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HOW EMBARASSING: CHINA LANDS A ROVER ON THE MOON, WHILE OBAMA ORDERS NASA TO PERFORM OUTREACH TO MAKE MUSLIMS FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES!

by Stephen Levine on Sunday, December 15th, 2013

This is article 14 of 15 in the topic NASA

There is little or no doubt in my mind that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats have done everything in their power to weaken the military power of the United States and those scientific institutions that keep our nation on the forefront of technology. We are living in a time when being black and/or a socialist ideologue trumps being competent. We have gutted our space capabilities in favor of promoting social programs that do little other than purchase votes for the progressive socialist democrats. Putting anything on the moon — or anywhere else in space form that matter — is not a trivial pursuit and requires a skilled and dedicated multi-disciplinary team working for years to achieve a singular successful launch.

NASA’s Muslim Outreach (July 7, 2010)

It’s not really surprising that President Obama told NASA administrator Charles Bolden that his highest priority should be “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.” It fits with so much that we already knew about the president.

How in the world would NASA help Muslim nations to “feel good” about themselves? Would NASA hold science fairs in Tripoli or Tehran? Produce and circulate propaganda films about Great Muslim Men (careful, never women) of Science? Stress our global debt to Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, the father of algebra? (That’s risky, since al-Khwarizmi reportedly learned his math from the Indians.) How would Obama’s NASA chief undertake to alter the civilizational self-esteem of a billion people? <Source>

I am not blaming Charlie Bolden, who is both black and competent, but President Obama’s leadership and the progressive socialist democrats in Congress who would rather see money siphoned off into social programs that can attract voters or fund additional progressive socialist democrat community organizations such as ACORN. One needs only to look at Chicago’s inner cities to know that progressive socialist democrats have turned the area into a cesspool of illiteracy, poverty, and worst of all crime, under their decades of governance. Why should we believe the progressive socialist democrats — essentially the Communist Party of the USA — can protect the safety and security of Americans

China successfully soft-lands probe on the moon (December 14, 2013)

BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.

The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called “Yutu,” or “Jade Rabbit,” the goddess’ pet. After landing Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang’e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.

China’s space program is an enormous source of pride for the country, the third to carry out a lunar soft landing – which does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries – after the United States and the former Soviet Union.

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Friday Afternoon Roundup – Muslim Self-Esteem My Destination

by Daniel Greenfield on Friday, July 26th, 2013

MUSLIM SELF-ESTEEM MY DESTINATION

On Frontpage, I wrote a more policy-based follow-up to this week’s article The Eagle has Landed.

In 2008, Obama hypocritically blasted the Bush Administration for allowing “a five-year gap after the retirement of the Space Shuttle” during which time “the United States will have to depend on foreign rockets and spacecraft to send Americans to orbit”.

Obama claimed that he wanted to retain a working space shuttle. In office however he scrapped the shuttles leaving the United States wholly dependent on Russian Soyuz rockets. Around the time that Bolden was telling America that we would not go to the moon, his skeleton of a space agency, now concerned with Muslim outreach and Global Warming, was paying the Russian space agency $424 million for six Soyuz seats.

“By buying the services of space transportation, rather than the vehicles themselves, we can continue to ensure rigorous safety standards are met,” Obama said at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Quoting him, Neil Armstrong wrote, “It was asserted that by buying taxi service to Low Earth Orbit rather than owning the taxis, “we can continue to ensure rigorous safety standards are met”. The logic of that statement is mystifying.”

It’s even more mystifying considering that the taxis are now unreliable Russian space junk that suffer from reentry “glitches” with American astronauts on board.

It’s not that the money for the space program isn’t there. It’s just going to different places.

During Obama’s first year in office, economic aid to Pakistan nearly tripled to $1.3 billion. While Obama could find no room in his budget request for the Constellation space program, a year after the Bin Laden raid, which caught Pakistan harboring America’s greatest enemy, the 2012 budget requested $3 billion in aid for Pakistan.

