On Monday the U.S. government took steps to seize the US-based assets of Russian lawmakers and anyone else that the US government deemed complicit in supporting the Crimean secession movement.
We’ve seen the U.S. government do this in countless cases surrounding drug and financial crimes, and sometimes even against foreign leaders like Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega.
What makes this particular instance so unprecedented and terrifying is that President Obama went so far as to issue a new Executive Order to give himself the authorization to do so, because the laws of the United States are such that our government is not allowed to simply take someone’s bank assets, home or business without due process.
Here’s the kicker.
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This is the same mosque where top al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki once preached.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 484
Commending the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.
WHEREAS, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a nonprofit organization in Falls Church, celebrated 30 years of serving and uplifting members of the Northern Virginia Muslim community and conducting outreach to the region in 2013; and
WHEREAS, founded in 1983, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center traces its roots to a house in Falls Church that was chosen for its proximity to the Washington, D.C., metro area and its thriving Muslim community; construction on the current facility began in 1986 and it opened in 1991; and
WHEREAS, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center works to strengthen the Muslim faith in the region through seminars, sermons, lectures, social activities, and clear operational hours for the observance of daily prayer; and
WHEREAS, encouraging the members of the Muslim community to become productive members of society, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center promotes cooperation, tolerance, and mutual understanding among different faiths; and
WHEREAS, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center conducts outreach in the community, offering educational classes and making charitable donations to those in need; and
WHEREAS, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is affiliated with the Muslim American Society, a national religious, educational, cultural, and charitable organization; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center on the occasion of its 30th anniversary; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the center’s commitment to serving the Northern Virginia Muslim community and peoples of all faiths.
Via IPT’s report on the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque:
The Department of Treasury’s Enforcement Communications System (TECS) records note that Dar al-Hijrah “is a mosque operating as a front for Hamas operatives in U.S.,” “is associated with Islamic extremists,” “has been under numerous investigations for financing and proving aid and comfort to bad orgs and members,” has “been linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing,” and “has also been associated with encouraging fraudulent marriages.”
An Imam at this mosque in mid-2001, Anwar al-Awlaki (also mentioned in Rabat Mosque), is considered an important spiritual advisor for two 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the following of Awlaki on CBS’ Face the Nation on May 23, 2010:
“I think Mister Awlaki is – despite telling the world he’s a cleric, you see on videotape that he supports al Qaeda’s agenda of murder and violence. In fact, in recent videotapes, he said he’s a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who has an agenda just like al Qaeda to strike targets in Yemen, throughout the world, including here in the United States.” […]
In addition to the legal cases involving these Dar al-Hijrah leaders, extremist rhetoric has peppered the mosque’s sermons and khutbahs. In a speech given by Imam Shakir El-Sayed at Dar al-Hijrah on January 9, 2009, Imam Shakir condoned the use of violence in a variety of unfavorable situations for Muslims:
“Islam does not accept peace when its communities are humiliated, when it is exploited, when it is manipulated, when our rights are taken away, when our communities are being killed or attached, the blood is being shed, then this is not time to talk about peace. It will only be time to fight back.”
Imam Shakir specified in his message that the conflict brewing in Palestine is included in the conditions that permit violence saying that, “in Palestine, in Gaza there is a war going on, there is no allowance for a Muslim in that region or in that area to sit still or call for anything other than carrying the arms..”