LTTE Heavily Involved In Fund Raising For Hilary Clinton In New
(By Walter Jayawardhana)
Well known activists of a banned terrorist group in
the United States are involved in the fund raising activities of the US
Democratic candidate Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton.
According to a fundraising web site for the Senator,
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activists are involved in
raising funds from 100 Dollars to 2300 Dollars to help elect Senator
Clinton as the next United States President. The website could be
reached at: https://contribute.hillaryclinton.com/events/nj1212.html
New Jersey residents have expressed the fear, that
LTTE or the Tamil Tigers could flush supporters with millions of
dollars, to buy influence over the next possible President of the United
States of America by infiltrating into democratic fund raising machine.
An email distributed by a female activist, Pat
Pathmakumar for the group under the name "Tamils for Clinton" has
appealed to contribute for the Clinton fund by sending checks to her or
a man named Ram Ranjan, a man who organized the LTTE Heroes day meeting
in New Jersey last year. Ranjan has publicly admitted he raised funds
for LTTE front, the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO).
The terrorist group, that introduced innovative
methods like suicide jackets to many terrorist groups in the world, is
listed as a foreign terrorist group by the State Department and the US
Federal police , the FBI has alleged that the group had offered to them
millions of dollars as bribes to lift the ban. The group is alleged to
be using bribes to buy influence in India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The
money is being earned mostly by fraudulent business, credit card scams,
drug running, voluntary fund raising and extortions of the Tamil
Diaspora, according to a recent report of the Jane's Defense weekly.
According to the Clinton website, a leading LTTE
activist, who came to live in New Jersey in 1994, called Ram Ranjan is
one of the fund raisers of the Clinton campaign. Several others who are
connected with him are also listed among the fund raisers.
Ram Ranjan has earlier admitted that he had raised
funds for the Tamil Tigers front organization called Tamil
Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) which had raised funds purportedly for
humanitarian purposes but actually diverted those funds for terrorist
activities from many countries in the world.
A year ago he told a New Jersey newspaper called Star
Ledger that although he supported the TRO; it is not connected with the
terrorist group LTTE.
The Star Ledger reported, "... ......... he serves as
state coordinator of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization, which raises
money for medical services, schools and orphanages and the victims of
the LTTE, not the LTTE, Ranjan said."
The US State Department has identified the TRO as a
front organization of the LTTE and it is banned in many countries in the
The Star Ledger newspaper interviewed Ranjan an year
ago after he was involved in organizing a LTTE hero's day commemorating
meeting with accepted leaders of the LTTE in the US as speakers, local
residents said. Pro LTTE website the Tamil Net said that the function
started by hoisting LTTE separatist flag. The meeting was organized by a
front organization of the LTTE, the South Asian Community Association.
Sri Lankan Tamil group held the memorial meeting to
eulogize dead Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters including
suicide bombers as heroes but told the New Jersey newspaper
"Star-Ledger" they did not have any connections with a terrorist group.
The group South Asian Community Association or SACA
with Ranjan as an organizer caught attention after it rented an
auditorium of the south Brunswick middle School in New Jersey, USA for a
memorial to eulogize the dead LTTE fighters including those suicide
bombers who targeted unarmed civilians and raised the flag of the LTTE
and sang the anthem of the group on December 02 2006.
The meeting was addressed by known leaders of the LTTE
in the United States, Visuvanadan Rudrakumaran and Dr. Naglingam
The Star-Ledger newspaper of New Jersey who published
two consecutive news articles about the group who rented the Brunswick
school reported that, " South Brunswick police officials said last week
investigators were looking into allegations that the Princeton
Junction-based South Asian Community Association is linked to the
Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is designated as a
foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department."
The police investigations started after some residents
of Brunswick reported to the police that the organizers of the meeting
were actually a front organization for the LTTE.
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