In a heated exchange over the Juan Williams-NPR flap, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly cornered a senior Council on American-Islamic Relations official into making what appears to be a false statement about the embattled group’s financial dealings.
Kelly asked CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper if his Washington-based Muslim nonprofit organization, an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator recently cut off from FBI outreach, gives money to NPR.
The question was relevant, because, as WND reported, CAIR just days earlier had fired off a letter to NPR urging action against Williams, who it employed as a radio show host. Williams, also a Fox News political analyst, recently confessed on the air that since the 9/11 hijackings, flying with conspicuously Muslim passengers on commercial flights has made him nervous. CAIR was widely credited with pressuring NPR to fire Williams from his radio job for spreading “Islamophobia.”
“Does CAIR contribute to NPR?” Kelly asked Hooper.
“No, we don’t contribute to anybody,” Hooper replied, suggesting CAIR does not donate funds even to Islamic nonprofits and charities.
But tax records tell a different story.
The Holy Land Foundation, recently busted as the main fundraising arm for Hamas in America, commingled funds and assets with CAIR to a degree previously unreported, raising new alarms in the wake of Holy Land’s 2008 conviction on terror money-laundering charges.
As Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism has already revealed, Holy Land provided at least $5,000 in revenues to CAIR as it was starting up operations in the 1990s. CAIR, in turn, solicited funds for the Holy Land Foundation.
After 9/11, as rescue workers were still pulling bodies from Ground Zero, CAIR fooled visitors to its website into contributing to the charitable front by telling them their donations would benefit World Trade Center victims – including New York firefighters. The link it posted actually took contributors to the home page for the Holy Land Foundation – a charitable front for Palestinian terrorists.
Federal tax records also show CAIR’s chapters have donated money directly to the illegal charity. For example, CAIR’s regional office in Northern California sent at least $500 to Holy Land’s post office box in Richardson, Texas, in 1999. Signing off on the transaction was none other than Omar Ahmad, then chairman of CAIR National.
All this is well known, however, at least among jihad watchers.
What has not been reported is that CAIR’s national organization in late 1995 contributed at least $40,000 to a Holy Land subsidiary that also was raided and shut down after 9/11, according to never-before-seen tax records uncovered by investigative journalist and terrorism analyst Paul Sperry, co-author of “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
The item is revealed on a balance sheet attached to the original corporation franchise-tax return that CAIR filed the following year with the District of Columbia. The subsidiary – InfoCom Corp. – fronted as a Web-hosting firm, and shared officers and funds with Holy Land. In fact, InfoCom was located across the street from Holy Land’s headquarters in Richardson, Texas.
The company was run by convicted terrorist and CAIR-Texas founding director Ghassan Elashi. InfoCom itself was convicted on charges of terror money-laundering in 2004. At least $250,000 in investment capital was funneled through InfoCom by senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was designated a terrorist in 1995 and had his accounts frozen. The FBI says he “financed terrorist activities.”
CAIR made its own $40,000 “investment” in InfoCom just months before InfoCom’s parent, the Holy Land Foundation, wired an early 1996 payment of exactly $40,000 to the Islamic Relief Committee, a conduit for Hamas in the Palestinian territories.
The Islamic Relief Committee had requested more money to finance “weapons to carry out the jihad operations,” according to one hand-written missive federal prosecutors submitted among exhibits in the Holy Land trial.
“You do not know how happy people become when they watch those mujahideen,” it added, referring to Hamas terrorists, “and how proud they feel when they parade in their uniforms and weapons – and the extent of their honor when they carry out their jihadist operations against the Jews and their tentacles.”
Hamas is a federally designated terrorist group that has murdered at least 17 Americans and injured more than 100 U.S. citizens.
CAIR’s “investment” in InfoCom – as the item is listed on its balance sheet) – was a large sum for the young organization. In fact, it represented about half its total assets at the time, the tax records show.
And it was made after the U.S. government officially designated Hamas a terrorist group. In January 1995, President Clinton banned transfer of money to Hamas through charitable donations from U.S. groups and citizens.
The never-before-disclosed financial transaction adds to the pile of evidence prosecutors presented at trial alleging CAIR conspired with Holy Land to raise money for Hamas.
“There is no question CAIR supports Hamas,” says retired FBI special agent John Vincent, a 27-year bureau veteran who worked Hamas terror-funding cases in Chicago and other cities.
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