Taxpayer Funded Terrorism
by Connie Hair

05/25/2010

A top Republican congressman is demanding that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) explain why it is leasing office space from a Northern Virginia Islamic center that has ties to a leading terrorist recruiter, even as a HUMAN EVENTS investigation reveals that the center itself is owned by a radical Muslim group.

Terrorism expert Steve Emerson broke the story two weeks ago that the GSA was shelling out $23,000 a month to rent office space for the Census Bureau in an Alexandria, Va., building owned by the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a mosque with ties to Anwar al Awlaki, a leading Islamic terrorist recruiter.

Awlaki -- an American citizen currently believed to be hiding in Yemen -- is the Dar al-Hijrah mosque’s former imam. He is linked to several 9/11 terrorists, the Christmas Day underwear bomber, the Fort Hood shooter and the failed Times Square bomber. In a new al Qaeda video released Sunday, Awlaki is advocating attacks on American soil against civilians.

An examination of Fairfax County, Va., property records by HUMAN EVENTS reveals the main Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center located at 3159 Row Street in Falls Church, Va., is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), an entity formed by the Muslim Brotherhood and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror funding trial.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to GSA Administrator Martha Johnson asking for documentation about the lease.

“In addition to other controversies, Dar al Hijrah has been publicly linked by investigators to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and Fort Hood,