Sunday, March 5, 2017
Anti-Trump Activist, Former Leader of Islamist Group Working at the VA
The following article was published on the Frontline Magazine website on March 3rd
Ex-Emerge National Director Tamim Chowdhury attempts to hide his radical Muslim past (and present).
March 3, 2017
by Joe Kaufman
In September 2014, Tamim Chowdhury moved to Miami, Florida to become the first National Executive Director of Emerge USA, a radical Muslim political advocacy group that works to gain a foothold within local and federal positions of power. Prior to that, Chowdhury had spent the past three-plus years working out of the national policy office of the US General Services Administration (GSA). Now, he’s back in DC, working at the VA and serving under a President that he has previously spoken out against and demeaned.
LinkedIn is a social networking service which allows people to view others’ professional CVs. Tamim Chowdhury’s LinkedIn page is very detailed. It features all of his activities within the US government. However, there is a gap in the work history on his LinkedIn page from October 2014 through July 2016. It is understandable why. It was the time that Chowdhury spent as the National Executive Director of Emerge USA, a Muslim organization that, despite its innocuous name, sponsors political forums at radical mosques. These mosques include:
1. Tampa’s al-Qassam, which was founded by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian; 2. Pembroke Pines’ Darul Uloom, which has served a number of al-Qaeda recruits and which is headed by anti-gay imam Shafayat Mohamed; and 3. the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, which was co-founded by Hamas web designer Syed Khawer Ahmad and al-Arian associate Bassem Alhalabi, whose founding imam Ibrahim Dremali was placed on the federal ‘no fly’ list, and which built its current mosque using seed money from the al-Qaeda charity Global Relief Foundation.
The founder and Co-Chairman of Emerge is Khurrum Wahid, a South Florida attorney who has built his name on representing high profile terrorists, including operatives from al-Qaeda. One of his clients, Miami imam Hafiz Khan, shipped $50 thousand to the Pakistani Taliban specifically to murder American troops overseas. Previously, Wahid served as a legal advisor for the national office of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to the Miami New Times, Wahid himself was placed on a federal terrorist watch list in 2011.
Emerge works in coordination with other radical Muslim organizations. One of the highlights of Tamim Chowdhury’s time with Emerge was in July 2015, when he represented the group in an event entitled ‘Back2School Giveaway’ with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which was running the event.
ICNA is the American affiliate of South Asian Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). JI’s militant wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, owned the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden was hiding out and where he was eventually killed by US Navy Seals. ICNA, itself, has been linked to terrorist financing and has used the web to promote different terrorist groups, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban. In July 2014, ICNA co-sponsored of a pro-Hamas rally held in Downtown Miami, where rally goers shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.”
Representing ICNA at the Back2School event was ICNA Florida Secretary Abdul Rauf Khan. Khan has used his Facebook page to post videos dedicated to Nation of Islam leader and anti-Jewish fanatic Louis Farrakhan and Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood. He has been photographed wearing Muslim Brotherhood garb, himself. Khan also posted a video on his Facebook site glorifying a member of Hezbollah as a “hero,” and he posted a link to an anti-Semitic video labeling comedian talk show host Bill Maher, “Zionist Jew Bill Maher.”
In October 2015, Chowdhury represented Emerge at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), held in Chicago, Illinois, where Chowdhury was born (His parents are from Bangladesh). ISNA was incorporated in the state of Indiana, in July 1981, co-founded by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami al-Arian. In 2007 and 2008, the US Department of Justice named ISNA an “unindicted co-conspirator” for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
Speakers at the ISNA convention included: Jamal Badawi, who was also named by the US as a party to Hamas funding and who, in his book ‘Gender Equity in Islam,’ justifies the beating of women by their husbands; Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by the US government an “unindicted co-conspirator” to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center; and Zulfiqar Ali Shah, who was the South Asia Director of KindHearts, a Hamas charity that was shut down by the US government in February 2006.
In August 2015, Chowdhury was interviewed by the imam of Pembroke Pines-based Darul Uloom, Shafayat Mohamed, for the mosque’s video channel. Darul Uloom has been linked to a number of terrorists, including now-deceased al-Qaeda Commander Adnan el-Shukrijumah. Mohamed has been thrown off many Broward County boards due to his actions against the gay community. In February 2005, an article written by him was published on the mosque website, titled ‘Tsunami: Wrath of God,’ claiming that gay sex caused the 2004 Indonesian tsunami.
For nearly two years, Tamim Chowdhury operated from South Florida, collaborating with radical Muslim organizations and institutions. But today, he finds himself embedded in our nation’s capital, working in the highly unlikely positions as a Contracting Officer and Project Manager at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to his LinkedIn page, he began working at the VA in August 2016 and has even represented the department at “real estate seminars and small business conventions.”
When Chowdhury started at the VA, it was under the Obama Administration. Currently, he serves under the Administration of President Donald Trump. This is, no doubt, a problem for Chowdhury, as he has, in the recent past, spoken out against and propagated materials vilifying and demeaning President Trump. In October 2015, after actress Jennifer Lawrence conspiratorially said that President Trump would be “the end of the world,” Chowdhury wrote, “Glad to know I’m not alone.”
In May 2016, Chowdhury posted onto his Facebook page a link to an article titled, ‘An Open Letter to My Children About Donald Trump’ along with a graphic depicting an angry looking Trump with the words “MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN," a nasty play on Trump’s Presidential campaign slogan. The article paints the President as an intensely bigoted and power hungry individual. It states, “Being Donald Trump means that you are afraid. That you are afraid of people who are not like you... And that fear makes you hate those people. All of those people.”
In February 2016, Chowdhury shared a post from Islamist lecturer Yasir Qadhi, calling President Trump “a fascist demagogue who appeals to the basest instincts in fundamentalists and fanatics.” Qadhi’s message is ironic, as he once stated about Jews, during a viciously anti-Semitic rant, “As for 80 to 90 percent of the Jews in our times, they are Ashkenazis, i.e. Khazars, i.e. Russians... Look at them - white, crooked nose, blonde hairs... These are not a Semitic people. Look at them! They don’t look like Semites, and they are not Semites.”
Tamim Chowdhury has his own Jewish problem. In April 2016, he posted a map of South Florida onto his Facebook page, labeling different areas using ethnicities, stereotypes and racial slurs. The cities Margate, Sunrise and Lauderhill are circled and labeled in red marker “The f*****g hood.” Davie and Cooper City are circled and labeled “Rednecks.” Hialeah is circled and labeled “Cuba.” And Surfside and Miami Shores are circled and labeled “Jews.”
When then-candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to “drain the swamp” in DC, Tamim Chowdhury is a perfect example of someone who needed to be drained. He associates with radical Muslim organizations, even becoming the leader of one. He disrespects and vilifies the President, the one who he is currently working for. And he posts disturbing material that is meant to portray people in negative stereotypes and worse.
Tamim Chowdhury is putting Emerge’s Islamist game plan into action by having acquired a position at a high level US governmental department. Working in a capacity that deals with the military makes him privy to information which could cause damage to the interests of American security and service personnel. His stated hatred for the Commander in Chief, and by extension America and its armed forces, raises the possibility of his acting as a mole or engaging in sabotage by aiding and abetting the radical Islamist groups which he associates with.
Chowdhury should be thoroughly vetted, and his social media postings and history of working for Islamist causes and interacting with known terrorism supporters needs to be investigated. These actions and connections indicate a clear conflict of interest, suggest a potential threat to national security, and should lead to his being removed from his position immediately.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.