Update: today’s National Post article by Stewart Bell et.al. has lots of background on Brian David Anderson. Was he a left-winger of some sort? No indication here. Was he a scam artist? You better believe it. Was he purposely raising money for terrorism? I guess we’ll find out as his case and his cohort’s, Alishtari/Mixon, moves forward.
Is alleged Canadian terror-sponsoring mercenary “Brian David Anderson” a long-time left-wing activist? I suspect it may be so. Follow tonight’s breaking news from Al-Andalus (a.k.a. Spain), “Canadian Arrested in Terror Probe” :
March 12, 2007, AP – MADRID, Spain — Spanish police have arrested a Canadian man suspected of helping finance Islamist terrorist activities, authorities said Monday.
Brian David Anderson, 61, is wanted by U.S. authorities for fraud and is believed to have helped finance a training camp in Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. He was arrested in a Madrid hotel thanks to joint collaboration with the FBI, the ministry said.
It said Anderson is thought to be linked to a New York businessman, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, 53, who was charged last month with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering. Alishtari has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Another source, “TypicallySpanish.com”, reports that the arrest occured last Friday (March 9, 2007) at a Madrid hotel with Anderson holding 4,000 Euros in cash and documents tying him to Alishtari’s terror-funding schemes.
Alishtari was a known left-wing activist…or, at least, he pretended to be. From the New York Post’s story on his arrest last month, “Terror $$ Man Charged” :
Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, an American-born Moroccan from Ardsley (Westchester County, NY), was ordered held without bail yesterday for agreeing to send $152,000 overseas to pay for night-vision goggles and other equipment for terrorists during an FBI sting operation.
The accused terror buyer was nabbed by the FBI Thursday and charged with providing material support to terrorists, as well as money-laundering and wire-fraud charges, which carry a maximum of 95 years in prison.
Prior to his arrest, Alishtari, 53, also known as Michael Dixon (Flaggman’s Note: the actual indictment lists his alias as “Michael Mixon” ), had agreed to cooperate with law enforcement. But the deal fell through before he provided substantial assistance, according to a source close to the case.
Alishtari also is accused of swindling millions of dollars in a bogus Bronx-based loan program.
Defense lawyer David Greenfield entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Alishtari and declined further comment.
Alishtari drew media attention in 2003 for launching an annual movie project in Florida called Global Peace Film Festival.
The self-described activist has also posted poetry on numerous Web sites advocating peace and radical Muslim ideology, as well as personal pledges to dedicate his time and money to stopping child slavery, fraud and violence.
So the line between left-wing do-gooderism and Islamic Jihad continues to blur. Suprising? Not to those who follow the writings of David Horowitz.
If anyone knows anything of this “Brian David Anderson” or the man-of-the-left known as “Michael Mixon”, pop me an e-mail or post links in the comments.