Skip to comments.Obama’s Years of Collaboration with Terror Supporters
Posted on 06/05/2013 5:39:22 AM PDT by SJackson
As the Obama administration seeks to move beyond a welter of scandals, a new report by investigative journalist Patrick Poole reveals that the frenzy isnt quite over yet. On top of the IRSs targeting of conservatives, the DOJs seizure of reporters phone records and the coverup surrounding the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, the White Houses years-long collaboration with supporters of terrorism is finally getting the scrutiny it deserves. Pooles comprehensive GLORIA Center article, Blind to Terror: The U.S. Governments Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on U.S. Policy, details the Obama administrations extensive relationship with accomplices to terrorism and how these associations have shaped administration policy and endangered the American public in the process. As Middle East expert Barry Rubin commented on the report, [Y]ou may think that you know this story but it is far more extensive than has ever before been revealed.
The primary question at the heart of Pooles report is simple:
Why has the U.S. government called certain Islamic groups supporters of terror in federal court, and then turned around and called these same organizations moderates and embraced them as outreach partners?
Many of the individuals under active federal investigation for terrorist activities were simultaneously meeting with government officials to help formulate U.S. policy during the last three administrations. Under the Obama administration, these same Islamist organizations and their leaders have influenced vital policy measures, including a purge of counter-terrorism training that makes it virtually impossible for law enforcement officials to connect the dots.
For example, Poole cites the failure of the FBI to carry out an investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to the Boston Marathon bombings, despite Russian warnings. He attributes a portion of that failure to
a full scale campaign of political correctness waged inside the bureau and throughout the U.S. government under the Obama administration against any attempt to link jihadi terrorism with anything remotely connected to Islam of any variety.
This regime of political correctness (to put it charitably) is no doubt a function of the Obama administrations choice of Muslim outreach partners, which is rife with individuals like Shaykh Kifah Mustapha. The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) extended an invitation to Mustapha to tour its top-secret facility in September 2010, as part of the FBIs civilian training program, despite the fact that he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. That trial represents the largest terrorist financing case in history. During the trial, an FBI agent testified that Mustapha undertook fundraising efforts for Hamas, glorified the terrorist group, and encouraged the slaughter of Jews. Furthermore, the visit also followed Mustaphas previous removal as a chaplain for the Illinois State Police, due to media reports of his terrorist activities.
The same reckless discounting of radicalism and terror ties can be found at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where Janet Napolitano appointed Mohamed Elibiary to her Homeland Security Advisory Council in October 2010, despite his honoring Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini at a 2004 conference, and his open support for Islamist godfather Sayyid Qutb. In 2010, Mohamed Majid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), was sitting a few feet from Obama at the annual White House Iftar dinner in August, commemorating the Muslim celebration of Ramadan. ISNA was also cited as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).
The terrorist connections of Muslim aid programs and their financiers have also been scrupulously ignored. The Obama administration continues to fund the Sunni Ittehad Council to combat Pakistani extremism, despite rallies it held celebrating the assassination of a Pakistani governor opposed to the nations use of blasphemy laws to punish religious minorities.
Poole also cites the disturbing number of leaders of American Islamic organizations that partner with the U.S. government who transition into officials for Muslim Brotherhood fronts. Louay Safi is one such individual. Safi, a former top advisor at the Pentagon, appeared at a 2011 press conference in Istanbul as one the leaders of the Syrian National Council, which seeks to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad and is associated with the Brotherhood. That appearance occurred only weeks after Safi met with top White House officials. Safi was yet another unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land case. According to Poole, Safis status at the Pentagon became an issue following the Fort Hood atrocity, when 13 members of Congress sent a letter to Defense Secretary Gates complaining that not only was Safi endorsing Muslim chaplains for the Defense Department on behalf of ISNA [a Muslim Brotherhood front], but also teaching classes on the Theology of Islam to troops departing for Afghanistan at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss under a subcontract with the Naval Postgraduate School.
Five other men made a similar transformation. Ghassan Hitto, a Dallas businessman, former director of CAIRs Texas branch, and a recent board member of the Muslim American Society that the FBI has identified as a North American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, has become the provision premier of the Syrian resistance.
Muthanna al-Hanooti is a former CAIR director and a former federal prisoner convicted for doing business with Iraq as part of a plea deal that stemmed from a far more serious indictment accusing him of attempting to influence Congress on behalf of Husseins Iraqi Intelligence Service (ISI). He is now regional director for the Detroit chapter of the Muslim Legal Fund of America.
Mahmoud Hussein is the current secretary general of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, recruited while studying at the University of Iowa. He was once president of a now defunct subsidiary of ISNA know as the Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA), which sponsored several conferences featuring terrorists affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ishaq Farhan, a longtime board member of the Washington-based International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) now heads the the Islamic Action Front, the Muslim Brotherhoods political arm in Jordan.
Ahmed Yousef was the director of the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), identified as early as 1993 as Hamass political command in America. According to the terror groups charter, they consider themselves a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. Yousef, who fled the U.S. in 2005 on terror-realted charges, is currently a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, and a senior political adviser to their terrorist leader, Ismail Haniyeh.
