Imam Defended by Christie Mentioned in Counter-Terrorism Report, to Speak at Radical Mosque Next Week
On May 28, we reported on how the New Jersey Attorney General met with three Muslim leaders to discuss his clearing of the NYPD of misconduct in its counter-terrorism efforts in N.J. These three leaders were an official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the executive-director of the Islamic Society of Passaic County and Mohammad Qatanani, imam of the largest mosque in NJ who was praised by Governor Chris Christie when the Department of Homeland Security sought to deport him for his ties to Hamas.
Now, counter-terrorism reporter Patrick Poole is bringing attention to a July 24, 2008 report by the N.J. Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness titled, “HAMAS Sympathizers in New Jersey: Supporting Terrorism Abroad.” It was written shortly before Christie came to Qatanani’s defense. It reads: