January 18, 2006, - 6:32 am

Who’s Behind the ACLU NSA Lawsuit . . . And Why Are They Lying?

By Debbie Schlussel
You’ve heard a lot about the ACLU lawsuit since its filing yesterday.
But you haven’t heard much about its less famous plaintiffs, plaintiffs with whom I’m all too familiar and about whom I’ve written a great deal. The details on these individuals makes the National Security Agency’s monitoring of phone calls not just warranted, but a necessity.
I’m not referring to the famous Plaintiffs about whom you’ve heard: For example, Christopher Hitchens, the well-known Vanity Fair writer who is tight with convicted felon lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s money launderer Grover Norquist. (Norquist’s receipt of thousands from Saudi charities raided by Customs for billions in Al-Qaeda money laundering is well-known, and Hitchens wrote glowingly of Norquist’s efforts on behalf of radical Islam).

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ACLU Lawsuit’s Noel Saleh & Mohammed Abdrabboh:

They SHOULD Be Monitored.

I’m referring to ACLU lawyers Noel Saleh, Mohammed Abdrabboh, and Nabih Ayad, the ACLU Plaintiffs named in the yesterday’s Complaint, attorney William Swor, a member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Nazih Hassan–all named in the lawsuit. They are exactly the kind of people whom the federal government SHOULD be watching, but probably isn’t. One of these men admitted to funding Hezbollah, one was accused of tampering with a witness, and a third signed a document contradicting statements he made in the lawsuit. Not to mention, one of these men engaged in exactly the same “spying” (on me) that he now opposes when done by the NSA.
Their clients are no different from that of convicted Attorney Lynn Stewart’s (convicted of helping the Blind cleric spread terrorist messages in Egypt), and in some cases, their behavior is far worse. Yet, instead of monitoring them, the federal government’s representatives in Detroit–including U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III, FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Roberts, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz–have been courting them, their clients, and friends in a series of exclusive meetings.
Take Noel Saleh. The thrice-disciplined attorney (who was suspended from the practice of law) openly stated at a town hall meeting with federal officials that he has financially contributed to Hezbollah. He heads an Arab welfare agency that gets millions in our tax dollars, yet was raided by the FBI for engaging in Medicaid fraud. The organization also spent thousands in our tax dollars on “job training” (commercial driving lessons and attempts at HazMat hauling certificates) for two men indicted as members of the Detroit Al-Qaeda terror cell. He has represented a number of Islamic terrorists, including Ibrahim Parlak and “former” PFLP terrorist Imad Hamad.
Then, there is Mohammed Abdrabboh, a Palestinian attorney and ACLU of Michigan Board Member.
Not only does he represent a number of accused terrorists, he lied in signed documents about it. In the ACLU lawsuit, Abdrabboh’s ACLU claims:

86. As part of his criminal defense practice, Mr. Abdrabboh has represented and continues to represent people the government has suspected of allegedly having some link to terrorism or terrorist organizations.

But in a grievance Abdrabboh filed against ME to the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission (designed to deny my right to free speech and get me to change this column about him–I didn’t and won’t), a year ago, Abdrabboh wrote (and signed his name to) the following:

Without hesitation, I affirmatively state that I have never represented anyone accused of terrorism or money laundering. I can also affirmatively state that I have never represented or consulted with anyone accused/suspected/indicted of money laundering, let alone money laundering to finance Al-Qaeda. . . . Debbie Schlussel will not be able to provide the ADB [Attorney Discipline Board] with a single court appearance, document or public record that would indicate that I have ever represented a suspected terrorist or money launderer.

Hmmm . . . I think a grievance against Abdrabboh for lying either in Court or to the Grievance Commission is appropriate.
In fact, Mohammed Abdrabboh represented Gamil Manea Ahmed Al-Najar, arrested in December 2002 in raids by then U.S. Customs (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement–ICE) for operating a money-laundering business, Najjar Money Transfer, through Dix Dollar Mart–one of six businesses believed to have transmitted as much as $50 million per year to Yemen, in violation of the Patriot Act and other reporting requirements. Customs Agents told me they believed the money was going to finance terrorist activities, likely Al-Qaeda. Abdrabboh is listed as Al-Najar’s attorney on the federal court docket.
So we know only one thing for sure about Mohammed Abdrabboh: He is a liar.
What we also know is that many of his clients are involved with terrorist and other nefarious activities. He appeared at the arraignment for two Palestinian and Lebanese clients accused (and later convicted) of chopping a Jordanian Palestinian to death. All three were under investigation by the FBI for mortgage and real estate fraud and were suspected of sending the proceeds “back home” to the Mid-East for assorted nefarious activities.
Abdrabboh is heavily involved with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which openly praises Hezbollah–the terrorist group that murdered over 300 U.S. Marines and civilians in Lebanon. In the West Bank, Abdrabboh made a career of legitimizing Palestinian terrorists in his work for Al-Haq, the Palestinian version of the ACLU (only worse, if that’s possible). In work for the United Nations, he co-authored a report on the “Syrian Golan.” (The Golan is in ISRAEL.) Clearly, this man has a political agenda, not friendly to the United States or our key Mid-East ally.
Spying? Taping phone calls? Abdrabboh doesn’t have a problem with that either, when he’s the one doing it. On September 7, 2004, the same day he filed his phony grievance against me, Abdrabboh had one of his friends, a man identifying himself as “Casey Khalil” call me and try to entrap me in a taped phone call. But it didn’t work. The man, whose number came up as “Khalil Companies” on my caller ID, claimed he was a client of Abdrabboh for his mortgage company’s problems with the State of Michigan and wanted information on him.
The ACLU lawsuit claims:

88. The Program has inhibited communications between Mr. Abdrabboh
and his family and friends because he is less candid about his political views and avoids saying things that are critical of the U.S. government over the telephone or through email.

Puh-leeze. Abdrabboh is a vocal member of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, appointed by Michigan’s liberal Democrat governor, Jennifer Granholm. There was a meeting of his commission since the NSA program was disclosed in The New York Times, and he is as vocal as ever. All of these attorneys had a press conference in Detroit, yesterday, upon the filing of the suit. Contrary to being silenced, they couldn’t seem to shut up.

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ACLU Lawsuit’s Nabih Ayad, Nazih Hassan Deserve Heightened Scrutiny

Next, there’s Abdrabboh’s law partner, Nabih Ayad. Both Abdrabboh and Ayad go on annual trips to the Middle East with Hamad. The trips involve meetings with Lebanese and Syrian officials tied to Hezbollah, and their travel-mates include officials of a Detroit charity that openly donated millions to HAMAS and privately raised money for Iraqi insurgents at a Los Angeles area fundraiser. Federal officials suspect that money laundering–and who knows what else–may be going on during these trips.
Ayad represented Omar Abdel-Fatah Al-Shishani, stopped at Detroit Metro Airport with millions in phony bank checks used to fund Al-Qaeda operations. Shishani–a friend of John Kerry’s–didn’t get much for his money, though. I had dinner with Abu Shishani in fall 2003, prior to his sentencing. It was a secret meeting with law enforcement members, and he did not know my real identity. Shishani told me that Mr. Ayad ripped him off of $25,000, did not help him, and he had to hire a new attorney. Based on that, it’s hard to see how NSA spying would affect his “representation” of his client.
Then, there are his 130 clients paid off an INS inspector and committed visa fraud. Ayad got these clients from his buddy, former “terrorist” Hamad. Paying off INS inspectors, visa fraud–these are things we SHOULD be spying on.
William Swor, another Plaintiff in the suit, represented an accused member of the Detroit terror cell. During the trial, the judge reportedly lashed at him for trying to tamper with and intimidate the government’s Arabic translator in the case. He sat on the Board of Saleh’s Arab welfare agency, and reportedly threatened to take work away from the translator, who also did work for the agency. Like Saleh, Swor was also disciplined by the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, for snorting up his clients’ money. (He had a cocaine problem.)
Finally, there is Nazih Hassan, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Michigan Chapter–a group founded with funds from HAMAS political director Moussa Abu Marzook. Of all the Plaintiffs detailed within the case, he is the most worthy of government monitoring. He is not an attorney, but is admittedly a friend of deportee Rabih Haddad–founder of Global Relief Foundation (GRF).
President Bush designated GRF as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity and shut it down, because it was laundering money back and forth to Al-Qaeda and had strong ties to its Hamburg cell. Haddad was caught lying to the government about his income for the purpose of getting subsidized housing, carried a briefcase full of bricks of cash (which he showed federal agents), and lied on an application to buy a rifle less than six months after moving to the U.S. His charity, GRF, sent out letters in the name of Osama Bin Laden’s spiritual leader, Abdel Azzam, and attempted to raise funds for a “Pakistani Taliban” and jihad.
Hassan was president of Rabih Haddad’s mosque and helped him. The federal government SHOULD be investigating his mosque. They should be investigating Hassan. If our government is not investigating the mosque, friends, and helpers of a man raising money for worldwide jihad and laundering money for Al-Qaeda, then whom ARE they investigating?
Hassan also admits being friendly with individuals connected to IANA (Islamic Assembly of North America), a charity raided for financing Saddam Hussein (while pretending the money was going to fund needy Iraqis who needed food). IANA, which was raided by the FBI, operated websites BEFORE 9/11 that featured fatwas urging the use of planes directed at buildings as a way to murder Americans. IANA’s executive director, Islam Almurabit, and a key operative, Mohammed Al-Ahmari, fled to the Mid-East when the Detroit FBI tipped IANA off that it was investigating the group–both going to Saudi Arabia. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national who was indicted but unfortunately acquitted, designed and operated the websites.
Again, Mr. Hassan’s own admission of being close to IANA operatives makes it quite clear that he certainly SHOULD be monitored by the government.
Some of the Plaintiffs and attorneys in the ACLU’s lawsuit against the NSA are the same as in a 2003 lawsuit the ACLU filed against Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That lawsuit languishes before another Detroit Federal Judge, without ever being decided.
And so should this one. (If you are interested in signing up oppose the ACLU lawsuit in court, please contact me.)

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33 Responses

Either Debbie is an alarmist or it seems to me that almost everybody associated with CAIR, ISNA, MPAC or Arab Anti-Defamation League is tainted of dealings with Hezbullah, Hamas and money-laundering.
I always thought that CAIR was like the Muslim ACLU and my only personal interaction with CAIR members was when one of them visited my university to give a lecture on the activities of CAIR to college students. Now that I think about it, we also had a representative of CAIR at the Law School once to discuss lawsuits along with EEOC (US Equal Employment Opportunity) members. I was actually thinking of volunteering some hours with CAIR but as I have been visiting this website for a few weeks now, I have decided against it for now.
If I ever get in public spotlight, I dont want Debbie to connect me to Hamas funders ;)
Herein lies my problemn. I dont believe all CAIR volunteers, members are terrorist supporters. I think guilt by association only is always problematic. For example, my wife was urging me to go to an Eid potluck at the local mosque. If I go there and get photographed with some Imam who later turns out was a Hamas fund raiser in Syria in 80′s, it does not mean that I am endorsing his views.
I hope Debbie has concrete evidence of people she accuses of radicalism. We of course dont get to hear the other side here (its her website!). I guess the lesson here is that Muslims in America should be really cautious about their associations.

lawman on January 18, 2006 at 8:20 am

I am of course not suggesting that Debbie is an alarmist or defames people because I dont have any evidence to substantiate that.
I just cant get my head over the number of Muslims in America she profiles here and who are allegedly tainted with some pretty serious stuff.

lawman on January 18, 2006 at 8:23 am

I meant “I cant get my head ‘around’” and not ‘over’. Oh well!

lawman on January 18, 2006 at 8:27 am

“WASHINGTON — In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the FBI in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month. But virtually all of them, according to current and former officials, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.”
So we’re supposed to feel safer because the NSA told the FBI to investigate someone based on these so-called critical spying operations?
Why didn’t they do it the right way, and have a judge sign the warrant, after they had met some sort of standard for getting the warrant?
Why should we all be subject to government observation without a court review?
Isn’t the notion of “checks and balances” supposed to prevent innocent people from unneccessary intrusion? When you bypass that and tie up critical FBI assets with bogus information, why isn’t that important?

jjames on January 18, 2006 at 10:02 am

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”
Thanks, Benjamin Franklin. And happy belated Birthday.

jjames on January 18, 2006 at 10:05 am

Last night(1-17),I caught Michigan ACLU legal director Michael Steinberg,Noel Saleh and I think a couple of the other characters mentioned above with an immigrant from Lebanon I’m hoping has been bugged,after listening to him
lecture the cameras about how his rights have been violated and…”I know nussing…I zee nussing…”

jaywilton on January 18, 2006 at 10:42 am

jjames said:
“Why should we all be subject to government observation without a court review?”
News Flash! for jjames. America is AT WAR with the foreign parties being moniotred by NSA. When one drives past police radar, only speeders have anything to worry about. We “all” are not making/receiving overseas telephone calls from “persons of interest” to US intelligence gathering agencies.
The entire goal of electronic eavesdropping is to UNCOVER the proverbial terrorist needle in the haystack. Frequently, the measures of interest are quantitative as well as qualitative. It is obviously impossible to obtain a warrant before the fact for monitoring unknown individuals. So if one does not want to be monitored, do not make overseas contact with known members of al qaeda or other designated islamist terror organizations.

