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    White House aide linked to al-Qaida funder

    WND EXCLUSIVE

    White House aide linked to al-Qaida funder

    Recipient of Benghazi 'smoking-gun' email blaming attack on Internet video

    Published: 15 hours ago


    Mehdi Alhassani (middle) at the White House

    There is a troubling common thread that links Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff to the current special assistant to the National Security Council chief of staff of the military’s Islamic chaplain program.

    The thread is more radical than the Muslim Brotherhood. It is the Muslim World League, a group accused of financing al-Qaida fronts. The organization’s offshoots have been declared official terrorist organizations by both the State Department and the United Nations.
    Yet despite the troubling facts, Muslim World League-linked individuals have been in key national security positions and are currently helping to run the military’s chaplain program.

    The case of Mehdi K. Alhassani, special assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, drew attention last week in the blogosphere after former PLO operative Walid Shoebat reported on Alhassani’s ties to Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups.
    Alhassani’s name emerged in an administration email made public last week as part of a Judicial Watch lawsuit. The email was sent three days after the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack to Alhassani and other officials from Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication.

    In the email, Rhodes communicates the need to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
    Alhassani, it has emerged, was president of the Muslim Student Association at George Washington University from 2005 to 2006. The MSA was openly founded by Muslim Brotherhood activists.

    While the MSA was founded by Brotherhood activists, its roots are far more dangerous and tie into both Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and adviser, Huma Abedin, and Alhassani as well as the military’s chaplain program.

    Start-up funding for the MSA was provided by the Saudi Arabian charity the Muslim World League, or MWL.
    Jihad is our way
    As Shoebat reported, Abedin served on the board of the MSA at George Washington University in 1997.
    The MSA’s official anthem is a restatement of the Muslim Brotherhood credo.
    It states:
    Allah is our objective
    The Prophet is our leader
    The Quran is our law
    Jihad is our way
    Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope

    WND previously attended an MSA event at which violence against the U.S. was urged by speakers.
    “We are not Americans,” shouted one speaker, Muhammad Faheed, at Queensborough Community College in 2003. “We are Muslims. [The U.S.] is going to deport and attack us! It is us versus them! Truth against falsehood! The colonizers and masters against the oppressed, and we will burn down the master’s house!”

    WND reported Abedin worked on the editorial board of her father’s Saudi-financed Islamic think tank alongside Abdullah Omar Naseef, secretary-general of the Muslim World League. Naseef is deeply connected to the Abedin family.

    Huma’s father, Professor Syed Abedin, was the founder of the Institute for Minority Affairs, a Saudi group that reportedly had the quiet, but active, support of Naseef.

    Huma’s mother, Saleha, is currently the editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, the publication of Syed’s institute.
    The institute bills itself as “the only scholarly institution dedicated to the systematic study of Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies around the world.”

    Huma served on the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs’s editorial board from 2002 to 2008. Documents previously obtained by Shoebat reveal that Naseef served on the board with Huma from at least December 2002 to December 2003.

    Naseef’s sudden departure from the board in December 2003 coincides with a time at which various charities led by Naseef’s Muslim World League were declared illegal terrorism fronts worldwide, including by the U.S. and U.N.

    Saleha Abedin has been quoted in numerous press accounts as both representing the MWL and serving as a delegate for the charity.
    The MWL, founded in Mecca in 1962, bills itself as one of the largest Islamic non-governmental organizations.

    But according to U.S. government documents and testimony from the charity’s own officials, it is heavily financed by the Saudi government.
    The MWL has been accused of terrorist ties, as have its various offshoots, including the International Islamic Relief Organization, or IIRO, and Al Haramain, which was declared by the U.S. and U.N. as a terror-financing front.

    Indeed, the Treasury Department, in a September 2004 press release, alleged Al Haramain had “direct links” with Osama bin Laden. The group is now banned worldwide by United Nations Security Council Committee 1267.

    There long have been accusations that the IIRO and MWL also repeatedly funded al-Qaida.

    In 1993, bin Laden reportedly told an associate that the MWL was one of his three most important charity fronts.

