In 2006, during the Bush administration, Anwar Hajjaj asked U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks to appeal to Homeland Security (HLS) on his behalf regarding the scrutiny he was enduring at New York airports when he traveled to and from Saudi Arabia for the “pilgrimage to Mecca.”
Gregory Meeks, a Queens Democrat serving in Congress as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives covering NY’s 6th District ignored Hajjaj’s connections to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and complied with his request.
The NY Post via a FOIA request learned that in 2006 Meeks took then Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff to task over HLS officials questioning Hajjaj at JFK Airport and demanded to know why Hajjaj received “unwarranted scrutiny.”
Who is Anwar Hajjaj?
Meeks described Hajjaj as “a pioneer in distance-based learning of Islam through the American Open University in Virginia.”
In addition to Meek’s letters, the Post uncovered plenty more.
Anwar Hajjaj and Abdullah A. bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s nephew, founded the Taibah International Aid Association, a charity that has been accused of funding al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Hajjaj is also director of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth International (WAMY) a Virginia based group that was also founded by Abdullah bin Laden.
A WAMY publication lists people who have attacked Israelis as “heroes of Palestine” and referred to Jews as “humanity’s enemies,” according to a 2003 affidavit by a customs special agent.
Families of 9/11 victims have ongoing lawsuits against both organizations, citing the material support to Osama and al-Qaeda as grounds for the action. The lawsuit revealed that in 1996 the FBI listed WAMY as a suspected terror group.
U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels stated the allegations against the group are “sufficient to demonstrate that they are knowingly and intentionally providing material support to al-Qaeda.”
Why would a U.S. Representative advocate on behalf of a bin Laden ally?
Hajjaj knew Meeks through the congressman’s chief of staff, Jameel Aalim-Johnson.
According to Congressman Meeks the letters he sent to HLS and other federal agencies was to “inquire about the treatment of two Muslim American citizens in particular that felt they were treated unfairly at U.S. ports of entry.”
Before you ask are you freakin’ kidding me!? Yes, the Queens Democrat was indeed serious.
A quick recap:
U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks scolded HLS for questioning Hajjaj.
Hajjaj founded and directed two groups with the nephew of Osama bin Laden
The two groups, one of which is on a FBI suspected terror list, has a credible lawsuit against them by the families of the 9/11 victims for providing material support to al-Qaeda and bin Laden.
While the troops are actively engaged in armed combat with al-Qaeda and searching for Osama, U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks is advocating on behalf of a character such as Hajjaj; clearly Meeks is not representing American interests.
Hanoi Jane is mild compared to today’s useful idiots.
Note: Anwar Hajjaj was not arrested at the airports, only questioned about his dubious connections. In other words, U.S. Customs at NY airports were doing their jobs back in 2006.
Fast forward to today.
Anwar Hajj had this to say, “It was an awful experience under the Bush administration, now under Obama, I have no complaints.”
Welcome to an Obamanation.
Sources: NY Post