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Removing Norquist's burkha (Grover Norquist Alert)
WorldNetDaily ^ | May 31st, 2002 | Ellen Ratner

Posted on 02/22/2003 7:19:38 PM PST by Sabertooth

Everybody knows that the issue of patriotism belongs to the right – right? And everybody knows that all those Americans who consort with those hostile to America are all left – right? You know, "Hanoi" Jane Fonda and Alger Hiss and the rest of those liberals – right?

Well, here's a newsflash, folks – in this new millennium, it's not just my friends on the left playing footsie with the unfriendlies, they're also the right – right here in old (Potomac) River City, as "The Music Man" sang it. It's a Bushie, in fact – a man who has the president's ear on the subject of presenting the worst forces of Islam in the best possible light, War on Terrorism be damned.

Today's Music Man is someone I respect: Grover Norquist. Most of my right-leaning readers may remember Mr. Norquist as president of Americans for Tax Reform, a group dedicated to reducing income and other taxes. Now I've never agreed with Norquist – if anything, Americans are undertaxed, especially the rich – but there was no denying his effectiveness and sincerity at making his arguments.

Times have changed, however, and Norquist has added new ventures. His new project – one that should concern all Americans – is his efforts to bring Islamic fundamentalists into the Republican Party … without regard to how they feel about terrorism or Americans, let alone Republicans.

Remember Bush's photo-op in the mosque where the president stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a line-up of Arab-Americans and spouted the, "Islam is a religion of peace" slogan? That meeting was set up by Norquist. In fact, Islam is a religion of peace – but not the way it is practiced by those brought in by Mr. Norquist. Of the various Islamic leaders present, virtually every one is on record praising Hamas ("freedom fighters"), claiming the Israelis were behind 9-11 or threatening the United States with "the wrath of God" for defending our interests abroad.

In bringing these types to President Bush, Norquist wasn't just being a good citizen. He was the man behind the Bush-push into Michigan's Arab neighborhoods, and, in fact, claimed credit for "delivering" the Arab vote to the Republicans – even though Bush lost Michigan. Portraying himself as a front man for the "Arab vote" enhances the Beltway's perception of Norquist as a man with a constituency – a strong card to play for a man who makes his living lobbying the government.

In fact, Norquist has represented at least one Arab satrapy – Qatar – in its dealings with Washington. Several years ago, Norquist and Khaled Saffuri – an Arab American who had been employed by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – set up something called The Islamic Institute – which for a time just happened to have the same address as the Americans for Tax Reform.

Is it fair to ask any of my valued right-wing readers who might have contributed money to Norquist's tax-reform effort to ask him if any bucks migrated to the Islamic Institute? If any money did go in that direction, I'll bet it doesn't anymore. The reason is today the Institute is probably rolling in dough, starting with the $150,000 received from the government of Qatar.

And what, pray tell, were the Qataris (a state that is the home of al-Jazeera Television) getting for all that moolah? For starters, a very expensive op-ed piece in the Washington Times in which Norquist touted his Qatari clients as enshrining "values of universal suffrage, a free press and human rights." He wrote this about a country that, according to international watchdogs, is rated near the bottom of a whole list of human rights and economic freedoms. I doubt that he'd ever say such a thing about Israel, the Middle East's only real democracy. But, of course, the Israelis probably haven't paid him $150,000.

And if anybody thinks this is some Jewish liberal's attempt to play "Gotcha" with Mr. Norquist, think again. Grover Norquist's own pals on the right are reportedly unhappy with him. His Arabian elbow rubbing has garnered criticism from such respected righties as Paul Weyrich and William Murray, head of the Religious Freedom Coalition.

Look, when Fonda and Hiss supposedly made their contributions to our enemy's welfare, at least they believed in what they were doing. The sound of "ka-ching" nary was heard. But I suppose that when free market right-wingers do it, it's driven by their own ideological passions – ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching.

I've known Grover Norquist for years, and he is a man of talent and conviction. But he's lost me on this one.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: enemywithin; grovernorquist; norquist
From the article…

In fact, Norquist has represented at least one Arab satrapy – Qatar – in its dealings with Washington. Several years ago, Norquist and Khaled Saffuri – an Arab American who had been employed by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – set up something called The Islamic Institute – which for a time just happened to have the same address as the Americans for Tax Reform.

