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Rampant extortion using the names of American organizations and individuals

Vijaya Laxmi Tripura

Since 2008, a Bangladeshi national named Shipan Kumer Basu and his wife Sabita Biswas Basu are engaged in extorting various individuals in Bangladesh and India by pretending as the authorized representatives. They also are collecting substantial amount of money from local donors on behalf of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs. The couple is openly making the claim of being affiliated with the Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Act For America and Interfaith Strength.

Act For America, an organization headed by internationally acclaimed Lebanese-born rights activist Brigitte Gabriel although claims its mission saying, “We are Americans from all backgrounds who put our differences aside and came together to secure our country. Every American has one thing in common – we are all interested in keeping our homes, communities, states, and nation safe. What makes ACT for America different is that our members and supporters come from every background, age, gender, race, and social status. National security is not a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian issue – it’s an AMERICAN issue,” it is a mystery as to how this organization has been allowing fraudulent individuals like Shipan Kumer Basu and Sabita Biswas Basu is collecting huge amount of money from various individuals in Bangladesh and India by promising them of letting Brigitte Gabriel or ACT work as the lobbyists for the Indian and Bangladeshi Hindus in the United States Senate, Congress and other government offices.

According to the ACT website, Brigitte Gabriel is one of the leading terrorism experts in the world providing information and analysis on the rise of global Islamic terrorism. She lectures nationally and internationally about terrorism and current affairs. Her expertise is sought after by world and business leaders.

She has addressed the United Nations, Australian Prime Minister, members of The British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, The Pentagon, The Joint Forces Staff College, The US Special Operations Command, The US Asymmetric Warfare group, the FBI, and many others.

In addition, Gabriel is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and various radio stations daily across America.

Ms. Gabriel is Founder and Chairman of ACT for America, the largest national security grassroots organization in the U.S. with One million members dedicated to preserving national security and promoting Western values. She is a NYT best-selling author of three books the latest is “RISE” In Defense of Judeo Christian Values and Freedom.

Ms. Gabriel was knighted in Europe in 2016 by the Knights of Malta, for her international work on fighting terrorism and standing up for Western Judeo-Christian Values. She joins a long list of knights including former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Nelson Mandela, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, and others.

Ms. Gabriel is named one of the top 50 most prominent speakers in America. She speaks Arabic, French, English, and Hebrew.

Similarly, Shipan Kumer Basu and Sabita Biswas Basu are collecting money from Bangladeshis and Indians on behalf of Richard Benkin, a resident of Mount Prospect, Chicago. In the Facebook profile, Shipan claims himself as a member of Richard Benkin’s website Interfaith Strength. As introduction to the founder of this website, Interfaith Strength says, “Interfaith Strength, a web site devoted to strengthening the bonds of understanding among people of different faiths. This international effort has grown out of Richard Benkin’s growing love of and admiration for the Hindu community here in the United States and in South Asia. It also has taken him to heights of genuine interfaith understanding that has helped him similarly appreciate the Sikh community, the Amadiyyas, and others. Here in the West, “interfaith” efforts” are made generally ineffective by two misguided tendencies. The first is for either side to abandon issues or principles because they are afraid they might anger the other. Benkin found out the power of that in a conversation with two Muslim Fundamentalists (not radicals) one afternoon in a Muslim country some years back. Things began tense and proceeded with one point after another of disagreement. But it was only when they “agreed to disagree” without demonizing each other that they were able to find true points of similarity. The second problem is that when we speak of “interfaith” efforts, we tend to think only of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). What a terrible mistake! Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, for instance, are the third, fourth, and seventh largest religions in the world. We need to correct our omission and include those other faiths, most facing the same threat as the others. This web site is intended as a cyber gathering place for individuals worldwide who believe that a key to peace is understanding and respect—that is far more than tolerance—among people of different faiths; and that Interfaithstrength.com will attract people and organizations that disagree with those who say religion is the root of most conflict. In fact, religion, faith will lead us along the path toward peace. It is not religion that causes conflict, but the politicization of religion for transient ends. Richard Benkin also hopes that Interfaith Strength becomes a place where people struggling for the same principles of interfaith understanding and religious equality can make contact with each other and support one another as they pursue their common goals worldwide. Together with you, Richard Benkin hopes more and more people come to believe that too, and are willing to help others see it as well.

Richrard Benkin also runs an organization named Forcefield NFP, of which Shipan Kumer Basu claims to be the Vice President. There is no such information on Shipan Basu being the Vice President of Forcefield NFP.

When contacted, Indian intelligence source told this correspondent that, Shipan Kumer Basu has been living in India since 2016 to avoid arrest in a number of criminal cases lodged in Bangladesh. It said, Shipan Kumer Basu, Son of Kalidas Basu, of Village Shahoshpur under Kochua police station in Begerhat district in Bangladesh is accused of using the Indian soil into various criminal activities.

An officer at the Kochua police station said, they have a number of warrants of arrest against Shipan Kumer Basu but the culprit could not be arrested as he fled to India.

Shipan Kumer Basu is an active cohort of one Mendi N. Safadi, a Druze, who are receiving US$ 25 thousand each month as “lobbyist fees” from an individual named Aslam Chowdhury, leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). According to media reports, BNP is an antisemitic and anti Israel political party in Bangladesh with connections with Hezbollah and Hamas.

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