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Americans Against Hate Chairman Joe Kaufman has issued a press release stating that a former governmental relations intern for the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has made some rather incendiary remarks in a blog post. Here’s the opening paragraphs of Kaufman’s press release:

In her piece, entitled, ‘Ahmadinejad Visits Columbia,’ speaking about the President of Iran’s call for the destruction of Israel, she wrote, “Wiping other countries off the map? Apartheid Israel is not a country, it was created by wiping Palestine off the map; isn’t all fair in love and war?” She then remarked, “Do we really have the right to be upset at Ahmadinejad for talking about wiping an apartheid ‘state’ off the map?”

Later, Billoo took umbrage with a City Councilman who said that Ahmadinejad had American blood on his hands. She wrote, “Iran has the blood of [sic] Ameircan soldiers on his hands? Way to pass the buck! The blood of those soldiers is squarely on the hands of Bush and Co.! Excuse the Iraqis for attempting to defend themselves in the midst of an illegal war!”

Ms. Billoo’s denials notwithstanding, there is American blood on Iran’s hands. Is she justifying Iran’s supplying Sadr’s militias with explosively formed projectiles (EFP’s)? If she is, then she’s implying that it’s ok for Iran to interfere in another country’s war. It’s one thing to say that Iran has the right to defend itself if another country attacked it. It’s quite another to say that Iran has a right to interfere in another sovereign nation’s internal affairs.

Furthermore, notice the gambit she uses in saying “Excuse the Iraqis for attempting to defend themselves…” Sadr’s militias used Iranian-built EFP’s to kill Iraqi and MNF-I troops in direct disobedience of Maliki’s government. How dare a bunch of renegades take the law into their own hands.

That isn’t all she said in that post:

How dare Condee pass judgment while we are spending billions of dollars on a regular basis to ensure Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and countless other countries stay off the map.

Excuse me? Why is Ms. Billoo complaining about the the US military destroying the oppressive regimes of the Taliban and Saddam? Would she prefer seeing these regimes still in power? As for Palestine staying off the map, that’s their choice. President Bush laid out a roadmap to help create two sovereign nations, Israel and Palestine.

According to President Bush’s plan, that won’t happen until each side meets certain benchmarks. Thus far, Hamas won’t even start working on its responsibilities. Thus, they’ve made their choice to not have their sovereign nation.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

That’s the essence of this NY Times article. I’ll respond to that with a question: Is it wrong for non-Muslims to question the actions of Rep. Keith Ellison, who claims that he’s a mainstream Muslim, when he speaks at the MAS-Minnesota convention? Is it a mainstream Muslim belief that they can spew anti-Semitism on their websites but then pretend to be friends of Jews? Is it a mainstream Muslim practice to refuse to denounce the anti-Semitism found on MAS-Minnesota’s website? That’s what Rep. Ellison has refused to do for over 90 days.

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of stereotype is “a too-simple and therefore distorted image of a group, such as “Football players are stupid” or “The English are cold and unfriendly people.” How is it stereotyping when we’re providing specific, accurate reasons for mistrusting specific Muslims? According to the Dictionary.com definition, stereotypes are categorical in nature. The questions I have are specific and directed at specific people and organizations.

Since the definition of stereotyping is essentially oversimplification, doesn’t my referring to specific events and people prove that I’m not stereotyping? For instance, I’m not saying that Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is a terrorist or a terrorist-sympathizer. I won’t make that statement without there being a basis in fact for the statement. Here’s something from the NY Times article that plays into the ‘stereotyping’ meme:

A fresh example cited was an open letter from two Republican House members, Peter Hoekstra of Michigan and Sue Myrick of North Carolina, that attacked the Justice Department for sending envoys to the convention because, the lawmakers said, the Islamic Society of North America was a group of “radical jihadists.”

The lone Muslim in Congress, Representative Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota, the keynote speaker here, dismissed the letter as ill informed and typical of bigoted attacks that other minorities have suffered.

