Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the nonprofit organization ACT! for America, and one of the leading terrorism experts in the world. Her expertise is sought after by world and business leaders. She has addressed the Australian Prime Minister, members of The British Parliament/House of Commons, members of the United States Congress, The Pentagon, The Joint Forces Staff College, The US Special Operations Command, The US Asymmetric Warfare group, the FBI, and many others. She is the author of the new book, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It.
FP: Brigitte Gabriel, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Gabriel: It’s always a pleasure.
FP: I would like to talk to you today about the petition you are organizing against CAIR. This is part of your battle against Islamic jihad on our territory, which we just saw on horrifying and tragic display at Fort Hood.
What are your thoughts on that jihadi massacre on our own territory? It could have been prevented if it were not for our society’s and citizens’ fear of organizations such as CAIR right?
Gabriel: You have that right Jamie.
The horrific massacre at Ft. Hood has exposed the degree to which political correctness impacts government and military action — and media coverage.
For days immediately after the massacre the media went out of its way blaming every syndrome except radical Islamism on the real reason for Hasan’s actions. Everyone avoided the word Jihad as if it was nuclear. This despite the fact Internet postings in Hasan’s name months earlier compared suicide bombers to heroic soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades.
The blood of the dead American soldiers is on the hands of the military leaders and personal who kept their mouths shot about Hasan, just as it is on his hands.
Here’s the disturbing question that needs to be asked: Could this act of terrorism have been prevented had there not been such a politically correct reluctance to act on what was known about Hasan?
Imagine if the Army had acted. It’s easy to envision the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indignantly blasting the Army with statements alleging “discrimination.”
Yet if the Army or law enforcement authorities had stepped in, taken action months ago, and brushed aside the typical and predictable rants from groups like CAIR, is it possible that twelve dead soldiers and one dead police officer would be alive today?
Why are so many in government and the military apparently afraid of “offending” a group like CAIR, which deserves to be investigated for its many questionable activities and ties to terrorists, not accommodated?
But in the aftermath of this terrorist act, too few in the media or government have been willing to call it that. There has been a desperate search for another motive, the most common focusing on his mental state.
FP: Give us an example of this political correctness in the media.
Gabriel: Edina Lekovic, communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), appeared on Fox News just the other day. Lekovic was unequivocal in her remarks, claiming Hasan was “clearly disturbed” and comparing him to the killers at Virginia Tech and Columbine.
Remarkably, only a minute or so after making this unsubstantiated claim as if it were fact, when asked about any possible connection to Islam, she warned we must not “rush to judgment.”
But isn’t that precisely what Lekovic did when she asserted Hasan was “clearly disturbed?” Is she a psychiatrist? Did she examine him?
Of course not. What qualifies Lekovic to assert Hasan was like the Columbine killers? Nothing.
She did exactly what she is warning others not to. She “rushed to judgment.” And while anyone who is contending that this massacre has all the earmarks of a terrorist attack is challenged, no one on the Fox News program challenged Lekovic’s unverifiable claim.
Why not? Political correctness?
More political correctness. Prior to killing 13 people on Thursday, Hasan gave away furniture and Korans, a telltale sign of a jihadist preparing for martyrdom.
So how does a Washington Post story characterize Hasan’s giving furniture away? As an act of kindness.
But the tide may be turning. Facts are stubborn things. There are just too many signs that Hasan was in fact a radical Muslim bent on jihad. Too many signs to be ignored.
ABC News the other day ran a headline asking if the Army missed signs that Hasan was an Islamic extremist.
On Fox News Sunday, Bill Kristol referred to an AP story that quoted colleagues of Hasan at Walter Reed Hospital who admitted they did not report his suspicious actions due to fear of appearing to be discriminatory toward Muslims.
It may well be determined that Hasan had emotional problems. It may also turn out that he didn’t.
But as Brit Hume stated on Fox News Sunday, even if Hasan had emotional or psychological issues, the facts clearly point to the conclusion that Hasan was a radical Islamist who acted on his beliefs.
FP: So let’s talk about the petition you are organizing, calling for an investigation against CAIR.
Gabriel: Jamie, as you and I’m sure most of your readers know, CAIR has hit some pretty rough patches the past year. In addition to being named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, the FBI cut official ties to CAIR due to its ties to Hamas.
Now, thanks to the new blockbuster book Muslim Mafia it’s clear that not only were these actions against CAIR justified, but that more investigation of CAIR is desperately needed.
This is why ACT! for America has launched a national petition calling for a government investigation of CAIR. I urge everyone reading this article to please join us in signing this petition at ActforAmerica.org and become a voice affecting your community and our nation.
Based on a daring months-long undercover operation, Muslim Mafia contains stunning allegations that reveal just how far CAIR has gone in compromising our national security. CAIR cultivated moles inside a Washington-area law enforcement agency, which resulted in a county police officer searching a classified police database and then tipping off a fellow Muslim who had been under surveillance as a terrorist suspect.
CAIR has been fighting back desperately, and there has been a virtual major media blackout of Muslim Mafia thus far. The grassroots voice of America needs to speak out and demand that the government launch an investigation of CAIR. At the very least it appears that CAIR is violating its non-profit tax status. This is why, in the first step of our campaign to demand an investigation of CAIR’s actions, ACT! for America has launched this new petition. We can read articles, we can get educated but unless we take action nothing is going to change. This is why I am urging people to speak with a loud collective voice to our elected officials through signing our petition at ActforAmerica.org to investigate an organization with shady founders and associates whom have been convicted on terror related charges.
CAIR is hoping that this dust storm will settle and they can sweep everything under the rug. We can’t let this happen. We need to send a very strong message to our elected officials and to CAIR that the American public is alive and well and will not put up with traitors operating in our midst wishing to do us harm. If our elected officials are not going to see the light, we are going to make them feel the heat and get their attention regarding this matter.
FP: CAIR has filed suit against the David Gaubatz, one of the Muslim Mafia authors. What do you think about this?
Gabriel: CAIR’s lawsuit is noteworthy on two fronts. First, CAIR filed the suit without any press fanfare. This is out of character for CAIR. They normally try to get press attention for anything they do. In this case it appears CAIR does not want any attention drawn to the book.
Second, the suit does not dispute the revelations in the book nor does it allege defamation by the authors.
It seems to me that CAIR is going to do everything it can to sweep this under the rug. This is one reason why ACT! for America launched its petition, calling for a government investigation of CAIR. I urge your readers to log on to ActforAmerica.org and add their names to this petition.
FP: Let’s conclude why Muslim groups like CAIR get away with all of this behaviour on our territory.
Gabriel: Like I’ve discussed in this interview Jamie, it’s political correctness and fear. Too many in the media are so indoctrinated in a “blame America first” mentality that they turn a blind eye to real and serious threats to our nation. Too many in our government are more concerned about being called an “Islamophobe” than taking the steps necessary to protect us. And the Fort hood Massacre is the result.
Groups like CAIR exploit this fear in our country, immediately using the propaganda technique of name calling to disparage any critic of radical Islam. How much evidence do those in government and the media need about CAIR to acknowledge, even grudgingly, that this organization and its ties to terrorism is a threat to America?
It’s clear to me the grassroots of America are going to have to rise up and demand that our government do what’s necessary to protect us.
FP: Brigitte Gabriel, thank you for joining us and thank you for your fight for America.
[To get the whole story on the nature of the jihadi threat and why the liberal Left forbids the naming of it, read Jamie Glazov’s new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.]