Report: ISNA Gave $100K to Terrorist Front Group
2:15 PM, Jun 24, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
A few days ago, Jennifer Rubin, writing at Pajamas Media, wondered: "Why is the Justice Department Cozying Up to Islamic Radicals?"
Rubin obtained a copy of an email seeking volunteers at the DOJ to represent the department in its booth at the Islamic Society of North America's convention. ISNA is no moderate Islamic fellowship, Rubin noted. Because of the excellent work done by federal prosecutors and organizations such as Steve Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), we know that ISNA has longstanding ties to radical groups around the world.
For example, ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. That trial resulted in the conviction of five former HLF officials who, among other illicit activities, were soliciting funds on behalf of Hamas, a radical wing of the Muslim Brotherhood that seeks the destruction of Israel.
As the Emerson's IPT has noted:
That is, federal prosecutors believe that the ISNA is a Trojan horse, operating on U.S. soil to collect funds for international extremism and terrorism, as well as to influence American public opinion.
Despite ISNA's disturbing ties, Rubin noted, the DOJ has repeatedly made "outreach efforts" to the organization. This occurred during the Bush years and has continued on in the Obama administration. An ISNA employee was even invited to speak at Obama's inaugural prayer service.
If ISNA's ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood won't dissuade the DOJ from befriending the organization, perhaps the group's ties to an al Qaeda charity will.
In a must-read exposÃ© on the financial ties between Saudi Arabia, including members of the royal family, and al Qaeda, the New York Times linked to several supporting documents today. One of these documents is a dossier prepared by German criminal investigators in 2003. The Germans investigated the financial dealings of an organization called the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), which moved hundreds of millions of dollars around in its sponsorship of terrorism.
TWRA was run by senior Bosnian government officials, and sponsored the relocation of hundreds, if not thousands, of jihadists to Bosnia to fight in the 1990s. While carrying out some legitimate humanitarian functions as a cover, TWRA was really a front for global terrorist operations.
And the ISNA was likely one of its donors.
The German criminal investigators' entry on ISNA reads (see this page on the Times's web site):
German criminal investigators concluded that ISNA's six-figure donation to TWRA was split into four transfers between July and October of 1992.
What was TWRA doing at the time? It was funding the terror network that executed the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and orchestrated a follow-on attack against landmarks in the New York metro area.As Evan Kohlmann explains in his book, Al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe: