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Rahim Sabadia: Portrait of a Disgraced Defense Contractor

The Sabadia saga is a warning that Islamists and their sympathizers must be kept away from the sensitive technologies and institutions that protect America.

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David J. Rusin

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May 28, 2014 - 12:11 am
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Four years after the Pentagon suspended the security clearance of Rahim Sabadia — a South African-born, California-based defense contractor who has bankrolled the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — new discoveries raise questions about how he had been permitted to hold one in the first place. Documents analyzed by Islamist Watch show that Sabadia’s foundation donated to an infamous Hamas-funding charity and other radicals, that in 1985 he pleaded guilty to the sale of illegal listening devices, and that immigration officials had ordered him out of the country a decade earlier. Topping off this troubling record, Sabadia recently pleaded guilty to providing false information to a Navy procurement officer in a scheme to recapture an old contract. The Sabadia saga is a warning that Islamists and their sympathizers must be kept away from the sensitive technologies and institutions that protect America.

Concerns about Sabadia initially came to light in a 2011 article by Matt Pearce and Brooke Williams for the Orange County Register. While researching the millions of taxpayer dollars that had been flowing to Sabadia’s Sabtech Industries — thanks, in part, to earmarks from Gary Miller, a Republican congressman whose campaign chest was regularly filled by Sabadia and his wife — the journalists learned that Sabadia had lost his secret-level clearance in 2010. As a result, his company had to stop work on a lucrative contract to upgrade the Navy’s Aegis combat system, a key component of ballistic missile defense. Federal agencies did not disclose the reason for the suspension, but Pearce and Williams located an internal email citing worries about “charitable contributions.”

The authors note that Sabadia, via the Sabadia Family Foundation (SFF), distributes money to “many Islamic education, relief, and humanitarian organizations,” and “one of the foundation’s large beneficiaries — receiving at least $1.2 million since 2002 — is the Council on American-Islamic Relations.” CAIR has been on the outs in Washington due to its designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case against the Holy Land Foundation, a charity convicted in 2008 of funneling millions to Hamas. In another interesting CAIR–Sabadia link, Omar Zaki, Sabtech’s onetime vice president, is CAIR’s current national chairman.

Sabadia’s massive financing of CAIR, which has reached $1.296 million for its Los Angeles chapter based on available SFF tax filings (2001–12), as well as lesser support for similar Islamist pressure groups, certainly should have grabbed the Defense Department’s attention. However, there have been far more disturbing recipients of the Sabadia family’s largesse.

The most notorious SFF grantee was the Holy Land Foundation itself, which collected $3,300 in 2001, the year that federal authorities finally shut it down. Also enjoying Sabadia’s generosity in 2001 was the American Muslim Foundation, which pocketed $700. That organization was led by the high-profile Islamist Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is now serving a long prison term following his role in an international assassination plot. Additionally, the SFF has gifted $1.177 million (2001–12) to Islamic Relief USA, which is a subsidiary and funder of Islamic Relief Worldwide, a charity that, according to an Americans for Peace and Tolerance report, “has multiple associations with Hamas fundraising and with the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the U.S., Europe, and Sudan.”

The SFF’s roster of beneficiaries also betrays a fondness for radical mosques and imams. In 2001, the foundation gave $4,500 to Oakland’s Masjid Al-Islam, which, in the words of the Anti-Defamation League, is “affiliated with the anti-Semitic Sabiqun movement, which seeks to establish Islamic rule in the U.S.” Even the Southern Poverty Law Center, known for vilifying critics of Islamism, calls Masjid Al-Islam and the Sabiqun network “hate groups.” In 2002, the SFF sent $100 to defend Jamil al-Amin, an imam convicted that year of the 2000 murder of a Georgia sheriff’s deputy. He has since been identified as the head of the Ummah, another entity striving for an Islamic state within U.S. borders. In 2007, the SFF contributed $25,000 to Brooklyn’s Masjid At-Taqwa, which the New York Police Department classified among the city’s “tier one mosques of concern.” That is largely due to the influence of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was listed as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the foiled follow-up attacks. Wahhaj, too, dreams of a Shari‘a-governed America.

Sabadia’s run-ins with the law should have raised further red flags for those vetting him. On January 21, 1985, Sabadia was hit with a seven-count federal indictment (Central District of Illinois) for selling electronic devices “primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire or oral communications,” contrary to Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 2512. Investigators had caught him peddling “telephone drop-in FM transmitters,” “ink pen FM transmitters,” and “‘snooper’ contact microphones.” Sabadia pleaded guilty to three counts and was sentenced to three years of probation for each, set to run concurrently, and insignificant fines and restitution.

