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Wolfowitz friend Anwar Ibrahim

( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_Ibrahim )

uses an address next door to

famous terror fundraising address, 555 Grove St.

( http://www.manta.com/c/mmcggn9/anwar-ibrahim-associates-llc )

If you dont know what 555 grove st is,

rather than ignoring this,

please just take the time to put into your google, '555 grove street terrorism'
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In June 1998, redacted xxxxxx at IIIT's physical address (500 grove st) and its post office box in Herndon revealed the receipt of mail from the El-Shifa Pharmaceutical Industries Company, in Khartoum, Sudan.

That company’s facility, believed to be producing ingredients used in chemical weapons, was the target of an August 20, 1998 American cruise missile attack that retaliated for the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
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In other words the CIA/Neocon alliance bombed itself here. Its own building in Virginia was in receipt of mail from a terrorist bioweapons lab.
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The history goes on to explain how Dr. Jamal Barzinji (of 500 Grove St.) subsequently became a founding member of the Saudi World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), said by U.S. government agencies and officials to have helped spread Islamic extremism around the world as well as sponsoring terrorism in places such as Bosnia, Israel, and India. Following his role in founding WAMY, Dr. Barzinji began working for Youssef Nada in Saudi Arabia. Nada, in turn, has described himself as the former “foreign minister” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jamal M. Barzinji fled his native Iraq in 1969 when the Baathist regime started executing fellow Islamists. An engineering student and top MSA leader, he joined MSA associates in 1971 to host the top leaders of the Egyptian Brotherhood, just released from 16 years in prison, for two weeks of meetings in Indiana.

Bin Laden set up headquarters in Indiana in 1979:
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I was shocked, to tell you the truth…Pregnant, and busy with two babies, I remember few details of our travel, other than we passed through London before flying to a place I had never heard of, a state in America called Indiana. Osama told me that he was meeting with a man by the name of Abdullah Azzam. Since my husband’s business was not my business, I did not ask questions.  http://www.newyorker.com/news/steve-coll/osama-in-america-the-final-answer
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Is it too much to ask that we push this?

Was 500, 555, 585 or any other building on Grove Street a CIA address?

If not, what connections does the neoconservative movement in Washington DC and at the Pentagon, have to these buildings?

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Written before the September 11 attacks, and during political debates of the War in Iraq, a section of Rebuilding America's Defenses entitled "Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force" became the subject of considerable controversy. The passage suggested that the transformation of American armed forces through "new technologies and operational concepts" was likely to be a long one, "absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor."

Writing in Der Spiegel in 2003, Jochen Bölsche claimed that Rebuilding America's Defenses "had been developed by PNAC for Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Libby,"

Following perceived Iraqi unwillingness to co-operate with UN weapons inspections, core members of the PNAC including Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz... were among the signatories of an open letter initiated by the PNAC to President Bill Clinton calling for the removal of Saddam Hussein

Wolfowitz friend operated from a building across the street from one which received mail from an Al Qaeda WMD lab in Sudan, and yet he is attacking Saddam Hussein over WMD?

How is it beneficial to rebuilding Americans defences that its Deputy Secretary of Defence should be tied to Al Qaeda WMD labs in Sudan?
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555, which is next door and the twin of 585 is tied to this man, https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists/ramadan-abdullah-mohammad-shallah, Ramadan Shallah, head of the PIJ.
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Tariq Abdulmelik Hamdi  – Employed by IIIT, Hamdi delivered a satellite telephone battery to an aide to Bin Laden in May 1998, that enabled Bin Laden to communicate with his followers in preparation for the US Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
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Why is there a Neocon cell operating from a building next door to an Osama bin Laden sleeper cell?

Who can answer this question?

What does the National Counterterrorism Center in Tysons Corner have to say?
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Together with the late Prof. Ismail al-Faruqi (Temple University, Philadelphia) and Dr. Taha Jabir al-Awani, Anwar founded the IIIT (International Institute of Islamic Thought) in 1981 and later set up the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Ashburn, Virginia.  -  https://www.globalmbwatch.com/2013/10/16/anwar-ibrahim-praises-cair-report/

So the answer is the IIIT.

What connects Wolfowitz to the IIIT?
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Friend of Al Gore, attacks Zionist ideas

In 1998, after attempting to topple his mentor, then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar was detained to be put on trial for sodomy and corruption. The charges made headlines around the world, not least after Mr Gore praised Anwar’s supporters while attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Kuala Lumpur, to the outrage of his hosts.

