WBEZ | Global Relief Foundation http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-relief-foundation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The terrorism case that wasn’t: the shuttering of Chicago’s Global Relief Foundation after 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/terrorism-case-wasn%E2%80%99t-shuttering-chicago%E2%80%99s-global-relief-foundation-afte <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/AP03072802989.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Less than two months after the Twin Towers crumbled, Congress passed the "<a href="http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/patriot/index.html">Patriot Act</a>," granting sweeping powers to law enforcement agencies to do just what President Bush had famously said on the night of 9/11: "hunt down and punish those responsible."</p><p>Chicago became one of the first test sites of the new legislation. Two of the country’s largest Muslim charities – the Global Relief Foundation and the Benevolence International Foundation – were headquartered here. Suspecting that funds raised by the charities may have gone to Al Qaeda, the federal government moved swiftly to shut them down.</p><p>However, federal prosecutors failed to obtain a single terrorism-related conviction. Two Muslim charities were shuttered and the relationship between Chicago’s Muslim community and law enforcement was compromised.</p><p><a href="http://www.gordonsimmons.com/Roger_C_Simmons.htm">Roger Simmons</a>, along with local attorney <a href="http://www.durkinroberts.com/thomasdurkin.html">Tom Durkin</a>, represented Global Relief Foundation. Nationally recognized for his work in defamation cases, Roger began working with GRF when Judith Miller, a former journalist for the <em>New York Times</em>, along with other reporters made assertions that GRF was connected to Al Qaeda.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/terrorism-case-wasn%E2%80%99t-shuttering-chicago%E2%80%99s-global-relief-foundation-afte Worldview 9.9.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-9911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-09/rabih.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the tenth anniversary of 9/11, <em>Worldview</em> explores the terror attack's impact on Chicago’s Muslim community. We’ll speak with an attorney for Rabih Haddad's Global Relief Foundation, one of two local Muslim charities shuttered by the federal government shortly after the attacks. WBEZ criminal justice reporter Robert Wildeboer talks to Robert Grant, the head of the FBI’s Chicago office, about the agency's efforts to gain the trust of the city's Islamic community. Local imam Abdul Malik Mujahid gives us his take on the federal government's Muslim-American outreach. And WBEZ's North Side Bureau reporter Odette Yousef finds out how one suburban Muslim school teaches 9/11 to its students.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-9911