By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
The half-brother of the President of the United States is the Executive Secretary of an organization that was founded by an Sudanese Islamic terrorist – Hassan al-Turabi – who was extremely close with the masterminds behind each World Trade Center attack (2/26/93 and 9/11/01). As the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), Malik Obama is connected to Sudan’s genocidal President Omar al-Bashir, through the IDO. Consider that Turabi was proven to be connected to the “blind Sheikh”, who was the mastermind of the first World Trade Center attack (bombing) in 1993. In 1994, the Clinton administration’s Secretary of State – Warren Christopher – “placed Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism” and it’s been there ever since.
In our May 28th report, we showed photos of al-Bashir, Suar Al Dahab (Malik’s boss), and Malik himself at the 23rd IDO Conference in Khartoum in 2010. Al Dahab has hobnobbed with both the Prime Minister of Hamas – Ismail Haniyeh – and the Spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood – Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.
Turabi is purported to be the IDO’s founder, according to Alintibaha, a Sudanese source. Here is the relevant translation:
“Representing the Organization of the Islamic Da’wa (Sudanese regional), one the Sudanese Islamic movement, founded by Dr. Hassan al-Turabi, accompanied by staff of the late war…”
While Bashir and Turabi joined forces in the 1989 coup that put Bashir in power, the two men have had a falling out since teaming up to take control of Sudan in 1989. Turabi has been in and out of prison and in 2009, the BBC reported that Turabi called for al-Bashir to hand himself over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which had indicted al-Bashir on seven counts relating to crimes against humanity.
In 2011, Turabi was arrested and jailed again by al-Bashir and company but none other than Hamas’ Khalid Meshaal and Al-Qaradawi called for his release. When Meshaal and Qaradawi call for your release, it says more about you than it does about them. Then again, Turabi’s past says quite a bit.
The falling out between Turabi and al-Bashir smacks of being far more about a power struggle than ideology; both are Muslim Brotherhood.
That Sudan made it onto the State Department’s list appears to have been attributable to its likely role in the first WTC bombing as a third of the suspects (five of fifteen) in that bombing were Sudanese citizens, according to Department of State Publication 10136, which stated the following:
“In August, the United States placed Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. This decision was made on the basis of convincing evidence from multiple sources that Sudan provides assistance to international terrorist groups.”
To demonstrate how Islam has impacted the language within the U.S. Government (USG) since Publication 10136, consider that the document – penned by a State Department under a Democratic administration (Clinton) included the word “Muslim” twenty times and the word “Islam” seventy-four times; the word “Jihad” can be found twenty-one times.
Speaking of times, oh, how they’ve changed.
In 1996, the New York Times reported that Turabi was the Speaker of Sudan’s National Assembly and had this to say about the attack on the WTC that occurred three years earlier:
“…in their (American officials) eyes, the Sudan stands convicted of abetting… the World Trade Center bombing in 1993…”
Of course, the mastermind behind that bombing was Sheikh Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh”). Andrew McCarthy, the man who successfully prosecuted Abdel Rahman, had this to say about Turabi’s involvement:
“At trial, we proved that Sheikh Abdel Rahman had close ties to Hassan al-Turabi, leader in the early 1990s of Sudan’s de facto government, the National Islamic Front; that under Turabi’s influence, Sudanese jihadists were permitted to emigrate to America…”
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In 1998, just a few short years after the Blind Sheikh’s conviction, McCarthy had written an article that appeared in the Weekly Standard which provided even more detail, not just about Turabi’s involvement but also a guy named Osama bin Laden:
“…documents recently unsealed in federal court in New York make explicit something that has been assumed for years. Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda has formed an alliance with three of the world’s most ruthless practitioners of terror: Sudan’s National Islamic Front, headed by Hassan al-Turabi; the Iranian sponsored Hezbollah organization; and the Islamic Group headed by Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman…”
[Barack Obama’s half-brother was given expeditious, retroactive, and illegal tax-exempt status by Lois Lerner at the IRS. Here’s the letter bearing her signature. The organization that Malik Obama works for was founded by Turabi.]
McCarthy introduced another name into this toxic pool of terrorists:
“(Turabi) is a friend of radical Islam, of the Hamas and Hezbollah organizations — ever counseling his longtime associate Yasser Arafat towards greater intransigence in dealing with Israel. Turabi is also an intimate of bin Laden, whom Sudan officially took in when the Saudi ruling family expelled him in 1994.”
