Protesting the Butchers of Sudan’s DC Lobbyist


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Stung by the public outcry, Fisher and the Obama Administration insist that he is not a lobbyist. Fisher says that he is providing “legal advice and counsel to the Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan.” David Cohen, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, replied to criticisms by Wolf and other Sudan advocates in Congress such as U.S. Representatives Donald Payne (D-NJ) and Michael Capuano (D-MA) that longstanding Treasury regulations allow Sudan to pay for legal work in the U.S. It does not seem to be a problem that such legal advice includes finding a way to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

But Wolf says that Fisher tried to lobby him on the issue of U.S. sanctions against Sudan, which is not permitted under the license. “I never requested information from Mr. Fisher,” Wolf wrote last week in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “And yet yesterday, he called my chief of staff. And in his letter he tries to convince me, as a member of Congress, that the current sanctions…should be altered. If that’s not lobbying, I don’t know what is.” Capuano declares, “The license should be revoked and it should not be reissued until Sudan has done everything it is required to do.” And in a recent press statement Payne said, “It is absolutely unacceptable that the U.S. has allowed a murderer like Omar Hassan Bashir to hire a Washington emissary to do his bidding.”

Whether or not providing legal counsel to a regime that is in the process of committing serial genocide can be construed as selling one’s soul, it is definitely making a deal with a devil. ICC-indicted war criminal Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his cronies in Khartoum are responsible for the deaths of over 2.5 million and the displacement of over 5 million of Sudan’s own citizens during decades of genocidal jihad against black African Christian, Muslim, and animist Sudanese from South Sudan, the Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile State region. Khartoum’s war on the Darfuri of western Sudan has caused the death of at least another 500,000 and the displacement of millions. Under the watchful eye of the Khartoum regime, the Janjaweed have pursued a policy to “change the demography of Darfur and empty it of African tribes.”

Even as the newly-liberated Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest nation, all hell broke loose across the remaining un-liberated Islamic Republic of Sudan. Al-Bashir’s campaign to exterminate the black Africans of South Kordofan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State has resulted in unknown thousands of deaths evidenced by mass graves in Kadugli, South Kordofan. Hundreds of thousands more civilians face incessant aerial bombardment, brutal ground attacks, and violent displacement while the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Northern Sector (SPLA/N) fights against Sudan’s armed forces and Islamist militias to defend them. Khartoum is denying humanitarian access to these refugees, a policy that is nothing less than deliberate starvation.

Marginalized Sudanese from across the country have been horrified by the second genocide in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State. Inspired by the courage of SPLA/N soldiers, Nubians in the far north, Beja in the east, and young freedom-loving Arab Sudanese throughout the country, have joined in the call for regime change. When such calls echoed from Tahrir Square, Tripoli, and Tunis, the Obama Administration was quick to respond: to help crush the regimes and usher in new leadership without a clear picture of just who exactly comprised that leadership. Now, when Sudanese who want freedom and secular democracy could provide new leadership that would be a far cry from the Salafists, Muslim Brotherhood, and Al Qaeda sympathizers now running much of the Middle East, there is no similar regime crushing. Rather than responding to the calls for freedom from Sudan, the Obama Administration is, in the words of Frank Wolf on the floor of the House, “empowering the voice of their oppressors.”

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1 Full disclosure: IRD, for which I direct the Religious Liberty Program and the Church Alliance for a New Sudan, is a founding member of Act for Sudan.

2 There are NO sanctions against the Republic of South Sudan.

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  • Mel

    Remember all the promises that Obama made about Darfur, and how he condemned Bush for not acting strongly enough against the genocidal regime in Khartoum? But since he has been in office he has done everthing imaginable to ensure not only the survival of Khartoum's religious fascists, but has aided and abetted the Muslim Brotherhood which has been behind Khartoum's political machinery from the beginning. Bravo to Congressman Frank Wolf. If all US politicians had his brains and integrity, the US (and Sudan and the MIddle East) would not be in the mess it is in. Thanks Faith for keeping this front and center in our minds.

  • serion

    Wow how big is it this rally !!! hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Bert

      The rally was small because people like serion are too callous about justice and human life to join in to support it.

    • LindaRivera

      There would have been huge crowds if people had known about this rally.