Is it fair to ask any of my valued right-wing readers who might have contributed money to Norquist's tax-reform effort to ask him if any bucks migrated to the Islamic Institute? If any money did go in that direction, I'll bet it doesn't anymore. The reason is today the Institute is probably rolling in dough, starting with the $150,000 received from the government of Qatar.

Ouch! But there's more...

The documents come in many flavors. They include Saudi-government accounting schedules showing the amount of money paid to individual Palestinians and their families, with the names of suicide bombers and others who carried out armed attacks against Israelis highlighted in yellow, blue and pink. They include correspondence between Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Saudi government that discusses the payments. They also include a damning letter from the Saudis complaining that the Palestinians had exposed the secret financial ties by allowing the publication of a Feb. 19 report in the PA publication al-Hayat al-Jedida thanking Saudi Arabia for assisting the families of terrorists killed in attacks on Israelis. < -snip- >

Other foreign donors included the largest Muslim charity in the United States, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) in Richardson, Texas, whose assets were frozen in December 2001 on presidential order because of its alleged ties to terrorist groups.

The HLF frequently has been singled out by the Israelis as a major source of funding for Hamas. Last year, it raised an estimated $13 million, which it boasted of donating to charities in the West Bank and Gaza. HLF supporters, which include groups such as the American Muslim Council and the Islamic Association for Palestine, claim they merely are providing humanitarian aid for Palestinian families, much as the Saudis are doing today.

Khaled Saffuri, a former legislative director of the American Muslim Council who now heads the Islamic Institute in Washington, has met with top Justice Department officials several times since the HLF was shut down — including a private dinner with U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft — questioning the breadth and manner of the FBI crackdown on Muslim charities in America. Saffuri openly boasts of his ties to the Bush White House and to top Republican strategist Grover Norquist, who cofounded the Islamic Institute four years ago.

In a meeting with Insight editors last week, Saffuri firmly denounced Hamas, Hezbollah and all other terrorist groups. He called for Arafat's ouster. Norquist, also present at the meeting, heatedly dismissed critics of his efforts on behalf of Saffuri and other Muslim leaders, some of whom have been tied to Hamas fund-raising efforts in the United States, as "bigots" and "racists spreading lies."

< -snip- >

Documents seized by the Israelis suggest that the substantial payments distributed to the families were a key element in recruiting suicide bombers. The one-time grants amounted to $25,000 per family from the government of Iraq, $5,300 from Saudi Arabia, $2,000 from the PA and $500 each from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Kenneth R. Timmerman - Insight Magazine

Well, that should cover it, right? However…

Under Saffuri's leadership, the Islamic Institute has attacked the Bush Administration's investigations of radical Muslim groups and closures of organizations suspected of funding terrorists. The Institute has been funded by groups raided in the above-mentioned terrorist financing investigations. It lobbied intensively against portions of the USA Patriot Act. And Saffuri has personally denounced the President's listing of the Holy Land Foundation as a charity that supported terrorist organizations. He has acknowledged sponsoring the children of suicide bombers through the Foundation, even after its closure by the government.
Frank Gaffney Jr. - Townhall.com

So, Saffuri denounces Hamas, yet defends the Holy Land Foundation, which supports Hamas. More on the HLF…

Helping fund-raise for terrorism: The Holy Land Foundation is one of the main American conduits of money to Hamas; not surprisingly, AMC has lavished praise on it, bestowing an award on it for a "strong global vision." When President Bush closed Holy Land after 9/11 for collecting money "used to support the Hamas terror organization," AMC responded by condemning the president's act as "particularly disturbing . . . unjust and counterproductive."
Daniel Pipes - DanielPipes.org

BTW, the American Muslim Council has also had plenty of White House access…

On the Republican side, activist Grover Norquist and Rep. Tom Davis have been loyal advocates of Muslim causes. Davis's role has been more conventional, marked most notably by his shepherding through Congress the bill to require the Postal Service to issue an Islamic religious stamp, inconveniently issued last September. Norquist, on the other hand, has been much more pro-active, claiming last year in The American Spectator that Muslims were responsible for President Bush's election victory. He is a founding director of the Islamic Institute, which received funds from the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim "charity" shut down by the FBI in December. Norquist has also ushered into the White House a collection of anti-Israel groups, including the Council on American Islamic Affairs, the American Muslim Council, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Mark Krikorian - National Review Online

Other names…

The target of an anti-terrorist raid in the United States last week provided funds for an Islamic group with close ties to the Republican party and the White House.

