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A Troubling Influence - An Islamic Fifth Column penetrates the White House
FrontPageMagazine ^ | 12/09/03 | Frank J Gaffney Jr.

Posted on 12/09/2003 1:37:45 AM PST by kattracks

Why We Are Publishing This Article by David Horowitz

The article you are about to read is the most disturbing that we at have ever published. As an Internet magazine, with a wide circulation, we have been in the forefront of the effort to expose the radical Fifth Column in this country, whose agendas are at odds with the nation’s security, and whose purposes are hostile to its own. In his first address to Congress after 9/11, the President noted that we are facing the same totalitarian enemies we faced in the preceding century. It is not surprising that their domestic supporters in the American Left should have continued their efforts to weaken this nation and tarnish its image. Just as there was a prominent internal Fifth Column during the Cold War, so there has been a prominent Fifth Column during the war on terror.

By no means do all the opponents of America’s war policies (or even a majority) fit this category. Disagreement among citizens is a core feature of any democracy and respect for that disagreement is a foundational value of our political system. The self-declared enemies of the nation are distinguished by the intemperate nature of their attacks on America and its President – referring to the one as Adolf Hitler, for example, or the other as the world’s “greatest terrorist state.” They are known as well by their political choices and associations. Many leaders of the movement opposing the war in Iraq have worked for half a century with the agents of America’s communist enemies and with totalitarian states like Cuba and the former USSR.

We have had no compunction about identifying these individuals and groups. America is no longer protected by geographical barriers or by its unsurpassed military technologies. Today terrorists who can penetrate our borders with the help of Fifth Column networks will have access to weapons of mass destruction that can cause hundreds of thousands of American deaths.  One slip in our security defenses can result in a catastrophe undreamed of before.

What is particularly disturbing, about the information in this article by former Reagan Defense official, Frank Gaffney, is that it concerns an individual who loves this country and would be the last person to wish it harm, and the first one would expect to defend it. I have known Grover Norquist for almost twenty years as a political ally. Long before I myself was cognizant of the Communist threat – indeed when I was part of one of those Fifth Column networks – Grover Norquist was mobilizing his countrymen to combat it. In the early 1980s, Grover was in the forefront of conservative efforts to get the Reagan Administration to support the liberation struggles of anti-Communists in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan.

It is with a heavy heart therefore, that I am posting this article, which is the most complete documentation extant of Grover Norquist’s activities in behalf of the Islamist Fifth Column. I have confronted Grover about these issues and have talked to others who have done likewise. But it has been left to Frank Gaffney and a few others, including Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson, to make the case and to suffer the inevitable recriminations that have followed earlier disclosures of some aspects of this story.

Up to now, the controversy over these charges has been dismissed or swept under the rug, as a clash of personalities or the product of one of those intra-bureaucratic feuds so familiar to the Washington scene. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking. The reality is much more serious. No one reading this document to its bitter end will confuse its claims and confirming evidence with those of a political cat fight. On the basis of the evidence assembled here, it seems beyond dispute that Grover Norquist has formed alliances with prominent Islamic radicals who have ties to the Saudis and to Libya and to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and who are now under indictment by U.S. authorities. Equally troubling is that the arrests of these individuals and their exposure as agents of terrorism have not resulted in noticeable second thoughts on Grover’s part or any meaningful effort to dissociate himself from his unsavory friends.

As Frank Gaffney’s article recounts, Grover’s own Islamic Institute was initially financed by one of the most notorious of these operatives, Abdurahman Alamoudi, a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah who told the Annual Convention of the Islamic Association of Palestine in 1996, “If we are outside this country we can say ‘Oh, Allah destroy America.’ But once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it.” Grover appointed Alamoudi’s deputy, Khaled Saffuri to head his own organization. Together they gained access to the White House for Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian and others with similar agendas who used their cachet to spread Islamist influence to the American military and the prison system and the universities and the political arena with untold consequences for the nation.

Parts of this story have been published before, but never in such detail and never with the full picture of Islamist influence in view. No doubt, that is partly because of Grover Norquist’s large (and therefore intimidating) presence in the Washington community. Many have been quite simply afraid to raise these issues and thus have allowed Grover to make them seem a matter of individual personality differences. This suits his agendas well, as it does those of his Islamist allies. If matters in dispute reflect personal animosity or “racial” prejudice, as Grover insists, then the true gravity of these charges is obscured. The fact remains that while Grover has denied the charges or sought to dismiss them with such arguments on many occasions, he has never answered them. If he wishes to do so now, the pages of are open to him.

Many have been reluctant to support these charges or to make them public because they involve a prominent conservative. I am familiar with these attitudes from my years on the Left. Loyalty is an important political value, but there comes a point where loyalty to friends or to parties comes into conflict with loyalty to fundamental principles and ultimately to one’s country. Grover’s activities have reached that point. E.M. Forster, a weak-spirited liberal, once said that if he had to choose between betraying his country and his friends, he “hoped [he] would have the guts” to betray his country.

