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Tue Dec 16 08:59:33 PST 2008
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER
FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST TREASURY SECRETARY TO STOP AIG BAILOUT
FINANCING OF TERRORIST ACTIVITIES
ANN ARBOR, MI - A federal lawsuit
<*http://www.saneworks.us/uploads/news/applications/35.pdf*> was filed this
morning against U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and the
Federal Reserve Board to stop all bailout funds from going to American
International Group, Inc. ("AIG"). According to the lawsuit, the U.S.
government, through its ownership of AIG, is not only violating the
Constitution, but also promoting and financing the destruction of America
using American tax dollars.
The basis of the lawsuit is that AIG intentionally promotes
Shariah-compliant businesses and insurance products, which by necessity must
comply with the 1200 year old body of Islamic cannon law based on the Quran,
which demands the conversion, subjugation, or destruction of the infidel
West, including the United States. To help achieve these objectives and with
the aid of federal tax dollars, AIG employs a three-person Shariah Advisory
Board, with members from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Pakistan. According to
AIG, the role of its Shariah authority "is to review [its] operations,
supervise its development of Islamic products, and determine Shariah
compliance of these products and [its] investments."
Of particular significance is the Pakistani Board member, Dr. Muhammed Imran
Ashraf Usmani. Dr. Usmani is the son and devoted disciple of Sheik Mufti
Taqi Usmani, the leading authority on Shariah financing who, in 1999,
authored a book dedicating an entire chapter on why a Western Muslim must
engage in violent jihad against his own country - even if Muslims are given
equality and freedom to practice their religion and to proselytize.
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District
of Michigan on behalf of Kevin J. Murray, a former Marine infantryman who
served two tours of duty in Iraq. Murray is represented by the Thomas More
Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, and David Yerushalmi, an associated attorney who specializes in
litigation and is an expert on Shariah law
<*http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1105101*> and Shariah
compliant financing. Mr. Yerushalmi also serves as general counsel to the
Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.
According to the lawsuit, use of taxpayer funds to acquire ownership of a
business that intentionally promotes, endorses, supports, and funds
Shariah-based Islamic religious practices violates the Establishment Clause
of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center,
commented, "This lawsuit not only raises significant constitutional issues,
it also shines a light on serious national security issues that our own
government has created by direct financial support and ownership of a
business that supports anti-American, radical Islamic activities. Make no
mistake, there is an internal cultural jihad underway against our great
nation, and I fear that many of our political leaders are unwittingly
complicit in it."
On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists, guided by principles of
Shariah-mandated jihad against "infidels," attacked and killed thousands of
innocent American civilians. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. went on the
offensive by engaging Islamic terrorists overseas in Iraq and in
Afghanistan. As in the past when our Nation faced great crisis, American
servicemen were called to action, and Kevin Murray answered the call. From
March to October 2003, Murray - a U.S. Marine - was deployed overseas in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Yet today, Murray's federal tax dollars are being used to advance the very
cause of global jihad he and his fellow servicemen were placed in harm's way
to overcome. Shariah explicitly demands the murder of infidels like Kevin
Murray and the destruction of the United States, which Murray took an oath
to defend. Shariah is the same law that is used to justify beheadings,
stonings, and amputation for petty crimes in places like Saudi Arabia, Iran,
and Sudan, which Americans deplore.
Nevertheless, AIG acknowledges and boasts its promotion of Shariah law and
Shariah-based business practices. AIG itself describes "Sharia" as "Islamic
law based on the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet [Mohammed]."
In further support of the federal government's endorsement of Shariah, the
U.S. Treasury department co-sponsored a seminar in November of this year
Financing 101" to promote Shariah financing among American institutions. The
Seminar was jointly sponsored by Harvard University, one of the many
American universities and colleges receiving millions of dollars from
oil-producing countries to influence their Middle East programs, which are
often staffed with professors who are anti-American, anti-Israeli, and
"It is clear," said Thompson, "oil money is purchasing the sovereignty of
the United States and whatever loyalty to America these greedy financial
institutions, corporations, and universities have left. It's up to the
American people to take back their country from those who so easily betray
The federal lawsuit challenges that portion of the "Emergency Economic
Stabilization Act of 2008" that appropriated $40 billion in taxpayer money
to fund and financially support the United States government's majority
ownership interest in AIG, which engages in Shariah-based Islamic religious
activities that are anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-American.
According to the lawsuit, through the use of taxpayer funds, the U.S.
government acquired a majority (79.9%) ownership interest in AIG, and as
part of the bailout, Congress appropriated and expended an additional $40
billion of taxpayer money to fund and financially support AIG and its
financial activities. AIG, which is now a government owned company, engages
in Shariah-compliant financing, which subjects certain financial activities,
including investments, to the dictates of Islamic law and the Islamic
religion. This specifically includes any profits or interest obtained
through such financial activities.
An important element of Shariah-compliant financing is a form of obligatory
charitable contribution called zakat, which is a religious tax for assisting
those that "struggle [jihad] for Allah." The amount of this tax is between
2.5% and 20%, depending upon the source of the wealth. The zakat religious
tax is used to financially support Islamic "charities," some of which have
ties to terrorist organizations that are hostile to the United States and
all other "infidels," which includes Christians and Jews.
The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, recently convicted for
providing material support to Islamic terrorist organizations, is an example
of an Islamic "charity" that qualifies for receipt of the zakat. Thus, as a
direct consequence of the taxpayer funds appropriated and expended to
purchase and financially support AIG, the U.S. government is now the owner
of a corporation engaged in the business of collecting religious taxes to
fund interests adverse to the United States, Christians, Jews, and all other
"infidels" under Islamic law.
Continued Thompson, "This lawsuit is as much about protecting constitutional
principles as it is about protecting our national security and preventing
another 9/11 - whether it be overt through flying planes into buildings or
covert through appropriating taxpayer money to fund an Islamic cultural
The lawsuit seeks a court order to stop the taxpayer funding of AIG and its
Islamic-based businesses and activities.
The Thomas More Law Center has been involved in several cases dealing with
the insidious threat of radical Islam. Law Center attorney Robert Muise, who
is handling this case involving AIG, is also one of the Law Center's
attorneys defending LtCol Jeffrey Chessani, USMC, the senior officer charged
in the so-called "Haditha Massacre" case. Those charges were dismissed by a
military judge, and the government has appealed that ruling. Muise is also
representing former Marine Jesse Nieto, whose anti-Islamic terrorism message
was recently banned by military authorities at Marine Corps Base Camp
Lejeune because of some unknown complaints.
The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America's Christian heritage
and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians,
time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. It supports a
strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of
America. The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation,
education, and related activities. It does not charge for its services. The
Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and
foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3)
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