The Detroit Free Press is reporting:
Federal counterterrorism agents raided a Muslim charity in Southfield on Monday morning, according to the FBI.
Agents with the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force executed search warrants at the headquarters for Life for Relief and Development, a Southfield-based charity that works in Arab and Muslim countries around the world.
The warrants were based on a criminal predicate, said William Kowalski, assistant special agent in charge for the Detroit office of the FBI. The affidavits in support of the warrants are sealed, he said.
At about 9 a.m., agents raided the Southfield office, hauling away documents, letters and ledgers, said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Agents told officials with the charity that the raid was related to some sort of criminal activity, Walid said.
The charity has worked in Iraq, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories, among other countries.
According to its Web site, the charity “has provided over $50 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 13 million beneficiaries worldwide.”
It was founded in 1992 to help people in Iraq.
Debbie Schlussel says it’s the largest Muslim charity in the US:
LIFE–the largest Islamic charity still open for business in America–openly admitted on its 1995-’97 taxes to be a major funder of HAMAS. Headquartered in the Orthodox Jewish suburban Detroit subdivision in which I grew up, it gave millions to Human Appeal International, which the FBI identified as HAMAS’ Jordanian operation. It has done many vague “Katrina,” “Lebanon Relief,” and “Afghanistan Wheelchair” fundraisers and believed to have laundered the money to terrorists. Its founding resident agent is tied to Al-Qaeda, and one of its former employees Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan is also tied to terrorists. The government has been trying to deport him.
Hat tip: LGF