Kirsters Baish| On Wednesday, a massive secret was revealed, proving the corrupt nature of the Obama administration. It was reported that the Obama White House had funded a group in Sudan, which was run by al-Qaeda, ten years after being dubbed a foreign terrorist organization… but that’s not all of it. The Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) is being accused of much much more.
In order to get to the bottom of it all, we have to start with the United States Treasure Department documents that the Obama administration failed to even look over. (Keep in mind that more than $325,000 in United States taxpayer dollars between 2014 and 2015 went to the ISRA.)
The Treasury Department officially designated the ISRA as a financial supporter of terrorism in October of 2004 after an executive order was made by then-President George W. Bush. This decision came after the horrific Twin Tower attacks of 2001.
George W. Bush declared it a national emergency to take care of the “unusual and extraordinary threat” of terrorism. They were to pay close attention to networks pushing money into operations like brutal terrorist Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda group.
United States strategy after 9/11 relied partly on attacking and eliminating terrorist financial networks.
The Treasury Department stated ten years prior to the Obama White House handing U.S. taxpayer money to the ISRA, that it was a part of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist financial network.
Information available to the U.S. indicates that international offices of IARA provided direct financial support for UBL. IARA, MK and UBL commingled funds and cooperated closely in the raising and expenditure of funds. IARA engaged in a joint program with an institute controlled by UBL that was involved in providing assistance to Taliban fighters.
In 2000, one of IARA’s Afghanistan leaders accompanied the Afghanistan MK leader on a fundraising trip to Sudan and other locations in the Middle East during which $5 million was raised for MK activities.
Information available to the U.S. shows that the overseas branches IARA provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to UBL in 1999. In 1997, there was an individual who acted as a liaison between UBL and terrorist-related NGOs, distributing funds from UBL to MK, IARA and others. Later that year, IARA and MK reportedly provided financial support for a group of Arab terrorists planning to travel to Saudi Arabia to conduct unspecified operations against U.S. military personnel.
Additionally, information identifies a UBL lieutenant and former MK official as having been the director of IARA’s operations in Afghanistan. This individual was identified as an expert in terrorism, bomb planning and guerilla operations.
Information indicates an IARA leader was involved in discussions to help relocate UBL to secure safe harbor for him. Among others, these discussions included representatives for UBL and MK, along with Lajnat al-Dawa (LDI), which is listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224, as well as listed by the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee. In addition, a Sudanese individual traveled to Mali and stayed with an IARA director while assessing whether Mali could serve as a safe harbor for UBL.
Breitbart News clarifies that “‘UBL’ is Osama bin Laden, whose first name was often spelled ‘Usama’ in those days. ‘MK’ is Makhtab al-Khidamat, a precursor organization to al-Qaeda founded by bin Laden’s mentor Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, who also co-founded Hamas. MK was a prime mover behind recruiting extremist fighters to help the Taliban take over Afghanistan. Azzam was killed in a mosque bombing in 1989. His death has been cited as the event that put al-Qaeda decisively in bin Laden’s hands and set the terrorist gang on the path to 9/11.”
The IARA also supported Hamas, as reported by the Treasury Department. Hamas was “responsible for moving funds to the Palestinian territories for use in terrorist activities, notably serving as a conduit to Hamas in one Western European country.”
IARA obtained these funds using collection boxes labeled “Allah” and “Israel,” a very lightly coded means of letting donors know their money would be used to murder Jews.
Shortly before IARA was sanctioned by the Treasury Department, it was linked to the Al-Aqsa Foundation in Belgium. The Al-Aqsa Foundation was designated a financial supporter of terrorism by the U.S. Treasury Department in May 2003. It was considered a “vital source of funding” for Hamas and a “critical part of Hamas’ transnational terrorist support infrastructure.”
The i24 report published on Wednesday mentioned that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Obama inexplicably failed to check whether IARA was listed as a banned terrorist-funding organization. The primary grantee, an evangelical charity called Word Vision, did run a cursory check and claimed to find no listing for the “Islamic Relief” agency, but the database of banned terrorism financiers does in fact list IARA under its American branch IARA-USA, which has an office in Missouri.
The IARA-USA was founded in 1985 under the original name “Islamic African Relief Agency, United States Affiliate.” The name was changed to “Islamic American Relief Agency” in 1999.
The Treasury Department shut down the Islamic American Relief Agency in 2004. The agency was indicted in 2008 for having transferred money from the United States to terrorist organizations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
In July of 2016 the IARA-USA pled guilty to the charges. This exposed a money-laundering scheme which led back to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Taliban leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was also involved,” as reported by the Associated Press:
“As part of the plea, IARA admitted it secretly funneled $1.375 million in cash or merchandise to Iraq in violation of United States economic sanctions dating to 1990.
The original indictment alleged the charity sent about $130,000 to help Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the United States has designated as a global terrorist. The money, sent to bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2003 and 2004, was masked as donations to an orphanage located in buildings that Hekmatyar owned.
Authorities described Hekmatyar as an Afghan mujahedeen leader who has participated in and supported terrorist acts by al-Qaeda and the Taliban.”
What else was the Obama White House hiding? This is surely just the tip of the iceberg.