. . . In a letter to his Democratic opponent, Lazio said that the people of New York need more answers about where the $100 million for the project was coming from, and noted that Rauf had passed up an opportunity to denounce the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization. Lazio also alluded to Rauf’s involvement with the Perdana Global Peace Organization, a primary donor to the Free Gaza Movement, which has attempted to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians in violation of Israel’s naval blockade.
Do any of the above constitute probable cause for an investigation? Only if you think the development of a mosque deserves greater law enforcement scrutiny than the construction of a church or synagogue, or if you think people who utilize their First Amendment rights should be barred from building things in Lower Manhattan. (More)