The issue of terrorism is broadcast every day over the airwaves. Yet, so many of our government officials are clueless about it. How else would a leader from the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations – two groups singled out by the Justice Department for their involvement in the financing of Hamas – be invited to a sitting Governor's State of the State Address? Regardless of the reason for the invitation, it was a dangerous oversight.
[For the purpose of this piece, I would like to state the definition of "unindicted co-conspirator," per the Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR): "The term 'unindicted co-conspirator' refers to any person who allegedly 'agreed with others to violate the law but who is not being charged with an offense and who, consequently, will not be tried or sentenced for his criminal conduct.'" An "unindicted co-conspirator" is exactly how it reads, a co-conspirator who has not been indicted.]
The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA held its most recent national convention – its 46th annual convention – in Washington, D.C., this past year in July. Participating at the event was the normal crop of Muslim radicals. They included Siraj Wahhaj, an "unindicted co-conspirator" of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Zulfiqar Ali Shah, the former South Asia Director of KindHearts, a Hamas fundraising group that was shut down by the FBI in February 2006; and Naeem Muhammad, a U.S. staff member of Islamic Relief, a "charity" that the Israeli government has claimed is a front for Hamas. The latter two participated as "Moderators."