Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial was a landmark case involving our basic ability to combat fund raising for jihad against the West here in our own country. Essentially the HLF was a money laundering setup designed by the Muslim Brotherhood to raise money here and front it to terrorist groups like Hamas.
Along with the main participants being found guilty, a number of other Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America ( ISNA) the North American Islamic Trust of (NAIT) and a number of people in the leadership of these groups were all named as unindicted co-conspirators, in preparation for formal indictments and a second round of trials to be held later.
In the interim, CAIR and several other of these unindicted conspirators filed an appeal to have their names taken off this list and demanded that the evidence against them be unsealed.
Unfortunately for them, when the 5th Court of Appeals had Judge Solis comply, not only did Judge Solis' ruling make a prima facie case for these groups in fact providing material support for terrorism, but the appellate court endorsed the ruling, finding ample grounds to prosecute these groups for providing material support for terrorism.
That was back in November of 2010, and the government was gathering its case together for the second round of the HLF trials when a funny thing happened.
CAIR founder and chairman Omar Ahmad and current CAIR executive director Nihad Awad were caught on FBI wiretaps attending a 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders in Philadelphia, as FBI agent Lara Burns testified in court. Both were on the list of unindicted conspirators about to become indicted co-conspirators and tried, and the prosecution had a very strong case since the appellate court had already ruled.
But suddenly, on March 31of this year a "Declination of Prosecution of Omar Ahmad," was sent from Assistant Attorney General David Kris to Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler. The Obama Department of Justice subsequently filed declinations to prosecute on most of the rest of the individuals cited as unindicted co-conspirators and ended the case, essentially letting CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT off the hook, as well as the executives involved.
The exchange below is quite interesting, as it involved Attorney General Eric Holder denying to House Judiciary committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)that the Obama Administration scuttled the investigation against these Muslim Brotherhood fronts for political considerations.
Jim Jacks was the interim federal attorney who successfully prosecuted the first round HLF trials and successfully defended the appeal by the unindicted co-conspirators in the 5th circuit. Last month, a report, quoting anonymous sources , described how Jacks and local FBI agents vehemently disagreed with the Obama Administration's decision not to indict Ahmad and to end its prosecution of the case against the Muslim Brotherhood fronts, out of fear of alienating the Muslim community.
As Rep. Gohmert points out, Jacks apparently said one thing before the disinclination to prosecute memo and something very different afterwards..and Gohmenrt asks Attorney General Eric Holder if political pressure was put on Jacks to get him to flip flop.
Eric Holder is, shall we say, somewhat habitually challenged when it comes to credibility and it's obvious that the word came down from the top, probably from the president himself.
These Muslim Brotherhood fronts have their tentacles deep in the Obama White House and Obama is counting on their help and support in the coming election.
Aside from that, the last thing the Obama Administration wants is controversy involving Muslim Brotherhood groups here in America....not when different figures in the Administration are busy telling us how secular and peaceful the Muslim Brotherhood is in preparation for outreach to the upcoming new regimes in Libya, Egypt and 'Palestine'.
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