Update: He’s Debbie Schlussel’s former boss.
Former Michigan congressman Mark Siljander will recount his spiritual journey in which he “discovered commonalities between Islam and Christianity” in Reconcilable Differences: The True Story of the Quest to Bridge the Divide Between Islam and Christianity, slated for a summer 2008 publication by HarperSanFrancisco. Siljander also served as US ambassador to the United Nations.
Update: Here you go…he’s a Republican from Michigan who shilled for the Islamic American Relief Agency…
A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.
Background on the “charity” via the Kansas City Star:
A Kansas City grand jury has charged a defunct charity in Columbia with sending money to an Afghan terrorist with ties to al Qaida and the Taliban.
The indictment, returned early this afternoon, also accuses a former U.S. congressman of money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
The new charges were added to an earlier indictment that charged the Islamic American Relief Agency and several of its officers with sending money to Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s reign in violation of U.S. sanctions.
According to the new charges, the charity sent about $130,000 in 2003 and 2004 to bank accounts in Pakistan, allegedly for an orphanage housed in buildings owned by Glubuddin Hekmatyar, an Afghan mujahideen leader.
The U.S. government designated Hekmatyar as a global terrorist in February 2003 because of his links to al Qaida and the Taliban.
The new charges also accuse Mark Deli Siljander, who represented Michigan in Congress from 1981-1987, of receiving $50,000 from the charity in 2004. Siljander, who operates a Washington D.C. public relations firm, was hired to lobby Congress to remove the charity from a U.S. Senate Finance Committee list of non-profit organizations suspected of being involved in supporting international terrorism.
Lawhawk is tracking down the 42-count indictment.
That’s what an AP alert is reporting at the moment. No word on the identity.
Who is it?
And bets on which political party and which state the former congressman belongs to? Keep in mind–both parties have flirted with jihadis.