Imam Feisal Addul Rauf Complies With NJ Judge’s Order – Documents Concerning Tenement Building Delivered To Court

Union City imam landlord complies with court order, gives papers on repairs to city officials

The attorney representing the imam at the center of the controversial proposal to build a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero complied with a judge’s order yesterday to furnish proof to Union City officials that he is addressing tenant complaints in a building he owns here, according to The Jersey Journal.

City attorneys are reviewing hundreds of pages of documents the attorney for Feisal Addul Rauf turned over to the city yesterday regarding complaints at 2206 Central Ave., a 16-unit building where tenants have complained about issues ranging from a lack of heat to a bedbug infestation.

The city filed a lawsuit over the complaints against Rauf on Monday and, at a court hearing in Jersey City on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri instructed Tomas Espinosa, Rauf’s attorney, to furnish the city proof by 4 p.m. yesterday that the issues raised by tenants, including a non-functioning fire-alarm system, was being addressed.

The next hearing in the case in scheduled for Sept. 23.

Albiez couldn’t say yesterday what problems the documents showed Rauf was addressing at the multi-family building.

Union City is seeking to put the building into custodial receivership, which would make an independent entity responsible for collecting rent and maintaining the building.

Read the full story in today’s Jersey Journal.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/09/union_city_imam_landlord_compl.html

Kelly: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf accused of more code violations on Union City building

By MIKE KELLY
RECORD COLUMNIST
A funny thing happened Monday as the Muslim cleric behind the Islamic center near Ground Zero basked in the glow of a diplomatically polite forum at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan.

Back in New Jersey, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was taken to court.

Union City officials say they are so fed up with what they call Rauf’s foot-dragging to repair dangerous code violations at a low-income apartment building that they want a judge to step in and appoint a special “custodial receiver” to run the place.

It was a day of dueling realities – and the surreal mystery about Rauf and who he really is.

Rauf, who lives in North Bergen, may fancy himself as a spiritual leader who dreams of building bridges between religions with a proposed $100 million Islamic center two blocks north of Ground Zero. But his slummy apartment building on Central Avenue in Union City is such a fire trap that the police department has now assigned cops to stand guard round-the-clock until Rauf fixes the fire alarms.

“Blessed are the peacemakers,” said Rauf, speaking in a soft voice inside the Council’s plush Park Avenue auditorium to an audience that included former National Security Council staffer Richard Haass and Ted Sorensen, the former speech writer for President John F. Kennedy.

On Central Avenue in Union City, Mayor Brian Stack had a decidedly different description for Rauf:

“He’s a slumlord,” Stack said.

As The Record reported last month, Rauf’s 16-unit Central Avenue building has been targeted with dozens of tenant complaints, from rats and bed bugs to broken lights and leaks.

But in recent days the problems at the building appear to have worsened.

Last Wednesday, as Rauf granted his first interview in months to CNN, Union City officials slapped him with 17 new code violations on the Central Avenue apartments. The city accused Rauf of not only failing to fix a variety of nagging problems but of not being responsive – or available for calls.

“We reached the end of our rope,” said Stack’s chief of staff, Mark Albiez. “There is a lack of responsibility.”

Then, on Friday, on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Union City officials rushed again to Rauf’s building. PSE&G had shut off the electricity in the hallways. The reason: Rauf failed to pay a bill of almost $5,000, Stack said.

Not only were the hallways dark, but the electric-powered smoke detectors and fire alarms were not working. In other words, the building was now a fire trap.

When Union City officials persuaded PSE&G to restore electricity, they discovered yet another code violation – the fire alarms were not working anyway, even with electricity.

So beginning Friday at 4 p.m., a Union City police officer has been assigned to sit in a car outside Rauf’s building so he can pound on tenants’ doors and guide them to safety in case a fire breaks out.

The city promises to send Rauf the bill – roughly $1,500 a day, said Union City police Capt. Richard Molinari.

“I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to have your alarms updated,” said Molinari.

Molinari’s words are one of the more profound understatements about Rauf and his strange habit of ignoring poor tenants while he manages to find time to rub shoulders with religious and political big wigs. But those words also frame a perplexing question about Rauf: How could a man who wants to do so much good behave so badly as a landlord?

