‘People For the American Way’ Smears Michele Bachmann


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Last June, Rep. Michele Bachmann and four Republican colleagues sent letters to the Inspectors General at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State, asking them to investigate whether the Muslim Brotherhood—the ideological wellspring from which such terrorist outfits as al Qaeda and Hamas first emerged—might be gaining undue influence over high-level U.S. government officials. One letter, for instance, noted that Hillary Clinton‘s closest aide, her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, “has three family members … connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.”

A few days ago, when Bachmann was reassigned to the House Select Committee on Intelligence, the left-wing activist group, People For the American Way (PFAW)—which had originally launched an unsuccessful petition drive to have the congresswoman removed from that Committee last year—decided to revive that effort. By PFAW’s telling, some 178,000 people have signed the petition thus far.

According to PFAW president Michael Keegan, Rep. Bachmann’s warnings amount to nothing more than a “smear campaign” of “baseless conspiracy theories” designed to ruin “the reputations of honorable public servants.” PFAW spokesman Drew Courtney accuses Bachmann of engaging in “reckless extremism” aimed chiefly at “making headlines and pandering to the Tea Party.” And PFAW’s online strategy manager, Ben Betz, derides Bachmann’s “Islamaphobic fear mongering” and her “disregard for honesty.” These accusations are entirely consistent with PFAW’s previous claims that “right-wing anti-Muslim activists,” filled with “anti-Muslim paranoia,” routinely “demoniz[e]” and “vilif[y]” members of the Islamic faith in an effort to stoke Americans’ “irrational fears.” Such conservative activists, says PFAW, “sanction and encourage [the] persecution” of Muslims while aiming to “prevent” them from “freely worshiping and practicing their religion.”

These very serious allegations about a sitting Member of Congress raise a single, obvious question: Are Bachmann’s stated concerns about Huma Abedin and others associated with radical Islamic organizations unfounded or illogical in any way? The evidence suggests otherwise:

From 1996-2008, Ms. Abedin was employed as an assistant editor of a publication produced by the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), a group founded and developed by her parents. As the intrepid journalist Walid Shoebat has made plain, “Muslim Minority Affairs” refers unequivocally to a calculated foreign policy of the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs, designed to: (a) persuade Muslims who reside in non-Muslim lands to consciously refrain from assimilating into the cultures of their host countries; (b) advance an agenda based on fundamentalist Wahhabi teachings and Sharia Law; (c) gradually shift the demographic scales by means of Muslim population growth in the host countries; and (d) eventually reach a critical mass that tilts those societies toward majority-Muslim status and membership in the Muslim commonwealth. Key to this process is the influence of Muslim Brotherhood affiliates and support groups like the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Students Association, and the IMMA.

But, according to PFAW, there’s nothing to see here, so don’t trouble yourself with any of this information; it’s really just an old-fashioned “smear campaign.” And, presumably, we are likewise expected to believe that only a delusional “right-wing” bigot could possibly feel even the barest shred of concern regarding other Muslim Brotherhood affiliates with similarly close ties to the Obama administration.

Consider Arif Alikhan, who joined President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2009.  Previously, Alikhan had helped derail the Los Angeles Police Department’s efforts to monitor the activities of that city’s well-known radical mosques and madrassas (where some of the 9/11 hijackers, in fact, had received support from local residents).
 Shortly prior to his DHS appointment, Alikhan participated in a fundraiser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, an organization founded by followers of the Muslim Brotherhood and admirers of Hezbollah. On another occasion, Alikhan spoke at a California banquet/fundraiser alongside Agha Saeed, a Cal State professor who defended Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian during the latter’s prosecution on terrorism charges. But alas, PFAW wouldn’t want any of us to wade, unwittingly, into the murky waters of “baseless conspiracy theories.”

Then there is Mohamed Elibiary, a Texas-based Islamic cleric who joined
 President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security in October 2010, even though he had previously spoken at a Dallas conference titled “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary,” held in honor of none other than the late Ayatollah Khomeini. But before you jump to any conclusions about Mr. Elibiary’s ideological makeup, take a moment to unburden your mind of those pesky “irrational fears” that PFAW has painstakingly traced to the doorstep of “right-wing anti-Muslim activists.”

