Are There Congressmen Who Talk to Al Qaeda Terrorists?

A former congressman was indicted on charges of working for a terrorist fundraising ring


Congressman Peter King is getting some flak for suggesting that members of Congress shouldn't be immune, if everyone else isn't, because they could be talking to terrorists.

King objected to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who objected to the NSA monitoring the communications of elected representatives.

“I think members of Congress should be treated the same as everyone else,” King said. “If a member of Congress is talking to an Al Qaeda leader in Iraq or Afghanistan, why should that member of Congress be any different from any person on the street?”

That statement is being ridiculed by all the usual sources. But is it really that ridiculous?

A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday on charges of working for an alleged terrorist fundraising ring that sent more than $130,000 to an Al Qaeda supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

Mark Deli Siljander, a Michigan Republican when he was in the House, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about being hired to lobby senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.

The 42-count indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., accuses the Islamic American Relief Agency of paying Siljander $50,000 for the lobbying -- money that turned out to be stolen from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The charges paint "a troubling picture of an American charity organization that engaged in transactions for the benefit of terrorists and conspired with a former United States congressman to convert stolen federal funds into payments for his advocacy," Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein said.

Siljander began reading the Koran and doing "outreach" to Muslim groups and before long he was much deeper in.  If anything we have far more people willing to collaborate with Islamic terrorists in the House and the Senate than we do in the real world.

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