Besides outing his past criminality, the 1985 court papers expose Sabadia’s former name, Abdur Rahim Noormohamed, which can still be found on various websites. It turns up somewhere else as well: in documents that place Noormohamed/Sabadia at the heart of an immigration dispute during the 1970s.

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On May 28, 1998 Pakistan announced that it had successfully conducted five nuclear tests.

I was working for a major telecom at the time. One of our colleagues, for whatever reason (accidentally or???), BCC'd me and another American friend of mine on some emails that were flying around amongst Pakistani (I presume) nationals who were working in the U.S.

They were celebrating the nuclear capability of Pakistan, and part of the celebration was gleeful threats against India and the U.S.

There were HUNDREDS of names on that email distribution, and the company names were scary. EVERY major defense contractor in the country was well represented, and a host of minor players as well (who are often the brains behind some of the major companies' developments).

EVERY. Major. Defense. Contractor.

We've been infiltrated for a long time, people.


If you do understand that Islam is the enemy, you do not understand the situation.



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Why must reporters and their editors [...and security clearance grantors] continue to pussyfoot around with such careful euphemisms such as "Islamist" when they are in fact on the subject of Muslims?

Hair [....and hare-brained..] thin distinctions mean what, exactly? Why can't we admit publicly that Muslims are urged by their Koran and mosques and imams et al here inside our America to slit our non-Muslim throats? Or, they're simply not Muslims. The passports they have in their pockets are mere traveling papers of convenience, not declarations of inner and undivided loyalty to our America.

Why continue with, and permit this politically correct murder and disloyalty?

Why?
16 weeks ago
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Ah yes, the muslim connection. Frankly, no muslims should be allowed to serve in any way, shape or form in our gov't. They are simply not loyal.
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and yet Obama having placed known members of the Muslim Brotherhood inside of our Government in the White House the Office of the Secretary of State and Homeland Security is of no security concern?
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Mark v wrote (after a disturbing bit of information): "If you do understand that Islam is the enemy, you do not understand the situation."

I don't understand that statement, particularly with regard to what he had stated earlier in his post. Need some help here. This seems like a non-sequitur.
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On May 28, 1998 Pakistan announced that it had successfully conducted five nuclear tests.

I was working for a major telecom at the time. One of our colleagues, for whatever reason (accidentally or???), BCC'd me and another American friend of mine on some emails that were flying around amongst Pakistani (I presume) nationals who were working in the U.S.

They were celebrating the nuclear capability of Pakistan, and part of the celebration was gleeful threats against India and the U.S.

There were HUNDREDS of names on that email distribution, and the company names were scary. EVERY major defense contractor in the country was well represented, and a host of minor players as well (who are often the brains behind some of the major companies' developments).

EVERY. Major. Defense. Contractor.

We've been infiltrated for a long time, people.


If you do understand that Islam is the enemy, you do not understand the situation.



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I agree that we have been infiltrated by foreign nationals with the explicit intent on disrupting our interests in defense and technological advances. I wonder just how long some of the companies, high tech companies, will continue to give their trade secrets and allow development of technologies in the countries that are intent on the destruction and subjugation of our United States of America.
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Would we have allowed a German or Japanese contractor to have sensitive military contracts during World War II? This is the same thing, allowing Islam, with whom we are engaged in a civilizational war, to handle sensitive military contracts. America needs to wise up to Islam and start treating them as our enemy, because they view us as their enemy.
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Senator McCarthy...please answer the white courtesy telephone!

This is exactly and precisely what McCarthy's subcommitee was trying to do back in the 1950's...removing people of questionable loyalties from access to Federal government secrets and policy-making positions.

See where it got him?
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I don't care where it "got him". He was RIGHT!
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And they will never forgive him for it.
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Why must reporters and their editors [...and security clearance grantors] continue to pussyfoot around with such careful euphemisms such as "Islamist" when they are in fact on the subject of Muslims?

Hair [....and hare-brained..] thin distinctions mean what, exactly? Why can't we admit publicly that Muslims are urged by their Koran and mosques and imams et al here inside our America to slit our non-Muslim throats? Or, they're simply not Muslims. The passports they have in their pockets are mere traveling papers of convenience, not declarations of inner and undivided loyalty to our America.

Why continue with, and permit this politically correct murder and disloyalty?

Why?
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Much like "Moderate Muslims" are the ones who want "Extremist Muslims" (quotes used, because, let's face it, ALL Muslims [except the rare apostates] want us dead) to kill you so that they don't have to get their own hands dirty, The Progressive Left wants Muslims to kill you so that they don't have to get their own hands dirty.
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"...that Muslims are urged by their Koran and mosques and imams et al here inside our America to slit our non-Muslim throats?"

