Hamas-linked cleric took part in FBI outreach effort

The FBI on Thursday defended its inclusion of a Chicago Muslim cleric tied in the past to the terrorist groups Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood in a group that recently visited the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and FBI headquarters: Ross Rice, FBI spokesman in Chicago, acknowledged in an interview that Kifah Mustapha, imam of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Ill, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator during a Hamas funding trial six years ago, but says Mustapha “has never been convicted of a crime and never charged with a crime”: the incident raises new questions about how the US government chooses its Islamic outreach partners: many allegedly “moderate” Islamic groups and spiritual leaders the US government has interacted with have turned out to be supportive of political Islam.