Saturday, November 27, 2010

Only in America: Muslim Terrorist Groups Get Tax Exemptions

Photo from the Gaza Suicide Bombers Parade, 2006
The IRS and your state and local tax collectors may be bleeding you dry, but then, you probably are not registered as a tax-exempt charity like three suicide bomber support groups in the U.S.

U.S. authorities have known about the activities of these groups since at least 2008, when a Dallas jury convicted the largest Muslim charity in the U.S. of raising money to support the suicide bombers of the Palestinan terror group, Hamas, an activity that has been illegal in the U.S. since 1995. That "charity" for terrorists raised money under the pious-sounding name, the Holy Land Foundation, but it was founded by the "international Muslim Brotherhood, the parent group of Hamas," to be used as a tool to "eventually undermine the American constitutional government."

During that public trial, FBI agents fingered some powerful U.S. Islamic groups as Hamas front groups. You are likely to recognise the name of at least one of these front groups from countless appearances of their members as advocates for Muslim "concerns" on television talk shows. That group is, of course, CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which poses as a Muslim "civil rights" group and is headquartered within three blocks of the U.S. Capitol.

You may not have heard of the two other groups in the terrorist trio, but they are very important:
  • ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, which, posing as a Muslim "advocacy" group, controls most of the Islamic centers and Islamic schools in the country from its base in Indianapolis; and
  • NAIT, the North American Islamic Trust, a Saudi-funded subsidiary which holds the deeds to hundreds of American mosques, including the infamous 9/11 mosque in Washington, DC.
From Investors Business Daily:
Outrageously, these dangerous fronts, cloaked as they are in religious garb, still enjoy charitable tax status. The IRS exempts their funding, much of which comes from the Middle East.
And they are still free to lobby Congress, Homeland Security and the TSA against airport profiling and other anti-terror measures.
Yet none are even registered as lobbyists, let alone foreign agents.
After the trial, when it was clear that the three Hamas front groups had been placed on a government list of organizations and people who conspire with terrorists, the trio brazenly sued to have their names cleared. No such luck. U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there is "ample evidence" that the three groups' supported Hamas suicide bombers and their families. The ISNA and NAIT paid suicide bombers and their families "hundreds of thousands of dollars." CAIR's founding chairman, Omar Ahmad, and acting executive director, Nihad Awad, plotted to disguise those payments as charity. Judge Solis pointed out the inconvenient truth that the designation of the three groups as terrorist co-conspirators is supported by bank records, wiretap evidence, and FBI agent testimony.
Although the FBI has severed ties with CAIR, other government agencies have not. For instance, CAIR continues to select Muslim guests to speak and pray in Congress. CAIR chief Awad even prayed alongside Anwar Awlaki, now a fugitive al-Qaida cleric.

The FBI, meanwhile, still does outreach with ISNA. And the White House has solicited the group for resumes. Many Muslims tied to ISNA have been hired for sensitive positions within the government.
Political correctness gone suicidal.

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