Being lectured by Keith Ellison on the issue of bigotry is insulting. Since Rep. Ellison refuses to denounce the anti-semitic statements found on the MAS-Minnesota website, why should we take his accusations of bigotry seriously?

I’d further challenge Rep. Ellison to provide proof that ISNA isn’t a “group of ‘radical jihadists'”. Here’s my proof that they are:

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was co-founded by convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami Al-Arian. Here’s a list of former ISNA members and their profiles:

Sirhaj Wahhaj:

Siraj Wahhaj was named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as a possible co-conspirator to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and testified as a character witness for convicted terror mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. According to Salon.com, in a 1991 speech before the Islamic Association of North Texas, Wahhaj called Operation Desert Storm “one of the most diabolical plots ever in the annals of history,” and predicted that America will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He has openly expressed his desire to see the American government replaced with a caliphate.

Muzammil Siddiqi:

Muzammil Siddiqi is the former president of the board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Saudi-funded organization that is used by the Muslim World League (MWL) to finance and exercise control over most of the mosques in the United States. Prior to his work at ISNA, Siddiqi was a top figure in the MWL, whose American headquarters in Virginia were raided by a Treasury Department task force in March 2002 on suspicion of ties to terrorism. Siddiqi has also chaired the Religious Affairs Committee of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada. In addition, he is a member of the Fiqh Council, another government-raided entity.

Abdullah Idris Ali:

Abdullah Idris Ali served as president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) from 1992-1997. ISNA enforces Wahhabi theological writ in some 1,200 American mosques, determining who will speak at every Friday prayer, and which literature will be distributed there. Ali is a member of the board of trustees for the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a Saudi Wahhabi financial institution that, according to a CAIR report, owns about 27 percent of the estimated 1,200 mosques in the United States. Wahhabism is the most extreme, intolerant, violent form of Islam. Ali is also on the board of advisors for the American Muslim Council (AMC), whose founder and leader, Abdul Rahman Alamoudi, has publicly proclaimed his support for the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Moreover, Alamoudi was arrested in September 2003 for illegally failing to notify the U.S. State Department of his numerous trips to Libya; illegally accepting $10,700 from the Libyan mission to the United Nations; and using two American and one Yemeni passport for at least ten of those trips.

I can further add that Alamoudi was the chief fundraiser for the legal defense funds for Omar Abdel Rahman and Mousa Abu Marzook:

Hillary Clinton has worked particularly closely with the head of the AMC, Abdurahman Alamoudi, who has openly collected funds for the legal defense of Mr Marzook, the Hamas chieftain arrested at JFK Airport, and for Mr. Abdel-Rahman, who organized the World Trade Center bombing.

In other words, ISNA’s leadership over the years was littered with men convicted of terrorist activities. They’ve even raised money for Hamas chieftains and the Blind Sheikh, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing. Given that type of history, why shouldn’t Rep. Hoekstra and Rep. Myrick call ISNA “a group of ‘radical jihadists'”?

It goes even further than that. Here are the speakers at this year’s ISNA Convention:

I find it strange that ISNA invited Siraj Wahhaj, who testified as a character witness for the Blind Sheikh, to be a featured speaker at their 44th annual convention. I find it perplexing that they’d invite Muzammil Siddiqi to be a featured speaker at their convention, especially considering he was the man responsible for enforcing the teaching of extremist Wahhabist teachings in mosques all across the United States. It’s noteworthy that al-Qa’ida practices Wahhabist Islam.

Considering all this information, how can Rep. Ellison say that Rep. Hoekstra and Rep. Myrick are “ill-informed” whose letter was “typical of bigoted attacks that other minorities have suffered”? Rep. Ellison should have to explain why he thinks Rep. Hoekstra and Rep. Myrick are bigots. Their criticism of ISNA isn’t based on this definition of bigotry:

stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.

Quite the contrary, Myrick’s and Hoekstra’s accusations against ISNA are based on actions, mostly based on the illegal actions of ISNA’s past leadership. Myrick’s and Hoekstra’s accusations don’t come close to fitting the official definition of bigotry. Ellison’s accusations of bigotry should be ignored. Rep. Ellison, like his CAIR friends, use the word bigotry as frequently as they use the word Islamophobia.