    An Anti-Defamation League profile of the MWL accuses the group of promulgating a “fundamentalist interpretation of Islam around the world through a large network of charities and affiliated organizations.”

    “Its ideological backbone is based on an extremist interpretation of Islam,” the profile states, “and several of its affiliated groups and individuals have been linked to terror-related activity.”

    In 2003, U.S. News and World Report documented that accompanying the MWL’s donations, invariably, are “a blizzard of Wahhabist literature.”
    “Critics argue that Wahhabism’s more extreme preachings – mistrust of infidels, branding of rival sects as apostates and emphasis on violent jihad –laid the groundwork for terrorist groups around the world,” the report continued.

    An Egyptian-American cab driver, Ihab Mohamed Ali Nawawi, was arrested in Florida in 1990 on accusations he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent and a former personal pilot to bin Laden. At the time he was accused of serving bin Laden, he also reportedly worked for the Pakistani branch of the MWL.
    The MWL in 1988 founded the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, developing chapters in about 50 countries, including for a time in Oregon until it was designated a terrorist organization.

    In the early 1990s, evidence began to grow that the foundation was funding Islamic militants in Somalia and Bosnia, and a 1996 CIA report detailed its Bosnian militant ties.

    The U.S. Treasury designated Al Haramain’s offices in Kenya and Tanzania as sponsors of terrorism for their role in planning and funding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa. The Comoros Islands office was also designated because it “was used as a staging area and exfiltration route for the perpetrators of the 1998 bombings.”

    The New York Times reported in 2003 that Al Haramain had provided funds to the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which was responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. The Indonesia office was later designated a terrorist entity by the Treasury.

    In February 2004, the U.S. Treasury Department froze all of Al Haramain’s financial assets pending an investigation, leading the Saudi government to disband the charity and fold it into another group, the Saudi National Commission for Relief and Charity Work Abroad.

    In September 2004, the U.S. designated Al-Haramain a terrorist organization.

    In June 2008, the Treasury Department applied the terrorist designation to the entire Al-Haramain organization worldwide

    Bin Laden’s brother-in-law

    In August 2006, the Treasury Department also designated the Philippine and Indonesian branch offices of the MWL-founded IIRO as terrorist entities “for facilitating fundraising for al-Qaida and affiliated terrorist groups.”

    The Treasury Department added: “Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, a high-ranking IIRO official [executive director of its Eastern Province Branch] in Saudi Arabia, has used his position to bankroll the al-Qaida network in Southeast Asia. Al-Mujil has a long record of supporting Islamic militant groups, and he has maintained a cell of regular financial donors in the Middle East who support extremist causes.”

    In the 1980s, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, ran the Philippines offices of the IIRO. Khalifa has been linked to Manila-based plots to target the pope and U.S. airlines.

    The IIRO has also been accused of funding Hamas, Algerian radicals, Afghanistan militant bases and the Egyptian terror group Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya.
    The New York Post reported the families of the 9/11 victims filed a lawsuit against IIRO and other Muslim organizations for having “played key roles in laundering of funds to the terrorists in the 1998 African embassy bombings” and for having been involved in the “financing and ‘aiding and abetting’ of terrorists in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.”

    ‘Saudi government front’
    In a court case in Canada, Arafat El-Asahi, the Canadian director of both the IIRO and the MWL, admitted the charities are near entities of the Saudi government.

    Stated El-Asahi: “The Muslim World League, which is the mother of IIRO, is a fully government-funded organization. In other words, I work for the government of Saudi Arabia. I am an employee of that government.

    “Second, the IIRO is the relief branch of that organization, which means that we are controlled in all our activities and plans by the government of Saudi Arabia. Keep that in mind, please,” he said.

    Despite its offshoots being implicated in terror financing, the U.S. government never designated the MWL itself as a terror-financing charity. Many have speculated the U.S. has been trying to not embarrass the Saudi government.

    Muslim chaplain program
    In his blog posting last week, Shoebat reported Alhassani attended the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, Massachusetts, the sister mosque to the Islamic Society of Boston, which was founded by convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi.

    WND first reported on Alamoudi’s role in founding the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, created in 1991 and operating under the umbrella of the American Muslim Foundation.