Bush cut economic aid to Egypt. Obama increased it. Foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority shot up from $414 million to $980 million in 2009. US contributions to the UN passed $6 billion; a 50 percent increase.

By 2011, total foreign aid spending had increased by 80% from $11.4 billion to $20 billion. In 2010, Neil Armstrong had sent in written testimony to a Congressional hearing stating that budget reductions for the Constellation program totaled $20 billion.

You can read the entire piece at Frontpage. Muslim Self-Esteem or the Stars.

THE IRON LAW OF O

It’s an iron law of nature as certain as the one about an angel getting its wings every time a bell rings or a snowstorm blanketing the area every time Al Gore comes to town to remind the carbon puffing infidels about global warming: every time Obama gives a speech, a thousand businesses go out of business.

On July 24th, Obama delivered yet another economic speech in which he castigated Republicans in Congress for the sequester that he proposed, promised big economic benefits for the entire country from green energy and illegal immigration and promised to spend every one of his remaining days trying to help working people; at least those days when he isn’t on the golf course, on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard or delivering useless speeches.

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Abdurahman Alamoudi, the Boston bombers, Grover Norquist, and the GOP

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, April 25th, 2013

This is article 519 of 800 in the topic Terrorism

Open-borders bedfellows. ‏MT @mikescotto Rubio, Schumer & Norquist. Not a trio you often see standing together. pic.twitter.com/VTpusiTlfK

Gee, maybe now someone will listen.

For years, I’ve warned about the GOP’s Grover Norquist problem. Just last week, he was front and center at the Gang of 8′s amnesty press conference — despite longtime concerns expressed on this blog and by national security advocates and activists about his dangerous Islamist alliances and progressive proclivities.

Now we learn that Norquist’s convicted terrorist pal and former funder, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was the first president of the radical mosque attended by the Boston bomber brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

The mosque attended by the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon double bombing has been associated with other terrorism suspects, has invited radical speakers to a sister mosque in Boston and is affiliated with a Muslim group that critics say nurses grievances that can lead to extremism.

Several people who attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass., have been investigated for Islamic terrorism, including a conviction of the mosque’s first president, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince.

…• Alamoudi, who signed the articles of incorporation as the Cambridge mosque’s president, was sentenced to 23 years in federal court in Alexandria, Va., in 2004 for his role as a facilitator in what federal prosecutors called a Libyan assassination plot against then-crown prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Abdullah is now the Saudi king.

Alamoudi, as I’ve documented repeatedly here, provided seed money to Norquist’s Muslim outreach effort during the Bush years. Flashback 2003:

Alamoudi’s arrest is part of a larger Justice Department investigation of terrorism funding focused on Saudi-backed Islamic foundations and businesses based in Herndon, Va. (Alamoudi is also responsible for founding the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council to “certify Muslim chaplains hired by the military,” including Capt. James “Youssef” Yee — charged last week with taking classified information home from Guantanamo Bay.) A so-called “moderate,” Alamoudi is on record praising the terrorist group Hezbollah and proclaiming: “We are all followers of Hamas.”

Norquist’s lobbying firm is registered as a lobbyist for Alamoudi. Alamoudi provided seed money for Norquist’s Islamic Institute, which shares space with Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform group. The institute is run by Alamoudi deputy and former AMC government relations director Khaled Saffuri. Saffuri and Norquist have worked closely with Bush senior adviser Karl Rove to give radical Muslim activists access to the White House. No doubt because of their efforts, Alamoudi was invited to a White House prayer service after the Sept. 11 attacks.

If any Democrat activist had such shady connections, conservatives would be on him like white on rice. Instead, Norquist has gotten away with smearing his critics — most notably, former Reagan official Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, one of the most decent and patriotic Republicans I’ve had the honor of meeting — as hatemongers.

Another refresher course via Insight magazine on how Norquist tried to silence and smear his critics by playing the race card:

Norquist was Alamoudi’s most influential Washington facilitator, authorities believe, noting that Norquist reminds friend and foe alike that he is close to the president’s powerful political strategist, Karl Rove.

