic is offered.
Good work Debbie = TG
PS. I always thought Musharrif was deceptive and not to be trusted …
Pakistan: Hello al-Qaeda, goodbye America
By Syed Saleem Shahzad
MIRANSHAH, North Waziristan – With a truce between the Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad now in place, the Pakistani government is in effect reverting to its pre-September 11, 2001, position in which it closed its eyes to militant groups allied with al-Qaeda and clearly sided with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
While the truce has generated much attention, a more significant development is an underhand deal between pro-al-Qaeda elements and Pakistan in which key al-Qaeda figures will either . . .
http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HI08Df03.html
= TG

Anthony Robinson on September 19, 2006 at 2:47 am

You are a soldier’s soldier Debbie. It sounds like you had identified these guys years ago–I wonder what is finally getting our “protectors” to smell the coffee??When will the FBI and others sit down to really start connecting ALL the dots they have been given information on in this WoT?
Keep up the work Debbie–may a slew of Debbie’s arise to defeat the attack of our murderous enemies who hate us and our G-d and our way of life–may I be one of them!

BB on September 19, 2006 at 10:03 am

Glad to see your exposure of American Islamo-nazis getting some MSM coverage. Their article about you on their website is lame. You look pretty good in that head rag BTW.
Can you post those pictures you mentioned a few articles back where the Islamo-kids put on a beheading skit? The country needs to see the face of this cancer we have growing within us which is radical Islam.

Samoyed on September 21, 2006 at 8:02 am

Debbie – Keep up the vigilance and reporting on these radicals. It’s important for all Americans to be aware that our country is being stolen behind our backs. These enclaves of radical muslins really worry me.
Australia has the right idea. They told the Muslims “If you can’t live by our rules and laws, find someplace else to live.”

bobham on September 21, 2006 at 10:00 am

    what did the muslims ever do to harm you other than help the poor people as you say (they worry me )they never did anything but help the poor- Muslims are minding their own business…
    Muslims are not terrorists and neither is LIFE!

    Annonamous on February 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Of course they would recognize you wrapped up in a hijab–your eyes show too much intelligence! Whenever I see these wrapped up Arab women I notice their eyes are very dull.

lexi on September 21, 2006 at 10:18 am

To protect my country from all enemies…….
Foreign and domestic.
Thank you Debbie for keeping the spotlight
on the domestic,………it is much needed.
Neils
9:45 am
09/21/2006

neilsthepoet on September 21, 2006 at 10:45 am

Once again, your hard work and dilligence have a fighting chance to make a difference. Would that our elected and appointed officials in law enforcement had half your determination to get the bad guys who promote this vile ideology.
America thanks you!

donchicago48 on September 21, 2006 at 11:41 am

Absolutely powerful investigation again. Can’t help but wonder why nothing was done about this by Government long ago.
Do you have any insight on the Arab American Institute and what in hell Sen. Feingold was trying to accomplish by taking part in it’s meeting of Sept 12th this year.???? Being my (sorry to say) Senator, I’ve had a lot of problems trying to understand his positions of the last few years.

Mack on September 21, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Debbie – you are so great! Shame on the MSM for ignoring this.
I hope you’re going to take on CAIR one of these days! And I pray that you are taking care – and being very careful – seems you may be in danger for exposing all these thugs! And SHAME on our government for allowing this gang to go on for so long. Do you think they’ll ever get wise to CAIR?

Litl Bits on September 21, 2006 at 7:51 pm

Debbie, obviously your unending efforts are paying off and helping to secure our nation from these terrorists. That they can be here in the heart of America with seemingly carte blanche is so vilely disturbing…and you have put a huge dent in that and their ability. It will be interesting to see how the pussy-liberals spin this and “not cover it”. Thank God there are patriots like you, who love this country and use their skills and abilities for its common good. God Bless you Debbie, and keep you safe.

Ziggy Spaz on September 21, 2006 at 9:50 pm

I guess Boston isn’t alone in having crooked FBI management! There is definitely something rotten going on when top FBI executives can continue to mingle with and assist criminals – all the while thumbing their noses at law-abiding citizens. However, perhaps Mr. Murphy needs to check out the stats on Mr. Connolly’s prison sentence…maybe he’ll be next!

JASCC on September 24, 2006 at 8:55 pm

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Paul on December 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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