Congressman Gregory Meeks Ran Interference for Al Qaeda-linked Imam

US Rep. Gregory Meeks scolded immigration officials for questioning a Muslim scholar whose nonprofits have been linked to financing terrorism.

The Queens Democrat contacted federal agencies — finally appealing to then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — asking why Anwar Hajjaj faced “unwarranted scrutiny” when he returned to the United States from trips abroad through JFK Airport.

But The New York Post has learned Hajjaj also headed the Taibah International Aid Association, a charity that has been accused of funding Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. The group was co-founded by Abdullah A. bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s nephew, who has been investigated for his ties to groups that have funded al Qaeda and Hamas.

Hajjaj is also director of another Virginia-based nonprofit, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth International, or WAMY. It was also founded by bin Laden’s nephew and said to support al Qaeda. The group’s 2005 federal tax form, the most recent available, is signed by Hajjaj, who is listed as director.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/rep_helped_jihad_flier_hSquRbF732a7bJB42XKn5L

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Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh still getting plenty of funds from zakat

Flow of money from local, foreign sources remains intact despite arrest of top brass

Financial strength of militant organisation Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh has been a grave concern for law enforcement agencies as the banned outfit is reportedly getting more than Tk 50 lakh a month from local and foreign sources.

JMB’s activities have lately appeared on the wane following the arrest of its top brass, including its chief Moulana Saidur Rahman, and explosives experts.

But law enforcers involved with anti-militancy drives believe its network of financial support survives intact. The flow of fund in the form of supporters’ monthly contributions, Zakat and donation apparently remains uninterrupted.

The officers, however, could not say who handles the funds after the arrest of Saidur in May. The JMB chief himself was in charge of its finance division.

Of their monthly earning, around Tk 6 lakh is being sent by around 3,000 JMB supporters staying in Australia, England, Italy, Canada, Malaysia and middle-east countries, according to a statement made by Saidur at Taskforce for Interrogation cell recently.

They send cash to their families mainly via people including friends and relatives. A portion of the money goes to JMB fund.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=154489

Founder of Islamic Charity Convicted of Funding Chechen Jihadists

A federal court in Eugene, Oregon has convicted Pete Seda, the founder of an Islamic charity accused of funneling $150,000 to Chechen mujahideen.

Seda accepted a large donation intended to support “our Muslim brothers in Chychnia,” and then surreptitiously shifted the money to Saudi Arabia in the form of difficult to trace traveler’s checks.

http://www.investigativeproject.org/2173/founder-of-islamic-charity-convicted

Al Haramain Islamic Foundation Trial to Exposes Charity Support for Terrorism

The fate of an Oregon man whose Islamic charity is accused of financing Chechen terrorists is about to be in the hands of a federal jury.

http://www.investigativeproject.org/2170/trial-exposes-charity-abuse

The fast-growing “New Economy of Terror”

The Australian Conservative has published an excellent article on terror financing, including sections on Shariah Finance. We have posted excerpts and a link to this must-read article…

The Financing of Islamist Terrorism: its importance, sources, linkages, structures and mechanisms; how to shut it down and the implications for counterterrorism policy.

One of the most important lynchpins that is at the heart of facilitating the ‘New Economy of Terror’ is the Islamic banking system, the operation of which is global and governed by Islamic jurisprudence, or Sharia Law, and is therefore not yet well understood by us in the West, whether we come from the financial industry or the law enforcement and counterterrorism sector.

http://australianconservative.com/2010/09/the-“new-economy-of-terror”/