Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Republican Terrorist Fundraiser Indicted By State Department

Mark Siljander Representative from Michigan 1981-87 was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The charges stem the accusation of sending more than $130,000 to an Al Qaida and Taliban supporter who threatened U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to a story in Michigan News, he allegedly lied about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.

A former Fabius Township Board trustee, Siljander served in the state House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981. Siljander then served three terms in Congress until he was defeated by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, in the Republican primary in 1986. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed Siljander to serve as U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year.

More as this develops.

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