As an American citizen and, albeit, up until the past three and a half years, a rather complacent citizen; I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the courageous few who have been sounding the alarm at the pervasive moral decay in our society and the destructive force which political correctness has become in today’s culture. That being said, it appears that we currently have a very grave national security situation, involving the possible infiltration into the highest levels of our government of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose ideology seeks to destroy Western civilization from within. I only learned of this organization in 2008 after following a link about the Holy Land Foundation, “a piggy bank set up by the Brotherhood in the U.S., under the guise of “charity,” to fund Hamas to the tune of tens of millions of dollars during the deadly intifada”. I would encourage everyone, especially those who believe that Michelle Bachman and her group’s recent letter to Congress is much ado about nothing, to commit themselves to seeking the truth and becoming factually informed no matter where the truth leads because time is of the essence…..the enemy is not just knocking at the door, they are quite possibly in the door!
The Michele Bachmann Witch Hunt
The Republican establishment has long kept Michele Bachmann at arm’s length and the exploitation of her simple inquiry into foreign policy matters (along with Louie Gohmert, Tom Rooney, Trent Franks, and Lynn Westmorland) is just another example. What’s worse: they seem eager to work in tandem with the media to help push along the overdramatic and purposeful mischaracterization of the group’s inquiry — and set their sights specifically on Bachmann.I find it particularly fascinating, the way the GOP establishment loves to join in the complaints about media bias while aiding it as it suits them and pretending no one will notice.
The best way to assuage the congressional members’ questions about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration is, of course, to prove that they are irrevocably without merit, which isn’t done by attacking Bachmann ad hominem and challenging her character. Unfortunately, that’s not the route the DC establishment chose.
Andrew McCarthy in his excellent column laid out the officials’ concerns and why there is precedent for the presentation of such an inquiry:
For pointing this out and merely asking the State Department’s inspector general to look into it and report back to Congress — which is part of the IG’s duties under the statute that created his position — McCain & Co. (i.e., his fans in the left-wing media and his admirers in the Republican establishment) are screaming “smear” and “McCarthyism.”
McCain blasted Representative Bachmann and the others, falsely accusing them of doing to his friend Huma what he had actually done to ElBaradei, namely, implicating her as “part of a nefarious conspiracy.”
To the contrary, the House members have drawn no such conclusions. Instead, they have pointed out the State Department’s dramatic, Brotherhood-friendly policy shifts during Ms. Abedin’s tenure as a top adviser to the State Department’s boss. They have asked — completely consistent with national-security guidelines, to which I’ll come shortly — that an investigation into those policy shifts be undertaken. The shrieks aside, this is not remotely unreasonable, nor is it an inquisition into Ms. Abedin’s decency and rectitude.
Read the whole thing. Apparently so much as asking assurances from congress that individuals are vetted — especially now that we’re endorsing Egyptian candidates whose very party affiliation so appalled Senator John McCain just a year ago–is forbidden. I’ll repeat: there are people within the Republican party who feel that asking questions of Congress and the administration is forbidden. Any declaration on the character of any individuals named was the supposition of the media and people like McCain.
All that is situationally excusable with the emergence of Bachmann as a target. It’s convenient. She’s long been the bane of certain Republicans because her record, while not as distinguished or completely demonstrative of Article 1 Section 8, is more conservative than most, and she’s resented for it. Resented–and disliked because she can’t be molded into submission.
I distinctly remember when the grassroots was under attack, when the military-authorized Gadsen flag was cited in a DHS report as a sign of “extremism”–the same report that named individuals as potential domestic terrorists because they dared dissent–only a few elected officials actually came to the movement’s defense. Even fewer defended it without the expected return of favor for campaign help. It’s odd how the same people blasting Bachmann now are the same people silent in those days–or worse, who called that same movement “hobbits” during a fight over the debt ceiling vote.
It’s no shock now that those same individuals seized upon a simple congressional question as a way to justify their ostracism of those congressional members who don’t play the beltway blues.