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Clinton blames America for failures in Islamic regions

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

This is article 919 of 1256 in the topic International

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned over her office to Sen. John Kerry, she stated on Friday during her speech at the Council on Foreign Relations that America is at fault for the unrest in the Muslim world because of a failure to explain U.S. policies.

When a reporter questioned Clinton on why favoritism toward America by the Muslim nations during the Obama administration has been considerably lower than during the Bush administration, Clinton responded: “I take responsibility, along with our entire government and our Congress and perhaps our private sector.”

“In other words, everyone is responsible because most Americans are part of the private sector. The fact is the people in Islamic nations hate America because most of its citizens are not Muslims and the U.S. people for the most part support Israel,” said political consultant and attorney Jacob Wollinsky.

Clinton made her remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington in her final address as secretary of state. She stepped down on Friday and is succeeded by Democratic Senator John Kerry.

The former-First Lady and U.S. Senator said one of the reasons is the United States has “not done a very good job in recent years reaching out in a public media way or in a culturally effective way to explain ourselves.”

But Obama’s continuous Muslim outreach effort included a variety of controversial moves, including the rewriting of the curriculum for training federal law enforcement officials in anti-terrorism by eliminating all references to Islamic terrorism or that portray Muslims negatively, according to Judicial Watch analysts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Clinton claimed she had encountered many depictions on U.S. policies by media in Arab and Muslim world, which she believed are ” absolutely untrue.” “Our response has been — nobody will either believe it or we can’t possibly contest it,” Clinton said.

To change the dynamics, Clinton called for active engagement with the media in the region, including al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite television channel. Ironically, her husband’s vice president, Al Gore, recently sold his cable channel Current TV to al-Jazeera after turning down an offer by talk host and author Glenn Beck.

“You can’t be in the arena and expect there to be a change if you’re not willing to get off the bench,” she said. “And from my perspective, that’s our fault.”

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U.S. State Dept. recruits workers during Jihadist conference

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This is article 464 of 800 in the topic Terrorism

The Obama administration appears to have a serious misinterpretation of the diplomatic concept known as “outreach” when it comes to the Muslim world. This brand of outreach entails recruiting Muslims into the U.S. Foreign Service, according to comments released on Wednesday by a top public-interest group that investigates and exposes government and political corruption, as well as government action taken that jeopardizes homeland security.

A part of Obama’s continuous Muslim outreach effort includes a variety of controversial moves, including the rewriting of the curriculum for training federal law enforcement officials in anti-terrorism by eliminating all references to Islamic terrorism or that portray Muslims negatively, according to Judicial Watch analysts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even signed a special order to allow the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties banned them from entering the U.S., claim officials at JW.

During the course of a Judicial Watch investigation into the U.S. State Department’s activities with extremist Muslim groups, they discovered a secretive State Department campaign to add Muslims to its ranks. Investigators believe the new recruits will be deployed around the globe to help the agency fulfill its mission of promoting the country’s “international relations.”

The campaign is slated to be headed by Mark Ward, the Deputy Special Coordinator in the State Department’s Office of Middle East Transition.

Ward held a 90-minute seminar at a recent convention sponsored by two groups — Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) — both with known ties to radical Islam.

Also, both non-profits are allegedly associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is known as the parent organization of Hamas and al-Qaeda. In fact, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that MAS was founded as the U.S. chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood which strives to indoctrinate the world with Islamic Sharia law.

“Yet there was a U.S. State Department official, side by side at a radical Islamic powwow in Chicago with a number of speakers who advocate violent jihad,” stated JW.

Among them was Kifah Mustapha, a fundraiser at terrorist organization (Holy Land Foundation) convicted of funneling millions to Hamas and Jamal Badawi, a MAS founder who praised the jihad of Gaza terrorists during a speech titled “Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom.”

The conference that Ward conducted focused on career opportunities for Muslim youth. Here is how the event was billed:

“Besides being a citizenship duty, there are benefits that Muslims can add to the American Muslim community and the global Muslim world by joining the U.S. Foreign Services. This session will shed light on the different career opportunities for Muslim youth in the U.S. Foreign Services Department. It will also clear any concerns that many people have feared about pursuing this career.”

Joining Ward at the podium during the recruitment seminar were Ayman Hammous and Oussama Jammal. Hammous is the Executive Director of the New York chapter of MAS and Jammal is the president of the Mosque Foundation, a conservative mosque in Bridgeview, Illinois that gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Holy Land Foundation and other Islamic charities accused of financing terrorism.

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MUSLIM OUTREACH? Obama, Wright, Ahmadinejad and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan?

by Stephen Levine on Friday, September 28th, 2012

Nothing like knowing that our enemies, anti-America, anti-White and anti-freedom are all happy to use religion as a front for radical revolution …

Calling for a “New World Order” …

Translation:

Israel In The Crosshairs

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and other religious leaders Tuesday, according to an English translation of the Iranian president’s webpage posted Wednesday.

In a picture of the Tuesday evening meeting, Farrakhan — known for making brutally anti-Semitic assertions, and calling President Obama a “murderer” for the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi — is seen smiling as he sits at a table with the Iranian president.

According to Ahmadinejad’s webpage, the night before his address to the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad, Farrakhan and seven other leaders of “Abrahamic religions” listened to the Iranian president’s desires for a new world order.

Ahmadinejad made his case again for the regime’s nuclear program, arguing that Iran has a right to develop clean energy and stressing that “US animosity” against the Iranian government and its nuclear program is due to America’s desire for the Middle East’s energy resources, the Iranian government claimed on their webpage.

“He further pointed to the Western countries contradictory approach regarding their opposition to the atomic bombs and said if they are true with their claims why they do not destroy their own nuclear bombs first,” the Iranian government wrote of Ahmadinejad’s comments. <Source: Ahmadinejad meets with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrahkan | The Daily Caller>

Bottom line …

Former Democratic Attorney General Ramsey Clark was also present at the meeting. I wonder if another democrat Attorney General, Eric Holder, wanted to go?

I wonder where Obama’s Spiritual mentor, Reverend Wright, was on this occasion? Certainly, these are “his people.” Especially since he traveled to Libya to support dictator Kaddafi considering the Muslim recruitment of criminals in our prisons, perhaps these religious outreaches should be investigated as a clear and present danger to America and our way of life?

— steve

Reference Sources …

FARRAKHAN and RAMSEY CLARK Hold Meeting With Ahmadinejad

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Napolitano releases deceptive terrorism report, says legal watchdog

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

This is article 252 of 800 in the topic Terrorism

The Obama administration is the epitome of the politically correct orthodoxy, say detractors. Credit: WH Press Office

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s latest contribution this week to the protection of Americans appears to ignore the most deadly and destructive groups on the planet — Islamic terrorists — say security and law enforcement experts.

A Department of  Homeland Security report released on February 2 compares terrorism to “ordinary crime” in metropolitan U.S. cities and omits the radical Islamic factor, instead finding “significant variability in the ideologies motivating terrorist attacks across decades.”

This appears to be part of the Obama Administration’s Muslim outreach effort, which includes hiring a special Homeland Security adviser Mohamed Elibiary who supports a radical Islamist theologian and renowned jihadist ideologue.

The Obama Justice Department also created a special Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to foster greater communication, collaboration and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities, according to officials at the non-partisan watchdog group, Judicial Watch.

In addition, on January 17 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan met with senior state, local and tribal law enforcement officials to discuss the President Barack Obama’s Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.

What surprised many of the attendees was the fact that not once did Napolitano mention Islamic extremismor Muslim terrorists. Many of the police commanders attending found the presentation to be a “vague and politically correct exercise.

Those invited were sheriffs and chiefs of police from states, cities and counties throughout the U.S., including representatives from the organizations such as International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Native American Law Enforcement Association, Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and others.

