The Republicans have, over the years prostituted themselves to any and all. This is the result. The conservatives have abandoned the party, because the party has abandoned them. The conservatives have been ousted from the Republican party BY the liberals who have infested it.
This has become a one party system and the Republicans bought the line that the liberals have been feeding them. ”Why can’t we all just get along?” Well the truth of the matter is that NOT getting along is by design. The two parties are supposed to CONTRAST each other and not seek UNIFICATION. This is what created the single party system that we are currently at the mercy of.
Look at what these outright TRAITORS write in their open letter. They are WORSE than Benedict Arnold EVER was. He, at least we to his death a MAN. These vipers don’t even pretend to hate America. They use her for any vise they will and make no bones about it.
Shameful! It’s shameful that these black widows are still in the Republican party let alone in AMERICA and not UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Odd Connections of Some GOP Backers of Ground Zero Mosque:
Looking ahead at the November midterm elections and the Ground Zero mosque controversy, a group of Arab-American and Muslim Republicans wrote in an open letter, “we cannot support victory at the expense of . . . the Arab and Muslim community in America.”
Read those words carefully. These self-styled Republicans, who are criticizing those who object to the mosque being built so close to the 9/11 death site in Lower Manhattan, say that it is more important to leave the Islamic center where it is planned than it is to help Republicans win control of Congress and defeat the Obama agenda this fall.
All six signers are, at best, marginal figures in the national Republican scene. However, their August 17 letter has caused the mainstream media to portray the party as wracked by fissures over the mosque issue, with figures like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich being portrayed as intolerant bigots. Opposition to the Islamic center planned for the Ground Zero neighborhood, they say, is unconstitutional and therefore anti-American.
The signers are a mixed bag of established Republican activists. One is considered mainstream, with no radical ties. Two lead a group that opposed the ouster of Saddam Hussein. One served as a paid agent of influence for Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s government. Another worked for years to weaken U.S. counterterrorism legislation, and collaborated with at least two convicted terrorists. The sixth signer is married to a well-known conservative strategist who has had controversial – some friends say inexplicable – working relationships with convicted terrorists and Muslim Brotherhood operatives.
The signers are:
- David Ramadan, Vice Chairman of Ethnic Coalitions for the Republican Party of Virginia.
- Sherine El-Abd, President of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women.
- Randa Fahmy Hudome, former Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, George W. Bush Administration.
- George Salem, former Solicitor of Labor, Reagan Administration.
- Suhail Khan, Chairman, Conservative Inclusion Coalition.
<it is no surprise that CPAC 2009, like CPAC 2010, had nothing addressing the war we are actually engaged in. This is due to the influence of Norquist, Keene, and Suhail Khan, a CPAC board member. According to Discover the Networks, Khan “has repeatedly been a featured speaker at MSA, ISNA and CAIR events” — that is, the Muslim Students Association, Islamic Society of North America, and Council on American-Islamic Relations, three groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, the international Islamic organization dedicated to establishing the rule of Islamic law and the subjugation of infidels worldwide.>
- Samah A. Norquist, former Senior Advisor to Arab and Muslim Outreach for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the George W. Bush Administration.
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Of the group, David Ramadan is probably the closest to a mainstream conservative Republican. He has no known ties to radical groups or causes, and no known business associations with objectionable foreign regimes.
Sherine El-Abd is active with Egyptian-American causes. She serves as a point of contact for the Egyptian-American Business Association and is president of the Egyptian-American Professional Society. Active in various civil rights causes, she also sits on the board of the Arab-American Institute (AAI). The bipartisan AAI, co-founded in 1985 by George Salem, who also signed the Ground Zero mosque letter (see below), has worked to increase Arab-American voter participation in U.S. elections. Significantly, however, the AAI opposed President George W. Bush’s ouster of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Randa Fahmy Hudome. An international political consultant, who served as a low-ranking political appointee in the Department of Energy, Randa Fahmy Hudome is head of her own public relations company, Fahmy Hudome International (FHI). Instead of boasting about using her Arabic skills and culture to help the U.S. fight terrorism, she took the terrorist regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi as a client, serving as a registered agent of influence. According to her website, “After persistent and effective advocacy for Libya, FHI achieved a great success in May of 2006, when the U.S. Department of State removed Libya from its list of countries sponsoring terrorism.”
