Ex-CAIR Official Faces Sentencing

At the King hearings, didn’t they say CAIR and it’s officials have never been charged with crimes?? This makes what, 8? 10 CAIR officials convicted now??? WHY the heck didn’t King throw the names out to the arrogant official making that stupid statement?

By Steven Emerson


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A Michigan man accused of spying for Saddam Hussein’s regime faces nearly four years in prison when he is sentenced on a related charge in federal court Friday.

Muthanna Al-Hanooti pleaded guilty last June to one count of violating an executive order prohibiting people from doing any business with Iraq and imposing sanctions. He had a deal with senior Iraqi officials to control 2 million barrels of oil. By transferring that to a third party, Al-Hanooti stood to make $100,000, a prosecution sentencing memo said.

Al-Hanooti was identified as executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Michigan office in 2000. But the charges against him deal with his work with a charity called Life for Relief and Development (LIFE) and its spinoff group, called Focus on American and Arab Interests and Relations (FAAIR). He worked for LIFE from 1995-2006, the sentencing memo said, noting the organization was “created after the first Gulf War in response to the economic sanctions that the United States imposed on Iraq.”

In addition to charitable work, the sentencing memo said, Al-Hanooti told the FBI that FAAIR was created “to lobby against the sanctions that were imposed on Iraq during the Saddam Hussein regime and to promote good relations between the U.S. and Iraq.”

56_large.jpgU.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA), Jim McDermott (WA) and David Bonior (MI) in Basra in 2002. Taken from Spring 2003 FAAIR Newsletter.

According to the 2008 indictment, Iraqi intelligence officials targeted LIFE and FAAIR “to cooperate with and serve” them in trying to get rid of the sanctions. He allegedly provided them with names of sympathetic congressmen and organized a 2002 delegation to Iraq that included Democratic Reps. David Bonior of Michigan, Jim McDermott of Washington and Mike Thompson of California. While the trip was paid for by Life for Relief and Development, the money actually came from Iraqi intelligence after being routed through an intermediary, the indictment alleged.

Al-Hanooti’s work put him in contact with other powerful political leaders in Washington, and he was photographed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The case was prosecuted by the Department of Justice’s National Security Division and many court filings appear to be under seal, including Al-Hanooti’s plea agreement.

Al-Hanooti was born in Iraq and came to America in 1980. He was naturalized as a citizen in 1995.

But prosecutors cast him as maintaining loyalty to his native land over his adopted one. As he struck the oil deal in late 2002, “war between the United States and Iraq was imminent,” prosecutors wrote. Al-Hanooti “chose to ignore the national emergency that had been declared with respect to Iraq and, instead, consummate for his own benefit a significant financial transaction with the highest levels of the Saddam Hussein regime.”

The indictment casts the 2 million barrel oil allocation as Al-Hanooti’s compensation for the effort. But the plea deal makes it unlikely that the evidence linking him to Iraqi intelligence will be released.

U.S. troops raided the LIFE office in Baghdad in 2004, taking 12 computers and 20 boxes of files.

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