Along the same lines, who, other than an “Islamophobic fear monger,” would have any misgivings about Rashad Hussain, who has served the Obama administration as a deputy associate counsel and a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a 57-country coalition that seeks to outlaw any and all criticism of Islamic people, practices, legal codes, and governments? Sure, Hussain once spoke at a conference sponsored by a Muslim Brotherhood front group and headlined by numerous leaders of the global Brotherhood movement. And yes, he participated in a panel at an annual convention of the American Muslim Council, which was then headed by the Muslim Brotherhood leader Abdurahman Alamoudi—later convicted and incarcerated on terrorism charges.
 And true, in September 2004 Hussain took part in a Muslim Students Association event where he denounced the “politically motivated persecution” 
of the terrorist Sami Al-Arian. And yes, in 2008 he published a paper that contained a number of recommendations consistent with the agendas and worldviews of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. But hey, nobody’s perfect.

And what are we to make of Mohamed Magid, the Virginia-based Imam who was appointed to Obama’s Department of Homeland Security in 2011? Claiming that media references to jihad as “holy war” constitute an egregious “misuse” of that term, Magid currently serves as president of America’s largest Muslim organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was founded by U.S.-based members of … yes, you guessed it, the Muslim Brotherhood. Moreover, ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of five officials of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest terror-financing trial in American history. Ah, but surely PFAW would wisely counsel us not to let “anti-Muslim paranoia” about such trivia spoil our day.

Another character of note is Ingrid Mattson, a Connecticut-based professor of Islam who delivered a prayer at the National Prayer Service, one of the events associated with President Obama’s 2008 inauguration. In June 2009 she was invited by Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to work on the White House Council on Women and Girls.
 Mattson, whose resumé features a stint as president of the Islamic Society of North America, has characterized Wahhabism—an extremist, intolerant form of Islam with close ties to Saudi Arabia and terrorism—as “a reform movement … analogous to the European Protestant Reformation.” If by any chance you were to find this troubling, PFAW would surely remind you to hold your tongue, lest you “sanction and encourage” the “persecution” of Muslims.

In April 2009, Dalia Mogahed, a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, making Mogahed the first veiled Muslim woman to serve in the White House. She was also assigned to the advisory council of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security. Prior to these appointments, Mogahed had co-authored a book with Professor John Esposito, an apologist for radical Islam and an editorial board member of the same Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs journal that employed Huma Abedin for a dozen years. In addition, Mogahed’s research provided key data for a project by Feisal Abdul Rauf, the New York City Imam who was associated with the proposed contruction of the “Ground Zero Mosque.” According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Mogahed has stated that most Muslims view Sharia Law as a framework for achieving “a more just society” and the “protection of human rights.” Moreover, she has consistently defended and reached out to Islamist organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. In September 2008, she stated that it would be unfair for such groups to be “disenfranchised” by a “witch hunt” designed to “malign” them. If you find any of this problematic, you just might be one of those “reckless,” irresponsible “demonizers” whom PFAW deplores.

In February 2009, Eboo Patel was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. 
This same Mr. Patel has asserted that “Muslim totalitarians” are hardly distinguishable from “the Christian totalitarians in America,” “the Jewish totalitarians in Israel,” or “the Hindu totalitarians in India.”
 At the main event of a three-day convention held by the Muslim Students Association in 2011, Patel participated in a panel alongside Tariq Ramadan (grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna) and Siraj Wahhaj (a former Islamic Society of North America vice president who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing). 
And, for good measure, Patel has depicted Van Jones, the revolutionary communist who served several months as President Obama’s “green jobs” czar, as an “American patriot,” a “faith hero,” and one of “the true giants of history.” But bite your tongue if you feel an impulse to “demonize” or “vilify” this esteemed presidential adviser.

