Terrorist Financing

Would You Like Hamas-Pure BDS Olive–Oil in Your Salad?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

 Left: Larudee with Hamas leader Haniyeh, in Gaza.- California Olive-Oil Fraud Funds the BDS and Hamas  Olive oil is not only a food product but a commodity that is extremely valuable. BDS leader and ISM activist Paul Larudee, who has laundered and transferred funds through a fake business called Arlington Market, has... ...

Free Speech, Libel Tourism and the Little Sabra Who Could*

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

How a feisty Israeli-American scholar faced down a Saudi billionaire banker and an arrogant British judge-and strengthened free speech rights in the process. I first heard of Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld in the spring of 2005. A New York-based, Israeli-born American expert on terrorism and economic warfare, Ehrenfeld had published a... ...

Sponsoring Hamas’s Murderous Indoctrination

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Left: The video produced for the Palestine Festival for Childhood and Education, credits:: Interpal and the Bank of Palestine, the festival sponsors. (YouTube, April 4, 2016). Hamas needs cannons and cannon-fodders to attack Israel. Hamas cannons came from a verity of sources, some as contributions from other Islamist regimes, such... ...

Misnavigating America

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

As if seven years of Obama’s efforts to diminish the world’s superpower were not enough, recent events in the Middle East highlight the need for American leadership capable of righting the ship. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statement that the U.S. sailors “obviously had misnavigated” two boats into Iran’s territorial waters illustrates the... ...

The Counter-Terrorist-Financing Farce

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Left: The chart on the right shows the intricate money-laundering system the Lebanese Canadian Bank used to divert money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, according to United States officials. (The NYT, Dec 13, 2011). And on June 25, 2013, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced “$102 Million settlement of civil forfeiture... ...

Stupidity is Not a Crime – Funding Terrorism Is

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The opaqueness that marks both the Obama administration and Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime, makes it difficult to know how many unfrozen billions of dollars are going to the coffers of the Islamic Republic following the lifting of the sanctions. The Obama administration puts the figure between $50 billion to $100 billion.... ...

Feeding Iran’s Terrorist Agenda

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif waving [goodbye] to the Peace Dove. (cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Iranian daily Ghanoon) –  The lifting of the sanctions on Iran is significant not only because it rewards the regime with $150 billion, allowing to increase its... ...

Obama’s Selective Hearing

Monday, January 11th, 2016

President Obama’s showmanship is reaching new highs.  He even shed tears to promote his gun-control agenda last week. Today, during his widely televised State of the Union Address, he will be calling attention – emotionally, no doubt –  to an empty seat next to Michelle Obama, “for the victims of gun... ...

Stopping The Palestinians’ Simmering Terrorism*

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Left: Arabic Caption: “We’ve come to slaughter you.” Published after the massacre of four rabbis and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem in November 2014. The Palestinian terror wave is not letting up, and fighting it more effectively requires a close examination of its roots and its objectives.  While not baseless,... ...

The Salafis Daddy Warbucks – Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The first-ever global meeting of  the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) network of some 200 jurisdictions over the weekend in Paris, “to  discuss actions…to combat the financing of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) …and to combat the financing of terrorism,” will probably make the participants feel... ...

Saudi Princes Trafficking Drugs: Déjà vu

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Saudi prince Abdel Mohsin Bin Walid Bin Abdul-Aziz was detained by Lebanese authorities at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport on October 26, 2015. Two tons of amphetamines (fenethylline) and some cocaine were found onboard his private plane before it took off to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime 2014 report,  “Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria accounting for more... ...

Weekly Review, August 3-8, 2015

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Left: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani underlined that the Takfiri terrorists have been created and supported by Washington. Who Mongers War? — Rachel Ehrenfeld — If Secretary Kerry has been telling the truth that parts of agreement are kept secret, what led him and the President to... ...

