Taming the Tamil Tigers: From Here in the U.S (says FBI)
Posted on October 15th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Appearing on the 1st October 2008 website of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation is a request by the US to Tame the Tigers from the US. The brief describes LTTE’s resume as perfecting the use of suicide bombers, inventing suicide belts, pioneering the use of women for suicide attacks and FBI says that the LTTE has been the only terrorist organization to assassinate two world leaders. The FBI describes the LTTE as ‘the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world’ and affirms that its ultimate goal is to seize control of the country from the Sinhalese ethnic majority and create an independent Tamil state. The FBI asks an important question ‘WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?’ and the FBI says that the US should care because LTTE’s ‘ruthless tactics’ have inspired terrorist networks worldwide including the Al Qaeda in Iraq but the most reason the FBI says is because the LTTE has ‘placed operatives right here in our own backyard’ who are ‘discreetly raising money to fund its bloody terrorist campaign overseas including purchases of weapons and explosives’. What an admission from the FBI ! The US, it has to be acknowledged has clamped down on LTTE operatives in the US and Canada but the key brains holding US citizenship now declared banned by the GOSL remains to be held accountable for material support towards an internationally banned terrorist group. This is a perfect opportunity to at diplomatic level to push for further action against all the 16 organizations declared banned under the USSC Resolution 1373 and the over 400 individuals banned under the same resolution.

The FBI also states that the US has designated LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997 and if that means LTTE activities in US are illegal, it should also mean that the US needs to investigate all the 16 organizations and individuals that Sri Lanka has now banned and take action against these entities under US laws as these entities are operating from the US and the members of these entities are holding US passports.

Karunakaran Kandasamy (Karuna) was arrested in Queens, New York in 2004.


US Attorney Ms Roslyn R Mauskof said “As alleged in the complaint, for years the LTTE has covertly operated within the United States drawing on America’s financial resources and technological advances to further its war of terror in Sri Lanka and elsewhere,” ….”We refuse to allow this to continue.”

Mark J. Mershon, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, stated, “Financial backing, assistance with logistics, and other forms of material support have a direct bearing on the viability of a terrorist organization’s lethal objectives. Karuna hasn’t merely supported the Tamil Tigers’ cause, he orchestrated U.S. support. We can no sooner allow terrorists to raise funds here than we would allow them to carry out acts of terrorism here.”

What is also interesting is the allegations attributed to the LTTE in the complaint

  1. LTTE founded in 1976
  2. LTTE relies on terrorism including suicide bombings and political assassinations to achieve its objective of establishing an independent Tamil state in northern Sri Lanka
  3. LTTE’s elite Black Tiger squad has conducted hundreds of suicide attacks and several assassinations including the May 1991 assassination of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi and the 1993 assassination of President of Sri Lanka Ranasinghe Premadasa
  4. LTTE has since 2002 operated under a ‘tenuous cease-fire agreement’ …’that agreement has essentially ended, and more than 4000 people have been killed in the past 15 months in the escalating conflict’.

The complaint highlighted Karunakaran Kandasamy (Karuna) material support

  1. ‘LTTE relies on sympathetic Tamil expatriates residing in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France and several other countries to raise and launder money, smuggle arms, explosives, equipment and technology into LTTE controlled territory’
  2. LTTE obtained ‘intelligence about the Sri Lankan Government; and spread propaganda. To coordinate these activities, the LTTE has established branches” in at least 12 countries, including the United States (the 16 organizations proscribed by the GOSL are some of these branches”)
  3. Karuna is the Director of the American branch of the LTTE – located in Queens, New York and operates through a LTTE front – World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC). Karuna directs overseas activities of the LTTE in the US including fundraising. Karuna was accused of fundraising events in Nov/Dec 2004 at a Church and a public high school in Queens, New York and a school in South Brunswick New Jersey for an LTTE offensive in late 2005. Note: GOSL banned WTCC under UNSC Resolution 1373 in April 2014
  4. Karuna was also accused of arranging meetings in LTTE controlled areas in Sri Lanka between LTTE and prominent LTTE supporters (with backgrounds in engineering, technology, weaponry, medicine and other scientific fields) from the US

Note: Karuna was freed in 2012 after serving 5 years in prison

US has also indicted 11 other defendants.