In the final analysis, we must indeed be grateful for the existence of groups like People For the American Way—ever prepared to alert us to the menacing presence of “right-wing anti-Muslim activists” who would rather “make headlines” with their own brazen rhetoric, than show proper respect for devoted public servants whose only transgression is that they just happen to be supportive of an organization that gave rise to Hamas, al Qaeda, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad; an organization that seeks unequivocally to establish an Islamic caliphate spanning the entire globe; an organization that aims to dismantle all non-Islamic governments wherever they currently exist; an organization that advocates Islamic Law as the sole basis of jurisprudence everywhere on earth; and an organization that unapologetically embraces the credo: “God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, [jihad] is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.” Now, what reasonable person could possibly have a problem with any of that?

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  • Mary Sue

    That organization's name is SUCH a misnomer. Has been ever since its inception.

    And bet you dollars to donuts it's been infiltrated already.

    • DanFromMo

      That is why it is called People for the American Way, and not Americans for the American Way. Terrorist are people too!

      • Rebas Thgil

        "Terrorist are people too!"

        Yeah, somewhat. I think that the vast majority of them are koranimals, though.

    • EthanP

      It's a Soros group. You lose count there are so many.

      • Mary Sue

        Well yeah, I got that it was sorosesque from the getgo, I just wondered when the Muslim Brotherhood types began pouring in.

    • wsk

      and I'll bet you that those dollars are federally supplied.

  • J Madden

    That should be enough evidence of infiltration to arouse any thinking person's urgent concern. I remember that John Boehner and John McCain immediately denounced Rep. Bachman for her action, to their great shame. Have they been presented with this information? I haven't seen any report of whether the letters' requests have been acted on, that the matter is being investigated. Does anyone have an update of the status of this?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The subversion of America, through its democratic underpinnings, is moving at warp speed. And employing feel good names (not unlike the "American Way") is of piece with "Rules For Radicals", as the masses are lulled into PC dream land.

    Never mind, the fog is lifting, and this blogger is pleased to help evaporate some of its toxic air – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/16/the-leftistti

    And within the link are many proofs of mischief making, generated from radical, revolutionary leftists operating in America's midst. Bachmann's courageous fight against Islamist infiltration/penetration is also well noted.

    The truth shall set us all free of leftist hegemony!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • pierce

    Why is Michele Bachmann being picked on. It just so happens that a lot of her concerns I also share.
    As an example, her concern about Huma Abedin, one of Hilary Clinton's advisors on the Middle East, and wife to the disgraced NY Congressman who was forced to resign, Anthony Weiner, is of great concern. Do we, or can we trust a Muslim? I know none, but I am extremely wary of them considering the unrest they are causing, and whether you like it or not, THEY (MUSLIMS), are causing considerable unrest.

    • Asher

      Michele Bachmann knows exactly how many places the Muslim Brotherhood has filtrated..in all government jobs too…thats why they are going after her…I hope more people listen to what she has to say, because her intelligence is top notch!

    • maria

      You are right. Michelle Bachman is one of thebravest politicians in the US today and a real hero

      • wsk

        …and for that she must be punished.

  • Rostislav

    The thing, which is quite clear from the world experience of the Islamic migration (or of the Islamic aggression in the previous centuries), is that Islam NEVER assimilates. Or, if it tries, it's always the parasitic cancer-like "assimilation", based on intention to devour the hospitable recipient. Ask Lebanon, ask India, ask Scandinavians. So, any efforts to silence Mrs. Bachmann are equal (at least in my opinion) to efforts of a cancer ward's patients to throw away all the doctors and technicians in the name of some suicidal movement "People for the Sarcoma Way". The motives of suicides are more or less understandable, but the patients who eagerly follow them are a sheer mystery for me! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

    • EthanP

      The Ottoman Empire sent ambassadors to the west. As under Islamic law a Muslim may not live in a non Muslimnation, the exemption was it was permissable IF, and only IF, it was preperation for further conquest.