“What are Israel’s options regarding Iran?”*

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The White House release of what it claims is “the entire Iran deal,” on VentureBeat‘s Medium (candidate Obama’s mouthpiece since 2007), instead of in a press release, is telling. The President will do whatever he can to further mislead and influence Congressmen still seating on the fence, while attacking the opposition to... ...

Weekly Review, July 27-31, 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015

ISIS: “We Are on Our Way to Rome” – Rachel Ehrenfeld – While officials of the countries fighting ISIS meet in different cities around the world to try to figure out how best to fight it and its…continue… No High Level Military Participation in Iran Deal* – Stephen Bryen – It is glaringly obvious... ...

ISIS: “We Are on Our Way to Rome”

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Left: “Thanks to Allah who ordered the jihad … We are on our way to Rome,” ISIS spokesman (archive.org file-sharing website, July 23, 2015). While officials of the countries fighting ISIS meet in different cities around the world to try to figure out how best to fight it and its... ...

Iran: The Closer You Look, The Worse It Gets*

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Left: Khamenei – the deal was only about nuclear issues, Iran “won’t let foreigners interfere with our affairs.” (Photo : Twitter Photo Section) –  Close examination of the nuclear agreement with Iran reveals just how much it will damage the West and boost the ayatollahs… Here are other implications of... ...

The Mystery of Obama’s Iran*

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Even the most dogged defenders of Pres. Barack Obama’s “deal” with Iran will admit that the U.S. had to make concessions to achieve it. The extent of those concessions and their implications are certainly more than debatable. True enough, in any major international agreement compromises are almost always necessary. Even... ...

Weekly Review, July 12-17, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Alfred Nobel Must Be Spinning in His Grave – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The 2009 stillborn Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, has violated all three of Alfred Nobel’s stipulations for the award. Instead of working for the “abolition or reduction of standing armies,” Obama has done his... ...

Another “Historic” Agreement*

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Left: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacts during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Ruters/Leonard Foger     — It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that is so, the pictures of an utterly jubilant Mohammed Zarif,... ...

Weekly Review, June 1-5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Pic Credit: Saul Loeb, the Atlantic — Fueling the ISIS Fire – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Under growing criticism of handling the war against ISIS, the Obama administration decided to send more weapons to the Iraqi army and has already sent the first shipment of the 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to be used against ISIS driven American... ...

Another UN Step to Legitimize Jihadist Hamas

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Left: Ismail Haniya, head of the de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, speaks at the seventh annual conference, held in Milan in 2009 (PRC annual Palestinian conference in Europe website). The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) advocates the ideology and political agenda of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and beyond. As if the... ...

ISIS Advance Update

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Left: Issue No. 8, of ISIS English magazine DABIQ, April 2015 As ISIS establishing itself as an independent entity and continues its military campaign, the Obama administration declares success in eroding the Islamic State’s power. According to General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, losing Ramadi... ...

The Cuban fiasco*

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In that simplistic jargon characterizing Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s worldwide “transformation” of U.S. foreign policy, the chief argument for his Cuban shift has been “[T]hese 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.” In the facts of history, in this as in so many other instances, Obama is wrong.... ...

Libya 2011: The Decisive Year

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Left: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learned about the death of Muammar Gaddafi via an SMS message. Clinton was staying in Kabul when she learned the news. The moment, when she was given a cell phone, was filmed by CBS NEWS as Clinton was getting ready for an interview.... ...

Obama’s Deal With Iran

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The Obama administration’s efforts to advancing deal with Iran resembles final rehearsals before the raising of the curtain on the ultimate theater of the absurd. If Obama gets his way, Americans will be forced to pay with their taxes to watch how the much talked about on-again, off-again secret negotiations... ...

