Jimmy Carter speaking in Tokyo in 2003 (photo: United Nations University)
Former President Jimmy Carter’s center in Atlanta received more than $1 million from the family of Osama bin Laden, according to an investigative report.
A brother of the al-Qaida terrorist leader, Bakr M. bin Laden, funneled the money to the Carter Center in Atlanta through the Saudi Bin Laden Group, according to Melanie Morgan, chairman of a group opposing the Georgia Democrat called the Censure Carter Committee.
Morgan, a WorldNetDaily columnist, based her claim on papers she acquired from the Carter Center.
She points to a report showing Carter met with 10 of Osama bin Laden’s brothers early in 2000. The former president and his wife, Rosalyn, followed up the meeting with a breakfast with Bakr bin Laden in September 2000 and secured the first $200,000 towards the more than $1 million that has gone to the Carter Center.
Morgan says the connection between Carter and the bin Laden family is exactly the kind of charge leveled by Michael Moore against President Bush in the film “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Morgan’s group commented in a statement: “If you think this news troubles Michael Moore and his friends in the liberal, anti-war crowd, think again. You see, they’re not interested in the truth – they only seem interested in advancing their defeatist political message: America is almost always wrong–America is the source of many of the world’s problems.”
There’s some hypocrisy at work here, Morgan contends.
“Michael Moore used his film to viciously attack George W. Bush and undermine support for the war on terror,” she told John Gibson on the Fox News Channel.
It turns out it was Carter, not Bush, hanging out with the bin Ladens, she said.
The Carters hosted Moore in the presidential viewing box at the 2004 Democratic National Convention while former President Bill Clinton addressed the delegates.
Gibson said the Carter Center declined the opportunity to respond to the charges.
Censure Carter is about to launch a second wave of national television ads urging Americans to rebuke Carter’s efforts in North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and elsewhere.
“The mainstream media is pretending that the Carter-bin Laden story is a non-issue, so the Censure Carter Campaign is out raising the money to air the facts in TV ads,” the group says.
As WND reported last year, Morgan’s Move America Forward said Carter was linked with a key figure in the U.N.’s oil-for-food scandal, Samir Vincent, who pleaded guilty to participating in numerous illegal activities.
Vincent admitted to receiving allocations for more than 9 million barrels of oil between 1996 and 2003 in return for serving as an agent of Saddam Hussein’s regime. He worked at Hussein’s direction, lobbying U.S. and U.N. officials to end sanctions and to instead implement the oil-for-food scam.
The first documented contact between Carter and Vincent was in September 1999. Vincent had organized a tour of Iraqi religious leaders to meet with individuals in the United States who might be persuaded to speak out against the sanctions against Iraq. The trip also included discussions of ways to oppose U.S. and British air strikes against Iraqi missile batteries in southern Iraq, which had fired on American and British aircraft engaged in enforcing the southern “No Fly Zone.”
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