When Anwar subsequently went to prison in 2000, critics declared the charges to be trumped up. The alleged aim was to remove from politics a liberal reformer who was the greatest threat to what they said was an authoritarian regime. Whether he deserves that reputation is debatable, to say the least. He has resorted to unabashed and at times ugly populism. In 2010, he criticised the current prime minister, Najib Tun Razak, for employing a "Jewish-controlled" public relations firm, and warned, ludicrously, of "Zionist influence" in Malaysia. As for his zeal for reform, this was a cause he discovered only after serving for 15 years in the governing coalition as a minister and eventually deputy prime minister, until his falling out with Dr Mahathir.

Indeed, while in office he was accused of bribing his way to winning election as deputy president of his then party, UMNO.
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Wolfowitz IIIT and Osama bin Laden connection

Tarik Hamdi came to the United States and applied for citizenship providing false information. Hamdi worked for Sami Al-Arian, who confessed to providing assistance to the PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) and later worked for IIIT.

In May 1998 ABC News in pursuit of an interview with Bin Laden had communicated with Mohammad Atef and were directed to Tarik Hamdi as a person who could connect them to Osama Bin Laden. ABC connected with Tarik Hamdi at his place of employment at IIIT. ABC was able to get the interview. Hamdi was able to deliver a Satellite phone battery pack that according to federal agents was used three months later in the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

It took until 2005 for Tarik A. Hamdi, who was employed as a publisher at IIIT, to be charged in a federal affidavit of having been the "American contact" for one of Osama bin-Laden's front organisations.
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IIIT promets Jihad

A book by IIIT official Abdul Hamid AbuSulayman entitled "Violence," published in 2001, said Israel is a "foreign usurper" that must be confronted with "fear, terror and lack of security." The book maintained "Fighting is a duty of the oppressed people."

Tied to terror

On March 20, 2002, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials raided the Institute and closed the Institute temporarily. The search was part of a larger FBI-Customs Service series of raids that included 19 other business and non-profit entities known as Operation Green Quest.

The raids led to the convictions of two people, including Abdurahman Alamoudi, who worked for the SAAR Foundation. Alamoudi admitted that he plotted with Libya to assassinate the Saudi ruler and was sentenced to 23 years in jail.

The Institute was a leading financier of Sami Al-Arian's now-defunct World and Islam Studies Enterprise, a "think tank" shut down after the FBI confiscated its files in 1995. That think tank raised money for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which the State Department labeled a terrorist group in 1995
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Paul Wolfowitz's tenure as president of the World Bank has turned into yet another case study of neoconservative government in action.

It bears resemblance to the military planning for the invasion of Iraq, during which Wolfowitz, as deputy secretary of defense, arrogantly humiliated Army chief of staff Eric Shinseki for suggesting that the US force level was inadequate.

It has similarities to the twisting of intelligence used to justify the war, in which Wolfowitz oversaw the construction of a parallel operation within the Pentagon - the Office of Special Plans - to shunt disinformation directly to the White House without its being vetted by CIA analysts, about Saddam Hussein's alleged ties to al-Qaida and his weapons of mass destruction, and sought to fire Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, for factually reporting before the invasion that Saddam had not revived his nuclear weapons program.

Wolfowitz's regime also uncannily looks like the occupation of Iraq run by the Coalition Provisional Authority, from which Wolfowitz blackballed state department professionals - instead staffing it with inexperienced ideologues - and to whom Wolfowitz sent daily orders.

Wolfowitz's World Bank scandal over his girlfriend reveals many of the same qualities that created the wreckage he left in his wake in Iraq: grandiosity, cronyism, self-dealing and lying - followed by an energetic campaign to deflect accountability. As with the war, he has retreated behind his fervent profession of good intentions to excuse himself.  --  Sidney Blumenthal
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In November 2005 Liz Cheney and Condi Rice were in Bahrain at the launch of the Foundation for the Future:

They arrived in Jeddah after attending the Forum of the Future in Bahrain, which saw the launch of two institutions. The first is the Fund of the Future worth $100 million set up to provide capital for small and medium businesses. The second is the Foundation of the Future worth $55 million to support NGOs and projects for promoting freedom of the press and democracy.

The Foundation for the Future was installed with some $35 million seed funds from the U.S. State Department, some $10 million from Bahrain and $11 million from various other state donors. As Clemons points out, the State Department in a recent press conference couldn't even say where the foundation has its office. It also was not sure what Shaha Riza was actually doing there.

On the foundations website there is no mention of a current office and no phone number.

The domain foundationforfuture.org is registered with the address 1350 Connecticut Ave, Suite 1000,  Washington DC.
A background check produced the name George G Zarubin. His probable linkedin says:

Legal Advisor to President, Novorossiysk Shipping Company
December 1991 – January 1995

Executive Director, Soros Foundation Kazakhstan
December 1995 – December 1999

Vice President, Eurasia Foundation
January 2000 – May 2013

The Eurasia Foundation's task is to support Democracy movements in former Soviet Union states. Its executive committee includes luminaries like Albright, Baker, Eagleburger and Frank C. Carlucci III of The Carlyle Group. It is financed by the United States Agency for International Development.
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About the Foundation for the Future

On the surface, the “Foundation for the Future” appears to be a moderately ineffective attempt by the administration of US President George W. Bush to promote democracy in the Middle East. Upon closer inspection, however, the Foundation tells a story about the less presentable side of Bush-era politics in the region: the high-level cronyism surrounding the Iraq War, crude self-dealing, the invention of ‘grassroots’ organizations, and an affair. Its characters include Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz, his partner Shaha Riza, then-State Department official Liz Cheney, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and Senator Mitch McConnell.

The Foundation for the Future first became an issue of public interest inquiry in 2007, after the Government Accountability Project (GAP) received the payroll records of Shaha Riza from a whistleblower. These records showed that Riza, a British national who worked as a World Bank communications officer prior to Wolfowitz’s presidency, was seconded to the State Department after Wolfowitz was appointed, where she received salary raises far in excess of what Bank rules allow. When detailed from the World Bank to the State Department, Riza – who was, at the time, earning far more than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – was charged with establishing the Foundation for the Future (FFF), a nonprofit organization with a focus on grant-making in support of democracy and reform in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region. In October 2006, Riza was seconded to the FFF itself, where she remained until returning to the Bank in early 2008, after Wolfowitz was forced to resign for his role in arranging her salary increases.

May 2007 FOIA documents, released by the Department of State (DOS), show that Liz Cheney, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, envisioned Riza’s secondment to the FFF in May 2005, well before it was established and before Paul Wolfowitz became President of the Bank. The documents also show that the FFF – which was announced at the November 2005 Forum for the Future meeting at the behest of Liz Cheney – was presented to funders, including the US Congress, as a cornerstone of Bush’s “freedom agenda” to spread democracy in the Middle East.
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More about the Foundation

Records also suggest that management of the Foundation for the Future misled the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The FFF’s financial statements for 2006 and 2007 state that the Foundation did not attempt to influence national legislation, a statement that is contradicted by the cables and reports pertaining to the establishment and subsequent operation of the FFF. These documents suggest that several Foundation representatives – including Board Member Sandra Day O’Connor – actively lobbied the US Congress in 2006-07 for legislative changes favorable to the FFF. In effect, the activities of the FFF were rife with explicit lobbying Congressional efforts that used the personal contacts and influence of people connected to the Foundation.

It also appears that there was not an open competition for the grant to establish the Foundation for the Future, as documents released by the State Department did not yield a public request for proposals.
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Did Riza have security clearance

Riza, who is not a US citizen, had to receive a security clearance in order to work at the state department. Who intervened? State department officials familiar with the details of this matter confirmed to me that Shaha Ali Riza was detailed to the state department and had unescorted access while working for Elizabeth Cheney. Access to the building requires a national security clearance or permanent escort by a person with such a clearance. But the State Department has no record of having issued a national security clearance to Riza.

State department officials believe that Riza was issued such a clearance by the defence department after SAIC was forced by Wolfowitz and Feith to hire her. Then her clearance would have been recognised by the state department through a credentials transmittal letter. But state department officials tell me that no such letter can be confirmed as received.

Wolfowitz's willful behavior, as though no rules bound him or facts constrained his ideas, should not have surprised anyone. At the Pentagon, Wolfowitz was an insistent force behind an invasion of Iraq, bringing it up at the first national security council meeting of the Bush administration, months before September 11. For years he had been a firm believer in the theories of Laurie Mylroie, a neoconservative writer, who argued that Saddam was behind the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing and even the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
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Zalmay Khalilzad

Another close associate of Wolfowitz is Zalmay Khalilzad, who grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father was government official there.

He first spent time in the United States as a Ceres, California high school exchange student with AFS Intercultural Programs. Later, he attained his bachelor's and master's degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. 

Khalilzad received his PhD at the University of Chicago in the United States, where he studied closely with strategic thinker Albert Wohlstetter, who provided Khalilzad with contacts in the US government and with RAND.

From 1979 to 1989, Khalilzad worked as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During that time, he worked closely with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter Administration's architect of the policy supporting the mujahideen resistance to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

Between 1993 and 2000, Khalilzad was the Director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Force Structure at the RAND Corporation. During this time, he helped found RAND's Center for Middle Eastern Studies as well as "Strategic Appraisal," a periodic RAND publication. While at RAND, Khalilzad also had a brief stint consulting for Cambridge Energy Research Associates, which at the time was conducting a risk analysis for Unocal, now part of Chevron, for a proposed Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline project which would have extended from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and further proceeding to Pakistan.