The Conduct & Funding of ISIS – Feb. 26–March 4, 2015*

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Left:  ISIS “deliberate destruction of irreplaceable objects of religious and cultural values in the museum of Mosul and burning thousands of books and rare manuscripts from the library of Mosul.“ Destruction of historical relics In the past two decades, following the rise of Al-Qaeda and additional Salafist-jihadi organizations, graves have... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 22 – 27, 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 Drones in the U.S. National Airspace System – Major Stephen Maddox & Captain David Stuckenberg —  in 2014 an American Airlines Group regional jet in Florida nearly collided with a drone at 2,300 feet. This type of UAS is supposed to remain within 400 feet of the surface. A collision... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 16-20, 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

“If Only Germany Had Solved Its Unemployment Problem in 1933, Germans Wouldn’t Have Become Nazis…Er, Maybe not.” – David P. Goldman (Sprengler) Denmark’s Compromised “Values” – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Danes should have known better, but they continue to ignore the writings on the wall. Instead, they have compromised their... ...

Dumping Riyadh For Tehran

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Left: Zacarias Moussaoui The Oscar worth direction of Iran’s image-laundering campaign is drowning, as hoped by the Obama administration and Tehran, in media headlines about the “new” evidence of Saudi funding of al Qaeda. Documentation of the Desert Kingdom and its royals’ support of al Qaeda have been evident for years.... ...

Old Islamists Never Die: Mohammed Haydar Zammar

Monday, January 19th, 2015

On March 2014, in an Islamic-State-sponsored prisoner swap, Mohammed Haydar Zammar, the al-Qaeda operative jailed in Syria in 2001, was freed in exchange for Syrian army officers held by the IS. News articles that covered the prisoner exchange did not bother to explain why the IS would go to such... ...

Legitimatizing Hamas

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Left: Palestinian Hamas masked gunmen march in a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the terrorist group in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) The European Union has taken another step, in what it apparently hopes will facilitate the Islamist dream to annihilate the Jewish State... ...

ISIS: Portrait of a Jihadi Terrorist Organization*

Friday, November 28th, 2014

An ISIS operative holds a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile on the background of a black ISIS flag (Picture sent by ISIS via Twitter) Objectives 1. This study examines the nature of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Islamic Salafist-jihadi terrorist organization founded a decade ago as a... ...

Samidoun – the Latest Palestinian “human rights” Ploy

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The latest ploy in the Palestinian efforts to whitewash terrorism is the launching of the new Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Samidoun (صامدون, in English ‘steadfast’), “a network of organizers and activists, based in North America, working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom.” On November 19,... ...

Islamist Terrorism in Canada

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The terror attacks in Montreal and Ottawa Canada should have not surprised anyone. The recent jihadist attacks attacks in Montreal and Ottawa came after years of repeated calls to fight the infidel by Canadian Islamist religious and “civic” leaders-including Imams and new coverts to Islam. They use mosques, Islamic centers,... ...

Libya – Ali al-Salabi and the Re-Emerging Muslim Brotherhood

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Left: Ali Muhammad al-Salabi “Ansar al Sharia (‘Supporters of Islamic Law’), the al-Qaida-linked militia believed to have led the Benghazi consulate assault in September, is a spinoff of the February 17 Martyrs Brigade.  Reports remind us of ties among February 17 Martyrs Brigade leadership, the Muslim Brotherhood and the web... ...

Jihad is Jihad is Jihad and It’s Deadly

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The ISIS announcement of  American aid worker, despite his conversion to Islam. Former Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig, now Abdul-Rahman, will die because he is an American.  For the ISIS and all other jihadists America is the Great Satan and all Americans, apparently Muslim converts included, will be treated similarly. Beheading,... ...

The Islamic States’ Oil Revenue

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The European Union Ambassador to Iraq, Jana Hybášková, repeated last week her claim that European countries are “inadvertently aiding the Islamic State.” She claimed the Europeans are purchasing $3 million worth of oil a day, from areas controlled by the IS. She made this claim before the European Parliament’s foreign... ...

Weekly Briefing – August 17-23, 2014

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

It’s Jihad, Stupid – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Statements made by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel revealed that both seem to suffer not only from severe shortsightedness, but also from an acute case of willful blindness. Similar afflictions beset the U.S. political and military leadership and... ...

Weekly Briefing – August 10-16, 2014

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Left: Qatar pledges assistance to Hamas. Aid to Hamas Boosts Terrorism Against Israel – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Estimates of the cost to rebuild Gaza, range from $455 million to $2 billion to $6 billion, depending on who’s estimating.  The highest figure comes, not surprisingly, from the Gaza-Hamas government. The lowest,... ...

Hamas’s Disregard for Gazan Civilians & Pro-Hamas Propaganda*

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Left: Khaled Mashaal, chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, at a conference of Arab parties where he said that most of the money received by Hamas and most of its efforts were invested in its military buildup (Paltimes.net, November 12, 2009). 1.   The rebuilding of the Gaza Strip after Operation... ...

The “New” Middle East

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

As usual, there are more questions than answers about the current Middle East situation. And, for that matter, there is difficulty following the gyrations of Obama Administration policy. But there is growing evidence of a defiant Israel, stoic in the face of Hamas’s ability to exploit the misery of its... ...

Testing, testing, testing…*

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The horror of 298 innocents, oblivious to the warfare 33,000 feet below them, blown out of the sky by criminally negligent fanatics supported by Russian Vladimir Putin, forebodes greater catastrophes. The incident is a part of a worldwide scene wherein Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s strategy of withdrawal from what he... ...

Weekly Briefing, June 15-21, 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

From ACD: “Stop! Or, or I’ll Say Stop Again!” (The FCC to China) – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seem to model themselves after British policemen, popularly known as “”bobbies,” whose only regular weapon is a short, wooden truncheon, which they keep out... ...

Weekly Briefing – May 18 – 23, 2014

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

From ACD: U.S. CyberSpace Vulnerabilities – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Cisco Systems’ CEO John Chambers’s letter asking President Obama to personally intervene to stop the National Security Agency from intercepting and planting surveillance software in the company’s equipment before it is shipped to customers around the world… This letter overshadowed the news of charges against Chinese... ...

Lessons Learned from 6 Big Terrorist Windfalls

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Terror finance trials over the last ten years have frequently involved transfers by individuals of a few thousand dollars to terrorist organizations abroad. Sometimes those cases get as much attention from the news media and law enforcement as multi-million dollar cases of funding terrorism. This tendency is unfortunate because it... ...

Ins and Outs of the Hamas-PA Negotiations & J. D. Halevi

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Left: Khaled Meshal and Mahmoud Abbas Once again, a lifeline has been thrown to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Hamas.  That lifeline was reportedly initiated  by the head of Qatar’s intelligence service Ghanem al-Kubeissi with Hamas chief Khaled Meshal in the form of friendly advice to reunite with the Palestinian... ...

ACD Weekly Briefing, February 28-March 7, 2014

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Quantum Cryptography: Has the White House Heard of It? by Rachel Ehrenfeld At long last there’s good news on the cybersecurity front. As cyberattacks have continued to mount exponentially over the past five years, the government has been glacially slow at even organizing itself to combat it, or to initiate... ...

Terrorism and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs): A Growing Menace

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The fake currency trade has been haunting Indian security establishments as well as economic intelligence agencies for quite a long time. Most recently in February 2014, the finance minster of India informed the Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) that counterfeit Indian currency notes worth INR 107.33 crores (approximately US... ...

The Ideology of Militant Islamism in Southeastern Europe

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Since the fall of communism two and a half decades ago, militant Islamism has been planting seeds and spreading roots in various parts of southeastern Europe, particularly the former Yugoslavia. With the help of local allies, militant Islamists have established training bases, recruiting stations, and safe-havens for would-be terrorists and... ...

“Our Goal is Jerusalem” – Militant Islamists in Southeast Europe

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Over the past several years, the Balkans has emerged as a new battleground for militant Islamism. [i] In June 2010, Islamist extremists bombed a police station in the central Bosnian town of Bugojno, killing one police officer and wounding six others. In February 2011, a Kosovo radical killed two US servicemen... ...

Syria – Training Ground for Western Jihadists

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Western governments are increasingly voicing their concern that growing numbers of their Muslim citizens who volunteered to fight the jihad in Syria, are becoming “battle-hardened extremists,” who are “exporting terrorism” to their home countries. Both Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper warned in the past... ...

Erdogan’s Russia Problem and Vice Versa

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing Islamist tendencies, his crackdown on the military and the media have upset many in Turkey. Revelations of the gold-for-oil raid and the extent of his and his associates’ corruption, bribes to members of his government and his son’s corrupt land and construction deals with... ...

Al Rajhi Bank Links to al Qaeda in Syria

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

A bankcard and a credit card issued by the Saudi Al Rajhi bank, as well as other possessions of an al-Qaeda operative who was killed in Syria last week, were shown on the Syrian official TV station and posted on YouTube* on December 12, 2013. This was part of a... ...

Boko Haram Finally Designated as Terrorist

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The State Department designated the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nigerian Boko Haram group (aka Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad) as terrorist, after two years of Congressional hearings and repeated requests to do so. The growth of Boko Haram and the spread of al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups throughout Africa was helped by weapons from Muammar... ...

Hezbollah threatens Latin America

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Lebanese terrorist group receives money from criminal organizations and spreads its tentacles throughout the region. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Illegal activities such as drug trafficking, money laundering and smuggling are financing the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in Latin America, according to experts and authorities. Increasingly strong evidence shows the... ...

Obama’s chance to lead

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

No matter what leadership style President Barack Obama has chosen, his responsibility lies not with removing Assad, but in securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. But Obama seems more concerned with his image and Washington politics than preventing an imminent global chemical disaster. Because he dislikes the leadership responsibilities that come with... ...

The EU’s ‘Eureka’ Moment on the Jihadists

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The news of Hezbollah’s “military wing’s” designation as a terrorist organization by the European Union made headlines in the U.S. and in Europe. The EU demands unanimity on such policy decisions. However, because only 22 of the 28 member states favored the listing of all of Hezbollah, the compromise was to... ...

INGOs’ Insatiable Power Grab

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The rapidly increasing role of nongovernmental organizations internationally (INGOs) has been a matter of concern for a very long time. First and foremost, INGOs are responsible to no one. They are motivated by a group’s interest and its financial and political backers.   Second, there are some 40,000 of them, each... ...

Fire Wars: June 2013

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

The fire raging in Colorado Springs forced William (Bill) Scott and his wife Linda to evacuate their home. Last we spoke, Bill didn’t know if they’ll have a home to return to. As of Saturday afternoon, June 15, the apparent arson that set Colorado’s Black Forest on fire last Tuesday killed at least... ...

The Illicit Drug Economy & The Case Against Cornflakes

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Societies, in general, take a long time to recognize a new problem. They take even longer to acknowledge a problem that has been ignored, denied and excused for a long time, and reluctance to embrace effective solutions prevails. Sometimes reasonable doubts are raised but, most often, objections are promoted by... ...

Hezbollah & Syria’s Civil War

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Hezbollah Involvement in the Syrian Civil War* Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center June 5, 2013 Overview 1. For Iran and Hezbollah, the preservation of Bashar Assad’s regime is of supreme strategic importance. Syria is Iran’s greatest “resistance camp” ally, providing it with a firm foothold in the heart of... ...

Palestinian “Popular Resistance”

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Americans have become accustomed to each new presidential administration trying its hand at forcing a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Repeating the same mistakes, administration in administration out, the latest effort marks several steps backwards in strategy and tactics. For more than twenty years, the U.S. and... ...

ACD Book Excerpt: The Afghanistan Beginning

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Introduction: The following is the first chapter of The Terrorists’ Internationale – The Khartoum Venue, by Millard Burr. This is a must read for anyone interested in the role of Afghanistan in the rise of todays’ global Islamist terrorist movement.  The entire book —  can be found here on ACD’s website. Chapter 1 The Afghanistan... ...

