National Public Radio, or National Money-laundering Radio?

March 10, 2011

When James O’Keefe released his sting video of NPR executives trashing conservatives, Republicans, and Jews while currying favor with what they though were potential donors from a Muslim Brotherhood front group, he promised a follow up. I had a feeling he wasn’t just blowing smoke; a slow drip of explosive revelations is the style he honed while working under Andrew Breitbart.

But I never thought it would be this good. Offering to hide the source of a donation from the IRS?

In case you don’t want to watch the whole thing, here’s the key portion, via The Daily Caller:

New video released Thursday afternoon indicates National Public Radio intended to accept a $5 million donation from fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust – and that the publicly funded radio network might have helped MEAC make the donation anonymously to protect it from a federal government audit.

When a man posing as Ibrahim Kasaam asked, “It sounded like you were saying NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?” NPR’s senior director of institutional giving, Betsy Liley, responded, “I think that is the case, especially if you are anonymous. I can inquire about that.” According to conservative James O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas organization conducted the NPR sting organization, the man posing as Kasaam made two follow-up phone calls to Liley after their lunch.

Liley said a $5 million donation would amount to about “10 years of support.”

Kasaam follows up by asking: “The fact that NPR is not only a tax-exempt organization, but also receives direct contributions from the government — does that invite some sort of government oversight or government examination of contributions, et cetera?”

Liley answered: “They have audited our programs at times and, I think, as part of that, they can look at our audited financials. If you are concerned in any way about that, that’s one reason you might want to be an anonymous donor. And, we would certainly, if that was your interest, want to shield you from that.

Emphasis added.

Liley goes on to say the same anonymous-donor protection was afforded to universities and other donors, but, come on! There’s a difference between taking money from, say, Notre Dame and covering up a gift from a self-admitted front for the Ikhwan. You know, the organization whose motto is:

“Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, the Jihad is our way, and the Death for Allah is our most exalted wish.”

But, don’t worry; NPR will make sure no one in the government knows the money came from the same group that founded Hamas, an organization designated as a terrorist organization by the Department of State.

Forget cutting their funding — NPR will be lucky if the FBI doesn’t show up with search warrants.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Jihadists and their supporters dominate DoJ terror prosecutions

March 10, 2011

Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is opening hearings today on the threat of radicalization of American Muslims by jihadist groups. Naturally, the usual coalition of Islamist front groups and their tools on the Left have denounced these hearings as “un-American,” “McCarthyist,” and Islamophobic.

Yet, when one goes past the screams of outrageous outrage and looks at facts, one fact stands out: most terror convictions involve defendants waging jihad fi sabil Allah — “jihad for the sake of Allah:”

More than 80 percent of all convictions tied to international terrorist groups and homegrown terrorism since 9/11 involve defendants driven by a radical Islamist agenda, a review of Department of Justice statistics shows.

Though Muslims represent about 1 percent of the American population, they constitute defendants in 186 of the 228 cases DOJ lists.

On Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee holds its first hearing into radicalization among Muslim Americans. Critics have taken issue with the focus on one religious minority, but the DOJ list shows that radical Islamists are disproportionately involved in terror-related crimes.

Al-Qaida is involved in the largest number of prosecutions, representing 30 percent of the 228 terror cases involving an identified group. Hizballah-affiliated defendants are involved in 10.5 percent of the cases and Hamas is part of 9 percent. Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was involved in 6.5 percent of the cases.

The remainder involved the South Asian Tamil Tigers and Colombia’s FARC. The article’s author, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, goes on to break down the statistics by international versus domestic terror plots, and it covers significant cases not included in the Justice report. All in all, it’s an enlightening and a disturbing survey.

My own opinion is that these hearings can serve a useful purpose, because there is no doubt that Islamic-supremacist groups have targeted the United States and want to radicalize the Muslim population here. As former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy details in his excellent “The Grand Jihad,” the Muslim Brotherhood operates here through fronts such as the Muslim Students Association, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and others to spread a Salafist interpretation of Islam with the goal of replacing our constitutional government based on individual liberties with sharia law. Leading Brotherhood intellectual Sheikh Yusef al Qaradawi has called this “jihad by da’wa.” (Islamic proselytism. See also.)

The fact is that there is a continuing strong effort to radicalize Muslims in the United States to support jihad, whether that means traveling overseas to fight (as in Somalia), fighting here in America (as in Times Square), or through non-violent support. The Department of Justice statistics bear that out. While I’m disappointed Congressman King has left out important, knowledgeable witnesses such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, and IPT’s Steve Emerson (especially since they could effectively challenge blatant apologists such as Congressman Keith Ellison), I do think these hearings can serve a valuable purpose by shedding light on efforts to radicalize Muslims in the United States. They will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.

LINKS: My blog-buddy Sister Toldjah launched a spirited defense of the hearings a couple of days ago. IPT’s Steve Emerson says the real hysteria-mongers are the Muslim-American groups attacking Congressman King. Oh, and by the way, the usual death threats from the Religion of Peace have made their appearance. An essay on “jihad fi sabil Allah.”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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