by GADI ADELMAN
October 4, 2010
It’s one thing that the FBI allowed a known Hamas operative into a six week program that included tours of top-secret areas of our National Counterterrorism Center; it’s a whole other situation when they try and deny it.
Last Monday an article by Patrick S. Poole on Big Peace.com exposed the sheer stupidity of our current administration and the FBI in particular. The article titled ‘FBI Escorts Known Hamas Operative Through Top-Secret National Counterterrorism Center as “Outreach” to Muslim Community’ was an interesting follow-up to a story that had aired and been posted a day earlier on WLS Channel 7 in Chicago.
The Big Peace article pointed out that reporter Ben Bradley of WLS had done a story on a six week “Citizen’s Academy” program hosted by the FBI in which he accompanied the participants into the top-secret National Counterterrorism Center and other secure government facilities, including the FBI’s training center at Quantico.
As Patrick Poole of Big Peace noted, part of the WLS story ran as follows:
“Sheik Kifah Mustapha, who runs the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, asked some of the most pointed questions during the six week FBI Citizens’ Academy and trip to Washington. He pushed agents to fully explain everything from the bureau’s use of deadly force policy to racial and ethnic profiling. “I saw a very interesting side of what the FBI does and I wanted to know more,” Sheik Mustapha explained after returning from D.C. He hopes the FBI’s outreach runs deeper than positive public relations”.
This was important as Poole explained:
“Yes, I bet he wanted to know everything about the FBI’s policies.
Curiously, Bradley’s report on the Citizen’s Academy fails to make note Mustapha’s extensive terrorist ties and support for Hamas, including his former employment with the Holy Land Foundation, which was listed as a specially designated terrorist group by the U.S. government in December 2001, and whose executives were convicted of terrorism support in 2008 and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Mustapha was personally named unindicted co-conspirator (#31) in the case and employment records submitted by federal prosecutors during the trial showed that he received more than $154,000 for his work for the Holy Land Foundation between 1996 and 2000.”
So who is this Sheik Kifah Mustapha really? Patrick Poole’s article further explained:
“During the trial, FBI Special Agent Lara Burns testified that Mustapha also sang in a band sponsored by the Holy Land Foundation that regularly featured songs dedicated to killing Jews and glorifying Hamas. In a deposition he gave in a civil trial concerned with the murder of a Chicago teenager killed by Hamas while waiting for a bus in Israel, Mustapha admitted that he was the registered agent for the Holy Land Foundation in Illinois, and also to his involvement with other Hamas front groups, including the Islamic Association for Palestine. He was later hired as an imam by the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, which the Chicago Tribune reported in 2004 has long been a hotbed of Hamas support. Bradley’s omission of this information about Kifah Mustapha in his report on Sunday is all the more curious since his own station aired an extensive investigative report of Mustapha’s terrorist ties earlier this year.
The WLS investigation into Mustapha’s terrorist ties was prompted by a report published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism in January, which noted that Mustapha had been selected and trained as a chaplain by the Illinois State Police despite his documented terrorist support. The State Police eventually withdrew Mustapha’s appointment as chaplain and just last month he filed a lawsuit against the agency claiming discrimination. He was aided in this claim by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another FBI-identified Hamas front group.”
Mustapha and his work with Hamas were obviously well known by the FBI, by his own admission from court documents during the Holy Land trial:
Prosecutor: Were you ever an employee of the Holy Land Foundation?
Prosecutor: When did you stop being an employee of HLF?
Mustapha: The time it was put on halt by the government. Somewhere in 2001.
Prosecutor: And when did you begin working for Holy Land?
Mustapha: As I remember, it might be either '95 or '96.
Prosecutor: And what was your title?
Mustapha: I was basically the registered agent for HLF (Holy Land Foundation) in Illinois.
Prosecutor: And what duties did that position entail?
Mustapha: Conduct soliciting money for the various programs that HLF had.
In court documents Mustapha was listed under the heading as:
“The following are individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee and/or its organizations”.
Prosecutors in the case described the Brotherhood as "an international Islamic fundamentalist organization" that is "committed to the globalization of Islam through social engineering and violent jihad."
The U.S. Department of State lists on their website Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), Hamas is number 13 on the list of FTO, the reason it is not higher on the list is only due to the fact that the list is alphabetical.
In an article by Steve Emerson back in June “Illinois Police Withdraw Offer to Islamist Chaplain” Emerson pointed out:
“Mustapha not only was a fundraiser for HLF, he was on their payroll.”
His article continued by even quoting the Judge in the HLF trial:
“In addition to persuading 12 jurors, the evidence convinced the presiding judge of the defendants' guilt. ‘The purpose of creating the Holy Land Foundation was as a fundraising arm for Hamas,’ Judge Jorge Solis said just before sentencing the defendants a year ago.”
