Skip to comments.Terrorism Expert: Karen Hughes Gave Money to Bad Guys
Posted on 08/04/2008 2:21:34 PM PDT by forkinsocket
A longtime adviser and close confidant of President Bush funneled millions of dollars in U.S. government grants to radical Islamist organizations, many of whose leaders have been convicted or indicted in terrorism cases in the United States, respected terrorism expert Steven Emerson told Congress last week.
When Ms. [Karen] Hughes was appointed as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, she set the tone to continue a disastrous policy of outreach with Islamist partners, Emerson told the House International Relations Committee.
Among the recipients of the State Department grants actively championed by Hughes was Ahmed Younes, formerly an official with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a group that has publicly challenged the designation of Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations and whose leaders have made extreme statements defending terrorist organizations, Emerson said.
Another beneficiary of Hughes outreach program to American Muslims was Aly Abuzaakouk, the executive director of the American Muslim Council (AMC) and a former director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIHT).
The North Virginia-based IIHT is suspected of being a pivotal cog in the Muslim Brotherhoods high command in America," according to federal law enforcement records newly released to Emersons Investigative Project on Terrorism under the Freedom of Information Act.
Many of the State Department grants championed by Hughes were conducted under the Citizen Exchange Program, but went to U.S.-based Islamist groups or their leaders to sponsor overseas speaking tours.
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Maybe we should stop giving money away altogether.
What a concept!
You must be a kook, loon, etc. </sarc>
Thanks for posting. BTTT!
Somehow I don’t think that the whole story is being told here....
Countdown to FReepers bashing Newsmax and calling them traitors....
I agree. There is probably more to the story.
I can believe it. From time to time I read a story about Karen Hughes’s activities in this post, and she invariably came out sounding like an absolute moron. She was simply unqualified for the job. She was ignorant of the parties involved, and therefore was probably unduly influenced by the State Department Arabists, who have long been notorious for siding with the enemy.
The word "Millions" makes this report sound sensational, but it is not.
I agree. From what I have noticed, the more money we give out to people/groups/countries the more they hate us. Not to mention the fact that we usually end up financing thugs or terrorists or communist groups or what have you. If we stopped giving away money we would likely be the most loved country in the world...
What we have really gained in Iraq is an understanding of the Middle East. There friends and enemies are determined by the highest bidder. So, everyone you try to win to your side is corrupt or will be in the future. The article is flawed in trying impose a Western viewpoint of permanent friends and incorruptible leaders.
It's not funny anymore.
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