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Jun 01 2013

Farah-founded Group Identifies ‘Terrorists’ in Obama Administration

The Western Center for Journalism, founded by Worldnutdaily owner Joseph Farah, is exactly as bad as that fact would lead one to assume. This article by Gerald Todd is a textbook example of yellow journalism, so bad that it might actually be legally actionable. He casually calls a group of Obama administration officials terrorists without a shred of evidence.

The Muslim Brotherhood in the White House! White House tours apparently compromised their free run of the place! Where is the impeachable offense?

Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.

Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Salam al-Marayati – Obama Advisor and founder Muslim Public Affairs Council (and its current executive director.)

Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – Islamic Society of North America.

Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Some of these terrorists go back to the first month of BHO’s first reign of terror, er … first (mis)-administration … all very bad guys.

Evidence? He doesn’t even attempt to offer any. Let’s take a look at a few of these folks. Arif Alikhan is no longer in the administration, he is now a professor at the National Defense University. And he’s a former federal prosecutor and a former adviser to Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales during the Bush administration. But he has an Arabic-sounding name, so he must be a terrorist, amirite?

Rashad Hussain I actually remember from high school debate. He was one of the best high school debaters in the nation at the Greenhill School in Texas in the mid-90s. He was one of the editors of the Yale Law Journal in college, a trial attorney with the DOJ and an aide to the House Judiciary Committee. Clearly a dangerous subversive.

Salam al-Marayati is the founder of MPAC, a group that has done much to combat Islamic extremism and terrorism in this country. I became friends a couple years ago with Haris Tarin, director of their Washington, DC office, and the notion that this group supports terrorism is utterly laughable. And he doesn’t even attempt to support that or any other accusation in the article. It seems that having a Muslim-sounding name is all the evidence Todd thinks he needs.

Eboo Patel is a former Rhodes scholar who founded the Interfaith Youth Core, which seeks to bring together people of all religions to work cooperatively on important problems. The staff includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and people of many other faiths. He’s practically a Bin Laden clone.

And does it even need to be said that there is no such thing as a “sharia czar” in the Obama administration? I have no idea what Todd is referring to there and I’m sure he doesn’t either. But it sounds scary and that’s all that matters.

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  1. 1
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    does it even need to be said that there is no such thing as a “sharia czar” in the Obama administration? I have no idea what Todd is referring to there and I’m sure he doesn’t either. But it sounds scary and that’s all that matters.

    Czar = Caesar or tsar = Roman emperor or the Russian equivalent in absolute monarchic terms. Perhaps also implying Kaiser an associated germanic equivalent.

    So Obama is going to appoint an “emperor” of Sharia law who technically outranks him?

    Meh, I don’t think so.

  2. 2
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Durnnit. That’s supposed to be a capital silent ‘T’ in the word ‘Tsar’ o’course!

    I gather that Caesar was also once a popular dogs name so maybe that implies he’s Obama’s pet?

  3. 3
    Zeno

    A good case could be made that Farah and his minions are the actual terrorists. So far they’ve contented themselves with vile propaganda instead of actually blowing things up, but they are terror-mongers for sure.

  4. 4
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ Zeno : I wouldn’t go quite that far and don’t think youve that good a case here.

    Ridiculous conspiracy mongers sure, but terrorism does have a specific meaning and that ain’t it.

    Terrorism means actually trying to terrorise a certain population for political ends by acts of violence – mere words however hateful and silly are NOT enough.

  5. 5
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    * Unless those words involve directly planning and conspiring to comitt said acts of politcally or ideologically motivated violence natch.

  6. 6
    naturalcynic

    Of course they’re terrorists. Merely by existing and having Muslim sounding names is an act of terror against scaredy-cats at WND. It’s a very low threshold for producing terror among the politically paranoid, but still, they can’t help but be terrorized by names.

  7. 7
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @naturalcynic : Muhammad Ali – even they’ve gotta admit he as The Greatest right?! (Well boxer anyhow.)

  8. 8
    fifthdentist

    “By now, it has become clear that the ONLY WAY to save America, is for the US Armed Forces to do it, same as General Pinochet did in Chile …”

    “WILL AMERICA PLEASE GET SOME GUTS AND FIGHT THIS S O B? OUR MILITARY HATE HIM! THEY HAVE POWER! DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!.”

    Yep, just good Constitution-loving patriots. Notice the caps ‘o correctness in the second comment, sealed by the multiple-exclamation-points of truthiness.
    Who can argue with that?
    Just good, decent God-fearing lunatics.

  9. 9
    raven

    OUR MILITARY HATE HIM!

    I doubt that.

