Is a former congressman guilty of providing aid and comfort to the enemy? The AP reports:
A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.
Details are vague at this point. His entry at Wikipedia (hardly an academic source) states he “takes an interest in conflict resolution, particularly in the Islamic world, and in recent years has tried to publicize the common ground between Christianity and Islam, particularly in the portrayal of Jesus in the Qur’an,” a reversal from previous, anti-Islamic positions he held. As of right now, this the most complete source of information about Siljander available that I could find. I suspect this will change in the coming minutes.
Given we know so little, it’s early to hang the guy yet. He could be completely innocent, or perhaps a complete idiot who was duped. But if these charges turn out to be true, he deserves to fry.
Cross posted at Tennesseefree