The Terrorist Internationale: The Khartoum Venue **Exclusive**

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

“The Terrorists’ Internationale: The Khartoum Venue” demonstrates Sudan’s role in the establishing and sustaining of the international Islamist terrorist web. The book gives chapter and verse on the entire network and vividly deals with every important leader, organization and faction. Burr’s detailed and colorful account assembles the mixed elements  of the... ...

The Saudi-Syria-Lebanon Tangle

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Introduction: As if recent events in Syria involving Russia and Iran weren’t enough of a complication, there are signs that the Saudi-Syrian-Iranian contest in Lebanon is heating up again, as is the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar over influencing Syria’s and Lebanon’s Sunnis. These things should not be taken... ...

Make No Mistake, It is Jihad

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Introduction: Questions such as, “If they don’t like it here why did they stay?” and “why do they want to kill us?” are asked by many Americans. The answer is simple and the Tsarnaev brothers made no secret of it. Their motive is Jihad.  They have revealed their motive on... ...

Cyprus, Terrorism & Drugs

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

CYPRUS  For the first time during the Euro crisis, depositors will contribute to the cost of recapitalizing banks. But Cyprus’s bailout precedent may end up affecting bank depositors elsewhere in Europe and even in the U.S. This bailout scheme was initiated by Germany, and agreed upon by the Cypriot government,... ...

U.S. & FATF’s Impotence Cultivates Terrorist Financing

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting on February 20-22 in Paris, that had approved the new money laundering and terror financing legislation and enforcement mechanisms of Turkey, Ghana and Venezuela, to name a few, demonstrates how ineffectual and biased are such decision. Turkey continues to trade with Iran and fund Hamas, Ghana is... ...

U.S. & FATF’s Impotence Cultivates Terrorist Financing

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting on February 20-22 in Paris, that had approved the new money laundering and terror financing legislation and enforcement mechanisms of Turkey, Ghana and Venezuela, to name a few, demonstrates how ineffectual and biased are such decision. Turkey continues to trade with Iran and fund Hamas, Ghana is... ...

Trafficking Cocaine In The Name Of Allah

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

“Terrorism and drugs go together like rats and the bubonic plague,” stated Attorney General John Ashcroft (March 2002).  “They thrive in the same conditions, support each other, and feed off each other.” The nexus of terrorist groups and international criminal organizations is complex, linking money, geography, politics, arms, and tactics to create... ...

So, Who Was The 'Asian Head Of State' Who Supported Al-Qaeda?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

So, Who Was the ‘Asia Head of State’ Who Supported Al-Qaeda? Find immediately below the URL for the latest story on the super-injunction controversy in which the Asian head of state’s support of Al-Qaeda came up.  It differs very little from the piece that originally appeared in the EWI Digest.... ...

December In The Middle East

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

What was the biggest story on the Middle East this month?  U.S. withdrawal from Iraq?  The very bad news about the Egyptian economy?  The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s ridiculous claim to being only “moderately Islamist” and pundits and the media taking this as a good sign? Newt Gingrich’s statement that the... ...

Their Oil Is Thicker Than Our Blood*

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

* First published in Saudi Arabia & the Global Islamic Terrorist Network, Chapter 10, pp-123-151, PalgraveMacMillan, November 2011. On December 12, 2011 Iran’s Intelligence Minister Haydar Moslehi met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Nayef in Riyadh. Two days later, at the OPEC meeting in Vienna, the Iranians reveled that the Saudis... ...

Failing To Deal, Dealing To Fail

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The past few days have seen yet another round in the “last straw” dithering about Iran.  This time the huffing seems heavier. The IAEA  suddenly wakes up and finds that Stuxnet wasn’t much of a setback to the Iranian nuclear program, and is finally prepared to recognize Ahmadinejad’s weaponization effort.... ...

