Associated Press – October 9, 2008 8:55 PM ET TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A charity that the Treasury Department linked to the militant Islamic group Hamas has filed a lawsuit demanding that federal officials lift a 2-year freeze of its assets. attorneys for Toledo-based Kindhearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development says the government hasn’t given a reason why it was targeted, and has given it no chance to defend itself. The charity has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Toledo. The ACLU is joining in the suit.
The Treasury Department in 2006 ordered U.S. banks to freeze the charity’s assets, saying it was funneling money to Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist organization. KindHearts officials have denied being connected to any terrorist group.
The charity was shut down in 2006 two days before three men from Toledo were accused of plotting to kill American and allied soldiers overseas. Documents seized by federal agents suggested that 2 of the three Muslim men — who were later convicted — may have had ties to Kindhearts. KindHearts leaders have said it is a nonprofit charitable organization administering humanitarian aid. It estimated the group provided $5 million to $6 million annually in charity assistance.
I figured this would be the kind of association Obama would like so I googled “KindHearts and Obama”, and sure enough:
Two years ago, Hatem El-Hady was the chairman of the Toledo, Ohio-based Islamic charity, Kindhearts, which was closed by the US government in February 2006 for terrorist fundraising and all its assets frozen. Today, El-Hady has redirected his fundraising efforts for his newest cause – Barack Obama for President. El-Hady has his own DEDICATED PAGE ON BARACK OBAMA’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE, chronicling his fundraising on behalf of the Democratic Party presidential candidate (his Obama profile established on February 19, 2008 – two years to the day after Kindhearts was raided by the feds). Not only that, but he has none other than Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, listed as one of his friends (one of her 224 listed friends).
But his leadership of Kindhearts is not the only thing that has brought him scrutiny by federal law enforcement officials. Last summer, El-Hady was questioned by the FBI concerning his knowledge of possible conspirators in a UK-based terror plot.
16 July 2007: The Northeast Intelligence Network was first to confirm during the June 30, 2007 edition of the Homeland Security Report that last month’s failed London car bomb plot had its tentacles reaching far into the United States. Now, NBC24, a television station in Toledo, Ohio is reporting that the FBI has questioned a Muslim doctor who recently moved to Toledo from the UK. Toledo also happens to be the corporate home of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development, an Islamic charity chaired by Hatem El-HADY, a Toledo physician, and a charity that has been the subject of an investigation for its reported ties to terror organizations.