Tracing Islamist/Leftist Terror Connections Following Minnesota FBI Raid
By Rick Stanton
October 15, 2010
As PJM reported on October 12, federal investigators have targeted — and federal agents have raided — home-grown revolutionaries spread across America suspected of materially supporting terrorism. Summoned before a Chicago grand jury, self-styled peace activist Mick Kelly faces government inquiries into his relationship with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN).
Though hardly a household name, Abudayyeh’s own connections run deep into enemy territory. The Obama administration saw fit to invite Abudayyeh to the White House for an April 22 meeting of “Arab-American leaders.” But Abudayyeh’s home in Chicago was raided on the same day as Mick Kelly’s in Minneapolis. Given the extent of Abudayyeh’s professional relationships with officially designated terrorists and their associates, the raid should come as no surprise.
As Chicago’s Channel 7 News has reported, AAAN received “as much as $457,000” in government funds since 1998. Organizations led by Abudayyeh’s associates have long been targeted by federal actions against those who fund terror. Last month’s raid suggests that the government suspects Abudayyeh of funneling money to Hamas while siphoning public dollars.
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