Leaders of American Muslim organizations attribute the growing intolerance to three main factors: global terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, disappointing reports from the Iraq war and the agenda of some supporters of Israel who try taint Islam to undermine the Palestinians.

I’ll speak only for myself. The reason I’ve criticized specific Muslims is because of their verified actions. My criticisms don’t have anything to do with “disappointing reports from Iraq.” They certainly don’t have anything to do with what supporters of Israel are saying. Most of the people that I’ve criticized in this post have been convicted of criminal activities relating to terrorists. I’d doubt that the average person would say that my criticisms are bigoted, though I’m certain that Rep. Ellison and other CAIR/ISNA mouthpieces would instantly criticize me as an ill-informed, and possibly bigoted, Islamophobe.

That’s just part of the territory when reporting on people who’ll say anything to draw attention away from their illegal and unsavory behavior.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman has issued a press release condemning the Civil Rights Coordinator of CAIR-Los Angeles (CAIR-California), Affad Shaikh, for calling “Senator Joe Lieberman, Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, former head of the CIA James Woolsey, Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation, Lt. General Thomas McInerney, and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Neil Cavuto, Sean Hannity and Sheppard Smith as ‘Extremist Right Wing Nut cases.'”

I’d never heard of Affad Shaikh before this morning but I don’t think he’ll be used as a spokesman for CAIR again anytime soon, especially if this is the quality of his work product. First of all, using the term “extremist right wing nut cases” isn’t the way to win friends and influence people. Secondly, calling Joe Lieberman, Sheppard Smith, Bill O’Reilly and Jim Woolsey extremist right wing nut cases is wildly inaccurate. I couldn’t tell you how O’Reilly or Sheppard Smith vote. I know that Joe Lieberman isn’t an extremist right wing nut case because he’s still part of the Democratic Party.

I strongly recommend that you read the entire press release.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

That’s the unmistakable message of this Washington Times article by Audrey Hudson.

Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday endorsed a provision to protect citizens from being sued for reporting potential terrorism-related activity and criticized congressional Democrats for blocking the legislation.

“Congressional Democrats are once again showing they just don’t get the terrorists’ war on us, by attempting to strip important protections for those who report suspected terrorists on airlines,” said Mr. Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Rep. Stephen Pearce, (R-NM), initially wrote the bill protecting the John Doe passengers immediately after CAIR filed a lawsuit against US Airways, MAC and John Doe passengers on behalf of the imams.

“Peter King is doing the right thing by putting our national security first and political correctness run amok second,” said Mr. Giuliani, who also criticized Democratic presidential candidates for failing to acknowledge “Islamic terrorism” in public debates, including Monday night’s YouTube gathering. “The terrorists are at war with us, whether or not Democrats in Washington and on the campaign trail choose to acknowledge it. And we must stay on offense to prevail,” Mr. Giuliani said.

Predictably, CAIR’s Parvez Ahmed is denying Islam’s ties with terrorism:

This perception is greatly assisted by a veritable cottage industry of neo-experts pontificating with great certainty about the cause-effect relationship between Islam and terrorism. Such mischaracterization is at odds with the reality that Islam unequivocally condemns terrorism and advocates the preservation of life, honor and dignity of all human life as a supreme endeavor. Thus, terrorism even when carried out in the name or defense of Islam cannot be called jihad but is rather an unholy war. Robert Pape in his seminal work Dying to Win contends that military occupation, not religious ideology, is the primary enabler of terrorism.

That is pure nonsense. It isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Consider the fact that it’s written by a man with extensive connections with Hamas. That alone disqualifies the editorial. The truth is that CAIR is expert at spinning things. They don’t know the meaning of the word truth.

