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ISLAMIC INFILTRATION OF THE GOP::Norquist's Muslim Protégés
FrontPageMagazine.com | 6/3/2008 ^ | FrontPageMagazine.com | 6/3/2008 | By Paul Sperry

Posted on 06/03/2008 5:30:56 PM PDT by RaceBannon

Norquist's Muslim Protégés

By Paul Sperry FrontPageMagazine.com | 6/3/2008

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the strategy of GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist in his wicked project to dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the government.

While he's managed to get some of his Muslim proteges jobs in the Bush administration, getting them elected to public office has been another story. Voters aren't buying their makeover.

Last November, his crony Faisal M. Gill lost a bid for a seat in the Virginia state legislature. Now another protege, Kamal M. Nawash, has lost his third political race in seven years. Republicans in Virginia's most affluent county last month overwhelmingly rejected Nawash as their party leader.

Gill and Nawash failed despite the ringing endorsements and behind-the-scenes maneuvering of Norquist, who founded the Islamic Institute (where he met his Palestinian wife) with the express purpose of promoting such Muslims into positions of power.

Take Nawash, who also happens to be Palestinian. In 2003, Norquist hosted a fundraiser for him at his Capitol Hill townhouse to launch his campaign for the Virginia state senate. And Norquist's partner Khaled A. Saffuri kicked in $1,279 to help build his war chest.

Nawash made for a strange Republican candidate. As an immigration lawyer he defended Arab criminals against deportation, and as legal director of the extremist American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, he fought to deny law enforcement key anti-terror tools.

A month before the election, Nawash rushed to the defense of a prominent Islamist leader and political donor, who was arrested on terrorism charges. His crony, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was no dimestore terrorist. It turned out that Alamoudi, according to the Treasury Department, acted as one of al-Qaida's top fundraisers in America -- all the while pumping more cash into Nawash's campaign than any other individual contributor.

Nawash argued the case against Alamoudi was baseless and politically motivated, according to the Islamist internet site IslamOnline.net, which identified him as Alamoudi's lawyer.

"He is just a liberal Muslim, who wants more Muslims to be involved in the U.S. military and politics," Nawash said of his longtime friend, client and donor.

That "liberal" Muslim is in fact a longtime leader in the radical Muslim Brotherhood who's now serving 23 years in federal prison for plotting terrorism.

When Nawash's opponent in the race used his quotes against him, Nawash denied Alamoudi was a client. He said IslamOnline.net erroneously identified him as the terrorist's lawyer, even though Nawash's own brother worked for the website.

Documents put the lie to Nawash's denial.

For starters, Nawash's signature appears at the bottom of a "Power of Attorney" affidavit for Alamoudi at the Fairfax Circuit Court of Virginia. In that 2003 document, Nawash swears: "I am attorney-in-fact for Abdurahman M. Alamoudi."

What's more, one of his then-law partners, May Shallal Kheder, shows up in court filings as a member of Alamoudi's criminal defense team.

Nawash's old law firm, Hanania Kheder & Nawash PC, kept an office in Falls Church, Va., in the same building as the Saudi-backed Muslim Students Association, which was founded by the Brotherhood. The Saudi-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth, which sponsors jihad camps that teach boys not to be "miserly with your blood," also was a tenant at one time.

Nawash lived nearby in the Skyline Towers, known by law enforcement as the "Taliban Towers." Since 9/11, the FBI has paid numerous visits to the apartment complex, which erupted in cheers as the hijackers attacked America.

During his campaign, Nawash put up signs at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center where some of the hijackers received aid and comfort. Dar al-Hijrah is run by the pro-jihad Brotherhood.

Ultimately, his bid to become the first Muslim in the Virginia assembly failed. Nawash garnered just 30 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Democrat Mary Margaret Whipple, took 70 percent. The defeat matched his unsuccessful run for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2001, also bankrolled by Alamoudi and his radical Brothers.

Bitter, Nawash blamed his 2003 drubbing on Whipple's tactic of focusing on his ties to a suspected terrorist. "She is a mean-spirited racist," he said.

The ambitious Nawash and his mentor Norquist were not deterred, however. What the protege needed was a little makeover, along with a little time to allow memories to fade.

The next year, Nawash for the first time gave money to the GOP (a measly $200 to the Republican Party of Virginia), and proceeded to wrap himself in the American flag.

Repositioning himself as a hawk in the war on terror, he set up a moderate nonprofit group called the Free Muslims Coalition to promote "a modern secular interpretation of Islam which is peace-loving, democracy-loving and compatible with other faiths and beliefs."

Suddenly, the man who socialized with and defended radical jihadists was attacking extremism and terrorism "unambiguously," as he trumpets on his website.

Even as his Free Muslims movement at the same time defends Islam against "the venomous attacks by the Christian Taliban," it has won over many skeptics, including some it's counted among the so-called Christian Taliban.

But it wasn't enough to win over rock-ribbed Republicans.

Earlier this year, Nawash announced he was running for chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee in Virginia. He campaigned on a platform of change and diversity -- that is, broadening the tent to include more Muslims like him.

"We have to attract new people and improve our image," he said. "We will welcome new people."

He lost the election by another wide margin. Nawash garnered just 30 votes out of 219 at the convention, held last month.

Faisal Muhammad Gill

Another ambitious Norquist protege, Faisal Muhammad Gill, has suffered a similar fate.

Gill, a Republican in name only, is still sulking over his humiliating political defeat last November. Following in Nawash's footsteps, the Islamic Institute alumnus lost a bid for a seat in the Virginia state legislature.

He, too, blames dirty Democrat politics for his Virginia assembly race loss. But like Nawash before him, he has only himself to blame.

Gill's ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and known and suspected terrorists turned off not just Democrat voters, but also Republican voters. Doubts arose in spite of heavy lobbying and fundraising by Norquist, who continues to act as an agent of influence for Islamists and their subversive interests in Washington. (The normally stingy Norquist even chipped in $200 of his own money for Gill, while also attending his campaign kickoff.)

In fact, it was concerned Republicans -- resentful of Norquist foisting a flawed candidate on them -- who circulated a flier around Northern Virginia's 51st district warning voters about Gill's terrorist connections.

"Faisal Gill worked with Abdurahman Alamoudi at the American Muslim Council," the flier read. "Alamoudi is a supporter of al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups."

That's no exaggeration. Here's what Treasury had to say about him in 2005:

"Alamoudi had a close relationship with al-Qaida and had raised money for al-Qaida in the United States."

The flier didn't even mention the thousands of dollars in campaign donations Gill hauled in from a still-active Alamoudi-tied network of suspected terror fronts raided by federal agents after 9/11.

Virginia state records show that Mena Investments, Reston Investments and Sterling Management Group Inc. gave a combined $3,000 to Gill. The Herndon, Va.-based entities are part of the so-called Safa group, a pro-jihad Islamist network which remains under active federal investigation for tax fraud, money laundering and terror financing. (Even Democrat lawmakers in past elections have had to return Safa's terror-tainted gifts. But Gill, an alleged Republican, had no problem keeping his.)

All three entities are run by M. Yacub Mirza, who like Gill is a native of al-Qaida hotbed Karachi, Pakistan. (Many of the supporters Gill packed into the nominating convention spoke Urdu, the language of Pakistan, while others spoke Arabic, some even shouting "Allah Akbar" as Gill spoke.) Mirza is said to act on behalf of Saudi millionaire and al-Qaida financier Yassin al-Qadi, and also was closely associated with al-Qaida bagman Alamoudi.

Mirza hasn't been charged with any crimes, but his financial activities recently raised red flags at Wachovia Bank. After he funneled $150,000 to a shady Muslim charity, Wachovia closed the charity's bank accounts due to suspicious activity related to possible money laundering.

This is who helped underwrite Gill's campaign last year.

And there may be more to that story. While Gill and his campaign were raking in cash from the Safa group, his own personal fortune escalated rapidly. The source of his newfound wealth remains a mystery. At the time, the 35-year-old Gill had just opened a law practice with a partner fresh out of law school, and the firm had no bankable revenue stream.

Yet within 18 months of hanging a shingle, Gill managed to shell out some $25,000 in political contributions, and buy a Washington Redskins skybox adjacent to the owner's box. Such suites cost upward of $200,000 a year.

What's more, he purchased a new home for about $730,000. His wife doesn't work and stays at home with his kids, who are enrolled in private schools. His lavish lifestyle includes membership in the exclusive Capital Society.

It's plain that Gill has some powerful and deep-pocketed patrons. And they've also contributed heavily to Nawash, who state records show received thousands from Safa during his 2003 campaign -- including $4,000 from Reston Investments and a whopping $7,000 from the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, another Safa cut-out accused of funneling money to terrorist groups. (In fact, former IIIT official Tarik Hamdi is said to have even personally delivered a battery for a satellite phone used by Osama bin Laden to coordinate and order the African embassy bombings.)

Gill blames Democratic opponent Paul Nichols for distributing the flier linking him to Alamoudi. He maintains he was "attacked just because I am of the Islamic faith."

"Nichols is the only one who benefits from this," Gill charged.

In fact, Nichols, who easily won the race, refrained from even raising the issue in his debates with Gill.

It's the citizens of Virginia, and all Americans, who benefit from Gill's political demise. The man simply cannot be trusted.

In an effort to hide his ties to Alamoudi, Gill omitted his past employment as a lobbyist for Alamoudi from not only his campaign website but his current resume. As you'll recall, the omission landed him in hot water at the high-level job Norquist finagled for him at the Department of Homeland Security (in fact, Gill used Norquist as a reference).

In 2001, Gill worked for Alamoudi's American Muslim Council as governmental affairs director. While there, he helped AMC lobby Congress to repeal the Justice Department's use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Mideast terrorists in deportation proceedings. He also joined now-confessed terrorist Sami al-Arian in lobbying the White House.

Gill also served as AMC's official spokesman, and had several meetings with Alamoudi.

That paid stint has been bleached from his current bio, just as it was from the job application form that Gill filled out to obtain his DHS position as senior adviser to the department official in charge of intelligence and infrastructure protection, and to obtain a security clearance covering top secret and sensitive-compartmented information.

Although Gill resigned from the department under an ethical cloud, he insists he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

"All these allegations are false and have been proven to be false," he claimed.

