When a non-profit agency was caught funneling tax dollars to a suspected terrorist organization, the Obama administration stepped in to make sure the money was paid, according to a new Senate report.
The report scolds World Vision, a humanitarian organization, that in 2014 partnered with the Islamic Relief Agency in a project aimed at addressing hunger and other issues in Sudan, saying to did not put much effort into seeing whom it was funding with U.S. dollars.
At the time grant money was sent to World Vision from the United States Agency for International Development, money that would later be shared with the Islamic Relief Agency, known as ISRA.
ISRA had been sanctioned by the Treasury Department since 2004 for its links to al-Qadea and Osama bin Laden, according to a Dec. 23 statement on the website of Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
“The United States government placed sanctions on ISRA in 2004 after they had funneled approximately $5 million to Maktab Al-Khidamat, the predecessor to Al- Qaeda controlled by Osama Bin Laden. ISRA’s leadership also engaged in discussions to help relocate Bin Laden to secure safe harbor for him In the mid-2000’s, ISRA was responsible for moving funds to support a Palestinian terrorist,” the report from the Finance Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Unit stated.