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Who Did Faisal Gill Lobby For?

By Greg L | 30 May 2007 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

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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12 Comments

  1. James Young said on 30 May 2007 at 1:27 pm:
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    Or, maybe he hasn’t done any lobbying?

    And BTW, neither Jack Abramoff nor Grover Norquist nor Dana Rohrabacher are “radical Muslims.” In fact, Abramoff appears to be an observant Jew.

  2. Greg L said on 30 May 2007 at 1:40 pm:
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    So if he wasn’t lobbying, then he lied in that mailer? James, I can’t see any reasonable conclusions outside of he either lied in the mailer, or violated lobbying disclosure laws and may be subject to substantial civil penalties.

    I think there’s substantial evidence that while Abramoff, Norquist and Rohrabacher are not radical muslims, they’ve worked on behalf of, or alongside of those who are.

  3. John Light said on 30 May 2007 at 1:41 pm:
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    When following one of your links, Greg, a VERY interesting quote is mentioned:

    “When the Muslim College, a London-based center of Islamic learning, held a seminar for Muslim, Christian and Jewish conservatives, the participants had a shock of self-recognition, says Zaki Badawi, an Egyptian religious scholar who heads the college. Suddenly, they realized they shared attitudes and world views. Whatever their stripe, fundamentalists are absolutists at heart, says Badawi. ‘They don t like to hear other ideas at all. They want to hear their own voice, and are suspicious of anyone else’s.’”

    Now mind you I am a VERY strong Conservative (please go to vpap.org and look me up) but not the one who puts issues before values. If there is something that I find that my party, the Republican Party, supports that I just cannot or will not support (be it for religious reasons or other), then the Party takes 2nd place. I will not compromise my values for money or popularity.

    Speaking of vpap.org, they have a link now where you can look up Lobbyists in the State of Virginia and guess who is missing???

  4. John Light said on 30 May 2007 at 1:48 pm:
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    But Norquist IS married to one, that is if Wikipedia is to be trusted, and for that reason (on face value) he is showing allegiance. Also, Robert Hanson was not Russian, but that did not stop him from selling secrets to them for his benefit.

    Fact is, as Greg and others have said (to include Faisal himself), Faisal advertises himself in this latest flyer as a lobbyist. The big question is, did Faisal approve this flyer? If not, then it would behoove him to discredit it, not to mention correct the OBVIOUS grammar errors.

  5. Anonymous said on 30 May 2007 at 2:42 pm:
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    Do you have the link or info of AG consulting working with the General Council of Islamic Banks?

  6. Greg L said on 30 May 2007 at 2:50 pm:
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    It’s at http://www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists/clientsum.asp?txtname=General+Council+for+Islamic+Banks&year=2002

  7. anon said on 30 May 2007 at 2:55 pm:
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    For the 2:42 pm question:

    This is the United States Senate Office of Public Records:

    http://sopr.senate.gov/

    Click on access the US Lobby Report …

    Then click on Registrant Name, click go, then fill in AG Consulting in the box and click go. When AG Consulting returns, click it. You will see a variety of paperwork filed to indicate lobbying for the General Council of Islamic Banks.

    There may be other places to find this info, too, but that’s where I found it.

  8. John Light said on 30 May 2007 at 3:40 pm:
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    Is it me or does Asim Gafoor’s signature change dramatically with each document?

  9. Loudoun Insider said on 30 May 2007 at 3:45 pm:
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    Will James Young ever admit that Gill states that he is a lobbytist in his own campaign flier???

  10. Jonathan Mark said on 30 May 2007 at 7:51 pm:
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    “”"neither Jack Abramoff nor Grover Norquist nor Dana Rohrabacher are “radical Muslims.””"

    Actually, Grover Norquist may have converted to Islam as a result of his marriage to a Palestinian woman. When asked if he is a Moslem Norquist won’t answer. That doesn’t mean that he is a Moslem, but it is certainly possible.

    He can be whatever religion he wants, but Norquist allied himself with the most radical members of the Moslem community, including the now-imprisoned terrorists Sami Al-Arian and Abdurahman Alamoudi.

    For more on what Norquist, who attended Faisal Gill’s campaign kickoff, is up to read “A Troubling Influence” by Frank Gaffney in the 12/9/03 edition of FrontPage magazine.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=11209

    My point is, I would not categorically state that Grover Norquist is not a radical Muslim. There is probably a 25 percent chance of it. It is 50-50 that Norquist is a Moslem. Given his associations with and defenses of Alamoudi and Al-Arian, I am being kind in saying that there is only a 50 percent chance that if Norquist is a Moslem he is a radical.

  11. AWCheney said on 30 May 2007 at 10:19 pm:
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    If he is a Muslim, I would not at all be surprised if he is radical. I remember Grover as far back as his College Republcian days and he was definitely one of those “end justifies the means” guys…no matter what those means might be.

  12. Bryanna said on 1 Jun 2007 at 12:46 am:
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    SperryFiles.com said….

    … Aly Abuzaakouk spent a lot of time on Capitol Hill before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As head of the Washington-based American Muslim Council, he lobbied both the Senate and House of Representatives to repeal the government’s use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Middle Eastern terrorists in deportation proceedings. And targeting foreign policy, he lobbied against U.S. sanctions on Iraq, while pushing for the creation of a Palestinian state.

    After 9/11, however, Abuzaakouk spent a lot of time defending Islam. He could not have managed the challenging new task without the assistance of his close aide Faisal Gill, who even helped him coax an apology out of former U.S. Rep. John Cooksey for intemperate remarks the Louisiana Republican made about Arab men wearing “diapers” on their heads. The young lawyer, who also lobbied to end the use of secret terror evidence, served as the American Muslim Council’s director of governmental affairs at the time.

    Today Gill is policy director for the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division, where he has access to top-secret data concerning the vulnerability of America’s seaports, refineries, nuclear plants, and other facilities to terrorist attacks.

    In applying for the sensitive post, however, Gill conveniently left out the fact he worked for the American Muslim Council. The Muslim advocacy group has been under scrutiny in the government’s investigation of terrorism financing, led by a special agent who reports to a bureau within Homeland Security. AMC was founded by confessed terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi. At the time Gill worked there, Alamoudi still controlled the organization, investigators say. …

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