However, the DHS inspector general didn't exactly exonerate him. He concluded only that he could find no evidence that Gill had "falsified" relevant information or "intentionally" omitted it.

In fact, former DHS Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin -- the official whose office investigated Gill -- was troubled by Gill's ties to Alamoudi, and now questions why he was ever hired for such a sensitive post in the first place.

"Should anyone even remotely connected to terrorism be employed by Homeland Security in any capacity, especially the ultrasensitive area of intelligence and infrastructure protection?" Ervin said regarding Gill in his book, "Open Target."

Indeed, this former lobbyist for a known al-Qaida terrorist had access to top secret U.S. intelligence involving not only border security, but cyber-security, including new data-sharing programs integrating terrorist watch lists. Actually, Gill still has access to such intelligence. His TS/SCI clearance was never revoked.

The government may want to review his clearance based on other ethical lapses that have come to light since he left the government. Gill has shown a pattern of omission and deception.

After leaving DHS, Gill immediately got into more hot water when he threatened to sue a Virginia blogger critical of a friend who was running for office in Virginia. Gill, who was working as spokesman for his pal's campaign, in May 2006 fired off a letter from what appeared to be a phony law firm -- Gill & Gallinger.

For starters, the letterhead contained a typo: "COUNSLEORS AT LAW." The fax number listed for the firm's Washington, D.C., office had a northern Virginia area code -- (703) versus (202) for the district -- and its "New York" office listed in the letter's footer did not even exist.

What's more, the law firm was not registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. And Gill was not even licensed to practice in Virginia.

In other words, he misrepresented himself. His letter threatening legal action under Virginia defamation law was calculated to intimidate the blogger.

Gill is, however, a registered agent for something called Sapentia LLC in Tysons Corner, Va. -- which only raises more ethical questions.

Gill's partner in the lobbying firm is one Asim A. R. Ghafoor. The two go way back, having previously worked together at both Gill & Ghafoor and AG Consulting Group before Gill landed a job in the Bush administration.

None of these partnerships show up on Gill's resume -- for good reason.

Ghafoor is a Saudi lobbyist who has been caught up in U.S. counterterrorism investigations.

According to lobbying disclosure records on file at the Senate, he has lobbied on behalf of Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations including the Saudi-owned al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, which the Treasury Department says has acted as a charitable front for al-Qaida. In fact, Ghafoor lobbied Treasury to take al-Haramain and one of its U.S.-based directors off its blacklist and unfreeze their assets.

That director, Saudi national Soliman al-Buthe, was blacklisted as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist after his conversations with Ghafoor were tapped by the U.S. government.

Ghafoor has also represented Saudi billionaire Saleh Abdullah Kamel, head of the Dallah al-Baraka Group, a suspected al-Qaida banker.

It should come as no surprise then that this longtime partner of Gill is a self-proclaimed sharia-law advocate.

Once, in an Islamic forum, Ghafoor beseeched Muslims to Islamize America. "We are here for a purpose," he said. "We are here not to just be nice to people, but to bring Islamic ways to this country."

Regarding the U.S. system of government, he also stated: "I believe it's our duty that that is minimized and, Insha'allah (Allah willing), one day eliminated."

Ghafoor's entreaty echoes that of Alamoudi, the now-jailed godfather of the Muslim mafia in America, who once told a Muslim audience: "Either we do it now or we do it after a hundred years, but this country will become a Muslim country. If we are outside this country, we can say, 'Oh, Allah, destroy America.' But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it."

It was Alamoudi who originally bankrolled Norquist's Islamic Institute -- long before authorities busted Alamoudi trying to smuggle a suitcase full of $340,000 in cash into the U.S. from the Middle East. No doubt other suitcases made it through customs, begging the question: Who really supplied the seed capital for Norquist's project? Who are his other silent partners?

Both Ghafoor and Gill have worked with Norquist at his institute in Washington. Gill, in fact, served as his director of governmental affairs, another position missing from his resume. (Interestingly, Norquist now omits the Islamic Institute from his own resume, even though he founded the lobby group.)

Don't be surprised if Gill tries, with Norquist's help, to reinvent himself again, and shows up on another ballot. But don't be fooled. He says he believes in "patriotism" and the "American dream," but he's betrayed not only by the company he keeps, but his own words.

Within months of the 9/11 attacks, Gill gave a seminar to young Muslims gathered in Washington for the annual conference of the Muslim Students Association, which was founded by leaders of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The topic: "Muslims in North America: Political Activism." Gill gave the youth there tips on how to "cultivate the society for Islam."

Does this sound like a patriot who believes in the American dream?

Expedient duplicity shows up elsewhere, as well. On his campaign website, Republican Gill vowed to "crack down on illegal immigration."

"We need to secure our border, cut off benefits to illegals, and enter into agreements to allow state and local police agencies to enforce immigration laws," he said.

But while he was talking tough on immigration, he and his law firm were soliciting illegal immigrant clients to defend.

"Even if you or your loved one is already in the process of being removed from the U.S., we can help you qualify for protection from deportation," Gill has advertised on his firm's website.

He and his partner Ghafoor also help secure R-1 religious workers visas for Muslim clerics from Pakistan and other al-Qaida hotspots.

Early last decade, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in America wrote an 18-page manifesto, titled "General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America." Their secret plan was to form legitimate-sounding Muslim NGOs like the MSA and AMC and use them to infiltrate and subvert the U.S. political system. Translated from Arabic, the document reads in part:

"(Our) work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."

Another document in Arabic found on the home computer of al-Arian states:

"Our presence in North America gives us a unique opportunity to monitor, explore and follow up. We should be able to infiltrate the sensitive intelligence agencies or the embassies in order to collect information."

In other words, their goal is to infiltrate the U.S. political system and undermine it from within.

Scandalously, they have in Norquist a powerful inside-the-Beltway friend who's still helping them run influence operations against the government - now under the cynically patriotic guise of GOP candidacy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Sperry is a Hoover Institution media fellow and author of Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington. He can be conacted at Sperry@SperryFiles.com.


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Norquist's Muslim Protégés

By Paul Sperry
FrontPageMagazine.com | 6/3/2008 If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the strategy of GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist in his wicked project to dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the government.

While he's managed to get some of his Muslim proteges jobs in the Bush administration, getting them elected to public office has been another story. Voters aren't buying their makeover.

Last November, his crony Faisal M. Gill lost a bid for a seat in the Virginia state legislature. Now another protege, Kamal M. Nawash, has lost his third political race in seven years. Republicans in Virginia's most affluent county last month overwhelmingly rejected Nawash as their party leader.

Gill and Nawash failed despite the ringing endorsements and behind-the-scenes maneuvering of Norquist, who founded the Islamic Institute (where he met his Palestinian wife) with the express purpose of promoting such Muslims into positions of power.

Take Nawash, who also happens to be Palestinian. In 2003, Norquist hosted a fundraiser for him at his Capitol Hill townhouse to launch his campaign for the Virginia state senate. And Norquist's partner Khaled A. Saffuri kicked in $1,279 to help build his war chest.

Nawash made for a strange Republican candidate. As an immigration lawyer he defended Arab criminals against deportation, and as legal director of the extremist American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, he fought to deny law enforcement key anti-terror tools.

A month before the election, Nawash rushed to the defense of a prominent Islamist leader and political donor, who was arrested on terrorism charges. His crony, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was no dimestore terrorist. It turned out that Alamoudi, according to the Treasury Department, acted as one of al-Qaida's top fundraisers in America -- all the while pumping more cash into Nawash's campaign than any other individual contributor.

Nawash argued the case against Alamoudi was baseless and politically motivated, according to the Islamist internet site IslamOnline.net, which identified him as Alamoudi's lawyer.

"He is just a liberal Muslim, who wants more Muslims to be involved in the U.S. military and  politics," Nawash said of his longtime friend, client and donor.

That "liberal" Muslim is in fact a longtime leader in the radical Muslim Brotherhood who's now serving 23 years in federal prison for plotting terrorism.

When Nawash's opponent in the race used his quotes against him, Nawash denied Alamoudi was a client. He said IslamOnline.net erroneously identified him as the terrorist's lawyer, even though Nawash's own brother worked for the website.

Documents put the lie to Nawash's denial.

For starters, Nawash's signature appears at the bottom of a "Power of Attorney" affidavit for Alamoudi at the Fairfax Circuit Court of Virginia. In that 2003 document, Nawash swears: "I am attorney-in-fact for Abdurahman M. Alamoudi."

What's more, one of his then-law partners, May Shallal Kheder, shows up in court filings as a member of Alamoudi's criminal defense team.

Nawash's old law firm, Hanania Kheder & Nawash PC, kept an office in Falls Church, Va., in the same building as the Saudi-backed Muslim Students Association, which was founded by the Brotherhood. The Saudi-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth, which sponsors jihad camps that teach boys not to be "miserly with your blood," also was a tenant at one time.

Nawash lived nearby in the Skyline Towers, known by law enforcement as the "Taliban Towers." Since 9/11, the FBI has paid numerous visits to the apartment complex, which erupted in cheers as the hijackers attacked America.

During his campaign, Nawash put up signs at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center where some of the hijackers received aid and comfort. Dar al-Hijrah is run by the pro-jihad Brotherhood.

Ultimately, his bid to become the first Muslim in the Virginia assembly failed. Nawash garnered just 30 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Democrat Mary Margaret Whipple, took 70 percent. The defeat matched his unsuccessful run for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2001, also bankrolled by Alamoudi and his radical Brothers.

Bitter, Nawash blamed his 2003 drubbing on Whipple's tactic of focusing on his ties to a suspected terrorist. "She is a mean-spirited racist," he said.

The ambitious Nawash and his mentor Norquist were not deterred, however. What the protege needed was a little makeover, along with a little time to allow memories to fade.

The next year, Nawash for the first time gave money to the GOP (a measly $200 to the Republican Party of Virginia), and proceeded to wrap himself in the American flag.

Repositioning himself as a hawk in the war on terror, he set up a moderate nonprofit group called the Free Muslims Coalition to promote "a modern secular interpretation of Islam which is peace-loving, democracy-loving and compatible with other faiths and beliefs."

Suddenly, the man who socialized with and defended radical jihadists was attacking extremism and terrorism "unambiguously," as he trumpets on his website.

Even as his Free Muslims movement at the same time defends Islam against "the venomous attacks by the Christian Taliban," it has won over many skeptics, including some it's counted among the so-called Christian Taliban.

