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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Video: Louis Farrakhan says Fort Hood Shooter not a Terrorist

So Louis Farrakhan is now making the argument that Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood jihadist who killed 14 and injured 32 on November 9, 2009 was a victim of American terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. No, really. Farrakhan actually puts forth the notion that as an Army psychiatrist, Hasan had to debrief the 'real terrorists' (American soldiers) after they came back from overseas and confessed to him all of the horrible things they had done. No mention of all the red flags about Hasan before he went on his jihad.

Fast forward to the 2:00 mark if pressed for time.

VIa The Blaze:

Who is the Best Anti-Islamist Republican Nominee?

The silence - and in some cases, outright approval for - the Islamist threat when it comes to the current field of Republican nominees is more than just a little disturbing. In the case of Herman Cain, he talked tough at first but then folded by apologizing to the president of the Islamic Society of North America, Mohamed Magid while visiting the latter's mosque. New Jersey governor Chris Christie raised eyebrows after appointing an Islamist-sympathizer to a superior court judgeship and then ridiculed those who objected. For a time, it looked like Christie would not run but with Rick Perry's early success, he may be back in as a prospect.

Robert Spencer analyzes this over at Human Events:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has set many a heart a-flutter by joining the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination, but not so fast: Hard-Left advocacy journalist Justin Elliott of Salon hailed Perry as the “pro-Sharia candidate,” and exulted that Perry “is a friend of the the Aga Khan, the religious leader of the Ismailis, a sect of Shia Islam that claims a reported 15 to 20 million adherents worldwide. Sprouting from that friendship are at least two cooperation agreements between the state of Texas and Ismaili institutions, including a far-reaching program to educate Texas schoolchildren about Islam.”

The Ismailis are a peaceful sect, but such educational efforts are unlikely to be honest about the Islamic texts and teachings that jihad terrorists use to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Nor are they likely to be forthright about Islam’s bloody history of war against and conquest and subjugation of Jews, Christians, Hindus and others. All that is likely to be whitewashed, especially given Perry’s apparent friendship with Republican power broker Grover Norquist.

David Horowitz wrote years ago that Norquist was working with “prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities.” Norquist is unrepentant and continues to partner with Islamic supremacists.
As for Christie, he has openly embraced an Islamist with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood ties while promoting that Islamist's attorney to the judgeship:
Also among the presidential hopefuls, albeit as yet undeclared, is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who this year appointed a Muslim attorney, Sohail Mohammed, to a Superior Court judgeship in Passaic County. Mohammed was the lawyer for Mohammad Qatanani, a Muslim Brotherhood operative who pleaded guilty to membership in the jihad terror group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Christie knew this, yet called Qatanani “a man of great good will” and “a constructive force,” and fought Department of Homeland Security efforts to deport him. When challenged, Christie defended his actions and went out of his way to slam opposition to Sharia in the U.S. as “crap.”

Is Qatanani entitled to legal representation? Of course. Should Mohammed's taking of the case stigmatize him as sympathetic with Qatanani's pro-jihad views and ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood? Certainly not. But when Christie praises Qatanani as a “constructive force” and fights his deportation despite knowing of his membership in a jihad terror group (Hamas) and the Islamic supremacist group par excellence (the Muslim Brotherhood), and then appoints his lawyer to a judgeship, it becomes clear what is going on here.
The question of who in the Republican field understands the threat becomes increasingly more important. Rick Santorum gets it but he's on his way out of the race. Bachmann might but she hasn't said much about it. Aside from that, no one in the current field has given any indication of grasping the clear and present danger from the Islamist movements inside our own borders.

Read it all.

Texas Senator John Cornyn Taking Notice of Fast and Furious

Last week, Texas senator John Cornyn sent Eric Holder a letter demanding answers relative to concerns that there may have been a Fast and Furious style operation in Texas - in addition to Phoenix. This week, it was announced that three of the most suspect individuals at ATF - Supervisor William McMahon, William Newell, and David Voth - are getting promotions. Both McMahon and Newell testified in front of the House Oversight Committee on July 26th, with Newell looking particularly bad. Voth's very damaging e-mails were made public several months ago.

It appears that these promotions are so egregious on their face that Cornyn is taking notice. Via the Washington Times:
A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday described as “inconceivable” a Justice Department decision to promote key Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) personnel who oversaw the controversial “Fast and Furious” weapons investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to be walked into Mexico to new positions in Washington.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who last week demanded that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. immediately brief his office regarding the “scope and details of any past or present ATF gun-walking programs” in his state, said until Mr. Holder and the department “come clean” on the gun-walking investigation, “it is inconceivable to reward those who spearheaded this disastrous operation with cushy desks in Washington.”

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.
The over-the-top nature of these promotions may lead to suspicions about motive when it comes to the DOJ decision to grant them. Rewarding bad behavior or poor performance may be in the eye of the beholder. Were these guys rewarded for not revealing the truth to investigators? Time will tell but here is a list of who was promoted to what and why - according to acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson:
Mr. McMahon, who told a House committee he shared responsibility for “mistakes that were made” in the Fast and Furious operation, was promoted Sunday to deputy assistant director of the ATF's Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations — which investigates suspected misconduct by employees.

Mr. Newell, former ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division who steadfastly defended the program in his committee testimony, was named as special assistant to the assistant director of the agency’s Office of Management in Washington.

Mr. Voth, ATF Group VII Strike Force supervisor who oversaw day-to-day operations of the Fast and Furious investigation, was moved to Washington to become branch chief for the ATF’s tobacco division.

In an agency-wide memo, Acting ATF Director Kenneth E. Melson said the agents were promoted because of “the skills and abilities they have demonstrated throughout their careers.”
It would appear that ATF leadership as well as the DOJ, which obviously approved these promotions given the attention this case is already getting, is thumbing its nose at Congress.

h/t Sipsey Street
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