By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
Enemies of the United States should clearly not have tax exempt status. The problem is that said groups have been receiving such status for decades. Yet, Republicans – as well as attorneys for Tea Party groups harmed by the IRS – continue to ignore it. What is even more disgusting is that the Republican Party also gave Muslim terrorist fronts groups complete legitimacy.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
The Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR gained its 501(c)(3) status in 2007, during the George W. Bush administration. Lois Lerner was the Tax Exempt Director at that time. Shockingly, that was the same year that CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial, which was all about terror fundraising. Ultimately, HLF was found guilty on every count. CAIR loves to argue that “unindicted” means not guilty but the fact remains that CAIR was given its 501(c)(3) status at a time when its support for terror funding was clearly known.
CAIR was incorporated in 2005 and received tax exempt status in 2007 by… Lerner:
In 2011, while the targeting of conservative groups was taking place, CAIR lost its 501(c)(3) status because it had failed to file its annual paperwork. Within a year, that status was reinstated. Yet, Tea Party groups were still being harassed and had not received their status.
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
On its facebook page, ISNA identifies itself as being a 501(c)(3) organization. This is the largest Muslim Brotherhood front group in the U.S. In 2013, the Canadian equivalent of the IRS revoked ISNA’s charitable status after finding that the organization distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to a terrorist organization. As was CAIR, ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
In 2003, the Senate Finance Committee looked into ISNA’s financial records for terrorist connections. In 2005, the investigation was closed and Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said the committee “did not find anything”. Nearly nine years later, the Canadian government and HLF prosecutors beg to differ.
The Executive Director at the time was Louay Safi. In the weeks after the Fort Hood jihadist attack, it was learned that Safi – a stealth jihadist – had been lecturing to U.S. troops. Despite Grassley’s findings in 2005, there was plenty of evidence to suggest that Safi was tied to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
In 2011, Shoebat.com published the translated words of Safi, which prove he is a stealth jihadist.
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Despite MAS Executive Director Mahdi Bray being caught on video raising money for Hamas inside a Florida mosque in 2009, the group continues to enjoy 501(c)(3) status. In the video, Bray can be seen telling attendees that their contributions are “tax deductible”.
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
According to MPAC’s website, this group has had 501(c)(3) status since 1988, which would have been at the end of the Reagan administration. MPAC, which is led by an infiltrator of the U.S. Government by the name of Salam al-Marayati, opposed designating Hamas or Hezbollah as terrorist organizations. In 1999, MPAC justified Hezbollah’s suicide bombing of a U.S. Marine Barracks 17 years earlier and ten years after MPAC was granted 501(c)(3) status.
North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)
Founded during the Nixon administration in 1973, NAIT boasts of 501(c)(3) status on its website and is also closely affiliated with ISNA. It identifies itself as ISNA’s “predecessor”. The relationship is apparently so close that the ISNA President is automatically given a seat on the NAIT Board. While the beneficiary of tax exempt status, NAIT holds the titles of several Muslim Brotherhood front group properties. In the Holy Land trial, evidence showed ISNA used NAIT to fund Hamas. Despite its offices being raided in 2002 and its obvious connections to terrorist and jihadist grouops, NAIT still holds onto its 501(c)(3).
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
The same Louay Safi that led the ISNA served as Executive Director for IIIT from 1995-97. IIIT is also a Muslim Brotherhood front group that operates with 501(c)(3) status.
Dar al-Hijrah Mosque
Founded during Reagan’s first term and perhaps the most notorious mosque in the U.S. It has been home to multiple stealth jihadists, to include former Chairman Bassam Estwani and Anwar al-Awlaki, who served as an imam there. This mosque was visited by three 9/11 hijackers and Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan. Despite this terrorist factory posing as a house of worship, it continues to operate with 501(c)(3) status according to the mosque’s Director of Outreach, Johari Abdul Malik. On its own website, Dar al-Hijrah boasts of being “affiliated with the Muslim American Society (MAS) since 1999”. That is the same MAS that raised contributions for Hamas.
Hamzah Islamic Center (HIC)
In 2005, as Shoebat.com revealed, Lois Lerner granted HIC is 501(c)(3) status despite the group having very close ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
Strong evidence exists in the form of YouTube video interviews that suggest HIC is in the business of helping Syrian jihadists. It was even found to have at least one camp set up in Orpha city in Turkey. As Shoebat.com has revealed, Orpha is home to ISIS training camps.
The list goes on and on and on…. The point is that while patriotic conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status are being bludgeoned by an IRS that facilitates the 501(c)(3) status of groups that seek to destroy the United States from within.
Democrats like Jim McDermott (D-WA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Elijah Cummings, Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and others have either aided and abetted the IRS in targeting Tea Party groups or have blatantly run interference for the IRS after the fact.
As Shoebat.com has reported, Cummings, the Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee was implicated in the targeting of Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote:
Cummings has made repeated attempts to shut down the IRS investigation. Something he has not done is call for the investigation of the tax exempt status of Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
Yet, Democrats defend the IRS and Republicans simply refuse to pick the best fight.
Oversight Committee member Connolly has been a vehement defender of the IRS during the scandal. Yet, earlier this year, as Shoebat.com reported, not only has the congressman supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after the overthrow of Mohammed Mursi but he accepted contributions at a Muslim Brotherhood fundraiser. House Ways and Means Committee member Jim McDermott arguably outdid Connolly in his defense of the IRS, as Shoebat.com reported.
As mentioned above, Republicans are actively refusing to introduce the Malik Obama angle into the IRS scandal. Doing so very well may open a can of worms relative to all of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups previous Republican administrations granted and continued to allow having 501(c)(3) status but that’s no reason to avoid it.
Conservatives are missing a tremendous opportunity in the IRS scandal. They should contrast the egregious treatment received by Tea Party groups at the hands of the IRS with the very favorable treatment received by Muslim Brotherhood front groups. The list of Muslim organizations with 501(c)(3) status is substantial but the agendas of many of those groups include the destruction of the United States from within.
What better contrast could there be than to highlight than the allegiances of those who refuse to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal while ignoring the tax exempt status of America’s stated enemies? Yet, to this point, the tax exempt status of Muslim Brotherhood front groups has been ignored.
America’s enemies with 501(c)(3) status
Enemies of the United States should be dealt with, not given tax exempt status. The problem is that said groups have been receiving such status for decades and it has paralyzed politicians who simply don’t know how to come clean. As Shoebat.com has reported on extensively, the circumstances surrounding the 501(c)(3) status of the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF), an entity founded and run by President Barack Obama’s brother is tailor-made for conservatives who are in the middle of the IRS fight. It’s got everything from Lois Lerner’s signature to expeditious treatment to illegal backdating to terror funding to connections with a terrorist regime and international war criminal in Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir.
Yet, Republicans – as well as attorneys for Tea Party groups harmed by the IRS – continue to ignore it. As Shoebat.com has reported, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have expressed legitimacy for the claims but will not speak further publicly. Engelbrecht’s attorney Cleta Mitchell has all of the information and has ignored it. Why would someone do such a thing when the best interests of her client mandate it?
The truth is that the Republican Party – and Mitchell herself – have dirty hands when it comes to giving Muslim Brotherhood front groups and individuals legitimacy. All signs point to them wanting to win the fight with the IRS by using spitballs instead of the heavy artillery in order to protect their own self-interests.