But it wasn't enough to win over rock-ribbed Republicans.

Earlier this year, Nawash announced he was running for chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee in Virginia. He campaigned on a platform of change and diversity -- that is, broadening the tent to include more Muslims like him.

"We have to attract new people and improve our image," he said. "We will welcome new people."

He lost the election by another wide margin. Nawash garnered just 30 votes out of 219 at the convention, held last month.

Faisal Muhammad Gill

Another ambitious Norquist protege, Faisal Muhammad Gill, has suffered a similar fate.

Gill, a Republican in name only, is still sulking over his humiliating political defeat last November. Following in Nawash's footsteps, the Islamic Institute alumnus lost a bid for a seat in the Virginia state legislature.

He, too, blames dirty Democrat politics for his Virginia assembly race loss. But like Nawash before him, he has only himself to blame.

Gill's ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and known and suspected terrorists turned off not just Democrat voters, but also Republican voters. Doubts arose in spite of heavy lobbying and fundraising by Norquist, who continues to act as an agent of influence for Islamists and their subversive interests in Washington. (The normally stingy Norquist even chipped in $200 of his own money for Gill, while also attending his campaign kickoff.)

In fact, it was concerned Republicans -- resentful of Norquist foisting a flawed candidate on them -- who circulated a flier around Northern Virginia's 51st district warning voters about Gill's terrorist connections.

"Faisal Gill worked with Abdurahman Alamoudi at the American Muslim Council," the flier read. "Alamoudi is a supporter of al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups."

That's no exaggeration. Here's what Treasury had to say about him in 2005:

"Alamoudi had a close relationship with al-Qaida and had raised money for al-Qaida in the United States."

The flier didn't even mention the thousands of dollars in campaign donations Gill hauled in from a still-active Alamoudi-tied network of suspected terror fronts raided by federal agents after 9/11.

Virginia state records show that Mena Investments, Reston Investments and Sterling Management Group Inc. gave a combined $3,000 to Gill. The Herndon, Va.-based entities are part of the so-called Safa group, a pro-jihad Islamist network which remains under active federal investigation for tax fraud, money laundering and terror financing. (Even Democrat lawmakers in past elections have had to return Safa's terror-tainted gifts. But Gill, an alleged Republican, had no problem keeping his.)

All three entities are run by M. Yacub Mirza, who like Gill is a native of al-Qaida hotbed Karachi, Pakistan. (Many of the supporters Gill packed into the nominating convention spoke Urdu, the language of Pakistan, while others spoke Arabic, some even shouting "Allah Akbar" as Gill spoke.) Mirza is said to act on behalf of Saudi millionaire and al-Qaida financier Yassin al-Qadi, and also was closely associated with al-Qaida bagman Alamoudi.

Mirza hasn't been charged with any crimes, but his financial activities recently raised red flags at Wachovia Bank. After he funneled $150,000 to a shady Muslim charity, Wachovia closed the charity's bank accounts due to suspicious activity related to possible money laundering.

This is who helped underwrite Gill's campaign last year.

And there may be more to that story. While Gill and his campaign were raking in cash from the Safa group, his own personal fortune escalated rapidly. The source of his newfound wealth remains a mystery. At the time, the 35-year-old Gill had just opened a law practice with a partner fresh out of law school, and the firm had no bankable revenue stream.

Yet within 18 months of hanging a shingle, Gill managed to shell out some $25,000 in political contributions, and buy a Washington Redskins skybox adjacent to the owner's box. Such suites cost upward of $200,000 a year.

What's more, he purchased a new home for about $730,000. His wife doesn't work and stays at home with his kids, who are enrolled in private schools. His lavish lifestyle includes membership in the exclusive Capital Society.

It's plain that Gill has some powerful and deep-pocketed patrons. And they've also contributed heavily to Nawash, who state records show received thousands from Safa during his 2003 campaign -- including $4,000 from Reston Investments and a whopping $7,000 from the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, another Safa cut-out accused of funneling money to terrorist groups. (In fact, former IIIT official Tarik Hamdi is said to have even personally delivered a battery for a satellite phone used by Osama bin Laden to coordinate and order the African embassy bombings.)

Gill blames Democratic opponent Paul Nichols for distributing the flier linking him to Alamoudi. He maintains he was "attacked just because I am of the Islamic faith."

"Nichols is the only one who benefits from this," Gill charged.

In fact, Nichols, who easily won the race, refrained from even raising the issue in his debates with Gill.

It's the citizens of Virginia, and all Americans, who benefit from Gill's political demise. The man simply cannot be trusted.

In an effort to hide his ties to Alamoudi, Gill omitted his past employment as a lobbyist for Alamoudi from not only his campaign website but his current resume. As you'll recall, the omission landed him in hot water at the high-level job Norquist finagled for him at the Department of Homeland Security (in fact, Gill used Norquist as a reference).

In 2001, Gill worked for Alamoudi's American Muslim Council as governmental affairs director. While there, he helped AMC lobby Congress to repeal the Justice Department's use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Mideast terrorists in deportation proceedings. He also joined now-confessed terrorist Sami al-Arian in lobbying the White House.

Gill also served as AMC's official spokesman, and had several meetings with Alamoudi.

That paid stint has been bleached from his current bio, just as it was from the job application form that Gill filled out to obtain his DHS position as senior adviser to the department official in charge of intelligence and infrastructure protection, and to obtain a security clearance covering top secret and sensitive-compartmented information.

Although Gill resigned from the department under an ethical cloud, he insists he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

"All these allegations are false and have been proven to be false," he claimed.

However, the DHS inspector general didn't exactly exonerate him. He concluded only that he could find no evidence that Gill had "falsified" relevant information or "intentionally" omitted it.

In fact, former DHS Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin -- the official whose office investigated Gill -- was troubled by Gill's ties to Alamoudi, and now questions why he was ever hired for such a sensitive post in the first place.

"Should anyone even remotely connected to terrorism be employed by Homeland Security in any capacity, especially the ultrasensitive area of intelligence and infrastructure protection?" Ervin said regarding Gill in his book, "Open Target."

Indeed, this former lobbyist for a known al-Qaida terrorist had access to top secret U.S. intelligence involving not only border security, but cyber-security, including new data-sharing programs integrating terrorist watch lists. Actually, Gill still has access to such intelligence. His TS/SCI clearance was never revoked.

The government may want to review his clearance based on other ethical lapses that have come to light since he left the government. Gill has shown a pattern of omission and deception.

After leaving DHS, Gill immediately got into more hot water when he threatened to sue a Virginia blogger critical of a friend who was running for office in Virginia. Gill, who was working as spokesman for his pal's campaign, in May 2006 fired off a letter from what appeared to be a phony law firm -- Gill & Gallinger.

For starters, the letterhead contained a typo: "COUNSLEORS AT LAW." The fax number listed for the firm's Washington, D.C., office had a northern Virginia area code -- (703) versus (202) for the district -- and its "New York" office listed in the letter's footer did not even exist.

What's more, the law firm was not registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. And Gill was not even licensed to practice in Virginia.

In other words, he misrepresented himself. His letter threatening legal action under Virginia defamation law was calculated to intimidate the blogger.

Gill is, however, a registered agent for something called Sapentia LLC in Tysons Corner, Va. -- which only raises more ethical questions.

Gill's partner in the lobbying firm is one Asim A. R. Ghafoor. The two go way back, having previously worked together at both Gill & Ghafoor and AG Consulting Group before Gill landed a job in the Bush administration.

None of these partnerships show up on Gill's resume -- for good reason.

Ghafoor is a Saudi lobbyist who has been caught up in U.S. counterterrorism investigations.

According to lobbying disclosure records on file at the Senate, he has lobbied on behalf of Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations including the Saudi-owned al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, which the Treasury Department says has acted as a charitable front for al-Qaida. In fact, Ghafoor lobbied Treasury to take al-Haramain and one of its U.S.-based directors off its blacklist and unfreeze their assets.

That director, Saudi national Soliman al-Buthe, was blacklisted as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist after his conversations with Ghafoor were tapped by the U.S. government.

Ghafoor has also represented Saudi billionaire Saleh Abdullah Kamel, head of the Dallah al-Baraka Group, a suspected al-Qaida banker.

It should come as no surprise then that this longtime partner of Gill is a self-proclaimed sharia-law advocate.

Once, in an Islamic forum, Ghafoor beseeched Muslims to Islamize America. "We are here for a purpose," he said. "We are here not to just be nice to people, but to bring Islamic ways to this country."

Regarding the U.S. system of government, he also stated: "I believe it's our duty that that is minimized and, Insha'allah (Allah willing), one day eliminated."

Ghafoor's entreaty echoes that of Alamoudi, the now-jailed godfather of the Muslim mafia in America, who once told a Muslim audience: "Either we do it now or we do it after a hundred years, but this country will become a Muslim country. If we are outside this country, we can say, 'Oh, Allah, destroy America.' But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it."

It was Alamoudi who originally bankrolled Norquist's Islamic Institute -- long before authorities busted Alamoudi trying to smuggle a suitcase full of $340,000 in cash into the U.S. from the Middle East. No doubt other suitcases made it through customs, begging the question: Who really supplied the seed capital for Norquist's project? Who are his other silent partners?

Both Ghafoor and Gill have worked with Norquist at his institute in Washington. Gill, in fact, served as his director of governmental affairs, another position missing from his resume. (Interestingly, Norquist now omits the Islamic Institute from his own resume, even though he founded the lobby group.)

Don't be surprised if Gill tries, with Norquist's help, to reinvent himself again, and shows up on another ballot. But don't be fooled. He says he believes in "patriotism" and the "American dream," but he's betrayed not only by the company he keeps, but his own words.

Within months of the 9/11 attacks, Gill gave a seminar to young Muslims gathered in Washington for the annual conference of the Muslim Students Association, which was founded by leaders of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The topic: "Muslims in North America: Political Activism." Gill gave the youth there tips on how to "cultivate the society for Islam."

Does this sound like a patriot who believes in the American dream?

Expedient duplicity shows up elsewhere, as well. On his campaign website, Republican Gill vowed to "crack down on illegal immigration."

"We need to secure our border, cut off benefits to illegals, and enter into agreements to allow state and local police agencies to enforce immigration laws," he said.

But while he was talking tough on immigration, he and his law firm were soliciting illegal immigrant clients to defend.

