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Former Republican Congressmen Indicted for Al Qaeda Links

Right-wing bloggers and talking heads love to blather on endlessly about how the Democrats are helping al Qaeda. Well guess what? Today a former Republican congressman has been indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy in connection with an Islamic charity. CNN has the details:

The money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges against former Michigan Rep. Mark Deli Siljander are part of a 42-count indictment released by the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City, Missouri.


Prosecutors allege Siljander's co-defendants -- the directors of an Islamic charity -- hired him to get the organization off a list of agencies suspected of links to terrorism and paid him with stolen U.S. government funds.

The Treasury Department designated the Islamic American Relief Agency as a suspected fundraiser for terrorists in 2004, The Associated Press reported.

Siljander is also accused of lying to federal agents and prosecutors about his work for the group, which allegedly steered $260,000 to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -- an ally of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Raw Story reports that this guy is in bed with the fundamentalist Christians as well:

Siljander was elected to Congress initially with the support of fundamentalist Christian groups, and said at the time he won because "God wanted me in." In 1983, he claimed that "Arab terrorists" planned to kill him during a pro-Jewish rally; the FBI and Secret Service said they knew of no such plot. Siljander attended the rally wearing a bulletproof vest.

It certainly comes as no surprise to me that a Republican has been raising money for al Qaeda assuming the charges are true. Al Qaeda and the Republicans both rely on the fear generated by each other to remain in power. Republicans are constantly promoting the threat we face from al Qaeda even reproducing statements from bin Laden and images of terrorist attacks in political ads that they use on a regular basis. We all remember this ad:

Strange bedfellows: the Republicans and al Qaeda.

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