Thursday, 7 June 2012
Tennessee Governor Haslam Appoints Shariah Finance Expert to Economic Development Department

Samar Ali, Tennessee Shariah Finance Expert
Obama White House Fellow and Gov. Haslam Appointee


This morning I was on the Dr. Rich Show with colleague Tom Trento of The United West  discussing Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in Tennessee state government and America. The Tennessee infiltration segment was focused on how deeply Muslim Brotherhood front groups had penetrated the Volunteer state Department of Safety and Homeland Security with unauthorized and unconstitutional appointment of Muslim NGO groups, the American Muslim Advisory Council and the interlocked American Council for Outreach.  

In mid- May Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Samar Ali, a former White House fellow and member of the international Washington, DC –based law firm of Lovells & Hogan, LLC as international director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The Nashville Post noted this in a May 12, 2012 article about Ms. Ali’s appointment:

Ali, who is from Waverly, will serve as international director. She joins ECD after serving as a White House Fellow and practicing corporate law at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., and Abu Dhabi. Her role will include overseeing TNTrade as well as ECD’s other international initiatives, including managing the operations of the state's four international offices.

The White House website announcement provided further background on Ms. Ali when she was appointed a Fellow for the 2010-2011 class:

Samar Ali is an Associate with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP.  She is responsible for counseling clients on mergers & acquisitions, cross-border transactions, Shari’a compliant transactions, project finance, and international business matters.  During her time with Hogan Lovells, she has been a founding member of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.

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While in Nashville, Samar led the YMCA Israeli-Palestinian Modern Voices for Progress Program, and is currently the transatlantic liaison for the development of the Palestine Diabetes Institute.  She is a founding member of the first U.S. Delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum, and has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.  She is also a three-time Southeastern Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Champion.  Samar received a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors from Vanderbilt, where she served as the first Arab-Muslim student body president.

Hogan Lovells’ website revealed how important and material their Shari’a compliant finance practice is:

Islamic finance is, above all else, ethically driven. It is also one of the world’s fastest growing financial sectors. By 2015, Islamic finance is projected to be worth US$2.8tn according to the Islamic Development Bank. Burgeoning consumer demand has been met by increased supply as the number of Islamic banks and financial institutions with Islamic finance divisions continues to rise.

Robust demand has led to new challenges for the Islamic finance industry, however, including legal and regulatory considerations. Hogan Lovells Islamic Finance practice has met those challenges through our deep appreciation of the standards that a Sharia-compliant financing or investment must achieve to attain its ethical status. Indeed, many eminent Sharia scholars commonly recommend us to financial institutions that approach them for advice. Many of our template documents are now market standard. We are also consistently rated as market leaders by respected legal directories, including Chambers Global. 

Over the past four years, we have advised on more than 200 Islamic finance transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of US$40bn.  Our team members are at the forefront of developments in the Islamic finance industry.

Among the Lovell & Hogan Abu Dhabi office practice clients are the vast holdings of Saudi Prince Alaweed Bin Talal major funder of Muslim Christian understanding programs at Harvard, Georgetown and the American Islamic Leadership Course training young Muslim Brotherhood advocates like those we identified in our June NER article, “Does Muslim Blasphemy Trump Free Speech in America?” Note these clients of Lovell and Hogan from the Kingdom Holdings of bin Talal:

  • HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud
  • Kingdom Hotel Investments
  • Kingdom Holding Company

A Center for Security Policy a Shariah Finance Watch report  issued today on Ms. Ali’s appointment by Tennessee Governor Haslam issued this cautionary warning:

Given Ms. Ali’s close associations with Shariah Finance entities and specialization in Shariah Finance, it is reasonable to expect that the financial jihadists will soon be targeting the Volunteer state for infiltration and influence operations. The lure of petrodollars is powerful indeed and someone in a powerful position on the inside of the halls of power in the state can only be viewed as an opportunity for those who seek to embed Shariah law into America’s financial system.

So, as night follows day, the infiltration of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security by local MB representatives comes this latest appointment of a rising star in the local Muslim community with possible access to trillions of Shariah compliant petro dollars poised to fund worthy projects in the Volunteer State. It is time that the citizens of Tennessee cast a wary eye on Governor Haslam, who harbors aspirations for higher office in this land, and raise questions about his current appointments with questionable international Islamist connections.

Posted on 06/07/2012 12:48 PM by Jerry Gordon
13 Jun 2012
Gary Rester

First he volunteers to bring TSA VIPR teams into TN, now this...  what a disappoint this guy is.

16 Jun 2012

I do not like this at all. I supported Haslem but I now have serious concerns. TN doesn't need the Muslim influence.

20 Jun 2012

 I supported Haslm.  His apporintments have been very lousy.  First he appoints a Mayor for TDOT Commissioner that knows nothing about roadbuilding.  Now this.  I guess it is true his dad and his nbrother wanted him out of their business.