"Even if you or your loved one is already in the process of being removed from the U.S., we can help you qualify for protection from deportation," Gill has advertised on his firm's website.

He and his partner Ghafoor also help secure R-1 religious workers visas for Muslim clerics from Pakistan and other al-Qaida hotspots.

Early last decade, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in America wrote an 18-page manifesto, titled "General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America." Their secret plan was to form legitimate-sounding Muslim NGOs like the MSA and AMC and use them to infiltrate and subvert the U.S. political system. Translated from Arabic, the document reads in part:

"(Our) work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."

Another document in Arabic found on the home computer of al-Arian states:

"Our presence in North America gives us a unique opportunity to monitor, explore and follow up. We should be able to infiltrate the sensitive intelligence agencies or the embassies in order to collect information."

In other words, their goal is to infiltrate the U.S. political system and undermine it from within.

Scandalously, they have in Norquist a powerful inside-the-Beltway friend who's still helping them run influence operations against the government - now under the cynically patriotic guise of GOP candidacy.


Paul Sperry is a Hoover Institution media fellow and author of Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington. He can be conacted at Sperry@SperryFiles.com.


1 posted on 06/03/2008 5:30:57 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon

I didn’t know just being a Muslim was a crime. Thanks for the update! God bless America.


2 posted on 06/03/2008 5:33:04 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: RaceBannon; stowaway; jjm2111; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; mcswan; ...
This is a MUST read page, if any tonight!

Grover Norquist, one of the most prominent GOP persons in the last 20 years has been defending Islamic terror suspects and those who defend terror, and this is NOT an exaggeration.

Please read this through and disseminate widely to all your friends. The Islamist threat has infiltrated the GOP and Homeland Security for several years now.

Keep in mind: Norquist is one of the head honchos of the NRA now!

3 posted on 06/03/2008 5:35:01 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: RaceBannon; Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; ...

Ping


4 posted on 06/03/2008 5:38:54 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: jveritas; 4woodenboats; bigheadfred; smoothsailing; jazusamo; Girlene; brityank

ping


5 posted on 06/03/2008 5:40:24 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: The_Republican

Being a MUSLIM TERRIST is a crime, eh?

Next time, read the article first, you’ll have mroe to talk about.


6 posted on 06/03/2008 5:41:29 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: The_Republican

“I didn’t know just being a Muslim was a crime.”

Yeah - it has that tone in the beginning unfortunately. But then later he clarifies what actual organizations and ideas and statements and activities some of these guys are involved in. Which, while many of them are not a crime (”Gill gave the youth there tips on how to “cultivate the society for Islam.”), and some of the documents MAY indicate crimes (how to wage Jihad in America type stuff).

And, while not crimes, certainly something to be aware if you are voting for or supporting this guy.


7 posted on 06/03/2008 5:43:29 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: RaceBannon
Agreed. I thought Norquist was going around the bend in recent years, but this is beyond anything I ever dreamed of. It looks as if his Muslim wife has turned him. This finishes him for good, as far as I'm concerned. These aren't just Muslims he's backing, if what this article says is true, they are terrorist Muslims. Good grief.
8 posted on 06/03/2008 5:45:52 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RaceBannon

Thanks for the post & the ping, Race

Bump to read!

Semper Fi,
Kelly


9 posted on 06/03/2008 5:46:29 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: RaceBannon

I was going to say “what the hell happened to Grover”... then I saw the part about him being married to a Palestinian woman. Which probably means Grover has turned Jew-hater.


10 posted on 06/03/2008 5:48:10 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Cicero

“I thought Norquist was going around the bend in recent years,
but this is beyond anything I ever dreamed of.”

Heck, Norquist sleeps with the enemy (literally).

And he speaks at CAIR meetings.

And Muslimas (female Muslims) aren’t allow to marry a non-Muslim male
(although Norquist won’t give a straight answer as to whether he’s
a convert to Islam.)

Three strikes, Norquist is OUT in my book.

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/04/is-grover-norquist-an-islamist.html


11 posted on 06/03/2008 5:52:23 PM PDT by VOA
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To: RaceBannon

Wow....


12 posted on 06/03/2008 5:53:32 PM PDT by Popman
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To: RaceBannon; Cindy; nw_arizona_granny

WOW! Thanks Race and many thanks to Paul Sperry for OUTSTANDING reporting. Ping! Ping!

BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH!


13 posted on 06/03/2008 5:59:29 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt; All

Make sure you e-mail this to everyone you know, this is beyond saying we have been infiltrated through friends, this is an intentional infiltration by someone we trusted and who Newt Gingrich once spoke so well of and endorsed.


14 posted on 06/03/2008 6:03:08 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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Don’t know anything about Nawesh, but just about most of what he said about Faisal Gill is either false or presented to misrepresent the truth.

However, it is true that Grover Norquist was at the Gill kickoff.

Oh, and Faisal is a Muslim. That is true.

Faisal was investigated as a DHS employee after charges were made, but those charges were found to be without merit (and his forms were all properly filled out).

Anyway, there’s plenty more I could say, but Faisal is old news now, and there’s not much point.

Oh, did I mention that Faisal is a Naval Officer?


15 posted on 06/03/2008 6:06:45 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: RaceBannon

Picture of Grover...here...

http://www.atr.org/photos/Grover/new-grover-headshot.jpg

Bio and pic...here...

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Grover_Norquist

Bio of wife Samah...here...

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Samah_Norquist

Bio and pic of Samah...here...

http://www.naaponline.org/conference05/speakers.cfm#DalalHasan


16 posted on 06/03/2008 6:08:21 PM PDT by PGalt
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/articles/Printable.aspx?GUID=C7CD908B-6D7E-49EB-A0A9-DA0A18745A29

A Troubling Influence

By Frank J Gaffney Jr.
FrontPageMagazine.com | 12/9/2003

Why We Are Publishing This Article by David Horowitz

The article you are about to read is the most disturbing that we at frontpagemag.com have ever published. As an Internet magazine, with a wide circulation, we have been in the forefront of the effort to expose the radical Fifth Column in this country, whose agendas are at odds with the nation’s security, and whose purposes are hostile to its own. In his first address to Congress after 9/11, the President noted that we are facing the same totalitarian enemies we faced in the preceding century. It is not surprising that their domestic supporters in the American Left should have continued their efforts to weaken this nation and tarnish its image. Just as there was a prominent internal Fifth Column during the Cold War, so there has been a prominent Fifth Column during the war on terror.

By no means do all the opponents of America’s war policies (or even a majority) fit this category. Disagreement among citizens is a core feature of any democracy and respect for that disagreement is a foundational value of our political system. The self-declared enemies of the nation are distinguished by the intemperate nature of their attacks on America and its President – referring to the one as Adolf Hitler, for example, or the other as the world’s “greatest terrorist state.” They are known as well by their political choices and associations. Many leaders of the movement opposing the war in Iraq have worked for half a century with the agents of America’s communist enemies and with totalitarian states like Cuba and the former USSR.

We have had no compunction about identifying these individuals and groups. America is no longer protected by geographical barriers or by its unsurpassed military technologies. Today terrorists who can penetrate our borders with the help of Fifth Column networks will have access to weapons of mass destruction that can cause hundreds of thousands of American deaths. One slip in our security defenses can result in a catastrophe undreamed of before.

What is particularly disturbing, about the information in this article by former Reagan Defense official, Frank Gaffney, is that it concerns an individual who loves this country and would be the last person to wish it harm, and the first one would expect to defend it. I have known Grover Norquist for almost twenty years as a political ally. Long before I myself was cognizant of the Communist threat – indeed when I was part of one of those Fifth Column networks – Grover Norquist was mobilizing his countrymen to combat it. In the early 1980s, Grover was in the forefront of conservative efforts to get the Reagan Administration to support the liberation struggles of anti-Communists in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan.

It is with a heavy heart therefore, that I am posting this article, which is the most complete documentation extant of Grover Norquist’s activities in behalf of the Islamist Fifth Column. I have confronted Grover about these issues and have talked to others who have done likewise. But it has been left to Frank Gaffney and a few others, including Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson, to make the case and to suffer the inevitable recriminations that have followed earlier disclosures of some aspects of this story.

Up to now, the controversy over these charges has been dismissed or swept under the rug, as a clash of personalities or the product of one of those intra-bureaucratic feuds so familiar to the Washington scene. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking. The reality is much more serious. No one reading this document to its bitter end will confuse its claims and confirming evidence with those of a political cat fight. On the basis of the evidence assembled here, it seems beyond dispute that Grover Norquist has formed alliances with prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities. Equally troubling is that the arrests of these individuals and their exposure as agents of terrorism have not resulted in noticeable second thoughts on Grover’s part or any meaningful effort to dissociate himself from his unsavory friends.

As Frank Gaffney’s article recounts, Grover’s own Islamic Institute was initially financed by one of the most notorious of these operatives, Abdurahman Alamoudi, a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah who told the Annual Convention of the Islamic Association of Palestine in 1996, “If we are outside this country we can say ‘Oh, Allah destroy America.’ But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it.” Grover appointed Alamoudi’s deputy, Khaled Saffuri to head his own organization. Together they gained access to the White House for Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian and others with similar agendas who used their cachet to spread Islamist influence to the American military and the prison system and the universities and the political arena with untold consequences for the nation.

Parts of this story have been published before, but never in such detail and never with the full picture of Islamist influence in view. No doubt, that is partly because of Grover Norquist’s large (and therefore intimidating) presence in the Washington community. Many have been quite simply afraid to raise these issues and thus have allowed Grover to make them seem a matter of individual personality differences. This suits his agendas well, as it does those of his Islamist allies. If matters in dispute reflect personal animosity or “racial” prejudice, as Grover insists, then the true gravity of these charges is obscured. The fact remains that while Grover has denied the charges or sought to dismiss them with such arguments on many occasions, he has never answered them. If he wishes to do so now, the pages of frontpagemag.com are open to him.

Many have been reluctant to support these charges or to make them public because they involve a prominent conservative. I am familiar with these attitudes from my years on the Left. Loyalty is an important political value, but there comes a point where loyalty to friends or to parties comes into conflict with loyalty to fundamental principles and ultimately to one’s country. Grover’s activities have reached that point. E.M. Forster, a weak-spirited liberal, once said that if he had to choose between betraying his country and his friends, he “hoped [he] would have the guts” to betray his country.

