Sami Al-Arian admitted that he performed services for the PIJ in 1995 and thereafter, when he was a professor at the University of South Florida Tampa and after he knew that the PIJ had been designated by President Clinton as a terrorist organization. Sami Al-Arian acknowledged that in late 1995, when Ramadan Shallah, co-conspirator and former director of Al-Arian’s “think tank,” the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) was named as the new Secretary General of the PIJ terrorist organization, Al-Arian falsely denied to the media that he knew of Shallah’s association with PIJ. Though federal agents uncovered staggering amounts of evidence against members of the SAAR network and links to Al-Arian in Tampa, (IIIT is a Muslim Brotherhood think-tank), political interference led to the case being dropped.
According to the federal affidavit filed by customs investigator David Kane, the SAAR network was funded with millions of dollars in Saudi cash and was then used to funnel money to terror organizations such as that of convicted terror financier Sami al-Arian, the North American representative of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Additionally, at least $26 million was routed to suspicious accounts in the Bahamas and the 'Isle of Man' that may have been used to fund Hamas. In this way, wealthy Saudi backers of terrorism could use America’s own banking system to escape increasing financial scrutiny from the Saudi government. The prosecution of the SAAR network was inexplicably put on the back burner by the Bush administration, despite protests by the agents involved, and was ultimately dropped by the Obama administration. No one has ever explained why. But it is clear that the SAAR network has a great deal of political pull. SAAR figures such as Mirza, Barzinji, and Altalib have given tens of thousands of dollars of campaign donations over the years to US political figures, our political figures.
To understand why the FBI is withholding evidence of the involvement of the Sarasota Saudi Family and many others to the 9/11 Hijackers while they were in Sarasota Fl, one has to step back and look at the much bigger and broader picture involving Saudi Arabia. This coverup goes far beyond the suppression of the crucial 28-page chapter from the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11, concerning Saudi support for the 9/11 hijackers, the concealment of which has continued under different Presidential Administrations to this day. The investigation into the Sarasota Muslim network and Sami al-Arian in 2002 to 2003 directly links to the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) 'Operation Green Quest" raid of IIIT. The Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is yet another institution funded by Saudi Arabia. The IIIT Institute’s Herndon, VA, headquarters, located at 555 Grove St., were subject of a March 20, 2002 raid, along with 19 other Saudi funded business and non-profit entities allegedly related to an umbrella corporation known as the SAAR Foundation, as part of a joint FBI-ICE program known as Operation Green Quest.
The Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigations report also noted that at the same time
that the Bosnia raid occurred, in March 2002, the FBI was also raiding
the Northern Virginia offices of the SAAR Foundation, a front for the
Al-Rajhi group, linked both to the Muslim Brotherhood and other
hard-core terrorist cells around the globe. "Operation Green Quest"
targeted SAAR and the affiliated Safa Group of charitable and business
fronts, all tied to the Saudi Arabia regime. The FBI took over the
Operation Green Quest investigation in late 2003, as it
linked to terrorism, and excluded ICE, there was a huge stink over that
move and the IIIT FBI investigation continued. In June 2002, the
Washington Post will headline an article, “Infighting Slows Hunt for
Hidden al-Qaeda Assets.” [Washington Post, 6/18/2002]. FBI Wants Control
of Green Quest – With the creation of the new Department of Homeland
Security (see November 25, 2002), the FBI and its parent agency the
Justice Department are given a chance to gain total control over
Operation Green Quest. I was there in April 2002 in Sarasota Fl working
as a Confidential Informant for the Bureau of Immigration Customs
Enforcement and ICE agent Alan Childers who at the time was based in
Bradenton Fl. I was reporting directly to Sarasota Police Department
Intel Detective Jim Laplante with an assist from the Sarasota Sheriff
Department's Detective Mike Otis and Sarasota based SA FBI Agent Thomas
Baugher who claimed he was just an observer.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota 941-926-1926 - Cheaters and Child Custody Cases, website https://www.wbipi.com/