Rauf did not respond to a request for comment at his office on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Reached on her cellphone, Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, who is also a partner in his real estate ventures, said, “We’re resolving everything.”

Really? Khan said she was unaware that Union City had filed a lawsuit on Monday in Hudson County, asking for a judge to name a custodial receiver to manage the Central Avenue apartment building.

“Defendants are clearly not operating the premises in a fiscally, socially and legally responsible manner,” wrote Union City attorney Christine Vanek in a brief accompanying the lawsuit.    

As Vanek was filing the lawsuit, Rauf did not even mention his slum problems as he spoke and answered questions at the Council on Foreign Relations. Indeed, what was curious about him was how he twisted his own reality.

“I am a typical New Yorker,” he began, not mentioning that he lives in a two-story home in North Bergen.

Then, when listing his occupations, Rauf mentioned he had been a “high school teacher, a salesman of industrial products and a struggling writer” – all true. But there was a major omission – that he has spent most of the last two decades as a real estate developer who, records show, was continually facing financial problems.

Was he being deceptive or just caught up in the hubris of the moment? Who knows?

“Let me begin by telling you my story,” Rauf told his Council audience, though he avoided any specifics about on-going negotiations end the dispute over his proposed Islamic Center.

Back in Union City, Yonaira Arias, who lives with her two sons and her mother in an apartment at Rauf’s Central Avenue building, said she was tired of stories – and promises and the talk about an Islamic Center. She just wants someone to plug the leaks in her ceiling

“Look at this,” Arias said, pointing to a water stain on the ceiling of her living room.

“And look at this,” she added, pointing to another leak in the bathroom.

“I heard he wants to spend $100 million in New York on his center,” Arias said as she gazed at a television that had been damaged by water. She turned and looked up again at the ceiling leak.

“He won’t fix anything here,” she said.

But Feisal Abdul Rauf wants to fix religious problems.

How nice.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/091310_Imam_Feisal_Abdul_Rauf_faces_code_violations_on_Union_City_building.html

Ground Zero Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – SLUM LORD: NJ Judge Orders Proof Of Repairs

Judge wants imam to prove he’s fixing NJ buildings

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The imam who wants to build a mosque near New York City’s ground zero has until Thursday afternoon to produce documents that prove he is fixing alleged violations at two apartment buildings he owns in northern New Jersey.  

A judge told a lawyer for Feisal Abdul Rauf during a hearing Wednesday to submit the documents. The hearing was prompted by a complaint filed by Union City, a community just outside the Lincoln Tunnel.

But state Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri denied Union City’s request to have a court-appointed monitor oversee the property, which the city says is riddled with serious code violations that haven’t been addressed, in some cases for years.

But the judge said he would revisit the request Sept. 23 after the city has had time to review Rauf’s submissions.

From ABC News: COURT VIDEO – TENEMENT HOUSING VIDEO HERE

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7667714 

Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, “have been under a lot of stress,” attorney Tomas Espinosa said after the hearing. “They will prove to be honorable people when the final decisions of the court are made,” he added.

Espinosa said he had not had direct contact with Rauf since the complaint was filed Monday but had been in touch with Khan. Neither attended the hearing, and Rauf did not answer the phone at his home in neighboring North Bergen. He has not commented on the complaint.

The 96-page complaint alleges Rauf failed to fix 12 fire code violations the year before a 2008 fire in one of his buildings, and that instead of repairing the 32-unit building he boarded it up and kept residents from moving back in.

The complaint also details violations in the second, 16-unit building, including bed bugs, improper garbage disposal and broken fire alarms and smoke detectors. The building’s gas and electricity were shut off recently due to unpaid bills and were only turned back on when city officials appealed to the utility company, Union City attorney Christine Vanek said.

The fire alarm system in the building is still faulty, the complaint claims, which has forced the city to pay a police officer to be outside the building at all times on a fire watch.

“Why should the city have to provide the mechanism to safeguard the tenants?” Vanek asked the judge.

Espinosa told Olivieri that a company had been retained to fix some of the problems and had amassed “a big file” of documents showing what work was under way or planned.

