Islamic Charities and the IRS

Finally, the former leaders of al Qaeda affiliated Boston “charity”
<http://www.washingt onpost.com/ wp-dyn/%20conten t/article/ 2008/01/11/ AR200801
1103409.html> CARE Int., were convicted. Not for funding al Qaeda, which
they have, but for cheating on their taxes.

CARE Int. members not only funded al Qaeda, but also had access to U.S. top
national secrets through Ptech, Yassin al Qadi’s funded IT company in
Quincy, Massachusetts. This connection, to the best of my knowledge was
first exposed in my article
<http://www.frontpag emag.com/ Articles/ ReadArticle. asp?ID=17730> Dollars of
Terror , in FrontPageMagazine. co, April 18, 2005

On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2007, “Three former leaders of an Islamic charity were
convicted on federal tax and fraud charges in Boston yesterday for using tax
exemptions to hide support for religious militants and alleged terrorists
overseas. The convictions marked a victory for the Justice Department ,
which has had limited success in prosecuting charity groups suspected of
financial ties to al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups since the attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001. The defunct group, Care International Inc., described itself
as a charity for Muslim refugees, widows and orphans. Prosecutors said,
however, that the organization distributed a newsletter in favor of jihadist
causes and lent other support to Islamic militants since its formation in
1993…….
Emadeddin Muntasser, 43, the group’s founder, and Muhammed Mubayyid, 42, a
former treasurer, were convicted on all counts. Samir al-Monla, 50, a former
Care International president, was convicted on all counts but one. He was
acquitted on a false statement charge. Officials said the defendants could
face 10 to 19 years in prison…..”
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My June 2005 article, The Business of Terror
<http://http/ /www.frontpagema g.com/Articles/ Read.aspx? GUID={B9EABA98-CB5A- 4F
DA-8A75-E91DA4FE369 7}> details Care Int. and Ptech’s pentration into the
central nervous system of America’s national security system:

On May 11, 2005, Muhamed Mubayyid was arrested and charged in Boston’s
District Court for filing false tax returns on behalf of Care International,
for which he acted as treasurer.[1] Mubayyid was also the Customer Services
manager of the company known as Ptech, a privately owned technology company
based in Quincy, Massachusetts. [2] Ptech, which recently changed its name to
GoAgile, developed a software, also called Ptech, that was used primarily to
develop enterprise blueprints that held every important functional,
operational, and technical detail of a given enterprise.

Mubayyid is only the latest of Ptech’s top investors and managers to run
afoul with the law. Mubayyid personifies the interlinks of the complex
infrastructure, which were established by al-Qaeda and other Islamist
organizations in the US.

But Mubayyid was not arrested for his connection with al-Qaeda. Rather, was
charged for making false statements and conspiring to defraud the US by
misrepresenting Care’s activities, which involved “the solicitation and
expenditure of funds to support and promote the mujahideen and jihad,
including the distribution of pro-jihad publications.” [3]

Care International is the now defunct Muslim charity that was originally the
Boston branch office of the al-Kifah Refugee Center in Brooklyn, New York,
from which Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman funded and plotted the 1993 World Trade
Center bombing.

Care International was already publicly identified as supporting al-Qaeda
back in 2002, yet it remained open, and several of its employees worked
and/or were affiliated with Ptech.

Ptech was raided by the FBI on December 6, 2002, following a tip from an
employee who suspected that the company was connected to the 9/11 attacks.
Indeed, on October 12, 2001, Yassin al-Kadi, Ptech’s top investor at that
time, was listed by the US government as a specially designated global
terrorist for his support of al-Qaeda.[4] Al-Kadi invested at least $18
million directly in Ptech, $5 million through the Isle of Man, and $9
million indirectly through BMI, a now-defunct New Jersey-based Islamic
investment firm with connections to other members on Ptech’s management and
investors.[5] Al-Kadi also transferred $2 million USD to Ptech from
Switzerland between 1997 and 2000, according to Swiss investigators.

Richard Clarke in his testimony before the Senate on October 22, 2003, said:
“Qadi was the head of Muwafaq, a Saudi relief organization that reportedly
transferred at least $3 million, on behalf of Khalid bin Mahfouz, to Usama
bin Laden and assisted al Qida [sic.] fighters in Bosnia.” Moreover,
according to the Treasury Department letter to Switzerland’s Attorney
General in November 2001, Muwafaq fronted for, and funded Makhtab
al-Khidamat (MK), al-Qaeda, HAMAS, and the Abu-Sayyaf organization, to name
just a few. Yet, Muwafaq was not designated as a terrorist organization.

Al-Kadi’s businesses extend throughout the world, and included banking,
diamonds, chemicals, construction, transportation, and real estate. It would
be hard to find a more strategically placed individual to advance the agenda
of al-Qaeda, or any other terrorist organization. Kadi is still at large,
and according to recent media reports, expanding his business in Asia.

The identities and connections of some other Ptech investors and managers
should have also raised a red flag. Even Ptech removed from its website the
names of several board members and/or their affiliations after a WSJ exposé
on December 6, 2002.

Take Hussein Ibrahim, who was Ptech’s chief scientist. According to former
employees of Ptech and a whistleblower, he was introduced by Yassin al-Kadi
to Ptech when the company was founded in 1994. Ibrahim developed the Arabic
version of Ptech under the name Horizons. He was also BMI’s founder and
President. After an expose about al-Kadi and BMI’s connections to HAMAS in
the WSJ, Ptech removed any reference to al-Kadi and BMI from its website.
Ptech Board member Suliman Biheiri, also an Egyptian, is alleged by the US
government to have funneled $3.7 million from the Saudi funded charity, the
SAAR Foundation, to Islamist terrorists. He funneled the money through
Hussein Ibrahim’s BMI.[6]

Biheiri, who was already in prison for immigration fraud, was convicted in
October 2004 for lying about businesses with HAMAS leader Mousa Abu Marzook.
He also had links to the Muslim Brotherhood, and to a major al-Qaeda
money-laundering machine, the al-Taqwa network. One of al-Taqwa’s companies,
also designated as a terrorist entity, was used not only to fund al-Qaeda,
but also to launder Saddam Hussein’s money.