No such sentiment motivates this journal. In our war with the Islamo-fascists we are all engaged in a battle with evil on a scale that affects the lives and freedoms of hundreds of millions people outside this nation as well as within it. America is on the front line of this battle and there is no replacement waiting in the wings if it fails, or if its will to fight is sapped from within. This makes our individual battles to keep our country vigilant and strong the most important responsibilities we have. That is why we could not in good conscience do otherwise, than to bring this story to light.

A Troubling Influence by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

At a black-tie dinner on November 5th, nearly 300 conservative activists and politicians gathered at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel to recognize a prominent fixture in their community: tax-advocate and conservative coalition-builder Grover Norquist.

The talk that evening was of the honoree’s tireless efforts to advance his libertarian objective of down-sizing federal, state and local governments by reducing their revenues. He was toasted for organizing nationwide initiatives to memorialize Ronald Reagan, notably with the renaming of the capital’s National Airport after the former President.

Most in the audience were surely unaware that the effect of their tribute – if not its organizers’ intended purpose – was to provide urgently needed political cover for a man who has been active on another, far less laudable and, in fact, deeply problematic front: Enabling a political influence operation to advance the causes of radical Islamists, and targeted most particularly at the Bush Administration. The growing influence of this operation – and the larger Islamist enterprise principally funded by Saudia Arabia – has created a strategic vulnerability for the nation, and a political liability for its President.

The Islamist Connection: Abdurahman Alamoudi

The association between Grover Norquist and Islamists appears to have started about five years ago, in 1998, when he became the founding chairman of an organization called the Islamic Free Market Institute, better known as the Islamic Institute.1 The Institute’s stated purpose was to cultivate Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans whose attachment to conservative family values and capitalism made them potential allies for the Republican Party in advance of the 2000 presidential election.

If successful, such an outreach effort could theoretically produce a windfall in votes and campaign contributions. Consequently, it enjoyed the early support of Karl Rove, when he was then-Governor Bush’s political advisor, and who knew Norquist from their days in the College Republicans.

Unfortunately, some associated with the Islamic Institute evidently had another agenda. Abdurahman Alamoudi, for one, a self-described “supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah,”2 the prime-mover behind the American Muslim Council (AMC) and a number of other U.S.-based Islamist-sympathizing/supporting organizations, saw in the Islamic Institute a golden opportunity to hedge his bets.

For years, Alamoudi had cultivated ties with the Democratic Party and its partisans, and contributed significant amounts to its candidates. These donations had given Alamoudi access to the Clinton White House and enabled him and his associates to secure the right to select, train and certify Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military.3

By the end of the 1990s, an AMC spin-off called the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council and a like-minded organization, the Islamic Society of North America, were responsible for selecting all U.S. Muslim chaplains. 4 One of these appointees – Army Captain Yousef Yee – has lately been in the news. Yee has been removed from his duties ministering to Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo pending military judicial proceedings for, among other alleged misconduct, mishandling classified material.

For an Islamist-sympathizer like Alamoudi, the opportunity to determine who would minister to Muslims in the U.S. military was an important strategic prize. It built upon a Saudi-sponsored initiative dating back to the time of Operation Desert Storm to convert members of the American armed forces to Wahhabi Sunnism,5 the religious doctrine of the Islamic radicals. It has been reported that Saudi Arabia provided more than 100 such service personnel6 – including Captain Yee7 – with free trips to Mecca to make the hajj. (The nature and implications of these Islamist initiatives are under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Terrorism Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Jon Kyl, R-AZ, and by the Defense Department’s Inspector General.)

In the mid-1990s, Alamoudi also had a hand in the recruitment and placement of another 75-100 so-called “Islamic lay leaders” for the U.S. military. According to the Wall Street Journal, he arranged for “an arm of the Saudi government” called the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences to train “soldiers and civilians to provide spiritual guidance when paid Muslim chaplains aren’t available.” The Journal also reports that there are signs that “the school…disseminates the intolerant and anti-Western strain of Islam espoused by the [Saudi] kingdom’s religious establishment.” 8

The right to select military chaplains not only offered Alamoudi and his colleagues the chance to recruit still more Islamists with specialized and highly useful skill-sets. It also was an invaluable legitimating credential to be wielded against those who might otherwise regard the American Muslim Council and its leader with suspicion, or worse.

It would, therefore, have been important to retain this role even if the Democratic presidential candidate, Al Gore, were to lose and Republicans come to power. Hence, Abdurahman Alamoudi took an interest in one of the GOP’s most assiduous and influential networkers, Grover Norquist.

It seems unlikely that even in Alamoudi’s wildest dreams he could have imagined the extent of the access, influence and legitimacy the American Muslim Council and allied Islamist organizations would be able to secure in Republican circles, thanks to the investment they began in 1998 in a relationship with Norquist.

Alamoudi and Norquist

The investment began when Alamoudi wrote two personal checks (a $10,000 loan and what appears to be a $10,000 gift) to help found Norquist’s Islamic Institute.9 In addition, Alamoudi made payments in 2000 and 2001 totaling $50,000 to Janus-Merritt Strategies, a lobbying firm with which Norquist was associated at the time.10

Questions about the original source of this seed money would seem to be in order. In particular, it would be instructive to know whether it came from Saudi Arabia or a pedigreed terrorist state like Libya. Last month, Alamoudi was arrested and charged with engaging in illegal financial transactions with the Libyan government. According to an affidavit filed at the time, he admitted to trying to take $340,000 in sequentially numbered $100 bills to Syria, en route to Saudi bank accounts.11 When apprehended, Alamoudi declared that the funds had been delivered to him after extensive interactions with officials of Muammar Qadhafi’s government by a man “with a Libyan accent.” Its source is alleged to be a charity used by Qadhafi to finance terrorist operations.

According to the affidavit, Alamoudi told authorities in Britain that once the Libyan funds were in Saudi banks, he would then draw upon them in roughly $10,000 increments to defray the expenses of organizations with which he was associated in the United States. He admitted to having undertaken “other, similar transactions involving amounts in the range of $10,000 to $20,000.” He also acknowledged that he had first approached representatives of the Libyan government in 1997 – the year before Norquist’s Islamic Institute was founded.

It is unclear exactly how much money Alamoudi received from Libya and precisely when, or who were the beneficiaries. What is known, however, according to published tax returns and foundation records, is that the overwhelming majority of the Norquist Institute’s funds from its inception have come from Persian Gulf states and their U.S. funding mechanisms, a number of which have been raided by federal anti-terrorism task forces.12

Whatever the provenance of Alamoudi’s seed money for the Islamic Institute, an even more significant contribution to its future course came in the form of the placement of his deputy, Khaled Saffuri, as the founding director of Norquist’s new organization. This placement is consistent with a practice long employed by Islamist-associated groups in the United States and, for that matter, other tightly controlled and non-transparent enterprises (e.g., the Soviet KGB’s operations overseas and Mafia business empires).

This disciplined approach has guided the Saudi-funded global Islamist network starting back in the 1960s. At that time, the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs established the Muslim World League (MWL) – headed by the minister himself – to promote radical Islamist agendas around the globe.

Of particular concern has been the MWL’s effort in America where four layers of front organizations have been spawned to recruit, indoctrinate, train and employ new adherents in furtherance of the Islamists’ overarching objectives: dominating the Muslim world and, in due course, forcing the non-Muslim world as well to submit to Islamic law.13

A surprisingly small number of trusted individuals run and financially control the roughly 40 groups that make up this radical Islamic front. For years, Abdurahman Alamoudi has been the most prominent leader of this front in America, and is involved in no fewer than 16 Islamist organizations.

As in the case of Grover Norquist’s Islamic Institute, control of the operations of these front organizations is usually given to a protégé of one of the godfathers or another trusted cadre member. Funds then flow from the same network.

Hence, in addition to the seed money from Alamoudi, the Islamic Institute has also received funding from organizations described by the Washington Post as a “secretive group of tightly connected Muslim charities, think tanks and businesses based in Northern Virginia [and] used to funnel millions of dollars to terrorists and launder millions more” – a number of whom are currently part of the “largest federal investigation of terrorism financing in the world.”14

Point Man: Khaled Saffuri

The founding director of Grover Norquist’s Islamic Institute, Khaled Saffuri, is a Muslim Palestinian by birth. Prior to joining Alamoudi’s group (where he served for almost three years15), Saffuri was active in Muslim-support operations in Bosnia,16 a hot-bed for Islamic radicals from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere anxious to establish a beachhead on the continent of Europe. In recent years, he has acknowledged personally supporting the families of suicide bombers – even though, in public settings, he strenuously denies having done so.17 He denounced President Bush for shutting down the Holy Land Foundation, a Saudi charity that the U.S. government determined was funneling American Muslims’ donations to terrorist organizations overseas.18

I first had occasion to observe Saffuri in the late 1990s, when I became a regular attendee of Grover Norquist’s “Wednesday Group” meetings, weekly gatherings of conservative movement activists and libertarians. Troubled that many of the participants rarely, if ever, addressed national security matters – certainly before 9/11 and, arguably, even afterwards – I viewed these conclaves as an opportunity to promote awareness of and renewed support for robust foreign and defense policies. With a view to doing that on a routine basis, I accepted Norquist’s invitation to move my Center for Security Policy into new office space he had acquired. In the summer of 1999, I relocated to the space which was also occupied by his primary organization, Americans for Tax Reform, which also housed the Wednesday Group meetings and the Saffuri-headed Islamic Institute.

Since the Institute was located inside the ATR suite next to ours, we wound up sharing a large conference room, Xerox room, bathrooms, elevator bank and hallway. Consequently, I had a ring-side seat as Saffuri and his colleagues became ever more prominent fixtures at the Wednesday Group meetings, usually underscoring their close relationship with the host by sitting next to Norquist (or near him) in the center of the room.

From time to time, one or another of the Islamic Institute’s associates would make a presentation to the generally standing-room-only crowds of influential Washington conservatives, would-be politicians, think-tank denizens, journalists, and an increasing number of lobbyists. Over the years, topics they addressed included: the plight of Palestinians under Israeli occupation; the much-maligned and badly misunderstood Islamist government of Sudan (in fact, a designated state-sponsor of terrorism); the innocent nature of the process whereby Muslim chaplains have been selected for the armed forces; the honored status of women in the Muslim world; and efforts to promote Islamic causes and candidates in Republican circles.

