The Corner

Reaching Out To Hamas

At Andrew Breitbart’s Big Peace, Patrick Poole, a serious expert on the Muslim Brotherhood and my colleague on the “Team B” report about the sharia threat, reports a new low in what Powerline’s Scott Johnson calls the Annals of Outreach: the FBI’s recent inclusion of a Hamas operative — identified by the Justice Department as an unindicted coconspirator in the terrorism financing prosecution against the Holy Land Foundation — on a tour of secure government facilities, including the top secret National Counterterrorism Center and the Bureau’s training facility in Quantico, Virginia.

Patrick writes that the man, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, seemed extraordinarily curious about Bureau policies and procedures. We know that because he was accompanied on the tour by Ben Bradley of Chicago’s ABC affiliate, whose report somehow neglected to mention his Muslim Brotherhood ties. As Poole puts it:

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. 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 aided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another FBI-identified Hamas front group.

And the beat goes on …

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