Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the news again in the U.S., as the conviction of a Maryland man for supporting the terrrorist group LeT was recently upheld. Hafiz Saeed, the founder of LeT, is named in the article. Given that Hafiz Saeed had so many family members who were (and still are) imams in Massachusetts, has the government looked into LeT financing and support in Massachusetts mosques? It has been reported (anonymously) to Miss Kelly that an imam of the Islamic Society of Boston used to introduce Saeed's brother Muhammed Masood as a Jihadi fighter who used to fight in Kashmir before he (Masood) came to the U.S. This was reportedly said at lectures at the Cambridge mosque in 1998 and 1999. Have we really thoroughly investigated connections to Hafiz Saeed and LeT in our country?
"A former teacher at a Muslim school in Maryland was again sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for providing support to a Pakistani terrorist group, even though a federal appeals court had ordered the trial judge to reconsider the original sentence."
"....(Ali Asad) Chandia, who taught third grade at the al-Huda school in College Park, Md., was convicted in 2006 of providing military support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group in Pakistan that violently opposes Indian rule of the disputed Kashmir territory."
As reported in India Express, the LeT is "accused of operating several militant training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and linked to Al Qaeda, was founded by Pakistan-based Islamist leader Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who has vowed to separate Jammu and Kashmir from India." You can read my previous postings about Hafiz Saeed here and here (the Masood/Hannan immigration arrest).
"....Specifically, Chandia was found guilty of acting as a driver and assistant to Lashkar leader Mohammed Ajmal Khan on his visits to the U.S. in 2002 and 2003 and helping Khan ship 50,000 paintball pellets from the U.S. to Pakistan."
Question: Did Lashkar leader Mohammed Ajmal Khan visit any Massachusetts mosques in 2002 and 2003?
Mr. Khan is currently serving nine years in prison in England. Mr. Chandia was accused of visiting LeT's headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan in November 2001 through February 2002; picking up Khan at Reagan International Airport in February 2002; helping Khan deliver 21 boxes of paintballs and other goods from Chandia's house to be sent to Pakistan; and allowing Khan to use his computer to buy unmanned aerial vehicles, night vision equipment, wireless video cameras and $17K worth of Kevlar antiballistic material.
Still think Chandia was being "unfairly targeted"?