Olivieri scolded Espinosa for not producing any of the documents Wednesday. When Espinosa said Rauf had been busy in New York and he’d had trouble meeting with him, the judge replied tartly, “Mr. Espinosa, that’s over the river. You’re acting like it’s another universe. It’s not that difficult.”

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=7668770&rss=rss-wabc-article-7668770&utm_source=errythang&utm_medium=twitter

UPDATED HERE: Imam Feisal Addul Rauf Complies With NJ Judge’s Order – Documents Concerning Tenement Building Delivered To Court

The Ground Zero Imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf: Is He a “Truther”, does he blame the U.S. Government for 9-11?

Mosque imam’s associate calls WTC attacks an ‘inside job’

A founding member of an organization run by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the planned mosque near Ground Zero, claims that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job” and that Muslims have been made scapegoats, The Post has learned.

Faiz Khan — who has preached at least twice at the former Burlington Coat Factory building, the site of the proposed mosque — was for years Rauf’s partner in the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims, which is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Islam.

Khan also serves on the advisory board of Muslims for 9/11 Truth and is a founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, known as MUJCA.

RUSHDIE IN MOSQUE’S CORNER

Smoke Billows From WTC as People Cling To The Outside Of The Structure, Trying to Escape The Deadly Flames - Before Falling To Their Deaths Below

On MUJCA’s Web site, Khan wrote that “the inescapable fact [is] that 9/11 was an inside job.”

“The prime factor for the success of the criminal mission known as 9/11 did not come from the quarter known as ‘militant Islam,’ although the phenomenon known as ‘militant Islamic networks’ may have played a partial role, or even a less than partial role — perhaps the role of patsy and scapegoat,” he wrote in documents uncovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Khan was listed as one of three directors of the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims in its 1997 incorporation papers, when it went by the name of the American Sufi Muslim Association.

ASMA and Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative are spearheading the drive to create a $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

Fire Spreads Through WTC Tower As People Flee For Their Lifes ... The People In The Foreground Are 7 Blocks From Ground Zero ... The Planned Mosque Is 6 Blocks Closer

In an e-mail exchange with The Post, Khan said he ended his affiliation with the ASMA in “2002 and 2003,” although that claim is contradicted by a record of him speaking at a 2006 ASMA conference in Copenhagen, where his bio listed him as a board member.

When The Post asked Khan who he thought was responsible for 9/11, he initially declined comment, but later said in an e-mail: “I am certain of a few things . . . The towers and WTC 7 could not have collapsed without controlled demolition place from the ‘inside.’ “

Ray Locker, managing director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, said: “For someone who claims he wants the mosque project near Ground Zero to help build bridges and heal the wounds from 9/11, it’s odd that one of Feisal Rauf’s fellow bridge builders is someone who thinks the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people were an ‘inside job’ by the US government.”

Khan told a group of 9/11 deniers at a 2006 Chicago summit called “Revealing the Truth/Reclaiming Our Future” that “the most logical explanation” for 9/11 is that the hijackers were working for corporate America and that the heroin trade creates “billions of dollars” that are laundered by “Citicorp and Procter & Gamble.”

Rauf’s spokesman didn’t return calls for comment.

http://newyorkpost.com/p/news/local/imam_pal_is_nut_gPPtzFWEtyaUlE3u4P4ckI#ixzz0zSZF1t69

Second Plane Strikes WTC - The Black Building In The Foreground Was 1 Block From The WTC - The Same Distance As The Proposed Mosque is From Ground Zero

 

9 -11 Remembered: The Ground Zero Mosque & Imam Rauf’s Veiled Threat to America

The Imam is trying to tell us that the Militants won on 9-11. That he cannot take into consideration tha familes of the 2700 who died at Ground Zero … that we should only consider … and fear … the feelings of the militants … I think not … but you decide … and then let Mayor Bloomberg and the Imam know and most importantly, VOTE IN NOVEMBER … 

Later, that same day …

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of Ground Zero mosque says plan will move forward in op/ed
 
After weeks of silence, the imam at the center of a controversy over building a mosque near Ground Zero is speaking out. His message is clear: the plan will move forward.

