On October 19, 2006, Congressman Tom Lantos from California sent a letter to the Montenegrin Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic expressing â€œstrong concern over reports of police abuseâ€ of 14 arrested ethnic Albanians in Montenegro.
â€œI strongly encourage the Montenegrin government to live up to international expectations by conducting an expedited, thorough and impartial investigation of the charges made against these prisoners and of the allegations of police abuse and torture,â€ Lantos wrote.
The Albanians that Lantos is concerned about in the letter were arrested by the Montenegrin police on September 9, 2006 in a raid on a village of Tuzi, south of Montenegrin capital Podgorica, because of their involvement in terrorism and organized crime.
â€œThe ethnic Albanian villages near the border with Albania are known smuggling routes for drug, arms and cigarette smuggling,â€ writes International Herald Tribune.
The details of the terror plot on Montenegro were, at the time, unclear, until recently when an Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung uncovered that an ethnic Albanian Dodu Ljucaj that was arrested at a Vienna airport on December 8, 2006 was to detonate 2 bombs in the Montenegrin Parliament.
Dodu Ljucaj was an al-Qaeda connected Kosovo Albanian, says Kronen, and the group of arrested ethnic Albanians in Montenegro were all in on the bombing plot.
|Bosnian Muslims demand the green part of Montenegro, Croatians the gray part and Albanian liberation extremists want the red part.|
Among the arrested ethnic Albanians in this bombing plot on the Montenegrin Parliament is Kola Dedvukaj, a US citizen, and a staunch contributor to the campaign coffers of Tom Lantos.
Dedvukajâ€™s were also active donors to the political campaign of Tom Lantosâ€™ daughter, Katrina Swett who represents New Hampshireâ€™s 2nd district.
According to Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi that presents herself as the Balkan Affairs Adviser to the Albanian American Civic League, at a 2002 fundraising dinner at the St. Paul Catholic Church ran by Father Anton Kcira of Michigan, Tom Lantos has â€œpledged his commitment, and that of his daughter, Katrina Swett, to help Albanians wherever they live in the Balkans to overcome their historical disadvantages in order to succeed, prosper, and live with dignity.â€
â€œJust as he played a critical role in internationalizing the Albanian issue in Kosova, Tom Lantos is now prepared to do the same for Albanians in Montenegro,â€ explains DioGuardi.
|Representative Sander Levin reassuring protesting Albanians in front of the White House that he will work hard to find the way to have the Albanian terrorists released from Montenegro.|
In August 2003, Congressman Tom Lantos went on a fact-finding mission with a delegation to ethnic Albanians to the Adriatic Montenegro and in the delegation accompanying Lantos was also Kola Dedvukaj. Prior to visiting Montenegro, however, Lantos stopped over to his native Hungary to celebrate his 75th birthday and it is unclear who paid for that trip.
In August 2003, Congressman Tom Lantos went on a fact-finding mission with a delegation to ethnic Albanians to the Adriatic Montenegro and in the delegation accompanying Lantos was also Kola Dedvukaj. Prior to visiting Montenegro, however, Lantos stopped over to his native Hungary to celebrate his 75th birthday and it is unclear who paid for that trip.In October 2003, nevertheless, Lantos organized a â€œhistoric hearing in Washingtonâ€ in front of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus where Lantos is the founder and Co-Chairman. The object of Lantosâ€™ hearing was to make â€œrecommendations to the Bush Administrationâ€ and Kole Dedvukajâ€™s hand-picked friends from Montenegro testified that Montenegro has annexed â€œAlbanian landsâ€ and is engaged in racist genocide of Montenegrin Albanians.
London Economist recently explained that â€œAlbanian nationalists generally dislike the term â€˜Greater Albaniaâ€™, preferring to talk about â€˜ethnic Albaniaâ€™. This covers not just Albania, Kosovo and western Macedonia, but parts of Serbia and Montenegro tooâ€â€¦!
Grishaj then went on to deliver an inflammatory speech that â€œremindedâ€ Montenegro that â€œyou, are comprised of Albaniaâ€™s lands unjustly annexed by the Congress of Berlin (1878), the London Conference of Ambassadors (1913), the Versailles Peace Treaty (1919),â€ and that ethnic Albanians in Montenegroâ€™s Malesia area should rise up!
â€œTherefore, arise, Malesi arise!â€ exclaimed Grishaj to the delight of the audience and added â€œAnd donâ€™t ask, but rather demandâ€¦â€
However, Rep. Tom Lantos is not the only one with firm ties to terrorist figures in the Balkans.
On August 24, 2005, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher also went to Montenegro on a fact-finding mission and Kola Dedvukaj was the man in his delegation as well.
Rohrabacher declared there that â€œthe Montenegrin government would have to grant Albanians in Tuzi the same rights enjoyed by municipalities in which Slavs are a majority if it wanted admission to the European Union.â€
In Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington the author Paul Sperry uncovers that radical Muslim groups have contributed substantial amounts of money to Rohrabacher in order to have him support anti-Jewish groups including Hamas, as well as violent Albanian groups across the the Balkans.
In 2001, for example, Rohrabacher said that â€œthe Kosova Liberation Army [KLA] should have been armedâ€ then proceeded to castigate them as â€œfreedom fightersâ€ equal to the American Founding Fathers!
However, according to a 2002 Department of Defense Report titled Narcotics-Funded Terrorist/Extremist Groups the â€œKLA guerrillas and Albanian liberation extremists have used profits from their participation in Taliban-sponsored narcotics smuggling to re-arm themselves after the disarmaments that occurred from 1999 to 2001,â€ concluding that:
â€œRegional trafficking in the Balkans and the Adriatic is likely to remain at a high level, thus presenting an ongoing opportunity for guerrilla/terrorist groups to participate. That trend is promoted by the increased inter-group cooperation and sophistication that has been noted in recent years in the Balkan and Adriatic regions.â€
Is Rohrabacher on the side of Taliban?
Still another in Congress that fuels Albanian violence in Montenegro under disguise of human rights concern is Carl Levin and his nephew Sander, both close to the ethnic Albanian political movements in USA.
Carl Levin, for example, has pledged that he â€œwill continue its efforts to ensure that Montenegro follows all domestic and international laws with those under arrest,â€ while his nephew Sander met the protesting Albanians in Washington assuring them that Levins will seek ways to prove that Montenegro is violating human rights of the arrested terrorists and on basis of that violation get them free.
Carl Levin was once a guest of the Albanian Islamic Center in Harper Woods, a suburb of Detroit, but of a Jihadist involvement of Albanian Muslim groups in the US more on, perhaps, some other future postings.