Obama prayer leader linked to Hamas

January 17, 2009 3:24:25 PM PST
A Muslim scholar chosen to speak at President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural prayer service Wednesday is part of a group that federal prosecutors have linked to terrorists. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is one of six religious leaders scheduled to speak at the national prayer service. She has been a guest of honor at State Department functions and met with senior Defense officials during the Bush administration.

But the Connecticut-based Islamic group was also named in federal court documents as recently as July as having ties to the group Hamas. The group has not been charged.

A spokeswoman for the inaugural committee says Mattson has a stellar reputation.

The existence of the court documents was first reporter by Politico.