Why are U.S. prosecutors asking a judge to reduce the prison term of an anti-American Muslim, admitted supporter of Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Hizballah, who was convicted of financing a plot to kill the king of Saudi Arabia? See the man prosecutors want to release, speaking in the Investigative Project on Terrorism‘s video below:
with terrorists Press refers to Alamoudi as an American Muslim activist. Shills. via The Associated Press: Prosecutors ask to cut sentence of Muslim activist.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to cut the 23-year prison term being served by an American Muslim activist who admitted participating in a Libyan plot to assassinate King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Abdurahman Alamoudi, 59, of Falls Church has been in jail since his arrest in September 2003. He pleaded guilty to illegal business dealings with Libya and admitted receiving more than $500,000 in cash from Libyan officials as part of an assassination plot.
According to court records, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wanted then-Prince Abdullah killed after a 2003 Arab League summit where Gadhafi felt he had been insulted. At one point in the summit, Abdullah wagged a finger at Gadhafi and said, “Your lies precede you, while the grave is ahead of you.”
The documents explaining why prosecutors want to cut Alamoudi’s sentence are under seal, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria declined to say how many years they are seeking to cut from Alamoudi’s term.
But such reductions are allowed only when a defendant provides substantial assistance to the government. It is rare for the government to seek a reduction so many years after the initial sentence was imposed.
It is not entirely clear whether Alamoudi’s cooperation is related to the current upheaval in Libya, but it is clear that Alamoudi had extensive connections with Libyan officials in the years before his arrest. Alamoudi made at least 10 trips to Libya between 2000 and 2003, according to court records, frequently meeting with government officials there.
Alamoudi was a well-known activist in the U.S. Muslim community. He founded the American Muslim Council and visited the White House during the Clinton administration. He also participated in a group discussion with George W. Bush in 2000, during Bush’s presidential campaign, in a meeting of Muslim activists in Texas.
Alamoudi’s lawyer, Henry St. John Fitzgerald, did not respond a request for comment Friday.
The Saudi embassy also did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.
The government’s request for a reduced sentence must be approved by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton. A hearing on the issue had been scheduled for Friday but Hilton canceled the hearing and said he will issue a written ruling based on the papers that have been submitted to him.
It is not unusual for the government to request sentence reductions of 35 to 50 percent, or even more, as a reward for substantial assistance.
Some background on Alamoudi from Discover the Networks:
Alamoudi made numerous controversial statements during the 1990s and early 2000s, including these:
- In 1994 he said: “Hamas is not a terrorist group…. I have followed the good work of Hamas.”
- In March 1996, Alamoudi said he was “honored to be a member of the committee that is defending” Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) founder Musa Abu Marzook, who in 1997 would be deported from the U.S. because of his Hamas-related activities. “I really consider him to be from among the best people in the Islamic movement,” Alamoudi added. “Hamas … and I work together with him.”
- In December 1996, Alamoudi told a meeting of the IAP: “I think if we were outside this country, we can say, ‘Oh, Allah, destroy America,’ but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it…. You can be violent anywhere else but in America.”
- In October 2000, Alamoudi attended an anti-Israel protest outside the White House, where he proudly declared himself “a supporter of Hamas” and “a supporter of Hezbollah.” (For video, click here.)
Alamoudi provided some $20,000 in seed money (in checks drawn on a Saudi bank account) to help conservative activist Grover Norquist establish an organization called the Islamic Free Market Institute in the late 1990s.
In 2000, Alamoudi illegally began making regular trips to Libya, where he met with government officials to discuss strategies by which they could create “headaches” for Saudi Arabia.
In January 2001, Alamoudi attended a conference in Beirut with leaders of numerous terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad.
In September 2003, British customs officials arrested Alamoudi at Heathrow Airport as he was returning from Libya with $340,000 in cash given to him by President Muammar Qadhafi to finance a plot involving two U.K.-based al Qaeda operatives intending to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince (later King) Abdullah.
Alamoudi was subsequently extradited to the United States. In October 2003, he was arrested at Dulles Airport on charges of having illegally accepted $10,700 from the Libyan mission to the United Nations.
With Alamoudi in custody, federal authorities released a transcript of a telephone conversation in which he had: lamented that no Americans had died during al Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya; recommended that more operations be conducted like the 1994 Hezbollah bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people died; and clearly articulated his objective of turning America into a Muslim nation.
Alamoudi was indicted not only for his illegal dealings with Libya, but also for tax evasion and immigration fraud. He ultimately pled guilty to, and was convicted of, being a senior al Qaeda financier who had funneled at least $1 million into the coffers of that terrorist organization. He also acknowledged that he had pocketed almost $1 million for himself in the process. In October 2004, Alamoudi was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison.
Did terrorist-friendly Eric Holder or Obama request this? Or was it Hillary Clinton? Is it related to Libya or Obama’s new and official outreach to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood?
Much more here:
- DoD’s Muslim chaplain program – birthed by convicted terrorist Alamoudi
- U.S. military’s Muslim chaplains – trained & ‘vetted’ by Islamists
- 15 years ago, Charlie Rose discusses jihad in America w Alamoudi (video)
Update: Frank Gaffney at Big Peace has more, Freeing Al Qaeda? DOJ Moves to Cut Prison Term for Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist:
In 1998, Alamoudi personally provided seed money to enable libertarian anti-tax activist Grover Norquist to establish the Islamic Free Market Institute (better known as the Islamic Institute or II). The Institute served the purpose of credentialing Muslim Brotherhood operatives like Khalid Saffuri, Alamoudi’s longtime deputy at the American Muslim Council (AMC), who became II’s founding executive director – as “conservatives” and enabling them to infiltrate the George W. Bush 2000 campaign and administration.
After the incarceration of his sponsor on terrorism charges, Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has continued to promote Muslim Brotherhood personnel and agendas inside Republican circles. For instance, just this week, at the July 13th meeting of his so-called “Center-Right Coalition” in Washington, Norquist staged a denunciation of legislation now being debated in state legislatures across the country: the American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation.
The Muslim Brotherhood is outraged that three states have already enacted one version or another of the ALAC bill designed to preclude foreign laws (including, but not limited to, shariah) from being used in that state’s courts if doing so would deny constitutional rights or otherwise conflict with state public policy. It has been introduced in some twenty others states and, to date, has passed in one house or another of four of them.
Such successes have been achieved by Americans all over the country because there simply is no good argument for opposing this affirmation of our civil liberties for all Americans – including American Muslim women and children whose rights are frequently being impinged upon by the application of shariah. (See ShariahinAmericanCourts.com, a study of twenty-seven cases in twenty-three states where shariah was allowed to trump American laws.)
Last Wednesday, Norquist arranged for three speakers – self-described Jews or Christians – to promote the Muslim Brotherhood line that free practice of religion, including that of non-Muslims, would be denied were ALAC to be adopted. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as the legislation itself makes clear (See PublicPolicyAlliance.org). But it is instructive that the GOP influence operation Alamoudi spawned continues to serve his intended purpose: dividing and suborning conservatives in the best tradition of the stealth jihad at which he and his Brothers have long excelled.