The Friends Of (GOP Immigration Enthusiast) Grover Norquist
actor-turned-activist and the Muslim vote-courting
political organizer joined together at a
Washington, D.C.-area conference last weekend to
perpetuate bald lies about the Patriot Act and to oppose
the “repressive” War on Terror (repressing
terrorist suspects apparently being a bad thing).
Baldwin and Norquist`s panel,
“Strange Bedfellows,” was sponsored by the
People for the American Way (PFAW). When PFAW head
and panel participant Ralph Neas ranted about the lack
of judicial and Congressional oversight of the Justice
terror investigations, the audience applauded
According to National Review
Online reporter Byron York, Baldwin (the
“moderator”) then turned to Norquist for comment.
Norquist replied. Never mind the flat-out falsity of
Neas` claim. The smarmy Baldwin looked at his panelists
and proudly remarked:
"Can`t you feel the love?"
Blech. Wasn`t he supposed to have
left our country by now? If Alec Baldwin ever does
make good on his election-year promise, he should buy an
extra Louis Vuitton suitcase and pack up Grover Norquist
as a carry-on companion for the one-way trip to
Tora Bora. Or Riyadh. Or Paris. Wherever.
Norquist`s kissy-kissy partnership
with a washed-up Hollywood Clintonite is the least of
his unseemly alliances.
Consider: The conference they
attended last weekend was hosted by the
National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF),
which was co-founded in 1997 by
Sami Al-Arian—the former University of South Florida
professor charged earlier this year as a fund raiser and
organizer for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist
group. The money Al-Arian allegedly raised went to
terrorist operations overseas that killed at least two
In 2001, Al-Arian`s NCPPF gave
Norquist an award for his work to abolish the use of
secret intelligence evidence in terrorism cases.
Al-Arian was the keynote speaker. Insight
investigative reporter Ken Timmerman says Norquist told
the magazine he remains “proud” of the award.
Among other major participants and
sponsors of the NCPPF conference was the American Muslim
Council (AMC). In January, the group accused President
Bush of “calling on God to kill innocent Iraqi
children." The next day, the group instructed mosque
directors to block FBI counterterrorism efforts.
Late last month, AMC founder
Abdurahman Alamoudi was
charged with illegally accepting money from Libya
for his efforts to persuade the United States to lift
sanctions against that nation. He also allegedly
attempted to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars to
Syria, which federal officials say was intended for
delivery to Damascus-based terrorist groups.
Alamoudi`s arrest is part of a
larger Justice Department investigation of terrorism
funding focused on
Saudi-backed Islamic foundations and businesses
based in Herndon, Va. (Alamoudi is also responsible for
founding the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans
Affairs Council to "certify Muslim chaplains hired by
the military," including Capt. James
“Youssef” Yee— charged last week with taking
classified information home from Guantanamo Bay.) A
so-called “moderate,” Alamoudi is on record
praising the terrorist group
Hezbollah and proclaiming:
"We are all followers of Hamas."
Norquist`s lobbying firm is
registered as a lobbyist for Alamoudi. Alamoudi provided
seed money for Norquist`s
Islamic Institute, which shares space with
Americans for Tax Reform group. The institute is run
by Alamoudi deputy and former AMC
government relations director Khaled Saffuri.
Saffuri and Norquist have worked
closely with Bush senior adviser
Karl Rove to give radical Muslim activists
access to the
White House. No doubt because of their efforts,
Alamoudi was invited to a White House prayer service
after the Sept. 11 attacks.
If any Democrat activist had such
shady connections, conservatives would be on him
like white on rice.
Instead, Norquist has gotten away
with smearing his critics—most notably, former Reagan
official Frank Gaffney of the
Center for Security Policy, one of the most decent
and patriotic Republicans I`ve had the honor of
"The conservative movement
cannot be associated with racism or bigotry,"
Norquist lectured in a letter attacking Gaffney
earlier this year.
No, Mr. Norquist. The conservative
movement cannot afford to be associated with
race-card-playing apologists who refuse to cut their
lucrative ties to terrorist sympathizers.
The Republican Party doesn`t need
this Achilles` heel.
Take him away, Alec Baldwin,
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
here for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click
here for Michelle Malkin`s website.
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