(New York City, November 23, 2010). Late yesterday, it was revealed that the Ground Zero Imam, Feisal Rauf, and his collaborators, had applied for a federal $5 million dollar federal loan with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) to build the planned mosque. In response, Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch issued the following statement:
“This latest outrage by the Ground Zero Imam, incredibly coming as it does during our Thanksgiving Holiday period, was intended to be yet another ‘in your face’ provocation by radical Muslims to stir up a holy war with Christians and Jews and celebrate their ‘victory’ of 9/11. It is consistent with the GZ Imam, Feisal Rauf, telling CBS’s 60 Minutes just after the 9/11 attacks that the United States in effect had the heinous attacks coming to it. It is consistent with the Imam’s and his mosque’s ties to terrorist organizations and interests, which will be uncovered further in our on-going lawsuit filed on behalf of First Responder Vincent Forras and other 9/11 victims to ‘unmasque” and stop the building of the GZ mosque. See www.unmasquethemosque.com. And, it is consistent with the psychological terror attack that continues to be meted out by this slick, media savvy and dishonest radical Muslim cleric against the people of New York City and the nation.
Mr. Forras and I will not let this stand! To use American taxpayers’ monies to build this mosque, which we have reason to believe will be used to further terrorism and is a overt security threat, is beyond the pale and any norm of human decency. To add insult to injury, many First Responders like Vincent Forras are not being adequately compensated from the 9/11 relief fund for their injuries, for even on-going medical expenses. Yet Imam Rauf now wants to raid public monies to finance his ‘victory’ mosque.
Freedom Watch, together with Declaration Alliance, will intervene to block this grant and discover what is behind this latest outrage — as federal monies should not and cannot be used to build an ‘instrumentality of terrorism’ against our own people. And, in the course of the ensuing litigation we will seek to also uncover whether ‘our president,’ Barack Hussein Obama, is somehow behind this — since he has not only promoted the mosque but has promoted Islam here and around the world? In short, will he try to use the Office of the Presidency (POTUS) to grease the federal loan application for Imam Rauf, to throw yet another ‘bone’ to the Muslim world at the literal expense of the American people?”
For more information or an interview of Klayman and Forras contact 310 595 0800.