    The group was the official endorsing agency of the military’s Muslim chaplain program along with the Muslim Brotherhood-tied Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.

    ISNA, an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas, is still the official endorsing agency for all Muslim chaplains in the U.S. military.

    Alamoudi is an Islamic cleric who served as an Islamic adviser to President Bill Clinton and who guided the establishment of the military’s Muslim chaplain program.

    Alamoudi reportedly handpicked the army’s first Islamic chaplain, Imam Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, who still serves in that position. It was Muhammad who endorsed the most recent Islamic chaplains who just joined the military.

    Alamoudi was instrumental in the selection of several of the military’s other Islamic chaplains.
    Alamoudi currently is serving a 23-year sentence for terrorism-related financial transactions with the Libyan government and for his alleged role in a Libyan conspiracy to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.

    Alamoudi was described as an “expert in the art of deception” in a report by Newsweek journalists Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff.
    The Newsweek article noted Alamoudi espoused moderate, pro-American views while lobbying for Muslim causes in the U.S. but then expressed support for Hamas and Hezbollah at a rally.

    Alamoudi founded the American Muslim Council in 1990, a lobbying group to advocate on behalf of Muslims in the United States.

    The first Islamic military chaplain, Muhammad, is himself tied to the al-Qaida-front Muslim World League.

    Muhammad was recommended for appointment by Alamoudi’s American Islamic Council.

    Alamoudi attended Muhammad’s swearing-in ceremony just as he was present for the 1996 swearing-in of the military’s second Muslim chaplain, Lt. (junior grade) Monje Malak Abd al-Muta Ali Noel Jr.

    Muhammad is a convert to Islam. In 1974, he joined the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, a black Muslim group that espoused racial separatism and black nationalism. Muhammad later said he did not fully subscribe to the radical group’s philosophy but was attracted by what he said was the organization’s emphasis on personal responsibility and self-help.


    “In the projects where I grew up,” Muhammad said, “the women were exploited. In the Nation of Islam the men were always polite. They were always clean cut. I felt the Nation of Islam had more to offer than the church.”

    In a 1993 interview with Muslehuddin Ahmed of Islam4all.com, Muhammad detailed his association with the Muslim World League.

    The website reports Muhammad was in dialogue with the charity to help establish the army’s Muslim chaplain program.

    During the period of Muhammad’s association with the MWL, the group spawned Muslim charities that were alleged fronts for al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

    Muhammad recounted to Islam4all that he was an “honored guest” of the MWL for his pilgrimage to Mecca.

    “He was also full of praise for the Muslim World League for its excellent arrangements, which it had made for its guests, and was highly impressed by its dedicated Secretary General Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Ali, who symbolized for him a model Muslim leader,” reported Islam4all.

    The Islamic website reported Muhammad offered to work closely with the MWL and that he began an “ongoing interaction with the MWL in shaping and developing a vital Islamic presence within the U.S. Armed Forces.”

    The website reported Muhammad “evinced keen interest in the magazines and other publications of the Muslim World League and other similar organizations for support in his Dawah (outreach) work.”

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    Distribution List Of ‘Smoking Gun’ Benghazi Email Included Muslim Brotherhood AGENT


    by Shoebat Foundation on May 3, 2014 in

    By Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack and Keith Davies
    **SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE**

    The ‘smoking gun’ email that reveals who instructed Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a video also exposes a recipient named Mehdi K. Alhassani. Alhassani was the leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood front group and attended the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. It is a mystery how Alhassani slipped through the cracks to become a Special Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff, National Security Council Staff, and Executive Office of the President. It is unknown why a few hours before the Benghazi attack, Alhassani met in the White House with Samir Mayekar, a George Soros ‘fellow’ for an unscheduled visit.

    Why did Alhassani receive ‘Smoking gun’ email?


    It is obvious that as a Muslim Brotherhood operative, Alhassani wanted to blame the video for the violence that erupted in the Middle East. As Shoebat.com reported just two days after the attacks, these forces had been hard at work on that very agenda. This aligned the Muslim fundamentalists with the Obama administration in at least one respect – each had a stake in blaming the video.


