ISNA Official’s U.S. Visits Draw Senator’s Attention – Alleged Canadian Jamal Badawi Granted “Hands-Off” Status

A longtime Islamic Society of North America leader appears to be at the center of an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley about a “hands off” list within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service.

Grassley, R-Iowa, released a letter on Tuesday that he sent to the Department of Homeland Security in February asking for an explanation of what “hands off” meant, theWashington Post reports. The letter included CBP emails from 2012 about the impending U.S. visit of “an Egyptian born Canadian citizen who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood” and a close associate of a supporter of Hamas, Hizballah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The documents are redacted, blocking the subject’s identity.

But they also describe the subject as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation’s Hamas-support trial and as someone who said “that the US is staging car bombings in Iraq and that [it] is ok for men to beat their wives, question who was behind the 9/11 attacks.”