And, in 2010, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held secret meetings with radical Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian “community leaders.” Judicial Watch uncovered documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes a list of the individuals who participated, including radical leaders such as Hezbollah supporter Imad Hamad and extremist Salam Al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Considering this cozy relationship, the new DHS terrorism report should come as no surprise. It compares terrorist attacks to “ordinary crime” in large, metropolitan areas which is why the nation’s terrorism “hot spots” are Manhattan, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County Florida, San Francisco County and Washington, D.C.

As if to downplay the distinct difference between crashing a plane into a high-rise and a mugging, the DHS says “terrorism and ordinary crime occur in many of the same areas.”

It stresses that the “Ideological motivation” for terrorist attacks varies greatly. For instance, the brilliant DHS minds found that certain counties are prone to a particular type of terrorist attack, including extreme right-wing, ethno-nationalist/separatist and “religiously motivated,” though no specific religion is mentioned. The report does point out however, that “religiously motivated attacks occurred predominately in the 1980s.”

Terrorism is also linked to social economic status, poverty, residential instability and “ethnic heterogeneity,” a dramatic change in the urban landscape caused by massive numbers of immigrants.

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The Wages of Terror

by Daniel Greenfield on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This is article 211 of 800 in the topic Terrorism

When Obama set off to visit the victims of Hurricane Irene, instead of visiting the American victims who had lost their homes and possessions– he headed off to Patterson, New Jersey. Patterson is known as ‘Patterstine’ for a reason, it’s home to the second largest Arab community after Dearborn, and while most of its residents are not yet Muslims, concentrating his visit there sends a message. And it’s the same message that has been sent over and over again. Muslims come first.

Obama’s decision to shut down the space program by terminating the shuttle and its replacement vehicle, combined with the loss of the Russian space freighter, means that the International Space Station may have to be abandoned. But as Obama’s new NASA administrator Charles Bolden said, the new priority is Muslim outreach.

We may not have a space program anymore, but NASA has partnered with Saudi Arabia on “lunar and asteroid science research”. The good news is that the Saudis can afford to buy us a new shuttle, so long as we don’t let any women drive it.

And did you know that the National Park Service has an Office of International Affairs? Why does it need an office of international affairs? So it can fund mosques globally through UNESCO. The Obama Administration has eliminated the Park Service’s ‘Save America’s Treasures” program, but there’s always money for Islam. While the old outdated jingoistic NPS was concerned with the United States, the new NPS gives money to the Medina of Tunis, an adjacent Islamic school and a Muslim pilgrimage site in Turkmenistan.

It doesn’t matter anymore if it’s flood victims, outer space or national parks– it’s all about Muslims.

But how did it get this way, how did a formerly insignificant group that most people hardly ever thought about come to dominate all concerns in every branch of government? Go back to September 11 or February 26th for the original Muslim attack on the World Trade Center. The rise of Muslim influence in the United States is tied to Muslim terrorism.

Had Muslim domestic terrorism not taken off in the nineties, along with bad haircuts and Vanilla Ice, there would have been no Iftar dinners at the White House, no special representatives or the rest of the culture of constant pandering. Saudi money would have bought them some attention from universities but national policy would still  not be a game of, “Who can be nicest to the Muslims” with the end result that we don’t have a space program, but we do have an appeasement program.

“Have you murdered and also inherited?” the Prophet Elijah asked. With the Ground Zero mosque that is literally the case, as Muslim terrorism destroyed property values enabling them to pick up a sizable property damaged in the attacks for a steal– and then fundraise over the bodies of the dead to allow the morally bankrupt among us to show our tolerance.

But the Ground Zero Mosque is only a vulgar metaphor for the rise of Muslim power in America. Each bombing, failed or successful, has pushed politicians, law enforcement and corporations deeper into embracing Islam in the hopes of stemming further violence.

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And What Will You Do For Your Encore, Ali Obama?

by Skip MacLure on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

This is article 373 of 1013 in the topic Obama

It’s going to be a tough act to follow… selling out our strongest and best ally in all of the world. Now, Obama has proclaimed loudly that “No, no, you guys got it all wrong… I didn’t say what I said, even though the entire world heard me say it”.