In a new op-ed piece that echoes a similar sentiments he wrote about in May for the Daily News, Feisal Abdul Rauf said he was “awed by how inflamed and emotional” the issue has become.

Rauf stressed in the New York Times op-ed on Wednesday that he was proceeding with the project with the support of the downtown community and officials like President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—pointing out that Obama is Christian and Bloomberg is Jewish …..

Opponents of the project, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), have said the mosque should be built further away from where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center and killed nearly 2,800 people.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/09/08/2010-09-08_imam_feisal_abdul_rauf_of_ground_zero_mosque_says_plan_will_move_forward_in_oped.html#ixzz0z932WGGv

Also See:

The Ground Zero Mosque Question: How far away is far enough … to build a Mosque at Ground Zero …

The Ground Zero Imam – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf; The Wrong Man, The Wrong Mosque, The Wrong Place, The Wrong Time… 

Rise of Freedom: Bringing Life to Ground Zero – First Trees for Ground Zero Memorial Park Start Journey

A Tree Grows at Ground Zero – First Trees Planted For Ground Zero Memorial Garden

“More than 1,100 victims of the World Trade Center attack remain unidentified or their remains haven’t been recovered … More than 40 percent of the 2,749 Sept. 11 victims in New York have never been identified.”  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/22/national/main2113163.shtml

Ground Zero Imam: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – Denier, Defender and Apologist For the Genocide in Dafur, the Sudanese President and the Janjaweed/Militia.

 
 

Ground Zero Memorial Pool - 2700 Victim's Names Will Be Inscribed Around The Pool

 

SECURE BORDERS: Obama Administration – Fails To Address Home Grown Terrorist Issue, Reports 9-11 Commission Authors

Report: US must deal with domestic radical problem

WASHINGTON – The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission.

The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.

“Our long-held belief that homegrown terrorism couldn’t happen here has thus created a situation where we are today stumbling blindly through the legal, operational and organizational minefield of countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment occurring in the United States,” said the report, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

As a result, there is still no federal agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents, said the report, slated to be released Friday by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group.

The group, headed by former 9-11 commission leaders Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, laid out a detailed description of domestic terror incidents ranging from the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting spree and the attempted Christmas Day airliner attack in late 2009 to last May’s botched truck bombing in New York’s Times Square.

Over the past year, terrorism experts and government officials have warned of the threat posed by homegrown radicals, saying terror recruits who go abroad could return to the U.S. to carry out attacks.

But the U.S., the group said, should have learned earlier from Britain’s experience. Prior to the 2005 London suicide bombings, the British believed that Muslims there were better integrated, educated and wealthier than their counterparts elsewhere.

Similarly, the U.S. believed that its melting pot of nationalities and religions would protect it from internal radical strife, the report said.

The terrorists, said the report, may have discovered America’s “Achilles’ heel in that we currently have no strategy to counter the type of threat posed by homegrown terrorists and other radicalized recruits.”

The report also points to an “Americanization” of the leadership of al-Qaida and its allied groups, noting that radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had links with suspects in the failed Times Square bombing and the Fort Hood shootings, grew up in New Mexico. And Chicagoan David Headley played a role in scoping the targets for the Lashkar-e-Taiba attacks on Mumbai in late 2008 that killed more than 160.

Abroad, Al-Qaida, its affiliates and other extremist groups have splintered and spread, seeking safe havens in undergoverned areas of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and places in North and East Africa. That diversified threat has intensified as militants reach out to potential recruits through the Internet.

Assessing future threats, the report lists potential future domestic targets, including passenger jets, western or American hotel chains, Jewish or Israeli sites and U.S. soldiers, even at their own bases in America.

And it also warns that it is no longer wise to believe that American extremists will not resort to suicide bombings. As an example they point to Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 in last year’s shootings at Fort Hood, saying he had written about suicide operations in e-mails, and that his attack appeared to be one.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700064357/Report-US-must-deal-with-domestic-radical-problem.html?s_cid=rss-5

McAuleys World:

First we must secure our borders … Then Prsident Obama could always schedule a “beer summit” with the Countries enemies …. or maybe he can schedule a “beer sunnit” with America’s original domestic terrorists, those like Bill Ayers who have already participated in random, violent and lethal attacks on American facilities, motivated by hatred and blind rage …. then again, President Obama has had lots of “beer summits” with Ayers … while Ayers helped him plan his early political campaigns ….