The Safa trust, a Saudi-backed charity, has provided funds for a political group called the Islamic Institute, which was set up to mobilise support for the Republican party. It shares an office in Washington with the Republican activist Grover Norquist.

The institute, founded in 1999 to win influence in the Republican party, has helped to arrange meetings between senior Bush officials and Islamic leaders, according to the report in Newsweek magazine. Its s chairman, Khaled Saffuri, and Mr Norquist cooperated to arrange the meetings.

The trust gave $20,000 (£14,000) to the institute, which also received $20,000 from a board member of the Success Foundation, according to the report. The institute has also received money from abroad, including$200,000 from Qatar and $55,000 from Kuwait. The institute says that none of the money came with strings attached.

Mr Norquist, who is a member of the institute's board, said that it existed "to promote democracy and free markets. Any effort to imply guilt by association is incompetent McCarthyism".
Duncan Campbell - Guardian Unlimited

Well then, I suppose the only course of action is to go to the top…

WASHINGTON -- Two weeks after his agents raided the offices of several Islamic charities and businesses suspected of financing terrorism, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill met with two politically connected Muslim activists, one a longtime Bush family associate, who each had a tie to the targeted groups.

The April 4 luncheon with Mr. O'Neill was convened to allow Muslim-Americans to voice complaints about the March 20 raid on the International Institute for Islamic Thought and 19 related entities that operate out of offices at 555 Grove St. in Herndon, Va., a Washington suburb.

Among the Muslim leaders attending was Talat Othman, a longtime associate and supporter of President Bush's family who gave a benediction at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in August 2000. Mr. Othman went to the Treasury representing the Arab-American Business and Professional Association. But he also serves on the board of Amana Mutual Funds Trust, an investment firm founded by M. Yacqub Mirza, the Northern Virginia businessman who set up most of the entities targeted by the Treasury and whose tax records were sought in the raid.

Also at the meeting was Khaled Saffuri, head of the Islamic Institute, a group he co-founded with GOP activist Grover Norquist to organize conservative Muslims. The institute has accepted $20,000 in contributions from another Grove Street entity suspected of terrorist connections, the Safa Trust, as earlier reported by Newsweek. Asked for comment, Mr. Norquist, a board member of the institute, confirmed the donation. Mr. Saffuri couldn't be reached.
Glenn R. Simpson - Wall Street Journal

Isn't this getting a little close to abusing political access to affect the course of an investigation?





1 posted on 02/22/2003 7:19:38 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: CheneyChick; vikingchick; Victoria Delsoul; WIMom; one_particular_harbour; kmiller1k; mhking; ...
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2 posted on 02/22/2003 7:20:34 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
And Sami Al-Arian, now sitting in jail for supporting terrorism, was a public Bush backer in 2000.

What's her point?

Oh wait, I know. Bush and Republicans are evil.
3 posted on 02/22/2003 7:21:43 PM PST by TheAngryClam (Affirmative Action is Racism)
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To: Sabertooth
BUMP
4 posted on 02/22/2003 7:23:10 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TheAngryClam
And Sami Al-Arian, now sitting in jail for supporting terrorism, was a public Bush backer in 2000.

What's her point?

It's on her head. Ratner licks the inside of toilet bowls.

That said, Grover Norquist is responsible for Al-Arian's support of Bush, and all the photo-ops with Bush.

In a contest of bona fides of Gaffney's vs. Norquist's, I can't imagine why anyone would line up behind Grover.

5 posted on 02/22/2003 7:28:25 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: TheAngryClam
What's her point?

Oh wait, I know. Bush and Republicans are evil.

Had you spent more than two minutes polishing your post, you might have read far enough down to see that neither the posted article, nor any of the articles I posted in my comment at #1, focus on President Bush.




6 posted on 02/22/2003 7:28:54 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth; hellinahandcart; KLT; kristinn; Angelwood; Xthe17th; L_Von_Mises; nutmeg
Screw Norquist!

I saw him recently (CPAC 03) rant and get all dewey eyed over "We're all immigrants."

The country is falling to pieces because of him and Karl Rove.