Poole notes that, because so many of the Islamic outreach partners affiliated with the government turned out to be fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, the government is making extraordinary efforts to ignore that reality. This self-orchestrated denial has led to an incredible policy implemented by the Obama administration, one that was formulated as a result of the FBIs continued relationship with CAIR, despite its aforementioned status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land case.
It began with the purge of hundreds of documents and presentations from counterterrorism manuals, leading to the creation of the FBIs Touchstone Document. That document finally codified the Obama administrations increasingly despicable approach to terror. It articulates a new policy that ought to enrage every American, even as it will undoubtedly endanger us all (emphasis added):
Training must clearly distinguish between constitutionally protected statements and activities designed to achieve political, social, or other objectives, and violent extremism, which is characterized by the use, threatened use, or advocacy of use of force or violence (when directed at and likely to incite imminent lawless activity) in violation of federal law to further a movements social or political ideologies. This distinction includes recognition of the corresponding principle that mere association with organizations that demonstrate both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a determination that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organizations illicit objective(s).
In other words, if a terrorist group performs any advocacy function, such as building a school or a day care center, the FBI cannot jump to conclusions about individuals associated with the group, even if it is also perpetrating mass murder. Thus, as Poole notes, the terror support of this administrations Muslim outreach partners is absolved with a rhetorical sleight-of-hand.
The result? This is why Mohamed Majid, who just a few years before was treated as a pariah by the Attorney General of the United States after federal prosecutors named his organization as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and a supporter of terrorism in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history, can just a few short years later not only be rehabilitated, but can regularly be foundmuch as al-Qaida fundraiser Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi who preceded hima frequent visitor to the White House, writes Poole.
Poole then goes on to reveal a parade of rehabilitated terrorists and their organizations that have been, and will continue to be, welcomed into the country by the Obama administration. These include people like Hani Nour Eldin, a known member of the U.S.-designated terrorist group Egyptian al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya, who visited the White House in 2012 to demand the release of Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. Rahman was convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Sudanese war criminal Nafie Ali Nafie, the architect of two genocides in that nation, also got the red carpet treatment, receiving an invitation to the State Department as part of a Sudanese delegation.
Poole further reveals that such monstrous accommodation begets an even more insidious downside. No sooner had the White Houses new outreach policy been announced, when it became clear that one of the policy outcomes of this relationship was the administrations enforcement of a blacklist of subject matter experts deemed enemies by their Muslim partners, he writes. Coupled with the Islamophobic purge of law enforcement training manuals, the Obama administration began fully embracing this Alice in Wonderland approach to terror, best described as one that allows enemies of the United States to help us decide who our enemies are and who they arent.
Poole uses a quote by Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted the Blind Sheikh, to encapsulate the insidiousness of this policy. I marched into the courtroom every day for nine months and proved that there was an undeniable nexus between Islamic doctrine and terrorism committed by Muslims And when I demonstrated the straight-line, undeniable logic of the evidencethat scripture informed the Blind Sheikhs directives; that those directives informed his terrorist subordinates; and that those subordinates then committed atrocitiesthe government gave me the Justice Departments highest award, McCarthy writes. Today, Id be ostracized. No longer is the government content to be willfully blind. Today, it is defiantly, coercively, extortionately blind.
It is far worse than that. When five members of Congress led by the retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attempted to ascertain the level of Islamic infiltration into the government of the United States, members of both political parties, along with the media, excoriated their efforts to protect the American public. Their ire was further stoked by the groups inquiry into Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedins family, despite the reality that her mother, brother and deceased father are/were members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliate organization, the Muslim Sisterhood. Ironically, given the parameters of the Touchstone Document, it would now likely be irrelevant if Huma Abedin herself belonged to either branch of the organization.
Yet as this extensive investigation by Poole reveals, Bachmann, et al., have not only been vindicated, they may have underestimated the problem. It remains to be seen if Congress, already up to its necks in administration scandals, will be willing to take this one on as well. As the atrocity in Boston indicates, American lives literally depend on it.
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Thread on Poole's original article
This is the REAL scandal of this administration.
"Whachoo gonna do 'bout it, Cracker-ass!"
Especially when he's giving the orders, such as when he personally selects drone targets. Loves it!
The only thing that bothers me about the extent of the damage to the Republic and the scope of the treason within D.C. is that zero is given all the credit. That is what makes is all so unbelievable. I think that a name for the organization should be created. Anyway, in case this thread was missed:
IRS exempts terror front group over tea party ( CAIR )
Have you listened to any interviews with Diana West about her new book, American Betrayal?
I don't have the book yet, but over weekend, I have listened to 5-6 interviews, several a 2nd time.
Her interview with Gaffney may be the most bang for buck because she has been concentrated on Islamofascism, and the query for her book is WHY, given the presentation of irrefutable facts, do "folks" insist on remaining in willful denial.
She looked for historical precedent and found it.
Other interviews, while good, mostly concentrate on the ground-breaking precedent and don't circle round to the current analogy and the raison d'être for her research. Gaffney opens with it.
The mp3 interview with Gaffney--- total about 35 minutes:
Another interviewer who gets it. Starts at min 20