    Mehdi Alhassani


    As to Alhassani’s affiliations with Islamist groups, the proof is found in a document published by the Islamic Institute of Boston (IIB) entitled, Participants at the Citizen Dialogue Group. One of the participants of this U.S. State Department initiative was Mehdi Alhassani. In his bio, Alhassani is identified as a student of George Washington University (GWU) who was President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) there from 2005 to 2006 and who served as an intern at both the White House and the U.S. State Department.

    There is overwhelming evidence that MSA is a Muslim Brotherhood front.


    The MSA branch of GWU has a checkered past. As Shoebat.com revealed, former Deputy Chief of Staff and close adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin served on the Board of GWU’s MSA in 1997, a year after she was hired by Clinton. In light of what we know now about Alhassani’s involvement and Abedin’s affiliations should put closure to the smear campaign against Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was at the forefront of bringing the issue of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. Government. Probably more alarming is that just four years later, none other than Anwar al-Awlaki, the inspiration for Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan, would become a chaplain for that MSA chapter, which Alhassani later led.


    Mehdi (C. or K.?) Alhassani


    It is a mystery as to why records indicate that Alhassani has used two different middle initials and is also identified as “Mehdi C. Alhassani”. In the ‘smoking gun’ email, he is identified as “Mehdi K. Alhassani”.
    In addition to a work history that includes time at the State Department and White House, Alhassani has also worked at the Arab American Institute (AAI), which actively collaborates with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and CAIR. The AAAN was founded in Chicago by Rashid Khalidi, who was the Director of the PLO press agency at a time when the PLO was designated as a terrorist organization. Khalidi is also a friend of President Barack Obama:


    Rashid Khalidi and the Obamas in 2003.


    When he was younger, Alhassani attended what has since become the much larger Islamic Center of Boston (ICB) in Wayland, Massachusetts. The ICB is the ‘sister mosque’ to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which was founded by convicted terroristAbdurahman Alamoudi with the active assistance of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The ICB was constructed by the ISB for the purpose of ‘interfaith’ outreach. Today, the imams for both mosques serve on the Imam’s Shurah Council.
    Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsaranaev attended the ISB mosque.When then FBI Director Robert Mueller was asked during a Congressional hearing if he knew that the ISB was founded by Alamoudi – a terrorist convicted and sentenced on Mueller’s watch – Mueller said no (3:45 mark to the end):

    Two Muslims who joined Alhassani on the Citizen Dialogue excursion to Europe were Dr. Yahya Basha and Farah Pandith, both of whom have had access to the halls of U.S. power for years. Basha was part of delegations that had access to the Oval Office during the Bush administration in the days after 9/11 and currently sits on the board of the highly suspect Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) with former Dar al-Hijrah mosque chairman Bassam Estwani, as reported by Shoebat.com.

    Estwani approved the hiring of al-Awlaki as the Imam of his mosque, had a relationship with Alamoudi, and welcomed al-Qaradawi into his mosque, as Shoebat.com revealed.

    Pandith has been photographed with Clinton’s close adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin as well as Abedin’s mother Saleha Abedin, who is a leader of the Muslim Sisterhood, as revealed by Shoebat.com:


    Pandith (L) with Muslim Sisterhood leader Saleha Abedin (R).


    Pandith became the State Department’s U.S. Representative to Muslim Communities during the Obama administration and was sworn in on the Qur’an. At about the time she was partnering with Alhassani, Pandith organized a conference in Belgium that brought several Muslim Brotherhood front groups together, as Shoebat.com reported.


    Pandith (R) with Huma Abedin (L).


    The day before the ‘smoking gun’ email by White House Deputy Ben Rhodes was sent to Alhassani, Pandith joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Ben Franklin room of the State Department to celebrate a Muslim holiday. Also joining Pandith and Clintonwas Libya’s Ambassador to the U.S., who one year earlier spoke at the ISNA convention and was introduced by CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director. [video here].

    It is clear that a White House employee – Alhassani – with ties to groups and individuals who sought to blame the video to undermine the first amendment was one of the recipients of the ‘smoking gun’ email. As such, he was part of the Obama administration’s effort to blame the video as well.

    http://shoebat.com/2014/05/03/distri...herhood-agent/

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