Khalilzad was a signatory of the letter from members of the Project for the New American Century to President Bill Clinton sent on January 26, 1998, which called for him to accept the aim of "removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power" using "a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts."

Khalilzad is a Sunni Muslim and belongs to the Pashtun ethnic group.
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Scooter Libby

Lewis "Scooter" Libby is former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney.

In October 2005, Libby was indicted by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson. Plame's position at the CIA was considered classified information. Libby was indicted on five counts relating to the Plame affair:

In an interview with author James Mann, Libby said Wolfowitz was one of his favorite professors, and their professional relationship did not end with the class." Wolfowitz became a significant mentor in his later professional life.
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Wolfowitz apology

World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz publicly apologized yesterday for the "mistake" of personally orchestrating a high-paying job and guaranteed promotions for a bank employee with whom he is romantically involved.

Wolfowitz attempted to address about 200 staffers gathered in the bank's central atrium but left after some began hissing, booing, and chanting "Resign. . . . Resign." He had approached the gathering after holding a news conference in which he said, "I made a mistake for which I am sorry."

Bank insiders confirmed reports from the bank's staff association that Wolfowitz directed personnel officials to give Shaha Riza, his longtime companion, an automatic "outstanding" rating and the highest possible pay raises during an indefinite posting at the State Department, as well as a promotion upon her return to the bank. The Financial Times reported portions of the agreement yesterday.
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Foundation for Future linked to Islamic Jihad

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In Malaysia, prominent opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim faced accusations of being an “American agent”ť after his friendly relationship with the beleaguered neocon was revealed. In May, Malaysia’s New Straits Timesreported that in October 2006 Anwar had written a letter to Wolfowitz adviser Robin Cleveland asking that Wolfowitz’s girlfriend, Shaha Riza, be transferred from the State Department to the board of the Broader Middle East and North Africa Foundation for the Future (BMENAFF). Anwar chairs the foundation

In other words, according to this quote. The man who chaired the State Department funded Foundation for the Future, is the same man who also founded an organisation raided in Operation Greenquest for its ties to the leadership of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (the IIIT).

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Anwar was elected Chair of the Washington-based Foundation For the Future In July 2006,

Anwar Ibrahim is also the proud co-founder of International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in USA (founded 1981). Anwar has been one of 4 acting directors, board member of IIIT and a trustee.

From 1975 till 1982 he served as a representative for Asia Pacific of World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)

The fact he came into this first through WAMY, another group closely tied to terror, suggests he may have had some dealings with WACL, the World anti-Communsit League. If so it would be just like Adel Batterjee.
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Before she came to the World Bank in 1997 Shaha Riza worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Reagan legacy, which through intermediaries is funding democratic regime changes and US friendly foreign political parties. According to rightweb:

NED’s chairman is Vin Weber, who along with current NED board member Francis Fukuyama and former board members Paula Dobriansky and Paul Wolfowitz (both of whom joined the Bush II administration in 2001), signed the founding statement of the Project for the New American Century.

A man named William Blum claimed, “The NED played an important role in the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s, funding key components of Oliver North’s shadowy ‘Project Democracy.” This network privatized US foreign policy, waged war, ran arms and drugs, and engaged in other equally charming activities. In 1987, a White House spokesman stated that those at NED ‘run Project Democracy.'”
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People close to the Treasury investigation said, however, that among the main targets was a commercial building at 555 Grove Street in Herndon, Va., where the SAAR Foundation, a Saudi-financed charity that is now defunct, had an office until recently. No representative of the foundation could be located for comment.

The Grove Street building, about 20 miles from Washington, also houses offices of several other Islamic charities and individual Muslims who, officials said, are being investigated for the possibility of money-laundering activities.

One other place searched today was the office of the International Islamic Relief Organization at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church, Va., another Washington suburb.

That charity has a parent, the Muslim World League, that officials said was also searched. Corporate records show that the Muslim World League, which is financed in part by the Saudi government, is based at the same address as the relief organization, in Falls Church, but that it has used the Herndon building as a mailing address.

Last October, the Treasury Department listed another Islamic charity financed by the Muslim World League, the Rabita Trust, as having connections to Al Qaeda.

Search warrants were also served today, officials said, on the International Institute for Islamic Thought, which is at 500 Grove Street, across the street from the SAAR Foundation. Officials said the government had been investigating the institute for at least three years.

