Anthony Weiner recently announced his intention to run for mayor of New York City. As a resident living in Manhattan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was right on the money when he said "shame on us" if New York City voters elect Weiner as their mayor. Governor Cuomo now says he was just kidding. But even the possibility of a Weiner victory is no joke.
Weiner's foolish sexting, which brought an abrupt and disgraceful end to his congressional term, displays a serious lack of judgment that alone should disqualify him. But that is only a side show to the main problem that a Mayor Weiner would pose to the welfare of New Yorkers. His Muslim wife, Huma Abedin, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff and close confidante, is said to be the driving force behind her husband's decision to run for the most important office of America's largest city. She even reportedly pushed someone she had previously worked with to serve as Weiner's campaign manager. If Weiner becomes mayor, Abedin will be in a position to shape her husband's policies from behind the scenes on such sensitive matters as law enforcement and city counterterrorism.
Huma Abedin has been an integral part of the Abedin family Islamist enterprise, which has links to jihadist groups. Although born in the United States, she grew up in Saudi Arabia, where her parents were recruited by Abdullah Omar Naseef (an extremist affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Muslim World League) to establish an organization known as the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA). The purpose of IMMA was to counter Muslim assimilation in non-Muslim societies and promote the idea of ummah, the Muslim "nation," with sharia law as its core. Huma's father founded IMMA's Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, now run by Abedin's mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who is a pro-sharia sociologist with ties to numerous Islamist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
IMMA's "Muslim Minority Affairs" agenda was, and remains to this day, an important component of the foreign policy of the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs, designed, as Andrew C. McCarthy explains, "to grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West."
To those who claim that Huma's marriage to Anthony Weiner, a Jew, proves that she is fully assimilated and does not guide her life by the dictates of sharia law, former Muslim Brotherhood member Walid Shoebat responds:
While the media argues that Huma marrying a Jew is evidence of her assimilation, in actuality it is more the reason for suspicion, especially since her mother is a Muslim Brotherhood leader who never denounced the marriage. That with Huma’s years of service as part of a Wahhabi scheme provides more concerns.
Huma's formative years were spent in Saudi Arabia absorbing her parents' "Muslim Minority Affairs" agenda. She returned to the United States from Saudi Arabia to attend George Washington University, where she was an executive board member of George Washington University's Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Students Association. The creation of the Muslim Students Association had resulted from Saudi-backed efforts to establish Islamic organizations internationally in the 1960s, for the purpose of spreading Wahhabist ideology across the globe. It is not surprising that Huma gravitated towards this organization when she left Saudi Arabia to attend college in the United States.
Huma also carried out her parents' work. She served as an assistant editor for the IMMA's Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs for twelve years, leaving shortly before she joined Hillary Clinton's State Department in 2009. Her brother Hassan Abedin and sister Heba Abedin still serve in that capacity. The first seven of the years in which Huma was an assistant editor overlapped with the al-Qaeda-affiliated Naseef's active presence at IMMA, including one year in which Huma and Naseef served together on the editorial board of the journal.
While Huma was at the State Department, in Hillary Clinton's inner circle, the Obama administration purged government materials of any references to Islamic jihad or Islamism as the underlying ideology fueling the jihadist attacks around the world. Hillary Clinton, who considered Huma to be both a trusted adviser and like a daughter to her, worked closely with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to fight "Islamophobia" in the United States.
Also during her stay at the State Department, the Obama administration adopted the strong recommendation of Islamist advocacy groups to purge all federal government training materials of any references they considered to be Islamophobic and to implement a mandatory re-training program. Terms like Islam, Muslim, Koran, jihad, Muslim Brotherhood, caliphate, and shariah law were considered out of bounds when used in the context of explaining the ideology motivating the jihadist attacks around the world. In short, the truth about sharia law and the Koranic verses used by jihadists to justify their rampages must not have any place in law enforcement training.
As Andrew McCarthy put it, "to perceive no correlation between the Islamists' fervid anti-assimilation program and the United States government's stunning accommodation of the Brotherhood and its agenda is to be willfully blind."
A Weiner-Abedin mayoralty partnership would no doubt bring this accommodative thinking to New York City and eliminate the highly successful, multi-faceted counter-terrorism strategy put into place by the New York Police Department since 9/11 under the able leadership of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. The program has been working so effectively, in fact, that the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for Kelly's resignation.
At present, the odds of Anthony Weiner becoming mayor of New York City are slim, given the intense competition he will be facing in the Democratic Party primary and the doubts many voters will continue to harbor about his judgment and maturity. However, if Weiner does prevail, Huma Abedin's Islamist associates will be the winners. New Yorkers will be the losers.
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