Since Faisal Gill seems to have neglected to register as a lobbyist and there are no disclosures of who Faisal Gill has represented, the only evidence that exists which gives us a picture of what sort of lobbyist Faisal Gill may be are the disclosures filed by his current partner (in both the Gill & Gallinger law firm and Sapentia, LLC), Asim Ghafoor. Asim Ghafoor has two disclosure filings available at the Center for Responsive Politics. One of these is with the Belew law firm, with which Ghafoor has filed a million dollar lawsuit against the United States, and relates to work on behalf of the Friends of Charities Association which includes Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and the International Islamic Relief Organization. The other is organization Asim Ghafoor has lobbied under is “AG Consulting Group”, the same firm Faisal Gill said he worked for in 2001 when he was representing the interests of the Abdurahman Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council.
In 2002 and 2003 AG Consulting worked on behalf of the General Council Of Islamic Banks, picking up where Jack Abramoff left off. Yes, that Jack Abramoff. The General Council of Islamic Banks was headed by Saleh Abdullah Kamel, a Saudi billionaire. TPMCafe has this to say about Kamel:
You see, Kamel is also the chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group (DBG), which is suspected of having ties to al Qaeda and other extremist groups, and he was also the co-founder and large shareholder of Al Shamal Bank in Sudan, Osama bin Laden’s bank of choice from 1983 onward. He was listed as being one of the seven “main individual sponsors of terrorism” in this report by French researcher Jean-Charles Brisard submitted to the UN Security Council in December 2002. (You might remember that Omar al-Bayoumi, who befriended and provided money to two of the 9/11 hijackers, was once an assistant to the Director of Finance for Dallah Avco, a DBG company that works with the Saudi aviation authority. And the WSJ has reported that the United States believes the Dallah al-Baraka Bank, another DBG company, was also used by al-Qaeda.)
Kamel’s name also appeared in the “Golden Chain,” a roster seized by Bosnian authorities in Sarajevo in March 2002 listing Saudi donors to bin Laden and his associates; and he was named as a defendant in two Sept. 11th related lawsuits: one filed by the victims’ families in 2003 and another filed by Cantor Fitzgerald in September 2004 (Although claims of two plaintiffs from the first suit were dismissed, the same claims from other plaintiffs have yet to be.)
Who figures into all of this? Khaled Saffuri, who headed the American Muslim Council under Abdurahman Alamoudi, Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Why is it that every time there’s an investigative lead regarding Faisal Gill’s activities, it always leads back to a collection of radical Muslims and their supporters?
It’s unfortunate that there are no lobbying disclosures available for Faisal Gill. Had he not failed to register as a lobbyist and file the required disclosure forms, which appears to be the case since no records about his lobbying activities seem to be available, we might be able to independently verify what he says about his activities as a lobbyist.
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