No such sentiment motivates this journal. In our war with the Islamo-fascists we are all engaged in a battle with evil on a scale that affects the lives and freedoms of hundreds of millions people outside this nation as well as within it. America is on the front line of this battle and there is no replacement waiting in the wings if it fails, or if its will to fight is sapped from within. This makes our individual battles to keep our country vigilant and strong the most important responsibilities we have. That is why we could not in good conscience do otherwise, than to bring this story to light.


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1 posted on 12/09/2003 1:37:45 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
odd stuff

Zogby Bros. are Islamic

But Grover Norquist?
2 posted on 12/09/2003 1:42:06 AM PST by autoresponder (<html> <center> <img src=""> </center> </html> HILLARY SHOOTS!)
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To: Sabertooth
3 posted on 12/09/2003 1:46:02 AM PST by sarcasm (Tancredo 2004)
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To: kattracks
Wow, after all that.. do I really need the article?

I say we tie Grover to the tail of the next 747 to Riyadh and revoke his citizenship

4 posted on 12/09/2003 1:47:47 AM PST by GeronL (My tagline for rent..... $5 per month or 550 posts/replies, whichever comes first... its a bargain!!)
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To: kattracks
Bump for reading when I'm conscious. Nighty-nite, all.
5 posted on 12/09/2003 1:52:42 AM PST by kimmie7 (PUSH = Pray Until Something Happens!)
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To: kimmie7
bump for later read...
6 posted on 12/09/2003 4:28:09 AM PST by MonroeDNA (GDP grows at over 8%; marxists are leaving the democtrat party. Don't let them come here!)
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To: kattracks
Gaffney makes a strong case, undercut at times by his personal falling out with Norquist, and overstretched assumptions like Norquist's opposition to the PATRIOT Act being on behalf of his Muslim associates. But there's plenty of meat there, and Norquist needs to explain himself. Given his stellar record of conservative activism over decades I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt, at this point. Let's wait for his response, which for his sake had better be a point-by-point rebuttal, rather than an attack on Gaffney's character.
7 posted on 12/09/2003 4:40:54 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie (
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To: kattracks
Thanks for posting this article. Traitors among us must be exposed.
8 posted on 12/09/2003 4:51:37 AM PST by Taxman
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To: dixie sass
Le Ping!
9 posted on 12/09/2003 4:52:48 AM PST by Taxman
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
10 posted on 12/09/2003 5:15:48 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson; Sabertooth
11 posted on 12/09/2003 5:20:24 AM PST by veronica (I just realised I have a perfect part for you in Terminator 2....)
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To: kattracks
Kat--this is the most disturbing article I've seen of your
excellent posts.I read with the same sense of foreboding
I got when younger --and a sudden chill and violent shaking
would pass and my mom said someone walked on my grave.
As assured in the Sacred Writings-- "Look up for thy salvation is nigh."
12 posted on 12/09/2003 5:25:05 AM PST by StonyBurk
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To: Interesting Times; Nick Danger; abner; MinuteGal; Seeking the truth; DoughtyOne; Bob J; Skeet; ...
13 posted on 12/09/2003 5:29:10 AM PST by diotima
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To: kattracks
14 posted on 12/09/2003 5:35:35 AM PST by Agitate (
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
Well, the hostilities between Gaffney and Norquist have been going on since very early this year (I think). And since all of these troubling allegations/facts/etc. have been brought out, Norquist hasn't addressed them in a way that satisfies many people -- he's only really attacked Gaffney and others as "bigots" and the like.

I'm all for giving people (especially conservatives) the benefit of the doubt, but not when it comes to national security. For me -- and I am someone whose neighborhood has *twice* been blown up by the people with whom he aligns himself -- it can literally be a matter of life and death.

15 posted on 12/09/2003 5:36:23 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick (Ever notice that when Howeird Dean talks his upper lip never moves?)
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To: Taxman
Norquist is not a traitor.
16 posted on 12/09/2003 5:37:37 AM PST by Bob J ( them out!)
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To: autoresponder
I thought Zogby was arabic christian.
17 posted on 12/09/2003 5:38:36 AM PST by cyborg (far right extremist american...........)
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Marker .
18 posted on 12/09/2003 5:40:03 AM PST by Ben Bolt ( " The Spenders " ..)
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To: kattracks

Disturbing to say the least...

19 posted on 12/09/2003 5:41:30 AM PST by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: kattracks; Purdue Pete
Bump and ping for later reading.
20 posted on 12/09/2003 5:41:46 AM PST by Purdue Pete
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