  • WildJew

    I would be a lot more impressed were we to hold "our" side accountable. For example, in their own way, Senator John McCain, Sen. Maco Rubio, Speaker John Boehner, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Mike Rogers), either distanced themselves from or condemned Bachmann for her courageous call for an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into our government.

    When this happens, these conservatives need to be exposed and condemned. For seven years after the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, former President George W. Bush ran with / prayed with MB activists / terrorists and their enablers, Abdurahman Alamoudi, Islamic Jihadist (Univ. of South Fla. Professor) Sami al-Arian, Muzammil Siddiqi, Grover Norquist, Suhail Khan, etc. Bush campaigned here in Florida with Sami al-Arian in 2000. Al-Arain boasted he delivered the Muslim vote (going mosque to mosque) for Bush in a tightly contested race. I do not remember any articles here on Frongpagemag concerning Bush's courting of Muslim Brotherhood activists.

    Notwithstanding the nice things he said in Jerusalem, Governor Mitt Romney not only made a distinction between Islam and jihad (ROMNEY SAYS THAT JIHADISM IS AN “ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ENTITY” FROM ISLAM), he championed the Palestinian cause. 'In a heavily hyped foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, Romney plans to declare his commitment to the notion of "a Democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel." '

    Romney surrogate, Sen. Jim Talent fought Christian conservative delegates on our national platform committee last August in Tampa for the Palestinian Muslim cause, which is the obliteration of the Jewish state.

    Why do we put up with this? If we can't hold our own side accountable, how do we expect to hold the radical left and their radical president accountable?

    Another question. Where were our conservative warriors when the Republican Establishment sought to destroy this man? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CduEU80QvkQ

    • EthanP

      I agree with you. Remember that they all stiill think that they can get the MSM to support them. McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012 bothe found out that MSM support only lasts as long as the primary season and only vs more conservative candidates.

    • Indioviejo

      We need a new Nationalist-Conservative Party to replace the eroded and demoralized Republican Party.
      The Party of Allen West, Sen. Cruz, Michelle Bachmann, and all true Conservatives who love and believe in the greatness of our nation.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      A third party will come into play but think on the fact that the Democrats and Republicans are
      the two sides of the same coin, one that is fake and debased, the American people are
      not being represented but put under control by a government exceeding it's authority under
      the Constitution and with the absence of moral and ethical bounds…………..Political people
      like Bachman who stand for American principles will always be the target ot the professional
      elite that is sold out to the money and power no matter who provides the money they use
      it for thier own power and self agrandizement in false humility and false patriotism………William

  • STEVEN CHAVEZ

    AND UNIVERSITIES ARE LEFT OUT when an army of professors are recruiting an army of students to spread the Islamophobia while their goal is really to spread anti-Israel/Jew hate and all paid for by the taxpayers. Then when a speaker like DAVID HOROWITZ OR NONIE DARWISH go there to speak, this ARMY of both professors and students, SHUTS DOWN THEIR "FREE SPEECH" without any penalty by the university even though their own CODE OF CONDUCT rules demand recourse.

    NONIE DARWISH, an Egyptian born Muslim but now a Christian convert, is best to speak of abuses of women and the Sharia Law and yet female students, who also protest in support of International Women's Day, shut down her speeches but instead should listen and take notes to then make up protest signs in support of abused women in Muslim countries. Instead, they stifle her speech in an attempt to make news as a "MIC CHECK" protester which takes away the headlines which should be Darwish's revelations about abuse of women!

    Yes, the message is being lost over the screams of THE UNIVERSITY ARMY.

  • Asher

    I would say this organization is for anything but the American Way, and wants our destruction!

  • EthanP

    I believe she has been and will continue to be vindicated in her positions. Thus she will continue to be a valid candidate for the conservative wing of the Republican party. As such she constitutes a serious threat to the liberal Democrates, Soros, and allies in the MSM.