George Salem is a well known Reagan Republican in Washington, and is the only identified non-Muslim of the group. A practicing Christian born in Florida of Palestinian parents from Ramallah, Salem is a longtime advocate of ethnic Palestinian and Arab causes. He co-founded the bipartisan Arab-American Institute (AAI) in 1985, the year he became Labor Solicitor under President Reagan, and continues to chair the organization. Active with many Arab-American groups and Palestinian-oriented charities, Salem served in 2004 as a representative of President George W. Bush at the funeral of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist leader Yasser Arafat. He was president of the National Association of Arab-Americans.
While the AAI under Salem’s chairmanship won a strong reputation for increasing Arab-American participation in U.S. elections, after the September 11, 2001 attacks its official positions became increasingly strident. “Prior to September 11, 2001, the organization enjoyed immense popularity in the U.S. media, especially among liberal and peace-oriented American Jews, for its seemingly moderate position on the Arab-Israeli conflict,”DiscovertheNetworks.com reports. “Following 9/11, however, the tone of AAI’s public pronouncements underwent a striking change; with ever-increasing frequency, the Institute denounced its opponents as racists, extremists, and Zionist agents. Moreover, it vehemently denied charges that Saddam Hussein had ever supported terrorism.”
Suhail Khan, identified as chairman of the “Conservative Inclusion Coalition,” made his debut in Washington as an aide to liberal Republican Tom Campbell, then a congressman from California. His late Pakistani father ran a controversial Islamic center in Santa Clara, California and was an official of two U.S. affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood. His Pakistan-born mother served on a local board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
In 2000, with Khan doing the staff work, Congressman Campbell deducted $173,480 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons from HR 4690, the Commerce Justice State & Judiciary Appropriations Act for FY 2001. The money was intended to be diverted for the use of foreign prisoners awaiting deportation under the law that Khan was trying to abolish.
Again with Khan doing the staffing, Congressman Campbell teamed with left-wing House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Michigan) in an attempt to overturn Clinton Administration-era legislation that allowed federal authorities to use classified intelligence information in order to deport suspected terrorists from the United States. This writer reported on Khan’s work at the time for Insight magazine, a weekly then published by theWashington Times. Khan worked the legislation specifically for Sami Al-Arian, the head of an Islamic center in Tampa, Florida, whose brother-in-law, Mazen al-Najjar, was facing terrorist-related deportation proceedings. Federal immigration officials were using classified intelligence, which the suspect was not permitted to see, as part of the proceedings, and Khan tried to rescue him by helping draft the unsuccessful legislation – HR 1266, the “Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 2001” – that would have abolished the law. Al-Najar was a member of the governing Shura Council of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a U.S. government-designated terrorist organizations.
Khan defended Al-Arian against conservative allegations of being a PIJ leader himself. Al-Arian headed a legal front group, the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF), which worked to abolish federal counterterrorism legislation and support Khan’s work on Capitol Hill. Under the law Khan was trying to abolish, Al-Arian was ultimately arrested, convicted and sentenced to federal prison as the leader of the North American cell of the PIJ, and as a member of the PIJ’s Shura Council, of which he was secretary.
Al-Arian had masqueraded as a Republican activist during the 2000 presidential election, providing money to the campaign of George W. Bush after previously supporting Democrats.
Despite his track record, Khan landed a job at the White House Office of Public Liaison under President George W. Bush in 2001. In June of that year, Khan followed Al-Arian at an American Muslim Council (AMC) “Art of Lobbying” training session. National security experts working with the Bush Administration to tighten counterterrorism laws after the 9/11 attacks found Khan to be more interested in having the White House protect radical Muslims against public backlash than recruiting mainstream Muslims to fight the radicals here at home.
Meanwhile, Al-Arian came to public attention as a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was arrested in February 2003 on a 50-count grand jury indictment alleging, among other things, financial support for terrorism. Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization and received a 57 month sentence. He is now under house arrest in Virginia, awaiting charges for contempt after refusing to testify against other reputed terrorist figures.
After the arrest, Khan told this writer that he had never met Al-Arian. Years later, in his failed 2010 GOP primary race for U.S. Senate from California, former Congressman Campbell took heat for writing a letter in defense of Al-Arian in 2002. He said he had never known of Al-Arian’s terrorist ties.
Suhail Khan also worked with Abdurahman Alamoudi, founder and head of the now-defunct AMC and its tax-exempt arm, the American Muslim Council Foundation. Alamoudi, an open supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, also provided GOP campaigns with cash and activist support after becoming disillusioned with the Clinton Administration for enacting the law that Khan was trying to abolish. Identified as a Muslim Brotherhood operative, Alamoudi is presently serving a 23-year federal prison sentence on terrorism-related crimes.
