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"I sent letters to inquire about the treatment of two Muslim American citizens in particular that felt they were treated unfairly at US ports of entry."

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Depending on who you ask, Anwar Hajjaj is either a distinguished scholar, or a close ally of Osama bin Laden.  Non-profit groups connected to Hajjaj have been accused of funneling cash to terrorist.

A few years ago Hajjaj was stopped by immigration officials at JFK Airport as he returned from a trip to the Middle East.  This apparently bothered Hajjaj. And not just him.

The New York Post is reporting today that US Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) intervened on Hajjaj's behalf:

The Queens Democrat contacted federal agencies -- finally appealing to then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff -- asking why Anwar Hajjaj faced "unwarranted scrutiny" when he returned to the United States from trips abroad through JFK Airport.

Meeks described Hajjaj as a "highly regarded" professor of Islamic studies who leads Friday Muslim prayers at the Capitol.

Meeks said Hajjaj was "a pioneer in distance-based learning of Islam" through the American Open University in Virginia, according to a copy of the Sept. 30, 2006, letter to Chertoff, which was obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Weasel Zippers calls this another sign that,  "The leftist-Islamist alliance continues to be as strong as ever."

The Post report details some of the allegations Hajjaj-related groups:

The Post has learned Hajjaj also headed the Taibah International Aid Association, a charity that has been accused of funding Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. The group was co-founded by Abdullah A. bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's nephew, who has been investigated for his ties to groups that have funded al Qaeda and Hamas.

Hajjaj is also director of another Virginia-based nonprofit, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth International, or WAMY. It was also founded by bin Laden's nephew and said to support al Qaeda. The group's 2005 federal tax form, the most recent available, is signed by Hajjaj, who is listed as director.

Read the full Post report here.

Further, YidWithLid is now asking why Rep. Meeks seems to have a pattern of hiring "terrorist-linked" staffers:

What the NY Post isn't telling you is Meek's has this nasty habit of hiring staffers with terrorist ties, Specifically Jihad F. Saleh (who just left his job with Meeks two weeks ago)  and Jameel Aalim- Johnson (former Chief-of Staff)

The Lid report in full can be found here.

To the Post report, Rep. Meeks is reponsding this way:

"As a member of Congress and a proud New Yorker who deeply feels the loss of all families afflicted by the 9/11 attacks, my No. 1 priority is to do everything in my power to ensure the safety and security of all Americans.

"At the same time, I also adamantly believe that securing our homeland must be done without risking the unfair or discriminatory treatment of any in our society as is our constitutional duty. To that end, several years ago it was brought to my attention that several Muslim American citizens faced what they felt was undue scrutiny from Department of Homeland Security officials at many US airports, including JFK.

"I sent letters to inquire about the treatment of two Muslim American citizens in particular that felt they were treated unfairly at US ports of entry."

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