If birds of a feather flock together, this Democrat is one dirty bird. Congressman Andre Carson was scheduled to be featured on a panel with a known Al-Qaeda webmaster and Taliban fundraiser, Mazen Mokhtar. He was taking part in a major Islamic convention in Chicago this weekend. The panel was titled â€œFerguson is our issue: We Canâ€™t Breath.â€
The convention was hosted and sponsored by the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America.
Andre Carson just happens to be one of the two sitting Muslim members of Congress. The FBI named Mokhtar in a 2004 federal investigation of a UK-based Al Qaeda website that raised money for the Taliban, among other terrorist organizations.
According to the Washington Post:
Mazen Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born imam and political activist, operated a Web site identified in an affidavit unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorneyâ€™s office in Connecticut. The Web site solicited funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujaheddin, according to the affidavit. It is an exact replica of Web sites operated by Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in England on a U.S. extradition warrant this week.
The affidavit said the New Jersey home of the mirror Web site operator, identified on a Web site as Mokhtar, was searched in the recent past and that copies of Azzam Publications sites, operated by Ahmad, were found on Mokhtarâ€™s computerâ€™s hard drive and files.
Officials at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, which is leading the investigation, declined yesterday to comment on Mokhtar or the New Jersey investigation.
It’s reported that after Mokhtar was named in the affidavits, he was embraced even tighter and promoted by the Islamic community.Mokhtar now serves as the executive director of the MAS (Muslim American Society). The MAS was described by federal prosecutors as â€œfounded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.â€
How comfortable are you with a sitting U.S. Congressman associating himself with a front man for a terrorist organization?