Authorities remain completely and doggedly incurious about the phenomenon of conversion to Islam, and why so many converts to Islam get the idea that their new religion wants them to commit treason and murder.
A British man suspected of raising funds for Al Qaeda has been added to a list of global terrorists by the US Treasury.
James Alexander McLintock, who is thought to be 52, is accused along with three other men of raising money for terrorist groups.
Born in Dundee, McLintock said in an interview with The Scotsman in 2004 that he had been a ‘committed Jihadist‘ who fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia.
He told the newspaper he had converted to Islam in his 20s, changed his name to Yaqub McLintock and lived with his family in Pakistan.
McLintock said he started a charity and a news agency in the 1990s to show what was ‘really happening’ in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The US Treasury said his Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organisation (RWO) is a front that provides money for al Qaida, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Afghan extremists groups under the guide of helping orphans….
The US Treasury said in a statement: ‘As of early 2013, McLintock recruited Afghan insurgents to obtain photos of children, Afghan identity documents, and cell phone numbers to create falsified dossiers used to obtain donations for RWO, which were funnelled to support al Qaida.
‘As early as 2010, McLintock used RWO and the cover of providing stipends to Afghan orphans to finance the Taliban’s militant activities in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.’
The department said McLintock also regularly met with Taliban and other militant commanders.
McLintock received about £125,000 (180,000 US dollars) from donors in Britainbetween April 2011 and April 2012 and also received money from charities in the Persian Gulf and the United Kingdom, the US Treasury said.