Former Congressman Saljander Linked To IARA’s Funding Of Al Qaeda

Mark Deli Saljander, former Republican Michigan congressman and UN Delegate, longtime supporter of bridging the gap between Christians and Muslims, to be indicted for money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, dealing with investigations into funds ($130,000) sent by the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA)  to known Taliban/Al Qaeda terrorist leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Many are going to immediately dismiss this as he did not know they were sending money to the Taliban/Al Qaeda (Iraq too), and he was lobbying in order to help the poor in those countries… Bullshit, if he is going to lobby on their behalf or anyone elses, he should know where their money is going. As a lobbiest it is his job to know who he is doing it for

Interesting a congressman from Michigan supporting terrorists… Sounds familiar… Michigan is a hot bed of terrorist sympathizers… I wonder how much money flows from Michigan to terror organizations around the world…

I am betting the MO based IARA has ties to the Holy Land Foundation and CAIR…

WASHINGTON —  A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an Al Qaeda and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.

A 42-count indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., accuses the Islamic American Relief Agency of paying Siljander $50,000 for the lobbying — money that turned out to be stolen from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Siljander, who served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, was appointed by President Reagan to serve as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year in 1987.

His attorney in Kansas City, JR Hobbs, denies all the accusations made against Siljander.

“Mark Siljander vehemently denies the allegations in the Indictment and will enter a not guilty plea,” Hobbs said in an official statement.

“Mr. Siljander, a former Congressman, is internationally recognized for his good faith attempts to bridge the gap between Christian and Muslin communities worldwide. Mr. Siljander was never an officer of the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), nor was he ever involved in any alleged efforts by IARA to engage in any prohibited financial transactions with any U.S.-designated terrorist, including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.”

Siljander’s attorneys also say he will turn himself in where the charges were filed in Kansas City, Mo. Siljander is currently in the Washington, D.C., area, and it is not known whether he will go to an FBI office and be escorted to Kansas City or if he will travel there on his own to turn himself in.

The charges are part of a long-running case against the charity, which was formerly based in Columbia, Mo., and was designated by the Treasury Department in 2004 as a suspected fundraiser for terrorists.

In the indictment, the government alleges that IARA employed a man who had served as a fundraising aide to Usama bin Laden.

The indictment charges IARA with sending approximately $130,000 to help Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the United States has designated as a global terrorist. The money, sent to bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2003 and 2004, was masked as donations to an orphanage located in buildings that Hekmatyar owned.

Authorities described Hekmatyar as an Afghan mujahedeen leader who has participated in and supported terrorist acts by Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The Justice Department said Hekmatyar “has vowed to engage in a holy war against the United States and international troops in Afghanistan.”

The charges “paints a troubling picture of an American charity organization that engaged in transactions for the benefit of terrorists and conspired with a former United States congressman to convert stolen federal funds into payments for his advocacy,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein.

Siljander founded Washington-area consulting group Global Strategies, Inc. after leaving the government.

The indictment “paints a troubling picture of an American charity organization that engaged in transactions for the benefit of terrorists and conspired with a former United States congressman to convert stolen federal funds into payments for his advocacy,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein.

Siljander founded Washington-area consulting group Global Strategies, Inc. after leaving the government.

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One Response

  1. Uncommon knowlage in this and similiar cases, the fact that a Congressman, or Senator in our current system after serving a single term. These former public servants are granted a sum of money every month for the rest of thier lives, the shocking part is, even if convicted of a crime will still get our tax dollar each & every month. This case will be no different. These crimes are alleged at this point, yes. But, even if convicted, & some might say this was an act of treason, the monthly check will still be his. This fact is sickening.

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