Today I reported
at Pajamas Media
that an Al-Qaeda cleric, Anwar Hajjaj, had led Friday prayers for the Congressional Muslim Staff Association
on Capitol Hill back in 2006 based on information included in a recent article
in the New York Post
. This news is a follow-up to my report
last month that video taken after 9/11 showed Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, currently subject to a kill-or-capture order
signed by President Obama, had also led prayers for Capitol Hill Muslim staffers.
But now I can exclusively report here at Big Peace
that a video essay
by Roll Call
shows Hajjaj leading prayers on Capitol Hill as recently as April 2010.
Anwar Hajjaj is the former head of the Taibah International Aid Association, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in May 2004. Al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, currently serving a 23-year prison sentence, was Taibah International's vice president. When Alamoudi was arrested in 2003, prosecutors identified Alamoudi’s work with Taibah in court documents as evidence of his “material financial support” for al-Qaeda. Hajjaj was also a top official of the American office of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), which was raided in June 2004 and was co-founded by Osama bin Laden's nephew, Abdullah bin Laden. He also the former education chairman of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the former president of the Dar-al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. Dar-al-Hijrah is the mosque where Anwar al-Awlaki served as imam and at least two of the 9/11 hijackers attended services.
Here is the full video produced by Roll Call:
It is interesting to note that Roll Call apparently made no inquiries into exactly who was leading the prayer service they were attending. If they did, they certainly didn't report it in the article that accompanied their video. There seems to be a lot of media incuriousity going around these days when it comes to radical Islam's infiltration of our government institutions.
So how is it that the Congressional Muslim Staff Association keeps inviting terror-supporting clerics to lead their Friday prayer services? That certainly seems to be a question worth asking the group's leaders and their congressional sponsor, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress. But don't expect the establishment media to ask those questions anytime soon.
Fortunately for Big Peace readers, we have been making those inquiries and I'll be reporting next week on at least one other disturbing speaker that has recently appeared on Capitol Hill.