Once again, I’m amazed at the incoherence of the Obama White House. I think the Muslims in his government have encouraged and influenced him in this most boneheaded move of all foreign policy boondoggles… though it should suit the banana slugs over at State just fine. Antisemitism is the mothers milk of their warped minds, and has been ever since the US State Department refused entry to a ship full of Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s SS and the holocaust. Those people were returned to Europe. To their deaths.

The attitude at Smoggy Bottom hasn’t changed since… it’s long since time for someone to clean that agency out. It would be inexcusable if they were good at what their job is supposed to be… but they’re not. Their philosophy cozies right up to Lord Obama The Inept’s, though… they never saw a ‘Palestinian’ whose posterior they would not firmly attach their lips to.

I think this country has had about all it cares to stomach of The Inept’s Muslim outreach. As a matter of fact, there is going to come a time when the Muslims in this country are going to have to fish or cut bait. America’s tolerance for Islamic infiltration of our schools, our childrens’ curriculum, our financial institutions and our governments will attenuate very quickly as soon as we have a Constitutional government worth the name. The sedition and treason laws need to be brought out of obscurity and enforced across the board.

Obama’s like the snake in the high grass around camp… you can’t take your eye off him for an instant.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

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Governor Christie’s Dirty Islamist Ties

by Daniel Greenfield on Monday, January 17th, 2011

New Jersey, the Garden State, has just taken its first step toward becoming the Sharia State, with Governor Christie’s nomination of Sohail Mohammed, an attorney to detained terrorist suspects, to a Superior Court judgeship in Passaic County. The Sohail nomination continues Christie’s unfortunate pandering to the American Muslim Union and the Islamic Center of Passaic County.

Passaic County has the second largest Muslim population in the country. And the Islamic Center of Passaic County is the state’s largest mosque, and it’s the only one run by an an Imam who was a member of the Hamas terrorist organization. But when the United States government attempted to deport Mohammed Qatanani, New Jersey’s pols and wannabe pols like Christie, quickly came to his aid. Despite the fact that Mohammed Qatanani was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization that is behind both Al Qaeda and Hamas, despite his own guilty plea to being a member of Hamas, and despite the fact that even in the United States, he had defended a charity that provided funds to children of suicide bombers (this is done as an incentive to reassure terrorists that if they die their families will be taken care of), Qatanani was not deported.

This is less a sign of his innocence, then of the power and influence wielded by Qatanani and the American Muslim Union. There was hardly a top New Jersey public official who did not come out for Qatanani. And that included both of the major candidates in the governor’s race, Governor Jon Corzine and Chris Christie. Christie called Qatanani, “a man of great goodwill” and “a constructive force” and allowed Charles McKenna, one of his associate attorneys to testify on behalf of Qatanani. Afterward Christie tapped McKenna to head New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security. McKenna had spent a good deal of time on Muslim “outreach” and made numerous statements echoing their talking points.

The pioneering terrorism researcher, Steve Emerson called it, “a disgrace and an act of pure political corruption”. He stated, “I know for certain that Christie and the FBI SAC had access to information about Qatanani’s background, involvement with and support of Hamas.” Defending Qatanani required Christie to pit himself against the Department of Homeland Security, which wanted him deported. But the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t running for office in New Jersey. Christie was.

The first Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, Mohammad El-Mezain, was convicted of funneling money to Hamas. El-Mezain had actually boasted of raising almost 2 million dollars for Hamas. And his replacement, Qatanani, actually was a member of Hamas. An ordinary politician might have been forgiven for not knowing this, but Christie was the US Attorney for New Jersey. It’s absolutely impossible that he would not have known the background of the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Yet Christie attended a Ramadan dinner, in the same place where terrorists had fundraised, and kissed Qatanani on the cheek.

Now Christie has nominated Sohail Mohammed, Qatanan’s former lawyer, to a Superior Court judgeship.

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