Preaching Terror in the U.S. Military's Chaplain Corps and American Prison Systems
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. Oct. 14, 2003
When Senator Jon Kyl opens a hearing of his Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism this morning, the subject will be the penetration of the U.S. military's chaplain corps and American prison systems by radical Muslims (also known as Islamists).
Unfortunately, a man as responsible as anybody for the recruitment,
training and certification of Muslim military chaplains - Abdurahman
Alamoudi - will not be there. He is currently in jail, awaiting
prosecution on charges of illegal ties to terrorist-sponsoring Libya.
These incidents put into sharp relief an issue with which Senator Kyl and
other legislators (notably, Senators Charles Schumer, Arlen Specter, Susan
Collins, Richard Shelby and Diane Feinstein) have become increasingly
concerned in recent months:
It is regrettable that Alamoudi is unavailable to be cross-examined today
by Senator Kyl and his colleagues since few people are more familiar than
Alamoudi with the reasons for these concerns.
According to an Islamic web site, islamonline, he was also the first
endorsing agent for Muslim chaplains in the U.S. military. Even today, an
organization Alamoudi founded, the American Muslim Armed Forces and
Veterans Affairs Council, is one of only three approved by the Pentagon to
certify Islamic chaplains like Captain Yee.
If Abdurahman Alamoudi were willing to cooperate and reveal all he knows,
his testimony could shed invaluable light on the ways in which countries
like Saudi Arabia and Libya have provided vast sums and direction to
purportedly "mainstream" Muslim organizations in the United States for
The indictment recounts that Alamoudi was detained in Britain in August
2003 when he was discovered to be leaving that country for Syria with
$340,000 in sequentially numbered $100 bills.
Alamoudi acknowledged having made without Washington's official permission "at least" ten trips to Libya - a crime under U.S. law - and that "he finally negotiated funding for his organization through the [World] Islamic Call Society." As the indictment goes on to point out, the World Islamic Call Society is a well-known and long-standing Libyan-controlled funding vehicle for terrorism.
Alamoudi reportedly told officers of the U.K.'s Special Branch that he
"intended to deposit the [$340,000] in banks located in Saudi Arabia, from
where he would feed it back in smaller amounts into accounts in the United
In other words, an individual responsible for certifying Muslim chaplains
for the U.S. military, one of whom is now under arrest on suspicion of
aiding America's Islamist foes, has acknowledged taking hundreds of
thousands of dollars from a state-sponsor of terror and laundering it
through accounts in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of supporting an Islamic
organization he runs in the United States.
To be sure, Abdurahman Alamoudi insists he is innocent of the charges now pending against him, which he claims to be "part of a politically motivated prosecution." And, despite myriad public statements he has made in support of officially designated terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah, his lawyer, Kamal Nawash, says: [Al]Amoudi has no links whatsoever to violence or terrorism."
The problem for Alamoudi and his associates is that the available facts - including some he has provided himself - seem strongly to suggest otherwise. If so, his prosecution may prove exceedingly embarrassing, or worse, to those who enabled Alamoudi and his ilk to certify U.S. chaplains and to misrepresent themselves as "mainstream" Muslims who are "with us" in the war on terror.
© 2003, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr
Religion and History
If using this material on another site, please provide a link back to my site.