Chicago Hamas Operative Sues Treasury Over Designation

via American Hamas Operative Sues Treasury Over Designation :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Attorneys for a Chicago man believed to be the only American citizen designated as terrorist sued the U.S. Treasury Department this week, saying he’s been virtually unable to hold a job or engage in everyday transactions as a result.

Muhammad Salah was designated a terrorist in August 1995, months after an executive order by President Bill Clinton named Hamas a terrorist group and prohibited transactions with the group. Salah was in an Israeli prison at the time after pleading guilty to a Hamas support charge.

He returned to Illinois after his release in 1997, but with limited exceptions has been unable to open a bank account, buy groceries or gifts for his family because of the Clinton order’s ban on transactions with a designated terrorist, the lawsuit said.

Huh? He was in jail after pleading guilty to a Hamas charge and was allowed to re-enter the United States? WTF?

“There is no endpoint to the designation and its restrictions,” the lawsuit said. It argues the designation was never court-tested, violating Salah’s due process rights and essentially punishing him without a trial.

He is joined in the suit by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the American Friends Services Committee, a Quaker organization.

The groups say they would like to champion Salah’s plight, but fear crossing restrictions on providing support to a terrorist that are spelled out in the executive order.

The ADC took up for two other Hamas supporters in July, issuing a release complaining about the deportation of two brothers from Texas. The brothers turned out to be Basman and Bayan Elashi. Each is a convicted felon tied to a Dallas-based Hamas support network. Salah is an unindicted co-conspirator in that case, listed among people Hamas deputy political leader Mousa Abu Marzook “utilized as a financial conduit on behalf and/or for the benefit of HAMAS.”

Salah was indicted on racketeering charges in 2004, but convicted only of lying in a civil suit related to Hamas financing. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said jurors did think Salah was connected to Hamas and she didn’t buy his claims that his confession to Israeli officials had been coerced.

Prosecutors say Salah continued serving for Hamas after the designation “including directing and financing travel to Israel and the West Bank in or about October 1999 of a Chicago-based associate.”

9 thoughts on “Chicago Hamas Operative Sues Treasury Over Designation

  1. Why was he allowed back here after being convicted and jailed in Isreal??? His law suit is frivoulus at the least. Pull his citizenship and kick him out of the U S A. LOCK AND LOAD.

  2. Erik Holder, the Muslim-General should be contacted. Contact CAIR, they have a direct line with their leader in the white house. Or Muslim Brotherhood, currently controlling Homeland security. These things can be fixed after O is deposed as leader of the US Caliphate.

  3. This guy just doesn’t get the message, YOU ARE NOT WANTED HERE! Or else he’s counting on his moslem contacts in congress and the white house to give him a pass.

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  5. by law US businesses cannot give money to the HAMAS – at this time still a designated terror group- but don’t worry SALAH< Obama has your back, having removed Hamas and Hezbollah as designated enemies in the DEM platform- and you should be rolling in the cash soon thanks to the Muslim lover in the WH

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