Recently the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) produced a video complaining about how Muslim charitable groups have been negatively affected by the Bush administration's crackdown on terrorist charities. The ACLU chose leaders and patrons of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to make its point.
It was a poor choice, as ICNA itself has been tied to terrorist financing.
The latest ACLU video has found its way onto the homepage of ICNA. It begins with then-President George W. Bush speaking at a 2001 press conference concerning the "financial aspects of terrorism." He is shown stating the following: "Al-Qaeda has international supporters. And some of those supporters hide themselves in the disguise of charity."
The press conference took place shortly after the government shut down and froze the bank accounts of the three largest Muslim charities in the United States: the al-Qaeda-linked Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) and Global Relief Foundation (GRF), and the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HRF).