Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque

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So far, the
debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has unfolded
along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the project,
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting
him as a terrorist sympathizer with ties
to Hamas
and the Muslim

But meanwhile,
links between the group behind the controversial mosque, the CIA
and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged.

For instance,
one of the earliest backers of the nonprofit group, the Cordoba
Initiative, that is spearheading the Ground Zero mosque, is a 52-year-old
Scarsdale, New York, native named R. Leslie Deak. In addition to
serving on the group’s board of advisors since its founding in 2004
by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Deak was its principal funder, donating
$98,000 to the nonprofit between 2006 and 2008. This figure appears
to represent organization’s total operating budget – though,
oddly, the group reported receipts of just a third of that total
during the same time period.

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17, 2010

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