Thanks Rudy for standing up for good legislation.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

By now, everyone knows that Keith Ellison apologized for his comparing the Bush administration’s response to 9/11 with the Reichstag Fire. In today’s press, that likely means that all is forgiven amongst the Agenda Media. I, however, remain skeptical of Keith Ellison’s apology. Here’s why:

Anyone that co-sponsors a bill that calls for the impeachment of an administration’s vice president tells me that he doesn’t just disagree with that administration; he’s loathe to it.

If you read H. RES 333, you’ll immediately recognize that the first two articles of impeachment accuse Vice President Cheney of lying outright. The third article of impeachment accuses Vice President Cheney of “openly threaten[ing] aggression against Iran” despite “no evidence that Iran has the intention or the capability of attacking the United States…”

This isn’t just an exercise in venting one’s frustrations; it’s an article-by-article declaration that the vice president is evil. I don’t arrive at those conclusions simply out of disgust with Keith Ellison’s comparing President Bush to Hitler.

I’m also factoring in Keith Ellison’s statements comparing violent gangs like the Bloods with ‘civil rights advocates’:

“The people who govern this society,” he suggested, are “incarcerating all these young black men” in some kind of retribution for the victories of ’60s civil rights activists, and those who campaigned to “free Nelson Mandela.” For the powerful, he said, the “very idea of…black people having civil rights has got to be obliterated with [obviously] the criminal justice system and incarceration.”

Anyone that thinks that violent gangsters are victims that need special civil rights protections, it isn’t a stretch to think that he’s got an authority complex.

In other words, it isn’t unreasonable to think that Keith Ellison (a) said exactly what he meant and (b) that he’s now apologizing without meaning it. Frankly, I think it’s quite likely that Keith Ellison was ordered to apologize to get a PR disaster off the front page.

My opinions of Keith Ellison aren’t made in a vacuum. This is someone who doesn’t show the least bit of remorse after speaking at an anti-semitic organization’s annual convention, something for which he still hasn’t apologized.

He also hasn’t apologized for his comments about cop-killer Kathleen Soliah. Instead, he’s praised her:

Ellison praised Soliah for “fighting for freedom.”

Here’s another Ellison quote about Soliah:

“We need to come together and free…all the Saras,” he proclaimed.

Here’s one of the “Saras” that Ellison was thinking of:

Like Assata Shakur, Ellison told his audience. Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, a “revolutionary activist organization,” who killed a New Jersey state trooper “execution-style at point-blank range,” according to the FBI’s Wanted Fugitives website.

Shakur escaped from prison in 1979, and eventually fled to Cuba. She “should be considered armed and extremely dangerous,” says the FBI, which is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to her apprehension.

Ellison, however, lauded Shakur. “I am praying that Castro does not get to the point where he has to really barter with these guys over here because they’re going to get Assata Shakur, they’re going to get a whole lot of other people,” he told the crowd. “I hope the Cuba[n] people can stick to it, because the freedom of some good decent people depends on it.”

Frankly, I don’t think that I’m stepping out on a limb when I say that Keith Ellison has an anti-authority attitude. I think I’m stepping on solid ground. I think Keith Ellison was instructed by Nancy Pelosi to apologize so they could get this incident in their rearview ASAP. I’ll just leave you with this question:

Can a person with a history of supporting the vilest criminals in society really feel remorse for comparing President Bush with Adolph Hitler? You know my answer.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more absurd, Keith Ellison proves that absurdity knows no limits. That’s the conclusion I reached after reading this article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Here’s where the absurdity starts:

Some people say the attempt to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney isn’t anything more than a charade by far-left Democrats.

That’s not the case for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who gets animated about the subject. The freshman Democrat from Minneapolis has joined a dozen or so lawmakers as co-sponsors of a bill to impeach Cheney for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

I couldn’t stop laughing after reading the line about Cheney’s impeachment being a charade by far-left Democrats, then seeing the Daily Planet ‘reporter’ not classify Keith Ellison as a far-left Democrat. If you read the list of co-sponsors, it reads like a who’s who of the anti-war far left. Collectively, the group is so far left that it isn’t unreasonable to think that they occasionally worry about Howard Dean’s conservative streak.

