U.S. government agents from the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Agriculture raided the offices of the Midamar Corporation, a major producer of halal foods (food prepared according to Islamic law), on October 17 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. RadicalIslam.org National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro exposed the Islamist ties of Midamar founder Bill Aossey and the mosque he attends, the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, in FrontPage Magazine on December 1, 2011. Shockingly, Aossey sat at the same table as President Obama during an Iftar dinner on August 13, 2010.
The search warrants approved the seizure of books, records, computer files and up to $1.7 million from Midamar's main bank account. Only $454,000 was frozen. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled against releasing the money and agreed that the affidavit should remain sealed because releasing it "may compromise an ongoing investigation." Midamar says it may have to close soon as a result.
The U.S. government isn't saying much about the raid, but court documents show it was at least partially triggered by concerns that Midamar was falsely labeling products as halal. The Department of Agriculture suspended inspections of Midamar in 2010 after it learned of instances of mislabeling. The inspections resumed in July 2011 after Midamar submitted a correction plan.