Dana Loesch had been a liberal, but became a conservative after the September 11 attacks. She became editor-in-chief of Big Journalism, one of the conservative group blogs created by Andrew Breitbart. In February 2011, CNN hired Loesch, Will Cain, and Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, as political analysts in preparation for its 2012 election coverage.
The following audio is of Mark Levin’s interview with Robert Spencer, an American author and blogger best known for Criticism of Islam and research into Islamic terrorism and jihad who received a B.A. in 1983 and an M.A. in 1986 in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Suppose Michele Bachmann Is Right?
By Cal Thomas
Like the ghosts of Shakespeare’s Banquo or Dickens’ Jacob Marley, the specter of the late commie-hunting congressman from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, will always be with us. It is summoned up today, by some on the left, who use it as a tool to thwart legitimate questions about people and ideologies that seek to destroy America.
According to many commentators, the McCarthy spirit has inhabited Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). In several letters to high-ranking government officials, Bachmann has raised questions about Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American, who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bachmann’s concern is Abedin’s relatives in the Middle East some of whom — such as Abedin’s mother — she claims “are connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” Abedin’s job, according to Bachmann, “affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making.” And, as a result of that access, says Bachmann, “The State Department, and in several cases, the specific direction of the secretary of state, have taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”
Sen. John McCain says Abedin is “a dedicated American.” Even if he is correct, the larger issue is being obscured. Many in government and the media don’t want to face the possibility that infiltration is a tactic of Islamic extremists who repeatedly say they want to destroy not only Israel but the “Great Satan” America. Such objectives should be taken seriously, given their violent history.
If you revile Rep. Bachmann, perhaps former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is more to your liking. Charles Moore of the London Daily Telegraph writes that Blair “…now thinks he underestimated the power of the bad ‘narrative’ of Islamist extremists. That narrative — that ‘The West oppresses Islam’ — ‘is still there; if anything, it has grown.’ It seeks ‘supremacy, not coexistence.'” Blair also expressed fear that “The West is asleep on this issue.”
Blair’s view is echoed in “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat” a new book by Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and a former journalist for mainstream publications such as The New York Times, the Cox Newspapers-Atlanta Constitution and The Jerusalem Post. Widlanski’s main point is that political correctness has stifled the West’s ability to understand and fight terror.
Among Widlanski’s criticisms is that the West “came to rely on ‘experts’ without field experience in, or scant knowledge of, the Middle East: people who do not speak the languages, did not study the cultures and do not know the history. Even worse, some ‘experts’ have been forgiving and even sympathetic to the terrorists and their aims.”
National Public Radio reported last month that “The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military.”
What else would infiltration look like? It’s more than an academic question, or a subject for spy novelists. Those who attack Michele Bachmann should answer it.
It might look like CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, which sent a nasty letter to Bachmann concerning her comments about Ms. Abedin. CAIR’s executive director, Nihad Awad, wrote: “We remain eternally grateful that, like Sen. Joseph McCarthy before you, your power is limited, enumerated and constrained by our nation’s constitution.”
According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDR), “an intelligence digest covering developments in the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood network,” documents released in the 2007 Holy Land trial in Dallas, in which federal prosecutors brought charges against the Holy Land Foundation for funding Hamas and other “Islamic terrorist organizations,” revealed the founders and current leadership of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood. A recent post on the GMBDR website discussed an interview with the deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR.
Investigative research posted by the GMBDR “has determined that CAIR had its origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and its leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the U.S. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a ‘war on Islam.'”
In 2009, according to GMBDR, a U.S. federal judge ruled, ‘The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA (Islam in North America) and NAIT (North American Islamic Trust) with (Holy Land Foundation), the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
This is what infiltration looks like.
Government and media elites may not like to hear it from Rep. Bachmann, but suppose her concerns are valid? If people are uncomfortable with her, they can listen to Tony Blair. All ties between Americans and Islamic extremist groups need further and serious investigation.
Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. 540 newspapers in the United States and abroad carry the column, now syndicated by Tribune Media Services in Chicago. For sixteen years Cal Thomas’s column was distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.