This Week In Terrorism &Amp; Terrorist Funding

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I find it hard to believe, as the experts have it, that Al Qaeda isn’t what it was ten years ago.  Perhaps they mean that its structure and communications have been severely damaged or destroyed.  A look at this week’s terrorism news is once again a flood of reports on... ...

Lloyd'S Says Saudis Should Pay $215 Million For Sept. 11 Claims

Monday, September 12th, 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (CN) – Lloyd’s insurance says the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its banks and charities, which sponsored al Qaeda, should pay the more than $215 million the insurer has spent on insurance settlements to families of the victims of 9/11. “Absent the sponsorship of al Qaeda’s material sponsors... ...

Release The Photo, Mr. Obama

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This picture is worth an awful lot more than 1,000 words. President Barack Obama may have the right to keep pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden from the American people, but that does not make it the right decision. He’s doing it, he says, because he wants to protect... ...

Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping Fund Al Qaeda

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Al Qaeda Inc. might suffer some initial setbacks from Osama bin Laden’s death, but so did Apple Inc. when shares dropped over rumors of Steve Jobs’ illness. But it did not take long to realize that Jobs has established a highly functional corporation, and the shares bounced back. The same... ...

Cair Helps Shia Imam Nabi Raza Mir Return To Us

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Federal Judge allows California Imam with suspected links to Hezbollah back into US despite Homeland Security objections. Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi)is the Imam of The Shia Association of the Bay Area (SABA) Mosque, an Islamic center located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. SABA’s leadership... ...

The Muslim Brotherhood Evolution: An Overview

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The mass demonstrations that brought down the Hosni Mubarak regime might not have been started by the Muslim Brotherhood, which successive Egyptian governments had banned since 1954, but that well-funded and organized opposition group was quick to take advantage of the popular protests. Their endorsement of the demonstrations and their... ...

The Pipeline Paradox

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Despite the harsh sanctions imposed on it by the United States and United Nations, Iran continues to steadily accumulate geopolitical clout. Many commentators point to the fact that the cascading series of revolutions in the Middle East has given the region’s Shiite communities, which are allied with Iran, greater influence.... ...

The International Solidarity Movement (Ism)

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Lee’s video presentation on this topic at the National Press Club can be found here. The full PDF report can be found here. Synopsis: “While armed terrorists seek mayhem and outright killing to exact political goals, the ISM infiltrates all levels of free western society in order to assist the armed terrorists... ...

Defund The U.N.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The communique issued on March 9, 2011 by the President of the sixty–fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, declared he had “the honor” of hosting the U.S. premiere of the anti-Israel pro-Palestinian filmMiral at the General Assembly Hall. In lending his office’s sponsorship and providing the General... ...

Congress Should Stop Funding UNRWA

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold hearing today on “The United Nations: Urgent Problems that Need Congressional Action,” including recommendations to stop funding the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Perhaps now that the U.S. debt crossed 14 Trillion dollars, would be a good time to stop funding this corrupt organization that fosters the Palestinian... ...

Wikileaks – Saudi Arabia: Their Oil Is Thicker Than Our Blood

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Wikileaks reported on November 28, 2010, that a cable from the State Department in December 2009, said that Saudi donors remain the primary financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda. This report stated the obvious, and stands in contrast to what successive American administrations have been telling us. In July 2009,... ...

Possible Ties To Murky Finance System Examined

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

WASHINGTON – An informal money-exchange network known as ‘hawala’ – a centuries-old system that operates outside conventional banking networks – is at the center of the investigation into three Pakistanis arrested Thursday in Massachusetts and Maine with alleged ties to the suspect in the failed Times Square bomb plot, law... ...

Defund The Taliban

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Drug money is funding the Taliban’s increasingly numerous and bolder attacks in Afghanistan. Yet, the United States has shifted its policy from eradicating poppy fields – the source of the high-grade cheap heroin that feeds at least 93% of the world’s opiate addiction – to interdiction. The U.S. now targets... ...