The alleged crimes are yet to be spelled out by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who sponsored the bill late last month. But Ellison accuses Cheney of “abusing his power…and abstracting information.”

Ellison expects us to take impeachment seriously when they don’t spell out any alleged high crimes or misdemeanors? This isn’t anything but another political witch hunt sponsored by the far left base of the Democratic Party.

When the House impeached Bill Clinton, everyone and their mother knew that Clinton had lied under oath. It was indisputable.

The current impeachment bill contains lots of disputed items but nothing that’s indisputable. It’s mostly a ‘Bush lied, people died’ thing. In fact, there’s several things that are utterly laughable because they’re based on the Downing Street Memo, a fiction that only holds sway with the fringest of the fringe lefties.

President Bush’s recent decision to commute the sentence of Scooter Libby, Cheney’s former chief of staff, “broke the camel’s back for me,” said Ellison. “Cheney had everything to do with that decision.”

Rep. Ellison has proof that Dick Cheney “had everything to do with” President Bush commuting Scooter Libby? Playing devil’s advocate for a minute, let’s stipulate that he does. So what? Presidential pardons and commutations can’t be disputed as a matter of law because the Constitution gives the President the final say in those matters.

What Keith Ellison’s statement does is it spotlights the principle Keith Ellison is basing this on: political differences. Keith Ellison had better return to law school for a refresher course in Constitutional Law because having political differences with the president isn’t grounds for impeaching the vice president.

Finally, hearing Keith Ellison say that impeachment is a matter of principle is laughable. He doesn’t have a principled bone in his body. He’s ignored traffic tickets with regularity. He’s avoided filing the campaign finance reports on time, even getting reprimanded for that. He’s delivered the keynote speech to the Minnesota chapter of Muslim American Society’s 4th annual convention. What he hasn’t done is renounce the anti-semitic remarks on MAS-MN’s website. (What principle does Rep. Ellison justify that with?)

Based on a long history of ignoring the laws of the land and speaking at events sponsored by hateful anti-semitic organizations, it’s difficult imagining Keith Ellison being a principled man. At the end of the day, it’s impossible to take him seriously when he says that principles drove him to co-sponsoring an impeachment resolution.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

After Keith Ellison’s outlandish statement at the Atheists for Human Rights event, Ellison felt the need to spin his side of the story. This editorial in this morning’s Strib didn’t help him. Here’s the section that exposes Ellison’s naivete on the War for Western Civilization:

If the president had embraced the good will of the post 9/11 world to marshal an international effort to eliminate the terrorist cells responsible for this heinous act, we wouldn’t be mired in a five-year war. We could have effectively eliminated Al-Qaida instead of creating a virtual recruiting station for them in Iraq. As it is, we may need years to shake off the taint of Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, FISA violations, Patriot Act encroachments and other Bush administration failures.

Let’s start with his statement that “We could have effectively eliminated Al-Qaida…” There isn’t an American alive who isn’t for eliminating al-Qa’ida. There are people, like Keith Ellison, who haven’t grasped the reality that al-Qa’ida isn’t the only terrorist group out there and Afghanistan wasn’t the only swamp that needed draining.

The reality is that we need a comprehensive strategy to win the War for Western Civilization. The Democrats’ stated strategy for winning that war is finishing the job in Afghanistan, kill al-Qa’ida and use endless diplomacy to bring Iran and Syria over to our side. I don’t think that that’s the type of comprehensive strategy that will yield victory in the greatest challenge of our lifetime.

Here’s another Keith Ellison statement that jumped out at me:

“…we may need years to shake off the taint of Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, FISA violations, Patriot Act encroachments…”

There’s no arguing that Abu Ghraib is a national disgrace. I can make quite the arguments that the NSA intercept program and the Patriot Act aren’t national disgraces. In fact, I could make a strong case that the NSA intercept program, Gitmo and the Patriot Act are rousing American success stories.

In fact, Ellison’s complaining about the Patriot Act is utterly predictable considering the fact that CAIR lobbied Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers to gut it as far back as July, 2004:

Working with [John] Conyers, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats have introduced legislation to end racial profiling, limit the reach of the Patriot Act, and make immigration safe and accessible. Leader Pelosi is a proud cosponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act, the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE), and the Safe, Orderly, and Legal Visas Enforcement Act (SOLVE).

This is part of their incoherent policy that we “should’ve connected the dots” prior to 9/11 but we shouldn’t tear down the Gorelick Wall (one of the key provisions in the Patriot Act) because it violates our civil rights. They can’t have it both ways. Either they want us to connect the dots or they want us to keep in place the very thing that prevented us from connecting the dots.

It’s also been the Democrats’ mantra that the NSA intercept program violated FISA laws. The reality is that the courts, including the FISA Appeals court, ruled that there is a constitutional basis for intercepting incoming or outgoing communications if these intercepts are foreign communications. The court ruled that this doesn’t violate anyone’s Fourth Amendment rights because those intercepts are reasonable searches. The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches, not reasonable searches.

This past Sunday I spoke to constituents about religious tolerance and the erosion of civil liberties in a post-9/11 America. It is precisely in the aftermath of a tragedy like 9/11 that we must be most vigilant about our precious civil liberties. Unfortunately, some have tried to misconstrue my remarks.

While I generally agree that we must be “vigilant about our…civil liberties”, I’d also argue that we must be most vigilant in protecting America’s civilians from future terrorist attacks. If our government can make the case for limiting our civil liberties while providing vigorous oversight of programs that limit our liberties, then I think it’s imperative that we protect people first.

What Ellison won’t talk about are his comparing President Bush’s supposed trampling of our civil rights with Nazi Germany. First of all, President Bush implemented the Patriot Act and the NSA intercept program to protect people. Secondly, the Patriot Act is subject to congressional oversight. Hitler’s violence was implemented to stifle all dissent and to give him total power over who lived and who died.

It’s time that Rep. Ellison offered President Bush a formal apology for making such outlandish comparisons. Anything less is unacceptable.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Sunday evening, I read this Strib article about Keith Ellison speaking “to a gathering of atheists.” Here’s a quote worth noting:

On comparing Sept. 11 to the burning of the Reichstag building in Nazi Germany: “It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I’m not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box, dismiss you.”

Later Sunday night, I watched a replay of Sean Hannity’s interview Imam Abdul Alim Musa. Imam Musa made some outrageous statements during the interview, which was taped on Feb. 18, 2007. Follow this link if you want to read the entire transcript. (I highly recommend it because you’ll see Imam Musa’s radicalism.) Here’s what Imam Musa said that caught my attention:

HANNITY: I already know what you say. You believe George Bush. You think George Bush knew about 9/11 ahead of time.

MUSA: Well, I said he was like Hitler and Hitler burned the Reichstag in Germany in 1933 to give him the fuhership, to also take the rights of the German people, right? To go do away with due process of law.

The similarity of Ellison’s quote to Imam Musa’s quote is stunning. Here’s another exchange between Hannity and Imam Musa that I want you to remember:

HANNITY: Is bin Laden misconstrued in the American public? Is he misunderstood? Do you like bin Laden? Do you like him?

MUSA: If he is a Muslim he is definitely misconstrued. Definitely misconstrued.

HANNITY: So bin Laden is not responsible for 9/11?

MUSA: Of course not.

HANNITY: Who is responsible for 9/11?

MUSA: Who do you think?

Look at how Musa denies bin Laden’s role in 9/11. Now check this Daniel Pipes article out:

In reality, CAIR is something quite different. For starters, it’s on the wrong side in the war on terrorism. One indication came in October 1998, when the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy,” finding this depiction “offensive to Muslims.”

The same year, CAIR denied bin Laden’s responsibility for the twin East African embassy bombings. As Hooper saw it, those explosions resulted from some vague “misunderstandings of both sides.” (A New York court, however, blamed bin Laden’s side alone for the embassy blasts.)

