Islamic Center in Carmichael (Sacramento) May Have Ties to Terrorism
Don’t you find it amazing that so many bad things can be done in the name of Islam (like the shootings at Fort Hood), yet we keep being politically correct so as not to offend Muslims. Here we have another Islamic center seized by the Feds but I’m sure people will keep warning us that there should be no backlash against Muslims. I’m sick of hearing it!! We need to be very wary of Muslims and we need to keep a close eye on them, their mosques, and their ‘charitable’organizations! We are stupid if we don’t!
Islamic Center In Carmichael May Have Ties To Terrorism
Matthew Keys FOX40 News | firstname.lastname@example.org
November 12, 2009
SACRAMENTO – FOX40 News has learned an Islamic non-profit located in Carmichael is one of four buildings targeted by federal agents for allegedly funneling money to the government of Iran.
The non-profit organization, located at 4836 Marconi Avenue, is being seized by federal agents who believe the organization may be in complete control by the government of Iran.
According to the Qoba Foundation’s website, the center provides services for Islamic burials, marriages and family consultation and mediation.
A civil complaint filed in federal court by the New York District Attorney’s Office in New York asked for the “rights, titles and interests” to property located in Houston, New York, Carmichael and Virginia. The complaint also requested the seizure of funds from eight bank accounts associated with the Alavi Foundation, a non-profit Islamic organization based out of New York.
The complaint was filed after federal agents suspected the Alavi Foundation and related organizations were funneling money in Iran, possibly in support of terrorist training and activities. Executive Order 12957, issued by President Clinton in 1995, bans the export of any American supply, including currency, to Iran.
“The actions and policies of the Government of Iran constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States,” Clinton’s Executive Order reads.
In 2005, Executive Order 13382, issued by President George W. Bush, clarified the Clinton order to include the blockage of American goods and services to Iran that could “provide financial, material, technological or other support for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”
The civil complaint, filed in federal court early this year, accuses the Alavi Foundation of being under the direct control of the “Islamic Republic of Iran, and has been providing numerous services to the Iranian Government.” The complaint accuses the Alavi Foundation of “running a charitable organization for the Iranian Government” and transferring funds between the Alavi Foundation’s headquarters in New York and financial organization Bank Melli, which is controlled by the government of Iran.
The Alavi Foundation’s website reveals the charitable organization was founded in 1973. The website also says they do not make charitable donations outside of the United States, with the exception of occasional donations to Canadian organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service. It’s unclear if any Canadian organizations are currently being watched by government officials domestically or internationally for money transfers to Iran.
Generally, the federal government will not seize religious organizations, citing First Amendment rights to worship freely.