Whenever possible, I tried to interject or make presentations to counter what I considered to be an ill-concealed and ominous influence operation. On one occasion, which occurred a few weeks after 9/11, I made an intervention to decry the fact that Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council was among the groups invited to the White House. I observed that on the same day its representatives were meeting with the President and his senior subordinates to talk about how Muslims could help with the war on terror, the AMC’s website featured a box headlined “Know Your Rights.” A click on the proferred hyperlink took you to a joint statement urging Muslims not to talk to the FBI. The statement was issued in the name of an organization of which the AMC was a member: the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF) – a virtual legal aid office for terrorists. At the time, a South Florida University professor named Sami al-Arian was the NCPPF’s president. As will be discussed below, he was also Secretary of the worldwide governing council of a terrorist organization called Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), responsible for 99 suicide-bombing victims.

I suggested to the Wednesday Group that the White House would surely have been astonished to discover that it was dignifying so-called Muslim leaders who were urging their co-religionists not to cooperate with law enforcement. I also pointedly observed – without mentioning names – that those responsible for facilitating the President’s Muslim outreach, who profess to support him and wish him success, should take pains to avoid including such groups in the future. I circulated a column I had written making similar points and that had been published the day before in the Washington Times.19

No sooner had I finished speaking than Norquist left his seat to consult with Saffuri’s deputy and successor as director of the Islamic Institute, Abdulwahab Alkebsi (another former Deputy Director of Alamoudi’s AMC).20 After the consultation, Norquist came over to me and whispered that he had checked and that there was no such box on the AMC website. I, in turn, consulted with one of my colleagues, who produced a copy of the webpage in question and sequential images as it was removed from the site in the wake of my column’s publication. (This was not an isolated phenomenon; in fact, in the post-9/11 period, webmasters for a number of pro-Islamist organizations evidently were directed to sanitize their internet sites.)

I reported this to Grover and showed him the original item. Shortly thereafter, I had to leave the meeting. Only later did I discover that he had taken advantage of my absence to disinform the group by announcing that what I had told them about the AMC website was wrong and that it featured no such encouragement to obstruct justice.

Penetrating The Bush Campaign

In 2000, thanks to Grover Norquist’s influence with the White House political operation, Khaled Saffuri was named the George W. Bush presidential campaign’s National Advisor on Arab and Muslim Affairs.21 Holding out the promise of votes and donations in key battleground states with significant Muslim populations (notably, Michigan, Florida and New Jersey), Saffuri and Norquist were able to persuade the Bush campaign’s chief strategist, Karl Rove, essentially to contract-out to them responsibility for identifying the groups and individuals upon whom the Governor should rely to elicit such support. Insight Magazine reported in February 2001:

[In September 2000], on [Karl Rove’s] way to the airport to catch his flight back to Texas, Khaled Saffuri, executive director of the Islamic Institute, joined Rove in his car. Saffuri explained to him that the vote of the Arab-American community, which includes both Muslims and Christians, still was up for grabs. The community is prosperous and could be the source of considerable campaign contributions. If Bush would mention in public just a few of the issues that concern Arab-Americans, Saffuri told Rove, he would win their hearts, their minds and their support.22

While the thrust of this report sounds right, the evidence suggests Saffuri’s car ride with Rove was by no means the first time such a proposition had been discussed with the Bush campaign. Indeed, the lure of such political dividends induced Governor Bush to hold a meeting in his mansion in Austin on May 1, 2000, not only with Alamoudi and Saffuri, but with other, immoderate Muslims, as well. As the National Journal reported:

It was the summer of 2000, and for George W. Bush, the meeting held the promise of an unusual but important endorsement for his presidential bid. Conservative activist Grover Norquist had persuaded the Republican nominee to sit down with leaders of the Muslim American Political Coordinating Committee, a confederation of four Muslim community groups.23

In addition to Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council, the group included the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR’s executive director, Nihad Awad is another self-professed Hamas-supporter and, as will be discussed further below, its radical agenda and ties have recently been the focus of sharp, bipartisan criticism in Sen. Kyl’s Judiciary subcommittee.

Saffuri had also arranged for the Bush campaign to enlist Sami al-Arian, a well-known Florida-based activist – despite the fact that the professor made little secret of his radical Islamist sympathies – to help engender Muslim support in his state.24 A photograph of Mr. Bush taken with al-Arian in March 2000 subsequently received considerable attention after the professor was arrested last February on 40 terrorism-related counts. Of particular concern are those alleging his functional direction over the past 19 years of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, one of the most murderous terrorist organizations in the Middle East.25

Obstructing Justice

Al-Arian’s arrest was made possible by the USA-PATRIOT Act. With this legislation’s enactment after 9/11, it became possible for the first time in decades, for U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to share sensitive information – such as the voluminous wiretaps of Sami al-Arian coordinating Palestinian Islamic Jihad operations from his professor’s office in Tampa.

Not surprisingly, the Islamist front recognizes the threat this and other provisions of the PATRIOT Act represent to their operations in America. They are determined to rescind it and, if possible, remove its principal architect and most effective defender, Attorney General John Ashcroft. Accordingly, they have become an integral part of the left-wing coalition, which includes the ACLU, the pro-Castro National Lawyers Guild and many Islamic “solidarity” groups, in waging a national campaign against the PATRIOT Act. It seems hardly coincidental that the preeminent conservative figure to join the campaign and lead the recruitment of other conservatives is Grover Norquist.

In fact, Norquist was also a prime-mover behind efforts to secure one of the Islamists’ top pre-9/11 agenda items: the abolition of a section of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act that permits authorities to use what critics call “secret evidence.” This is a rarely employed practice whereby prosecutors can withhold classified information from foreign suspects. To do so, however, the authorities must have reason to believe the disclosure of such information could compromise – and, thereby, eliminate – the sensitive intelligence “sources and methods” by which it was obtained.

As it happens, one reason why banning secret evidence was an Islamist priority was that undisclosed classified information linking Sami al-Arian’s brother-in-law, Mazen al-Najjar, to terrorist activities was used to detain the latter from 1997 to 2000. Ultimately, that same information was used to deport him.

Thus, secret evidence was a personal priority for one of the Bush campaign’s Muslim-outreach operatives – and corrective action became a price of his and other Islamists’ support. In the second presidential debate with Al Gore, Governor Bush responded to the demand that, as Saffuri put it, he “mention in public just a few of the issues that concern Arab-Americans.” The Republican candidate formally pledged that, if elected, he would prohibit the use of secret evidence.26

In recognition of this stunning exercise in political influence and his instrumental role in achieving it, Grover Norquist was an honoree at an event held by Sami Al-Arian’s National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom in July 2001, two months before 9/11. The award was for being a “champion of the abolishment movement against secret evidence.” Such recognition was certainly deserved. But for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that followed, Norquist’s efforts would by now almost certainly have denied law enforcement this important anti-terrorism tool.

Ironically, pro-Islamist groups had been scheduled to meet with President Bush on the morning of September 11 to hear what he planned to do to deliver on his secret evidence campaign pledge.27 But that day, the executive mansion complex was shut down, for fear that a fourth hijacked aircraft was headed its way. I watched bemused as Grover Norquist and the White House official responsible for Muslim outreach, Suhail Khan, escorted the displaced Islamists into the conference room we share. (Al-Arian had arranged to participate in the presidential meeting via phone. According to his website, his teaching schedule at the University of South Florida would not allow him to be there in person.)28

Penetrating the White House

Suhail Khan was one of at least three Muslim outreach gatekeepers at the White House with whom Norquist has been associated over the years. I became aware of the intensity of the attachment when Norquist verbally assaulted me one day in the hallway outside our offices with the accusation that I had been calling Khan a terrorist. I assured him that I had done no such thing. Evidently, somebody else, though, had stumbled onto the fact that Khan’s late father, Mahboob Khan, was a prominent figure in the Islamist enterprise in America. It turns out that, among other things, he was the founder of a large Wahhabi center, mosque and school in Orange County, California.29

The New York Times revealed on October 23, 2001, that, in that capacity, Khan Sr. had hosted Ayman al-Zawahiri, reportedly Osama bin Laden’s right-hand-man in the al-Qaeda organization – not once, but twice in the 1990s.30 The first time, Zawahiri came under his own name, the second time he used an alias. In the course of his trips, the terrorist chief reportedly not only raised funds for al-Qaeda’s operations at Khan’s mosque but also purchased satellite communications equipment while in the United States.31

After Khan’s family ties to terror became a focus of press attention, Suhail left the White House staff to go to work at the Department of Transportation. Grover Norquist closed a Wednesday Group meeting by tearfully apologizing to Suhail Khan for the injury caused him by “racists and bigots” and, by example, encouraging the assembled company to join him in a standing ovation to Khan. Most hadn’t a clue what he was talking about but went along. Mindful that Norquist had me in mind, I sat it out.

If White House security procedures had worked across the board as they were supposed to, it seems unlikely that President Bush and his senior subordinates would ever have met with some of those sponsored by Norquist and Saffuri. Sami al-Arian and Abdurahman Alamoudi, for example, would probably never have gotten inside the White House compound.

What happened at the Wednesday Group meeting after Khan’s move to Transportation was unfortunately not an isolated incident, but part of an already established pattern. In July 2001, the Secret Service evicted Sami al-Arian’s son, Abdullah, from a meeting in the White House. The President had affably dubbed Abdullah “Big Dude” after first meeting him and his family on the campaign trail in Florida in March 2000.32 Evidently, the Service acted on the basis of the law enforcement community’s longstanding suspicion of the father’s ties to international terror.

Norquist’s friends immediately raised a ruckus. Other participants in the meeting walked out in solidarity. It became a cause celebre, trumpeted as an egregious example of the racial profiling about which the Islamists and their leftwing allies incessantly complained. In short order, the Deputy Director of the Secret Service was obliged to issue a written apology to “Big Dude” al-Arian. And the President himself personally called the evictee’s mother to express regret and to assure her that no such thing would be allowed to happen again.

Access to the White House

Notice had been served on the Secret Service and other security-vetters: Their job was to provide for the President’s physical security – the threat of would-be assassins – not to protect him from the political embarrassment (or worse) that might result from meetings with terrorist-apologists, or possibly terrorists themselves. If unarmed Islamists were able to secure access to Mr. Bush and his subordinates (e.g., the Secretaries of the Treasury, State and Energy, the Attorney General, the directors of Homeland Security and the FBI), law enforcement and intelligence professionals got the message that they were not to interfere.

