Justice PC Buffoonery Continues
NY Post version
combination of political correctness run amok, extreme Keystone
Kopp-ery, and just plain "Cover Your Rear 101" at
the FBI and Detroit U.S. Attorney's office.
ago, the New York Post ran my
column on FBI Director Robert
Mueller's pending national award to terrorist sympathizer
and 22-year terror suspect Imad Hamad.
the FBI to rescind the award, last week. But in the week since,
FBI Headquarters, Detroit FBI Special Agent in Charge Willie
Hulon, and Detroit's U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins have floundered
in multiple, contradictory press releases, photo opportunities,
and other politically correct pandering to Hamad and other
in the heart of Islamic America, it's emblematic of how those
who support terrorism often co-opt those who are supposed
to investigate and prosecute it.
first contacted FBI officials in Washington, they assumed
Hulon--who nominated Hamad for the awardhad vetted him.
But after checking the federal law enforcement database, FBI
sources said they discovered Hamad was a subject of "over
a dozen open investigations" involving terrorism and
related matters. Most of the probes were conducted by Hulon's
own Detroit-based agents. An indictment of an FBI national
awardee could prove embarrassing, the sources said.
rank-and-file FBI agents were outraged by Hulon's reckless
nomination of Hamad. They well knew, as their boss should
have, of Hamad's not-so-secret activities and statements.
Several congratulated me upon the award's revocation.
pressure from Hamad and Detroit's vocal Islamic community,
Hulon and Collins held an "emergency meeting" with
Hamad and their BRIDGES group, Tuesday, to try to get the
revocation reversed. The group, "Building Respect in
Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity," is the reason
for Hamad's nomination. Though Collins has declined repeated
requests for the BRIDGES membership list, members who have
been identified in press accounts are hardly diverse or worthy
of respect and enhanced sensitivity.
Abdrabboh the attorney for individuals accused of
illegally funneling over $53 million cash to Yemen, in 2002;
his law firm represents an accused Al-Qaeda money launderer,
a convicted Hezbollah arms smuggler, and Middle Easterners
charged with "conspiracy to import listed chemicals,"
harboring illegal aliens, visa fraud, etc.
Saleh the thrice-disciplined attorney, who is still
listed as Suspended" (as of 10/14/03) with the U.S.
District Court in Detroit, recently sued John Ashcroft to
prohibit the Patriot Act. Saleh is an admitted financial
supporter of Hezbollah. He represented Hamad and Rabbih
Haddad, recently deported for operating Global Relief Foundation,
shut down for links to Al-Qaeda. Saleh is Vice President
and attorney of ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic
and Social Services), which was raided by Hulon's agents
for Medicaid fraud, and which funded commercial driving
lessons for two convicted members of Detroit's Al-Qaeda
with these malefactors, Hulon and Collins called for FBI Director
Mueller to meet with Hamad and give him the award when Mueller
visits Detroit today (10/16/03). They claimed Hamad is not
under investigation. Is it possible that "over a dozen
investigations" involving their friend were suddenly
completed in a week?
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,
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
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 Mawafaq Foundation, designated a terrorist
charity by the U.S. government.
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.
of U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins (center), with investigatees/terror
supporters Muthanna Al-Hanooti, Imad Hamad, unidentified person,
and Mohammed Alomari.
week ago, on the day the revoked award was to have been given,
Hamad appeared on Mitch Albom's ABC Radio show. Asked whether
he had ever been involved with terrorist groups and whether
he was a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist,
Hamad's response was an unconvincing, "Not really."
not seem to bother FBI SAIC Hulon, who hugged Hamad for TV
news cameras. That's no surprise, given other recent flubs
by Hulon's Detroit FBI.
Hulon's agents raided Michigan-based Islamic Assembly of North
America (IANA), a Saudi-funded charity suspected of Al-Quaida
links. Months before 9/11, its website urged jihad suicide
operations against America and linked to fatwahs "to
crash one's plane on a crucial enemy target to cause great
casualties." But while openly investigating IANA, Hulon's
agents allowed IANA's leader, Mohammed Al-Ahmari, to leave
the country, and he remains untouchable in Saudi Arabia.
As a result,
sources close to the Justice Department say the investigation
and prosecution were transferred to federal agencies in Boise,
Idaho, where Saudi national Sami Al-Hussayen was indicted
for providing material support to terrorists and secretly
funneling money to IANA.
too, has been a Justice Department disappointment, with a
mediocre record of terrorism convictions. Some of Collins'
blunders were made under the tremendous influence of Hamad.
After 9-11, federal agents visited temporary visa holders
from Middle Eastern countries for surprise interviews. But
in the Detroit area, Hamad convinced Collins to send out warning
letters asking the men to voluntarily show up for interviews
at his office. Only a third did. Others disappeared. "It's
like telling terrorists and aliens: We're looking for you,
go hide," said one Special Agent in Charge, at the time.
a USA Today article implies Collins and Hulon may have employed
Hamad as a translator. Their relationship is a little too
close for comfort. In May, while other awardees brought their
significant others, Collins was Hamad's date to a Detroit
News awards banquet.
that top federal agents and prosecutors would sacrifice national
security for political correctness. That's just another indication
that the war on terrorism is like a 1980's Adam Ant song:
But Not Serious.