Skip to comments.Grover Norquist's Relationships Should Give People Pause
Posted on 10/06/2011 3:15:49 PM PDT by LSUfan
Not only was Mr. Norquist entangled with the criminal dealings of Jack Abramoff, but documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.
According to Senate lobbying disclosure records of his now defunct lobbying firm, Janus-Merritt Strategies, around the years 2000 and 2001 Mr. Norquists firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison.
Court documents and a October 15, 2004, Department of Justice press release reveal that Alamoudi, the president of the American Muslim Council, was arrested at Dulles Airport in September 2003 upon returning to the U.S after participating in a Libyan plot to assassinate the Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Alamoudi participated in recruiting participants for this plot by introducing the Libyans to two Saudi dissidents in London and facilitating the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash from the Libyans to those dissidents to finance the plot, the release said.
According to the DOJ press release, Alamoudi, a naturalized citizen, pled guilty to three federal offenses:
· One count of violating the International Emergency Powers Act;
· One count of false statements made in his application for naturalization;
· A tax offense involving a long-term scheme to conceal from the IRS his financial transactions with Libya and his foreign bank accounts and to omit material information from the tax returns filed by his charities.
It is important to point out that Alamoudis ties to terrorist groups were no secret prior to his arrest.
Alamoudi spoke at an October 2000 rally in front of the White House in support of Hamas and Hezbollah during the period he was represented by Norquists firm, according to Senate lobbying disclosure records.. The Rally Against Israeli Aggression was sponsored by Norquists Islamic Free Market Institute, according to a September 2000 Islamic Institute Friday Brief. The Islamic Free Market Institute was created by Grover Norquist and operated out of his Americans for Tax Reform office in Washington, thanks to sizable start-up contributions from Alamoudi, according to a March 11, 2003, article in the St. Petersburg Times by Mary Jacoby.
I have seen video from the rally, where Alamoudi roared from the stage:
I have been labeled by the media in New York to be a supporter of Hamas, anybody supports Hamas here?
[Crowd cheers, "Yes!"]
Hear that, Bill Clinton, we are all supporters of Hamas, Allahu Akbar.
I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah. Anybody supports Hezbollah here?
[Crowd cheers, "Yes!"]
A few months after the Lafayette Park rally, Alamoudi was photographed in Beirut at a conference attended by representatives of the terror groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and al-Qaida, also according to the March 2003 St. Petersburg Times article.
In addition to Alamoudis outspoken support for Hamas and Hezbollah, he expressed private support for the 1994 terrorist attack against a synagogue in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds, according to a December 17, 2003, article in The American Spectator by Shawn Macomber, who reported: In a wiretapped conversation made public in the recent criminal complaint, he (Alamoudi) praises a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires. The Jewish Community Center. It is a worthy operation, Alamoudi tells an unidentified man, in Arabic. I think that the attacks that are being executed by bin Laden and other Islamic groups are wrong, especially hitting the civilian targets. Many African Muslims have died and not a single American has died. I prefer to hit a Zionist target in America or Europe I prefer honestly like what happened in Argentina.
According to a June 11, 2003, Wall Street Journal article by reporters Tom Hamburger and Glenn Simpson, around 1999 Alamoudi sent his deputy at the American Muslim Council, Khaled Saffuri, to work directly for Mr. Norquist to establish the Islamic Free Market Institute one of the groups that sponsored the October 2000 rally in Lafayette Park. The institute, chaired by Norquist and led by Saffuri, operated out of the Americans for Tax Reform offices here in Washington, according to the March 2003 article in the St. Petersburg Times.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee report revealed that Saffuri was closely tied to Mr. Norquist and the Abramoff scandal and received money from Abramoff and a front group, the American International Center (AIC), to partner with Abramoffs firm Greenberg Traurig on his Malaysian-related interests and issues.
Mr. Norquist also associated with terror financier Sami Al-Arian, according to Mary Jacobys reporting in March 2003, in the St. Petersburg Times. Al-Arian pled guilty in 2006 to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law, and is under house arrests, according to a Department of Justice press release. The Palestinian Islamic Jihads paramilitary wing the al-Quds Brigades has conducted numerous attacks, including large-scale suicide bombings, according to the National Counterterrorism Center,
Who is Sami al-Arian? An October 2003 federal affidavit noted that Al-Arian had longstanding connections to associates of al Qaeda. According to the affidavit, Sheik Rahman (the Blind Sheik) visited Al-Arian at his residence in Tampa and spoke at his mosque. Rahman is currently serving a life sentence in U.S. prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center attack and additional terror plots. The federal affidavit also disclosed Al-Arians ties with Alamoudi.
Al-Arians relationship with Mr. Norquist appears to have spanned several years. Prior to his arrest in February 2003, Sami Al-Arian visited Norquists office in Washington for a meeting, also reported in the June 11, 2003, article in the Wall Street Journal. According to Continetti, Mr. Al-Arian also ccd Norquist on an e-mail he sent to the Wall Street Journal protesting an editorial that had pointed out his terrorist connections.
Mr. Norquist himself served as a key facilitator between Al-Arian, Alamoudi and the White House, according to Mary Jacobys reporting in March 2003 in The St. Petersburg Times. She reported that In June 2001, Al-Arian was among the members of the American Muslim Council invited to the White House complex . . . The next month, the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom a civil liberties group headed by Al-Arian gave Norquist an award for his work to abolish the use of secret intelligence evidence in terrorism cases.
Most people already know that Grover is pro muslim nit wit. That is why he has been relegated to kook, backbencher status. No real people bother with him anymore.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Exposing Norquist for the traitor he is - thank you!
Really, you might want to mention that to Herman Cain.
Cain just fired his communications director, a former Norquist employee, reportedly specifically over her tainted guidance on Muslim outreach and messaging on Islam.
If you want a laugh, go to Cong. Wolf’s website:
No where in paragraph after paragraph of self-congratulatory pap does he ever admit that he’s a DEMORAT!
Looks like he’s calling in his buddy Lanny Davis for a PR piece:
To use Norquists expression: Who knew?
Despite his well-known conservatism, Norquist surprises me. He is often willing to defy conservative orthodoxy, especially on issues of tolerance and open-mindedness.
In 2010, he joined the board of GOProud, a Republican political organization representing conservative gays, lesbians, transgendered people and their allies, which drew criticism from the Christian-right group the Family Research Council.
He condemned the disgusting bigotry of those conservatives who politicized and condemned the plans to build a mosque in downtown Manhattan a few blocks from Ground Zero. He also calls for a withdrawal from Afghanistan to save hundreds of billions of dollars.
Most impressive to me is Norquists pride in and love of his wife, Samah Alrayyes Norquist, a Kuwaiti public-relations specialist, and his two beautiful children, Grace Salam and Giselle Salma.
Its possible for someone to be wrong on policy or political issues, as I believe, as a liberal Democrat, that Grover Norquist is most of the time. But its not possible for anyone to be anything but a good person who has such love and devotion to his wife and his children.
Why anyone would sign a document generated by one of Norquist's shady organizations is beyond me.
But then there are lots of Republicans that still think highly of scumbags like Tom Delay and Ralph Reed.
Actually he is a Republican - covers my daughter’s district in Winchester, VA.
Wolf is a Republican. Nice try though. Norquist is still a Jihadi.
It is Norquist’s relationships with Muzzies that is dangerous, and he should not be trusted, no matter what his positions on taxes might be. He lies down with Muzzie dogs, and therefore carries fleas.
Rick Perry appears to be Grover’s buddy.
Grover Norquistan ping.
Nor does he admit to being a vampire. But he's correct about Grover.
I was talking about Wolf not Norquist.