Consequently, over the years, and particularly as the Bush Administration’s Muslim outreach effort ramped up in the aftermath of 9/11, Grover Norquist was able to gain extraordinarily high-level access for a number of troubling individuals and groups. An undated White House memo, evidently prepared by Suhail Khan in early 2001 and intended to coordinate Muslim and Arab-American public liaison events, shows that Norquist’s Islamic Institute was instrumental in establishing Islamist connections with the Bush administration. The Islamic Institute provided the White House with a list of Muslim invitees, with the name, date of birth and Social Security number of each. As the founder of the Islamic Institute, Grover Norquist tops the list.33

A leading Arab-American pollster, John Zogby, told The New Republic, “[Grover]’s played the role of interlocutor. With all respect, many of the leaders are immigrants and don’t have years and years of experience. Grover has filled that void.” He went on to say that “absolutely, [Grover is] central to the White House outreach.”34

Among the dubious characters included in this outreach – in addition to al-Arian, Alamoudi and his deputy, Saffuri – were the following:

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Awad was among those first introduced by Norquist and Saffuri to Bush during the presidential campaign and his access continued after September 11th. In fact, the front page of the Washington Post featured a photograph of Nihad Awad and Khaled Saffuri flanking Mr. Bush as he toured the Washington Islamic Center.

This public relations coup was an early indication of the strategy Norquist’s Islamist friends would follow in the wake of the hijackings: Exploit the President’s laudable – and strategically sensible – desire to show that neither he nor the American people would hold all Muslims responsible for the murderous actions of the few. This would be done by proposing that President Bush (or his surrogates) attend events in Washington, Detroit, and other cities with Muslim populations, sponsor meetings, host White House iftar dinners to break the Ramadan fast, and so forth. Evidently Norquist, Saffuri and the gatekeepers they had placed inside the White House would work to ensure that representatives of the pro-Islamist organizations would be invited as the exclusive representatives of the Muslim-American and Arab-American communities and – just as important – that non-Islamist Muslims would be excluded.

In this fashion, improbable though it may seem, the Wahhabi agenda of access, influence and legitimacy could actually be advanced in the post-9/11 environment. That people like Nihad Awad could pull this off is a tribute to the skill of the influence operators. After all, he had personally declared that he was a “supporter of the Hamas movement,”35 and his organization raised money for terrorist fronts (including the Holy Land Foundation, the Benevolence International Foundation, and the Global Relief Fund).36 One month after these organizations were raided by the U.S. government, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper lamented: “The Holy Land Foundation, Global Relief International, Benevolent International Foundation [sic] — these were our major relief organizations, and they’ve all been shut down.”37

Even more astounding is the fact that Awad and CAIR have continually attacked the President and his Administration. They have even sued Attorney General Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Moeller.38 They have strenuously objected to Bush policies on Homeland Security and the War on Terror. And they have played a leading role in national campaigns aimed at undoing the PATRIOT Act and preventing the liberation of Iraq.

As noted above, CAIR’s pro-Islamist sympathies and conduct have been the object of bipartisan criticism from the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism. In the course of the subcommittee’s hearing, even one of the organization’s go-to guys on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, observed that the committee should hear from more “mainstream” Muslim groups in the future, since CAIR and its rhetoric were too “extreme” and its associations “suspect.”39

Such an assessment has certainly been reinforced by the fact that since September 11, 2001, three CAIR figures have been arrested by U.S. federal authorities on terrorist-related charges:

· In December 2002, Ghassan Elashi, a founding board member of CAIR-Texas, was arrested on a number of charges including export violations, making false statements on export declarations, dealing in the property of designated terrorist, conspiracy and money laundering.40

· Bassem K. Khafagi, the Community Affairs Director for CAIR at the time of his January 2003 arrest,41 pled guilty on September 10, 2003, to charges of bank and visa fraud.42 He remains under investigation for his alleged role in the terrorist funding group Islamic Assembly of North America and is expected to be deported to Egypt.43

· Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, former communications specialist and civil rights coordinator at CAIR, was arrested in late June 2003 for his alleged involvement in the Pakistani terrorist organization, Lashkar-e-Taiba.44 The Justice Department upgraded Royer’s charges in September 2003 to include providing material support to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.45 At the time of his arrest, Royer was spokesman for the National Liberty Fund, a legal defense fund for the PIJ leader Sami al-Arian.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. According to the Washington Post, on September 9, 2001, at a rally to support cop-killer and former American Muslim Council executive Jamil Al-Amin (a.k.a. H. Rap Brown), Shaykh Yusuf declared, “This country is facing a terrible fate...This country stands condemned. It stands condemned because of what it did – and lest people forget Europe suffered two world wars after conquering the Muslim lands.”46 At this same rally, the Post reported, Shaykh Yusuf lamented that Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting to bomb Manhattan’s Lincoln and Holland tunnels, was “unjustly tried, was condemned against any standards of justice in any legal system.”47

The FBI went to interview Yusuf to determine whether this inflammatory statement was indicative of prior knowledge of the attacks that occurred two days later. When agents knocked on the door of his San Francisco home on September 20th, they were incredulous to hear his wife explain that Yusuf was absent because he was meeting with the President.48 Upon checking, the FBI discovered that he had indeed been included in an ecumenical meeting in the Oval Office with then-Cardinal Law and a Jewish rabbi – a meeting that was, according to the Wall Street Journal, arranged by Grover Norquist’s White House surrogate, Suhail Khan.49

The website of Yusuf’s organization promised to send a percentage of all sales of tapes of his pro-Islamist sermons to Benevolence International Foundation, even after its director was indicted for funneling money to bin Laden and al-Qaeda.50

Muzammil Siddiqi. In September 2001, when Siddiqi met twice with Mr. Bush, he was president of the Board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). This Saudi-funded organization is, as will be discussed below, used by the Muslim World League (MWL) to finance and exercise control over most of the mosques in the United States. Siddiqi’s ties to Saudi Arabia are even deeper.

Before heading up ISNA, Siddiqi was previously a top figure in the MWL itself, whose American headquarters was raided in March 2002 on suspicion of ties to terrorism during the U.S. government’s Operation Green Quest.51 He has also served as the Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Muslim Students Association (see below) in the United States and Canada. In addition, he is a member of the Fiqh Council, another raided entity.52

Despite these troubling connections to Islamist causes and organizations, someone got the White House to call on Siddiqi to represent the Muslim faith in the inter-religious prayer service for the 9/11 victims that was held at the National Cathedral on September 14, 2001. As syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer noted afterwards, Siddiqi could not bring himself to condemn terrorism in remarks delivered to a worldwide audience, as well as four Presidents and hundreds of dignitaries.53

Even after a performance that was, to say the least, disappointing, Siddiqi was allowed to be photographed with President Bush in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and to present him with a Koran.

Agha Saeed, founder and president of the American Muslim Alliance. Saeed was invited to participate in the Bush campaign’s Muslim outreach meeting engineered by Norquist and Saffuri at the Governor’s mansion in 2000. He also has been given access to the White House since the 9/11 attacks.54

As noted previously, Saeed created an umbrella group, the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), to unite other members of the “Wahhabi Lobby,” including the American Muslim Council (AMC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

Interestingly, in June 2000, Hillary Clinton felt constrained to return $50,000 in AMA checks for her Senatorial campaign because Saeed had spoken in favor of Palestinians’ right to “resist by armed force.” He had also allegedly served as head of the Pakistani Communist Party.55

AMA’s Annual Dinner in April 2002 honored the alleged Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist leader Sami al-Arian, now in federal prison awaiting trial, as a “civil rights” leader, sponsoring a civil rights award in his name.56

Eric Vickers, then-director of Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council.57 Vickers is a black radical who converted to the Muslim faith. While many black Muslims follow a divergent strain of Islam, Vickers found a home in the Wahhabi-connected AMC and served as its executive director from June 2002 until February 2003, after he left the American Muslim Alliance. Vickers was also an incorporator and board member of the Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA). The organization had two grants worth $4.2 million revoked by the U.S. Agency for International Development at the State Department’s request because of the group’s ties with terrorist-sponsoring Sudan (including the alleged provision by IARA officials of intelligence equipment to al-Qaeda).58

Like Nihad Awad, Vickers was a particularly outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and its policies in the War on Terror. He participated prominently in antiwar rallies, was a visible presence in campaigns against the PATRIOT Act and repeatedly assailed President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft, among others. Vickers made no secret either of his sympathy for Islamists and their organizations. In June 2002, I debated Vickers in an MSNBC “Hardball” program concerning the AMC’s pro-Islamist record – and the inappropriateness of FBI Director Robert Mueller addressing its annual convention that year. In the course of the show, Vickers refused to renounce or otherwise to disassociate himself or his organization from Hamas, Hezbollah or even al-Qaeda. When pressed, the most he would say is that al-Qaeda is a “resistance movement.”59

Mahdi Bray, executive director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation.60 Bray, a former member of the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), is a leader of several pro-Islamist organizations in this country. His role typically is that of a coordinator for political activism. By mid-October of this year, Bray had overseen the training of nearly 1,000 Islamic activists.61 Bray also served as the political director of another pro-Islamist group based in Los Angeles, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and as a founding board member of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom.62 He hosts a radio talk-show sponsored largely by – and reflecting the views of – Wahhabi Saudi Arabia.63

In March 2003, Bray testified at the bond hearing of indicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami al-Arian, claiming responsibility for “mentoring [al-Arian] about the civil rights movement.”64 He also claimed that he and al-Arian were “kindred spirits” on the issue of Muslim political activism.65

Through public statements and demonstrations, Bray has vehemently protested Bush administration policies in the War on Terror, claiming that they are injurious to innocent American Muslims. For instance, in May 2003, Bray said:

The recent barbaric and illegal invasion of Iraq has emboldened the Bush administration in its actions to target the Muslim and immigrant community and to violate the rights of Muslims, immigrants, and all Americans with impunity. We must continue to forge a coalition of conscience to resist the Bush administration’s belligerent and destructive policy which is the greatest impediment to global peace today.66

Click Here to read the conclusion of “A Troubling Influence”, or to access the Endnotes.


Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is the founder, president, and CEO of The Center for Security Policy. During the Reagan administration, Gaffney was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy, and a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). He is a columnist for The Washington Times, Jewish World Review, and Townhall.com and has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsday.


17 posted on 06/03/2008 6:10:26 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You would be opening up Sperry to a slander suit if what you said was true, so I dont think there is much error in this article, FrontPageMag does it’s homework.


18 posted on 06/03/2008 6:12:30 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: RaceBannon

BUMP

Now it makes sense...the Albanian KLA muslim gunrunners are all for the second amendment and NRA...to kill Balkan Christians with.


19 posted on 06/03/2008 6:18:18 PM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: RaceBannon

BUMP!


20 posted on 06/03/2008 6:20:22 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: RaceBannon

Allowing these muslim creeps to influence the GOP is like playing with fire...the kind of affiliation the Dems have had with the Communist Internationale and its legion of offshoots.

Someone should also investigate Bob Livingston’s lobbying firm.


21 posted on 06/03/2008 6:33:04 PM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: RaceBannon; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SunkenCiv; Beckwith; AliVeritas; george76; Candor7

I read it and felt sick.


22 posted on 06/03/2008 6:35:15 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: The_Republican
I didn’t know just being a Muslim was a crime

Maybe not, but associating one's self with Islamists shows shockingly poor judgment, if not seditious intentions.

23 posted on 06/03/2008 6:35:40 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: RaceBannon

Isn’t Norquist McLame’s friend?


24 posted on 06/03/2008 6:36:48 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

Newt’s friend, too

sad, but true


25 posted on 06/03/2008 6:38:50 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: The_Republican

“I didn’t know just being a Muslim was a crime”

Ooooo.....call the Waaambulance!!!!

According to the Koran, it is the duty of every Muslim to wage violent jihad against all Kafirs who refuse to accept Islam. Furthermore, it is every Muslim’s duty to strive to establish the world Islamic Caliphate. Bottom line, end of discussion.

Those Muslims who don’t, aren’t true Muslims. On this, Al Qaeda and unrepentant Crusaders like me, agree totally!

Deus vult!


26 posted on 06/03/2008 6:56:27 PM PDT by elcid1970 (My cartridges are dipped in pig grease.)
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To: RaceBannon

Bump!


27 posted on 06/03/2008 7:00:31 PM PDT by sport
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To: RaceBannon
WOW! I am not usually shocked by politicians anymore but this one really surprises me.

Shame on you Grover.
28 posted on 06/03/2008 7:03:04 PM PDT by elizabetty (Voting for McCain is like deciding to cut off your leg because it is stuck in a bear trap.)
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To: The_Republican

Local and state election results will be what make or break America.


29 posted on 06/03/2008 7:05:34 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: RaceBannon

I can’t wait for my next chance to vote for Republicans they are sure better then those nasty Democrats. /S
It would seem we have quite a cadre of Democrats and Republicans aiding and abetting the enemy.


30 posted on 06/03/2008 7:18:58 PM PDT by SolaGratiaSolaFideSolaScript (Pity the wicked. God knows who they are and He has plans for them.)
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To: elcid1970

Preach it brother. It is truly amazing that the Mulsims can yell and scream their desire to kill and destroy the West and people just act like nothing is wrong and the world is an unthreatening wonderful place. No pride, no honor, no self-preservation.


31 posted on 06/03/2008 7:18:58 PM PDT by SolaGratiaSolaFideSolaScript (Pity the wicked. God knows who they are and He has plans for them.)
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To: RaceBannon

btt


32 posted on 06/03/2008 7:22:35 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: RaceBannon; nwctwx; Cindy

BTTT and bookmarked


33 posted on 06/03/2008 7:23:47 PM PDT by angelsonmyside
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To: The_Republican; All

This Freedom of Religion thing is so overrated anyway..


34 posted on 06/03/2008 7:26:35 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Who is Obama's Puppet Master???)
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To: swampdweller

Ping


35 posted on 06/03/2008 7:55:22 PM PDT by Siberian-psycho (An oppressed class which did not try to possess arms, would deserve to be treated as slaves." Lenin)
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To: RaceBannon

Norquist bump

Thanks for posting this!


36 posted on 06/03/2008 7:56:29 PM PDT by Dajjal
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To: RaceBannon; freema; Cicero; kellynla
You had better start taking some serious stress meds because this is just the beginning. RB, you and Paul Sperry are have fits about Norquist helping out a couple of rugriding terrorists.

Meanwhile our wonder President has made sure that CAIR is protected and operating at full speed ahead. These rugriders have taken over the taxi business in just about every large city in America. Who do you think helped them do that? Who is keeping the colleges open for their kids? Have you seen how the courts protect these people?

SInce you can't see it for yourself, allow me to tell you what is going on. We are being walked down the aisle of destruction by the very people we have chosen as our elected legislators. Guys like Grover Norquist are no better or worse than Bush, a traitor is a traitor but we don't like to say such things when we elect them to office.

Please don't think this is the end of our fall. Holding the Christian religion down while elevating the Muslims seems to be politically correct these days. Until we get off our ass and demand term limits we are going to continue the fall.

37 posted on 06/03/2008 8:13:19 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Having custody of a loaded weapon does not arm you. The skill to use the weapon is what arms a man.)
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To: RaceBannon

Opinion is fairly well protected, as are false inferences.

For example, if I said McCain was a strong conservative, it would be a lie, but nobody can sue me for slander over it, because how do you really “prove” a label?

The record about Gill in DHS is clear, but he was investigated, so that’s not a lie — just left out the entire part where he was cleared, where his top security clearance was maintained, the charges were shown to be baseless.

During the election, several Republicans recommended Sperry’s book to convince me of the Muslim threat. I don’t need to be convinced of the thread of radical anti-American Muslims.

But, let’s see a show of hands, how many people believe the Muslim religion is going to disappear in the next 10 years? 20 years? 100 years?

We are stuck with people who will believe in false religions. It is to our advantage to encourage those who want an Americanized version, a moderate version, a “modern society” version of that faith.

We need a modernized, 21st-century Muslim community in the middle east, we need them to have a reason to want a stable, vibrant world economy, and to look for modern, non-threatening ways to practice their faith.

It’s a matter of survival.

Anyway, the Republican party won’t last long if it’s the white Conservative Christian party. I’m looking for POLITICAL allies in political fights, not religious allies. Would I prefer Christians? Sure. But I wouldn’t vote for a liberal Democrat simply because the conservative republican was a Muslim.


38 posted on 06/03/2008 8:30:54 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: RaceBannon

BTW, I’m not voicing an opinion one way or another about Norquist. I met him once, he was interesting to talk to. I wasn’t enamored with him in the past, nor am I today.

And as I said, I know nothing about this other guy, nor have I really heard anything about him in the local talk, even though he was in the next county over.

I just like it when conservatives vote for my candidates, even when those voters happen to be Muslim. We may not really run any Muslim candidates, but we can’t afford to turn Muslims away from our party, any more than we can afford to reject votes from Mormons.


39 posted on 06/03/2008 8:35:37 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Fred Nerks; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; george76; ...

Thanks FN.


40 posted on 06/03/2008 9:36:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SolaGratiaSolaFideSolaScript
The aiding and abetting the enemy who wants to kill us all, Newbie (2008/05/23) is about 99.99 percent from the Democrats and their affiliated thugs and assassins, including Hussein Obama, Rev. Wright, MoveOn, Soros, all the other Israel-haters and all the others who yearn for our defeat and the defeat of all freedom loving people in the Middle East and in fact throughout the world.

If there is a Republican or Republicans involved, it is a pimple compared to the tumors of the Democrats - a terrible thing to have to say about the Democrats, a once great political party that once loved this nation and had people dedicated to protecting it and freedom instead of working to destroy both.

41 posted on 06/03/2008 9:44:40 PM PDT by mtntop3
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To: RaceBannon; ExTexasRedhead; gonzo
Bump for later ...

I gotta get more ammo, pal .......... FRegards

42 posted on 06/03/2008 11:19:57 PM PDT by gonzo ( What Part Of "Shall Not Be Infringed" does anyone have a problem with? The USSC will soon wonder ..)
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To: Cicero

Looks like Norquist’s wife knows how to wage Jihad in an effective, non-violent manner in order for other Muslims to impose forced theocracy later, of course.


43 posted on 06/03/2008 11:55:35 PM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: The_Republican
I didn’t know just being a Muslim was a crime.

It's a crime against democracy and against truth.

44 posted on 06/04/2008 12:03:08 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: All

BUMP for later reading...


45 posted on 06/04/2008 2:12:06 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: CharlesWayneCT

There is just no way, im opinion, to know if a Muslim is a terrorist or not these days, especially when Muslims that are brought forth by well heeled GOP operatives turn out to be connected to Islamic terror organizations or supporters of that.

Norquist seems to be just that, the person whose name and prestige just let in the enemy.


46 posted on 06/04/2008 3:28:24 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: RaceBannon

Back in the day - the mid 90’s - I knew Grover pretty well. Went to a couple of the Wednesday meetings and to his house for a function when I was in DC. Admired the work he did and knew some of the staffers and stayed in touch with them. All committed conservatives it seemed.

I suspect what happened to Grover was that as his organization grew, he needed more and more money. Then money became what he was doing it for, instead of the cause. Had a payroll to meet, I suppose. Well, once you start doing it for money instead of for what you believe in, then it all goes to hell. You cannot sell yourself just a little bit.

This makes me very sad. Grover could have been one of the better spokesman for conservatism. Glib, intelligent, very good TV presence.

The Washington pundit industry relies on Washington power and money just as much as any welfare queen. If the power weren’t concentrated there, they would be out of a job.


47 posted on 06/04/2008 3:41:11 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

Newt always spoke so well of this guy, I thought he would have been a strong economist or something for any Repub administration.

I was told about this a year ago, seems it was written about by Daniel Pipes a while back, also.

There is a rumor that because of people like this, that the FBI is infiltrated deeply and is no longer trustworthy!


48 posted on 06/04/2008 3:45:48 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
we can’t afford to turn Muslims away from our party

Nice sentiment. Can we borrow it to put on America's tombstone?

49 posted on 06/04/2008 3:56:43 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: RaceBannon

Thanks for the ping!


50 posted on 06/04/2008 5:41:49 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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