International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) an organization currently under active federal grand jury investigation for terrorist support activities. IIIT has been subject to federal investigation since at least since March 2002, the think-tank’s Herndon, Va. offices is part of Operation Green Quest a multi agency task force designed to disrupt terrorist financing. What is taking so long ???
A federal grand jury continues to look into IIIT’s multiple ties to terrorism as part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing Operation Green Quest investigation. A March 24 article in the New York Sun, “A Court Sheds New Light on Terror Probe,” identifies IIIT as the “group at the center of the probe along with SAAR and other related organizations or their finances .”
The IIIT’s Web site describes the institute as a “nonprofit, academic and cultural institution concerned with general issues of Islamic thought.” Although based in Herndon, it lists 12 international offices in such places as Egypt, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, France and England.
Former Florida professor Sami al-Arian declined to answer questions before the IIIT federal grand jury in Alexandria in 2006, according to documents unsealed in federal court in Tampa. Arian, who was acquitted in one of the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases but then pleaded guilty to a single charge, believes his life would be in danger if he testified (‘they will kill me if I talk”), his attorneys told a judge.
While the grand jury investigation of IIIT is being conducted in secrecy, undoubtedly the following connections between IIIT and the international terror network are being considered: Matthew Levitt, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis for the Department of the Treasury testified before the U.S. Senate in August 2002 that IIIT employee Tarik Hamdi (from Tampa Fl and he worked for Sami al-Arian) personally hand-delivered cell phone batteries to Osama bin Laden for the phone that federal prosecutors described as “the phone bin Laden and others will use to carry out their war against the United States,” specifically the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
IIIT was the primary financial backer for Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian’s terrorist front at the University of South Florida, the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (confirmed by exhibits offered during al-Arian’s trial). Following his guilty plea, al-Arian has refused three separate federal grand jury subpoenas seeking his testimony regarding his knowledge of terrorism financing activities in the U.S., including explaining the role of IIIT in the U.S.-based terrorist support network.
IIIT co-founder and longtime president Taha Jaber al-Alwani was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the al-Arian case.
And considering the public debacle over former State Department “goodwill ambassador” Abdurahman Alamoudi, currently serving a 23-year sentence on terrorism charges, one might think they wouldn’t be so eager to rush headlong into questionable associations. Alamoudi, who took at least six State Department-funded missions to the Middle East on behalf of the U.S. government, has been described as “bin Laden’s man in America.” When he was arrested, Alamoudi’s Palm Pilot contained the contact information for at least six different designated global terrorists. He had also partnered with Osama bin Laden’s nephew, Abdullah, in the Taibah International Aid Association.
A July 2005 Treasury Department press release described the arrest of the State Department’s “goodwill ambassador” as a severe blow to al-Qaeda’s international financing operation: According to information available to the U.S. government, the September 2003 arrest of Alamoudi was a severe blow to al-Qaeda, as Alamoudi had a close relationship with al-Qaeda and had raised money for al-Qaeda in the United States.
International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) Subject of a 7 year Secret Federal Grand Jury Investigation Into Terror Financing by the FBI, ICE and The Rest of The Alphabet Soup Named Agencies, what gives ?
Prosecutors want Arian to reveal what they believe are his ties to the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, a Herndon think tank that is one of the key organizations under investigation. The probe, which federal officials have called the nation’s largest terrorism-financing investigation, is focused on a Herndon-based network of Muslim charities, businesses and think tanks. While in Tampa Sami Al-Arian was linked to several Muslim used car dealers who were sending vehicles out of the Port of Tampa and into Dubai for resale, the nucleus of the Tampa Muslim Mafia, see Wednesday, January 14, 2009. A Muslim ‘Mafia’ ? Tampa Muslim Mafia Runs Stolen Cars to Dubai, Smuggled and Stolen Cigarettes Coming in From North Carolina, P.I. Bill Warner.