Food Stamp Fraud Funds Islamic Terrorism
The report from GAI, where Breitbart News Senior-Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer serves as president, highlighted several instances where money obtained through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fraud went to fund acts of terrorism, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.
Although this method of using food stamp fraud money for terrorism has been around since the 1980s, it gained notoriety when New York City detectives testified before a Senate subcommittee about the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
Detectives told the committee that $125 million in food stamp fraud had “unwittingly” gone to terrorist activities.
One of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, Mahmud Abouhalima, funded the attacks by operating a million-dollar food stamp fraud scheme out of a video store in Brooklyn.
Federal authorities did not determine how terrorists used money from this scheme to fund attacks until after 9/11.
In the smoldering aftermath of September 11, the U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General learned that terrorists got away with funding their activities by using businesses known as "hawalas" to launder money.
A Treasury Department report estimates that more than $7 billion flows into Pakistan alone through this method every year.