For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Hughes
202-483-5700 or 703-527-0237
A "Freedom Fighter Night" fundraiser that was schedule to occur at Confederate Memorial Hall in November of 1986 was to include Afghan Freedom Fighters, according to CMA President John Edward Hurley who identified the group as the Committee for a Free Afghanistan.
When Hurley cancelled the event as an inappropriate use of the facility under the organization's 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, major litigation was launched against the CMA by various political operatives who were linked to the U.S. intelligence community.
It now turns out that Ali Mohammed, the instructor in Afghan culture for the U.S. Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, was working for the U.S. Army at the same time that the Freedom Fighter Night was being planned for Confederate Memorial Hall. He was later tried and convicted for his role in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
Col. Herbert Harmon, former president and general counsel of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), is handling the litigation against the CMA. Major General Evan Hultman, former executive director of the ROA was active with the Committee for a Free Afghanistan.
Hurley said he turned down the proposal for the fundraiser that had been made by Admiral James Carey of the Reserve Officers Association and Richard Hines, a major political contributor and $550,000 lobbyist for the Cambodian government. Cambodian dictator Hun Sen is a former Khmer Rouge and a longtime friend of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Hines failed to report his political expenditures in the 2000 presidential primary race, a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act that has been called to the attention of Attorney General John Ashcroft.
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