Ground Zero Islamic center’s funding leads to CFR


Jerry Mazza
Online Journal
August 31, 2010

My first whiff of the news was an unsettling email from a reader of my article, ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ inflating Islamophobia, indicating The Council on Foreign Relations, i.e. the Rockefeller Globalist cabal, had a hand in this. The writer was annoyed at my not considering it.

I hadn’t considered it since my focus had been on the fact that the destruction of 9/11 was not perpetrated by Muslim nations as stated categorically by the New York Post, ignoring the very possible involvement of Israel, which has a history of false-flag attacks.

I received a second email from the Corbett Report, a video report whose Sunday stories were the Ground Zero Mosque Distraction, Israel Lobby, Apple and Orwell, the first with some fascinating information about Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, who heads up the Cordoba Initiative, i.e., the building of the Ground Zero Islamic center. Eureka!

The Cordoba Initiative, and Imam Rauf, Corbett went on to say, were affiliated with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and support for that came from fellow Council on Foreign Relations’ members. Imam Rauf himself was on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religious Advisory Committee. The Cordoba initiative’s website cited “Christian support for the Cordoba House” from a Christian publication, “Sojourners,” which is owned by evangelical Christian writer and political activist Jim Wallis, also a sitting member of the CFR’s Religious Advisory Committee. Wow!


At some point, the American Society for Muslim Advancement ( was shown on the screen along with: “Our Supporters: U.S. Foundations.” After wincing, I froze the frame and downloaded the list, which included the Carnegie Corporations of New York, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller Philanthropy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Hunt Alternatives, to mention a few of the globalist pack.


There was also a clip of David Rockefeller speechifying at the CFR and welcoming back Dick Cheney to a meeting. Of course, Cheney remarked that he was happy to be there, was once “director” of the organization though he didn’t mention it when he was running for Congress from his native Wyoming. This drew a big laugh from the elite insiders present.

Next Corbett referred to Nancy Pelosi, who had recently questioned who was funding the Cordoba Initiative given how it was being politicized (at Democratic expense given Obama’s “for it but not where” statements). We cut to a call from Pelosi for an investigation. We cut back to Corbett who pointed out that it was rather embarrassing for her and others when the information above was revealed; that this money was not coming from Muslims or Middle Eastern nations.

This despite a scene, in which a Cordoba employee claimed to an inquiring reporter that the money came from Muslims, corporations, and interested groups, and that it wasn’t really necessary for everyone to know who contributed.

Corbett, having discredited the claim of Muslim funding rather thoroughly, moved on to several related stories, including Israel’s spending some $35 million dollars to control articles favorable to it in the US press and to tamp down the negative press on Dimona and Palestine.

He also mentioned the $50,000 given to the Atlantic monthly to write an attack piece on Iran, because it was the “greatest threat to Israel since Hitler.” Parenthetically, the writer was a former member of the Israel Defense Force, which might account for the hyperbole, seeing how it is Israel that has hundreds of nuclear warheads at their nuclear facility at Dimona in the Negev desert.

Corbett’s last piece focused on ideas for coming advancements in Apple i-Pods and i-Phones that seemed to be straight out of Orwell’s 1984, forecasting coming police-friendly improvements/intrusions on every conceivable form of personal privacy from Apple.

I also took a step back to corroborate Rauf’s deep ties to the CFR, seeing how the NY Post had painted him more as a co-conspirator with al-Qaeda, writing, “Clearly, though this is a complicated issue. The 9/11 mass murder, after all, was committed in the name of Islam.”

That explosive statement was followed by a quote from a letter by Dan Senor of the Council on Foreign Relations in the Wall Street Journal (also owned by Rupert Murdoch, owner of the New York Post) that whatever the stated goals of the Islamic center and Rauf, “in the minds of many who are swayed by the most radical interpretations of Islam . . . it will be celebrated as a Muslim monument erected on the site of a great Muslim ‘military victory.’” And . . .”that’s why the question of who precisely will pay to build the $100 million project is so compelling.” Amazing!


Here is a CFR member, whose organization is bankrolling the Islamic center with one hat on, switches hats and demands to know precisely who will pay to cough up the $100 million. Well, Dan, it’s your very own CFR sponsors who are picking up the tab. And if you think Corbett and I are the only ones who caught you with your two hats on, and your pants down, let me go to writer Steve Watson of, who wrote pretty much the same thing in Ground Zero Mosque Imam is Globalist Stooge.