If not that obvious or brutal, at least urged to infest our institutions (government, schools, culture in general) until we weaken and collapse.

Urged on by the insane idea that Allah demands it.

Anyway, I agree, quit dancing around with the qualifications radical Islamist and Islamist.
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Gary Miller. A RINO sold out to special interest.

BLT Marxism and Islam are part of the same culture attack inside America.
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Absolutely.
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We manage to keep Nazis out of sensitive government jobs. And the difference between Muslims and Nazis is what exactly? Both want to take over the world and kill all the Jews.
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The difference is that the Muslims want to kill us, too.

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Not necessarily, and this is an important distinction to realize.

Some of them want to kill us, but mainly they want to CONVERT us.

I am convinced that Left, orphaned in the wake of the Soviet collapse, picked up a new patron in the House of Saud.
(Petrodollars buy a lot of airtime and flackery)

If you were an Islamic missionary with that kind of bankroll, would you not then engineer it so that your Leftist puppets were the most publicly despicable creatures always advocating policies that were antithetical to Abrahamic values?

They serve their masters as public cultural bogeymen, herding the reactionaries to them in the direction of the mosque.
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Nazi Germans wanted our destruction as well. When we entered the war it was due to the "accidental" sinking of an American ship transporting food and materials to the UK. By then there were many inside the US which were working on plans to disrupt and destroy our manufacturing.
Now we no longer manufacture much of anything in the US so the new generation of foils want to disrupt and destroy society with the ultimate goal on taking over the continent. We have ignored our borders on claims of "family good" for our southern neighbors. Neither the Muslims nor the Latinos want to be good neighbors, they want to conquer the US and we have a government that is complicit in that goal.
Time to clean out the traitors no matter the party, no matter the intent. They are traitors to our society and our nation.
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How very clever of them. Islamists have figured out that they can use the guise of religion to destroy us from within. Islam is not a religion so much as it is a political ideology. It would be far more accurate to compare Islam with Nazism that to Christianity or Judaism. Unless and until this nation recognizes that Islam is at war with the west, the United States specifically, and that there is no "moderation" in Islam then we can fully expect this cancer upon humanity to grow until it devours all that is good and decent.
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How very right you are. There seems to be a massive and convenient onslaught of memory impairment as far as the 1400 years of misery inflicted on all of civilization since izlam was spawned of the demonic Mad Mo.
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"...use the guise of religion to destroy us from within."

That is the point of "soft" jihad wherever it is being waged in the world which, these days, is pretty much everywhere. It is very specific, going on daily, right beneath our noses, greatly enabled by soft heads on the Left.

From the 1991 Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) handbook:

"The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions."

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tanstaafl02 said: "The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions."

Yes indeed. Those are THEIR words. And the enemedia, our government, and the izlam apologists in academia all refuse to let the people know about little gems like the above statement from Mohammed Akram.
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I think I found this here.

This May 1991 memo was written by Mohamed Akram, a.k.a. Mohamed Adlouni, for the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the introductory letter, Akram referenced a "long-term plan…approved and adopted" by the Shura Council in 1987 and proposed this memo as a supplement to that plan and requested that the memo be added to the agenda for an upcoming Council meeting. Appended to the document is a list of all Muslim Brotherhood organizations in North America as of 1991.

SNIP

• In order for Islam and its Movement to become "a part of the homeland" in which it lives, "stable" in its land, "rooted" in the spirits and minds of its people, "enabled" in the live [sic] of its society and has firmly-established "organizations" on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain "the keys" and the tools of this process in carry [sic] out this grand mission as a "Civilization Jihadist" responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country.

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http://www.investigativeproject.org/document/id/20
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Thanks.

Self-serving grandiosity from idiots.
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I don't know if I'd call them that because they seem to have rooted themselves into our nation fairly well.
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Well, our weakened nation is awash in self-serving grandiosity these days, the community organizer in chief setting the tone.

An idiocracy is highly vulnerable to idiots.
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Ah yes, the muslim connection. Frankly, no muslims should be allowed to serve in any way, shape or form in our gov't. They are simply not loyal.
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Correct. Their "loyalty", such as it is, is to the "Ummah" - the large muzlim blot on the face of civilization. Any claims otherwise are nothing but deception.
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Two Muslims sit in the US House of Representatives.

Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) seems on board for the whole Muslim agenda, though he tries to conceal his affection for the ville Louis Farrakhan and affiliation with and support for Jew hating Calypso Louie's organization.

Ellison also seems dull, dumb even, but has been re-selected by the people of his MN district since 2007.
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Thank you for saying "muslim" rather than "islamist". We're endangering ourselves on a National basis by hiding behind the skirts of Miss Manners.
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