It is indeed interesting that the founder of the IDO that Malik Obama works for was identified in 1998 as a “friend of… Hamas…” because Malik Obama’s boss – Suar Al Dahab – recently visited Gaza and expressed solidarity with Ismail Haniyeh, the Prime Minister of Hamas and Qaradawi. Now we learn that Turabi and Arafat were close too.
Of Turabi’s ties to Osama bin Laden, the Sudan Tribune reported:
“Turabi invited jihadists from all over the world to Khartoum, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.”
This is worth underscoring because in the early 1990’s, Turabi welcomed two individuals who would eventually become known to all Americans as al-Qaeda’s number 1 and number 2 respectively – bin Laden and al-Zawahiri. Turabi did this at around the same time that the the first WTC bombing was being plotted.
In a book entitled, Inside Al Qaeda, author Rohan Gunaratna writes that within two years of the 1989 coup led by Turabi, Osama bin Laden began putting down roots in Sudan, via History Commons:
“Hassan al-Turabi comes to power in Sudan in 1989, and his beliefs are ideologically compatible with bin Laden’s… al-Turabi sends a delegation and a letter to bin Laden, inviting him to collaborate and move to Sudan. Bin Laden agrees to the offer, but moves slowly… He also visits Sudan himself to establish a relationship with al-Turabi.”
McCarthy described the relationship a bit more succinctly in 1998:
“…bin Laden’s and Turabi’s organizations worked in lock-step…”
A short time later in McCarthy’s article, he referenced the Blind Sheikh as being a constant beneficiary of Turabi’s “hospitality”, saying:
Thanks to the broad investigations surrounding Rahman’s trial in the World Trade Center bombing, we have extraordinarily detailed knowledge of the Sudanese assistance to Abdel Rahman’s terrorist operations in the United States and abroad.
“Sudanese assistance” very much includes Turabi, the man who founded Malik Obama’s IDO.
As if Sudan’s links to both World Trade Center attacks isn’t enough, a federal judge found the government of Sudan (al-Bashir and Turabi) liable for the USS Cole bombing.
According to the New York Times, the Blind Sheikh was implicated in the assassination of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat as the Islamic group he headed was found to be behind the assassination, according to a New York Times opinion piece from 1995:
Fortunately for the Middle East, Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, escaped assassination last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Cairo alleges, without hard evidence, that Islamic-ruled Sudan was involved either through its Government or through the Islamic National Front, led by its most powerful politician, Hassan al-Turabi.
McCarthy explained the roles of Abdel Rahman and Turabi in another planned assassination attempt on Mubarak, shortly after the WTC bombing and during a trip by Mubarak to the United States. An informant named Emad Salem was the source of McCarthy’s claims:
Following the Trade Center bombing, Salem agreed to record conversations for the FBI, and the result was a trove of insight — including Siddig Ali’s explanation that his information about Mubarak’s itinerary had come from the “highest level” of the Sudanese government.
In 2013, Mubarak is long gone and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi has replaced him as the head of Egypt. Turabi recently called for tighter relations between Egypt and Sudan. Also warming the cockles of Turabi’s heart was, no doubt, Mursi’s call earlier this year for the release of the “Blind Sheikh”.
In light of what we now know about the nefarious characters with which Malik Obama works, Turabi’s endorsement of Barack Obama’s re-election – which was approximately a year and a half after Malik’s foundation became the beneficiary of Lerner’s malfeasance – is a bit more telling. In an interview shortly before the 2012 election, Turabi granted an interview to AFP, which reported, via Arutz Sheva:
“You know what ‘Baraka’ means in Arabic? Blessing,” said veteran Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi, who served as the secretary-general of the Islamic Charter Front, a political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood that advocated an Islamic constitution and opposed western secularism.
“Obama of course,” Turabi told AFP, when asked about his U.S. presidential preference during an interview.
Coincidentally, Malik likely finds his brother’s IRS to be a blessing as well.
We’d like to end this report with the same words McCarthy used to end his 1998 Weekly Standard article while talking about America identifying her enemies:
“Sudan would be a good place to start.”