CAIR’s Tampa Terror Banquet

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When someone linked to the ’93 bombing of the World Trade Center is a featured speaker at a fundraiser sponsored by a group created by Hamas operatives and run by a Hezbollah defender, one could easily surmise that the function described would be taking place in the Middle East. Yet, this event, which was held this past weekend and raised a large amount of money, took place in a major American city, Tampa, Florida.

On the night of Saturday, November 23rd, the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) sponsored a fundraising banquet featuring what should be considered highly controversial figures from the Muslim community. One of these individuals was an imam who goes by the name of Johari Abdul-Malik.

Abdul-Malik is the Outreach Director of Falls Church, Virginia’s Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center. He was brought in to head the mosque, after his predecessor, Anwar al-Awlaki, left the United States to become al-Qaeda’s leader in Yemen. And shortly before Awlaki became the mosque’s imam, Hamas fundraiser Mohammad al-Hanooti held the position. [Today, al-Hanooti is listed on al-Hijrah’s website as the center’s Mufti.] According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, al-Hijrah itself has been considered by federal law enforcement officials to be a front for Hamas.

Since Abdul-Malik has been employed by al-Hijrah, he has supported and/or defended a number of convicted terrorists. They include: Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison, in part for his role in a plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a former al-Hijrah teacher and camp counselor, who is serving a life prison sentence for providing material support to al-Qaeda and for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Ali al-Timimi, who received a life prison sentence for instructing his Northern Virginia followers to wage war on the United States.

Another of the featured speakers at CAIR-Tampa’s Saturday banquet was the imam of Brooklyn, New York’s at-Taqwa Mosque, Siraj Wahhaj.

In 1995, Wahhaj was named by the United States government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” for a federal trial dealing with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, an act which resulted in the deaths of six innocent Americans. Wahhaj had been linked to the bomb-maker of the attack, Clement Rodney Hampton-El, and during the trial, he was a character witness for the spiritual leader of the attack, the “Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, whom Wahhaj has openly praised.

This was not the first time CAIR has brought Wahhaj in as a speaker for one of its affairs, so CAIR’s representatives can’t make the excuse that they didn’t know about his insidious background. Indeed, Wahhaj has spoken at a large number of CAIR events and has previously served as a member of CAIR-National’s Board of Advisers.

In reality, no one can expect CAIR to vet terror-related speakers, when the group itself has been, in large part, associated with terrorism.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at CAIR Tampa

by Joe Kaufman:

Those who attend CAIR’s fundraising banquet in Tampa tomorrow should understand that they are bringing money to an organization that employs radicals – a group that raises many “red flags” if not black flags.

Tomorrow, November 10, the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will be sponsoring its Mid-Florida Region’s 8th Annual Banquet at a hotel on the campus of the University of South Florida (USF) — a fundraising event featuring a number of questionable individuals, from its speakers to its attendees to its organizers.

One of the advertised speakers at the banquet is Siraj Wahhaj, named an “unindicted co-conspirator” for a federal trial dealing with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Other named co-conspirators for the trial were, among others, Osama bin Laden and bin Laden’s mentor, Abdullah Azzam.

Wahhaj has been linked to the bomb maker of the attack, Clement Rodney Hampton-El, and during the trial, was a character witness for the spiritual leader of the bombing, “the Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, whom Wahhaj has openly praised.

According to the Facebook page for CAIR-Tampa’s banquet, also attending the event will be Yahia Megahed. In October 2007, Megahed was accused by U.S. prosecutors of signing and using coded language to communicate with his brother, Youssef, who at the time was in prison and charged with illegally transporting explosive materials.

Yahia’s own Facebook page contains a photo of himself brandishing a rifle, while prosecutors argued against his brother’s release due to what was called his brother’s “growing interest in firearms.”

Hassan Shibly, the Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa since June 2011, had, before that, been the subject of a number of controversies.

In December 2004, while heading back from a radical Muslim conference in Toronto, Shibly was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, “singled out,” as one publication put it, “as a possible terrorist.” According to court documents, the CBP “received intelligence that gave them reason to believe that persons with known terrorist ties would be attending certain Islamic conferences to be held during the year-end holiday season of 2004, including the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference at the Skydome in Toronto, Canada.”

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9/11 a Prequel? Next Attack on America in Works (Part II)

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD

Part  I : Eleven Years after 9/11, the Threat Remains: The Leading Al Qaeda Operative  Remains at Large

Think 9/11 was a thing of the past?