“Ayers, born in 1944, was raised in a Chicago suburb. He became active in the anti-war leftist group, Students for a Democratic Society, while he was a student at the University of Michigan in the mid- 1960s. In 1969, Ayers helped lead a group that splintered off from SDS, Weatherman (known as the Weathermen). The group set off a number of bombs against U.S. targets in the early 1970s, earning it the label of “domestic terrorist organization” from the FBI.”

Notable Attacks:

  • 1970: Bombing of New York City Police Headquarters
  • 1971: Bombing of U.S. Capitol Building
  • 1972: Bombing of Pentagon
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    http://terrorism.about.com/od/groupsleader1/p/Bill_Ayers.htm

    Bill Ayers 1968 Police Photo

    On the SDS, Communism and Anarcho-Communists: An internal battle of SDS ideology. http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard122.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rudd

    “in March 1970 following the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, an incident in which three members of the organization died when an explosive device, intended for a servicemen’s ball, detonated prematurely. Among the dead were Terry Robbins, Diana Oughton, and Ted Gold … and according to some Weatherman members like Bill Ayers, build an underground revolutionary movement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rudd

    The new organization was intent on overthrowing the government through violent actions. Spreading communism was a priority for the members of Weather, as when Rudd told other members of SDS, “ Don’t be timid about telling people we’re Communist. Don’t deny it, be proud of it.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rudd

    Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was founded by Aryeh Neier (Director of the socialist League for Industrial Democracy) in 1960. Its principles were elaborated by Tom Hayden in the Port Huron Statement of 1962, which adopted the position of “anti-anti-Communism,” refusing to support the West in the Cold War. What began as a movement to involve the largest possible number of American students in the democratic processes had become by 1969, as a contemporaneous FBI memo summarizes, “an organization totally dedicated to the destruction of American society…In the span of seven years, the SDS had evolved into a hard line Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organization dedicated to the destruction of Western democratic traditions and ideals.”

    Several prominent SDS members organized Progressives for Obama in March of 2008. Among the organizers are Carl Davidson, Mark Rudd, and Todd Gitlin; while several Klonsky family members are represented, Mike Klonsky is conspicuously absent from the signers. http://www.conservapedia.com/Students_for_a_Democratic_Society

    SDS was an important subject within the Soviet directed and funded Communist Party USA (CPUSA) in early 1968.

    By 1974 Maoism had supplanted the Soviet ideological doctrine guiding many New Left groups willing to use violence to achieve socialist revolution. In Prairie Fire, Ayers, Dohrn and Jeff Jones identified the WUO primary strategy on the side of Maoist thought in the following way,

    The Chinese Revolution is a wonderful development in the advance of humanity. Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Communist Party have made many important breakthroughs in developing revolutionary strategy in the semi-feudal, semi-colonial world. The thought common to Mao and Ho Chi-minh – that the central revolutionary force of our time is the oppressed nations and peoples of the world leading the liberation struggle against imperialism – is the guiding strategic principle of this era.”

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Students_for_a_Democratic_Society

     

    Mao Zedong: Mao remains a controversial figure to this day, with a contentious and ever-evolving legacy. He is officially held in high regard in China as a great revolutionary, political strategist, military mastermind, and savior of the nation. Conversely, Mao’s social-political programs, such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, are blamed for costing millions of lives, causing severe famine and damage to the culture, society and economy of China. Mao’s policies and political purges from 1949 to 1976 are widely believed to have caused the deaths of between 40 to 70 million people. Since Deng Xiaoping assumed power in 1978, many Maoist policies have been abandoned in favour of economic reforms.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao_Zedong

    Mao was killing between 40 to 70 million of his own people at precisely the time AYERS and SDS adopted Ma0ist’s ideology …

    Mao as a supporter of human right’s policies … Mao as a supporter of civil rights …. what a crock!   

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