More background on the HLF case as summarized by the US DOJ.
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In February 2009, U.S. Senators Jon Kyl, Charles Schumer, and Tom Coburn wrote to FBI director Robert Mueller about the FBI’s decision to suspend formal ties with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. According to the Bureau’s response: “The FBI’s decision to suspend formal contacts was not intended to reflect wholesale judgment of the organization and its entire membership. Nevertheless, until we can resolve whether there continued to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”
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A federal grand jury indicted the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (“HLF”) and several individuals (collectively, the “HLF Defendants”) on charges stemming from the allegation that the defendants had engaged in a criminal conspiracy to provide support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist group. This case, which went to trial twice, ultimately led to the conviction of five HLF officials on all counts in 2008.
In May of 2007, the Government filed a pre-trial brief for the purpose of setting forth “an overview of the case, the scope of the conspiracy, and the different kinds of evidence that the government will seek to admit at trial and the evidentiary bases for the admission of that evidence.” Under the heading “Breadth of Conspiracy,” the Government included “Attachment A”, which bore the title “List of Unindicted Co-conspirators and/or Joint Venturers” and listed the names of 246 individuals and entities, organized under various headings.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the individual Mohamed Akram Adlouni (credited writer of “The Explanatory Memorandum”) were included under the heading ” The following are individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations”.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) were included under the heading “The following are individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
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In 2003, U.S. investigators uncovered a document that closely mimics the directives in “The Project” document. The memo implores members of the Brotherhood to “understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” The memo also identifies 29 Muslim American organizations that can be enlisted in the jihad. This document was admitted as evidence in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, which was a Hamas front operating in the United States.
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Following 9/11, the United States and its allies moved to shut down international funding of terrorism. During an investigation of Bank Al Taqwa, Swiss authorities discovered “The Project” documents at the villa of Yousef Nada, the bank’s director and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. “The Project” is an ambitious 12-point plan to establish a worldwide Islamic state.
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