Iran is expected to to reciprocate



NEW YORK — US Federal prosecutors Thursday took steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by a non-profit Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government.  In what could prove to be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, prosecutors filed a civil complaint in federal court seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets of the Alavi Foundation and an alleged front company. The assets include Islamic centres in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston, more than 100 acres in Virginia, and a 36-storey office tower in New York.  Seizing the properties would be a sharp blow against Iran, which has been accused by the U.S. government of bankrolling terrorism and seeking a nuclear bomb.

It is extremely rare for U.S. law enforcement authorities to seize a house of worship, a step fraught with questions about the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

The action  is sure to inflame relations between the U.S. government and American Muslims, many of whom are fearful of a backlash after last week’s Fort Hood shooting rampage, blamed on a Muslim American soldier.

What will happen to them if the government ultimately prevails is unclear. But the government typically sells properties it has seized through forfeiture, and the proceeds are sometimes distributed to crime victims.

Prosecutors said the Alavi Foundation, through a front company known as Assa Corp., illegally funneled millions in rental income back to Iran’s state-owned Bank Melli. Bank Melli has been accused by a U.S. Treasury official of providing support for Iran’s nuclear program, and it is illegal in the United States to do business with the bank.  Government officials have long suspected the foundation was an arm of the Iranian government; a 97-page complaint details involvement of several top officials in foundation business, including the country’s deputy prime minister and ambassadors to the United Nations.  “For two decades, the Alavi Foundation’s affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors to the United Nations, in violation of a series of American laws,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

If federal prosecutors seize the skyscraper, the Alavi Foundation would have almost no way to continue supporting the Islamic centres, which house schools and mosques.

Legal scholars who specialize in religious liberty issues said they know of only a few cases in U.S. history in which law enforcement authorities have seized a house of worship.  such cases are “extremely rare.”

In 2007, the United States accused Bank Melli of providing services to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and put the bank on its list of companies whose assets must be frozen.

The United States has imposed sanctions against various other Iranian banks and other businesses yet.

Iran is expected to to reciprocate against other religious groups, Christians included  not too. And other religious groups could face more US governmental seizures now too.

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  1. Fort Hood Soldiers Murdered By Political Correctness
    It is very interesting to me that when the story of the Fort Hood massacre hit the major news outlets, it seemed that the primary goal of the mainstream media was to portray that the 13 dead and 30 wounded were victims of a poor guy who had a psychological break-down. We were told over and over that this incident had nothing to do with terrorism or radical Muslim beliefs.

    Now we learn that coincidently he attended the very controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia (2001) at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists. The preacher at that time was Anwar al-Awlaki who has been accused of supporting attacks on British soldiers and encouraging terrorist organizations.

    Col. Terry Lee, who worked with the killer, said Major Hasan had said, “Muslims shouldn’t be fighting Muslims.” Back in June, when a Muslim convert assassinated a U.S. soldier at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, Col. Lee said that Major Hasan seemed happy about the event and that he was confronted by other officers.

    One psychiatrist recalled a lecture Hasan gave when he was a medical resident at Walter Reed. “It freaked them out.” These lectures are supposed to focus on a particular disease or disorder and recent research or treatment options. Instead, Hasan reportedly harangued the doctors and staff about what the Quran taught about non-believers going to hell, being scalded, beheaded, etc.

    The evidence certainly indicates that Major Hasan was committed to radical Islam and growing increasingly hostile to the American military. People were increasingly aware of his ideology and yet he was not discharged from the military.

    This was not a sudden psychological break-down. Hasan’s actions prior to Thursday demonstrate that he had thought this action through and made plans. Last Thursday, Major Hasan drove on to the base, smuggling with him two guns, a semi-automatic fn 5.7 millimetre known as a “cop killer”, and a revolver. He bought the fn 5.7 in August from the Guns Galore store in Killeen, across the street from the mosque.

    Witnesses say he shouted “Allahu Akbar” — Allah is great! — before opening fire in the crowded building where troops were waiting to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, both wars that Hasan angrily opposed. “Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressor,” he reportedly said earlier this year, referring to the U.S. — the country he swore to protect.

    The politically correct mindset continues to ignore the nature of the enemy we are facing in radical Islam. It has infected and hindered the conduct of our military and intelligence agencies. If Major Hasan had not been protected as a Muslim by political correctness, he would already have been discharged from the military and this tragic event would never have taken place. Political correctness is self-deceiving and it is painfully obvious that our military leaders have been pressured to enforce political correctness to a greater degree than sound military procedures and discipline.

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