Abdulrahman Alamoudi, the now-imprisoned terrorist operative, spoke at a conference for the Islamic Association for Palestine in 1996.
In 2004, Alamoudi was sentenced to 23 years in jail in 2004 after pleading guilty to "violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which imposes terrorism-related sanctions prohibiting unlicensed travel to and commerce with Libya; one count of false statements made in his application for naturalization; and a tax offense involving a long-term scheme to conceal from the IRS his financial transactions with Libya and his foreign bank accounts and to omit material information from the tax returns filed by his charities."
The U.S. Treasury Department stated that Alamoudi had raised a million dollars for Al Qaeda, adding that his arrest "was a severe blow to al Qaida, as Alamoudi had a close relationship with al Qaida."
Alamoudi: We have to change our attitude towards America. Most of us in the Arab community and I see more of my brothers and sisters who are Arabs here. They will all (a few unclear words) that Allah destroys America. That is not the way to go, because if Allah destroys America, you'll be destroyed with it. I think our attitude toward America should change. We have a chance, in America, to be the moral leadership of America. The problem is when? It will happen, it will happen (unclear word) Allah, I have no doubt in my mind, Muslims sooner or later will be the moral leadership of America. It depends on me and you, either we do it now or we do it after a hundred years, but this country will become a Muslim country. And I (think) if we are outside this country we can say ‘oh, Allah destroy America', but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it. And the prophet told us that there are three ways of changing things, either by your hand or your mouth or within yourself, and we can change it by our hand and by our mouth, but positively. There is nowhere for Muslims to be violent in America, no where at all. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America.