The Obama administration invited the president of one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas terror finance case, United States v. Holy Land Foundation – the Islamic Society of North America (“ISNA”)– to the White House for a Ramadan dinner banquet two years in a row. Now it is running interference for ISNA and other Islamist allies in a politically sensitive case that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice were thinking of bringing against them.
The mainstream news media, including cable news stations, have dropped the ball on an explosive story – the Obama administration’s despicable decision for political reasons not to prosecute the 246 individuals and Islamist organizations, named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case. The Obama administration is trying to keep its political interference as secret as possible, refusing requests for disclosure of an internal Department of Justice memorandum discussing the matter.
According to a high-ranking source within the Department of Justice, who spoke exclusively to Patrick Poole writing for Pajamas Media – part of the new media that is making mainstream media obsolete – the decision not to seek indictments of the Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) and its co-founder Omar Ahmad (also the former head of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States), ISNA, and the North American Islamic Trust (“NAIT”), was a politically motivated decision from the top down.
In order to curry favor in the Muslim-American community as part of the Obama administration’s Muslim out-reach program, high-ranking officials at Department of Justice headquarters overrode vehement and stated objections of special agents and supervisors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas, who had investigated and successfully prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation case.
Poole’s Department of Justice source said that from a purely legal point of view the case against the unindicted co-conspirators was solid, including wiretaps. The career prosecutors’ intent was to pursue them directly in a second round of prosecutions, after first dealing with the Holy Land Foundation itself. The case for naming them as co-conspirators in the first place was evidently strong enough to convince a Federal District Court judge to deny the requests of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT to strike their names from the United States Attorney’s list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case.
United States District Judge Jorge A. Solis concluded that the
Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with [the Holy Land Foundation, “HLF”], the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration decided not to allow career investigators and prosecutors to follow the evidence and pursue cases against these Islamist groups and their leaders, evidently because it was afraid of being embarrassed in prosecuting its “interfaith” allies.
Poole’s high-ranking Department of Justice whistle-blower complained:
By closing down these prosecutions, the evidence we’ve collected over the past decade that implicates most of the major Islamic organizations will never see the light of day.
And he had this chilling observation about the Obama appointees at the Islamicized Department of Justice:
Many of the people I work with at Justice now see CAIR not just as political allies, but ideological allies. They believe they are fighting the same revolution. It’s scary. And Congress and the American people need to know this is going on.
Fortunately, the Islamists’ and their Leftist allies’ favorite target in Congress, Representative Peter King (R-NY), is doing what he can to expose this scandal. He has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding some answers to such questions as the following:
- What are the reasons for the Department’s decisions not to prosecute CAIR, ISNA, NAIT and Mr. Ahmad, who is a CAIR co-founder and former head of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States?
- Who made the final decision not to prosecute? Who, if anyone, from the Executive Office of the President, consulted with, advised, or otherwise communicated with the Department of Justice, in electronic, oral or written form, regarding the Department’s decision to not seek indictments of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT and Mr. Ahmad?
- How does and will the Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation address the potential for CAIR, ISNA, or NAIT to engage in terrorism financing? What policies with regard to those organizations have you implemented to address that threat?
Right on, Congressman King. Stick to your convictions and expose the Obama administration’s willingness to cover for their Islamist allies. Anyone in the Obama administration who is found to have obstructed cases against them may be guilty of obstruction of justice and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam