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Pro-Hamas, Ft. Lauderdale

December 31, 2008
From a friend.
Don

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On Tuesday December 30, 2008 – I took the Concorde jet to Pakistan and videotaped a Pro-Hamas demonstration in downtown Karachi … except, I did not take the Concorde and did not go to Pakistan…but I did tape a Pro-Hamas Demonstration…in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

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IPT – A Daily Snapshot

December 31, 2008

Daily Terror Alert
Tuesday 23 December 2008
www.investigativeproject.org

NOTE:  The next Daily Terror Alert will be distributed Monday 29 Dec 2008

Top News


1.
Cheney defends US ‘war on terror’ policies (AFP)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081222/wl_afp/usattackscheney
Vice President Dick Cheney has defended controversial interrogation methods in the US “war on terror,” while acknowledging he was not sure if Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was still alive. In an interview on Sunday one month before his eight-year term in office ends, Cheney rejected accusations that the treatment of terror suspects amounted to torture and violated US law, saying the administration’s policies helped prevent another terrorist strike on the country. “Given the kind of conflict we’re faced with today, we find ourselves in a situation where I believe you need strong executive leadership. What we did in this administration is to exert that kind of authority,” Cheney told Fox News.



2. Five Radical Islamist Convicted Of Conspiring To Kill U.S. Soldiers
(IPT News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/963
A jury … convicted five Muslim immigrants of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix. Four of the defendants were also convicted of weapons charges, and all five were acquitted of attempted murder charges. Mohamad Shnewer (age 23), Serdar Tatar (age 25), Dritan Duka (age 30), Eljvir Duka (age 25), and Shain Duka (age 27) are expected to be sentenced April 22nd and 23rd for conspiring to kill U.S. military personnel. They could face life in prison. After twelve weeks of trial in a New Jersey courtroom, jurors took less than six days to reach their decision. The men were arrested in May 2007 in Cherry Hill, NJ while two of them attempted to purchase four automatic M-16 rifles and 3 semi-automatic AK-47 rifles to be used in a future attack. The men were not accused of having ties to specific terrorist organizations, but prosecutors presented dozens of video clips featuring jihadist speeches they say the men used as inspiration.



3. The Fort Dix Verdict: A Victory for Pre-emptive Prosecutions (Time)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20081223/us_time/08599186837000
Technically, the verdict Monday in the Fort Dix terrorism case – in which five defendants were accused of plotting to attack the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey – was mixed. After deliberating for six days, the jury at Federal District Court in Camden, N.J., acquitted the defendants of attempted murder but found them guilty of conspiring to murder members of the U.S. military. “It shows that the portrait that was painted by the U.S. Attorney as a slam dunk case was not accurate,” said Rocco Cipparone Jr., one of the defense attorneys. But in truth the verdict is a significant victory for the federal government, and not just because the conspiracy conviction is likely to put the men away for life, when U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler sentences them in April. It proves that the government can convince a jury to support the idea of pre-emptively prosecuting terrorism cases – a risky strategy that has yielded mixed results in the past.



4. Many Muslims skeptical of Fort Dix verdicts
(AP)
http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081222/NEWS01/81222025/-1/special27

Yes, they talked tough, fired guns and watched jihadist videos. But the five young Muslims convicted today of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix may not have been guilty of anything more than youthful braggadocio and poor judgment. That was the verdict rendered by Muslim leaders immediately after the guilty verdicts were read in U.S. District Court in Camden. “It seemed to me as if the case was pretty flimsy,” said James Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba who was arrested in 2003 and charged with mishandling classified material and other crimes in a suspected espionage ring. Criminal charges were later dropped against him. “It seems like these guys under normal circumstances weren’t going to do anything until a government informant initiates contact with them and incites them,” said Yee.



5. Maryland man pleads guilty to conspiracy to act as Iraqi agent
(Baltimore Sun) www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-md.spydec23,0,3320529.story

IPT NOTE: The gov’t press release is posted at  http://baltimore.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/ba122208.htm
A 67-year-old Maryland restaurateur, known by the code name “Adam,” pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to spying for the Iraqi government – including Saddam Hussein’s regime – since 1989. According to court documents, Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy used his Laurel restaurant to gather information about nearby U.S. agencies and their employees, including where military officers lived. He gave the data to Iraqi Intelligence Service members and officials, who sometimes met at the restaurant. Reached by telephone yesterday at the restaurant, Gourmet Shish Kebab, Al-Dellemy declined to comment. He could face a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and deportation. Sentencing is scheduled for March.



6. Taliban member sentenced to life in 1st US conviction on narcoterror charges (DOJ)
http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/December/08-crm-1145.html
A member of an Afghan Taliban cell was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to two terms of life in prison on drug and narco-terrorism charges, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division announced. Khan Mohammed, 38, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to serve the two life sentences concurrently as well as 60 months of supervised release, served consecutively, for each of the two counts of conviction following the prison term. Mohammed was convicted on May 15, 2008, after a seven-day jury trial on one count of distribution of one kilogram or more of heroin knowing and intending that it be imported into the United States and one count of narco-terrorism, or the distribution of a controlled substance (in this case heroin and opium) in order to provide something of pecuniary value to a person or group that has engaged or is engaging in terrorist activity. The conviction represented the first time a defendant had been convicted in U.S. federal court of narco-terrorism since the statute was enacted in March 2006.


7. Executive linked to Iranian probe arrested in NYC (AP)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1973
The president of a foundation that co-owns a Manhattan building allegedly linked to a bank accused of supporting Iran’s nuclear program was arrested Friday. Farshid Jahedi, 54, the president of the Alavi Foundation, was charged with obstruction of justice after he tried on Thursday to throw away documents responsive to a subpoena he received one day earlier, federal prosecutors said. An FBI complaint against Jahedi said he was warned not to destroy documents requested by a grand jury. It said he disobeyed the order when he went home to Ardsley, N.Y., where he dumped papers in a public trash can. The documents referred to Assa Limited, Assa Co. and 650 Fifth Ave. Co., subjects responsive to the subpoena, authorities said. Jahedi’s Alavi Foundation owns 60 percent of the building on Fifth Avenue.



8. Swede who told FBI his son-in-law was linked to Al Qaeda appeals libel conviction
(The Local – Sweden)
http://www.thelocal.se/16472/20081219/
A man who told the FBI that his son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda as a way of avenging perceived sleights to his daughter, is appealing his conviction for libel to Sweden’s Supreme Court. The father-in-law, from Lund in southern Sweden, was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay 60,000 kronor damages for getting his estranged son-in-law arrested on his way to a conference in Orlando in 2006. The son-in-law’s arrest followed a tip-off submitted by the father-in-law to the FBI’s website in which the Swede was reported to be “most likely linked to Muslim terror org AQ networks in Sweden and is known to speak about helping Muslim world on US terror.” The man was arrested by armed guards as his plane touched down in Orlando. He was questioned for several
hours and was forbidden from contacting anyone.



9. Exclusive: over 60 per cent of Britain’s Muslim schools have extremist links, says draft report
(Daily Telegraph – London)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1974
Britain’s Muslim schools have been sharply criticised in a controversial draft report commissioned by a leading think tank which suggests that over 60 per cent of them are linked to potentially dangerous Islamic fundamentalists. An early version of the report, entitled When Worlds Collide, alleges that of the 133 Muslim primary and secondary schools it surveyed, 82 (61.6 per cent) have connections or direct affiliations to fundamentalists. The 133 schools are in the private sector but supposedly subject to Ofsted inspection. The report also claims that some of these schools teach “repugnant” beliefs about the wickedness of Western society and Jews.



10. Paris judge charges 3 suspected of terrorist plot
(AP)
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/12/21/europe/EU-France-Terror-Plot.php
A Paris judge has filed preliminary charges against three men suspected of planning a terrorist attack. A judicial official said late Saturday that a 29-year-old French man was being held while a judge probes charges including terrorism-related criminal conspiracy. Two others were freed pending the investigation and will be monitored by authorities. The judge can order a trial or drop the charges. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in accordance with judicial policy. France’s domestic counterterrorism agency had arrested seven people around Paris Tuesday on suspicion some may have been planning an attack. Four people have already been released.



11. Indian police say terror strike foiled in Kashmir
(AFP)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081223/wl_sthasia_afp/indiakashmirattacks
Indian police said Tuesday they had foiled a major suicide strike in Indian-controlled Kashmir with the arrest of three Islamist militants, including a Pakistani soldier. Under interrogation, the militants said they had been planning to drive a truck laden with explosives into a “vital installation,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief Kuldeep Khuda said. The three were waiting for delivery of the explosives and confirmation of the intended target when they were arrested, Khuda said. The arrests came amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the attacks in Mumbai, which New Delhi has blamed on a Pakistan-based militant group.


12. India terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the new Al Qaeda? (NY Daily News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1961
U.S. intelligence was caught off-guard by Lashkar-e-Taiba’s “highly sophisticated” Mumbai terror strikes last month, which top spies now consider the debut of a new “brand name” to rival Al Qaeda. The Islamist group was formed with Pakistani government help decades ago, but U.S. officials admit underestimating Lashkar’s shift from waging a minor conflict in the Kashmir region to threatening Westerners and Jews. “There is real concern over the fact LeT has raised its profile,” a U.S. counterterror official told the Daily News. “A lot of people are watching closely now to see if they’re plotting new attacks.” The group is as mainstream in Pakistan as its ally Hamas is in the Palestinian territories. Before the mayhem that began Nov. 26, no Lashkar camps in Pakistan’s tribal areas had been targeted during an intense CIA offensive in the fall, a senior intelligence official confirmed.



13. U.S. to Fund Afghan Militias, Applying Iraq Tactic
(WSJ)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122999116140428437.html
The Afghan government will formally start a U.S.-funded effort to recruit armed local militias in the battle against the Taliban in remote parts of the country, exporting the tactic to Afghanistan from Iraq. The first militias will be established in Wardak Province, in eastern Afghanistan, in coming weeks, officials said. If the effort in Wardak is successful, U.S. commanders hope to create similar forces in other parts of Afghanistan in early 2009. The militia push is part of a growing American effort to bypass the struggling Afghan central government and funnel resources to Afghan villages and provinces. Senior American officials have stepped up their criticism of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in recent weeks, making clear that they believe his government needs to do more to fight corruption and deliver basic services.



14. Russia denies delivering S-300 missiles to Iran (AFP)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1979
Russia on Monday denied that it was delivering sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, following reports it was about to supply the weapons to the US arch-foe. “The information on the delivery of S-300 air-defence systems to Iran, which has appeared in certain media outlets, does not correspond to reality,” Russia’s military-technical cooperation agency said in a statement.


15. Hariri says he will not call for negotiations with Israel (eNews 2.0)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1975

The head of the anti-Syrian ruling majority in Lebanon, Saad Hariri, said Tuesday he would not call for negotiations between Lebanon and Israel. “We will never initiate and request any negotiations with Israel, and the cabinet has the sole authority to take this decision,” Hariri was quoted as saying after meeting the head of the Christian community Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir. Hariri was referring to a suggestion made by Christian leader Michel Aoun, a close ally of the pro-Syrian opposition Hezbollah. Aoun has called for negotiating with Israel in Syria’s presence. On May 22, Israel and Syria announced that they were engaged in negotiations for a comprehensive peace treaty through Turkish mediators.



16. Israel developing UAV early warning sensor (Defense Systems)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1976
Faced with a burgeoning nuclear threat from Iran, Israel is looking to develop long-range, high-resolution unmanned vehicles to help in identifying incoming nuclear warheads, RF Design reports. A prototype of the infra-red sensor has already been tested as part of the five-year old Israeli-German program called Bluebird. The Israelis are reportedly proposing a follow-on program called the Airborne Early Warning Sensor, which Pentagon officials are apparently considering for funding under the jointly funded Israeli Upper Tier program. Some $50 million has already been appropriated for that program in 2008 and 2009, RF Design said.



17. Hamas waiting for showdown
(Ynetnews)
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3642161,00.html
At the time of writing this, and as opposed to other Gaza groups, Hamas has not yet fired even one Qassam rocket at Israel since the end of the lull. The group’s military wing, Izz-al-Din al-Qassam Brigades has not fired rockets at Ashkelon or Sderot, instead making do with mortar fire at Gaza-region communities. Mortars can kill too, yet Hamas is using them to send a message: We are still interested in a lull, but under new terms. Israel is closely familiar with Hamas’ demands – a complete opening of the Gaza crossings and significant mitigation of the blockade. Israel does not accept the demands made in Gaza, and therefore Hamas allows other organizations to fire rockets. The return of massive fire enables the group to reclaim the title of “resistance movement,” which had been somewhat forgotten in recent months. In order not to stay out of the cycle of resistance and fire, Hamas is taking part in the armed struggle by using mortars. However, Hamas is saving its rockets for the moment where the possibility of an Israeli military operation shifts from words to actions.



18. Gaza gunmen fire at soldiers near Sufa
(Jerusalem Post)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1977

Gaza gunmen fired at IDF soldiers patrolling the security fence near the Sufa crossing late Monday afternoon, seemingly refuting reports of a 24-hour ceasefire. The troops returned fire. No one was wounded and no damage was reported. In addition, soldiers arrested two Palestinians near Kissufim who had crossed the Gaza fence. They were transferred for interrogation. Also Monday afternoon, three Kassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists hit southern Israel. One struck the Eshkol region, while two hit the Sha’ar Hanegev area. No one was wounded and no damage was reported.



19. Intensified rocket attacks reignite residents’ anxiety (Jerusalem Post)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1978

Renewed Kassam rocket attacks on Sderot and the western Negev has reignited the extreme trauma and stress experienced by area residents, especially the children, according to professionals who run the Israel Trauma Coalition’s five Resilience Centers. “We have been receiving an increasing number of calls and people coming in for treatment referrals over the past few days,” David Giron, regional coordinator of the Resilience Centers, told The Jerusalem Post Monday. A trained social psychologist, Giron said that the situation had been exacerbated by the “period of relative quiet,” which had seen life in Sderot return to some semblance of normalcy. “Now the pressure has returned at an even higher magnitude than before,” he explained, stressing that the situation reflects a buildup after eight years of attacks.



20. Israel Prepares PR for Gaza Offensive (Israel National News)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128983
Israel’s civilian Public Relations network held a first-of-its-kind drill on Monday. The drill, titled “Maya 2,” was meant to prepare government ministries and spokespeople for the possibility of an escalation in the conflict with Gaza. Dozens of PR workers, IDF spokespeople, security and rescue agency representatives and representatives from Gaza Belt communities took part in the exercise. The goal was to improve coordination between the various bodies and the government, and to present a united front, organizers said.

Commentary / Analysis

1. Robert Spencer: Shilling for the Ft. Dix Six (Front Page Magazine)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/1972


2. James Gordon Meek: Murky Intelligence on Obama’s Intel Picks (CT Blog)
http://counterterrorismblog.org/2008/12/murky_intelligence_on_obamas_i.php



3. Walid Phares: Jihad by the Shoe: Who Was Behind it and why?
(CT Blog)
http://counterterrorismblog.org/2008/12/jihad_by_the_shoe_who_was_behi.php

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A Rigged Auction Derailed

December 31, 2008

A Rigged Auction Derailed

Team Obama is already meddling with wireless markets.

Using government power to help the powerful is a bipartisan tradition, as we’ve learned watching the brawl over a Federal Communications Commission wireless auction. The good news is that Republican Chairman Kevin Martin’s recent attempt to rig the auction was derailed at the last minute, but the same political forces will be back in the Obama Administration.

We say this with confidence because we’ve learned that one of the politicians lobbying Mr. Martin was none other than Barack Obama’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Congresswoman Hilda Solis of California. In an October 3 letter, she urged Mr. Martin to move ahead quickly with an auction with rules that would have benefited a single company, telecom start-up M2Z, at the expense of other bidders.

She did so by playing the race and class cards, suggesting that the auction would make Internet broadband more affordable for poor Hispanics. “As the first Latina to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and a Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, I am very concerned about our country’s stark broadband divide,” she wrote.

You have to give her credit for nerve. The way to increase Internet access and affordability is to promote competition to spur investment and keep prices falling. Experience shows that a rigged spectrum auction slows the process of getting licenses into the hands of those companies best able to put the airwaves to use. It would also cheat the Treasury out of the higher revenues that a clean auction would garner.

Far from aiding the Hispanic working class, Ms. Solis’s letter was designed to help M2Z, which is backed by John Doerr, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and donor to Democratic politicians. In a December 9 letter to the FCC’s general counsel, M2Z vice president for regulatory affairs Uzoma Onyeije explicitly cited a letter from Ms. Solis to the FCC endorsing the auction.

We’re happy to say Mr. Martin scrapped the proceeding following intervention by others in the Bush Administration. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez sent a pointed letter to Mr. Martin urging the agency to auction off the spectrum to the highest bidder without conditions that favor a single company. But this fight isn’t over. Although Mr. Martin canceled this month’s meeting, he’s left open the option of holding an FCC vote on his proposals before leaving his post next month. And if he fails, Ms. Solis will soon have even more power inside the Obama Administration to assist the rich and well connected at the expense of all Americans.

WSJ 27 Dec. 2008

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123033422496736329.html

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Hey! It’s my birthday!

December 31, 2008

I know I hear about Christians who are mistreated and abused in Iraq – but we also read about an equal response like this.  Don


Hey! It’s my birthday!

By Ken Joseph Jr.

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD (ANS) — Walking the streets of Washington DC leading up to Christmas, I have come across a most interesting phenomenon.  Nowhere, and I mean absolutely nowhere, is Jesus to be found! It is truly amazing!

Extensive Christmas decorations are everywhere, in the stores, on the streets, wherever you turn it is Christmas!


I started to talking to people and asking them the simple question, “Isn’t Christmas celebrating the birthday of Jesus?”

The answers I got were quite amazing.


Literally everybody I talked to, paused and said, “You know; you’re right! It is supposed to be His birthday. What happened to Jesus?”


Imagine if you had a birthday. Your friends all came over, they partied, they ate, they exchanged presents and everybody acted if you didn’t even exist.

Well, after a few minutes of that, you would stand up and say, “Hey! It’s my birthday!”


As I began to talk to people, dozens of them, I started to get angry. No matter what faith, creed, color – and you can find just about anything in Washington – they agreed. It just wasn’t right!


Christmas, celebrating the birthday of Jesus and amazingly there appears to be a very studied attempt to completely ignore Him.


Well, contrast that to Baghdad. I am an Assyrian Christian and my family is originally from the Iraqi village of Mahmoudia in Northern Iraq.

I was there during Saddam’s time and remember the sheer terror that reigned 24 hours a day. The constant fear that you could be hauled off by one of his “goons” and never seen again.


Well in Iraq thanks to our failed policies the poor Iraqis have not learned yet that you are supposed to ignore Jesus on Christmas.


Sponsored by the Iraqi Government — no separation of Church and State here — there was a special Christmas Celebration in downtown Baghdad.

Guess what was the main attraction? A huge Christmas tree topped by a Star? A massive Santa Claus? Fake snow?

Nope! They had a huge picture of… you got it, Jesus!


There it was! A huge, beautifully painted color painting of Jesus, the center of the Christmas celebration!


Iraqi Government spokesman Abdul Karim Khalaf took it all one step further when he announced on behalf of the Iraqi Government, “All Iraqis are Christians today.”


Did I miss something?


No, I didn’t.


After meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, on behalf of the Assyrian Christians, I paused and said, “Prime Minister, would you mind if I prayed for you?”


He beamed, ordered all his beefy, confused security guards who were surrounding us, to bow their heads and we had a wonderful time of prayer.


Meeting later with Iraqi President Talabani on the same subject, I asked the question again. This time he pointed to his chest and said, “I just had surgery on my heart – pray here!”


I thought to myself what kind of a reception I would get on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, or a dozen other Government Agencies, after a meeting, if I asked, “Would you mind if I prayed for you?”


A cold silence? Mass panic? A straight “no” – with a couple exceptions.


Well, Washington, and all of us this Christmas can learn something from the poor, politically incorrect Iraqis.


By the way, if Iraq is doing so bad, why is it that I can’t seem to book my ticket to get back there, as there are no open seats!


As every Iraqi Government says so proudly they have been “liberated”` and now celebrate Christmas the way it should be with a huge picture of Jesus whose birthday Christmas is!


May God bless them all and may He call us back to our senses before it is too late.


Of all times in the middle of an economic crisis it is not the time to make the birthday guest upset!


Christmas is the birthday of Jesus and the Iraqis got it right – put Him up front and center! The Iraqis at least know that much! They need Him and all the blessings they can get!


Ken Joseph Jr., who was born in Japan, heads up www.assyrianchristians.com and has written weekly columns in the Asahi Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun and currently writes in The Japan Times. He regularly comments on Social Affairs for CNN/Fox TV, BBC, ITN, ABC and in Japan for TV Asahi, NHK, TBS, NTV and others.

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Bailing Out Shariah Law

December 31, 2008

Bailing Out Shariah Law

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | 31 Dec. 2008

Islamofascism: In bailing out AIG, Uncle Sam may have taken on more than he bargained for, including a constitutional fight over the promotion of religion.


Earlier this month, as the New York-based insurance giant benefited from $153 billion in tax-supported bailout funds, it launched a business unit offering Shariah-compliant insurance products in the U.S.

For the first time, homeowners’ insurance policies “compliant with key Islamic finance tenets” will be marketed to Muslims in America.

We are pleased to offer socially responsible solutions to this segment of the domestic market,” the near-bankrupt AIG announced in a press release, explaining that the Islamic market represents “an important and emerging growth opportunity for AIG.”

But there’s little that is “socially responsible” about Shariah law, which regulates the “takaful” insurance AIG is selling, along with other Islamic finance.

Shariah law authorizes horrific human-rights abuses, including the kind of violence and oppression against women, homosexuals, apostates and non-Muslims seen in Saudi Arabia and earlier under the Taliban in Afghanistan.

To fully comply with Shariah code, AIG has hired a “Shariah Supervisory Board” composed of “Shariah scholars.” Who are these so-called scholars?

One, according to its press release, is Muhammad Imran Usmani, who happens to be the son of Sheik Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, who supports violent jihad against Westerners. The elder Usmani is so radical that Dow Jones & Co. recently removed him from the board of its Islamic market index.

At a minimum, AIG has to do better due diligence if it’s going to use taxpayer money for such a controversial enterprise. But what’s the responsibility of the U.S. government here?

The Thomas More Law Center, a public-interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich., argues the U.S. is promoting a religious legal code at odds with democratic values and capitalism. And that makes the bailout unconstitutional. So it’s suing Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and the Federal Reserve to stop all bailout funds from going to AIG.

According to the suit, use of taxpayer funds to acquire ownership of a business that intentionally promotes, endorses, supports and funds Shariah-based Islamic religious practices violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

“The U.S. government, through its ownership of AIG, is not only violating the Constitution,” the suits claims, “but also promoting and financing the destruction of America using American tax dollars.”

While that sounds over-the-top, a sizeable share of the profit and any interest earned by AIG’s Islamic subsidiary must be “purified” by investing in Islamic charities. Such transfers will be controlled by Usmani and other Shariah advisers.

Since 9/11, dozens of major Muslim charities around the world, including several based in the U.S., have been tied to terrorism and shut down. So AIG — along with American taxpayers — could unwittingly finance terrorism against the U.S. and its allies.

The potential for terror money laundering deeply concerns two Republican leaders on the Hill, who on the heels of the Thomas More lawsuit fired off a letter to AIG CEO Ed Liddy warning him that the FBI could come knocking.

“We hope you can verify what hands your money passes through, because we would hate to see the FBI visit you one day, look into your books and tell you that money from AIG found its way into terrorist hands,” wrote Reps. Frank Wolf, congressional Human Rights Caucus co-chairman, and Sue Myrick, co-chairwoman of the congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus.

What’s odd is that the Treasury Department is the agency charged with cracking down on terror financing, yet it’s encouraging firms like AIG to go into Islamic finance. In fact, Treasury co-sponsored a seminar in November titled “Islamic Financing 101” to promote Shariah financing to corporate America. [HOLY LAND FOUNDATION]

The seminar was jointly sponsored by Harvard University, which is heavily supported by Saudi petrodollars.

So it’s not just AIG that’s actively helping Shariah gain a foothold in America. It’s also Washington.

Financial crisis or not, it’s hardly in the economic interest of taxpayers or the U.S. to own part of a business that supports a Stone Age legal code championed by the Taliban and Osama bin Laden.

AIG should divest itself from Shariah business practices if it wants to keep its public bailout money.

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Cicero – 55 BC

December 31, 2008

So what have we learned in 2 millennia?

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasurycicero1 should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. Cicero – 55 B.C.

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Common Sense: California in ’09

December 31, 2008

State fees for divorces, parking fines other services rise Jan.1

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Here’s a secret for avoiding higher state fees after New Year’s Day: Drive carefully, park right, wear seat belts, don’t get divorced and stay out of jail.