September 26, 2006, - 3:47 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Earlier today, the falsely-named and Muslim-dominated American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent out a phony story and press release claiming that Islamic Charity LIFE for Relief and Development was cleared of all wrongdoing by the FBI. The charity was not cleared, and the story is phony.
Unfortunately, this is a lesson in “you can’t believe everything you read.” For some reason, MSNBC published this phony story allegedly from the website of Detroit’s NBC affiliate, WDIV-Channel 4, claiming the FBI cleared LIFE of all criminal activity. That is not the case, and the phony MSNBC story is not on the site of WDIV as MSNBC claims, nor has it been reported by any other news outlet.
LIFE remains under investigation, and my columns (here and here) on it stand. The group is tied to HAMAS and Al-Qaeda. It would have been impossible for the FBI to have even made a dent in going through the truckloads of computer equipment, files, whole file cabinets, and other items they seized from the charity and homes of those connected with it near Ann Arbor, Michigan and in Missouri.
In addition, two LIFE officials, LIFE CEO Khalil Jassemm and Mujahid Al-Fayadh, resigned from the mosque with which they were associated, the Hidaya Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor. They would not have resigned if they were “cleared.” They were not. It’s doubtful the FBI would clear Al-Fayadh of having $134,000 cash in his house, including a shopping bag stuffed with over $75,000 of that. Talk about ripping off money that was supposed to go to alleged “refugees” and “orphans.” If it’s in cash in the guy’s home, it would be no surprise that, as believed, the money is going right to terrorists (and to Mr. Al-Fayadh’s own personal “relief”).
Finally, it appears that another top LIFE official, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, has fled the country. He is reportedly in the United Arab Emirates. With this advanced warning from the FBI and U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III a/k/a Abu Porno that Hanooti is under investigation, don’t look for him to come back.
We’ve heard a million stories from LIFE friends and defenders. First, they said, through in-house counsel Ihsan Al-Khatib, that it was a tax matter. Then, they said that it was to see if they violated the embargo against trade with Saddamist Iraq. But, the fact is that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is the agency investigating this (an investigation they should have done years ago and which, because of their malpracticed delay, may have allowed this charity to reportedly fund terrorist insurgents who killed Americans). And they aren’t ever involved if it doesn’t involve terrorism.
Ditto for the records the FBI sought, which included records involving LIFE and Human Appeal International, Jordan’s HAMAS operation to which LIFE gave millions. Another organization about which the seizure sought records from LIFE is the Kansas City-based Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA), shut down by President Bush for funding Al-Qaeda. Ironically, IARA’s lawyer, Shereef Akeel–a CAIR Michigan board member–is now acting as LIFE’s outside attorney–a clear conflict of interest (see his ugly mug at the press conference above), and he is best friends with LIFE’s nutty anti-Semitic spokesman Mohammed Alomari. Akeel filed a silly grievance against me as an attorney for a “crime of fashion” (because I dressed in a hijab at an Islamic event), harassed the radio station on which I had a show, and lied about his own client, Ismael Ahmed’s status as a Vietnam Vet in a letter to me. (The guy never served a day in Vietnam.)
I find it of interest that that all of these guys who defend LIFE are a “Who’s Who” of Islamic extremism, terrorism supporters, and Debbie Schlussel haters. I am on the right side with these guys–on their wrong side.
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