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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Okay, so I'm on a bit of a Daniel Pipes kick.

Muslim Student Association under Senate scrutiny for alleged terrorist ties

The student organization that had a direct role in disrupting Daniel Pipes's talk at UC-Berkeley, the Muslim Student Association, is listed among twenty-five organizations for which the Senate Finance Committee has requested extensive information from the IRS, "a rare and unusually broad use of the Finance committee's power," according to the Washington Post. A committee aide explained the purpose of the inquiry: "We want to look into where all their money comes from."
Al Haramain Foundation
Alavi Foundation
Benevolence International Foundation (BIF)
Global Relief Foundation (GRF)
Help the Needy
Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF)
Human Appeal International
Institute of Islamic and Arabic Science in America (IIASA)
International Islamic Relief Organization
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) or Internal Relief Organization(IRO)
Islamic American Relief Agency and/or Islamic African Relief Agency
Islamic Assembly of North American
Islamic Association for Palestine
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Islamic Foundation of America
Islamic Society of North America
Kind Hearts
Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA)
Muslim Student Association
Muslim World League
Rabita Trust
SAAR Foundation and all members and related entities
Solidarity International and/or Solidarity USA
United Association for Studies and Research (USAR)
World Assembly of Muslim Youth
Pipes points out that subsequent to his talk at Berkeley, the "Cal MSA" presented its 6th Annual Conference, "Liberation Through Islam", including the topic, "Preparing to Die" ... think about it ... and "a special live talk from prison by Imam Jamil Al-Amin" -- that is, H Rap Brown of the Black Panthers, for those of you old enough to remember.

You don't have to be that old to remember that in 2002, Brown, or "Al-Amin," was found guilty of the murder of a police officer, and sentenced to life in prison. I doubt his "live talk from prison" was disrupted by jeering, giggling, hissing, booing, or chanting of Seig Heil, as happened at Daniel Pipes's talk.

FYI, Pipes notes that the vice-chancellor of the university was present at his lecture, as well as large numbers of the UC police:
"... both showed weakness in permitting the disruptors to dominate. I should not have been subjected to this treatment. To make matters worse, none of the offenders was arrested."
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. UC-Berkley
Genaro M. Padilla
uga@uclink.berkeley.edu