“The Imam of the now infamous “ground zero mosque” is a member of the ultra elitist Council On Foreign Relations and receives financial backing from powerful globalist sources including the Rockefellers, the Carnegie Corporation and the Ford Foundation.

“This information provides a compelling backdrop to the theory that the move to establish the mosque is a deliberate attempt to further stoke religious tensions and and divert attention away from the real enemy of free humanity, the corporate globalist elite who continue to profit from global war and division.”


Meanwhile, Americans all over the country, especially in lower New York City, are out in droves screaming at each other in fear over Muslim appropriation of the building site, feeling as if Muslims were at their doors with scimitars, when, in fact, it’s our own Council on Foreign Relations whipping up the synthetic terror. Doesn’t that point, too, to CFR involvement in the 9/11 event, producing the same feelings?

As to the “Globalist stooge” Rauf, I’m sure there’s a special place in hell for him, betraying his Muslim community to the danger of angry Americans to the synthetic terror threat, and frightening the latter to even more debilitating scare tactics. Let’s hope this doesn’t spill into the 9/11 commemoration ceremonies or the coinciding 9/11 As Inside Job rally that parallels them. Perhaps, if Rauf and the CFR are sufficiently exposed, that claim will have more meaning for more people than ever.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him His new book, State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on” is available, Amazon or He has also written hundreds of articles on American and world politics as an Associate Editor of Online Journal.

National debate intensifies over plans to build mosque near Ground Zero

By Summer Hortillosa



Photographer: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

An aerial view of Park51’s proximity to Ground Zero.

The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) and The Cordoba Initiative (CI) intend to build a 13-story mosque and community center named Park51 two blocks from Ground Zero, the location of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to the Wall Street Journal, ASMA’s executive director Daisy Khan said the symbolism of the site added to the appeal of the property. “We decided we wanted to look at the legacy of 9/11 and do something positive…[and] reverse the trend of extremism and the kind of ideology that the extremists are spreading.”

Others, however, see the location choice differently. Some have held protests against the mosque and attempted to mark one of the buildings currently at 45-51 Park Place as a landmark in order to prevent demolition. This attempt failed when the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided that it was not worthy of landmark status. The vote was supported by some, like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and opposed by others like Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and the Anti-Defamation League.

The most prominent figure in the debate is President Barack Obama, who recently announced his position on the issue. Obama equates allowing the mosque to be built with upholding America’s founding principles and said, “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”


The debate surrounding this single Muslim community center has echoed throughout the United States. For example, the issue has brought to light the fear of Muslims that many Americans still hold after the 9/11 attacks. These feelings have manifested in protests against the building and in the expansion of or even the current existence of mosques in communities all over the country. The outcome of this debate certainly has the potential to affect how Muslims and non-Muslims in America interact and to raise some very important questions. Will the tension between Muslim and Western cultures ever decrease or dissipate? Will Americans ever be able to minimize their fear of Muslims since 9/11? Is there a way to find balance and peace for both cultures?

The New Anti-Semitism, Continued

Park51’s Khan sees resonance with Islamophobia

BY MARC TRACY | Aug 23, 2010

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Yesterday, Daisy Khan, the wife of Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf (who himself was profiled in theNew York Times this weekend), compared opposition to her Cordoba Initiative’s plans for an Islamic center in lower Manhattan to “a metastasized anti-Semitism.” She added, “That’s what we feel right now. It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned.”

Separately, contributing editor Jeffrey Goldbergnotes, “Anti-Muslim sentiment in America today has many of the hallmarks of the anti-Semitism of yesteryear. American Jews should be able to see that.”

One American Jew who did see that was Daniel Luban, writing in Tablet Magazine last week about “The New Anti-Semitism”:

Is the Ground Zero Mosque Moving?

Many of the tropes of classic anti-Semitism have been revived and given new force on the American right. Once again jingoistic politicians and commentators posit a religious conspiracy breeding within Western society, pledging allegiance to an alien power, conspiring with allies at the highest levels of government to overturn the existing order. Because the propagators of these conspiracy theories are not anti-Semitic but militantly pro-Israel, and because their targets are not Jews but Muslims, the ADL and other Jewish groups have had little to say about them. But since the election of President Barack Obama, this Islamophobic discourse has rapidly intensified