    They were the ones getting killed, wounded, and exhausted in Bush’s pointless wars.

    Iraq has wound down.

    Afghanistan is winding down. It might have had a point at one time but these days it doesn’t look like it. The people we are defending are corrupt and don’t look much different from the Taliban.

  10. 10
    rabbitscribe

    What’s “actionable” is your outrageous libel against Mr. Farah’s outstanding media organization and its intrpid journalist, Mr. Todd. All decent Americans believe he’s telling the truth but reserving the details out of a well-founded concern for his safety and that of his loved ones. Nonetheless, various enhanced interrogation techniques should move him past “What? What? It’s just more baseless paranoid verbal diarrhea! It doesn’t mean anything! Jesus Christ, STOP!” and persuade him to inform counterterrorism intelligence agencies of what exactly he knows and how he knows it.

  11. 11
    Mr Ed

    The comments are priceless. seems a few think Obama might not be eligible, and a few have trouble spelling his name.

  12. 12
    tyros

    For a Freudian twist, Farah is an Arabic name. Sure, he may be a Christian, but I strongly doubt that would stop him from going after co-religionist ‘Abdul Masih’s or ‘George Abdullah’s in his rush to name Soviet agents… er, Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators. I hope someone eventually goes after one of these scaremongers for libel. The whole Huma Abedin thing was more than enough.

  13. 13
    matty1

    As I recall Farah’s parents were Orthodox Christian immigrants from an Arab country, possibly Syria. Then as an adult he converted to the Evangelical Protestant flavour of Christianity and tried to bury his family background under a pile of star spangled banners.

  14. 14
    Bronze Dog

    I remember wingnuts going crazy over so-called czars when Obama was appointing some, claiming that using the Russian word means it’s Communist, never mind that Communism was anti-czarist.

  15. 15
    cheesynougats

    Quoting the article about who should be impeached: “[t]his should include any official who swore on an earlier Constitution that preceded the Bill of Rights. ” Does this mean he wants to dig up some graves and impeach some remains?

  16. 16
    Modusoperandi

    “It seems that having a Muslim-sounding name is all the evidence Todd thinks he needs.”

    Sure, if that was the only evidence he had, but they’re swarthy, too, and most importantly they’re close associates of Barack Hussein Obama. What more evidence do you need? Case closed, says America!

  17. 17
    Larry

    Somebody needs to check the diapers of the commenters to the article. They must be soaking wet from the abject terror they are feeling and the resulting loss of bladder control.

  18. 18
    magistramarla

    Raven@ #9
    Unfortunately, it is true that many in the military hate the President.
    My husband has been associated with the AF for over 30 years. We’ve watched in dismay as the military folks around us have become more and more evangelical, conservative and closed-minded.
    Our son-in-law is stationed overseas. Our daughter has listened to the “news” that is broadcast over the American Armed Forces channel in Germany and she is now spouting as many wing-nut ideas as her husband does. They must see nothing but faux news over there. The son-in-law and his peers post so many offensive things about President Obama that I’ve stopped using Facebook. He just makes me too angry.
    We attended a military funeral recently, where the chaplains were openly proselytizing and were obviously evangelical. The sad thing was that there were several members of foreign military forces there, from many religions. As Atheists, my husband and I were made to feel very uncomfortable by what was said. I can imagine what the Muslims at that service felt. The sad thing is that we knew that the man being eulogized would never have allowed people to be so disrespected.
    My husband and I feel very upset when we see so many members of the Armed Forces disrespecting their Commander-in-chief.

  19. 19
    raven

    Raven@ #9

    Unfortunately, it is true that many in the military hate the President.

    Oh.

    The few I know don’t. OTOH, they are from around here which isn’t Romney territory. And dwindling as they get out or get killed. PZ’s son is an ROTC graduate. I imagine he is feeling a bit out of place.

    I suppose it isn’t much of a surprise. The military reflects our society. And quite often the poorer and less educated segments.

  20. 20
    sleepingwytch(inactive)

    I’m more of a Left Unorthodox Neo-Monarchist, so definitely not a Democrat, but I just couldn’t resist making fun of the idiots insinuating this stuff about Obama:

    B-rock the Islamic Shock Hussain Superallah Obama!

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2008/08/12/obama-birth-certificate-found/

    So what is it now? Obama’s simultaneously a Muslim, an atheist, a homosexual, a secret nazi who somehow works for the secret jews, a terrorist in league with Al-Qaeda, overseeing a secret plot to take Alex Jones and his nutcases into forcible insane asylums disguised as Fema camps. I for one welcome our Reptilian Overlords! :D

  21. 21
    sleepingwytch(inactive)

    My husband and I feel very upset when we see so many members of the Armed Forces disrespecting their Commander-in-chief.

    I was a member of the armed forces at one point in time a decade ago (3rd US INF The Old Guard 11Bravo/Infantry) in an elite Infantry unit, so I wasn’t around the stupider people in the service, thankfully, but I do think there are serious problems in our military. I’m a transsexual woman and have since transitioned a couple of years ago, so I don’t really keep up with my former squadmates given I almost died on the way out…but I do follow military culture peripherally from time to time. Quite sadly, it is as you say =( I think this country was founded on White Supremacy in the earliest forms of Manifest Destiny, so it’s not very surprising to me that people who are very religious and not so educated, steeped in the early Manifest Destiny Founder Culture, are having an Identity Crisis as Americans with an African-American/Black commander in Chief at the helm. I think, honestly, for some of them, given the historical violence and slavery perpetrated in this country against African-americans it would be sort of like if a Jew suddenly replaced the Fuhrer of Nazi Germany and then everyone had an identity crisis because now a Jewish person was running Nazi Germany.

    Color me cynical, I’m just not surprised at these convulsions from the right wing.

  22. 22
    Alverant

    StevoR the problem with your definition of terrorist is that it’s not being used when it should be. A few weeks ago a man tried to take an axe to an abortion clinic. That is terrorism, but the media didn’t call it that. The media is reluctant to call anything done by white christian males as terrorism even when it is.

  23. 23
    David Hart

    Off-topic, but here in the UK, when I see the name Farah, the first person that springs to mind is
    Mo Farah, the Somalian-born runner who won two gold medals for the UK in the last Olympics. In a local twist on the same sort of xenophobia, someone came up with a wonderful spoof Daily Mail headline for his victory lap:
    Outrage – Immigrant Muslim Black Man Wears Union Jack As Hoodie.

  24. 24
    eamick

    Quoting the article about who should be impeached: “[t]his should include any official who swore on an earlier Constitution that preceded the Bill of Rights. ” Does this mean he wants to dig up some graves and impeach some remains?

    It’s a reference to Chuck Hagel, who took his oath of office as SecDef on a early version of the Constitution (owned by Washington, I think) that didn’t include the Bill of Rights.

  25. 25
    dan4

    @25: “It’s a reference to Chuck Hagel,…”

    John Brennan, actually. Anyway, it’s a particularly oddball complaint, since most American officials don’t swore on the Constitution at well (with or without the Bill of Rights), but the Bible.

    Also, what the heck is the writer talking about with the weird “White House tours” line (second sentence of the first paragraph of the block quote)?

  26. 26
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @22. Alverant

    StevoR the problem with your definition of terrorist is that it’s not being used when it should be. A few weeks ago a man tried to take an axe to an abortion clinic. That is terrorism, but the media didn’t call it that. The media is reluctant to call anything done by white christian males as terrorism even when it is.

    I agree mostly. Being pedantic but that is a problem with the media coverage not the definition though.

    @23. David Hart :

    Off-topic, but here in the UK, when I see the name Farah, the first person that springs to mind is
    Mo Farah,

    The first person who springs to mind for me is Farah Fawcett the former ‘Charlies Angel’ actress & 70′s pop icon.

  27. 27
    theignored

    Well, I tried posting to that place…we’ll see if my comment makes it past moderation.

    http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d27/kvarku/idiots1.jpg

  28. 28
    caseloweraz

    “Rashad Hussain I actually remember from high school debate. He was one of the best high school debaters in the nation at the Greenhill School in Texas in the mid-90s. He was one of the editors of the Yale Law Journal in college, a trial attorney with the DOJ and an aide to the House Judiciary Committee. Clearly a dangerous subversive.”

    Oh, a Yalie from one o’those elite effete lefty eastern universities. He’s got to be suspect! Not a real red-blooded ‘Murrican like George W. Bush.

    Oh, wait…

    Obama’s “reign of terror” reaches far. It’s obvious Joseph Farah is afraid to speak out about this, like so many who are terrified into silence by the secret sharia sheriffs of “Superallah Obama.” (The word “sheriff “is clearly Arabic in origin.)

    And you know “star” is just “tsar” misspelled. Think of Hollywood, long known to be full of subversives. All those movie tsars, like for example Omar Sharif…

    /snark

    Actually, sheriff comes from Old English “shire-reeve”, or county official. But no doubt it’s another innocent word that will lead the wingnuts astray.

  29. 29
    timgueguen

    But if they are freaked out by thinking sheriff is a sneaky Arabic word maybe they’ll dump Joe Arpaio. After all if he’s a sheriff then he’s obviously a secret Muslim something or other.

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