At Pajamas, Patrick Poole, who broke the story that the Obama Justice Department quashed an effort by the U.S. attorney in Dallas to indict a top CAIR official, has now reported that political appointees in the Obama Justice Department also killed an effort by the U.S. attorney in Alexandria to indict senior leaders of other Islamist groups with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Congressional sources, who were apparently spurred to investigate by Poole’s reporting about the dropping of the CAIR case, have reportedly told Poole that another case
That case was part of an investigation that targeted Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami Al-Arian, who was charged with contempt by the federal judge in the IIIT/SAAR case for refusing to testify about how the groups had financially and materially supported Al-Arian’s PIJ front based in Tampa, Florida, despite his plea agreement requiring him to do so. Because of Al-Arian’s lack of cooperation in the IIIT/SAAR case, federal prosecutors were only prepared to indict the IIIT/SAAR leaders on money laundering and tax evasion charges.
Congressional investigators who spoke to me also say that one of the Muslim leaders targeted by these indictments was Jamal Barzinji, a longtime IIIT official and former national president of the Muslim Student Association (whose terror ties I reported on here at PJM last August).
In 2008, Barzinji donated $1,000 to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. In the 2009-2010 cycle, he donated to three Democrats: Rep. Jim Moran (VA); Rep. Keith Ellison (MN), the first Muslim congressman; and Sen. Jim Webb (VA). In 2002, Moran returned $10,000 in campaign contributions from officials associated with IIIT and SAAR….