7 posted on 02/22/2003 7:30:59 PM PST by sauropod (It's OK to drive an SUV if it helps you get babes.....)
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To: TheAngryClam
Ellen Ratner leading the charge against Norquist..... Enuf said, Some people can't help becoming tools for the left. There is nothing educational or worth debating about Ellen Ratner, She is a leftist and seeks to drive a wedge between conservatives and this Bru Ha Ha between Norquist and Gafney is an opportunity for her and some around here can't grasp this
8 posted on 02/22/2003 7:32:05 PM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: Sabertooth
In fact, Norquist has represented at least one Arab satrapy – Qatar – in its dealings with Washington.

To be fair, Qatar is one of our best allies in the war on terror.

But everything else Norquist is doing is extremely slimy. He thinks Muslims will soon outnumber Jews in America, so it would be better to win their votes.

9 posted on 02/22/2003 7:35:06 PM PST by xm177e2 (smile) :-)
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To: MJY1288
Osama bin Laden wanted to drive a wedge between America and Saudi Arabia (that's why he used Saudi hijackers). Well, Osama was right: America and the current government of Saudi Arabia shouldn't be friends. The House of Saud has been waging a terror war against us for years. Ratner is right about Norquist, and she's hardly "leading the charge."
10 posted on 02/22/2003 7:36:56 PM PST by xm177e2 (smile) :-)
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To: xm177e2
I lost all respect for Norquist when I saw the way he attacked Gafney. Norquist doesn't have the influence he thinks he does at the White House. He has placed letters on the record in support of Bush's policies and that's about it. For him to claim he has the inside skinny at the White House is laughable. Gafney has also acted like an ass as well. The two of them shouldn't air their dirty laundry in public. They both lose
11 posted on 02/22/2003 7:39:43 PM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: xm177e2
To be honest, I wont read anything by her and you are correct, my statement that she was leading the charge is off base, I just dislike her intensely and I wouldn't ever post a single word of anything she has ever written and her opinion of Norquist isn't worth the bandwidth it uses
12 posted on 02/22/2003 7:42:31 PM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: xm177e2
"Well, Osama was right: America and the current government of Saudi Arabia shouldn't be friends."

I agree about being frinds with them, But I don't see a reason to cut all ties with them. We have a significant investment in the Prince Sultan Air Base and ending our business ties with Saudi Arabia would not solve a thing. I don't think any of the great minds in foriegn affairs consider the Saudi's as a solid partner or allie. My opinion of why we havn't cut all ties with them is that it makes no sense to bite your nose off to spite your face. In other words, They are not our mortal enemy, we can't trust them, but they do serve a purpose

13 posted on 02/22/2003 7:50:44 PM PST by MJY1288 (It's Time To Roll)
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To: MJY1288
I didn't say we should cut all ties, we should keep them so long as they are advantageous to us.
14 posted on 02/22/2003 8:05:18 PM PST by xm177e2 (smile) :-)
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To: MJY1288
Ellen Ratner leading the charge against Norquist..... Enuf said,

Attack the messenger, by all means. Don't produce any refutations of substance.

Some people can't help becoming tools for the left. There is nothing educational or worth debating about Ellen Ratner, She is a leftist and seeks to drive a wedge between conservatives and this Bru Ha Ha between Norquist and Gafney is an opportunity for her and some around here can't grasp this

Oops. Read the date of the article.

By defending Norquist, you do not help Bush.




15 posted on 02/22/2003 8:06:34 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
This is proof that even a mindless leftist Clinton kneepad supporter journalist will like a blind squirrel eventually hit upon a golden nut. I would not dismiss this article ad hominem. I find it disturbing.
16 posted on 02/22/2003 8:07:00 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: MJY1288
The two of them shouldn't air their dirty laundry in public.

There is a slight difference between the two -- Norquist is closely identified with the White House; Gaffney is not. Norquist took his temper tantrum to FNC two weeks ago -- I can't believe that was helpful to the White House in this critical time. He needs to crawl back under his rock and stop providing groups such as AMC, MPAC and CAIR with access to the White House. For God's sake, all of them support Hamas, defend Al-Arian and stifle any chance that moderate Muslims will be heard.

I detest Ratner, too -- but would you expect the liberal press not to pick up on this when Norquist won't back off?

Gaffney, Daniel Pipes and Murray have been writing about this extremist connection since 9/11 -- the only thing new is that Norquist has become more vocal, and dangerous, than ever.