  • One indictment was US v Sathajhan Sarachandran and 5 others for attempting to purchase several dozen surface-to-air missiles and other military arms/equipment from an undercover FBI agent in Queens, New York. (Note Sarachandran was the former president of the Tamil Youth Organisation’s Toronto chapter. TYO is also banned under UNSC Resolution 1373 by Sri Lanka)
  • The other indictment was US v Thayarajah Pratheepan charging defendants with participating in conspiracy to provide material support to LTTE through procurement of military arms/technology and attempting to bribe US State Dept officials to remove LTTE from the list of foreign terrorist organizations as well as LTTE’s covert payment of a US Congressman’s trip to LTTE controlled territory. (note the Congressman was Danny Davis (D-IL)  http://archives.dailynews.lk/2006/11/06/fea03.asp whose trip in 2005 to the Wanni jungles was sponsored by LTTE front in US. Davis said he was unaware that LTTE were the source for the trip but surely when discussing matters he would have noticed the Eelam Flag and realized it was not the flag of Sri Lanka!
  • http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2008/04/terrorist-organization-tamil-tigers-aka.html#.VD3mI_mUeAU

Meeting LTTE leaders in the Wanni with an Eelam Flag

The FBI reinstates that LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization makes its activities in the US illegal. If the FBI says that it is ‘determined to stop them, using the full range of our investigative and intelligence capabilities’ with the USSC Resolution 1373 used to ban the 16 organizations and over 400 individuals it is a good time to locate the names listed as those living in the US and investigate them for their material support for the LTTE starting with the TGTE leader V Rudrakumaran.

The best part of the appeal by the FBI were the words ‘You can help by being careful with your donations’. The FBI says that ‘like other terrorists, the Tigers have raised funds under a variety of cover organizations, often by posing as charities – we know what those charities are and US has even banned TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organization).

The FBI also asks that the American public ‘report any suspicious activities’ to the local field office or anonymously through the FBI website.

The FBI request was made in 2008. It is a good start for the Sri Lankan authorities now that the GOSL has proscribed LTTE fronts and named individuals supporting terrorism. Virtually all those named are foreign passport holders living in Western shores or those claiming asylum with solicitors now charging fees for an innovative way to secure asylum – charge to be tortured in the countries where asylum is sought and medically support it by endorsing it as ‘recent’ and immediately equating it to claim the Sri Lankan security forces did it!

What needs to be now said is that the LTTE Tamil Diaspora Organizations masquerading as charities and human rights advocates need to be now held accountable for financing the brutal terror that LTTE unleashed upon the people of Sri Lanka.

Every member of these LTTE fronts need to be held accountable. They have been living luxurious lives overseas, educating their children, raising funds through false propaganda and sending money to purchase arms/ammunition from which LTTE killed. The lies lasted 30 years. Now justice needs to be seen to be done and not only said. The foreign governments have a major role to play if they are sincere about ‘war on terror’.

The full article in the FBI Website of January 2008


 As terrorist groups go, it has quite a résumé:

  • Perfected the use of suicide bombers;
  • Invented the suicide belt;
  • Pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks;
  • Murdered some 4,000 people in the past two years alone; and
  • Assassinated two world leaders—the only terrorist organization to do so.

 No, it’s not al Qaeda or Hezbollah or even HAMAS. The group is called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or the Tamil Tigers for short.

Needless to say, the Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. For more than three decades, the group has launched a campaign of violence and bloodshed in Sri Lanka, the island republic off the southern coast of India.

Its ultimate goal: to seize control of the country from the Sinhalese ethnic majority and create an independent Tamil state. Along the way, it has launched suicide attacks, assassinated politicians (including a government minister this week and even the Sri Lankan President), taken hostages, and committed all of kinds of crimes to finance its operations. The resulting civil war has taken the lives of nearly 70,000 Sri Lankans on both sides of the conflict since 1983 alone.

Why should you care? Certainly because of the suffering and bloodshed that the Tamil Tigers have caused. And because its ruthless tactics have inspired terrorist networks worldwide, including al Qaeda in Iraq. But also because the group has placed operatives right here in our own backyard, discreetly raising money to fund its bloody terrorist campaign overseas, including purchases of weapons and explosives.

The U.S. government has designated the Tigers a foreign terrorist organization, so their activities here are illegal. And we’re determined to stop them, using the full range of our investigative and intelligence capabilities.

In April, for example, we struck an important blow when our Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York arrested the alleged U.S. director of the Tigers. The man supposedly held several fundraising events at a church and various public schools in Queens and in northern New Jersey in 2004. He is also accused of arranging high-level meetings between the group’s leaders and U.S. supporters.

We’ve also arrested another 11 Tamil Tiger-related suspects in the New York City region. And in Baltimore, following a multi-agency investigation, a pair of Indonesian men pled guilty and were sentenced recently for working with others to export surface to air missiles, state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns, and night vision goggles to the Tigers in Sri Lanka.

You can help by being careful with your donations. Like other terrorists, the Tigers have raised funds under a variety of cover organizations, often by posing as charities. A great deal of money, for example, was raised for the Tigers following the 2004 tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and many other countries.