Think that you’re safe and secure.

Think again.

Meet Adnan el-Shukrijumah.

He’s a chameleon.

Adnan el-Shukrijumah possesses an uncanny ability to blend into a  crowd, to alter his looks, and to assume a multitude of identities. Few things  about him indicate his Islamic orientation. He is often clean-shaven and rarely  wears a long shirt (shalwat kameez) or chews a toothpick. He has been  known to have a beer (like an average American Joe), to smoke a Marlboro, and to  carry rosary beads in his pocket. He has posed as an Italian-American, a  Mexican-American, a Canadian, a Saudi, a Jamaican, an Arab, and a Latino from  Trinidad. He stands somewhere between 5’4″ and 5’6″; weighs 140 pounds; and  suffers from sacute asthma. He has black hair, dark brown eyes, an olive  complexion, a mole on one cheek and a very prominent Mediterranean proboscis. A  key distinguishing feature is a scar on the left side of his face below and  forward of his earlobe.

Adnan is fluent in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic. He is a trained pilot  and a computer whiz. But, his central area of interest, training and expertise  is nuclear engineering.

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THE NUCLEAR MISSION

In Pakistan, Shukrijumah became singled out by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to  spearhead the next great attack on America – a nuclear attack that would take  place simultaneously in seven U.S. cities (New York, Boston, Miami, Houston, Los  Angeles, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.), leaving millions dead and the richest  and most powerful nation on earth in ashes.[x]

To prepare for this mission, a team of al-Qaeda operatives reportedly were  sent by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to McMaster  University in order to gain  knowledge of nuclear technology and to obtain access to the reactor. Along with  Adnan, the team purportedly consisted of Anas al Liby, an engineer from Libya  and member of the al-Qaeda high command; Jaber A. Elbaneh, a Yemeni national and  naturalized American citizen who worked closely with the Lackawanna Six domestic  cell near Buffalo, New York; and Amer el Matti, a Canadian national and licensed  pilot. Another visitor to the campus, according to several sources, was  Abderraouf Jdey from the Montreal cell.

At McMaster, Adnan purportedly kept to himself, made few new friends or  acquaintances, kept strictly to his studies, and left the facility at the same  time as his colleagues.[xi]

He also managed to obtain employment at the reactor – – allegedly as a  guide.[xii] Adnan’s “normal’ behavior on the Hamilton campus, a source said,  gave him entry to places where dangerous materials were stored without raising  undue suspicion. Bit by bit, the al-Qaeda operative allegedly managed to pilfer  approximately 180 pounds of nuclear material from the university – – enough to  build several radiological bombs.[xiii]

According to Israeli sources, Shukrijumah was under surveillance by Canadian  officials in early October 2003, when he suddenly stopped attending classes and  failed to show up for work. His disappearance aroused no concern, the sources  say, until a few days later when the nuclear material was reported  missing.[xiv]

Jayne Johnson, a spokesperson for McMaster  University, declined to comment  on the reports of Shukrijumah and the other al-Qaeda agents at the school. Other  McMaster officials denied that any al Qaeda agents were on campus and that any  nuclear or radiological material was missing from the campus. But Adnan’s stay  at the Canadian school has been verified by Rolf Mowatt Larssen of Harvard  University’s Belfer Center.[xv] It was allegedly was facilitated by Dremali, his  mentor at Broward Community College. Dremali had formed associations with fellow  Egyptian engineers at McMaster and reportedly retained an affiliation with a  clandestine club in Ontario that had been formed, in part, to assist newly  arrived Arabs in the acculturation process. {The connection between Adnan and  Dremali remains to be fully investigated by the FBI. In 2005, Dremali left his  teaching position at Broward to become the imam of a mosque in Des Moines, Iowa.  He allegedly also left his wife Lamyaa who now resides at in Colombia,  Kentucky).

In an interview pertinent to this report, Hamid Mir confirmed that he had  received verification that Anas al-Liby was at McMaster and that Liby had been  instrumental in the removal of radiological/nuclear material from the reactor.  Mir further testified that nuclear weapons and materials had been forward  deployed by al-Qaeda to the United   States.[xvi] Despite Mir’s stature among  journalist as the only reporter to interview Osama bin Laden in the wake of  9/11, federal officials have neglected to seek out the bases of his claims.

Where is Adnan hiding?

Is he really capable of launching a devastating attack on American soil?

Stay tuned. Part three of Adnan’s story will appear on this site  tomorrow.

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