donchicago48 on January 18, 2006 at 11:29 am

“So if one does not want to be monitored, do not make overseas contact with known members of al qaeda or other designated islamist terror organizations.”
That’s a fallacy.
The US is spying on PETA, Greenpeace, gold star mothers! and other “terrorists”.
People are being taken into custody for taking photographs of monuments and being told to show ID. This is the typical “your papers please” behavior that the US was so critical of in China, yet when the party of smaller government does it in the United States, you refuse to call them on it?
These “needles in a haystack” are just that — the FBI themselves questions the legality of this practice and is getting slammed with bad intel that they then have to follow-up on.
“President Bush has characterized the eavesdropping program as a “vital tool” against terrorism; Vice President Dick Cheney has said it has saved “thousands of lives.”
But the results of the program look very different to some officials charged with tracking terrorism in the United States. More than a dozen current and former law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, including some in the small circle who knew of the secret program and how it played out at the F.B.I., said the torrent of tips led them to few potential terrorists inside the country they did not know of from other sources and diverted agents from counterterrorism work they viewed as more productive.”

jjames on January 18, 2006 at 11:50 am

To the,Lameman; Your statement that ” I guess the lesson here is that Muslims in america should really be cautious about their(Photogaphed)associations”. Alarmist,guilt by muslim association,”I hope Debbie has concrete evidence”. Here lies you+your(muslim)pals problem in america Lawman(Lame- muslim-man) 9/11. You must hate how the once trusting general public doesn’t trust you anymore.You and your’s Fu.ked up bringing it to our soil .

danny on January 18, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Danny,
I thank God you’re on Debbie’s side.

jjames on January 18, 2006 at 1:18 pm

Someone should go after the ACLU under the RICO Stature.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 18, 2006 at 1:22 pm

The ACLU should have been put out of business a long time ago. They are a communist group and should be shutdown for treason and attempting to subvert our Constitutional Republic.
I cannot understand why the Government has tolerated them for as long as they have.

ScottyDog on January 18, 2006 at 1:32 pm

Danny,
Your ridiculous rendition of my post is laughable at best. I pity you.

lawman on January 18, 2006 at 1:44 pm

The Political Pit Bull linked with Who’s Behind the ACLU’s NSA Lawsuit?

Greg on January 18, 2006 at 3:00 pm

jjames said, “That’s a fallacy.”
Paging nicholasedward. Please bring notebook.

Jeff_W on January 18, 2006 at 3:16 pm

Who cares if the nsa is listening to phone calls that are from overseas, If the government can search your car, cargo containers and do a strip search of you when you enter the country why can’t they listen to your phone calls, emails, and look at regular mail without a warrant? By the way jjames the government isn’t spying on peta, etc. it’s called surveilance, and going undercover, and nobody’s listening in on you because you are not that important.

smokey on January 18, 2006 at 6:31 pm

The ACLU isn’t in “business”. They’re a non profit.
Just because you don’t value your constitutational rights to freedom of expression and religion doesn’t mean that they’re communists.
Thanks though, you’ve really given me a good chuckle today.

jjames on January 18, 2006 at 6:34 pm

Can’t resist this one.
I love it when some half-baked lefty starts shilling for groups like CAIR, the National Lawyer’s Guild and the ACLU.
They’re obviously not aware of CAIR’s connections to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,or the fact that a number of people associated with the group have been convicted of raising funds for terrorist groups, or some of the racist and anti-semitic statements made by the group.
Do the research, kaffir.
As for the ACLU, their reputation proceeds them, to say the least.
Here’s co-founder Roger Baldwin: “I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the properties class, and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”
They have consistently never found a terrorist or Leftist anti-American they didn’t like and weren’t willing to defend, including people like Sami al-Arian, the head of Islamic Jihad here in America.
Since 9/11, the ACLU has led a coalition of “civil liberties” groups to promote non-cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security in implementing the provisions of the Patriot Act.
“Under the new Ashcroft guidelines,” reads an ACLU press release, “the FBI can freely infiltrate mosques, churches and synagogues, and other houses of worship, listen in on online chat rooms, and read message boards, even if it has no evidence that a crime might be committed.” The ACLU refuses to recognize that mosques, for example, have been prime recruiting sites for terrorist organizations.
When the INS and Justice Department instituted a program requiring males visiting the U.S. from Arab and Muslim nations to register with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the ACLU organized protests against what it called this “discriminatory” policy. It similarly protested an FBI anti-terrorism initiative to count and document every mosque in America. On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003, when FBI and Homeland Security agents were tracking down illegal Iraqi immigrants considered to be dangerous, the ACLU set up a telephone hotline and conducted “Know Your Rights” training sessions giving illegals free advice on how to avoid deportation. And, in a 2002 federal lawsuit naming Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta as a defendant, the ACLU challenged a new Aviation Transportation Security Act policy prohibiting non-citizens from working as airport security screeners.
Lovely people.
Even nicer is another plaintiff in the suit, The Center for Constitutional Rights.
I did a whole post on these little known but nefarious rats with law degrees.
Their founders include the lawyer and shill for convicted Soviet spies the Rosenbergs,Arthur Kinoy, a long time and openly Stalinist communist and our old pal William Kunstler, noted Black Panther groupie and the mouthpiece for a number of Muslim terorrists, including El Sayyid Nosair, a leader of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman’s terrorist network responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
At their 2004 convention, these scum honored terrorist groupie and attorney Lynne Stewart, convicted of aiding and abetting the terrorist activities of her client, the “blind sheik,” Omar Abdel Rahman.
Maybe YOU find people like these admirable. Some get it, some don’t.
Thankfully, most Americans regard them as exactly what they are..Leftist traitors more interested in selling out their country for `the cause’ than any disinterested love for what most of us would call justice.
The Freedom Fighter
ps: Debbie, you know the remarks about lawyers don’t apply to you..but there are some members of your profession…