An employee there, Tarik Hamdi, whose home was also raided today, was mentionedin the New York trial resulting from the bombing of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. A battery for a satellite phone was carried to Afghanistan by Mr. Hamdi that year; this phone, a prosecutor at the trial said, ''is the phone that bin Laden and others will use to carry out their war against the United States.''
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Wolfowitz cell tied to latest Awan Bros. scandal

Paul Wolfowitz’s Iran Connection
Was the architect of the Iraq War getting advice from an agent of the Islamic Republic?
By PHILIP GIRALDI • June 5, 2013

And just as Ahmed Chalabi eventually turned out to be something akin to a double agent, feathering his own nest while providing U.S. intelligence to the Iranians, there is also a back story to the Wolfowitz group. The Iraqis were headed by one Dr. Ali A. al-Attar, born in Baghdad in 1963, a 1989 graduate of the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He subsequently emigrated to the United States and set up a practice in internal medicine in Greenbelt, Maryland

Al-Attar prospered and moved to upscale McLean, Virginia, but he soon found himself in trouble with both regulatory and tax authorities. In April 2009, his license to practice medicine was suspended by the Maryland State Board of Physicians due to “questionable billing practices.”

Al-Attar was also being investigated by the FBI for large scale health care fraud in 2008-9. He and his partner Dr. Abdul H. Fadul charged insurance companies more than $2.3 million for services their patients did not actually receive, with many of the false claims using names of diplomats and employees enrolled in a group plan at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington.

Dr. Ali A. Al-Attar fled the United States after the indictment to avoid arrest and imprisonment. Late in 2012 he was observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official. It turns out that al-Attar is only a first generation Iraqi. He was born in Baghdad, but his parents were both from Iran.

Given his less than glorious track record vis-ŕ-vis Iraq, one might reasonably ask Paul Wolfowitz how he discovered Dr. al-Attar. It would also be interesting to learn about the extent to which Wolfowitz checked out the backgrounds of the people he was talking to in his haste to overthrow Saddam. One might also ponder why the United States spends tens of billions of dollars on intelligence gathering if it is still necessary to assemble ad hoc and secretive groups of foreign-born residents of questionable loyalties to determine what is going on overseas.

Al-Attar still active though
FEBRUARY 21 2017
Well now, this is quite the bombshell report from The Daily Caller. House Democrat staffers took $100k in Iraqi Money from an Iraqi politician, while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network. This sounds somewhat not good to me…

The money was a loan from Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi political figure, and was funneled through a company with “impossible”-to-decipher financial transactions that the congressional information technology (IT) staffers controlled.

Imran Awan, ringleader of the group that includes his brothers Abid and Jamal, has provided IT services since 2005 for Florida Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The trio also worked for dozens of other House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. Those positions likely gave them access to congressional emails and other sensitive documents.
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Anwar Ibrahims friendship with Wolfowitz is mentioned here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siJWFJOl40o
 HARDtalk interview on May 10th, 2005, Stephen Sackur
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Georgetown's Bridge of Faith
May/June 1998

Amid the multinational student body of Washington's Georgetown University, the five-year-old Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding attracts one of the most diverse groups of students on the campus.

"This is my refuge," says Sudanese-born Hibba Abugideiri, a doctoral candidate in history. "Here I'm encouraged to develop my religious as well as my academic interests."

Muqtedar Khan, who came to Georgetown from India, feels the same. "I was accepted at Harvard, UCLA, and Northwestern Universities," he says, "but I came here to do my doctorate in international relations because of the Center. Here it's easy to be understood."

The CMCU was founded in 1993 on the belief that dialogue and the study of each others' traditions is a necessary step on the path to mutual understanding of Muslims and Christians, Easterners and Westerners. As part of the university's famous Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, it attracts students headed for careers based on inter-cultural contact in business, government and academia. Since its founding, it has been embraced by the American Muslim Council, the International Islamic Council and the National Council of Catholic Bishops, whose vote of confidence seconded Pope John Paul II's official blessing of its opening. To date the Center remains the only academic institution in the United States dedicated to exploring the 14 centuries of cultural, historical, political and theological interactions of Christianity and Islam.

Seated around a table in the Center's main lounge one day recently were young men from Pakistan, India and Washington, D.C., women from Kuwait, Alaska and Oklahoma, and Dr. Yvonne Haddad, scholar, writer and one of the Center's four full-time faculty members. They were engaged in a vigorous discussion of global peace.