And please report any suspicious activities to your local field office or anonymously through this website.

5 Responses to “Taming the Tamil Tigers: From Here in the U.S (says FBI)”

  1. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    I do not understand. India to the US to the UK already stated the Tamil Tigers were a terrorist group when they were actively fighting Colombo. Today Tamil Nadu continues to play host to pro Tamil Tiger outfits such as TESO and others in spite of all the world wide condemnation.

    Article after article in the Lankaweb have highlighted and gone into extreme detail of the atrocities committed by the Tamil Tigers, the Indian Peace Keeping Force to all those who have actively supported them. To this very day (10/15/14) the UNHRC which is under the power of the US only brings charges against Rajapakse while those who really committed the crime to those Tamil expats continue their crusade for Elam. Every article I have ever read in any Indian papers roundly condemns Colombo on the same level of fanaticism as that of the Tamil Expats, and this article is thankful of the FBI acknowledging what they had already done during the war?

    Please tell me how much progress Sri Lanka has made against the movement for Elam after the war ended? I fail to see any.

  2. Nanda Says:

    There was immediate progress for few months. All the mouths of LTTE were completely shut, including Nadus.

    But our buggers sprinkled water to dying LTTE. Now gone back to nearly the progress at 2006, only difference is people do not get killed in the North but in the South. Also no armed LTTE to see, they are in the parliament and in the Tiger Council.

  3. Nimal Says:

    In most Western countries where the likes of Police and security services are not politicized(unlike in wonder of Asia),they will enforce vigorously against terrorists in their country.But they act according to the law of the land,perhaps terrorist acts outside their country is not their concern at present.But be assured that there’s more than one way to bell the cat. They hate the guys(Karuna) that killed the surrendered police in the East of SL but it’s only GSOL wanted them released.In future they will pass laws that will out law terrorist acts abroad.
    Already they are using various other agencies to go after them for money laundering and tax evasion, human and drug trafficking, etc.

  4. SA Kumar Says:

    only difference is people do not get killed in the North but in the South. Also no armed LTTE to see, they are in the parliament and in the Tiger Council.- agreed
    but people get killed in the south ? you mean high way road accidents ??
    my Sinhala bros ,we have 100% peace in mother Lanka now rest day to day incidents ……

    live & lets live until Eelam war V.
    let me go back to my day dream ,Naalai pirakkum Thamil Eelam !!!

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    Jayalalitha released on BAIL: This is not good … is this an instance of bribery and corruption UNDERMINING the Indian Courts?

    Let us see whether a case decision based on 18-years of HEARINGS and COLLECTED EVIDENCE will be NULLIFIED on December 18, 2014!

    Jayalalithaa Gets Bail, Likely to Leave Bangalore Prison Tomorrow: 10 Latest Developments

    By A Vaidyanathan
    October 17, 2014

    New Delhi: J Jayalalithaa, arrested three weeks ago, is likely to leave a prison in Bangalore tomorrow. The former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu was granted bail by the Supreme Court today on medical grounds.

    Here are the 10 latest developments:

    1. Ms Jayalalithaa, 66, followed the Supreme Court’s directive and issued a statement this evening, urging the adoring workers of her party, the AIADMK, to remain calm and not resort to violence, as they have in recent weeks.

    2. She was convicted by a Bangalore court on September 27 for collecting land, gold and other assets vastly exceeding her income in a case that had dragged on for nearly two decades.

    3. She was sentenced to four years in jail; she has appealed against her conviction and sentence in the Karnataka High Court. (Also read: How Jayalalithaa’s 18 Year-Long Trial Ended in 7 Minutes)

    4. The Supreme Court today asked her lawyers to ensure that all paperwork for her appeal is completed by December 18, or her bail could be cancelled.

    5. “If the paperwork is not filed within two months, then we won’t give you even a single day more,” the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said.

    6. The top court said it will then ask the Karnataka High Court to decide her appeal within three months to ensure a faster trial than the current case, which dragged on for nearly two decades.

    7. Following her conviction, Jayalalithaa, who heads the AIADMK, was obliged by law to step down as Tamil Nadu chief minister. She was replaced by loyalist O Panneerselvam at a swearing-in ceremony where many Cabinet members sobbed into handkerchiefs in an emotional display of fidelity.

    8. Outside her famous Poes Garden residence in Chennai today, hundreds of supporters danced joyously, shouting “Amma, Amma” in the pouring rain. (Read more…)

    9. Her case was transferred from Tamil Nadu to adjacent Karnataka in 2001 to ensure her political clout would not influence her trial.

    10. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK is the third-largest party in Parliament, an accomplishment owed partly to her schemes that entitle people in Tamil Nadu to free grinders, laptops and more.

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