17 posted on 02/22/2003 8:07:57 PM PST by browardchad
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To: sinkspur

It's on her head. Ratner licks the inside of toilet bowls.

That said, Grover Norquist is responsible for Al-Arian's support of Bush, and all the photo-ops with Bush.

In a contest of bona fides of Gaffney's vs. Norquist's, I can't imagine why anyone would line up behind Grover.

Agreed on all points. What does it say when even Ratner can clean Norquist's clock?




18 posted on 02/22/2003 8:08:26 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: xm177e2
To be fair, Qatar is one of our best allies in the war on terror.

Check the Timmerman link at #1. Qatar is an ally with one hand, while funding Palestinian suicide bombings with the other.

Just like the patron of Norquist's Islamic Institute, the Holy Land Foundation.




19 posted on 02/22/2003 8:11:34 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
This is proof that even a mindless leftist Clinton kneepad supporter journalist will like a blind squirrel eventually hit upon a golden nut. I would not dismiss this article ad hominem. I find it disturbing.

Thanks for looking at Grover Norquist with an open mind. Did you follow the links at #1?




20 posted on 02/22/2003 8:13:42 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: browardchad; TLBSHOW; Fred Mertz
Gaffney, Daniel Pipes and Murray have been writing about this extremist connection since 9/11 -- the only thing new is that Norquist has become more vocal, and dangerous, than ever.

Well, yes, playing the race card is a new low for Norquist.

But another change in the situation is that the indictment of al Arian illustrates how wrong Norquist has been, and what a political danger he is for the Bush White House.

21 posted on 02/22/2003 8:18:09 PM PST by aristeides
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To: aristeides
But another change in the situation is that the indictment of al Arian illustrates how wrong Norquist has been, and what a political danger he is for the Bush White House.

Not just political danger for President Bush, but literal and actual danger for all of us.

22 posted on 02/22/2003 8:30:25 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The LMDC can go to hell)
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To: Sabertooth
Some thoughts on this article by Ellen Ratner:

I tried, but I'm sorry, I stopped when Ratner complained that Americans are undertaxed. Not us, Ellen, just you. Pay up.

Any conversation that begins with her dribble (no, I did not mean to say "drivel") is worth only the observation that the conversation is not worth having.

23 posted on 02/22/2003 8:32:14 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: aristeides
As I said on another thread there is no word from the White House that I have found that President Bush has cut off GN nor has Frank found that yet. So the danger still lurks.
24 posted on 02/22/2003 8:53:45 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: AmishDude
well then come on over here
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/849446/posts?page=
26 posted on 02/22/2003 8:55:36 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: sinkspur
I don't think I've ever seen anyone as well named as Ellen Ratner .
Well, outside of porn stars...
27 posted on 02/22/2003 9:24:48 PM PST by DAnconia55
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To: Buckhead
I'd love some tips on how to get a group to distance itself from him.
29 posted on 02/22/2003 9:55:56 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The LMDC can go to hell)
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To: Sabertooth
May 31st, 2002 | Ellen Ratner

Thanks for digging this one up, Sabertooth. Apparently the warning signs have been out there all along, although it was beneath my radar screen until the past week.

30 posted on 02/22/2003 10:35:20 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Buckhead
Good ideas, but I'm dealing with someone a bit more hardheaded.
32 posted on 02/22/2003 10:43:08 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The LMDC can go to hell)
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To: Sabertooth
You can almost hear the wheels of the Democrat machine turning. They will really be whirring in about a year.
33 posted on 02/22/2003 10:43:30 PM PST by chnsmok
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To: Sabertooth
Good post, Saber.

Norquist and his terrorist buddies all need to be sent packing.

34 posted on 02/22/2003 10:55:03 PM PST by Pelham
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To: xm177e2
Osama bin Laden wanted to drive a wedge between America and Saudi Arabia (that's why he used Saudi hijackers).

Just a point of information: far too many of the hijackers had the same surnames, or first and last names beginning with the letter "A." Many were using false identities. We've got a better handle on the ringleaders than we do about many of the pawns. Also, at least two were almost certainly Pakistani.

Bin Laden and Al Zawahiri were from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and bitterly resented their governments' relationships (such as they are) with the US. By using only Egyptian and Saudi passports, they had hoped to break those ties and incite a pan-Islamic jihad against the US and Israel.




