Nine Eleven Finding Answers Foundation

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The Nine Eleven
Finding Answers Foundation
Abbreviation The NEFA Foundation
Type 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, charitable organization
Legal status Foundation
Purpose Terrorism research
and analysis
Headquarters 230 Park Avenue,
Suite 1000, New York, NY
President & CEO
Michelle T. Hayes
Website nefafoundation.org

The Nine Eleven Finding Answers Foundation (NEFA Foundation) was a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, charitable organization engaged in terrorism research and analysis.[1][2][3] Although NEFA lists a New York address for its headquarters on its website, the organization’s business offices are located in Charleston, South Carolina, according to the latter's Secretary of State.[4]

Background and goal[edit]

The Foundation was founded after the 9/11 attacks. Its stated goal is "to help prevent future tragedies in the U.S. and abroad by exposing those responsible for planning, funding, and executing terrorist activities, with a particular emphasis on Islamic militant organizations."[5][6][7] It has worked with the 9/11 victims' families, and is funded by private donations.[8]

Activities[edit]

The Foundation conducts research into terrorist activities. It funds extensive field research, and obtains relevant original documents (translated when necessary) and videos.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] Media such as UPI, ABC, and Fox News have, in turn, used the documents, video, and translations provided by NEFA.[16][17][18][19]

In the 2006 Toronto terrorism case, NEFA posted on its website a video of the accused which got it from a British court that watched it during the trial of a man who has now been convicted of terrorism; Dan Brien of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said: "We were interested to learn of the existence of this video, which we'd never seen before. We would've preferred to learn about it in some manner other than a U.S. website."[20][21] NEFA also carries interviews with Taliban commanders on its website.[22] It was reported in November 2008 that NEFA was concerned about what it termed "a disturbing pattern of lone-wolf style individuals".[23]

Staff[edit]

Michelle T. Hayes is its President and CEO,[24] David Draper is its Director of Strategic Operations,[25] Ronald Sandee (a former Dutch military intelligence officer) is Director of Analysis and Research,[26] Evan F. Kohlmann, is its Senior Investigator.[27]

Founders[edit]

NEFA was founded by CEO, President and Treasurer Michelle T. “Mikie” Hayes and Director of Strategic Operations David Draper.[28][29] Hayes previously worked as a development officer at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Cardiovascular Institute.[30][31]

Hayes previously worked as the director of development for the Charleston, South Carolina-based Medical University of South Carolina’s Cardiovascular Institute.[32][33]

Draper previously worked as a contractor for the Charleston, South Carolina-based law firm Motley Rice.[34] Draper is the owner of a Charleston, South Carolina-based company named D2.[35][36]

Financial reports[edit]

According to the IRS Form 990 filed by NEFA for Fiscal Year 2009 (signed by NEFA President Michelle Hayes on November 10, 2010):

NEFA President and Treasurer Michelle T. Hayes received $165,000 in compensation during FY2009.[37]

D2, a company owned by NEFA Director of Strategic Operations David Draper, was paid $405,818 in “consulting fees” during FY2009.[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special Reports: FARC international network sophisticated," UPI, September 23, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  2. ^ Rupert, James, and Qayum, Khalid, "Bomb at Danish Embassy in Pakistan Kills Nine People," Bloomberg, June 2, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  3. ^ "Pakistan sets its sights on Taliban sanctuary", China Daily, October 19, 2009, accessed November 23, 2009
  4. ^ South Carolina Secretary of State Charity Report: Nine Eleven Finding Answers Foundation, Inc Secretary of State of South Carolina Retrieved July 25, 2011
  5. ^ "About Us". The NEFA Foundation. September 11, 2001. Archived from the original on February 8, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Farah, Douglas Fara"U.S. should get serious on Liberia vote," The Providence Journal, October 5, 2005, accessed November 23, 2009
  7. ^ "Bomb at Danish Embassy in Pakistan Kills Nine People (Update2)". Bloomberg.com. June 2, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ Simpson, Glenn R., "Shopkeeper Yeslam Bin Ladin faces family trouble," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 5, 2006, accessed November 23, 2009
  9. ^ Simpson, Glenn R. (April 5, 2006). "Shopkeeper Yeslam Bin Ladin faces family trouble". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ Khan, Noor, "Taliban Leader Says Jihad Will Continue," Fox News, May 15, 2007, accessed November 23, 2009
  11. ^ Gardella, Rich, and the NBC News Investigative Unit, "Insurgent groups condemn al-Qaida tactics; Statements are causing a ruckus in jihadi online forums," MSNBC, October 16, 2007, accessed November 23, 2009
  12. ^ Gordon, Meek, "Obama and Hillary good lesson in togetherness, says terror boss," New York Daily News, December 21, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  13. ^ "Video shows terror training camp in Canada", NBC News, September 17, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  14. ^ Ross, Brian, Patel, Avni, and Hughes, Dana, "Somalia: A New al Qaeda Safe Haven?," ABC News, December 1, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  15. ^ Coll, Steve, The Bin Ladens: an Arabian family in the American century, pp. 604, 609, 617, Penguin Group (2008), ISBN 1-59420-164-1, ISBN 978-1-59420-164-6
  16. ^ Waterman, Shaun, "Issue of the Day: Bin Laden's message on Palestine resonates," UPI, January 15, 2009, accessed November 23, 2009
  17. ^ "Taliban leader says jihad will continue", PakTribune, May 16, 2007, accessed November 23, 2009
  18. ^ "Bomber's Martyrdom Tape Renews Fears Over Consequences of Closing Gitmo", Fox News, January 27, 2009, accessed November 23, 2009
  19. ^ Duffield, John, and Dombrowki, Peter, Balance Sheet: The Iraq War and U.S. National Security, Stanford University Press (2009), ISBN 0-8047-6013-6, ISBN 978-0-8047-6013-3
  20. ^ "Court here didn't know about terror video; Terror camp footage used in British trial a surprise in Toronto," The Toronto Star, September 20, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  21. ^ "Video evidence from terror trials posted online", CBC News, November 28, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  22. ^ Sassaman, Esther, "Mohammed Atif Siddique: civil rights queries over ‘terrorist’ conviction," Socialist Worker, September 25, 2007, accessed November 23, 2009
  23. ^ McGevena, Allison A., "Somalian Terror Organization Shabaab al Mujahideen Looks to 'Throw the West Into Hell'", Fox News, November 25, 2008, accessed November 23, 2009
  24. ^ South Carolina Secretary of State Charity Report: Nine Eleven Finding Answers Foundation, Inc Secretary of State of South Carolina Retrieved July 25, 2011
  25. ^ Abrams, Joseph, "Al Qaeda Commander in Saudi Custody May Still Pose Threat From Prison", Fox News, February 18, 2009, accessed November 23, 2009
  26. ^ Whitlock, Craig, "Dozens of Westerners get trained in terrorist camps," The Salt Lake Tribune, October 19, 2009, accessed November 23, 2009
  27. ^ "About Us". The NEFA Foundation. September 11, 2001. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  28. ^ NEFA works under the radar to interview terrorists, analyze data: Charleston’s Counter-Terrorism Unit Charleston City Paper. February 20, 2008.
  29. ^ NEFA Foundation FY 2009 IRS Form 990 (See Section A, List of Officers) GuideStar Retrieved July 21, 2011
  30. ^ “Meet … Mikie” The Catalyst (Medical University of South Carolina) Retrieved July 25, 2011
  31. ^ Cardiology Chief Dies at 52 (See paragraph 13) Notice published by the Medical University of South Carolina. Retrieved July 25, 2011
  32. ^ Article published by the Medical University of South Carolina Official Website of MUSC. Retrieved July 21, 2011
  33. ^ Article published by the Medical University of South Carolina (See Photo Caption) Official Website of MUSC. May 7, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2011
  34. ^ NEFA works under the radar to interview terrorists, analyze data: Charleston’s Counter-Terrorism Unit Charleston City Paper. February 20, 2008.
  35. ^ NEFA Foundation FY 2009 IRS Form 990 (See Section B and Schedule L, Part IV) GuideStar Retrieved July 21, 2011
  36. ^ South Carolina Secretary of State Report: D2, LLC South Carolina Secretary of State. Retrieved July 21, 2011
  37. ^ NEFA Foundation FY 2009 IRS Form 990 (See Section A) GuideStar Retrieved July 21, 2011
  38. ^ NEFA Foundation FY 2009 IRS Form 990 (See Section B and Schedule L, Part IV) GuideStar Retrieved July 21, 2011

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