Lastly he explained how the Illinois State Police revoked his appointment to be their Muslim Chaplin due to his ties:
“Mustapha was not charged with a crime. In March, however, the Illinois State Police acknowledged that they were reviewing Mustapha's appointment. On Friday, officials told him he would not be accepted into the program.”
As if allowing this individual with Hamas ties into these top-secret areas wasn’t enough, it was about to get worse.
On Wednesday, September 29 ACT! for America sent out the Big Peace article in a mass email to its 150,000 members. The ACT email asked its members to:
“Let their voice be heard; Contact the national FBI office to register your strong disapproval of this and demand an investigation as to how this could have happened. Phone: 202/324-3000.”
The following day, ACT sent out another email that stated:
“many encountered belligerent FBI officials who berated them, insisted the story was a “lie” and a “fabrication,” and in at least two instances made snide, derogatory comments about ACT! for America.
After we had received numerous emails and some phone calls from ACT! members describing the shameful way they were treated, a member of our staff placed a call to the FBI and was told that the story was a “fabrication” and that the photo of the tour participants was ‘doctored’.”
The photo that the FBI claimed to be “doctored” is at the top of this article and shows Sheik Kifah Mustapha (front row, second on left) touring the National Counterterrorism Center on September 14th.
I personally spoke with three people who contacted the FBI and all were treated in a nasty, disparaging manner, told the story was false and in one case was even hung up on.
So now the FBI attempts to back pedal and say this never occurred? The WLS had more than one picture of Sheik Kifah Mustapha, they had quotes in the story from him as noted above and the FBI claims the story was “a fabrication”?
National Security Priorities
• International Terrorism
• Domestic Terrorism
• Weapons of Mass Destruction
Number one is terrorism? Really? Hmmm. Is that done by bringing terror supporters directly to the agents in the National Counterterrorism Center?
Later, that very same day, September 30, Big Peace.com posted the following:
UPDATE: This afternoon, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson confirmed to Fox News that Mustapha’s tour of the NCTC did in fact happen, confirming our initial report, but defended including him in the FBI Citizen Academy program, saying that “he’s a prominent figure in the community.”
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson is either smarter than those at the FBI that answered all those calls or perhaps he just never got the memo to deny that they had allowed this known Hamas operative on a six week “Academy”.
Who at the FBI made the decision to allow Sheik Mustapha to attend this “Citizens Academy” knowing his past connections with Hamas? Who within the FBI also then decided to try and deny its occurrence altogether?
I have written numerous articles on how our current administration seems to be dangerously ignoring the threat of Islamic terror. This ties the hands of those employed to protect us by removing words from the Administrations vocabulary and re-writing the National Security Strategy.
At this point it has gone far beyond dangerous and stupid. Has our current administration gone so far beyond tying the hands of our Homeland Security agencies as to just open the doors to the inner workings of our counterterror to the terrorists themselves?
When I wrote about the “Muslim outreach” agenda and NASA I explained one of my concerns:
“First, do we really want the Muslim world to have the technology of space travel? That same technology is what is used for ICBMs (Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles). If you can send something in to space, you then have the same technology to send a missile from the Middle East to the U.S. Do I need to remind anyone of Iran’s Ahmadinejad’s aspiration to bomb the “Big Devil”? Do we really want to invite Muslim countries into NASA with open arms? We might as well have our arms raised above our heads instead.”
Now, our “Muslim outreach” has reached new heights, or should I say a new low?
It is inconceivable that anyone in the FBI would allow a man who is on terrorist watch lists and who failed an Illinois police background check because of known Hamas ties, tour the top-secret National Counterterrorism Center. If this story had been written as a fiction novel, no publisher would have bothered to print it.
Creeping Sharia and stealth Jihad, exploiting our good will and our Constitution is going to be the death of this country as we know unless we force drastic change.
I recall a saying from WWII that was posted everywhere in the U.S. “Loose lips sink ships”. Those posters didn’t have to say “inviting the enemy on the ship is worse” because evidently our administration and its agencies were smarter back then.
Follow up to last week’s article “Portland, Maine: D.A.'s Office Not Told of Teenager's Bomb”.
I finally received a return call from the DA’s office in Portland, Maine after leaving messages for 3 days. Stephanie Anderson, the D.A. of Portland spoke with me and explained that the incident is still under investigation. The only thing that she informed me that was relevant is that the second bomb that was found by the Portland Police has been “disposed of”, but she did not know by whom. D.A. Anderson did confirm that the Police did not dispose of it and no one seems to know what happened to it. The disappearance of the bomb is one of the things the D.A. is “investigating”. I am going to follow up further and will report my findings next week.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He can be heard every Thursday night at 9PM est. on his own radio show “America Akbar” on Windows to Liberty Radio Network. He can be reached through his website http://Gadiadelman.com.