October 13, 2006, - 5:20 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Somebody needs to teach Wall Street Journal “reporter” Sally Beatty how to report. It means checking facts, investigating, not just regurgitating. Just trying Google would be a start for this woman.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Beatty’s “Giving Back” column is subtitled, “Nonprofits Fight Terror Guidelines.” In it, she sympathizes with a host of lefty and Islamist charities on our shores who don’t want to do due diligence on their recipients, who are often terrorists or terrorist money launderers.
That’s bad enough. But, then, this airhead “reporter” goes and quotes extremist, terror-apologist lawyer Ihsan Alkhatib, general counsel for Islamic charity LIFE for Relief and Development, as an example of a Muslim charity that has “struggled to comply” with U.S. Treasury requirements to root out terrorists:
“Even if you comply with all of these, there is no guarantee you won’t get in trouble,” says Ihsan Alkhatib, a lawyer working with Life for Relief & Development, a Muslim charity in Southfield, Mich.
Puh-leeze. Doesn’t this woman do a speck of research? LIFE was raided by the FBI just weeks ago. And as I wrote on this site (here and here) and in the New York Post, the “charity” hardly complied with the laws against funding terrorism. They skirted them. The charity apparently violated embargo laws against dealing with Saddam’s Iraq, funded HAMAS through its Jordanian operation, had ties to Al-Qaeda, and laundered money to Al-Qaeda terrorist insurgents blowing up our soldiers all over Iraq.
The charity openly embraces Islamic extremism and terrorism. One of its key employees fled the country, and another one of its apparent terrorist money-launderers to Qaeda in Iraq was recently shot to death there–a start.
Had this “reporter” done the research she’d know at least some of this. But she didn’t. Talk about journalistic malpractice. The Wall Street Journal’s reporters are generally top notch in investigating, verifying, and reporting information. This woman is a clear aberration who does not belong at the venerable national newspaper.
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