"In the United States it's possible, but difficult, to find an objective perspective on Islam, and that doesn't help world peace," said Pakistani Firas Kazi. "Here at the Center, though, there's no secret agenda and no judgments are made. Only open discussion and learning about one another. That does help." Afterward, Jim Helicke of Washington, D.C., who had returned recently from an internship in Turkey, added, "Thanks to the American media I grew up with negative images of Muslims. Coming to the Center has contributed to my understanding of Islam."

Among non-Muslims outside the university, the CMCU has become a trusted source of information about the Muslim world.

"The Center is especially valuable because it is independent," says Basheer Nafi, an editor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia. The Center, he adds, "has contributed greatly not only in making Islam more understood in this part of the world, but also in making Christianity more understood to Muslim scholars."

The financial and spiritual founder of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding is contractor and philanthropist Hasib Sabbagh, a Christian who grew up alongside Muslims and Jews in the 1920's and 1930's near Tiberias, in what was then British Mandatory Palestine. He earned an engineering degree at the American University of Beirut (See Aramco World, January/February 1991), and went on to form a construction company that, over the next five decades, built highways, houses, harbors, hospitals—and bridges—in many countries of the Middle East.

Throughout his years of personal success, Sabbagh says, he always felt deeply about the cause of peace, and his mother's humanitarian adages were never far from his mind. Heeding her advice over the past 50 years, he established a foundation, named after his late wife, that has aided charities, schools, hospitals and universities, funded interfaith programs, and brought diverse groups together to promote Middle East peace.

That he lived his beliefs has been widely recognized. In a 1996 biography, former US President Jimmy Carter called him "a citizen of the world," and the President's accolade was echoed by personalities as diverse as banker David Rockefeller, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, Richard Murphy of the Council on Foreign Relations, Palestinian intellectual Edward Said of Columbia University, international businessman Jacob Saliba and lawyer Hanna Hourani.

Sabbagh set a lofty goal for the Center he endowed: to educate, without encouraging syncretism, a diverse global audience on the widest possible variety of Muslim-Christian issues. This, he decided, could best be done by a mixture of permanent faculty and visiting scholars of both faiths from Africa, Southeast and Central Asia and the Middle East. The Center was also quick to establish links with universities in Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Britain in order to co-sponsor conferences and publications and facilitate faculty and student exchanges.

Sabbagh chose Georgetown University, founded in 1789 as one of the first Catholic universities in the United States, "because of its location in America's capital and because of the university's Jesuit tradition of religious inquiry," said Sabbagh's daughter Sana, who herself funded the construction of the Center's suite in the university's Bunn Intercultural Center.

The Center's founding director is Dr. John Esposito, a lean and vigorous, dark-eyed Catholic who runs 13 kilometers (8 mi) before work each day. A professor of religion and international affairs as well as an Islamic scholar, he has written 11 books about Islam, has been called on to advise government officials in his field, and is much respected by Muslim scholars worldwide. To him, the Center exists "to impart not only knowledge, but also a sense of national and international cooperation and responsibility that can help us move toward a more peaceful world."

Esposito is deeply motivated by his belief that the West is now at a turning point in the history of Muslim-Christian relations. "Muslims make up one fifth of the world population, and Islam is the second-largest world religion," he says. "In the us, Islam will soon be the second largest religion, after Christianity as a whole, and there are already more Muslims in the United States than there are members of several individual Christian denominations. In the multicultural and multi-religious world of today we need civilizational dialogue, not conflict. That need makes relations between the Muslim world and the West critical.

"In America," he continues, "there is a growing awareness that Islam is not a 'foreign' religion but, along with Judaism, one of the country's three monotheistic faiths. It is important that we Americans affirm our common religious heritage and values without denying our differences. I see this beginning to happen."

As evidence he cites several "firsts" as straws in the wind: An Islamic prayer has been included in the opening ceremonies of the US Congress twice since 1991, and in 1993 Muslim chaplains began meeting the needs of the estimated 10,000 American Muslims in the US military. The American Muslim Council, Esposito says, is welcoming an ever-increasing stream of visits from Christian and Jewish members of Congress, who come seeking information and contacts. In 1996, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted the first reception at the White House to mark 'Id al-Fitr, the celebration that follows the end of Ramadan.

"We must understand and accept Islam," she said at that occasion. "Western society too often mischaracterizes Islam and its followers.... The reality is that the majority of the estimated four million Muslims in the US are loyal citizens whose daily lives revolve around work, family and community."

In 1965 the Second Vatican Council issued an unprecedented and welcome announcement known as Nostra Aetate, which Muslim scholar Ismail Ibrahim Nawwab, among others, believes "can truly be regarded as a turning point in Muslim-Christian relations. Here, finally, Christians officially acknowledged and expressed respect for the Muslims as a religious community, [and] the Roman Catholic Church formulated for the first time a doctrine that recognized the Muslims as believers included in God's salvation plan, because Muslims 'acknowledge the Creator' and 'profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day.'"

