Interviews Reveal Alamoudi was no Stranger to Politics

December 1, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On December 1, 2003 The Washington Post reported on the high-profile relationships Muslim leader Abdurahman Alamoudi had in Washington before his arrest for allegedly accepting funds from Libya. In 1996, Alamoudi sponsored the first Washington Iftaar dinner, an affair attended by Clinton administration officials, ambassadors and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), a prominent Jewish senator. According to the Post, "perhaps no other arrest since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has so shaken the U.S. Muslim community or so reverberated through Washington's political elite. Alamoudi is no youthful jihadi, no dirty-bomb conspirator. He is a well-heeled advocate who had represented American Muslims in White House meetings. He had helped found the Pentagon's Muslim chaplain program. He also was a pillar of the local Muslim community, generously donating to charitable events and running a free health clinic in Falls Church.

In nearly two dozen interviews, Alamoudi's friends, his former colleagues and U.S. officials depict him as a man savvy enough to enjoy great success working the U.S. political system but too naive or stubborn to abide by American financial practices."