35 posted on 02/23/2003 12:27:48 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Fred Mertz
This situation goes back quite a while --

GROVER NORQUIST'S STRANGE ALLIANCE WITH RADICAL ISLAM

Fevered Pitch -- by Franklin Foer - Post date 11.01.01 | Issue date 11.12.01

36 posted on 02/23/2003 4:01:23 AM PST by veronica
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Muslim council takes complaints to Bush

Ralph Z. Hallow
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Published February 21, 2003


The Muslim Public Affairs Council is organizing a campaign to complain to the White House about David A. Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union and Frank J. Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who have criticized access to President Bush by groups they regard as radical Islamists.
     The Muslim council posted this call for action on its Internet site, together with praise for Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, who has worked with Islamic groups in behalf of the Republican Party.
     Mr. Norquist has accused Mr. Gaffney of "racism" and religious bigotry, but he said he has had nothing to do with the criticism of Mr. Keene and Mr. Gaffney by the Muslim council, which he described as a "Democrat" group with which he has little contact.
     The National Journal reported that Mr. Norquist once arranged a meeting between the Muslim Public Affairs Council, other Muslim groups and George W. Bush, when he was a candidate for president. Mr. Norquist said he didn't do that.
     Several national security experts have expressed concern about the support they say the Muslim council extended to Hamas and other organizations that the Bush administration has designated as terrorist groups. Salam Al-Marayati, the executive director of the Muslim council, said his organization has condemned Hamas and other organizations that support Palestinian suicide bombers.
     "We are the only Muslim organization that has an official counter-terrorism policy position paper, and we accept no money from foreign groups," Mr. Al-Marayati said.
     Mr. Gaffney, a critic of radical Muslim groups, said that the Muslim council and the Council on American Islamic Relations "have done nothing to help the nation fight the war on terror." Mr. Keene, once a vice presidential aide to the late Spiro T. Agnew, has long had a behind-the-scenes relationship with top officials in Republican administrations, including Vice President Richard B. Cheney.
     Mr. Gaffney, who was an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, maintains ties with the Bush administration. Douglas J. Feith, a former chairman of his Center for Security Policy, is an undersecretary of defense for policy. Twenty-three members of Mr. Gaffney's advisory council hold top positions in the Bush administration.
     Mr. Keene and the American Conservative Union have on occasion worked with liberal organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, to oppose Bush administration anti-terrorism measures that they argue infringe on the civil liberties of Americans.
 
 

From American Jihad, by Steven Emerson:

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was founded in 1988 as a nonprofit social welfare organization with a 501(c)(4) tax status. MPAC calls itself a "public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives." While these objectives reflect magnanimous intentions, MPAC's many rallies and sponsored events reveal implicit support of terrorist activities.

On October 28, 2000, MPAC was a cosponsor of a rally in Washington, D.C. in support of the recent spate of violence known as the Al-Aqsa intifada between the Palestinians and the Israelis. (This was the rally at which the American Muslim Council's Abdulrahman Almoudi exhorted the crowd to voice their support for the Hamas and Hizballah terrorist organizations.)

During these exhortations, MPAC's Political Advisor, Mahdi Bray, stood directly behind Alamoudi and was seen jubilantly exclaiming his support for these two deadly terrorist organizations. Dr. Maher Hathout, MPAC's Senior Advisor, also participated in this rally. Later, in an article in The American Muslim, rather than condemning the rally for its extremist and militant views, Hathout heralded the rally as a marker of a "new era:" "The rally in Washington, D.C. was the embodiment of this new phase of activism in the United States. . . [T]he speakers and the slogans were relevant and pertinent to the American seen [sic] . . . It was then not a normal rally . . . it transcended the barriers and limitations of a specific local struggle. . . .It is a new era. . ."

On December 22, 2000, MPAC's Mahdi Bray organized a rally in Lafayette Park outside the White House to celebrate a "Worldwide Day for Jerusalem." In Arabic, the crowd reponsively chanted with the emcee, "Khaybar, Khaybar oh Jews, the Army of Muhammad is coming for you!"  Posters calling for "Death in Israel" and equating the Star of David with the Nazi swastika were openly displayed and anti-Semitic literature calling for the destruction of the Jews and Israel were distributed. Members of the crowd burned the Israeli flag while marching from the White House to the State Department.