"Although in the course of the centuries," the Council said, "many quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Muslims, this most sacred Synod urges all to forget the past and to strive sincerely for mutual understanding. On behalf of all mankind, let them make common cause of safeguarding and fostering social justice, moral values, peace, and freedom."

The deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, spoke in a similar spirit at Georgetown in 1994. "For us [Muslims]," he said, "the divine imperative as expressed in the Qur'an is unambiguous. Humanity has been created in tribes, races and nations whose differences in physical characteristics, languages and modes of thought are but the means for the purpose of lita'arafu —getting to know one another."

Though teaching is its daily work, the Center's efforts to help the two religions to "get to know one another" goes beyond the classroom. More than 50 books have now been published by the Center's core faculty. Its faculty members also regularly give speeches about Islam to synagogue and church congregations and civic groups such as the Rotary Club; they advise foreign-affairs think tanks and policy-making government agencies; and they take part in training sessions at the us State Department. In five years, the Center's faculty have become leaders in Esposito's "civilizational dialogue."

"The Center fulfills a major need not only for our many students but for a wider community," says Deputy Director John O. Voll, who specializes in Middle Eastern and Islamic history. "It provides a clearly recognized academic home base for visiting Muslim and Christian scholars, as well as a place where people feel they can come to talk about practical matters."

For example, Voll recalls two state attorneys-general who wanted to know about the diet, hygiene, and prayer customs of Muslims serving time in their state prisons; an editor of National Geographic who inquired about the accuracy of photo captions; a Chicago attorney who needed to know how to treat a Muslim divorce case; and an Indonesia-bound US businessman who asked about protocol.

But Georgetown has always trained an international elite, and the classroom remains the Center's focal point. Its courses offer students both range and depth: "Religion and International Affairs," "Contemporary Islamic Activist Intellectuals," "History of Islam in Africa," "Women and Law," "Sources of Arab History," "Muslim-Christian Relations in World History," "Islam and the West," "Christians in the Qur'an" and "Early Islamic Sources" are among them.

Since last fall, the Center has offered students a certificate within the ba program. Under the aegis of the Center and the University's departments of theology, Arabic and history, students, regardless of their major, can earn the Certificate in Muslim-Christian Understanding after taking six courses through CMCU.

The Center has begun to leave a mark as a force for peace, says Syrian-born professor Yvonne Haddad, "because here we discuss all religions openly and do not go by pernicious slogans. Ultimately, we are teaching teachers, and that is crucial if we want to disseminate knowledge. One by one, we are making a difference."

Historian and faculty member Amira El-Azhary Sonbol passionately concurs. "The Center is important because it shows the best of Islam. Students from here head for jobs in law and teaching, the State Department, and big corporations. What they take from here can only lead to a more peaceful global society."
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In his book "Desperately Seeking Paradise" Zianuddin Sardar, (usually described as a London based Muslim moderate), gives an account of how somewhere around the time the first Gulf War was about to or had commenced, he was persuaded to fly to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of certain wealthy Saudis to receive a grant of USD 5 million that was to  enable him to set-up a think tank that would put forward the Arab view.

Sardar was then in Malaysia, had reservations about making the trip, but was persuaded to go by Anwar Ibrahim, who was then  Minister for Education but about to appointed Minister for Finance.

Sardar writes that Anwar told him to accept their invitation, for the Saudis had been on the phone to him rather often about the matter of the gift to Sardar. Sardar flew to Saudi Arabia, and went on to meet Sheikh Saleh Kamel,founder of the Al Baraka investment group. Also present at that meeting was Anwar Ibarhim, who Sardar says had flown out separately in a Malaysian
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In 1991, SDGT Sheik Yassin Al-Kadi and two of Anwar Ibrahim ‘s closest associates, Drs  Wan Hasni Wan Sulaiman and Rahim Ghouse, formed Abrar Inc, a fund management company. This business was to take many shapes and forms, particularly after its base of operations was moved to Malaysia.
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Yassin Kadi and Al Barakaat

In 2001 the US Treasury moved against a large number of al Barakat affiliates

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20011107.aspx

BARAKAAT BOSTON was given as 266 Neponset Ave., Dorchester, Massachusetts

In that building was an Abdulkadir Abshir Yusuf.

