FBI Shuts Down Intenet Poker; CAIR? No Problem!
These two seemingly unrelated stories are actually indicative of the mindset of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Obama Justice Department when “dirty money” is being investigated. First, from the L.A. Times:
The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to a thriving industry.Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and a number of their affiliates were charged with bank fraud and money laundering in an indictment unsealed in a Manhattan court. Two of the defendants were arrested on Friday morning in Utah and Nevada. Federal agents are searching for the others.
Prosecutors are seeking to immediately shut down the sites and to eventually send the executives to jail and to recover $3 billion from the companies. By Friday afternoon Full Tilt Poker’s site displayed a message explaining that “this domain name has been seized by the F.B.I. pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.”(Bold mine)
The FBI claims that a 1996 law passed by Congress was violated as these companies sought to continue operations utilizing loopholes. Recently, the Dallas, Texas bureau had indictments for financial violations ready to go against CAIR operatives with Muslim Brotherhood connections:
During the House Homeland Security hearing last month on the topic of radicalization in the American Muslim community, one exchange between L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) concerned the relationship between the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and Hamas terrorist front the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Sheriff Baca told the congressman: We don’t play around with criminals in my world. If CAIR is an organization that is a quote “criminal organization,” prosecute them. Hold them accountable and bring them to trial.
But according to a high-ranking source within the Department of Justice, who spoke exclusively to Pajamas Media on the condition of anonymity, Sheriff Baca, a long-time supporter of CAIR, was probably already in on the joke.
The joke is that a number of leaders of Islamic organizations (all of whom publicly opposed the King hearings on Muslim radicalization) were about to be indicted on terror finance support charges by the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, which had been investigating the case for most of the past decade.
But those indictments were scuttled last year at the direction of top-level political appointees within the Department of Justice (DOJ) — and possibly even the White House.
It was always the plan to initially go after the [Holy Land Foundation] leaders first and then go after the rest of the accomplices in a second round of prosecutions. From a purely legal point of view, the case was solid. Jim Jacks [the U.S. attorney in Dallas who prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation executives] and his team were ready to go. There’s a mountain of evidence against all of these groups that was never introduced during the Holy Land trial and it is damning. We’ve got them on wiretaps. That’s exactly why many of these leaders and groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the first round of prosecutions.
What have we come to under the Holder Justice Department? I’ll tell you: Politically correct enforcers of the law not wanting to offend the sensibilities of Muslim-Americans who break the law. When is money “dirty”? Apparently when it’s poker money ponied up by thousands of Americans playing poker on the internet. It’s not “dirty” when those playing the game of international terror funding are Muslims protected by the White House.
Cross-posted at http://Itsaboutliberty.com