In 2001, CAIR denied his culpability for the Sept. 11 massacre, saying only that “if [note the “if”] Osama bin Laden was behind it, we condemn him by name.” (Only in December was CAIR finally embarrassed into acknowledging his role.)

Notice the similarity between Imam Musa’s denial that bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and CAIR’s months-long denial that bin Laden was the mastermind behind 9/11. If you compare CAIR’s denials of bin Laden’s complicity in 9/11 with Imam Musa’s denials of bin Laden’s complicity in 9/11, it’s impossible to tell the difference. Ellison’s statement that President Bush essentially was as powerful as a dictator is eerily similar to Imam Musa’s saying that President Bush was essentially a dictator.

At the end of the day, the similarities between Musa’s statements equating Bush with Hitler and Ellison’s statement equating Bush with Hitler, coupled with Musa’s denial of bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11 with CAIR’s denials of bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11 are striking. So let’s see what else Musa said during his interview with Sean Hannity:

HANNITY: Hamas is a terror organization and they take credit for terror. Would you like to take a look at their history? Read it. Maybe learn something.

MUSA: Ninety-five percent. I know Hamas. They are nice people. Very nice people.

HANNITY: Hamas. The terror organization.

MUSA: Hamas is not a terror organization. It’s what you say. You think you can impose…You are going to kill everybody and if anybody crawl out and get away and stand-up for himself, you call him a terrorist.

HANNITY: Hezbollah’s manifesto. Let me read…Hang on a second. Let me read from their manifesto.

MUSA: Hezbollah are a good group of people practicing Islam.

HANNITY: Hezbollah in their manifesto says the group struggle will continue until Israel is destroyed. That’s the great group of people you are praising.

Now let’s compare that with what CAIR has said about Hamas:

When President Bush closed the Holy Land Foundation in December for collecting money he said was “used to support the Hamas terror organization,” CAIR decried his action as “unjust” and “disturbing.”

CAIR sounds like they were defending a known terrorist organization. In fact, CAIR opened their first office after getting a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation:

CAIR opened its first office in Washington, DC, with the help of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a self-described charity founded by Mousa Abu Marzook.

Summing it all up, (a) Musa and Ellison think that President Bush is a power-mad dictator; (b) CAIR and Musa denied bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11 and (c) Musa thinks that Hamas and Hezbollah are good people practicing Islam while CAIR takes the Bush administration to task for shutting down a terrorist-funding ‘charity’ that happens to fund Hamas.

When you add it all up, I don’t think many people would see much of a distinction between Ellison’s, CAIR’s and Imam Musa’s beliefs. I’d further suggest that I don’t think that many people would characterize CAIR, Ellison or Musa as mainstream.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

This week, we learned that Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott became co-sponsors of the impeachment bill written by Dennis Kucinich, H.R. 333.

Let’s take a look at the co-sponsors of the impeachment bill:

US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) made a speech on the House Floor, “The Vice President Should Resign or Face Impeachment,” announcing his plans to support the bill. US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) also joined yesterday.

The other total supporters include original sponsor, US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), plus US Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Albert Wynn (D-MD), so far.

Here’s Keith Ellison’s take on the impeachment bill:

“They certainly deserve to be impeached [but]…the fact is that if we filed for impeachment now given everything that’s already happened, based on what we know so far, it would consume the news cycle to the point where that’s all we’d be dealing with and talking about. I’m a little concerned that it might overshadow other things we have to do. I’m a little concerned about that, given the situation. But do they deserve it? Hell yeah,” Ellison told BallerStatus.com in an interview published two weeks ago.

Mr. Ellison is a fine person to talk about impeachment. Michael Brodkorb of Minnesota Democrats Exposed reported last fall that Kathleen Anderson, then the district director of former DFL Rep. Martin Sabo, endorsed Tammy Lee, the Independence Party candidate for MN-5, saying that Ellison was a scofflaw:

The primary responsibility of any elected official is to make the laws. At the very least, our lawmakers should set a good example by obeying those laws. Is that asking too much? Apparently so, when it comes to Mr. Ellison. Time and again, he has demonstrated a scofflaw attitude.

What is a scofflaw? The dictionary says “a contemptuous law violator.” In fairness, contemptuous may be too strong a word to describe Mr. Ellison’s behavior. I can not know with certainty Ellison’s motivations. To be kind, perhaps he is simply disorganized when it comes to these matters. Nonetheless, he has repeatedly, and very recently, violated the laws the rest of us routinely obey.

Jim Moran, who’s made some rather anti-semitic comments in the past, will be officially listed as a co-sponsor eventually, too. Here’s a sampling of Moran’s anti-semitic statements:

Moran responded to a woman who rose to identify herself as Jewish and wonder aloud why more Jews were not participating in the forum. Referring to the seeming inevitability of war, the Congressman commented: “If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should.”

It should be pointed out that Keith Ellison was the keynote speaker at the MAS-MN 4th annual convention. AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman wrote this press release asking Keith Ellison to denounce the anti-semitic remarks on MAS-Minnesota’s website or to resign:

On the weekend of May 25th, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison gave the keynote address in front of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-Minnesota), at the group’s 4th annual convention. While Ellison spoke, the group was actively spreading vitriolic hatred and violence aimed at Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims via its website.

The following statements are found on the MAS-Minnesota site, www.masmn.org:

  • “The Holy Prophet (and through him the Muslims) has been reassured that he should not mind the enmity, the evil designs and the machinations of the Jews…”
  • “In view of the degenerate moral condition of the Jews and the Christians, the Believers have been warned not to make them their friends and confidants.”
  • “If you gain victory over the men of Jews, kill them.”
  • “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’”
  • “May Allah destroy the Jews, because they used the graves of their prophets as places of worship.”
  • “A Muslim must always worship Allah and wage jihad until death in order to reach his ultimate goal… Regularly make the intention to go on jihad with the ambition to die as a martyr.”

On Monday, June 4th, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate (AAH), Joe Kaufman, phoned the local and Washington, D.C. offices of Congressman Ellison to demand that he denounce MAS. Kaufman has received no response from the Congressman or anyone in his offices.

Kaufman stated, “When Keith Ellison ran for office, he denounced the anti-Semitism of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (NOI), a group that he was previously affiliated with. We demand that he do the same to the Muslim American Society. It is not only improper for a United States Representative to participate with such groups, but it is a danger to national security.”

This is at least the second time Keith Ellison has spoken in front of the Muslim American Society. The other time was right after he was elected to office, in December of 2006. As well, the Executive Director of the MAS Freedom Foundation, Mahdi Bray, campaigned for Ellison.

For further information, read Kaufman’s FrontPage Magazine article, “Keith Ellison’s Dangerous Liaisons.”

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@AmericansAgainstHate.org.

Then there’s Cynthia McKinney’s ties to radical Islam:

A list of campaign donors was found to include some with links to terrorism, Abdurahman Alamoudi, the former executive director of the American Muslim Council, and former college professor Sami Al-Arian.

Abdurahman Alamoudi was a major fundraiser for the legal defense fund for Omar Abdel-Rahman, the man who organized the first World Trade Center bombings. Sami Al-Arian is about to be deported after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

What causes Democrats to associate with radical Islamic organizations? What causes them to make anti-semitic remarks?

Better yet, why hasn’t Keith Ellison denounced the anti-semitic statements on MAS-Minnesota’s website yet? It isn’t like 32 days isn’t enough time to denounce the anti-semitic quotes.

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This video is proof of that:

I personally agree with everything that Cal Thomas said in that video. It’s time that more average citizens learned what Cal Thomas and others already know: that Islamic radicals have told us plainly what they want to do, that they’ll use any tool at their avail and that they’ll jump on anything said about any Muslim terrorist as ‘proof’ of America’s Islamophobic ways.

Today, when we celebrate the birth of this great nation, let us ever be aware of the threats to our liberty.

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