Taxpayer money went to a terror refugee charity? Obama admin. shut down investigation?

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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism, released a report that says $704,662 of taxpayer money may have gone to an Islamic charity allegedly linked to terror supporters.

And the charity, Islamic Relief USA, is also involved in helping resettle “refugees”.

Greenfield reported that the $704,662 amount comes from an important report by the Middle East Forum, a key counter-terrorism think tank, and it involves a Federal investigation into Islamic Relief USA, the Muslim charity in question. The report was triggered by Ryan Mauro, the Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network, and a Shillman Fellow, and the Obama administration’s stand down order on the investigation.

The investigation into Islamic Relief USA by the FBI, the IRS and the Office of Personnel Management began with a meeting between Mauro and a federal special agent with counterterrorism experience in 2014. That was the same year that Israel and the UAE had separately cracked down on Islamic Relief Worldwide over the Muslim charity’s alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups.

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In the coming years, Islamic Relief Worldwide would face legal challenges in even more countries. Meanwhile, as described in the Middle East Forum report, a deeply troubling situation had emerged in which “over $80 million from western taxpayers” was being funneled to IRW and its affiliates.

The OPM investigation was triggered by Islamic Relief USA’s acceptance on to the Combined Federal Campaign workplace charity list of the United States government, which, as Ryan Mauro notes, “allows federal employees to automatically donate to approved non-profits.”

President Reagan’s executive order 12353 had allowed charities to solicit contributions from Federal employees and military service members “to lessen the burdens of government and of local communities in meeting needs of human health and welfare”.

It was never meant to fund Islamic terrorists.

The presence of an alleged terror charity on the CFC list had created a surreal situation in which soldiers fighting Islamic terrorists might be unwittingly tricked into funding them. Since 9/11, OPM had a clear responsibility for ensuring that no terror charities or individuals linked to terror could be part of the list.

And yet in 2014, over a decade later, while Israel and the UAE were cracking down on IRW, an IR charity was not only safely operating in the United States, it had been approved by the Federal government.

That’s the situation that Mauro describes, that led him to trigger a three agency investigation. The OPM investigation was followed by an IRS and FBI investigation.  “Then, near the end of Obama Administration in 2016, the Justice Department declined to prosecute,” Mauro wrote.

“Federal agents were stunned. No clear reason was given. The investigation into Islamic Relief continued, but the criminal case presented by the three agencies would not move forward.”

That same year, Arsalan Suleman, Obama’s envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) spoke at a dinner honoring Islamic Relief USA and praised it as a “valued partner” for the State Department. Anwar Khan, its president, was described as serving on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. Suleman also praised Jihad Saleh, formerly associated with Al-Talib, the infamous UCLA MSA magazine that celebrated Osama bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists.

In 2017, an IRUSA official had even boasted that, “Islamic Relief USA launched its first resettlement office in Raleigh, North Carolina last year.”

While the investigation of Islamic Relief USA got underway, other parts of the massive sprawling Islamic Relief Worldwide network with arms, affiliates and partners straddling the terror-torn regions of the globe from Afghanistan to Chechnya, from Iraq to Pakistan and from Sudan to Yemen, came under fire.

Israel banned IRW in 2014, describing it as, “another source of funds for Hamas”.

Read more at Frontpage Magazine.

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