Freedom Fighter on January 18, 2006 at 10:04 pm

Can’t seem to leave you a trackback (probably a TypePad problem.) I linked from “Two Nuisance Lawsuits Filed Against Bush, NSA.” http://www.smalltownveteran.net/posts/2006/01/two_nuisance_la.html

Bill Faith on January 18, 2006 at 10:53 pm

All Things Beautiful TrackBack Enemy Of The State

Alexandra von Maltzan on January 19, 2006 at 1:05 am

It’s no wonder they claim to be targets of the NSA program… THEY SHOULD BE!!! In fact, it gives me comfort knowing that our intelligence community is keeping tabs on these “neighbors” of ours.

Jason Smith on January 20, 2006 at 1:59 pm

As for the dummy who thinks that the government is spying on Greenpeace, PETA, etc., let me just say that if your assertion is true, then the government applied for, and received a warrant. Those groups do not constitute a national security threat, but do constitute a public nuisance because of their actions. The so-called wiretaps are a group of computers monitoring calls to known Al Qaeda members or are looking for certain key words and phrases that indicate terrorist activities. Like the government would ever listen in on any of us in this space. That is, unless one of these paranoid libs should decide to call an Al Qaeda (or some other terrorist organization) member and plot to blow up something in this country.

Loser on January 20, 2006 at 4:31 pm

Good for you Debbie. You have a new loyal fan, ME. Why am I NOT surprised about …
“Next, there’s Abdrabboh’s law partner, Nabih Ayad. Both Abdrabboh and Ayad go on annual trips to the Middle East with Hamad. The trips involve meetings with Lebanese and Syrian officials tied to Hezbollah, and their travel-mates include officials of a Detroit charity that openly donated millions to HAMAS and privately raised money for Iraqi insurgents at a Los Angeles area fundraiser. Federal officials suspect that money laundering–and who knows what else–may be going on during these trips. ”
Good WORK Debbie!

SherlockRWBShoes on January 20, 2006 at 7:35 pm

Danny,
Your ridiculous rendition of my post is laughable at best. I pity you.
Posted by: lawman at January 18, 2006 01:44 PM
What’s so funny about it lawman? Danny made an excellent and very true point. I agree with him/her. I also agree with Debbie and the NSA.
Now, just ask any of John Gotti’s buddies what life is like when you get your puss pictured with a gangster. Birds of a feather flock together, you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
I pity folks making veiled threats on Debbie’s blog.
Sincerely,
The Pittbull aka SherlockRWBShoes

SherlockRWBShoes on January 21, 2006 at 9:30 am

Freedom Fighter is telling, at best, half the truth about Roger Nash Baldwin, who later denounced communism and purged the ACLU of communists.
The ACLU, that liberal organization who defended Jerry Falwell in a church-incorporation case, as Virginia was attempting to unconstitutionally prevent his church from incorporating.

hqsbud on April 26, 2006 at 1:47 am

I linked to your article from my post Give this Liberal a condom: NSA Defeated:
http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2006/08/give_this_liberal_a.html
Interview with Howard Dean on the NSA defeat

planck's constant on August 18, 2006 at 5:38 pm

May God raise up 10,000 Debbie Schlussel’s to turn on the lights in this country!
HMMMM Why won’t the Moslem community police itself to expose the terrorists?
–or should I rather ask–Why do The Moslems only police those speak AGAINST their Islamo-terrorists. Is there a real peace loving Moslem who will say and disown the terrorists ou there?
It’s time to expose the terrorists among us. Drive by media–do your job!

BB on August 19, 2006 at 12:35 am

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