Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Give ‘em a blanket

A couple days ago, the WashPost ran an article about how Muslim charities have to face the “hardship” of non-monetary donations.

Now, from today’s WashPost - “Charity funds said to provide clues to alleged terrorist plot Officials say money for attacks came from earthquake relief”:

The transfer of millions of dollars from Britain to a Pakistani charity working on earthquake relief last year helped investigators uncover the alleged plot to blow up airplanes bound for the United States, according to two senior Pakistani intelligence officials.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said that a large portion of the money sent from Britain to the charity was siphoned off and ultimately used to prepare for the attacks. The officials said that about 5 million British pounds, or $10 million, was transferred to Pakistan, but that less than half was used for relief operations after the earthquake last October, which killed tens of thousands of people.

"We know charities are used for this kind of terrorist purpose very often," Wilkinson said.
People don’t want to give money to Muslim charities for the same reason commuters don’t want to give cash to homeless.

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