Suhail KhanSuhail Khan has a heritage of links with Islamist terrorists and served in President George W. Bush’s administration in 2001 as the liaison to the White House for Muslim groups, a post that allowed him to introduce Islamist terrorists to the President. Suhail’s father, Mahboob Khan, twice hosted Osama bin Laden’s number-two man at a mosque he founded in California in the mid-1990s.
Suhail Khan, an American citizen, is also a member of or associated with two Islamic organizations on a Treasury Department list of 25 charities and foundations which "finance violence and perpetuate terrorism."
After the 2000 election, Grover Norquist, the influential Republican political lobbyist who himself has links to Islamist groups, placed Suhail Khan in Bush’s Administration where Suhail invited Sami al-Arian, who was convicted in 2006 of conspiracy to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, into the White House to meet with the President.
Norquist was the founding chairman of the Islamic Free Market Institute, in 1998. The institute’s purpose was to cultivate Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans whose attachment to conservative family values and capitalism made them potential allies for the Republican Party in advance of the 2000 presidential election.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the White House continued to meet with prominent Muslims as a way to avoid accusations of racism and nurture a powerful political constituency. But the choice of visitors is highly suspect.
Others who had been granted access to the President through Khan and Norquist’s influence included Abdurahman Alamoudi, who helped Norquist found the IFMI and was convicted in 2004 of terror financing; Alamoudi’s deputy Khaled Saffuri who was placed as the founding director at the IFMI; and Nihad Awad, a Hamas supporter whose organization funded money for terrorist fronts.
Previously, Suhail, who has been a lifelong conservative activist, had served on the board of Norquist’s Islamic Free Market Institute, which has accepted money from an Islamic charity called the Safa Trust, suspected of funneling money to terrorists and raided by federal agents in 2002. He has served on a committee at the Islamic Society of North America and has repeatedly been a featured speaker at the Muslim Student Association, both of which are on the Treasury Department’s list of terrorist-financing organizations.
Suhail followed in his father’s footsteps in joining many of these associations, though it is his father who perhaps has the more nefarious connections to terrorists.
After immigrating to the U.S. from India, Mahboob helped establish the Boulder, Colorado chapter of the Muslim Student Association. The elder Khan also served as a member on the governing council of the Islamic Society of North America, an umbrella organization of Islamic organizations that sprang from the MSA in 1983.
The Khan family moved from Colorado to southern California where Mahboob founded the Islamic Society of Orange County in 1976, which included a mosque, elementary school and Islamic community center.
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the Blind Sheikh, who was later convicted in connection with the World Trade Center attack in 1993, visited the ISOC in December 1992 to lecture about Jihad, The New Yorker magazine reported in a Jan. 22, 2007 article.
After moving again to Santa Clara, California in 1980, Mahboob Khan founded the Muslim Community Association. According to the FBI, the association’s An-Noor mosque was the site of two fund-raising trips for the Islamic Jihad. The solicitation came from Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin-Laden’s right-hand man, who met with ``leaders’’ of the mosque in the mid-1990s, the National Review reported in July 2002.
Suhail Khan is currently serving in a government post in the Department of Transportation, where he has access to highly sensitive information about the movement of military convoys, nuclear and other hazardous materials, and contingency plans.
- http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/10/11/MN119457.DTL&hw=zawa hiri+al+noor&sn=001&sc=1000
- http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/01/22/070122fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPa ge=6