Turning The Battle Against Drugs

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

On his recent surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Obama properly criticized the government for ignoring corruption and mismanagement. At the same time, the United States’ current policy allows Afghan opium production, the major funding source for the Taliban. It is the drug trade, which permeates every corner of government and... ...

U.S. Authorities Claim Al-Qaeda Has Financial Difficulties

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A senior official at the U.S. Treasury is claiming that al-Qaeda has encountered financial difficulties and during the course of the year has made more than one appeal for funds. Rachel Ehrenfeld said… “They call themselves the Taliban, they call themselves Al Qaeda, they call themselves many names, all kind of... ...

U.S. Bails Out Palestinian Terrorism – Again

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The Obama administration militarizes the Palestinians. The May 28 meeting between President Barak Obama and Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas, confirms that this Administration, like its predecessors, refuses to learn from the past. In yet another deja vu, the U.S. unconditional support to the Palestinians is persisting despite the fact... ...

A Recession In Terrorism Finance?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The economic downturn and instability of the financial markets in the West has battered global economies. Despite the accompanying drop in oil prices, the current financial crisis has actually presented opportunities to expedite the influence and extend the global reach of Islamism in ways Sunni imams and Shiite mullahs could... ...

Where Is Saudi Support For Taliban Victims?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A conspicuous lack of aid shows where the Kingdom stands. Conspicuously, neither Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz nor the rulers of any Arab or Muslim state are holding special national telethons to help raise funds for some 400,000 new Pakistani refugees. Many fled their homes after the Taliban took... ...

Misery Pays

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Giving $5.2 billion to the Palestinian Authority (PA) will do little to bring real change in the condition of the Palestinian refugees or security in the Middle East. Instead of rebuilding the “shelters” in the refugee camps as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the... ...

Stop The Afghan Drug Trade, Stop Terrorism

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

“The fight against drugs is actually the fight for Afghanistan,” said Afghan President Hamid Karzai when he took office in 2002. Judging by the current situation, Afghanistan is losing. To win, the link between narcotics and terrorism must be severed. That is the necessary condition for a successful strategy to... ...

Where Hamas Gets Its Money

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Amid international condemnation of Israel, one would never guess that humanitarian aid and even cash is flowing into Hamas coffers, while its rockets continue to hit Israel. It is important to alleviate the suffering of innocent Palestinians. However, since Gaza is under Hamas control, we have to ask: Will aid... ...

Ehrenfeld: Israel’s Suicidal Choice

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Shortly after the citizens of the Israeli town of Sderot suffered another rocket attack from Hamas-controlled Gaza, Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered all border crossings between Israel and Gaza closed. At the same time, also on Mr. Barak’s orders, a Brink’s armored car carrying NIS 72 million in cash ($20... ...

Ehrenfeld/Lappen: No More Appeals, Palestine Must Pay Terror Victims

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

OP-ED: The Palestinian Authority (PA) recently asked U.S. federal courts to reopen cases it lost after refusing to defend itself against terror-funding charges. Judgments would come from U.S. and international aid, the PA argues. In both cases, Palestinian terrorists murdered American citizens. In New York, Aharon Ellis’ widow sued the... ...

U.S. Rewarding Arab Terrorism

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The Bush Administration’s search for partners to promote “peace” and “democracy” within the Palestinian Authority (PA) resembles Lord Charles Bowen’s “blind man in a dark room looking for a black hat – which isn’t there”. For the first time, the Bush Administration plans to give $150 million in cash directly to the... ...

U.S. Aid For Terror

Friday, February 8th, 2008

The Bush Administration’s search for partners to promote “peace” and “democracy” within the Palestinian Authority (PA) resembles Lord Charles Bowen’s “blind man in a dark room looking for a black hat — which isn’t there.” For the first time, the Bush Administration plans to give $150 million in cash directly... ...