Bray also spoke at this rally, along with Imam Mohammed al-Asi, former director of the Islamic Education Center in Potomac, Maryland, who exhorted the crowd to violence in the name of Islam. Al-Asi said: Now, all our khatibs (speakers), our imams, our public speakers, should be concentrating on militarizing the Muslim public. This is not a time to make a speaking issue out of this. . . .Muslims have to familiarize themselves with every means possible. . . .Rhetoric is not going to liberate Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa. Only carrying guns will do this task. And it's not going to be someone else who is going to carry arms for you and for me. It is you and me who are going to carry these arms."

MPAC's response to a bombing in Jerusalem that killed fifteen, including six children, was telling. On August 9, 2001, a suicide bomber entered a pizza parlor and detonated a bomb that was strapped to his body. A press release by MPAC responded: "[The Jerusalem bombing] is the expected bitter result of the reckless policy of Israeli assassination that did not spare children and political figures. . . .MPAC holds Israel responsible for this pattern of violence."

MPAC also justified Hizballah's 1983 bombing of the American Marine barracks in Beirut as a "military operation" rather than a terrorist attack. "Hezbollah organized the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983 killing 241 marines, the largest number of American troops killed in a single operation since the end of the Vietnam war. Yet this attack, for all the pain it caused, was not in a strict sense, a terrorist operation. It was a military operation, producing no civilian casualties -- exactly the kind of attack that Americans might have lauded had it been directed against Washington's enemies."

In November 1999 Salaam al-Marayati (quoted in the Washington Times, above), Executive Director and one of the Founders of MPAC, appeared on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." He responded to accusations that he supports Hizballah. Rather than condemning the terrorist organization, he explained: "If the Lebanese people are resisting Israeli intransigence on Lebanese soil, that is the right or resistance and they have the right to target Israeli soldiers in this conflict. That is not terrorism. That is legitimate resistance. That could be called liberation movement, that could be called anything, but it's not terrorism."

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It's important to understand the nature of these groups whose access to the White House -- and presumably to policy -- is being strenuously opposed by Gaffney, Daniel Pipes, Steven Emerson and a host of other terrorism experts. It's also interesting to note, in light of the Al-Arian indictment, how these groups are now defending Al-Arian's actions as "fighting for the liberation of the Palestinians," with claims that his "Death to Israel" rants did not actually incite to violence, but were simply rhetoric -- in this light, note the words of Mahdi Bray at the MPAC rally: "Rhetoric is not going to liberate Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa. Only carrying guns will do this task. And it's not going to be someone else who is going to carry arms for you and for me. It is you and me who are going to carry these arms."

Also note how the car-bomb murder of 241 U.S. Marines in Beirut is also seen by this group as a justifiable "military operation." Their hate is not limited to Israel -- it is very much directed to the very country that shelters them, and gives them the freedom to spew their venom in front of "the people's house" -- and now gives them the privilege of entering the very house that may have been demolished, had 9/11 been entirely successful


37 posted on 02/23/2003 8:59:36 AM PST by browardchad
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To: veronica
Thanks for the link, but I'm unable to access it at the moment. Could it have been sanitized?
38 posted on 02/23/2003 9:01:14 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: browardchad; TLBSHOW; bvw
Good info; thanks for compiling it.
39 posted on 02/23/2003 9:09:58 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
I am able to read access and read it. I'll try and find another link to it as well. That is the cached google link.
40 posted on 02/23/2003 9:10:00 AM PST by veronica
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To: Fred Mertz
bttt
41 posted on 02/23/2003 9:57:23 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Fred Mertz; veronica
Try this...


GROVER NORQUIST'S STRANGE ALLIANCE WITH RADICAL ISLAM
Franklin Foer - The New Republic





42 posted on 02/23/2003 1:05:54 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Seeking the truth
Norquist....Norquist....Norquist....

Does that name ring a bell to you?

43 posted on 02/23/2003 1:50:10 PM PST by diotima (GO ON THE FREEPER CRUISE!)
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks, that link worked fine for me. I don't know why I couldn't access Veronica's.
44 posted on 02/23/2003 6:19:36 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Sabertooth; Marine Inspector

This boy, Norquist, needs to go down. With our success in the recent election, there has never been a better time to clean house. We need to do it now, so we can approach '06 and '08 with new ideas and without this sort of baggage. Also, Norquist is not alone, there are others the GOP would be better off without. This big tent is nonsense. We need to be courageous and disown the liabilities.


45 posted on 12/24/2004 3:06:19 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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