Hillary's Jihadist Donors

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, November 09, 2007 4:20 PM PT

Election 2008: Looks like Hillary Clinton's vetting of campaign donations still needs work. FEC records show she's taken cash from Islamists so tainted that past Democrat candidates have returned their money.

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Some of the donors, in fact, are under active federal investigation for supporting terrorism, money laundering and tax fraud. After the press reported their alleged terror ties in past elections, Democrat Reps. Jim Moran of Virginia and Cynthia McKinney of Georgia had to refund their donations, making national news.

But that hasn't stopped Hillary from pocketing their money. So much for her promise to fly-speck donations for criminal ties following her fund-raising scandal with fugitive donor Norman Hsu.

In the past several months, the Democrat front-runner has received at least $2,000 from M. Yaqub Mirza, M. Omar Ashraf and Omar Barzinji, records show. Federal agents raided the Virginia homes and offices of the Muslim donors after 9/11, as part of a counterterrorism investigation targeting the so-called Safa group, a Saudi-backed conglomerate of Muslim businesses and charities.

None of the men has been charged with crimes. But their connections are worrisome enough that even Islamist-sympathizing lawmakers such as Moran and McKinney felt compelled to give back their gifts.

Mirza is said to act on behalf of Saudi millionaire Yassin al-Qadi, who's been designated an al-Qaida financier by the U.S. government, according to WorldNetDaily, which broke the story about the donations.

It wouldn't be the first time Saudi money has found its way to Clinton coffers. In fact, the "Royal Saudi Family" is listed as one of the top donors bankrolling Bill Clinton's presidential library in Little Rock.

Why would Wahhabists be putting chips on Hillary Clinton and her unofficial running mate? Running down their wish list, you'll find that Hillary checks off on just about everything — from promising to pull out of Iraq and the Middle East to creating a Palestinian state to closing down Gitmo. She also wants to stop interrogations and surveillance of jihadist suspects.

All this is spelled out in her foreign policy manifesto published in the latest Foreign Affairs magazine. Among other pro-Islamist sop, she argues that:

• "Getting out of Iraq will enable us to play a constructive role in a renewed Middle East peace process that would mean security and normal relations for Israel and the Palestinians . . . (and) a Palestinian state."

• "I will replace our military force with an intensive diplomatic initiative in the region."

• "We cannot support torture and the indefinite detention of individuals we have declared to be beyond the law."

• "We will have to talk about the consequences of our invasion of Iraq for the Iraqi people and others in the region."

• "We will have to talk about Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib."

Hands down, Hillary gets the Islamists' vote. Her sympathies lie with them and they know it. That's why they endorse her and even contribute to her campaign.

Her donor Barzinji, for one, argued in the bloody aftermath of 9/11 that President Bush should have focused more on changing his Middle East policies than going after the terrorists.

"It's fine and dandy to go out and get the people who did this," Barzinji grumbled to the Washington Post. "You can go out and kill all the bin Ladens. But it won't change anything unless we change our policies in the Middle East."

How did his and other Safa group donations slip through Hillary's new vetting procedures? Is this the type of background check we can expect her to conduct on White House appointees and guests? We're reminded of the drug addicts and criminals who were given unlimited access to the people's house in the 1990s.

It's not the first time Clinton has taken cash from terror supporters. During her 2000 Senate campaign, she was forced to return $1,000 from Abdurahman Alamoudi, then head of the American Muslim Council, when news got out that he voiced support for Palestinian terrorists.

She tried to disguise Alamoudi — whom she had hosted at the White House as first lady — as a curator rather than a terror supporter by listing his group in her FEC donor report as the "American Museum Council." But it didn't fool anyone.

Today, Alamoudi is doing time as a terrorist. In fact, the Treasury Department says he was one of al-Qaida's top fundraisers in the U.S. Alamoudi, whose brothers live in Saudi Arabia, also is closely tied to the Safa group suspects, who not coincidentally are now turning up as donors to Clinton's presidential campaign.

Now that their donations have been exposed, it will be interesting to see if the candidate will follow the lead of other Democrats before her and immediately return their donations — along with those of any other Islamists who are targets of federal terror probes.