    I would have voted for her in the primaries, but she had already dropped out by then

  • Indio Viejo

    The Republican Party is in danger of becoming irrelevant because they only stand for getting elected and not the Conservative principles the voters have. The Party keeps trying to be attractive to leftist at their own peril. Do they care that over 3 million conservatives stayed home during the last election? Maybe we need a Nationalist-Conservative Party to replace the RINO's.

    • Hdtex

      "Becoming" irrelevant????? BWAHAHAHAHAAAA! Good one. Too late for "becoming"!

  • Arlie

    I just read an article that said MUST AVOID purchases from "Edible Arrangments" – This Company funds Hamas abroad and IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network) in the U.S.
    http://www.findalismonkeyinthemiddle.blogspot.ca has all the details.

  • Western Spirit

    Michelle can take solace in realizing she is doing a lot of good to be so stigmatized by the prince of evil, Satan's, minions.

    The truth to truth haters is like sunlight to vampires it will not only blow their covers, it will destroy them entirely so they attack the source of this sunshine with all the viciousness that's in them.

    • Hdtex

      You ARE of course talking about GW Bush as "Satan" right? What an idiot….

  • Ar'nun

    I guess I can be added to the list of haters the PFAW is compiling because I happen to believe it is at least interesting enough to look into. Heck, if they are incocent, why are they so scared to be investigated? Innocent men don't usually run and hide.

    • Hdtex

      A course in adult literacy might change your life!

  • Ghostwriter

    A lot of this stuff also came out in an Egyptian magazine. That backs up A LOT of what Sen. Bachmann was saying. What will her opponents say now?

    • mlcblog

      Nothing. They will say nothing. They cannot be corrected, so will be unaware of anything in the Egyptian news regarding this, or will dismiss it somehow.

  • Hdtex

    Amazing to think that there are at least 23 other batsh@t crazy theocrats who would come to the defense of this unamerican witch, I can't wait until ALL of the revelations about her campaign and her ethics violations come out. I'm sure the chapter about her husband "Ladybird" Marcus will be the juiciest of all…..The fact this loathesome scum sits on the "Intelligence Committee" tells you all you need to know about the current congress….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Islamists like cockroaches will be worse as time goes by if nothing is done, we all know it and
    see it but our false leaders have already taken the Islamist money and made thier deal with
    the devil……………………..William

  • JacksonPearson

    BS. I'd trust Michele Bachmann's info and letter to congress, based on Frank Gaffney's investigations anytime, before Muslim apologists with an agenda doing a smear campaign.

    Clearly, facts with names show that Barack Hussein Obama II, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Barry Dunham have allowed the white house and upper government to be infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    "Notably, six Islamist-sympathizers have achieved positions within or advisory roles serving Team Obama: Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussein; Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Huma Abedein; Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed; FBI Citizens Academy graduate Kifah Mustafa; Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member Mohamed Elibiary and Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member Mohamed Magid.

    The conduct of seven key federal agencies suggests the considerable success of the Muslim Brotherhood in destroying us from within by our own hands – starting with the policies and directives emanating from the Oval Office and elsewhere in the White House complex, and including the priorities and activities of: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Departments of State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security and even NASA."

  • Infovoyeur

    The "smear," the mega-signature petition–why? Bachmann not have to be perfect in everything (she's not) to be valuable indeed in this whistleblowing. Why she vilified? Maybe (1) animal fear, aversion to bad realities, (2) American patriotism melting amid our historically-unusual peace and safety, (3) the Sixties, altho vital as a rebalancing of things, kept on Going and it's a Juggernaut toward Utopian innocent "steamroller egalitarianism" and the like…. Anyhow sorry for excessive "analysis" here; the point is What, Is, To, Be, Done?

  • wsk

    What annoys me is that the low-information voter, and admirers of the low-eared man-child messiah really don't know and don't want to know about such things. " Just keep giving us that free stuff!" Sickening, absolutely sickening.
    Welcome to Amerika. Welcome to the new normal.

  • edgineer1

    Congresswoman Bachmann is one of the most principled members of congress and she reflects the values that made this country great. And that explains why she has been targeted by the Democratic machine.