Alamoudi introduced Khan at a June 2001 AMC luncheon, according to the printed agenda of the event.
The last signer of the Ground Zero mosque letter is Samah Alrayyes Norquist, the Palestinian Muslim wife of Republican operative Grover Norquist. Born in Kuwait of Palestinian parents, Samah Alrayyes immigrated to the United States in 1990, earned college degrees, and then worked in the office suite of Republican activist Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR).
ATR provided space to the Islamic Free Market Institute, also known as the Islamic Institute, which Norquist and Alamoudi founded in the late 1990s. Alamoudi funded the Islamic Institute with checks from his own activist organization, the AMC, and with anonymous checks drawn from banks in Saudi Arabia. Samah Alrayyes served as director of communications for the Islamic Institute. Later, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and later as a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She married Norquist in 2005.
On August 18, 2010, the morning after the six signers released the letter defending the Ground Zero mosque, Americans for Tax Reform distributed the document by email to Republican and conservative activist leaders. According to ATR’s Patrick Gleason, Norquist’s group circulated the letter at the request of Suhail Khan.
ATR sent out the letter without any objection to the signers’ statement that it was more important to build the mosque near Ground Zero than it was to defeat the Democrats this fall.
August 17, 2010
Dear Republican Colleague:
We are writing to you today as loyal Americans who are active members of the Republican Party. We also happen to be proud of our Arab American and Muslim American contributions to the Republican Party.
We are deeply concerned by the rhetoric of some leading members of our party surrounding the construction of the Muslim Community Center in downtown Manhattan. These comments are not only constitutionally unsound, they are also alienating millions of Arab American and Muslim American voters who believe, as we do, in the principles of our party – individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.
As you know, our party has had a long history of inclusion – beginning with our great President Abraham Lincoln, whose leadership on the slavery issue was monumental, and continuing through President George W. Bush whose public statements and actions on the differentiation between Islam and the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 were critically important. We are particularly proud to note that President Bush appointed more Arab Americans and Muslim Americans to his administration than any other president in U.S. history.
That being said, it perplexes us as to why some vocal members of our party have chosen to oppose the construction of a cultural and religious center on private grounds. Not only does the First Amendment to our Constitution protect the right of these private citizens to worship freely, it also prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion. Our party and the leaders in our party should not be engaged in judgment issues of the location of a cultural center and a house of worship in direct contravention of the First Amendment.
While some in our party have recently conceded the constitutional argument, they are now arguing that it is insensitive, intolerant and unacceptable to locate the center at the present location: “Just because they have the right to do so – does not make it the right thing to do” they say. Many of these individuals are objecting to the location as being too close to the Ground Zero site and voicing the understandable pain and anguish of the 9-11 families who lost loved ones in this horrible tragedy. In expressing compassion and understanding for these families, we are asking ourselves the following: if two blocks is too close, is four blocks acceptable? or six blocks? or eight blocks? Does our party believe that one can only practice his/her religion in certain places within defined boundaries and away from the disapproving glances of some citizens? Should our party not be standing up and taking a leadership role– just like President Bush did after 9-11 – by making a clear distinction between Islam, one of the great three monotheistic faiths along with Judaism and Christianity, versus the terrorists who committed the atrocities on 9-11 and who are not only the true enemies of America but of Islam as well? President Bush struck the right balance in expressing sympathy for the families of the 9-11 victims while making it absolutely clear that the acts committed on 9-11 were not in the name of Islam. We are hoping that our party leaders can do the same now – especially at a time when it is greatly needed.
While we share the desire of all in our party to be successful in the November elections, we cannot support victory at the expense of the U.S. Constitution or the Arab and Muslim community in America. As President Lincoln so eloquently stated in his famous speech: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
As proud and patriotic Americans, we are grateful for all the rights our U.S. citizenship allows us, and we will always do our best to not only protect our rights but the rights of all others as well. May God Bless our nation, our freedoms, and our party.
Vice Chair, Ethnic Coalitions, Republican Party of Virginia
President, New Jersey Federation of Republican Women
Randa Fahmy Hudome
Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, Bush Administration
Solicitor of Labor, Reagan Administration
Chairman, Conservative Inclusion Coalition
Samah A Norquist
Senior Advisor to Arab and Muslim Outreach, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bush Administration