I was reading this story on the wiretapping/bugging of Philadelphia mayor John Street’s office and happened across this paragraph:
One of the FBI raids focused on Keystone Information & Financial Services, a Mount Airy business that was awarded a contract in 2002 that netted $60,600 from the city for collection of taxes.
The FBI also searched the Cheltenham home of an executive of the business, Imam Shamsud-din Ali, according to a law enforcement official.
Post-Sept. 11, whenever I see an Arabic-sounding name mentioned in connection with any sort of financing schemes, my terrorism alarm goes off, so I decided to investigate a little further.
From this article, it would appear that Imam Ali is a Black Muslim and leader of the Philadelphia Masjid. Newsmax has a story quoting Imam Ali thusly:
Crawley’s coalition included Charles Bowser who Fulford described as a local Philadelphia politician and Imam Shamsud-Din Ali, “who, a month after the September 11th attacks, was leading a panel discussion called ‘Shattering the Peace: Understanding the Roots of the Sept. 11 Attacks.’ He’s a spokesman for a Black Muslim organization called the Majlis Ash-Shura [Council of Wise Men], which has objected to the use of the term ‘Muslim’ to describe the Muslim terrorists of 9/11.”
(Fulford’s original story is available here.)
It appears as if the Imam is also on the board of trustees of the Philadelphia prison system. He was a part of Street’s transition team (under “Quality of Life”) It looks like he campaigned heavily for Street as well.
Now, none of this adds up to a whole heck of a lot, but it does set off the alarm bells. Could one of Street’s cronies be involved in terrorist-funding operations? I’m going to keep my eyes and ears open for more info on this as it surfaces. We should know more as the extent of the FBI’s investigation becomes known.