Then, there was Yakub Mirza, a Pakistani, who was not only al-Kadi’s
business partner in Ptech, but according to a government indictment on
October 2003, was also the financial mastermind, Trustee, President and CEO
of the SAAR Foundation. The indictment listed the SAAR foundation as
connected to the SAFA Foundation, another Saudi sponsored foundation, which
also provided material support to Islamist terrorist groups.

Mirza was a busy man. He was also a Trustee on the board of Sanabel, the
investment arm of the Saudi International Islamic Relief Organization
(IIRO), which shared the same address as the SAAR Foundation: 555 Grove
Street in Herndon, Virginia. Mirza set up and was the Secretary and
Treasurer of the US branch of the Muslim World League (MWL), another Saudi
charity that also served as the fund-raising arm of the US branch of the
IIRO. Mirza, along with these organizations, is still missing from the US
Government Designated Terrorist list.[7]

Abdurahman Muhammad Alamoudi, another Ptech founder, was the President of
the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the American Muslim Foundation (AMF);
both received thousands of dollars from the Success Foundation, which
provided logistical and financial support for Islamist terror organizations.
Alamoudi openly and frequently stated his support for HAMAS and Hizbollah.
Like Mirza, he too was a member of the IIRO. Alamoudi pled guilty in July
2004 to charges related to a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince
Abdullah. Like Mirza, Alamoudi is also missing from the US Government
Designated Terrorist list.

Suheil Laher, who was Ptech’s chief architect, was also closely associated
with Care International. Laher has written many articles in support of
Jihad, frequently quoting Abdullah Azzam, Bin Laden’s mentor, whose general
philosophy is shared by all Islamist terrorists: “Jihad and the rifle alone!
No negotiations; No conferences; and No dialogues.” (emphasis added). He was
let go after the media reported about his affiliation with Care
International. [8] He now runs his own “Islam Site.”[9]

The connections and affiliations of Ptech’s investors and management with
known terrorists and/or terror funding organizations are especially
worrisome when you consider Ptech’s clients in 2001[10], which included the
Department of Justice; the Department of Energy; Customs; Air Force; FAA;
the White House; IBM; Sysco; Aetna; and Motorola, to name just a few.

Examples of information gathered utilizing Ptech’s capabilities include the
following:

A complete blueprint of a nuclear waste disposal site would detail the
security procedures required to access military bases during transfer of
nuclear waste materials. It would also include security rules, revealing
where tight security searches vs. random searches exist for conducting
detailed identity screening and security checks. These are typically noted
in the architecture process, and surely, would be of interest to terrorists.

Another example is product specifications in the blueprint for Smartcards –
as implemented in various defense facilities. It would include enough
information to provide templates for duplication, and for unauthorized
production of fake Smart IDs. Needless to say, these are basic tools in the
arsenal of criminals and terrorists alike.

When Ptech was raided in December 2002, no arrests were made and the company
continued to operate. Interviewed by a local newsletter, on May 2004,
Ptech’s CEO, Oussama Ziade said: “Ptech still has government agencies as
customers, including, the White House.” Repeated calls to GoAgile went
unanswered, there was no voicemail, and communication by e-mail is possible
only for clients.

Even the concerns – few as they were – with Ptech after it was raided were
misplaced. On Jan. 22, 2003, Sen. Grassley wrote to FBI Director Robert
Muller: “I am concerned…[with] vulnerabilities which might arise from using
Ptech software.” However, no questions were raised regarding the information
to which Ptech’s employees, management, and investors had access. Mr.
Mubayyid’s recent indictment seems to provide the opportunity for
reexamination of Ptech’s access to our national security infrastructure.

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Director of American Center for Democracy
(www.public- integrity. org), is the author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism is
Financed – and How to Stop it (Bonus Books, 2005) and a member of the
Committee on the Present Danger.
[1] U.S. Dept. of Justice, Michael J. Sullivan, Press Release, “Former
Officers of Care International Inc. Indicted,” May 12, 2005.

[2] “The I Team Investigates P-Tech,” CBS4, December 9, 2002.
http://wbz4. com/iteam/ local_story_ 343143121. html

[3] UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA (Crim. No.) v. MUHAMED MUBAYYID, and EMADEDDIN Z. MUNTASSER, May 12,
2005.

[4] According to the Wall St. Journal Dec. 6, 2002) and Newsday (December 7,
2002),

[5] On the Ptech Affair, see: Justin Pope, “Software company tries to
survive terrorism investigation,” The Detroit News, January 4, 2003.
http://www.detnews. com/2003/ technology/ 0301/06/technolo gy-51266. htm

[6] see: MATTHEW BARAKAT Muslim Banker Convicted of Lying About Business
with Hamas Leader, AP Thursday, Mar. 31, 2005).

[7] see also, http://wbz4. com/iteam/ local_story_ 343145212. html

[8] (http://www2. whdh.com: 80/news/articles /local/A7450/).

[9] (http://webpages. marshall. edu/~laher1/ .

[10] (according to Ptech’s website at that time, as well as the WSJ and
other media reports)
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is author of Funding Evil; How Terrorism is
Financed—and How to Stop It, Director of American Center for Democracy and a
member of the Committee on the Present Danger. She is a noteworthy authority
on international terrorism, political corruption, money laundering, drug
trafficking, and organized crime. Most recently, she was a consult for the
Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Strategy.

 

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