Islamic Group Flouts Tax-Exempt Status to Support Obama
Towards the end of 2007, a website was created by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) that was used to help propagate the group's extremist activity within the United States.
Recently, it was being used entirely as a political site advocating for the 2012 reelection of President-elect Barack Obama, a blatant violation of ICNA's status as a tax-exempt organization.
ICNA, an American Islamic establishment tied to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood overseas, has various chapters around the country, one of which is located in Atlanta, Georgia (ICNA-Atlanta). Also known as the ICNA-Southeast division or ICNA-SE, the organization utilizes a number of websites to spread its radical message.
In March 2000, icnase.org was launched. On its homepage was an appeal from then-ICNA national president Mohammad Yunus to ICNA's followers to give "spiritual and material support for our brothers and sisters being oppressed by Russian forces." Under the appeal was a link to qoqaz.net (Jihad in Chechnya), a website that was raising funds and recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda. Soon the ICNA-SE homepage would include links to the official websites of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Taliban.
Icnase.org was taken down in June 2003. It was then replaced by icnase.com in September 2003. Today, the two web addresses lead to the same site, icnase.org; all of the prior links to terrorist organizations have been scrubbed. Keeping in tune with the national organization, the site's "donate" page is the same as the national site's donation page.
A third address, icnase.net, was added in October 2007. The following month, ICNA's national website announced ICNA-SE's 13th Southern Islamic Convention, titled "Discover Islam: The Way of Life," taking place November 23-25. Listed as "featured speakers" for the event were a number of prominent Muslim radicals, including: Yunus; current ICNA national president Khurshid Khan; "unindicted co-conspirator" of the first World Trade Center attack Siraj Wahhaj; and former executive director of CAIR-Tampa and unofficial spokesman for Sami Al-Arian, Ahmed Bedier.
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