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Ooops, They Did It Again - Former Republican Congressman Indicted On Money Laundering, In Connection With A Terrorist Group

Reported by Donna - January 16, 2008 -

A former Republican Congressman from Miichigan, Mark Deli Siljander was indicted on 42 federal charges including money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice as part of a terrorism ring.

Siljander who served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, was appointed by President Reagan to be a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year in 1987.

Once again Studio B didn't emphasize that the former congressman was a Republican. They kept that to a minimum as opposed to when a Democratic politician gets in trouble, it's Democratic Congressman, Democratic Congressman, they keep repeating it.

Smith apologized for putting up the wrong picture of the man at the beginning of the show and then showed the correct picture (Comment: Of course it was just a mistake, I don't know who the first picture was). Smith went to Steve Centanni for the report.

Steve Centanni said he was a former Congressman but not since 1987 (Comment: As if that is an excuse?) Centanni said he had been doing private lobbying work and that's when he got into trouble. Centanni said that all of this was from of "a charity called the American Islamic Relief Agency." (Comment: Hmmm, the American Islamic Relief Agency?)

The banner read 'Ex-Congressman Charged W/Laundering Money To Terrorists' (Comment: If it had been a Democrat it would have said Ex-Dem-Congressman, as has been done before by Fox.

Centanni continued. He said that the Department of Justice had become aware of them and last year had been indicted for lying to the IRS about their tax relief status, "their tax free status, their existance as a charity, " They are accused of lying to the IRS. Centanni said that now this new evidence had come out that "they had helped to fund terrorist group overseas."

The Islamic American Relief Agency was put on a list of terrorists groups. This was when the trouble started for Mark Deli Siljanderhen. $50,000 was given to Siljanderhern. A man who was on the U.S. World Global Terrorist List, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was involved.

Steve Centanni said, "The money was stolen from the U.S, AID (Agency for International Relief, or AID, whatever that is." (Comment: Yes, Centanni actually said this) "The money was sent to bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2003 and 2004 and was made to look like it was donations to an orphanage located in buildings that Hekmatyar owned.

Comments: Fox seems to always downplay corruptiion when it involves Republicans as Fox has done in the past.

They've even been caught in the past posting corrupt Republicans as Democrats. Yes, as Shepard Smith says, they are to the right and on the Republican side as reported earlier.

And isn't this nice that our former Republican Congressmen are dealing with the terrorists?