  • http://www.theird.org Faith McD

    Thanks, Bert. And actually, the photo was taken at the end of the rally, when many people had already gone. The organizers realized that although there had been many action shots, there had been no photo of the group in front of the law offices.

  • LindaRivera

    Frank Wolf is a hero! We are in desperate, urgent need of many more like Mr. Wolf in our government. A deeply patriotic man of the highest ethics who cares deeply for suffering people.

    What a sad, dark day for Sudan, America and the Free World when, quoting from article: "Rather than responding to the calls for freedom from Sudan, the Obama Administration is, in the words of Frank Wolf on the floor of the House, “empowering the voice of their oppressors.”. End of quote.

    America needs Frank Wolf to be our President. A president to stand against oppression. A president to stand up for truth, justice, human rights and freedom.

    May God help the desperate, suffering people of Sudan.

  • New Yorker

    Getting $20,000 a month to say that Sudan isn't a terrorist? Can't Sudan just prove that itself by stopping the killing of its own civilians by a genocidal government?

  • LindaRivera

    Fisher has indeed, sold his soul and so have all those in the Obama administration who help and enable Fisher in his wickedness against Sudanese innocents. Our life on this earth is brief. Eternity is forever.

  • LindaRivera

    The Obama administration is ruthless in refusing to help in any way the Sudanese people who are suffering under horrific atrocities and massive genocide, yet waged war for many months for Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists in Libya.

    President Obama cited the new military doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect” as a justification for bombing Libya. The new military doctrine is extremely frightening for the world's innocents.

    Gaddafi was reformed and cooperating fully with the US and other Western powers. Gaddafi had his picture taken many times with American, British and European leaders. Gaddafi referred to President Obama as his son. Why did US/NATO go to war against Gaddafi and Libya? Gaddafi was fighting against Al-Qaeda.

    NATO hunted down Gaddafi, enabling his capture, Gaddafi was then violently physically and sexually attacked by anti-Gaddafi Muslims (on youtube) and then murdered. Gaddafi's son who was captured at the same time, was murdered soon after.

    FRONTPAGEMAG: Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate
    that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels
    currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was
    confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.
    (US Aid to Israel’s Enemies, Oct 13th, 2011, frontpagemag)

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war for months. Bombing Libya back to the stone age. Making the world a safe place for terrorists.
    Barbaric Al Qaeda and Hezbollah who MURDER our troops in Iraq were considered desirable for placing in power in Libya. US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • LindaRivera

    UK DAILY MAIL
    7,000 held in Libya's new reign of fear and torture

    UN raises concerns of torture and ill-treatment
    Many held simply because they have darker skin

    By Tom Leonard. 24th November 2011

    Thousands of people including women and children are being held illegally and tortured by rebels who helped oust Colonel Gaddafi, according to a UN report.

    Around 7,000, many of them foreigners, are behind bars in private prisons and makeshift detention centres, beyond the control of the new Libyan government and without access to any legal redress.

    The report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be embarrassing for Britain and other governments which supported the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime despite concerns about who would take power in their place.

    As an example of the atrocities committed by the rebels, the report highlighted the town of Tawerga, whose inhabitants have been accused of siding with Gaddafi during the civil war.

    The UN said Tawergas are ‘reported to have been targeted in revenge killings, or taken by armed men from their homes, checkpoints and hospitals and some allegedly later abused or executed in detention’.

    The UN also warned that a vast arsenal of surface-to-air missiles, known as Manpads, had been accumulated in Libya, further worsening the security situation there. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2065570/7

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't believe it. Is Mr. Fisher really that dumb or ignorant of the clients he's just taken on?

  • LindaRivera

    Jerusalem Post: One of the more memorable images of 2011, at least from an Israeli perspective, was the publication of pictures in July of South Sudanese celebrating their independence by waving Israeli flags. http://www.jpost.com/Features/FrontLines/Article….

    In the comments on the JPost article, a number of Africans from different African countries told of their countries' great love for Israel and Jews.

  • StephenD

    Why does it always seem he stands alone? I don't get it. The ill informed in positions of leadership is a disgrace. I would like to tell all of Congress, both sides, to speak up. We WILL vote against you for your silence as quickly as for standing on the wrong side. You may as well speak.