A database says another address he used is 75 Saint Alphonsus Roxbury Crossing -  which is also used by Aafia Siddiqui.

http://www.islamdaily.org/en/world-issues/america/1048.roxbury-address-eyed-in-fbi-probe.htm

In other words Dick Cheney's friend al-Kadi is tied to Al Qaeda terrorist Siddiqui and the Boston jihad cell
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in 1996, Valerie Donahue, a Chicago FBI agent who is presumably part of Robert Wright’s Vulgar Betrayal investigation, begins looking into Global Chemical Corp., a chemical company that appears to be an investment fraud scheme. The company is jointly owned by the IIRO and Abrar Investments Inc. Suspected terrorism financier Yassin al-Qadi has investments in Abrar Investments and he is also director of its Malaysian corporate parent. Donahue finds that Abrar Investments gave Global Chemical more than half a million dollars, and the IIRO gave it over $1 million. Further, the Saudi embassy has recently sent $400,000 to the IIRO. The president of Global Chemical is Mohammed Mabrook, a Libyan immigrant and suspected Hamas operative. Mabrook had previously worked for a pro-Palestinian group led by Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk.
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Soliman Bihieri told US investigators talk at the Dar al-Hijrah was that Ahmad Totonji, Jamal Barzinji and Hisham al-Talib were CIA based on there work at the IIIT
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President Baraka Obama took the opportunity over the Memorial Day weekend 2016 to appoint a new outreach liaison for Muslim-Americans to the White House Office of Public

Zaki Barzinji, a staffer for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, is the former president of the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) and served as a board member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Both are organizations of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, as identified by evidence submitted by the federal government in the Holy Land Foundation Trial.

Zaki Barzinji’s father, Suhaib Jamal Barzinji was a founding member of MYNA. Suhaib Barzinji is the son of the late Jamal Barzinji, who played a seminal role in the founding of numerous Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the United States, including the Muslim Students Association (MSA), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

Barzinji also played a leading role in the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi quasi-governmental organization whose Northern Virginia chapter was raided by law enforcement after 9/11 for terrorism finance. Barzinji was also a leading member of the American Muslim Council, founded by convicted Al Qaeda fundraiser Adurrahman Alamoudi.

Jamal Barzinji was himself subject of a search warrant in October of 2003, related to his founding or leading multiple groups which were part of an interlinked network of non-profit and for profit organizations suspected of providing material support for Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Al Qaeda. No charges were ever filed however
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Eritrean IIIT associate Abdurahman Alamoudi, now imprisoned for terror-support and immigration fraud, helped funnel $1 million to al Qaeda.

Alamoudi's former Shirlington Auto Mart in Arlington, Va. participated in a car dealer ring of subsequently convicted terror-financier Sami al-Arian. Sami ran a Middle East terrorist organisation called Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

D. Hibba Abugideiri
In a two year period from 2004-05, the State Department spent $49,114 for events featuring Hibba Abugideiri around the world in countries like Italy, Azerbaijan, and Tanzania.96 She was the only mentioned “grantee” on related FOIA documents. Ms. Abugideiri served as the former National Secretary for Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA), an organization affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA was named by the U.S. Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. Abugideiri also served as Assistant Editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, an interdisciplinary journal published in part by IIIT.

Used Cars
In his July 5, 2005 testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, terrorism expert Steven Emerson made a chilling prophecy. He said that he would not be surprised someday to find an international network of stolen car rings raising money for terrorism,and shipping cars to the Middle East to be made into car bombs.

Emerson did not know that Bill Warner, a Florida Private Investigator had been secretly working on this issuesince 2002. Warner has uncovered documentary evidence that stolen cars from Florida were being shipped to Al-Qaeda front companies in Dubai, U.A.E., Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Aqqaba, Jordan.

Furthermore, Warner claims that he has provided Federal agencies with a "smoking gun" document; a copy of the bill of lading from a Tampa used car lot shipping a vehicle directly to what appearsto be an Al Qaeda front company in Saudi Arabia. Even more embarrassing to the FBI, Warner showed the federal agents that the suspected used car lots in Florida all had a common link: these used car lots were either owned by convicted terrorist Sami Al Arian or run by one of his associates.

Recent history has demonstrated that there are few religious-ideological barriers in the world of international terrorism.

"Bill Warner believes that AL Qaeda is recruiting an international network of teenage car thieves who have escaped international notice because their criminal records have been sealed as juveniles"

As these invisible criminals become adults, they switch from stealing cars to making bombs. The worst form of child abuse is teaching a child to hate. In general terms, the children Al Qaeda seeks are native born in the USA, Canada, or the United Kingdom. Their parents typically fled Pakistan in order to find freedom in the west. The parents are largely secular, extremely pro western and only nominally Muslim. Al Qaeda’s child recruits are all males, usually recruited around age 14-15.

They are bright kids, usually science or math majors, often denounced by their peers as nerds or geeks.
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